Greece and the Island of Naxos

Trip Overview

CALL TO JOIN THE WAITLIST! Mid-September 2017 is the ideal time to travel back in time to ancient Greece where you will delight in the warmth of the Greek people, the beauty of classic Greek architecture, enjoy Greek cooking at its finest, and hike through scenic byways in white-washed Greek villages.

If you watched the movie Mama Mia!, at some point you probably moaned, “Oh, I want to be there!” Well, here’s your chance. This trip is packed with everything Greek: sunshine and olive trees, Delphi and the Acropolis, soft-sand beaches, lavender-turquoise water, and villages drenched in mythology, history, and charm. Greece is to traveling as the great Dusenbergs were to car touring: classic, unforgettable, fundamental, and exotic! Greece is Socrates and Plato, Zorba and Shirley Valentine. It is ancient feuds that read like soap operas. A country so precious that gods and goddesses waged war over it.

In Greece, time, as we know it in the West, does not exist. "Right away", "soon", and "in five minutes" are assurances that can rarely be taken at face value. We believe this should be your "mode" while on vacation in Greece - in this sunlit, olive-scented land, where writers have penned that "of all the people on earth, the Greeks have best lived the dream of life."

Find the mythology and history of ancient Greece around every corner as you explore the Greek mainland and a magical, less-traveled island in the Cyclades. Expert guides will introduce you to the ancient mysteries of the classic Parthenon in Athens and then Delphi, considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met, to behold the "Oracle" and Dephi's treasures. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Walk through the natural beauty of the mountainous and off-the-beaten-path treasures of Mount Pelion. Called the "land of the Centaurs" (and also famous for the movie Mama Mia!), Mount Pelion is a glorious combination of the mountain and the sea, and more than twenty charming cliff side villages, each with lovely architecture unique to Pelion. Eenjoy beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque hiking, and a regional Greek cooking class here.

Then you'll travel to the Cycladic island culture of Naxos, where Ariadne was abandoned by Theseus after saving him from the Minotaur on Crete. Explore on walking excursions, visit captivating island villages and historic sites, enjoy an optional sailing excursion, or just relax on the beach.

All along the way you'll eat scrumptious food in restaurants where the local Greeks eat, and soak up the sun, the sea, the ancient ruins, and the history.... which will take your breath away. The inspiration of Greece will leave you glowing, and changed forever, as we travel in true Greek fashion and enjoy a veritable feast for the body, mind, and spirit.

Don't miss this fascinating "deep dive" into the treasures of Greece in Fall 2017!

 

Main Attractions

  • Stand where Plato and Socrates once debated politics and philosophy.
  • Explore the Pelion Peninsula and visit one of its charming villages where the movie Mama Mia! was filmed.
  • Discover the picturesque village of Makrynitsa, the "balcony of Mt. Pelion."
  • Enjoy a private hands-on cooking class, learning about Greek cuisine, and savor the fruits of your labor for lunch!
  • Walk through the ruins of Delphi, considered by Greeks to be the center of the known world and home to the famous "oracle."
  • Fly to the island of Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic Greek islands, and spend 4 days exploring the villages and treasures on the "island of Dionysus, god of wine."
  • Stay in luxury and boutique hotels throughout our journey.

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sailing (optional)
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Greece and the Island of Naxos

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Depart the US for Athens, Greece
Meals aloft

Day 2

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Arrive in Athens, Greece
Today you arrive at the Athens Airport and are transferred to the hotel in Athens.

Athens, the modern capital of Greece, was the cultural center of the ancient world as well as home to many notable Greeks, perhaps the best-known being the philosopher Socrates, and the playwright Sophocles, author of Oedipus Rex.

At 5:00pm, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for trip orientation and a guided walking tour of the old town of Athens. Walk to the Monument of Lysikrates, then continue on the pedestrian pathway that surrounds the Acropolis, passing the ancient Agora, where Plato and Socrates once debated politics and philosophy. Wandering into Monastiraki, a unique shopping district in Old Athens with small shops and street vendors, stop at a lovely outdoor restaurant for a light supper.
Dinner

Your hotel for the next two nights is the Electra Palace Hotel, a 4-star superior boutique hotel. All rooms are double superior with views of the Acropolis.

Overnight Electra Palace Hotel - Acropolis view
18 - 20 N Nikodimou Street, Athens, 105 57
800-916-4339
http://electrahotels.gr/en/athens/electra-palace-athens/

Stately, with the air of an era long gone, the Electra Palace Athens is hospitable and aristocratic, and located in the heart of the city. Classical in its architecture and design, blending beautifully with the noble historical buildings of the Plaka area, the hotel’s elegant luxury is complemented by the majestic views of the Acropolis that can be enjoyed from the rooftop restaurant, pool, rooms and suites.

Day 3

Thursday, September 14 - Exploring Athens
This morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin your private walking tour of Athens, visiting the marbled temples of the Acropolis. The Acropolis hill (Acro - edge, Polis - city), so-called the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the city and constitutes one of the most recognizable monuments in the world.

It is the most significant reference point of ancient Greek culture, as well as the symbol of the city of Athens itself as it represents the height of artistic development in the 5th century BC. Afterward, you'll explore the Acropolis Museum and discover a state-of-the-art museum housing the unique finds and architectural sculptures of the Acropolis, as well as the remains of a neighborhood of ancient Athens. During the museum's construction, ancient roads, houses, bathhouses, stores and workshops were found. It is a marvelous addition to the complex of museums in Athens.

Today you have a free afternoon before gathering in the evening for our Welcome Dinner.
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Electra Palace Hotel - Acropolis view

Day 4

Friday, September 15 - Mt. Pelion
In the morning you'll join your guide and drive to Mt. Pelion, the land of the Centaurs as well as the place where the first part of the movie Mama Mia was filmed. Spend the next three days exploring its beautiful villages characterized by winding cobblestone streets, blooming courtyards, flagstone-paved squares, shaded by plane trees and lovely houses in architectural style particular to this region.

Upon arrival in the village of Portaria, check into your lovely hotel, the Xenia, for the next three nights.

Late afternoon, meet your guide to take a walk into the village of Makriynitsa, the "balcony of Mt. Pelion." You'll explore this picturesque mountain village, including a visit to the folklore museum (upon availability), and take an easy 2-3 hour walk (with an option to shorten it if desired) above and around the village on a mule path through beautiful forest vegetation. Ending your walk, dine together at a favorite local taverna.
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Xenia Portaria Hotel - panoramic sea view room
Portaria Pelion 37 011, Greece
Tel (+30) 24280 99980-3, Fax (+30) 24280 99526
info@xeniaportarias.gr
www.xeniaportarias.gr

One of the most beautiful “ornaments” of Pelion, Portaria, the Xenia Portaria Hotel is considered the ideal place for every traveler who seeks a quality vacation. Its natural beauty, architectural style, mansion houses, places of interest and especially its unique picture-postcard setting, make it the ideal destination and a splendid base for memorable excursions.

Day 5

Saturday, September 16 - Private Cooking Class and Free Time
Mid-morning, make your way to a private cooking class, where you will learn about the cuisine of Pelion during a hands-on cooking experience. Savor the fruits of our labor for lunch, and then enjoy a free afternoon and evening.
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Xenia Portaria Hotel - panoramic sea view room

Day 6

Sunday, September 17 - Exploring the Villages of Mt. Pelion
Set out this morning on a full day tour of Mt. Pelion, to explore the countryside and its picturesque villages on the eastern side of the mountain. You'll have ample opportunities for exploring mountain villages, hiking on old, restored mulepaths, and swimming in the clear, bright waters of the sparkling sea.

Returning to Portaria later in the afternoon, you can choose to eat dinner on your own in one of the many wonderful restaurants!
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Xenia Portaria Hotel - panoramic sea view rooms

Day 7

Monday, September 18 - Mt. Pelion to Delphi
After breakfast, head to Delphi, the center of the ancient world (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and one of the most beautiful sites in all of Greece.

According to Greek legend, Zeus released two eagles in opposite directions from the ends of the earth to determine its center. They met in Delphi. Situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus in a landscape of remarkable beauty and majesty, Delphi was thus considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met. It was the place on earth where man was closest to the gods.

Delphi may be most renowned for the oracle of Delphi. The oracle was a spiritual experience during which the spirit of Apollo was asked for advice on critical matters relating to people’s lives or affairs of state. Questions were asked to the Pythia (priestess) who channeled the spirit of the god and answered in riddles that were open to the interpretation of the inquirer. As the reputation of the oracle at Delphi grew, the sanctuary began to develop into an international center as the Greek city-states brought offerings. As the area grew in wealth, it became the center of a 12-state federation that held great political power. It remained an important religious center into Roman times.

After checking into your hotel, the Amalia, take a leisurely 3 hour walk on Mt. Parnassus. Begin the hike from the Corycian caves, where the Nymphs of Greek mythology lived, and a place of worship for Pan. During the walk we have lovely vistas of the Peloponnese and the Corinthian Gulf.

Tonight you are on your own to enjoy a free evening in this busy mountain village.
Breakfast, Lunch OR Dinner

Overnight Amalia Hotel - classic room
1, Apollonos St., Delphi,33054, Greece
Tel.: +30 22650 82101
Fax: +30 22650 82290
delphi@amaliahotels.com
http://www.amaliahoteldelphi.gr/

The Amalia Delphi has an exquisite location at the foot of mount Parnassus. It offers a panoramic view to the green valley, all the way to the sea, Itea, and the beautiful town of Galaxidi.

Day 8

Tuesday, September 19 - Delphi to the Island of Naxos
With your guide, discover Delphi's charming, small archaeological museum and view the magnificent finds from the ancient site dating from prehistoric to Roman times. Perhaps the most famous and the most photographed exhibit is the remarkable bronze statue of the "Charioteer."

Then you'll visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Castilian Spring, the Temple of Apollo, the treasuries, the theater, and the stadium - all situated on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus in a landscape of remarkable beauty and majesty.

Following this tour, drive to the Athens Airport for our flight to Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands. In mythology, Naxos is the island of Dionysus, god of wine, and Sriadne, who was jilted and left there by Theseus. On arrival in Naxos, a private transfer awaits to take you to the Villa Marandi, your lovely hotel on the beach. Take a swim in the sea or relax at the hotel. You'll gather for dinner in the evening.
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Villa Marandi All Suites Hotel - classic room
PO Box 2980, 84300 Stelida, Naxos, Greece
Tel: +30 22850 24652
Fax: +30 22850 24784
e-mail: info@villa-marandi-naxos.com
http://www.villa-marandi-naxos.com/

The Villa Marandi All Suites luxury boutique hotel is a very special place on the beautiful island of Naxos, Greece. Set on a quiet beach, just 3 miles from the town of Naxos, the hotel and décor of the comfortable suites of Villa Marandi has been inspired by the elements of the sea. Shells, stones and driftwood create a relaxing atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Being centrally located, you are able to enjoy the best beaches on the island and also be close enough to everything to learn the history of Naxos. From the hotel you also have a breathtaking view of the imposing "Portara" of the Apollo temple. Staying here for four nights, right on the beach, is a great way to end our trip!

Day 9

Wednesday, September 20 - The Island of Naxos
This morning you make your way to Chora, the island capital, to meet your local guide for a private half-day walking exploration of the Kastro, the medieval fortress (or castle) at the center of Naxos town.

After lunch together in town, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Swim in the sea, or the beautiful hotel pool. Lounge on the deck, or explore more of the town. The choice is all yours!
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Villa Marandi Hotel - classic room

Day 10

Thursday, September 21 - The Villages of Naxos
Today you set out with your guide to explore some of the most picturesque villages on Naxos, visiting local sites and museums along the way. The villages are each of distinctive interest. Hike from Melanes, where you find the sites of two Kourai lying unfinished in their original positions (Kouros is the modern term given to a free-standing ancient Greek sculpture which first appeared in the Archaic period in Greece and represent nude male youths), to Ano Potamia, for a lovely lunch in a traditional mountain village.

Then you visit the pretty village of Apeiranthos, home to four small museums, quite interesting for a mountain village! The distinctive style of this village is that many of the houses are built with marble.

At the end of the day, return to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening on your own.
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Villa Marandi Hotel - classic room

Day 11

Friday, September 22 - Day of Leisure on Naxos
Today is for whatever you want to do. Soak up the sun and stay at the hotel to enjoy the private beach or the pool. Go into Chora to further explore the Kastro on your own, or do your last minute shopping. Or opt to be part of a day of sailing around the island, and buy a ticket to sightsee and swim from a boat.

This evening, gather together for a Farewell Dinner, and enjoy reliving the beautiful time you have had on the splendid mainland of Greece and the magical island of Naxos.
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Villa Marandi Hotel - classic room

Day 12

Saturday, September 23 - Fly to Athens Airport for Departure
This morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Athens Airport, where everyone can connect with their international flights home, or stay longer in Greece!

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Greece and the Island of Naxos

Traveling to Greece


Passports and Money

Citizens of the US must possess a valid passport to travel to Greece. There is no visa required. If you do not have a passport, APPLY NOW! You should always carry two extra photos, just in case of emergency (i.e., if your passport is stolen).

*Credit cards are widely accepted in Greece and ATM machines are accessible in many towns (see the next paragraph!). You should bring a few hundred dollars in cash, which you can exchange into Euros, for your spending money and any extra meal expenses.

*Important information about credit cards! Please note: You should bring at least one smart card, usually referred to as a chip card, or chip-and-PIN credit card for travel to Europe and to other overseas destinations. These new cards are more secure and you are more protected from credit card fraud.

These so-called smart cards have embedded microchips in them. You will see the silver or gold microchip on the front of your card. They also have the traditional magnetic stripe, so can be used the same as your regular credit/debit card. You'll either sign for purchases, or enter a 4 digit PIN into a terminal. (Confirm with your bank that your PIN, or 4 digit number, will be the number that you use the FIRST time that a PIN is required for use with your new card. So just make sure you remember it for all future transactions!)

It is best to have your chip card as a VISA or MasterCard, since American Express is often not accepted in many places. In Europe and in parts of Asia, they simply don't acknowledge magnetic-strip cards anymore unless they are chip-and-PIN enabled. In addition, in any automated transactions such as train stations and gas stations, ONLY chip-and-PIN cards are accepted.

Chip-and-PIN cards have become standard in many European countries because of their superior fraud-prevention abilities. Now countries in Asia, North America and South America, and Canada are doing the same.

Health Requirements and Physical Condition Required

This AdventureWomen trip is rated as Moderate and requires that you be in very good physical condition, and be able to walk/hike 5 - 8 miles a day. Some of the walking landscape is quite hilly. Many of the walks are on footpaths with uneven footing, while others are on well surfaced roads. The most you will carry is a small day pack with your rain gear, camera, water, etc. Good, lightweight hiking boots with ankle support are recommended.

You MUST have your own health insurance, and not have any physical problems or conditions that would be adversely affected by participating in any of the planned trip activities and the rigors of international travel.

Traveling to Greece: Arrival and Departure

Please work with us to coordinate your flights into and out of Athens.

You will need to be in Athens at the Electra Palace Hotel on September 13, 2017, by early afternoon, approximately 3:00 pm. At 5:30pm we meet in the hotel lobby for trip orientation and a sightseeing tour of Old Athens. You don't want to miss that!

For the majority arriving at the same or similar times on September 13, there will be a free group pickup and transfer to the hotel. All others arriving individually, or prior to September 13, will have the following additional transfer costs:

1 Passenger : €135* per person (taxi with an assistant)
2 Passengers: €68 per person (taxi with an assistant)
3 Passengers: €67 per person (deluxe minivan with an assistant)
4 Passengers: €52 per person (deluxe minivan with an assistant)
5 Passengers: €42 per person (deluxe minivan with an assistant)
6 Passengers: €35 per person (deluxe minivan with an assistant)
*(As of August 2016, 1 Euro = $1.13 USD)

On September 23 we will fly as a group from Naxos to the Athens Airport. You can arrange your international flight for any time after 12 noon.

If you wish to stay longer on Naxos, or travel to somewhere else other than the Athens Airport, arrangements can be made at a later date. However, if you do not depart Naxos with the group transfer to the airport on September 23, the cost for a private car to the airport or the port of Naxos will be €30 total for 1-3 passengers.  If you cannot coordinate a flight out on September 23, you will have to arrange a hotel night near the airport. Again, arrangements can be made at a later date.

Making Travel Arrangements to Greece

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us for more information.

NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last minute registrants, we must often relinquish hotel space and air reservations up to 6 – 12 weeks prior to departure!

Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Final Payment

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen, LLC in a cash form (check, money order or wire transfer) on or before June 15, 2017.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Greece and the Island of Naxos

What's Included:

  • 11 days/10 nights, with twin-bedded, double-occupancy accommodations throughout the trip (in boutique to luxury 4-star hotels), all with private facilities
  • Group transfer from the Athens Airport to our Athens hotel on the day of arrival, and group transfer from Naxos to the Athens Airport on the day of departure. All transportation throughout the trip by private deluxe bus with driver
  • All transportation throughout the trip by private deluxe bus with driver
  • Private sightseeing tours with licensed guide, plus entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites as outlined in the itinerary
  • Private half-day cooking class in Mt. Pelion, with instruction, hands-on preparation and lunch
  • Round trip domestic flights from Athens-Naxos, and Naxos-Athens (to connect with your international flight home)
  • All breakfasts at hotels and 10 additional multi-course lunches or dinners (meals include water, coffee/tea, and tips) at lovely local tavernas/restaurants, as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
  • A bilingual Greek guide, from arrival in Athens through departure from Naxos
  • One AdventureWomen Associate to accompany the group
  • ALL TIPS ARE INCLUDED: to guides, driver, porterage (1 suitcase), and at meals

What's Not Included:

  • Round-trip airfare to Athens, Greece
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, wine, and beer
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, optional activities and entertainment)

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Greece and the Island of Naxos

What to Bring:

September weather in this Mediterranean climate generally has daytime average temperatures in the comfortable 70s, with nighttime temperatures in the 50s. As in all outdoor activities, you must be well prepared for weather changes.

Ideally, you should bring one suitcase or duffel bag, and your daypack should act as your carry on bag.  Your carry on bag should contain one change of clothing, your camera equipment, all medications and your important travel documents.  PACK LIGHTLY!

  • A well-broken-in, comfortable pair of lightweight hiking boots for all the walking and hiking we will do. ANKLE support is absolutely essential, and they should be sturdy, as well as comfortable, due to varying terrain, footpaths, uneven cobblestone, etc. throughout our adventure.
  • One pair of sneakers or sport sandals for evenings and other walks.
  • Comfortable shoes for the evening in hotels.
  • Rain gear: You should be well prepared for whatever conditions occur. Therefore, it is very important to bring a good waterproof (not just water repellent) rain suit (jacket and pants). A rain jacket or poncho will not keep your legs and feet dry, and it is important that your entire body is covered in a downpour. Many outdoor stores carry inexpensive rain suits, but beware of cheap vinyl gear that may tear easily at the seams. Your rain parka can also act as a lightweight wind jacket.
  • Socks – it is best to wear 2 pair of socks inside your hiking boots, such as a pair of wool socks, and a thin pair of liner socks underneath the wool socks. We like Thorlo hiking socks and polypropylene liner socks which wick moisture and reduce blistering. Bring plenty of socks!
  • Medium-weight jacket, fleece jacket, or sweater for cool evenings.
  • Pants (loose and comfortable for walking) and two pairs of walking shorts (if you like to wear shorts). Zip off pants are often the most versatile.
  • Shirts (long- and short-sleeved) and a few T-shirts.
  • Underwear, sleepwear.
  • A set or two of “smart casual” (skirt or pants) for dinner out and evenings at the hotels. We are staying in hotels that are very nice!
  • Sun hat and sunglasses with securing strap.
  • A spare pair of glasses (if you wear glasses).
  • Swimsuits.
  • Day pack that is water resistant for carrying rain gear, camera, water bottle, etc., on day trips (you can use this for your carry-on bag). If not waterproof, bring a garbage bag to line the inside of the pack.
  • Money belt, waist pouch, or a way to carry your money, passport, and airline tickets. You can leave these valuables at the hotels while day hiking.
  • A one-quart water bottle that is suitable for both warm and cold beverages. We recommend plastic or metal options such as Nalgene, Klean Kanteen, or Hydro Flask bottles.
  • Bandanas. Bring 2 or 3 (100% cotton) for instant sweat bands and other uses too numerous to mention, some of which you have never even dreamed! Besides, it’s a tradition at AdventureWomen!
  • Swiss Army knife or equivalent (for picnics, opening wine bottles, cutting cheese, etc.). Be sure to pack this in your checked luggage.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen.
  • Small flashlight with spare batteries and bulb to use if you need to get up at night and don’t want to wake your roommate by turning on the lights.
  • Earplugs. We recommend Mack's Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs, which you can buy at most drug stores, or at www.earplugstore.com. Good to 22 decibels!
  • Small travel alarm clock.
  • Toiletries, prescription medications, and a washcloth (sometimes not provided in Europe).
  • Pre-moistened towelettes or baby wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol based).
  • Ziploc bags in various sizes for dirty boots and dirty clothes, etc.
  • A collapsible walking stick (to fit into your suitcase) if you prefer to hike with one.
  • Book, notebook, pen, lightweight binoculars (optional).
  • Guidebook to Greece (we like the Insight Guides).
  • Electricity: Greece uses the standard European non-grounded socket, the most common in the world. This adapter is also known as type C.

Camera Equipment

For many women, photography will be a very large part of this trip. The opportunities are endless, and the scenery spectacular! We suggest that you bring many more memory cards and batteries than you think you could ever use!

  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery chargers. You will be able to charge all of your batteries in hotels.
  • Any camera gear you carry during the trip should be in a backpack or in a bag that will leave your hands free. It is also recommended that a tight sealing camera bag be used to protect your camera equipment from moisture, dust, sand and dirt. Large Ziploc bags are especially handy.

Personal First-Aid Kit (bring in small amounts in small containers)

  • Foot powder for moisture absorption; cloth, not plastic Bandaids; about 10 individually wrapped alcohol pads; and a small tube of Neosporin or other antibiotic cream.
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc.
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamine, cough drops.
  • Tweezers.
  • Ace bandage.
  • Systemic antibiotic (prescription)/optional (but not a bad idea to always take this on international trips.)
  • Prescription medicines in their original bottles.
  • Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in health-food stores). This often helps your digestive system get in shape for “new” flora.
  • Immodium, Lomotil, or similar anti-diarrhea medicine.
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets and/or liquid (in leak-proof bottle).
  • Laxative tablets.
  • Visine or similar eye drops.

Last Minute Reminders

  • Make photocopies of your airline tickets and the first two pages of your passport, and put them in different locations (suitcase, carry-on bag, etc.).
  • Bring 2-3 extra passport size photos to use in emergencies.
  • Your valuables should be insured for the duration of the trip, but better yet, leave them at home.
  • Remove extra credit cards, driver’s license, and personal items from wallet or purse.
  • Make sure passport and airline tickets are valid and in the correct name.
  • Check with airline to reconfirm reservations and departure time.

Some Extra Items to Add to your "What to Pack" List 

We are always updating and adding items for all international trips. With years of experience flying around the world, we think these items help make your long airline flights much more comfortable and even more bearable:

  • Neck pillow - Inflatable neck pillow for blissful support and deep sleep. For packing, it folds into itself. Self-sealing valve means nothing to close. Soft microfleece cover removes for washing.
  • Sleep mask /Comfort eye shade - Ultra lightweight and comfortable, the Comfort Eye Shade screens out light and distractions for a cozier flight. Ultra-soft micro fleece for comfort. Adjustable elastic strap for a perfect fit. Made of Molded Polyester Micro Fleece.
  • Travel compression socks - Reduce ankle and leg swelling and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. These doctor-designed socks stimulate circulation through gradual compression that stops swelling and guards against (DVT).
  • Noise canceling headphones - Block out unwanted sounds of children crying and airplane engine drone, and/or enjoy great audio sound. Reduce distortion and increase perceived loudness so you can enjoy sound at a lower volume. Get the around the ear design, which is very comfortable.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.