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  • 1. Chasing the Sirens April 18 th through April 26 th 2009
  • 2. Day 1 …Board an overnight flight to Athens
  • 3. Day 2…Welcome to Athens The Cradle of Democracy
  • 4. Take a walking tour of Athens To do some shopping !
  • 5. Day 3 …Saronic Gulf Cruise It is so calm you won’t even need Dramamine
  • 6. Day 4 ..Guided Sightseeing tour of Athens
  • 7. Day 5 …Guided Sightseeing of Epidauraus and Mycenae The acoustics are unbelievable !
  • 8. Day 6….Olympia The first Olympic Games were held here !
  • 9. Night 6…from Patras to Brindisi When you wake up, you’ll be in Italy !
  • 10. Day 7…Guided Tour of Pompeii If you see smoke, don’t bother running !
  • 11. Day 8…Guided Tour of Rome
  • 12. Day 9…Back Home from Rome
  • 13. Getting There on Saturday. . .
    • We will be meeting at Logan Airport 2.5 hours before our flight: 5:30
    • Please be prompt.
    • We will meet at the Lufthansa counter in Terminal E.
    • I will be collecting passports from students once we pass through security.
  • 14. Hate Driving to Logan?
    • Sign up with Ms. Sciacca to take the shuttle
    • Meet Mr. & Mrs. Young at 4:40
    • Take the 5:00 shuttle to Logan
    • Bring $12.00 for the one-way shuttle ticket
    Drop-Off at Woburn Express!
  • 15. Flying
    • Students will be seated randomly on the plane.
    • Quietly & quickly negotiate with each other for seat changes
    • Please sleep as much as possible because upon our arrival we will be traveling/touring ALL DAY!
    • Wear easy-on/easy-off shoes!
    • Please remind students to be courteous and polite (quiet) on the plane and to stay seated.
    • You MUST arrange special meals with the airlines in advance.
  • 16. HOTELS
    • European hotels tend to be smaller than those in the U.S. and don’t always have elevators
    • Facecloths and soap are not provided.
    • Ice is not provided.
    • Students may or may not have a television/telephone in the room.
    • Lock the door at all times.
  • 17. Transportation
    • While in Europe we will have our own charter coach
  • 18. Safety at the airport
    • Please carry passports, tickets, and money in a special pouch close to your body. 
    • Do NOT place passports and $$ in a backpack!
    • Make sure to sign your passport!
  • 19. Safety
    • Each day, students should take out only what is needed and not become distracted. 
    • There are pickpockets, so be aware at all times.
    • Students must be with other members of our group at all times, even to go to the bathroom ! 
    • The teachers will hold the airline tickets once we are in Europe.
    • Teachers will also hold passports once we are in Europe – we will hand out an extra Xerox copy of passports for ID.
  • 20. Luggage
    • Only ONE check-in medium suitcase is allowed.
    • Each student may carry-on a bag to fit under the seat.
    • * Please note: Filled backpacks will not fit under the seat. 
    • Everyone must carry their own bags at all times.
    • Check with airlines for up-to-date regulations on carry-on liquids!
    • Oversize suitcases do not fit on the bus!
    • YOU will be charged for any excess weight. (40 lbs MAX)
    • Please be sure to have a tag on your luggage.  
    No Elevators?!?
  • 21. Health and Medications
    • Please fill out the Medical Release Form
    • A chaperone will carry all the forms regarding allergies, medications etc.
    • Travelers will be responsible for their own medications.
    • All prescriptions must be in an original, labeled container and should be carried on the plane.
    • For extra safety, consider sending your traveler with a spare prescription
    • Please supply your child with Tylenol, aspirin, band-aids, tissues, cough drops, allergy medication, etc.
  • 22. Food
    • Meals are chosen to satisfy all (zzz…)
    • Breakfast will include: juice, coffee, tea, roll, croissant, cereal, jam, cheese, and fruit
    • Independent lunches should be used to experiment with local dishes
    • Dinners are typically meat, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, salad, fruit, dessert
    • If you are a vegetarian, please tell us tonight.  
    • You may not change in the middle of the tour!!!  
    • Drinks are not included with dinner. Soft- drinks are expensive! We suggest students take turns each night buying a large bottle of water to share.
  • 23. Telephone
    • Calling cards are recommended , but should be purchased through EF.   
    • Phoning, at best, can be difficult (time wise and cost, etc.)
    • Set expectations for phoning home with the travelers.
    • Remember the time difference!  
  • 24. Time Differences by our Airport Stops Boston Athens Rome 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
  • 25. Mo’ $$$
    • Exchange rates are best on a credit or debit card used in Europe
    • We encourage the use of ATM cards.
    • Please use credit or debit cards BEFORE leaving the US to ensure that they work.
    • Notify banks of travel!
    • Passwords may not exceed 6 digits.
  • 26.
    • Purchasing meals- lunch/snacks ($15/day)
    • Purchasing water every day
    • Souvenirs
    • Optional or spontaneous excursions
    • Have $75Euros when we land in Athens
    Students will need money for: Current Exchange Rate $1 USD to $1.36 EU
  • 27. Clothing
    • School clothes are appropriate for every day.
    • Nothing flashy or loud
    • You need an umbrella, hat, or rain slicker.
    • Layers!!
    • One nice outfit
    • Limit clothes and shoes!
    • Take a Jacket
    • Wear sneakers!
    • No new shoes!
  • 28. WEATHER
    • The weather is about a month ahead of New England, but is also unpredictable
    Only 6 days of rain on average 70° Average High
  • 29. WEATHER
    • To access the 10-day forecast please go to:
    • Plug-in:
      • Athens, Greece
      • Rome, Italy
  • 30. Coming Home
    • I will make one phone call once we land to activate the phone chart.
    • We will be landing around 6:30, but will still have to clear customs before heading back
    • We fly back into Logan and take an EF bus back to the Tech
  • 31. Ciao!