Drifter Sister
Small Group Tour of
Greece & Turkey

 

 

Africa

Tours to AfricaThis is a thrilling two-week safari to Kenya during the annual migration. Plus, your photos will be amazing because renowned photographer and teacher, Jeff Sink, will be along to help you get stunning photos.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, and then heads to Botswana for game drives in the Okavango Delta.

 

The 8-day Namibia post-trip treats you to the unique experience of the Sossusvlei desert featuring the famous red, and tallest, sand dunes in the world.

 

Croatia & Montenegro

Tours to Croatia-MontenegroThis small group tour combines one of the latest ‘must see’ destinations, Croatia, with a wonderful little country under most folks’ radar, Montenegro – a hidden gem if there ever was one.

 

We begin our adventure in Dubrovnik, Croatia, as we board our mega-yacht, M/S Splendid, and begin our exciting 7-Day Island Hopping Cruise through Croatia’s Dalmatia Coast

 

Week two is on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. Transported by deluxe motor coach, we begin our journey by climbing the scenic old mountain road to “Old Montenegro,” and each day a new adventure awaits.

 

 

Cuba

Tour Cuba

If you have been wanting to see Cuba, now is the time to do it, before it becomes spoiled by a rush of American tourists.

 

Come with me… experience the quirky, sometimes unpredictable and chaotic, yet enterprising life of the Cuban people. Witness their spirit and ingenuity. Marvel at what they can do amidst the crumbling infrastructure. Travel the nearly deserted highways through the gorgeous countryside, with cowboys on horseback, and horse-drawn carts interspersed among the classic cars, trucks and buses.

 

This is a Catch the Wind tour you won’t want to miss, especially now, before Cuba changes, and before the onrushing crowds ruin it.

 

 

France

Tours to FranceDuring the two weeks of our small group tour of France, we will discover the beautiful Minervois villages and the fascinating Languedoc region of South France.

 

This tour is a balance of relaxation and discovery. The region is rich in history (primarily Roman Colonization, and the Cathar movement, which provoked the Albigensian Crusade) and wine production.

Ireland

Tours to IrelandFor two weeks our small group tour of Ireland will explore the Emerald Isle, escorted in our luxurious and spacious motor coach.

 

We will discover the myriad beautiful, charming and mysterious sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald Isle, making a wide circle, primarily around the coast. ‘Must See’ locations, such as Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the ‘Quiet Man’ country of Connemara, and more will be interspersed with lesser known local gems, such as Cobh, Doolin, the Aran Island of Inish Mor, and New Grange.

Luxurious Spa

Luxurious SpaOur small group tour of a week of pampering at Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico is an experience you don't want to miss. And it’s a great bargain!

 

This family-owned and operated Spa has been in operation since the mid 19th century and is the most relaxing and beautiful place one can imagine.

Spain

Tours of Andalucia, Spain

This small group tour of Spain is an in-depth exploration of a most treasured region - ANDALUCIA!

 

Rich in Spanish traditions influenced by the ancient Moors, sunshine, olive groves, white pueblo villages, tapas, Sangria... Spain's Andalucia contains all this and more, and we will have two weeks to enjoy it to the fullest!

 

Highlights include three guided tours, a visit and show at the famous Andalucian Equestrian School, and an authentic Flamenco Show at an intimate, locally owned establishment. Two meals are included daily, as well as rental cars, including gas.

 

Lodging will be in Haciendas and hotels, conveniently located within walking distance of historic city centers, shops and attractions. Three 4-night stays help make this an in-depth experience and adventure you don’t want to miss!

 

Tuscany

Tours to TuscanyStaying in a villa on a small group tour of Tuscany is one of the least expensive, and perhaps most rewarding, travel experiences one can enjoy.

 

We stay one week each in two villas, which are strategically chosen for convenient day trips throughout central Tuscany. First is Borgo Corsignano, a renovated medieval village in the lovely Casentino Valley. Our second villa is San Giuseppe, near Sienna, a big, old restored farmhouse with six bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms).

Let's Go to Greece/Turkey

 

September 10-25, 2021

One week on a gulet exploring the famous Turquoise Coast of Turkey. One week flotilla of 4 catamarans exploring Greece's 'green islands' (Corfu and surrounding islets).

 

 

September 4-11, 2021

Pre-trip Extension on land

exploring the Peloponnese

(Delphi, Olympia, Meteora, etc.)

 

THIS TOUR IS FULL

 

Summary

How exciting is this?!? Two to three weeks immersed in the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world.

 

GREEK & TURKISH ISLES CRUISE

Our 14-day adventure will begin with a flotilla of 3 to 4 catamarans exploring the Ionian Sea including Corfu and its surrounding islets. Each catamaran has a skipper and cook. From there we will fly to Turkey to board our very own privately chartered gulet to travel along the Turquoise Coast. For two full weeks we will explore smaller coves for swimming and water sports. There will be no night sailing, so we will have the time to experience 'real' life in each port in both Greece and Turkey, without the crowds, after the big ships leave. You will love it!

 

 

 

 

 

Mediterranean Sea yacht

Mediterranean Sea bow

CLASSICAL GREECE LAND TOUR

Private seven-day guided motor coach tour of the ancient sites of the Peloponnese, including Napflio, Delphi and Olympia, ending with a tour of the famous and mysterious cliff-top monasteries of Meteora. One night at the beginning and two nights at the end in Athens, with a full day dedicated to a self-guided visit to the Parthenon, the new Acropolis Museum, and nearby Plaka shopping area will round out the adventure. This land tour can be booked separately or added as an extension to the Greek Isles Cruise.

 

 

You can choose just the two week Ionian Sea and Turquoise Coast tour or add the pre-trip Peloponnese land tour to enjoy the full archeological experience. The week in the Peloponnese will be first, providing background for the history and archeological sites on the islands. The catamaran portion will begin from Athens. We will then fly or take a ferry to Marmaris, on the Turkish coast to begin our adventure along the Turkish Turquoise Coast. You can then fly home from Istanbul, or take a short flight to Athens and depart from there.

 

This is truly a SPECIAL tour package you will not want to miss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

How exciting is this?!? Two to three weeks immersed in the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world.

 

GREEK & TURKISH ISLES CRUISE

Our 14-day adventure will begin with a flotilla of 3 to 4 catamarans exploring the Ionian Sea including Corfu and its surrounding islets. Each catamaran has a skipper and cook. From there we will fly to Turkey to board our very own privately chartered gulet to travel along the Turquoise Coast. For two full weeks we will explore smaller coves for swimming and water sports. There will be no night sailing, so we will have the time to experience 'real' life in each port in both Greece and Turkey, without the crowds, after the big ships leave. You will love it!

 

 

 

 

 

Mediterranean Sea yacht

Mediterranean Sea bow

CLASSICAL GREECE LAND TOUR

Private seven-day guided motor coach tour of the ancient sites of the Peloponnese, including Napflio, Delphi and Olympia, ending with a tour of the famous and mysterious cliff-top monasteries of Meteora. One night at the beginning and two nights at the end in Athens, with a full day dedicated to a self-guided visit to the Parthenon, the new Acropolis Museum, and nearby Plaka shopping area will round out the adventure. This land tour can be booked separately or added as an extension to the Greek Isles Cruise.

 

 

 

You can choose just the two week Ionian Sea and Turquoise Coast tour or add the pre-trip Peloponnese land tour to enjoy the full archeological experience. The week in the Peloponnese will be first, providing background for the history and archeological sites on the islands. The catamaran portion will begin from Athens. We will then fly or take a ferry to Marmaris, on the Turkish coast to begin our adventure along the Turkish Turquoise Coast. You can then fly home from Istanbul, or take a short flight to Athens and depart from there.

 

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Week 1 - GREECE LAND TOUR

 

(All Breakfasts, 6 Dinners and 1 Lunch included)

Day 1 – Marina Zea, Piraeus - Athens (D)

 

Marina Zea Parthenon Ruins

 

  • Departure in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus
  • Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast on board
  • Transfer to Athens
  • 'Land Only' passengers arrive
  • Welcome Dinner included
  • Overnight at Athens Hotel

Day 2 - Corinth – Epidaurus - Napflio (B, D)

 

Corinth Canal Corinth Canal
  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Early departure by motor coach
  • Short stop at Corinth Canal
  • Drive to Epidaurus to visit the Theatre
  • Arrive Napflio and have afternoon and evening to explore this charming town
  • Dinner included
  • Overnight in Napflio

 

 

Epidarus Epidaurus
Epidarus Napflio Fort

Day 3 - Mycenae - Olympia (B, D)

 

Nafpaktos Nafpaktos Harbor

 

  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for Olympia, with visit to Mycenae along the way
  • Dinner at hotel included
  • Overnight in Olympia

 

Mycenae Mycenae

Day 4 – Olympia - Delphi (B, D)

 

Delphi, Greece Olympia

 

  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning visit to the archaeological site and museum of Olympia
  • Drive via Patra to Rion, across the channel to Antirion on the new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe
  • Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi
  • Dinner at hotel included
  • Overnight in Delphi

 

Entrance to the Olympic Stadium Entrance to the Olympic Stadium
Entrance to the Olympic Stadium Rion-Antirion Bridge

Day 5 - Delphi - Meteora (B, D)

 

Delphi, Greece Delphi

 

  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning visit to the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi
  • Depart for Kalambaka
  • Drive through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala
  • Arrive in Kalambaka
  • Dinner included
  • Overnight in Kalambaka

 

Sunrise View from Delphi hotel room (2010 tour)
Oracle of Delphi Oracle of Delphi
Delphi Museum

Day 6 – Meteora - Athens (B, L)

 

Meteora Monastery Meteora Monastery
  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning visit to the breathtaking rocky formations and monasteries of Meteora
  • Lunch in Kalambaka included
  • Early afternoon start the drive back to Athens, passing via Thermopylae and Kammena
  • Dinner on your own
  • Overnight at Athens hotel

 

Meteora Monastery Meteora Monastery

Day 7 – Athens (B, D)

 

Acropolis Acropolis
  • Buffet Breakfast at hotel
  • Full day for self-guided sightseeing in Athens
  • Our hotel is within short walking distance to:
    • Acropolis
    • Museum
    • Temple of Zeus
    • Parliament building and changing of the guards
    • Plaka shopping area
  • Farewell Dinner included
  • Overnight at Athens hotel
Parliament Building Guard Change
Temple of Zeus

Day 8 – Athens

 

After breakfast at our hotel, our journey through historical Greece ends, we say goodbye to the friends we’ve made along the way, and depart for home and the real world or continue on to Corfu to begin our catamaran adventure in the Ionian Sea.

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Inclusions

TURKEY

 

Included

 

  • Flight Athens to Turkey
  • 7 Nights Accommodations on gulet Bahreyeli D
  • Meals
    • Breakfast and Lunch daily
  • Excellent professionally licensed English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Crew Tips
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in itinerary

 

 

 

Not Included

 

  • Airfare to Istanbul (if doing only Turkey portion)
  • One meal per day
  • Drinks not included
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommended – ~5% of trip cost – Travel Guard available)

 

 

IONIAN SEA CATAMARAN FLOTILLA

 

Included

 

  • Transfers
    • Athens airport – Port
    • Port to Athens Airport
  • 7 Nights Accommodation on our four privately chartered catamarans
  • 1 Night Athens
  • Meals
    • Breakfast buffet and one main meal daily
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • Crew Tips

 

Not Included

 

  • Beverages (except those mentioned above)
  • One meal daily (lunch or dinner)
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommended – ~5% of trip cost – Travel Guard available)

 

GREECE LAND TOUR

Included

 

  • Transfers
    • Airport to Athens hotel
    • Athens Hotel to Athens Airport
  • Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Athens Hotel
    • First Class hotels while on land tour
      • 1 Night Napflio
      • 1 Night Delphi
      • 1 Night Olympia
      • 1 Night Kalambaka
  • Meals
    • 7 Buffet Breakfasts
    • 6 Dinners, including special Welcome & Farewell dinners in Athens
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • Deluxe Motor Coach Transportation
  • Guide and Driver Tips
  • Bottled Water
  • Entrance to Archeological Sites and Museums

 

Not Included

 

  • Beverages (except complimentary coffee and tea with meals)
  • 1 Dinner in Athens
  • Hotel Bell and Housekeeping Tips
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Trip Insurance (Highly Recommended – ~5% of trip cost – Travel Guard available)

 

 

 

     

Accommodations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREECE LAND TOUR

 

Parthenon Hotel, Athens (or equivalent) - 3 Nights

Trip Advisor: 4 Stars (362 Excellent, 414 Very Good) - Location, location, location

 

Hotel Parthenon, Athens, Greece

 

“The Parthenon Hotel in Athens is perfectly located at the end of the pedestrian street that runs along the Acropolis. It's only a short walk to most of the locations you want to visit. The staff is friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and spacious (if a bit Spartan). The location is great because you have numerous restaurants all around you. There is a full service bar, … . We'd definitely stay at the Parthenon again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Parthenon, Athens, GreeceHotel Parthenon, Athens, GreeceHotel Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Hotel Marianna, Napflio (or equivalent) – 1 Night

Trip Advisor: #2 in Napflio, 5 Stars (326 Excellent, 70 Very Good)

 

Amalia Hotel, Delphi, Greece“We arrived at the Pension Marianna with high expectations after reading numerous positive reviews, and it still managed to exceed those expectations. The setting is stunning, with quite possibly one of the finest vistas we've witnessed from an accommodation - you get an almost panoramic view of the town of Nafplio, the sea and the distant mountain ranges. Just be aware that the penalty (if you can call it that) for such a splendid sight is lots of steps to climb to reach it from the town! 
The room itself was dripping with character and very comfortable. Furthermore, the owners are very welcoming and hospitable, and provide breakfast on the bar terrace with the aforementioned killer views for you to enjoy whilst eating. 
Overall, a gorgeous accommodation in an equally gorgeous part of the world!.”

 

Amalia Hotel, Delphi, GreeceAmalia Hotel, Delphi, GreeceAmalia Hotel, Delphi, GreeceAmalia Hotel, Delphi, Greece

Amalia Hotel, Delphi – 1 Night

Trip Advisor: 4 Stars (49 Excellent, 133 Very Good)

 

Amalia Hotel, Delphi, Greece

 

“This hotel is a gem - a well designed hotel. It’s set in a beautiful location in the hills of Delphi and has a great pool. The beds were a tad hard, but everything else was great. The retro feel of the building, decor and furniture is really nice. A good buffet style breakfast was provided.”

 

 

 

Amalia Hotel, Delphi, GreeceAmalia Hotel, Delphi, Greece

Best Western Europa, Olympia – 1 Night

Trip Advisor: #1 Olympia, 4 ½ Stars (380 Excellent, 106 Very Good)

 

Best Western Europa Hotel, Olympia, Greece“Comfortable, clean, roomy. Gorgeous pool. Dining on the grass behind the pool looking out over the valley! Staff does not LET you become uncomfortable. The perfect place to stay...bar none. Simply Awesome. And quite affordable for the luxury they provide. And breakfast is an extensive and well stocked buffet style. Minutes from the modern Olympia town (charming in its own right)...”

 

Best Western Europa Hotel, Olympia, GreeceBest Western Europa Hotel, Olympia, Greece

Divani Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka (or equivalent) – 1 Night

 

 

Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka

 

“Divani is located at the end of the main street, very easy to walk to restaurants. The view from hotel is spectacular and views of the monasteries from the glass elevator on the way up to your room is a nice touch”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meteora Hotel, KalambakaMeteora Hotel, KalambakaMeteora Hotel, Kalambaka

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Price

Prices are current as of February 2020

 

GREEK IONIAN ISLES CRUISE

(10 minimum - 14 maximum)

$3,500 per person

- All cabins are single occupancy for Greek Ionian Sea Catamaran Adventure

 

 

TURKEY'S TURQUOISE COAST CRUISE

(10 minimum - 14 maximum)

$2,000 per person, double occupancy

- All cabins double occupancy with ensuite bathroom and two beds per cabin

 

7-NIGHT CLASSICAL GREECE LAND TOUR TO THE PELOPONNESE including NAPFLIO, DELPHI, OLYMPIA & METEORA, plus 3 Nights in Athens

(Minimum 6 - Maximum 14)

$2,000

- All prices per person, double occupancy

- Single Supplement $TBD(an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

$1,000 Deposit ($500 if just doing Land Tour) due April 15, 2021, or upon sign up after this date

Final Payment due July 1, 2021.

 

 

 

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Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel 120 days prior to departure (for any reason), you will receive 100% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. If a cancellation occurs between 119 and 75 days prior to departure, you will receive a 75% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. In the case of a cancellation after 75 days prior to departure, a 50% refund of monies paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister, will be allowed only if the trip is full and a replacement can be found for you. Otherwise there will be no refund.

 

 

How to Book

 

How To Book

 

  • First, review the first item on the FAQ page to check out the physical requirements for this tour.
  • Send an email of your interest to ihla@driftersister.com, or call Drifter Sister at 702-294-4365.
  • Secure your spot by sending $100 Good Faith check (made out to Drifter Sister) to:

 

Drifter Sister
P.O. Box 60042
Boulder City, NV    89006


OR

 

Pay through PayPal

 

(For your convenience we offer this credit card payment option for the Deposits. However, for the Trip Deposit, we must include PayPal's 2.9% fee.)

 

Payment Type

 

  • When the Good Faith deposit is received, sign-up paperwork will be sent to you via email. Please let me know if you would prefer it to be sent via snail mail.
  • Deposit for this trip is $1,000, and is due by April 15, 2021, or upon sign-up.
  • Final payment will be due 60 days prior to departure. A separate invoice will be sent to you for this payment.
  • Good Faith and Initial Deposits can be made by PayPal (see above). All other payments must be by check made out to Drifter Sister.

 

NOTE: Your Good Faith deposit is applied to the cost of the trip, and is fully refundable if you must cancel for any reason.

 

 

FAQ

 


 

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

Q. Are there physical limitations for this trip?

A. There is a lot of walking required on this tour. Active adults of all ages are welcome. You will need to be able to get in and out of busses and on and off the boats, take care of your own luggage, and walk a lot. The ruins, museums, and other attractions have stairs and uneven surfaces. I am sorry, but I cannot accommodate wheelchair-bound clients.

Q. Is there a limitation on luggage?

A. I strongly suggest you not bring multiple or large pieces of luggage. Space on the catamarans is extremely limited.

Q. What is a reasonable size for luggage?

A. One medium-sized bag and one small carry-on per person. As you pack, remember that nothing fancy is planned. If you are a couple, each should have his/her own medium-sized piece of luggage, instead of sharing one big one. The hotels will have laundry service available at a cost.

Q. What is the dress code for this trip?

A. If you are doing just Greece and/or Turkey, it will be very casual on the boats. We will live in our bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts. You might want a loose skirt and overblouse for visiting churches on the islands. However one or two nicer casual outfit(s) is appropriate for evening and special meals.

Churches in Greece and Turkey have very strict dress codes, especially for women. They do not allow sleeveless tops, shorts or even skirts that show any part of the legs. This applies to men as well. Women should bring a long skirt, or long shawl that can wrap around the waist. At some locations, including Meteora, they will provide skirts.

Q. What will the weather be like?

A. We will be there early to mid-September, so we can expect it to be quite warm.

  • Average temps in September:
    • Marmaris, Turkey: hi 88, low 73, Precipitation: ~ 1"
    • Athens: hi 83, low 67, Precipitation: ~ 1"

Q. Do we need airline tickets?

A. No. But remember to bring your flight e-ticket documentation to the airport with you, and keep it with you the entire trip. You will need it to do your initial check in, both coming and going. You should be able to log on to the airline web sites to print your boarding passes in advance if you like (within 24 hours of the flight). Don’t be alarmed, though, if it won’t let you; sometimes international flights must be done in person at the airport. You may also call the airline and give them your frequent flyer number to ensure you receive credit for your miles. Or be sure to have your frequent flyer number with you and do it at the airport upon arrival.

 

LODGING

 

Q. Do we all have our own bathroom?

A. Yes. The bathrooms are en suite at all hotels and in the catamarans & gulet.

Q. Are the beds twins or doubles?

A. For the land tour, I reserve twin rooms for everyone (two twin beds). If you prefer a double, please let me know. On the catamarans, each person will have their own cabin. Two people may share one bathroom. On the Turkish gulet, all the cabins are double, with two beds and one bathroom.

Q. Do we need to bring face cloths?

A. Yes. Face cloths are not provided. They are rarely provided in Europe. (Tip: consider cutting up an old towel into wash cloth sized squares. Bring a supply along, use one for a few days and then throw it out. Your luggage will get lighter each time, and you won’t have to worry about carting a damp wash cloth from place to place.)

Q. Are there hair dryers at the places will be staying?

A. If this is important to you, ask me individually and I will find out of the vessels have hair dryers in the cabins. For the Peloponnese extension, the hotels will have them.

Q. What about TP. I've heard the quality in Europe is not good.

A. Their TP is just like ours now

 

ELECTRONICS

 

Q. Is Wi-Fi available where we will be staying?

A. Perhaps not on the boats, but is included at most, if not all, of the hotels. There may be a charge for it at the hotels.

Q. Is there a computer available where we will be staying?

A. There are computers for guests’ use at some of the hotels, but we can’t count on it.

Q. Are electrical outlets different in Turkey & Greece?

A. Yes. You will need to bring an adaptor. This can be picked up at most luggage stores, and K-Mart or Wal Mart, or ordered on line through TravelSmith.com or Magellan.com. You can get some practical advice from the tip "Dealing with Electricity" on the Home page on this website, plus the website www.enjoy-europe.com. This is an excellent site. In addition to “Electricity in Europe,” check it out for articles on “Riding the Rails & Waves,” “What to Wear,” "Driving the Roads in Europe,” “Communicating as You Travel,” and more. Converters will not be necessary for your electronic gadgets, however if you are bringing an American hair dryer and/or curling iron you will need a converter.

Q. Are there TVs?

A. Many of our lodgings on the Peloponnese extension will have TVs in the rooms. Not in the boats.

 

MONEY

 

Q. What type of currency do they use in Turkey & Greece?

A. The Euro in Greece, the Turkish Lira in Turkey, however they readily accept euros

Q. I heard that credit cards are not always accepted and that we should bring debit cards for the ATM machine.

A. I have never had (or known anyone who has had) a problem using their Visa card. I’ve noticed some merchants will not take American Express, though (Discover might be a problem, as well), but usually Visa and MasterCard are accepted everywhere. You will need some cash (euros) while there, and it is best to use your ATM cards to withdraw from the ATM machines. Remember to check that it is has a 4-digit pin number. Foreign ATMs won’t accept more than 4 digits.

Q. Should I get euros before I leave?

A. That’s up to you. If it’s convenient, through your bank, perhaps you might want to do so. But it’s not necessary, and I wouldn’t recommend it because there are usually fees involved.

Q. How can I get euros while there?

A. ATM’s are everywhere, so you should have a debit card that enables you to withdraw funds

    • Know your network.
    • Cirrus (Master Card) and Plus (Visa) are the most common.
    • Make sure your checking account has enough funds in it to cover your anticipated withdrawals, just in case. The ATM’s don’t give you a choice of checking or savings, and they don’t transfer funds.
    • Check your daily withdrawal limit before you go so you will know how much you can take out in a day
    • Check for fees imposed (so you won’t have any surprises). My credit union charges a 1% International transaction fee, banks may charge more. The ATM’s charge as well.
    • European ATMs accept only 4-digit pin numbers (no letters). If yours has more than that, be sure you get it changed before you go.
    • This is very important. Let your bank and credit card company know you are going. Otherwise, they may put a hold on your card and/or not allow your purchases.

Q. What can I expect to spend?

A. You will need to purchase a lunch or dinner most days, plus beverages other than those on the Itinerary, between meal snacks, and souvenirs.

Q. What is the tipping etiquette in Greece & Turkey?

A. Most gratuities are included in the price of the tour, however if you find yourself in a situation requiring tipping, you can use the following guidelines:

    • Restaurants – 10% if not included in the bill
    • Baggage Handling: 1 Euro per bag
    • Hotel Housekeeping: 1 Euro per night
    • Taxis – Just round up the fare

 

COMMUNICATING WITH THE HOME FRONT

 

Q. Are there phones in the rooms?

A. Some of the rooms on the Peloponnese extension will have phones.

Q. How can we get in touch with friends/relatives at home?

A.

    • You can use your mobile or SmartPhone. (You will need to talk to your carrier about coverage and charges while in Greece & Turkey)
    • I have an iPad, which can be used for emails or to make calls using Skype, and which you are welcome to use when I am not using it. It must have a Wi-Fi connection available for this.
    • Skype is a very good way to communicate. If the recipient also has Skype, you can call from or to anywhere in the world for free. If they do not have Skype, there is a small per minute charge.

 

NOTE: Please be advised that if you have important business to conduct while on this tour, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for communications.

 

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Testimonials

2013

 

"Our trip to Turkey started out as a footnote; accompanying a trip to Greece.  It ended up being the most wonderful part of our adventure.  The dwellings at Cappadocia (one of the most unique-mystical experiences we've ever had); now rates as one of our favorite places in the world. 
"The people we met all over Turkey were gracious and kind.  The food . . . well, it was amazing.  What a treat.  Another wonderful surprise: the Greek and Roman ruins.  They were more complete and fascinating than anything we saw in Greece.  Thank you, Ihla - for a wonderful (and surprising) addition to a lifetime of awe-inspiring travels."
- Joanie and Bill G (Turkey)

 

"My second Greek islands cruise [with Ihla] was just as great as the first!  The mega-yacht was just the perfect size to roam around the islands.  The beauty of a small boat cruise is that you can explore as much as you want on the islands, with your own mega-yacht awaiting your return to take you to the next island and adventure!" - Stephanie S. (Greece)

 

"Trip was well planned and lots of fun." - Anne P. (Turkey, Greece)

 

"Touring the Greek Isles on a beautiful yacht for one week?  Sounds like the good life?  It was.  The food was delicious; and being on a ship, small enough to dock next to each town, was a treat.  It gave us lots of time to explore the islands.  The best part of our trip . . . Ihla.  She was the perfect guide (friend!): helpful, supportive, knowledgeable, and soooooo nice!  Thank you for setting up a wonderful adventure." -        Joanie and Bill G. (Greece)

 

"Ihla does it again!  Turkey was a remarkable trip and we had the opportunity to see the sights and visit with locals to learn about their amazing country.  Everything you could hope for!" - Stephanie S. (Turkey)

 

"One of the best compliments we can give - is that the three-week trip went by so incredibly fast.  We had an amazing time.  Ihla's organization of the itinerary was masterful: from the accommodations; to the amazing adventures; to the jam-packed "fun" stuff to do and explore; beautifully accompanied by her respectful and nurturing manner.  It was a perfect blend: of opening up amazing experiences in unique places around the world; and guiding/celebrating our adventures (that we set out on - by ourselves).  We got our money's worth by the first week of the three-week trip.  Everything from then on was "icing on the cake"; and it sure was delicious!  Having traveled all over the world - this was the most relaxing, fun-filled adventure we've ever had.  Ihla was our safety net for every little detail.  We just sat back and enjoyed the ride of a lifetime.  We can't wait to travel with the "Drifter Sister" again.  We are fans of Ihla's.  Sign us up!!" - Joanie and Bill G. (Greece, Turkey, Peloponnese Extension)

 

2010

 

Testimonial from one of our clients“Before going on this trip I would not have considered myself to be a tour type person … Now I look forward to being able to join Ihla on one of her future trips.” – Wendy I.

 

 

 

Testimonital from one of our clients“This is my second trip with Ihla! She takes all the worry out of traveling, and never misses a beat. You will always get more than what you paid for during the trips.” – Judi A.

 

 

Drifter Sister Catch the Wind Tours Clients“If Ihla goes where we want to go we’ll go at the drop of the hat!” – Ron & Sharon K.

 

 

Testimonial from our clients“This was hands-down the best trip we have ever taken. The gorgeous islands, the amazing turquoise Aegean sea, the beauty of the Peloponnese, and standing in the ORIGINAL Olympic stadium was more than we ever expected. We can't wait to go again!” – Steve & Nancy C.