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TOURCODE: VRVE
Duration: 17 Days Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
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Turkey & Greece Tour

Travelling the Via Egnatia with Victor Romagnoli
17 Days
TOURCODE: VRVE

A unique, specially-designed itinerary that showcases some of the more important and scenic sections of the 'Via Egnatia,' an ancient route that linked Rome & Byzantium.

Tour Overview
Tour Overview
Countries Visited: 2 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

This tour was designed by, and will be led by, senior Tour Leader, Victor Romagnoli.

Istanbul is a logical place to begin our journey (roughly) along the 2nd Century BCE road -- the Via Egnatia -- linking Rome with all her eastern provinces. Our chosen stops reflect the more interesting, important, and scenic places along this venerable route between Byzantium & Rome. Those who travel along the Via Egnatia today do so mainly because of the impressive, ever-changing landscapes in uncrowded areas that are not shaped by tourism, the varied and fascinating history and site, and to experience different dishes and wines that can be discovered along this 1000km route.

 


 

Dates & Prices
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Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table.

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Tue 26 Apr 2022 - Thu 12 May 2022
5890 USD

$1000 PER PERSON DEPOSIT REQUIRED

Optional Single Supplement: $1070 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $535 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.



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Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul
Today we arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our hotel.

"If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Constantinople," marvelled Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th century French writer and politician. New Rome, Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul; the legendary city has served as the capital of the legendary Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Though no longer a capital, Istanbul is the largest city and the cosmopolitan heart of Turkey, full of marvels and startling contrasts.

On this unique journey, Istanbul is a logical place to begin our journey (roughly) along the 2nd Century BCE road – Via Egnatia -- linking Rome with all her eastern provinces. Our chosen stops reflect the more interesting and important places along this venerable and scenic route between Byzantium & Rome. For the modern traveller, the major reward lies in the close access the modern Egnatia Odos provides to many towns of historic and culinary interest, all complemented by an ever-changing scenery quite different from elsewhere in the region.

As our sightseeing planned for tomorrow is based on a hunch that many people have already seen the 'classic' sites of Istanbul and therefore concentrates on some lesser-known/visited places, the first-time visitor may consider spending independent time in the city pre-trip. Our hotel is located in the heart of the city where the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Agia Sofia are located.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Istanbul City Touring
We begin the day with a drive along the imposing 5th century City Walls. The double walls stretch for 6.5 km (10.5 miles), separated by a 20m wide moat and punctuated at regular intervals with defensive towers. Built to be unbreachable, the walls protected the "Queen of all Cities" until the 4th Crusade. We will stop at various points of interest, including Yedikule, the "Gate of the 7 Towers" where the original Golden Gate of the city was incorporated into the city walls, and walk around some of the oldest quarters inside the walls. We will walk around the historic Greek quarter of Fener with its beautiful lanes, houses, and Byzantine churches.

We continue to the Church of St. Saviour in Chora (Kariye Museum), the jewel of Istanbul. The church is covered with beautifully preserved mosaics of gold, some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, depicting scenes of the Genealogy of Christ, the Infancy, Life and Ministry of Christ, and the Life of the Blessed Virgin. There are also wonderful frescoes in the nave and funerary chapel. The church itself dates to the 11th century, but all the interior decoration was commissioned between 1316-1321 by the statesman and scholar, Theodore Metochites.

Our final stop is the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, built by the great architect, Sinan, in the 16th century. The design of the mosque achieves a perfection of harmony and ‘monumentality’ at once, set in the centre of a huge complex which included a library, soup kitchen for the poor, a hammam (bath), fountains, gardens, caravansary, and schools. We will also see the tombs of Mimar Sinan, Sultan Süleyman and his wife Roxelana. We take some time to explore the picturesque streets in this area, famous for their old Ottoman wooden houses.

We then head back to the city for a fun and informal cooking class. You will come to understand why Turkish cuisine is world famous -- diverse and savoury, spicy without being (too) hot, vegetable rich and healthy -- and today we will gain some hand-on skills to replicate some of the delicious dishes we have experienced on our trip. For our dinner we'll be able to dine upon the fruits of our labours!

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 Istanbul City Touring
Our morning starts with a visit to the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, clove, and thyme rise from hundreds of colourful muslin bags at every store front.

We then board a ferry for a relaxing cruise along the shores of the legendary Bosphorus, the natural gateway that divides Asia and Europe. As you sit back and enjoy some tea from traditional small cups, numerous summer palaces and palatial homes will pass by on either side.

Disembarking at the northern end of the strait, we have a break for lunch with some free time before crossing the Golden Horn, via a historic tram that runs through a tunnel built in 1875, to reach the district of Pera. The word Pera is of Greek origin specifically meaning “far away,“ and it was here (far from the main Greek settlement at Fenar) that many of the European ambassadors and merchants came to settle. Pera has always had a European flavour, apparent when we visit the Genovesi-built Galata Tower.

Later our on-foot exploration will take us through the lively district of Taksim, where you will be free to explore and find your own evening meal at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 4 Istanbul - Edirne
Today we depart Istanbul by road and travel to Edirne (depending on ultimate group size, we may accomplish this leg by rail). Our route shadows a road constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. It crossed Illyricum, Macedonia, and Thracia, running through territory that is now part of modern Albania, North Macedonia, Greece, and European Turkey as a continuation of the Via Appia.

The area around Edirne, thanks to its strategic position on the major routes to Istanbul, Bosphorus, and onward to Asia, has been repeatedly fought for in the past. It has been the site of no fewer than 16 major battles and sieges since the days of Ancient Greece. Edirne’s former name is Adrianople (Hadrianoupolis), i.e. “City of Hadrianus”, named after the Roman emperor who founded the city on the site of Thracian village of Uskudama.

Overnight in Edirne.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Edirne Touring
Today in Edirne we see landmarks including Eski Cami (Old Mosque), Uc Serefeli Cami with its four distinctive minarets, and Sinan’s masterpiece Selimiye Mosque. Browse the shops at Selimiye Arastasi or Ali Pasha Covered Bazaar, and check out the Medical Museum at Beyazit Kulliyesi.

With a population of roughly 165,000, this is a historic city that is well worth visiting. We will see mosques that rival the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, enjoy authentic Ottoman cuisine, possibly shop at a covered market, and witness daily life from a busy town square.

Overnight in Edirne.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Edirne, Turkey - Alexandroupoli, Greece
Today we travel to Alexandroupoli and have a tour upon arrival (depending on ultimate group size, we may accomplish this leg by rail).

Situated as it is at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkan Peninsula, everyone who passes through stops here, and so will we! The streets are atmospheric and the waterfront is lined with tavernas and seafood restaurants.

Alexandroupoli is one of the newest cities in Greece, as it was only a fishing village until the late 19th century. However, the modern city is located at the site of ancient Sale, a Greek city of the classical era founded by colonists from the island of Samothrace, mentioned by Herodotus. Alexandroupoli benefits from its position at the centre of land and sea routes connecting Greece with Turkey. Landmarks in Alexandroupoli include the city's lighthouse in the port, the archaeological sites of the Mesimvria Zone, and Maroneia stretching out to the small port of Agios Charalambos, the city's waterfront (the centre of commercial activity), and the nearby Evros Delta.

Overnight in Alexandroupoli.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Evros Delta
Taking a break from matters historical, a visit to this area would not be complete without a chance to experience the natural wonders of the Evros Delta region.

The estuary of the River Evros (Evros Delta) forms an eminent wetland complex, consisting of lagoons, swamps and marshes, canals and reeds, sheltering huge numbers of birds. It is a wetland of international significance, part of the Ramsar Convention, as many important populations of aquatic birds, waders, birds of prey, and several others gather there, many of which are rare at a national, European, and global level.

Return to Alexandroupoli.

Overnight in Alexandroupoli.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Alexandroupoli - Philippi - Kavala
Today we travel to Kavala with a stop at the archaeological site of Philippi, the most important in East Macedonia with characteristic monuments of the Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian periods. Here you can see the buildings of the ancient city, the ruins of the Roman city, Christian churches and the central Egnatiev road, the fragments of which can now be repeated the way of the Apostle Paul. This road divides the city into two parts.

We continue to Kavala, one of the most attractive of Greece's larger cities, rising like an amphitheatre from the beautiful harbour up to a huge Byzantine fortress. Built on the ancient city of Neopolis, the city's population doubled in 1922 when the Greeks from Asia Minor made there way here during the exchange of populations. Here we’ll likely be able to see a piece of the original Via Ignatia, still extant. It covered a total distance of about 1120km and, like other major Roman roads, it was about six metres wide, paved with large polygonal stone slabs or covered with a hard layer of sand.

On arrival in Kavala we have a tour of this important northern port city. Among the city's impressive landmarks are the old walls, the Byzantine castle, and the Kamares -- the aqueduct erected by Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. We visit the Archaeological Museum, containing finds from the ancient city of Amphipolis, a colony of Athens.

Overnight in Kavala

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Kavala - Haldiki Peninsula - Thessaloniki
Today's excursion takes us to the Haldiki Peninsula. Comprised of three smaller peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonian, and Athos), the Halkidiki is home to one of the most important monastic communities in the entire Christian Orthodox world. At the foot of Mount Athos stands an enormous World Heritage site; the monasteries of Mt Athos. Visiting the monasteries is somewhat impractical for us due to strict visitation rules (ie only men are permitted to visit, and they require advance notice and written invitation from their nation's embassy in Athens). Instead, we will enjoy a short lunch cruise passing below numerous coastal monasteries with good views of Mt Athos's peak (2033m).

Thessaloniki, the second largest city of modern Greece. It was first established in 316 BC by Kassandros and named after his wife, Thessaloniki, half sister of Alexander the Great. It is here that the Apostle Paul first brought the message of Christianity (AD 50) and that Demetrius, a Roman officer died in martyrdom (AD 303), thus becoming the holy patron of the city. Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople, and is full of beautiful examples of Byzantine art and architecture.

If time permits we may accomplish some of our Thessaloniki sightseeing upon arrival.

Overnight in Thessaloniki (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner



Day 10 Thessaloniki Touring
We will spread our sightseeing of this interesting city of two days. This morning we enjoy a half-day tour of a city steeped in history. Our focus will be on the Archeological Museum which will take us through the long history of a city that was founded by a Macedonian King in the 4th Century BC and went on to become the most important city between Rome and Byzantium during the Roman era. During the Byzantine period Thessaloniki flourished, as it did under the Ottomans and this museum is packed with treasures from past centuries.

This afternoon you will have some free time to explore the city on your own (dinner on your own this evening).

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 11 Thessaloniki Touring - Continued
This morning we continue our visit of Thessaloniki, including stops to see the Museum of Jewish Presence (at one time, the city's population was more than 50% Jewish.) We will visit the Ataturk Museum, located in the house that was the birthplace of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. We will see the large Aristotle Square, the famous White Tower, which was added to the Roman-Byzantine walls by the Venetians, and we will also visit the Church of St. Demetrius, the patron saint of the city.

Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Day 12 Thessaloniki - Pella & Vergina - Litochoro
Our journey continues with a departure for Pella, the land where Alexander the Great was born. We’ll visit the archaeological site and museum, which hosts exhibits of major historical significance -- excavators have discovered unique archaeology findings.

Next we visit Vergina, one of the most important sites in all Greece. Greeks today simply call this site "The Tombs"; archaeologists, however, know the site to be ancient Aigai, the first capital of the Macedonian Kings and their burial place until the time of Alexander. While here we will see the famous tomb of Philip of Macedon, filled gold caskets, royal diadems, gold jewelry, the king's gold woven robes, and his armour and shield.

We finish our day in the small town of Lithoro, sheltering in the shadow of Mt Olympus.

Overnight in Litochoro.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 13 Mount Olympus Area
Today we enjoy another day exploring the natural attributes of our route and the wild splendour of the My Olympus area. Our day also includes the archeological site of Dion, home to one of the oldest altars and temples dedicated to the supreme god Zeus. This was one of the most visited cult centers of the Ancient Greek world.

The site is expansive and it’s museum reminds us of some of those who came over the many centuries  to make offerings here, including many Macedonian warlords before heading into battle. Both king Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great would come to celebrate their many victories here.

We’ll also enjoy some of the area’s natural appeal. Mount Olympus actually has 52 peaks—the 2917 metre summit is called Mytikas. Below Mount Olympus you’ll find some stunning deep gorges. The mountain is situated in the north of the country on the borders of the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia in the Olympus mountain range. The area is a World Biosphere Reserve, and it became the first National Park in Greece in 1938. The history and mythology surrounding Mount Olympus is as much of a reason to climb the mountain as the scenery. There are few mountains in the world that can stand up to Mount Olympus in terms of romanticism or folklore.

Overnight in Litohoro.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 To Kastoria
Today we continue to Lake Orestiada, the lake of Kastoria, one of the most beautiful in the Balkans. The lake is directly linked to the character, history, and development of the city and has been classified as a "Monument of Natural Beauty" by the Ministry of Culture and integrated in the European "Network of Nature 2000."

Our destination is Kastoria, a town that flourished from the 17th century onwards as the most important fur-trading centre in the then Ottoman Empire. Handsome mansions, Dionysian celebrations, Byzantine treasures, waterbirds and artisanal furs, characterize this charming town, the "Lady of Macedonia."

Our town tour will include visits to a number of mansions owned by former fur-trading families. Lake Orestiada was once teeming with beavers ('kastoras') and the trade in beaver skins, which began over a thousand years ago, gave rise to the town's chief industry, that of furrier to much of Europe. When the beavers ran out, the town imported furs and it seems that, almost on every block in this charming small city of narrow streets and Byzantine-era churches, that there is at least one place of business related to the fashioning of clothing out of now-imported furs, mostly mink. Kastoria remains an international center for the fur trade, and hosts an annual international exhibition of fur.

We also visit the Byzantine museum which houses a remarkable collection of local icons.

Overnight in Kastoria.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 15 Kastoria - Epirus & Zagori Region
Today we continue to the rugged mountainous region of Epirus where we tour the Zagori area. Located in the extreme northwest of the country and dominated by the Pindhos mountain range, one of the highest in Greece, this is considered to be one of the most beguiling regions in the entire country. We will stop to visit some of the many villages where large, beautifully constructed Ottoman-influenced houses testify to an age when locals enjoyed great wealth and autonomy under the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire. We will also be reminded of the horrific events of World War II that were unleashed on the inhabitants of this tough region by the occupying Nazi forces who could would not tolerate their resistance.

Overnight in the Zagori Region.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 16 Zagori & Vikos Gorge - Drive to Ioannina
Our main focus this morning is the natural beauty of the region with a walk through part of the Vikos Gorge.

Later our journey continues to Ioannina, where will have a walking tour of walled precinct known as the Kastro district, built on piece of land that reaches out into Lake Pamvotis. We will visit the Aslan Pasha Mosque, now the home of the Municipal Museum, showcasing the ethnographic richness of Epirus.

Overnight in Ioannina.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 17 Departure
Departure from Ioannina.

Breakfast

KALO TAXIDI!!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

 

Inclusions
Breakfast daily, some lunches and most dinners (mostly local restaurants; see tour itinerary for specifics).

All accommodation, full-time Tour Leader services, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Local guides at several locations.

Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available).

Airport transfers for land & air customers; if you decide to extend you tour before and after, your transfers are included if your book your air AND extra nights through us.


Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour. Most lunches, some dinners, Tour Leader gratuities, alcoholic beverages, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Optional travel insurance.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers (available for purchase).

Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs. optional tipping, what to bring, entry requirements etc.


Seasonality and Weather
Our late April timing coincides with one of the most comfortable times to visit the region, with the cold and rain (and snow) of winter well behind us, and before the arrival of the heat of summer, which usually ramps up come June. It is also a pretty time of year, with lush green landscapes and riotous wildflowers along the way and at sites visited.


Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on group size (see 'Group Size'); some local buses and taxis. Greek roads are very good and distances are not great, though we do have some full (and scenic), travelling days.

Our difficulty level "2" refers to the overall ambitious nature of our program, which features full days of travel and sightseeing, possibly with some early starts. The tour is not strenuous with regard to our activities, but it is busy. Our tours of towns and cities, as well as archaeological sites, are conducted on foot and feature uneven surfaces and plenty of stairs. We will also have short walks to dinner. In short, you can expect a LOT of walking on this tour. Luckily at this time of year, heat will not be a factor.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.


Accommodation
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3&5-star) throughout. Some smaller hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. Hotels in large cities will be modern international class with all the modern conveniences; hotels in small towns will be modern and comfortable, often with some local character and atmosphere.

Porter service is usually available at larger city hotels; they may not be available at smaller properties (see 'inclusions'). You MUST be independent with your luggage if necessary.

Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.

Due to the high cost of single accommodation in the region, a mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we fail to pair you. This will be 50% of the full single supplement.


Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout (Victor Romagnoli), driver(s), local step-on local guides in various locales.


Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Central And Eastern Europe and Western Europe
Countries visited: Turkey and Greece


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Sura Design Istanbul
5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation 5 Star Accommodation
Location: Istanbul
Country: Turkey

This upscale hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia mosque and 3 km from the Galata Tower. The bright, modern rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and
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Grand Hotel Egnatia
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Alexandroupoli
Country: Greece

On a beach along the Aegean Sea, this upscale hotel off National Road 2 is 12 minutes' walk from the History Museum of Alexandroupolis.
Featuring marble bathrooms and sea views,
... polished rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges.
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Galaxy Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kavala
Country: Greece

Featuring a terrace with city and sea views, Airotel Galaxy enjoys a central location in Kavala near shops, restaurants and bars. It offers a rich Greek breakfast in buffet style,
... a fitness center. WiFi is offered throughout. All air-conditioned rooms are stylishly decorated.
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Egnatia Palace Hotel
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Thessaloniki
Country: Greece

Set in an art deco-style building, this upscale hotel is a 14-minute walk from the White Tower of Thessaloniki fortress and an 8-minute walk from Hagios Demetrios church.

Polished,
... decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, minibars and safes; some have balconies
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Hotel Kastoria
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Kastoria
Country: Greece

This cosmopolitan hotel features 37 luxurious and well-equipped rooms (bathroom, satellite-TV, Mini-Bar, A / C, Telephone, Hairdryer, Safe), very good breakfast, convenient parking the cafe-bar with a distinctive Italian design
... with the natural environment and the beautiful lake.
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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website. A non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing, by letter, e-mail, or by fax immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. Insurable risks may be covered under trip cancellation insurance policies, if purchased. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated. We may cancel departures if forced to do so by circumstances such as war, civil or political unrest or what is commonly referred to as force majeure. In these instances we will refund all passengers in full if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date; or, if circumstances do not permit, an alternative will be offered at that time. We will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline change fees, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage under such circumstances. If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given approximately 60 days prior to departure.
Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

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Arleen C.
Sagamore Hills, OH - US
I had been searching for several years for a tour that included Paraguay and was delighted to find this one. The mission visits were excellent, in terms of both the sites and the explanations. The Pipore Yerba Mate tour was terrific and I loved our guide there. Iguazu Falls was spectacular and again, we had a very good guide. Our trip to Purmamarca was surprising and very good. The buses and vans were very good. The hydrofoil trip was good also. All the dinners were wonderful, with excellent food and in lovely locations. The hotels were very good. Overall it was an excellent tour, with many interesting destinations.
Erle J.
Gloucester, ON - CA
A good tour with lots of interesting sites and spectacular scenery. I really learned a lot about these 3 countries and Latin America. I most enjoyed the Jesuit Missions, Iguazu Falls, and the Safari to the Clouds. All the hotels were very good. Meals on the tour were very good. I really liked our tour leader ordering appetizers to be shared which allowed me to try more local foods. Local Guides were either very good or excellent.
Merle H.
Glenview, IL - US
We loved the whole trip and the surprises of touring in between trains. Also some of the little towns for lunch were a delight. The food on this trip was exceptionally great. All the meal choices and ordering off the menu was perfect. Our tour leader ordered tapas for us and a few planned meals were great too. If we hadn't walked as much as we did, we would have gained weight. The best thing was that all the hotels were centrally located and we could walk easily to highlight places and good restaurants. Perfect. You did an outstanding job selecting these hotels. Loved the train (and dashing for two of them). Had never done train travel before and the stations and facilities were mind blowing. First class seats were really nice. Love your guides and quality of local guides. Love AA.
Linda R.
Thunder Bay, ON - CA
We enjoyed the scenic west coast of Ireland the most. In particular, Killarney, Dingle peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands. Also the Giant's Causeway. The local guides in Dublin, Londonderry and Belfast were very good. We had a small van for our small group and it worked out very well. The meals were tasty and substantial. There was generally a good variety of selections. A very good tour.
Vera G.
Victoria, BC - CA
I loved the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Aran Islands. Belfast, Dublin and Killarney were the best cities. The hotels were good and well located. Hotel staff were excellent and rooms were clean and comfortable. Another great Adventures Abroad trip! You never disappoint!
Steven H.
Vancouver, BC - CA
By-and-large the sights, locales, neighbourhoods, etc were extremely interesting. The bus was great! A good size for the group size. It gave us a good sense of a 'home-on-the-road'. I didn't know what to expect for meals and was very pleased with what was presented. Our tour leader, Subash's, knowledge of 'everything Indian', the customs, sights, culture, etc was inexhaustible. He was the perfect person to introduce us to the culture, people, sights and history of India. His insights into the Hindu philosophy were deep, informative and colourful. I consider myself luck to have had him as our guide (almost a mentor). I felt that the quality of the hotels were very good and more often than not, higher than expected. The uniqueness of the two 'Orchard' settings and the desert 'camp' tents were quite fun and very comfortable. Overall: Highly Enjoyable, Very Well Managed, Well thought out Itinerary, Excellent Tour Guide.
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