Dear Friends,

Folkmoot is working with Wilcox Travel to offer an affordable, informative and fun eight day trip to Greece, departing December 27, 2017 and returning January 4, 2018.  This trip is for those interested in history, antiquity, art, archeology, religion, culture, and the joy of traveling to different parts of the world.  No place on this earth brings world history to life more than Greece.

Not only can you be a part of this amazing week, but you can know that your trip is bringing important programming to our community.

Based on the number of trips sold, Folkmoot can earn free trips, which in turn will become raffle/fundraising opportunities that will help Folkmoot with reaching its goal to grow its year round programming.  Therefore, your trip aids Folkmoot’s efforts to increase its role in leading cultural conversations, expand its youth and family programming and continue its efforts to restore the historic Folkmoot Friendship Center so that it can boost the number of concerts, dinners, classes and programs it offers western North Carolina communities.

I think it is safe to say that we all sometimes scratch our heads about the world we live in and wish there was more – and – less.  More understanding, less fear.  More conversation.  More acceptance and kindness and mean-spiritedness.  The celebration of cultural diversity and inclusivity is what Folkmoot has reveled in for almost 35 years with its annual festival.  And now, as we have settled into our Friendship Center home, we have a place to regularly meet, learn, dance, dine, laugh and learn together on a year round basis.

Your decision to travel to Greece will not only make great memories for you, but it will help Folkmoot build programs that will have a lasting effect on our community.  Your trip gives us opportunities for all the good that comes with “more.”

Cordially,

Angeline Schwab, Executive Director

Folkmoot

 

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  • Current round trip economy air fare from Asheville to Athens Greece.
  • Current airport departure taxes, customs & security fees and fuel surcharges.
  • First and superior first-class (3 & 4 star) hotel accommodations throughout (7 nights)
  • Breakfast and dinner daily with a special New Year’s Eve dinner with music.
  • Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide/escort, who meets you upon arrival and stays with the group throughout until returning you to the airport for your flight to U.S.A.
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing including the National Museum in Athens, Delphi Museum and Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki.
  • All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person).
  • All tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.
  • Whispers headsets.
  • Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag and a Greece Guidebook.
  • Individuals who purchase this trip to Greece will also receive a ticket to the Candlelight Closing in 2018.
  • Total cost base price $3,419.00

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplements $ 385.00.
  • Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – cost is $225.00
  • Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary (lunches).
  • Passports
  • Personal Items and Immunizations

 

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DAY 01 – WED. DEC. 27 – DEPART U.S.A.

Today we depart for our overnight international flight to Athens, Greece.

DAY 02 – THU. DEC. 28 – ATHENS

We arrive in Athens this afternoon where our Wilcox Tours agent meets us. Welcome to the capital of Greece! On our way from the airport we’ll enjoy the highlights of modern Athens – we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the University and the National Library. Two overnights in ancient Athens

DAY 03 – FRI. DEC. 29 – ATHENS / CORINTH/ MYCENAE / EPIDAURUS

A scenic drive takes us along the beautiful Peloponnesian Gulf and across the Corinthian Canal to Corinth. In ancient times it was the chief commercial center of Greece.  Here St. Paul lived and preached for almost two years. Visit the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy a traditional Grecian lunch.  Two more major features today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate — Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Then a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater.

DAY 04 – SAT. DEC. 30 – ATHENS / DELPHI

Today we will visit the majestic Parthenon, the Acropolis (where the great dramas of classical Athens were staged), the Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora (great Athenian marketplace), adorned with public buildings and colonnades. We go to nearby Mars’ Hill (or Areopagus) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon.  Next we travel north to the Arachova, a small town famous for its flocati rugs, cheese, honey and wine.  We continue on to the home of the ancient Oracle, Delphi for one overnight.

DAY 05 – SUN. DEC. 31– DELPHI / METEORA / KALAMBAKA

After breakfast, we will visit Delphi, known in mythology as the “Center of the World.”  Today, archaeologist consider it to be one of Greece’s greatest cultural treasures. We will visit the museum to see the bronze “Charioteer” statue along with many other statues and busts of famous figures from the ancient world.  Above the sacred way is the Temple of Apollo and, in front of its entrance, an agora built in Roman times for the purpose of supplying pilgrims visiting the sanctuary. Tonight we’ll have a special New Year’s Eve dinner with music.  Then we drive to Kalmabaka with the hanging monasteries for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – MON. JAN. 1- KALAMBAKA / BEREA / THESSALONIKI

Today we will visit the Monasteries of Meteora, incredibly perched on rocky pinnacles.  The Meteora are unbelievably tall stone giants rising out of what was once a lake bed.  They create one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.  Meaning “suspended in air” the name Meteora came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, all of differing heights, all rising hundreds of feet above the level of the plain.  Today, only six monasteries survive as museums. They are sparsely occupied by a few monks and nuns but they offer a rare glimpse of Orthodox monastic life. Then we drive to Berea where the Apostle Paul arrived.  We will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. Then we continue to Thessalonikithe second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia.  Thessaloniki was named after Alexander the Great’s sister. Here Paul preached to the Jewish community and wrote I and II Thessalonians to this church.   Two overnights in Thessaloniki.

DAY 07 – TUE. JAN. 2 –  THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI

Today we drive to the modern port city of Kavalla, ancient Neapolis.  It was here that Paul (accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy) first set foot in Europe before making his way along the Egnatian Way to Philippi and Thessaloniki.  We continue to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized Lydia of Thyatira (who traded in purple die) making her the first Christian in Europe. Return to Thessaloniki for an afternoon of leisure.

DAY 08 – WED. JAN. 3 – THESSALONIKI / ATHENS

In the morning of our last day in Thessaloniki we will visit the old city ramparts, the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia, and the famous archaeological museum housing priceless collections from all over Macedonia.  On our way back to Athens we stop in Vergina (Ancient Aigai), the first capital of Macedonia. We visit the most important tomb ever discovered, Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. Continue to Athens where we can enjoy a walk in Plaka area with its plenty of shops and taverns.  Dinner and final overnight in Athens.

DAY 09 – THU. JAN. 4 – ATHENS / U.S.A.

Today we proceed toward home on our flight from Athens.

 

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