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Chasing The Sirens

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