Mar 13, 2018 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 13LOW STRUNG Early Show! Doors 6pm | Show 6:30pm$13 Advance | $15 DoorsThis March, New Haven, CT cello-rock group Low Strung travels to California for a tour of San Francisco and Davis! With performances at nightclubs, schools, and everything in between, and music ranging from Bon Jovi to Beyoncé, you won't want to miss it!Low Strung - http://www.lowstrungcellos.org/21+

May 19, 2018 7:00 PM

The Nelson Garcia project will be recording LIVE its 3rd CD titled "Kingdom flow". A groovy, flowing and jazzy CD with original compositions as well as come covers. It will feature some verey special guest artist and musicians. The tentative date is May 19th 7:00 pm.  It will be a night of great music, high energy and excitement. Tickets may be purchased in advanced. THE DATE OF MAY 19TH IS TENTATIVE. We have a RAIN of Saturday June 2nd.  Professional ​s a x o p h o n i s t &​ ​ g o s p e l recording artist. Nelson​ ​ Garcia ​ ​ is​ ​ a​ ​ saxophonist ​ ​ &​ ​ recording ​ ​ artist. ​ ​ Genres include​ ​ gospel ​ ​ jazz,​ ​ smooth ​ ​ jazz​ ​ ,​ ​ R&B ​ ​ POP​ ​ and​ ​ Funk ​ ​ music We​ ​ play​ ​ major ​ ​ venues​ ​ across ​ ​ the​ ​ USA ​ ​ and ​ ​ have​ ​ vast​ ​ musical experience. ​ ​ We​ ​ count​ ​ on ​ ​ some​ ​ of​ ​ the ​ ​ best​ ​ musicians ​ ​ in ​ ​ CT. He​ ​ works​ ​ under​ ​ Victorious ​ ​ records​ ​ LLC, ​ ​ which ​ ​ is​ ​ a​ ​ record label​ ​ New​ ​ York​ ​ City. He​ ​ has​ ​ been ​ ​ playing​ ​ saxophone ​ ​ since​ ​ the ​ ​ age​ ​ of​ ​ 15.​ ​ Growin up ​ ​ in ​ ​ Moca , Puerto ​ ​ Rico ​ ​ where ​ ​ he​ ​ took​ ​ saxophone ​lessons with​ ​ Julio​ ​ Vasquez.​ ​ While ​ ​ in​ ​ P.R.,​ ​ he ​ ​ participated ​ ​ in​ ​ various events​ ​ with ​ ​ his​ ​ local​ ​ high ​ ​ school​ ​ band ​ ​ winning​ ​ two nominations ​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ Band ​ ​ of​ ​ Honor​ ​ orchestra ​ ​ with​ ​ the ​ ​ San German​ ​ Puerto ​ ​ Rico​ ​ for​ ​ "Outstanding musicianship". ​ This event​ ​ took ​ ​ place​ ​ in​ ​ the ​ ​ Inter​ ​ American ​ ​ University ​ ​ in​ ​ San German​ ​ P.R. In​ ​ 2009,​ ​ Nelson ​ ​ released​ ​ his ​ ​ first​ ​ solo​ ​ CD ​ ​ album​ ​ titled ​ ​ "El Poder​ ​ de​ ​ tu ​ ​ Amor"​ ​ which ​ ​ gained​ ​ a​ ​ recognition ​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ US and​ ​ sold​ ​ over ​ ​ 40000​ ​ copies ​ ​ in​ ​ 2​ ​ years.Major​ ​ venues ​ ​ include​ ​​ ​ “Something ​ ​ Jazz​ ​ Club”​ ​ ,​ ​ Hartford Jazz​ ​ festival ​ ​ 2017​ ​ lineup, ​ ​ Levas​ ​ gospel ​ ​ fest, ​ ​ Eastern Connecticut ​ ​ State​ ​ university ​ ​ night​ ​ of​ ​ Jazz, ​ ​ Nite​ ​ light​ ​ cafe Chicago​ ​ and ​ ​ many​ ​ more. ​ ​ He​ ​ is​ ​ recognized ​ ​ by​ ​ his ​ ​ soulful SKILLS Saxophonist​ ​and recording​ ​artist. Arranger​ ​and composer. Nelson​ ​just released​ his second​ ​CD ​titled ​“Time ​to Worship”. This 9 song​ ​album​ ​is​ ​a​ ​mix​ ​and​ ​blend​ ​of​ ​Latin jazz,​ ​POP,​ ​Funk,​ ​Easy​ ​listening​ ​and​ ​other​ ​Latin genres.​ ​He​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​hone​ ​his​ ​skills​ ​via​ ​private saxophone​ ​lessons​ ​with​ ​Walter​ ​Beasley,​ ​Keyan Williams,​ ​DR.Chris​ ​Mickel,​ ​Antonio​ ​Luis​ ​Ortas,​ ​​ ​Juan Alzate,​ ​and​ ​Jon​ ​Blanck​ ​.He​ ​proudly​ ​endorses​ ​Kim saxophones,​ ​Theo​ ​Wanne​ ​Mouthpieces​ ​and​ ​Marca reeds. Nelson​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​working​ ​on​ ​producing​ ​his​ ​3rd​ ​CD which​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​live​ ​recording​ ​here​ ​in​ ​CT.​ ​He​ ​travels extensively​ ​doing​ ​music. He plays locally across CT , NY, NJ, MASS, and travels doing music. ​Nelson​ ​can​ ​be​ ​reached​ ​at 203-314-7811​ ​or​ ​[email protected]​.​ ​Management at​ ​Vas​ ​records​ ​LLC​ ​with​ ​Moises​ ​Vasquez​ ​at [email protected] www.nelsongarciasax.com   FAQs   Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? This event is Child friendly. Therefore all ages are welcome. However, please keep in mind that music might be a bit loud at times. So its reccomended that children under 5 years old stay home.   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is parking for about 100 cars. If you are coming coming from New York City area, you may take the metro north train from Grand central station to west haven train station and take an uber car from there.    What can I bring into the event? You are welcome to bring your own NON-alcoholic drinks.    What's the refund policy? No refunds. Because we have a tentative date of May 19th 2018 and a Rain date of June 2nd 2018. Tickets purchased will be elegible for either dates.    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please bring your printed tickets to the event as they will be collected at the door.    Can I update my registration information? Yes   Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Yes, please send us a message with the updated information   Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? NO, all tickets must match the name on the ticket. ID will be requested at the door for verification.   

Mar 02, 2018 6:00 PM

Okay, time to get together for our next happy hour of the year!  Our happy hour will benefit Sierra Club DC Inspiring Connections Outdoors, a community outreach program of the Sierra Club that promotes personal development for low-income youth of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds by linking cultures, fostering respect of self and for others, and providing leadership skills, through wilderness adventures for those who might otherwise not have access to them.… requested $5 or $10 cash donation (but not required). https://www.sierraclub.org/washington-dc/dc-ico. Please note 80% of donations go to Sierra Club DC Inspiring Connections Outdoors and 20% of donations will go to the 30s & 40s Going Out Group to cover Meetup fees and expenses.  (Socialize)  DJ Saam will be spinning beats for us. Our happy hours typically bring out 100 – 150 folks… and I wouldn’t be surprised with a similar turnout this time around (Note: I’ve been getting this question a lot lately, but please know our  30s & 40s Going Out Group’s RSVP numbers are not inflated due to signups from a previous “rotating” or “recurring” event). (Meet new people)  If you haven’t been there before, Ultrabar features a unique blend of classic architecture and modern amenities! 21+ (Socialize some more) To help continue the friendly tone of this group, I’d like to again encourage each person to have a GOAL OF MEETING 3 NEW PEOPLE at this event. To help do this, for an icebreaker, we’ll put your name in a jar as you walk in, and then give you someone else’s name from the jar. Also, 30s & 40s Allstars, please help make all the newcomers feel welcome to our group! – J.T. — METRO & PARKING The closest Metro is Gallery Place – Chinatown (Red, Yellow, Green lines), about a 2 minute walk, and Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue, Silver lines), about a 3 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning. DRESS CODE Most people will be coming from work, so business casual will be the norm. SPECIAL NEEDS If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

Oct 07, 2018 12:00 PM

PARADISE ISLAND CRUISE "THE ULTIMATE LAND & SEA PARTY EXPERIENCE!" OCTOBER 7th - 14th, 2018   7 DAY WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE FROM NEW ORLEANS Sailing to: COSTA MAYA, MEXICO~ MAHOGANY BAY, HONDURAS ~ BELIZE ~ COZUMEL, MEXICO DAYPORTARRIVALDEPART SUN NEW ORLEANS 4:00PM MON FUN DAY AT SEA TUES COSTA MAYA, MX 12:00PM 8:00PM WED HONDURAS 8:00AM 6:00PM THURS BELIZE 8:00AM 5:00PM FRI COZUMEL, MX 7:00AM 5:00PM SAT FUNDAY AT SEA SUN NEW ORLEANS 8:00AM  ***All itineraries are subject to change without notice.   Your Room Type Rates are INCLUSIVE of the following: Cabin Accommodations of Choice Port Charges Government Taxes and Fees  All Meals including room service, coffee, ice tea, lemonade & juice ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON TRAVEL PROTECTION INSURANCE                INTERIOR STATEROOM            Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins do not have balcony or window and are located on Deck 1, 2 & Upper level inside cabins on deck 6 of the ship.    INTERIOR LOWER LEVEL CABINS - DECK 1 & 2 $1080 1 SINGLE $605   2 GUESTS $495   3 GUESTS $450   4 GUESTS    INTERIOR UPPER LEVEL CABINS - DECK 6  $1185 1 SINGLE $650   2 GUESTS $530   3 GUESTS $465   4 GUESTS Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!                OCEAN VIEW STATEROOM       Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins have a window only, no balcony and are located on Deck 1 & 2 of the ship. DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILTY THESE CABINS REQUIRE A HIGHER DEPOSIT PER PERSON - $250 PER PERSON   LOWER LEVEL CABINS - DECK 1 & 2  CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!                      BALCONY STATEROOM                 Sleeps up to 4 guests These Cabins have balconies and are located on Deck 6 & Deck 7 of the ship.      LOWER LEVEL BALCONY CABINS - DECK 6  $1665 1 SINGLE $890   2 GUESTS $690   3 GUESTS $585   4 GUESTS UPPER BALCONY CABINS - DECK 7 & 8  $1710 1 SINGLE $945   2 GUESTS $745   3 GUESTS $620   4 GUESTS Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!! -                 AFT EXTENDED BALCONY      Sleeps up to 3 guests These Cabins have exntend balconies and are located on Deck 6 towards the back of the ship.    UPPER LEVEL CABINS - Deck 6 CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            WRAP AROUND BALCONY      Sleeps up to 2 guests These Cabins have wrap around balconies and are located on upper level of the ship.    UPPER LEVEL CABINS - CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            SPA CABINS                                 Sleeps up to 4 guests  Cloud 9 Spa accommodations have private access to the spa,  Thalassotherapy pool and are eligible for exclusive spa packages and discounts. These staterooms have additional in-room, spa-related amenities and decor different than other accommodations. SPA ACCESS FOR FIRST 2 GUEST ONLY  BALCONY SPA CABINS -  DECK 10  CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a deposit!!!            SUITE CABINS                            Sleeps up to 3 guests With more space for stretching out indoors, plus a large balcony for kicking back outdoors, try a Suite to experience private, luxurious relaxation. Suites also include VIP check-in, walk-in closet and bathroom with whirlpool. OCEAN SUITES - PRICES STARTING AT $1555 PER PERSON FOR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY GRAND SUITES - CONTACT US FOR RATES Cabins are subject to availability. Rates are subject to change until you lock in your reservation with a full deposit!!! THESE CABINS REQUIRE A HIGHER DEPOSIT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION AND EACH OCCUPANT MUST MAKE DEPOSIT AT SAME TIME IN ORDER TO LOCK IN THE CABIN AND RATE.  PAYMENT A minimum $100 deposit for each person in the cabin ($250 per person for Specialty cabins) to reserve. Both deposits are required to hold a cabin for all category cabins including Suites. Additional minimum monthly payments of $150.00 per person are required every month until paid in full. You must make the minimum monthly payments. In addition, for all cabin categories, any remaining balance must be received no later than JuLY 13TH, 2018.   TRAVEL INSURANCEBecause of the nature and uniqueness of this event, we have strict cancellation policies. The Paradise Island Cruise is non-refundable, regardless of your reason for cancellation. Travel insurance must be purchased at the time of registration. If insurance is NOT paid within 14 days of making your deposit, it will not be added and will have to purchase via a 3rd party.  Dell-Way Travel does not sell insurance and highly recommends the purchase of Carnival's Travel insurance to protect you against non-refundable costs and fees due to unexpected cancellations and travel emergencies.  Travel insurance also protects you against emergencies during travel, such as trip interruption, trip delay, missed/canceled flights, lost or stolen baggage/personal items, illness/injury and much more.   In the event of cancellation, you must first contact Dell-Way Travel in writing by sending an email to [email protected]seislandcruise.com. Then, you must contact Carnival Cruise directly to submit a claim and request a refund. Carnival Cruise Line will determine the amount of your refund based on the documentation you provide to them. Carnival Cruise insurance rates are based on your trip costs. You will be offered the opportunity to purchase or decline travel insurance once you've paid the deposit on your Paradise Island Cruise reservation. To review Carnival cruise policy benefits, please click here: https://www.carnival.com/%7E/media/CCLUS/Images/pdf/vacation-protection-201205pdf.ashx For questions, please call our Support Team at 914-375-7106 or email [email protected]     PARTY BAND  INCLUDES ACCESS TO: THEME EVENTS 4 OPEN BAR PRIVATE PARTIES KARAOKE SCAVENGERS GAME SHOW  POOL/ BEACH PARTY  T-SHIRT FOR EACH GUEST TOTE BAG FOR EACH GUEST Please Note: You must purchase a band to be included in the Paradise Island Cruise onboard events.                GROUP LEADER INCENTIVES                Are you bringing a group of ppl onboard with you? Sign up for our Group Leader program and get rewarded for your guests that attend.  The goal of our group leader program is to introduce folks to The Paradise Island Cruise and to reward our Group Leaders for their hard work.  The policies and procedures of our Group Leader Program are listed below.  Incentive awards are as follows:​ 16 passengers - One complimentary passenger cabin fare. (BASED OFF OF INSIDE CABIN DOUBLE OCCUPANCY RATE) 32 passengers - Two complimentary passenger cabin fares.​ 48 Passengers - Three complimentary passenger cabin fares.​ 64 Passengers - Four complimentary passenger cabin fares.*​ (​No rebate is given for partial groups e.g. 15 full paying passengers etc.) A GROUP CONSISTS OF A MINIMUM OF 8 CABINS.  THE GROUP LEADER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING HIS/HER OWN AIRFARE AND GRATUITIES. HOTEL NOT INCLUDED IN INCENTIVE. Incentives are based on double occupancy, interior cabins. You have the option to upgrade your cabin for an additonal cost. In addition, if passengers also purchase party band, you will receive, ONE Free Band per every 16 people. If your group falls short, you will receive a discounted band or a Free band, depending on the number of guests attending.  Promoters and Travel agents welcomed. Contact us - [email protected] to sign up or for more details.   CANCELLATION POLICY A portion of your payment today will be non-refundable. Please review the cancellation policy when making your reservation. Our cancellation policy supercedes that of Carnival Cruise Line.    $100.00 Deposit per person is non-refundable and non transferrable. (This applies even if insurance is purchased.) 100% is non-refundable from FINAL PAYMENT until the day of sailing. (unless Travel insurance is purchased and paid in full)  Please Note: Any name changes AFTER FINAL PAYMENT is $75.00. Any changes after October 1st, until the day of sailing will be $150.00 Please remember you must keep your monthly payments current to avoid forfeiting any discounts, penalties or complete cancellations without refund.  Deposits, as well as all subsequent payments, are NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON TRANSFERABLE. We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance for your vacation investment. Click the link to view insurance policy.  https://buy.travelguard.com/TGI2/proc/stateselector.aspx?br=agentlink&arc=00384425&agentlinkasp=yes   Prices listed are per person and include taxes and fees. Airfare is not included.Single occupancy is 200% of the per-person price, plus taxes & fees.Gratuities of $12 per person, per day are not included. Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and water is not included in the cruise package, this can be purchased onboard the ship at an additional cost. Carnival Cruise Line reserves the right to effect a fuel surcharge if a rise in the market price of oil necessitates a supplement. There is no fuel surcharge currently in place. Taxes, fuel surcharges, port charges and all fees are subject to change.. Carnival reserves the right to effect a fuel surcharge if a rise in the market price of oil necessitates a supplement. There is no fuel surcharge currently in place. Taxes, fuel surcharges, port charges and all fees are subject to change. Currently, only proof of citizenship and a government issued photo ID is required to cruise to the ports on our schedule. However, passports are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to take this cruise, due to the nature of the itinerary. Without a passport, you will not be permitted to fly into or depart some of the islands by air if necessary, even in case of an emergency. Also, be sure to read the proof of citizenship requirements for cruise travel to the Caribbean  https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/category/c/173,406   DELL-WAY TRAVEL DISCLAIMER Dell-Way Travel (DWT), will not be responsible for any accidents involving bodily injury or death, property damage, charges of libel, slander, arrest, detention or imprisonment incurred while traveling during an event sponsored and/or booked by Dell-Way Travel. By attending this event, you agree to not hold Dell-Way Travel (or any DWT entity), responsible for any errors or omissions relating to this event. . Dell Way Travel reserves the right to use all client images or likeness in connection with still photography or recorded video.  Attendance at any Dell Way Travel event gives consent to be photographed for use in print or electronic publicity on social media sites.To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will NOT be identified using full names or personal identifying information if we receive documentation from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian, declining to be photographed. If you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please send all request to [email protected] or [email protected] 24hrs. before the event. Please not the itinerary and events planned are subject to change.  DELL WAY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO NOTICE Dell Way Travel retains the right to use all passenger's images and/or likeness in connection with any still photograph, live or recorded video display or other transmission or reproduction of the event, in whole or in part. These images may be used for advertising, websites, videos and promotion.  TERMS AND CONDITIONS DELL WAY TRAVEL INC PARTICIPANT’S AGREEMENT The PARADISE ISLAND CRUISE is non-refundable once purchased. There are no refunds for cancellations, regardless of the reason. The payment of your deposit or any other payment or by attending the 2018 Paradise Island Cruise confirms that you accept and agree to these Terms & Conditions including our Cancellation Policies The minimum age for The Paradise Island Cruise is 25 without an accompanying adult. PAYMENT SCHEDULE & PAYMENT PLANSThere is a payment plans available for The Paradise Island Cruise! The date you make your reservation will ultimately determine your total deposit due at the time of booking and the subsequent payment dates.PAY IN FULLYou may pay in full at the time of booking. No additional payments will be needed, unless you later modify your reservation by upgrading/changing your stateroom or by adding additional cabin mates. MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN$100 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for all cabins. $150 is due for single occupancy cabins.$250 per person deposit is due at the time of booking for Specialty cabins. $500 deposit is due for single-occupancy suites. Your monthly payment will NOT automatically charged to your credit card on the first of each month. It is your responsibility to know your due dates; payment reminders will be sent. If you need to make any changes to your payment plan dates, please email us @ [email protected] Name ChangesAll guest NAME changes can be made up until FINAL PAYMENT. (if allowed by the cruise line), and will be assessed the following administrative fees per name change:$50.00 per person, per change for name changes after final payment date of June 22, 2018 (if both parties cancel, name change is not allowed, it will be considered a FULL Cancellation)$100.00 per person, per change for name changes after July 13, 2018 Your cabin number is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the cruise line and/or Dell Way Travel.Cabin Occupancy ChangesRates are based on the number of people in your cabin. Changes in occupancy will result in a rate increase or decrease depending on the type of change. Late Payments & Declined Credit Card Fees A late fee of $10.00 per person will be added to your reservation if your payment is not received by the due dates listed on your invoice. If your reservation is still unpaid after our final payment date, your reservation will automatically be cancelled without refund. DELL WAY TRAVEL CANCELLATION POLICIES ALL DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! There are NO exceptions to our cancellation policies. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance! ALL payments (including your pre-sale deposit) are non-refundable.Cancelling your Paradise Island Cruise reservation:All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Please email [email protected] to cancel your reservations. Dell Way Travel inc and The Paradise Island Cruise cancellation and payment policies supersede that of Carnival Cruise Line and any Carnival Cruise Line staff information or website payment or cancellation terms are invalid. TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS  In the event a category/item is listed at an incorrect price or with incorrect information due to typographical error or error in pricing, Dell Way Travel Inc shall have the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for category/item listed at the incorrect price. Dell Way Travel Inc shall have the right to refuse or cancel any such orders whether or not the order has been confirmed and your credit card charged. If your credit card has already been charged for the purchase and your order is canceled, Dell Way Travel inc shall immediately issue a credit to your credit card account in the amount of the charge. PASSPORT & LEGAL DOCUMENTATION NO PASSPORT NEEDED!!  *Currently, only proof of citizenship - Birth Certificate, Green Card and a government issued photo ID is required to cruise to the ports on our schedule. However, passports are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to take this cruise, due to the nature of the itinerary. Without a passport, you will not be permitted to fly into or depart some of the islands by air if necessary, even in case of an emergency.  Although a Passport is NOT required, Carnival Cruise Line and Dell Way Travel Inc strongly recommend that all of our guests travel with a passport (valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel). Having a valid passport will enable you to fly from the U.S. to a foreign port in the event you miss your scheduled embarkation, or to fly back to the U.S. should you need to disembark the ship mid-cruise for any reason. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) stipulates the following information with regards to closed-loop cruises, which are sailings that originate and terminate in the same U.S. Port. Please note that this information could change at any time without notice. U.S. Citizens (including children) taking closed-loop cruises will be able to enter or depart the country with either a valid U.S. Passport - or - Proof of citizenship, such as an original or certified copy of his or her birth certificate (or a Consular report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization), along with government issued photo identification, such as a State issued driver’s license.U.S. Alien Residents need a valid Alien Resident Card.Non-U.S. Citizens: You will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or “Green Card”) and any other documentation the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.If you are not a U.S. Citizen, please contact U.S. Immigrations at 1-800-375-5283 to be sure your identification will be satisfactory for both entry into the U.S., and for the cruise. Citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries will require a machine-readable passport valid for the duration of their voyage. For more information or to obtain a passport application, visit www.travel.state.gov. All guests must present the required documentation at embarkation. Guests without the requireddocumentation will be denied boarding and no refund will be issued. Please understand that Carnival Cruise Line will strictly enforce this requirement to be in compliance with this important U.S. Government mandate.Dell Way Travel and the other Released Parties (as herein defined) assume no responsibility for advising you of immigration requirements. Non-U.S. citizens, including resident aliens, must contact the appropriate consulates, embassies and/or immigrationoffice(s) to inquire about necessary documentation for the Cruise’s ports of call. Your name, as listed on your travel documents, must exactly match your name as listed on your Cruise documents. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have the proper documents to board the ship. Dell Way Travel and Carnival Cruise Lines are not responsible for denied boarding due to insufficient documents. CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SERVICE FEESCarnival Cruise Line charges a mandatory, non-refundable service fee to all passengers for tips/gratuities for ship staff. This is not included in your cruise fare. This fee will be added to your shipboard account by Carnival Cruise Line when you board the ship.Current fees are below; however fees are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Carnival Cruise Lines:Guests staying in all cabins: ($13.95 per guest per day)Guests staying in Suites: ($15.95 per guest, per day).FUEL SURCHARGESIn the event that the cost of fuel increases between now and the time we sail, Carnival Cruise Line reserves the right to impose a fuel surcharge of up to $11.00 per person per day. Carnival Cruise Line also reserves the right to impose surcharges for government taxes and fees, security, and incidental costs. The surcharges will be added to the passenger’s cabin costs and must be paid in full by the cruise date in order to board the ship. All passengers will be notified via email if such fuel surcharge is added to the cost of your cabin.CANCELLATION OF PARADISE ISLAND  CRUISE BY DELL WAY TRAVEL INC AND/OR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINEIn the event of strike, lockouts, riots or stoppage of labor from whatever causes, or for any other reason whatsoever beyond the control of Paradise Island Cruise / Dell Way Travel inc or Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line in its sole discretion may cancel, advance, or postpone any scheduled sailing or call at any port and may (but is not obligated to) substitute another vessel, and neither Carnival Cruise Line nor Paradise Island Cruise nor Dell Way Travel inc shall be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, or substitution. Thereupon, Carnival Cruise Lines shall return to you, if the Cruise is completely canceled, your cabin fare, prepaid gratuities, cruise line transfers and related taxes and fees, or, if the Cruise is partially canceled, a proportionate part thereof. Under such circumstances, Paradise Island Cruise and Dell Way Travel inc shall have no further liability for damages or compensation of any kind. Please note that the availability of any refund for travel insurance and/or other travel products (airfare, hotel, car rental), even if purchased in conjunction with the Cruise, will be determined in accordance with the applicable cancellation policies for such other products or services. RIGHT TO CHANGE ITINERARYDell Way Travel inc and/or Carnival Cruise Line reserve the right, at any time, to change the cruise itinerary whenever advisable or necessary. In this case, Dell Way Travel inc and/or Carnival Cruise Line will NOT be responsible for any loss or expenses caused by reason of such changes or abandonment. Refunds will NOT be made to passengers who elect not to complete the cruise for any reason or cause whatsoever. SAFETY WHILE IN PORTS OF CALL AND ONBOARDYou assume sole responsibility for your own safety onboard and in any port of call. Dell Way Travel and Paradise Island Cruise does not guarantee your safety at any time. You may find information about the scheduled ports of call through the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other governmental and tourist organizations. Dell Way Travel inc / Paradise Island Cruise and the other Released Parties assume no responsibility for gathering and/or disseminating any such information. You acknowledge that all shore excursions and tours, however conducted, airline flights and ground transportation, and any ship physician, nurse and on board concessions (including, without limitation, gift shops, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, golf and art programs, and video/snorkel concession) are operated by independent contractors. Dell Way Travel inc neither supervises nor controls their actions, nor makes any representation, whether express or implied, as to their suitability. These services are provided only as a convenience for you, and you are free to use or not use them. You agree that Dell Way Travel inc assumes no responsibility, does not guarantee performance and in no event shall be liable for any negligent or intentional acts or omissions, loss, damage, injury or delay to you and/or your property in connection with these services. You use them at your own risk. REFUSAL OF PASSAGEDell Way Travel inc acts only as sales and marketing agent for the purpose of booking travel arrangements on Carnival Cruise Line and various airlines. Dell Way Travel inc expressly disclaims any responsibility for personal injury, property damage, loss, delay, inconvenience, or other matters due to negligence, wrongful acts, errors or omissions on the part of any third party, or any supplier of services of goods or of agents selected by you or your travel agent. Participation on the Cruise may be denied to any person who, in Dell Way Travel inc or Carnival Cruise Line sole discretion: (1) is or becomes in such a condition as to be unfit to travel; (2) is dangerous or obnoxious to others; or (3) is inadmissible under the laws of any country of debarkation. In addition, Dell Way Travel and Carnival Cruise Line reserve the right to refuse passage, disembark or confine to a stateroom any person whose physical or mental condition or behavior they consider, in their sole discretion, to constitute a risk to the person’s own well-being or that of any other person.Dell Way Travel inc shall have no liability to any such person or any third party arising out of any such decision. Any costs resulting from Dell Way Travel and/or Carnival Cruise Line’ decision, including, without limitation, costs of lodging and transportation, shall be the responsibility solely of the person. DECISIONS OF CARNIVAL CRUISE LINEYou will receive Carnival Cruise Line Standard Contract of Passage Terms and Conditions (the “Carnival Cruise Line PASSENGER CONTRACT”) with your Cruise ticket. The Carnival Cruise Line Contract constitutes your agreement with Carnival Cruise Line. The Carnival Cruise Line Contract provide that Carnival Cruise Line may exercise its rights in a variety of matters, including, without limitation: Its right to alter the ship’s course, ports of call, and itinerary, activity and shore excursions, for reasons set forth therein. DELL-WAY TRAVEL, LLC shall not be liable to you or any third party for any claim or cause of action arising, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, out of Carnival Cruise Line’s exercise of any of its rights as provided in the Carnival Cruise Line Terms. Without limiting the foregoing, the Released Parties such as DELL-WAY TRAVEL, LLC shall not be liable to any Cruise passenger for a full or partial refund of any Cruise fare, or for any lodging or transportation expenses, as a result of Carnival Cruise Line’s exercise of its contractual rights. LIQUOR & BEVERAGE POLICYGuests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles .A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard on embarkation day and must be in the guest's carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception - At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day only, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage. All liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages outside of this exception are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided.A $15 USD corkage fee, per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, steakhouse or bar. A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle served that was not bought on the premises.Bottled WaterWe know some of our guests are accustomed to bringing on their own supply of bottled water so as part of this policy we have significantly reduced the pricing for (purified) bottled water which will be conveniently delivered directly to your stateroom. Once onboard, the purchase is non-refundable; guests may take home any unopened bottles.Current pricing is as follows:$4.50 USD for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for pre-cruise purchase during the online check-in process within 30 days of sailing.* $4.50 USD (plus gratuity) for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for purchase onboard by contacting Room Service.** Bottled water rates are set by Carnival Cruise Line and subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the cruise line. Purchasing Liquor During the CruiseLiquor purchased onboard and taken home may be subject to Customs duty and must be declared on the Customs Declaration form. Ports of CallAll alcohol purchased in ports will be stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. 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May 10, 2018 6:30 PM

The Passion Translation Bible School is offering a weekend course Revelation - The Throne Room at Engaging Heaven Church in New London, Connecticut, May 10-12, 2018!  Dr. Brian Simmons, the lead translator of The Passion Translation, will be the instructor.   The TPT Revelation - The Throne Room class is the second course in the Revelation series. This course includes ten hours of in-depth study of the book of Revelation, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, over the course of one evening and two days.   (All participants are asked to complete The Unveiling: Intro to the Book of Revelation as a prerequisite to taking this second course.)  The course will be available online at www.TPTBibleSchool.com in mid-October 2017.)    Course Schedule: Thursday, May 10:  6:30pm-10pm Friday, May 11 :  9:00am-5:30pm Saturday, May 12:  9:00am-5:30pm   Please plan to be at the course on time.  The majority of the scheduled time is used for actual teaching.   Questions? Email:  [email protected]   Register early.  Space is limited.  We can't wait to see you in New London!   Course Summary: Every believer is fascinated by the thought of God's Throne Room!  The day will come when each of us will stand before God.  The book of Revelation gives us stunning insights into what God's glorious Throne Room is all about.   Building on the Introduction to Revelation course (available online at www.TPTBibleSchool.com in mid-Sept 2017), this 3-day course will bring the student into a clear understanding of what the Throne Room looks like and where it can be found.  There are voices, lightnings, and songs coming out of God's Throne Room even now! What John saw as he went through the heavenly portal in Revelation 4 is still taking place today!   There is an invitation being given to God's lovers to come up into the heavenly realm and enter into Throne Room worship and intercession.  It is a call to enter into a realm beyond the flesh, beyond the physical and psychical senses, into the realm of the Spirit.  That is where John entered and that is the character of the things John saw.  He beheld heavenly things - spiritual realities.  He saw a throne set in heaven - he perceived the authority, power, and dominion of the Spirit.  He saw living creatures in the throne room, the principle of manifest life in the Spirit.  He saw the four living creatures int he midst of the throne and twenty-four elders round about the throne, the King-Priest ministry of the Melchizedekian Order after the power of an endless life - the ministration of the redemptive power of the divine life unto creation.  It is being seen by a vast company of people that hears the voice of the Lord in this hour that a door has opened in the heavenlies through which those who are obedient shall enter into a state of being and a ministry of unsurpassed and unimagineable glory - in the throne zone!   This detailed study will cover three chapters of Revelation in detail - chapters 4, 5, and 6.  You will discover the activities and glory of the throne zone and a beautiful discooverty that it is Christ who rides the four horses coming out of His glory!  Get ready to learn fascinating truths about The Throne Room!   We recommend that you watch the online video course on The Unveiling: An Introduction to Revelation, prior to the May event.  The introductory course covers the four main interpretive models of viewing the Revelation of Jesus Christ and you will be introduced to an entirely new concept that may shape how you view your life, the future, and the plan of God to unveil Christ within you.  You can register and watch the course, beginning in mid-October 2017 at www.TPTBibleSchool.com. Register today for The Throne Room! Airports: Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT (approximately 1 hr 15min drive).   Hotel Discount: A discounted rate is available at the Holiday Inn, located at 35 Governor Winthrop Boulevard in New London.  To take advantage of the discount, call (860) 443-7000 and ask for the Engaging Heaven Church discount. Please visit www.TripAdvisor.com for budget-friendly hotel suggestions and to read hotel reviews.   ___________________Dr. Brian Simmons is a former missionary, linguist, minister, and Bible teacher. As a missionary, he and his wife, Candice, pioneered church plants in Central America. As a linguist, Brian co-translated the Kuna New Testament for the Paya-Kuna people of Panama. He is also a gifted teacher of the Bible who has authored several books and serves churches worldwide through his teaching ministry. He and his wife have been described as true pioneers in ministry, laboring together for forty years to bring spiritual revival and present Christ in His fullness, wherever God sends them.   After a dramatic conversion to Christ in 1971, Brian answered a calling from God to leave everything behind, become a missionary, and bring the gospel to unreached tribes. Taking their family of three children to the jungles of Central America, he and his wife pioneered and shepherded church plants among the Kuna people group for many years. While serving as missionaries Brian witnessed firsthand God’s powerful gospel-movement among the nations through spiritual revival. As a linguist, Brian also served as a co-translator for the Kuna New Testament, providing this unreached people group with a copy of God’s Word for the first time.   After their ministry overseas, Brian and Candice returned to North America, where Brian began to passionately work toward helping people encounter the risen Christ and His story of redemption. Brian and Candice birthed numerous ministries, including the dynamic church Gateway Christian Fellowship in West Haven, Connecticut. They also established Stairway Ministries under which they travel full-time as Bible teachers in service of local churches throughout the world with the gospel.   Brian serves on the leadership team for Harvest International Ministries, which oversees a network of nearly 20,000 churches and ministries worldwide.Brian is the author of numerous books that promote the redemption and reconciliation of the nations through Christ and extension of His kingdom. His best-selling book, The Journey of the Bride, has been translated into Korean and French. Other titles include: Prayer Partners with Jesus, The Dreamer, The Stairway, The Prophet of Zion, Moses the Deliverer, and The Image-Maker. Currently he is working on a new, fresh dynamic-equivalent translation of the entire Bible, called The Passion Translation.   Brian and Candice have been married for forty-three years and have three children, six grandchildren, and two great-children. Their passion is to be loving examples of a spiritual father and mother to this generation.

Apr 23, 2018 9:30 AM

Beyond Recovery and Innate Thought are hosting a wellbeing and resilience retreat for professionals. Even the most positive and optimistic people will inevitably experience personal and professional setbacks and challenges. It is how quickly we rebound from these setbacks and how much baggage we carry forward that makes all the difference. Our resilience is equally linked with our ability to access our clarity of mind and calm at times of challenge and uncertainty. Beyond Recovery has spent the last two years working with prisoners in a custodial environment. We have seen first hand the challenges and strains prison and support staff are under. If wellbeing, clarity of mind and experiencing resilience were ever important, they certainly are for this group of professionals! After the resounding success of our retreats in June and September 2017 and January 2018, we have scheduled our next event for April 2018. The retreat is for three full days and you are requested to do no other work during that time. Think of this as a Mind Spa where you can relax and explore where wellbeing and resiliency comes from and how we can all access it regardless of our circumstances!   Links to local accommodation and eateries for those wishing to stay close and make the most of the beautiful surroundings are below and we will also send these to you when you book. Although lunch is not provided we ensure you have plenty of time to explore the local eateries, and there is even an on-site cafe! If you work or live in an environment where your wellbeing and resilience is being continually tested, this retreat is for you. Participants from our previous retreat said… “I’ve realised I am resilient, which means I can handle anything. I’ve never experienced this deep feeling of peace ever before in my life.” “There were a couple of times where I found myself drifting away to another place, a place of peace, contentment and fulfilment, the likes of which I have not experienced for many years. In fact on the final day I went home and was doing some tinkering etc then I found myself just smiling to myself for no apparent reason at all… strange and nice, very nice.” “I used to think my busy thoughts were helping me, now I see that they can get in the way! After having returned to work, I feel more productive.” “Giving myself a Mind Spa has made me realise how much time I spend worrying about things I don’t need to worry about.” “A true spa for the mind. Really loved seeing wisdom popping off in people like self opening champagne… such a beautiful celebratory experience. I really got to experience sitting back from the inside, not having to do, not having to give, not having to get some place other than here… Sitting back from the inside, I saw the energy of thought, the energy of it to propel and ignite, and the no-thing of it that we have no words for… Blessed and bliss full.” “I feel lighter and more peaceful, able to deal with anything.”   FAQs  How can I get to the venue? If you are driving, there's plenty of on site parking. If you're traveling by public transport, the nearest train station is Rugby, 6 miles away. However there are no local bus services, so you'll need to catch a taxi: Compass Taxis - 01788 222222CT Taxis Rugby - 07878 932774Dial a Cab - 01788 570202New Taxis of Rugby - 01788 670062 I want to make the most of the long lunch breaks, where can we go to eat? Here are some local eateries... The Nosebag Cafe, Onley Ground Equestrian Complex Dun Cow pub, Dunchurchwww.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/midlands/theduncowdunchurch Sainsbury's supermarket and cafe, Dunchurchhttps://stores.sainsburys.co.uk/0514/rugby Barby Nurseries cafe, Barbywww.barbynurseries.co.uk The Boat House pub, Braunstonwww.boathousepub.co.uk The Admiral Nelson canalside pub, Braunstonwww.theadmiralnelson.co.uk Gongoozler's Rest canalboat cafe, Braunston Marinawww.gongoozlersrest.wixsite.com/gongoozler  Do you have details of local accommodation? Here are a selection of rooms available in nearby villages… 1 mile away: Lodge Farm B&B, WoolscottB&B on a working farm; home-cooked breakfast; can heat ready meals in their kitchenwww.lodgefarmrugby.co.uk 3-4 miles away: Dunchurch Park HotelEnsuite rooms; onsite bar and restaurant; large gardens; 0.4 miles from eaterieswww.signaturegroup.co.uk  The Dun Cow, DunchurchHotel and restaurant; other eateries nearby toowww.innkeeperslodge.com/rugby-dunchurch The Annexe at Guy Faulkes' House, DunchurchSelf-contained annexe with kitchen and sitting room; ensuite rain shower; no wifi or mobile reception; eateries nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15934612 The Annexe, DunchurchToaster and small fridge in room; eateries nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/8484331 The School House, DunchurchLounge area; use of family kitchen; eateries nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15753324 Budget rooms, DunchurchSingle bed; basic cooking facilities in room; shared bathroomwww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6786495www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6786821 The Courtyard Toft House, near DunchurchB&B on a working farm; 0.6 miles from eaterieswww.courtyardtofthouse.co.uk Ensuite room, GrandboroughPub serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18081817 Hopthorne Farm, BarbyCan heat ready meals in family kitchen; pub serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/5055641www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/10583550 Poppy Hall, BarbyBath; pub serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18823747 5-8 miles away: The Annexe at The Haven, KilsbySelf-contained annexe with kitchenette and lounge areawww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18318133 The Olde Coach House, Ashby St LedgersHotel and restaurantwww.oldecoachhouse.co.uk The Deck Room, CrickBath; can heat ready meals in family kitchen; mini supermarket and pubs serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18247509 Garden Apartment, CrickSelf-contained annexe with kitchenette and lounge area; mini supermarket and pubs serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/6443392 The Cottage, FranktonFamily home including small children; use of family kitchen; pub serving food nearbywww.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16327855 Is there anything else to do locally? If you'd like to go for a walk, Draycote Water is 4 miles away and has an on-site cafe open 10am-6pm daily:www.stwater.co.uk/my-severn-trent/our-visitor-sites/draycote-water For a canalside walk, Braunston Marina is also 4 miles away, with a canalboat cafe open 9am-2pm daily:www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/6-braunston Ashby St Ledgers is a scenic village 7 miles away with thatched cottages, ancient church with wall murals, plus you can catch sight of the Gatehouse where Guy Faulkes and his co-conspirators hatched the Gunpowder Plot. Food and drinks are served at The Olde Coach House Inn pub:www.ashbystledgers.info/the_plotwww.oldecoachhouse.co.uk Love knitting or crochet? Visit Toft's HQ Studio to browse the yarn and pattern shop, take part in their popular workshops or walk around the alpaca farm:www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk Daventry's Sheaf Street is home to some lovely independent shops:www.lovedaventry.com/daventrytowncentre

Mar 08, 2018 9:00 AM

Join me and my dear friend Monika Broz on March 8-9 for the Soul Sparkle Style Intensive NYC! Have you ever found yourself standing in your closet having no idea what to wear? Ever been close to tears because you are so frustrated? So many of us struggle so much when it comes to choosing what to wear. I’d never really had what I would consider a “style” and I always struggled picking out things to wear and would always get so frustrated when I went shopping. I always felt like I should be wearing certain things even if I wasn’t really very drawn to them or feel good in them. More color, more patterns, etc. Have you ever felt that way?  It wasn’t until I was almost 40 that I finally landed on what feels most like “me”. I thought about what I was wearing when I received the most compliments, when I felt the best and most lovely and what really made my SOUL sparkle. It was a huge shift in the way I allowed myself to be seen and also off the hook on buying so much other stuff that I didn’t truly love. This was also incredibly powerful for my business. Feeling comfortable and confident every day is so important and now I step confidently into the world every morning and can step on any stage with absolute ease and grace.   The combination of discovering my Soul Sparkle Style along with a magical photo shoot was an incredible way for people to recognize my business and brand both online and in real life. It's helped me create a bigger impact in the world and step into the next level of visibility and leadership.  I want the same for you, love. Getting dressed every day should be easy and your closet should be your own personal boutique.  Join us in New York as I share with you my step by step process to discovering my own Soul Sparkle Style and walk you through how to help you create yours as well. You will leave knowing exactly what lights you up and looks fabulous on you, your personal color story that will making shopping a million times easier for you, and then Monika will capture your new sparkly look in a gorgeous photo shoot that includes both the essence of you and your brand but with a beautiful artistic and creative twist.  Meet Monika:  Monika is a world-traveling Personal Branding and Beauty photographer who captures that perfect moment when you express your unique inner light. Monika’s clients include top -level coaches and entrepreneur women of our times.Clichés will not be found in Monika’s photos. She is a creative conceptualist who aims for authentic, unique images that grab attention. Her photos have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, MANTRA, Martha Stewart and Cosmopolitan China and many others.  She works with clients in a way that is flawlessly and artfully crafted to define and elevate their iconic personal brands.  She helps you shine and spark a genuine emotional connection from your images.   Photo credit Nadine Rovner   From her clients: Bushra Azhar,  says “I have a pic for every emotion and I used ALL of the them. I have never had those kinds of conversions I am getting with these pics/ ads because they are so expressive and they capture my brand so well” Merel Kriegsman who writes “This is insane! Every time I post something on social media using our new pics, I get 150+ likes and loves and 30+ comments, PLUS I get inquiries pouring into messenger and have received invites to be featured in high end, online magazines (and I haven’t even launched my new website yet!). They’re a conversation starter!” ‘Thank you for seeing my vision and bringing it to life! May be surprising to hear this, but I don’t personally love taking photos…but she made me feel right at home in my body, in my space, and in the scouted locations. If you want someone to capture your essence, your fierceness and your badass shoes, she’s the one for you. I felt taken care of the entire day. Plus she brought crystals to the shoot. I felt soul sister’ Jennifer Kem Monika will select the most magical locations in NYC, both indoor and outdoor locations. You will be photographed in two of your new Sparkle Style outfits and will receive a full gallery of images to select your top favorites from and you will receive 15 finished and edited images with the option to purchase additional finished images if you desire.   For more information on Monika and to view her gorgeous portfolio check out: monikabrozportraits.com If you spend too much time trying to figure out what to buy, what to wear and what makes you feel beautiful, join us. I've saved thousands of dollars so many hours by knowing my Signature Style!  We will gather together Thursday morning in a lovely space discovering and creating your very own Soul Sparkle Signature Style! Once we have completed the process, you will have a guided shopping experience that afternoon to explore NYC and pick up a few new items that fit your new sparkley style! (clothing and accessories not included in the intensive pricing) We will gather again Thursday evening to make sure you are comfortable and confident for your Soul Sparkle Style Photo Shoot and celebrate with a gorgeous glass of champagne! On Friday you have your hair and make up professionally done and then Monika will work with you to capture your sparkle in a gorgeous photo session, discovering ways to show the world the light you have within. This intensive includes a light breakfast and snacks on Thursday and a champagne toast to wrap up our day on Thursday evening along with 15 finished images. You will also receive a ticket to the Soul Sparkle Soiree on Friday, a spectacular evening of sisterhood, champagne and so much sparkle!!  Our space is very limited to seven ladies for this experience and will SELL OUT quickly so reserve your place today.  We are so excited to share this gorgeous experience with you!!  What others are saying:  "The Soul Sparkle Style intensive was and is simply divine in connecting to your truth, your true style. So many times I dressed how I thought we should look to be successful, yet this just was not me. All the while I just was not feeling me. Then I learned the truth. It is said that you dress for success, you dress for the way that you feel absolutely amazing. Now that may not be the way you think. This is important... for you to be a true success that means being true to who you are in your heart. Being who YOU are!  Hayley's Soul Sparkly intensive is absolutely perfect in guiding women how to connect to this. How to dress that is in alignment with you, and contributes to feeling absolutely amazing. WHICH IS THE KEY WAY TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS.You truly do allow your soul to shine, to sparkle... That is why the name is perfect. The Soul Sparkly Signature Style. I'm in love with this, absolutely beautiful and powerful experience." Bryanna Emma Black, Glasgow Scotland Hayley is the CEO and Founder of Soul Sparkle, Inc. events and experiences and the creator of the Soul Sparkle Spa and Jewelry Collection. She is a spiritual mentor and author of the forthcoming book, Soul Sparkle Living: Your Guide to Creating a Magical Life, and host of Soul Sparkle Radio. Hayley is one part fun fairy, one part wise sage, with a burning desire to bottle up and light on fire all things magical that bring women back to their own soul and their sparkle within. Hayley spent 20 years in the corporate wellness industry consulting over 200 employer clients, leading strategy/innovation and new product development for a national health management organization. Her vision is big - a million women serving a million women. In October 2016, she left her corporate path and began Operation Gypsy (a dream years in the making). Since making the leap she has literally sprinkled her magic across multiple continents, and has no plans of going back. She is finally living her soul sparkle life of wandering the world, giving back, and successfully running a highly impactful business.  For more information on Hayley check out: http://www.soulsparklemagic.com

Mar 17, 2018 6:00 PM

Let’s enjoy an all-inclusive Greek meal! This event is open to our entire group as a paid event, but it is FREE to those who have signed up and made payment for the upcoming Island Hopping Getaway — 9 Incredible Days in Greece!! trip at the end of September. (Pastitsio) This is the perfect time and place to ask questions and find out more for anyone who is thinking about attending this trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who RSVPs yes for the trip AFTER our dinner! Don’t forget, the first price increase for the trip occurs Sun. Apr. 1st. (Souvlakia) I’ve made special arrangements with the popular Athena Pallas restaurant for dinner! All taxes, tips, and gratuities are included. For those that haven’t been there before, Athena Pallas is a casual spot with outdoor seating that serves classic Greek dishes and a mostly Greek wine list. (Tilapia Filet Lemonato) We will check in and hang out at the bar starting at 6pm. I’ll be the one with the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it! We will be seated and dine on Greek cuisine while talking about our upcoming exciting trip and getting to know each other, starting at 6:30pm! Anyone interested in discussing the trip further can stay and discuss from 8 – 8:30pm or as late as everyone wants to stay. So bring your questions! Our meal consists of: Starter Salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions with house vinaigrette dressing) Entrée (choose one) Pastitsio (seasoned ground beef mixed with chopped vegetables and penne pasta topped with a white cheese sauce – served with vegetables) ​Brisola Herinee (boneless marinated pork chops grilled until well done but still juicy – served with mashed potatoes and vegetables) ​​​Souvlakia (grilled marinated chicken and aromatic vegetables on a skewer – served on a bed of rice and vegetables of the day) Tilapia Filet Lemonato – (filet of tilapia cooked in butter and finished with lemon juice – served with rice and vegetables of the day ​Imam Bahildi – (sweet eggplant topped with tomatoes, garlic, parsley, raisins, and pine nuts) Please note that since the Greece trip is a joint trip with the 30s & 40s Going Out Group and the Global Travelers Going Out Group, members of those groups are also invited to this event. The average age will likely consist of those in their 30s. We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $35! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. Mar. 11th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $40. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. Come join us as we spend a great evening having dinner with others from our group in anticipation of our Greece trip! – J.T. — METRO & PARKING The closest Metro is Crystal City (Blue, Yellow lines), about an 8 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning. EVENT CHECK-IN Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 6pm), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in. REFUND POLICY Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Thanks for understanding. =) TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile URL, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the URL from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 3pm on the day of the event. WEATHER Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we’ll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I’ll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 3:30pm on the day of our event with the details. SPECIAL NEEDS If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

Sep 29, 2018 12:00 PM

UPDATE #1: I’ve announced the Greece pre-trip dinner.  If you’ve already made payment or deposit for the Greece trip itself and can make the dinner, please go ahead and RSVP for the dinner but do NOT make payment, as that’s included as part of joining the Greece trip itself (please do so by Wed. Feb. 28th). After that date, if you’ve made payment for the Greece trip itself, and you’d like to RSVP for the dinner after that date, send me a message through my Meetup profile, and I’ll need to manually add you to the dinner event. I hope to see you there! — Natural beauty and stunning history abound in Greece! Ancient sun-bleached ruins, endless coastlines, idyllic villages, bright white buildings, turquoise skies, multi-colored cliffs, passionate music, inspired cuisine, and thrill-seeking activities. Let’s visit the land where Olympian gods ruled! This action-packed tour of Greece’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Let’s stand in the shadow of famous ruins, set sail on a boat into the glittering blue beyond to 5 popular islands, melt away in thermal springs, experience breathtaking sunsets, relax on a beach (and much more). Our Adventure Tour Leader will help us find the secluded spots only the locals know. Does this sound like a fun and relaxing vacation to you? Six Reasons to Book This Trip: Affordable Adventure — Did you know that this trip INCLUDES a guided city tour of Athens, spectacular ferry rides to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini, a half day tour to the island of Delos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an Oia sunset tour, a stop at the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain, a visit to Santo Wines Winery, a volcano and hot springs tour on the islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, an Adventure Tour Leader for the full duration of our adventure, 7 breakfasts, transfers from and to the airport, all in-country transfers between cities, 8 nights in hotels, 3 events in DC (2 dinners and 1 Embassy visit), plus a Greece book discussion (book included) during the trip… all for less than $225 a day?? Shared Photos — As with all of our events, we can all upload our pictures to this website to share the best of our photos and multiply the memories! Make New Friends — We are the ONLY Meetup group that offers us the opportunity to travel abroad with other globally-minded people from the DC area, PLUS arrange 3 more events for the group that take place in DC to make sure that we will make friends that we will continue to see in DC! Leadership — I (J.T., your organizer) will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible. Book Discussion — We will each receive, read, and discuss sections of “It’s All Greek to Me!” a tale of a mad dog and an Englishman, ruins, retsina, and real Greeks that will help paint a picture for us of the culture and beauty of Greece. Please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained. Unforgettable Memories — Greece truly is a beautiful, adventurous, and unforgettable place. Let’s experience it together and make some wonderful memories! This 9-day exciting expedition through Greece is crammed with all the energy and activities deserving of our group. We’ll begin our journey in DC with a fabulous dinner at Athena Pallas restaurant. Then, before departing on our trip, we will have a private visit at the Embassy of Greece featuring diplomats who will teach us about their country. Shortly after we return stateside, we’ll reunite at DC’s popular Blackfinn restaurant with an evening of Greek food and a recap of our travel experience for our reunion dinner! To help us pass the time while traveling and to learn even more about this culture-rich society, we’ll read the book “It’s All Greek to Me!” by John Mole during our trip. At certain points during the trip, I (J.T., your Meetup organizer) will lead discussions of the book for anyone who wants to participate! Please note this is a joint trip with the Global Travelers Going Out Group, and the 20s & 30s Going Out Group. Our traveling group will likely consist of members with an average age in their 30s. Questions? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. We’ve got an early bird special for this trip of $1995! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. Apr. 1st (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the trip price will go to $2095, then $2195, then $2295. Our past trips have always sold out quickly! We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. I hope you can join us on this amazing adventure! — J.T. — ITINERARY (Pre-trip dinner) Sat. Mar. 17th: Pre-Trip Dinner at Athena Pallas This delicious Greek meal at Athena Pallas restaurant (or similar) is open to other group members as a paid event, but is FREE for those attending the trip. It is wonderful way for all trip-goers to meet each other for the first time, and it’s a perfect time for those who haven’t yet signed up to ask any questions related to the trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who signs up and makes payment for the Greece trip AFTER our dinner! (Embassy of Greece) Thurs. Aug. 23rd: Pre-Trip Embassy Visit We will meet with Greek diplomats and receive an official country briefing including the history, geography, culture and tourism of Greece (pending embassy approval). This event is organized exclusively for trip-goers and will NOT be open to other members of our group. (Athens) Sat. Sept. 29th: Day 1, Athens Arrive at any time in Athens, then check in and enjoy the city! Athens. The city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshiped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital and largest city of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and where most of the wise people of ancient times derive. The most important civilization of the ancient world flourished in Athens and memorialized through some of the world’s most formidable edifices. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. Thanks to fortunes brought by the 2004 Summer Olympics, spotless parks and streets, an ultra-modern subway, new freeways, and an accessible airport make the city easily negotiable. Sophisticated Athens sites include many pillars of Western history, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum. Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes. Approximate Distance: 30 miles (The Plaka neighborhood) Sun. Sept. 30th: Day 2, Athens We’ll meet with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members at our welcome breakfast at the hotel. After a hot breakfast, we’ll put on our walking shoes and get ready to see the sights! We’ll take a short walk to the starting point of our tour. Then, during an informative and comprehensive 3 – 4 hour leisurely walking tour over a couple of miles, we’ll uncover the history and explore the sites of Greece’s magnificent city up close. Our friendly and knowledgeable Athens tour guide will give us insights into the people, places, and events of this epic city. We’ll stroll through Syntagma Square, the most important square of modern Athens and the epicenter of commercial activity and Greek politics. We’ll continue to the elegant House of Parliament to watch the changing of the guards done by the famous Evzones, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Next, we’ll walk through the cool and shady National Garden, the former Queen Amalia’s Garden and admire the neoclassical architecture of Zappeion Hall. We’ll learn all there is to know about the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first Olympic Games in modern history (19 century AD). We’ll visit the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch from the Roman Era. We’ll then walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway and enter the Old Town of Athens, the Plaka area. Let’s marvel at the beautiful St. Catherine’s Church and learn about Lysicrates Monument and its importance in the 4th Century BC. From there, we’ll continue to the Acropolis and visit the first theater of antiquity, the Dionysus theater. On our way to the remarkable UNESCO-listed Acropolis monuments, we’ll see the Philopappos Hill Monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. We’ll stand in awe of the ancient beautiful constructions of the Acropolis: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea gateway, the Erechtheion, and focus on the astonishing Parthenon. As we wander round, we’ll stop to absorb the stellar views down over Athens, including the Mars Hill, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. Let’s discover why Athen’s has been continuously inhabited for over 7000 years! Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 4 hours. Approximate Distance: 2.5 miles (Acropolis – Odeon of Herodes Atticus) Mon. Oct. 1st: Day 3, Athens Today is a free day for us to see why over 40% of Greece’s population lives in Athens! We can pick optional activities according to our interests. There are many great possibilities, from the Oracle of Delphi tour (the most popular site in Greece after the Acropolis), to the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Visit the Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and a gathering place where Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle debated. For park lovers, spend the day exploring the National Garden & Zappeion, a beautiful oasis and palace offering a soothing respite of greenery from the big city with many benches for picnicking, cafes, duck ponds, and a small zoo. Lastly (but certainly not least), marvel at the well-preserved ruins of the large Roman bath complex, where the Ilissos River once ran. Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar (Mykonos) Tues. Oct. 2nd: Day 4, Athens / Mykonos We’ll take a ferry to Greece’s most famous and most popular island of Mykonos, and spend free time here once we arrive. During our grand and spectacular ferry ride, let’s walk around on the deck, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and breathe the lovely sea air! Voted the top holiday destination time and again for good reason, Mykonos is particularly famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife, bright white buildings, turquoise skies, and golden sandy beaches that makes holidays in Mykonos a magnificent experience. It is a wonderful kaleidoscope of shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, homey taverns, and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. There are many things to do in Mykonos, an island perfect for people of all ages: walk along the narrow streets of Chora, see the sunset from Little Venice with icon windmills in the background, swim in exotic beaches, windsurf, scuba dive in water with 160 feet of visibility, enjoy a biking tour to a vineyard, and take a sunset cruise. Super Paradise, Paradise, and Kalo Livadi are fabulous places to swim and spend a day under the sun. In the evening, head to Mykonos Town and enjoy a night out in the many bars and clubs. Overnight: Alkistis Mykonos or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours. Approximate Distance: 125 miles (Paradise Beach option) Wed. Oct. 3rd: Day 5, Mykonos / Delos Today, we’ll experience a half day tour on the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece! It is the birthplace of Apollo (god of the sun) and Artemis (goddess of the moon), twin offspring of Zeus (ruler of the gods) and Leto (goddess of motherhood). It was one of the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greece culture, and one of the most robust trade centers as well. Matter of fact, so sacred was this island, that no mortal was permitted to be born or to die here. Overnight: Alkistis Mykonos or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 30 miles (Santorini) Thurs. Oct. 4th: Day 6, Mykonos / Santorini In the afternoon, we’ll take a ferry to Santorini, the largest island of a small, circular archipelago! Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world: multicolored cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, world famous romantic sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island features on so many travelers’ bucket lists. With its candy-colored houses, sapphire waters, gleaming buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky, here we’ll find peace as we roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Did you know that the whole complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea? The last big eruption occurred 3600 years ago. Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours. Approximate Distance: 90 miles (Santo Wines Winery) Fri. Oct. 5th: Day 7, Santorini In the late afternoon and into the evening, we’ll enjoy an Oia sunset tour! Oia is carved out of the cliffs, and it is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Smooth winding paths interconnect, interrupted now and then by a small church, and at every corner there is something new to discover. It’s a maze of small shops, restaurants and cafes, almost all with spectacular views. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world. It has inspired artists, poets, and everyone who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets. It’s legendary and we’ll be spellbound. During our tour, we’ll ascend to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain to enjoy the entire island from 1800 feet above sea level (Santorini’s highest point), providing fantastic panoramic views in all directions. Then we will visit Santo Wines, a beautiful winery serving spectacular wines on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Agean Sea from the east side of the island. Lastly, we will drive to Oia where we’ll stay until sunset. Before our sunset tour, during the day, we can pick optional activities according to our interests. For sun lovers, relax on beautiful black sand beaches (something we just don’t get to see much of in the US). For history buffs, take a tour of Akrotiri, a remarkably well-preserved ancient Minoan city unearthed from beneath volcanic ash, often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean. For art lovers, check out Art Space, a unique combination of an art gallery, museum, and winery. For outdoor lovers, take a helicopter flight for unparalleled views over the island and volcano, or hike the trail from Fira to Oia (2 – 4 hours) which offers many changing views on the volcano, the sea, and the caldera. For food lovers, take a cooking class and learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes. Enjoy fresh seafood in Ammoudi, a tiny port with colorful fishing boats. Lastly, savor the best baklava at Lotza restaurant in Oia. Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 35 miles (Black sand beach option) Sat. Oct. 6th: Day 8, Santorini / Nea Kameni / Palia Kameni In the morning, we’re off on a volcano and hot springs boat tour! We’ll take a quick boat ride to the island of Nea Kameni, where the remarkable volcano resides. We’ll hike up the volcano 425 feet to the top. During our trek, our guide will share with us the history of the volcanic activity over the past 3000 years. We’ll get to see and take pictures of the active crater and walk around it’s rim! Next, we’re off to the island of Palia Kameni for a healing swim in the 85 – 95 degree sulfuric hot springs created by the volcano’s underwater power! Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 25 miles (Volcano hot springs) Sun. Oct. 7th: Day 9, Santorini Depart at any time. (Post-trip reunion dinner) TBD: Post-Trip Reunion Dinner at Blackfinn Dates and details TBD. We will feast on a sumptuous meal at Blackfinn (or similar)! Dinner attendance will also be open to non-trip goers in our group. — PRICE Price below reflects double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $600. Full payment is due by Wed. July 18th. $1995 if booked before Sun. Apr. 1st (or whenever early birds sell out) $2095 if booked before Fri. June 1st $2195 if booked before Wed. Aug. 1st $2295 on or after Wed. Aug. 1st* * Starting Wed. Aug. 1st, spaces are subject to availability. If booking on or after Wed. Aug. 1st, do NOT purchase your airline ticket until you have been confirmed on the trip by the Organizer. DEPOSIT Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at booking, full payment due by Wed. July 18th or at booking, whichever is later. This deposit locks in a price per the “Price” section. TRAVELER INFORMATION The travel company needs the following information for final booking. Please send me a message (through my Meetup profile) with this information as soon as you’ve secured your spot by making payment (you can get to me your flight information later, but please get to me everything else that you can): 1. Full name as it appears on passport 2. Passport number 3. Passport issue date 4. Passport expiry date (as a general rule, passport must be 6 months valid beyond date of entry into another country) 5. Date of birth 6. Nationality 7. Existing medical conditions 8. Meal requirements 9. Emergency contact / next of kin. 10. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the hotel upon arrival? 11. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the airport upon departure? 12. Cell phone number 13. Will you be getting a single room for an extra $600? 14. Sex 15. Roommate’s name (if you have one; otherwise, a roommate of the same sex will be assigned to you) 16. Arrival flight airline, number, and landing date / time; and departure flight airline, number, and take-off date / time (when you secure it). ACCOMMODATION Price is based on double occupancy. If you have a preference for a roommate, please let me know full first and last name (send me a message through my Meetup profile). Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate (same sex). Single supplement is $600 to stay in your own room. Optionally, if you plan to stay additional day(s) in Greece either before our after our tour, and wish to book pre or post-tour accommodations, you may do so for $200 per night (Athens pre-tour) or $115 per night (Santorini post-tour). Double Occupancy: To pay the balance ($1495) for the $1995 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sun. Apr. 1st) To pay the balance ($1595) for the $2095 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Fri. June 1st) To pay the balance ($1695) for the $2195 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Wed. July 18th) Single Occupancy: To pay the balance ($2095) for the $2595 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sun. Apr. 1st) To pay the balance ($2195) for the $2695 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Fri. June 1st) To pay the balance ($2295) for the $2795 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Wed. July 18th) INCLUSIONS Pre-trip dinner at Athena Pallas restaurant (or similar) Pre-trip Embassy of Greece visit with diplomats (pending approval) “It’s All Greek to Me!” paperback version and book discussions during the trip (please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained) Accommodations as stated above (hotels 8 nights, based on twin-share rooms) 7 breakfasts Guided walking city tour of Athens Acropolis entrance fee Ferry rides to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini Half day tour to the island of Delos Group arrival and departure transfers from / to airport All transfers between destinations and to / from included activities (air-conditioned bus, ferry, boat) English speaking travel guide Meetup group facilitation with book discussion by J.T. (Organizer) Local guides / representative assistance Post-trip reunion dinner at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) EXCLUSIONS Entrance fees not listed International airfare Applicable tourist visas Incidentals Insurance Airport taxes Tips or gratuities for tour leader, bus driver, day / excursion guides, porters, etc. (typically $10 per day for tour leader, $1 – 2 per day for charter bus driver, $5 for excursion guide [half day], $1 – 2 per bag for porter) Beverages Meals not mentioned above Excursions and activities listed as optional or suggestions FLIGHTS, DAYS OFF, & AIRPORT TRANSFER Please do not purchase your air ticket until this trip is confirmed (15 people have paid). You will receive notification by email when the trip is confirmed and I will also update the event posting at the top of this page. We can coordinate air schedules in the comment box of this page to try to get the same flights. When buying your air ticket, make sure it arrives on Sat. Sept. 29th into Athens and departs on Sun. Oct. 7th from Santorini (see below). Also, depending on how many transfers you get, you may need to request off of work Fri. Sept. 28th – Mon. Oct. 8th. Please send to me your flight information through my Meetup profile. Upon arrival on Sat. Sept. 29th, our group transfer from the airport (Athens International Airport – ATH) to the hotel will depart the airport at 3pm. If you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be sure to arrive before then. Look for the person at the arrival gates with the sign that says “J.T.’s DC Greece Meetup Trip.” If you are unable to take advantage of our group transfer, alternate options include: (1) Taxis are available at the designated taxi waiting area located at exit 3 of the arrivals level. A taxi from the airport to the city center (inner ring) costs a flat rate of €35 from 5am to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5am. It’s ~20 miles away and takes 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic (2) Metro is available by taking the M3 line from airport to the Monastiraki station (~40 minutes, 16 stops, no transfer required). Cost is €10 for a one way ticket. From the Monastiraki station, walk 0.15 miles (3 minutes) to the hotel by heading southeast on Ifestou toward Areos, turn left onto Areos, continue on Pandrossou, turn left on Kapnikareas, hotel is on the right. For departure on Sun. Oct. 7th, our group transfer from the hotel to the airport (Santorini Thira National Airport – JTR) will depart at 9am. So if you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be ready to leave the hotel by then and book your flight accordingly. VISAS, VACCINES, & IMMUNIZATIONS For U.S. citizens with a U.S. passport, a visa is not required.  Please take a look at the State Department website for visa information here… https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html (click on the destination country, then click “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements”). Please inform yourself if you are able to obtain visas at the borders, visa regulations change often, therefore we cannot hand out information. Please take a look at the CDC website for recommended vaccinations and medications here… http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/ . I suggest visiting a travel clinic prior to departure, since they can make recommendations on vaccinations that may be useful for travel to this country. TRAVEL INSURANCE You are required to purchase an all-inclusive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation, medical, and evacuation for a combined minimum amount of $200,000. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss and accidents should also be included. Costs vary by age, travel dates, and when you purchase, but an approximate quote is $100 – $150 for a 30-year-old. You should extend the insurance to cover your entire journey if you are arriving before or departing after our trip. Please secure full coverage (rather than coverage for covered reasons). You will need to book your air flights first before getting insurance coverage. ELECTRICAL POWER Mains electricity in Greece is 230V 50Hz and utilizes plug type C and F. Depending on your appliance, you may need a converter and an adapter. Please see the following link for more information… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848 REFUND POLICY Since payment is made in advance for this trip, all sales are final unless the trip is canceled or rescheduled. Thanks for understanding. =) TIPPING For many of the amazing people that are working to make our trip happen (the bus drivers, guides, hotel staff, etc), our tips are extremely important. Their work is often seasonal and unreliable, and in the excitement of the trip, they often get overlooked and forgotten. While tipping is never mandatory, we want to make sure that we take care of the staff that works so hard to help us enjoy our trip. We recommend (but do not require) that you bring $150 USD for tipping. We’d like to collect everyone’s tip money at the beginning of the trip and then tip all of the staff appropriately as the trip goes along. This method has two main benefits: it will ensure all staff are fairly compensated for their efforts, and you will not have to worry about constantly finding cash to tip the dozens of staff. If everyone contributes $150 USD, it will allow us to tip everyone well and leave a little extra to give to the staff that really go above and beyond for the group. Thank you for understanding. SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING 1. USD cash 2. Credit and / or debit card 3. Pre-departure information and trip details 4. Passport, with photocopies (as a general rule, passport must have at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of entry into another country 5. Travel insurance (with photocopies) 6. Airline tickets (with photocopies) 7. Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required (with photocopies, see “Visa, Vaccinations, & Immunizations” section) 8. Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries) 9. Reading / writing material 10. Binoculars 11. Day pack 12. Plastic bags or cover for backpacks 13. Lock for luggage 14. Fleece top / long sleeve top 15. Windproof / waterproof jacket 16. Small towel and swim wear 17. Shirts / t-shirts 18. Water shoes / sports sandals / flip flops 19. Sun hat 20. Shorts / skirts 21. Long pants / jeans 22. Hiking pants / track pants 23. Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes 24. Rain poncho / umbrella 25. Sunblock 26. Sunglasses 27. Toiletries 28. Watch or alarm clock 29. Water bottle 30. Pocketknife 31. Flashlight 32. Insect repellent 33. First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) 34. Ear plugs 35. Eye mask 36. Moneybelt 37. Outlet adapter 38. Sleepwear

Sep 29, 2018 5:00 PM

UPDATE #1: I’ve announced the Greece pre-trip dinner.  If you’ve already made payment or deposit for the Greece trip itself and can make the dinner, please go ahead and RSVP for the dinner but do NOT make payment, as that’s included as part of joining the Greece trip itself (please do so by Wed. Feb. 28th). After that date, if you’ve made payment for the Greece trip itself, and you’d like to RSVP for the dinner after that date, send me a message through my Meetup profile, and I’ll need to manually add you to the dinner event. I hope to see you there! — Natural beauty and stunning history abound in Greece! Ancient sun-bleached ruins, endless coastlines, idyllic villages, bright white buildings, turquoise skies, multi-colored cliffs, passionate music, inspired cuisine, and thrill-seeking activities. Let’s visit the land where Olympian gods ruled! This action-packed tour of Greece’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Let’s stand in the shadow of famous ruins, set sail on a boat into the glittering blue beyond to 5 popular islands, melt away in thermal springs, experience breathtaking sunsets, relax on a beach (and much more). Our Adventure Tour Leader will help us find the secluded spots only the locals know. Does this sound like a fun and relaxing vacation to you? Six Reasons to Book This Trip: Affordable Adventure — Did you know that this trip INCLUDES a guided city tour of Athens, spectacular ferry rides to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini, a half day tour to the island of Delos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an Oia sunset tour, a stop at the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain, a visit to Santo Wines Winery, a volcano and hot springs tour on the islands of Nea Kameni and Palia Kameni, an Adventure Tour Leader for the full duration of our adventure, 7 breakfasts, transfers from and to the airport, all in-country transfers between cities, 8 nights in hotels, 3 events in DC (2 dinners and 1 Embassy visit), plus a Greece book discussion (book included) during the trip… all for less than $225 a day?? Shared Photos — As with all of our events, we can all upload our pictures to this website to share the best of our photos and multiply the memories! Make New Friends — We are the ONLY Meetup group that offers us the opportunity to travel abroad with other globally-minded people from the DC area, PLUS arrange 3 more events for the group that take place in DC to make sure that we will make friends that we will continue to see in DC! Leadership — I (J.T., your organizer) will be there every step of the way, making sure that the trip goes as smoothly as possible. Book Discussion — We will each receive, read, and discuss sections of “It’s All Greek to Me!” a tale of a mad dog and an Englishman, ruins, retsina, and real Greeks that will help paint a picture for us of the culture and beauty of Greece. Please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained. Unforgettable Memories — Greece truly is a beautiful, adventurous, and unforgettable place. Let’s experience it together and make some wonderful memories! This 9-day exciting expedition through Greece is crammed with all the energy and activities deserving of our group. We’ll begin our journey in DC with a fabulous dinner at Athena Pallas restaurant. Then, before departing on our trip, we will have a private visit at the Embassy of Greece featuring diplomats who will teach us about their country. Shortly after we return stateside, we’ll reunite at DC’s popular Blackfinn restaurant with an evening of Greek food and a recap of our travel experience for our reunion dinner! To help us pass the time while traveling and to learn even more about this culture-rich society, we’ll read the book “It’s All Greek to Me!” by John Mole during our trip. At certain points during the trip, I (J.T., your Meetup organizer) will lead discussions of the book for anyone who wants to participate! Please note this is a joint trip with the Global Travelers Going Out Group, and the 20s & 30s Going Out Group. Our traveling group will likely consist of members with an average age in their 30s. Questions? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848. We’ve got an early bird special for this trip of $1995! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sun. Apr. 1st (whichever comes first) get the early bird price! After that, the trip price will go to $2095, then $2195, then $2295. Our past trips have always sold out quickly! We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. I hope you can join us on this amazing adventure! — J.T. — ITINERARY (Pre-trip dinner) Sat. Mar. 17th: Pre-Trip Dinner at Athena Pallas This delicious Greek meal at Athena Pallas restaurant (or similar) is open to other group members as a paid event, but is FREE for those attending the trip. It is wonderful way for all trip-goers to meet each other for the first time, and it’s a perfect time for those who haven’t yet signed up to ask any questions related to the trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who signs up and makes payment for the Greece trip AFTER our dinner! (Embassy of Greece) Thurs. Aug. 23rd: Pre-Trip Embassy Visit We will meet with Greek diplomats and receive an official country briefing including the history, geography, culture and tourism of Greece (pending embassy approval). This event is organized exclusively for trip-goers and will NOT be open to other members of our group. (Athens) Sat. Sept. 29th: Day 1, Athens Arrive at any time in Athens, then check in and enjoy the city! Athens. The city with the most glorious history in the world, a city worshiped by gods and people, a magical city. The enchanting capital and largest city of Greece has always been a birthplace for civilization. It is the city where democracy was born and where most of the wise people of ancient times derive. The most important civilization of the ancient world flourished in Athens and memorialized through some of the world’s most formidable edifices. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. Thanks to fortunes brought by the 2004 Summer Olympics, spotless parks and streets, an ultra-modern subway, new freeways, and an accessible airport make the city easily negotiable. Sophisticated Athens sites include many pillars of Western history, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, as well as treasures in the National Archaeological Museum. Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 45 minutes. Approximate Distance: 30 miles (The Plaka neighborhood) Sun. Sept. 30th: Day 2, Athens We’ll meet with our Adventure Tour Leader and other group members at our welcome breakfast at the hotel. After a hot breakfast, we’ll put on our walking shoes and get ready to see the sights! We’ll take a short walk to the starting point of our tour. Then, during an informative and comprehensive 3 – 4 hour leisurely walking tour over a couple of miles, we’ll uncover the history and explore the sites of Greece’s magnificent city up close. Our friendly and knowledgeable Athens tour guide will give us insights into the people, places, and events of this epic city. We’ll stroll through Syntagma Square, the most important square of modern Athens and the epicenter of commercial activity and Greek politics. We’ll continue to the elegant House of Parliament to watch the changing of the guards done by the famous Evzones, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Next, we’ll walk through the cool and shady National Garden, the former Queen Amalia’s Garden and admire the neoclassical architecture of Zappeion Hall. We’ll learn all there is to know about the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the first Olympic Games in modern history (19 century AD). We’ll visit the Zeus Temple and Hadrian’s Arch from the Roman Era. We’ll then walk along the beautiful Dionysiou Areopagitou walkway and enter the Old Town of Athens, the Plaka area. Let’s marvel at the beautiful St. Catherine’s Church and learn about Lysicrates Monument and its importance in the 4th Century BC. From there, we’ll continue to the Acropolis and visit the first theater of antiquity, the Dionysus theater. On our way to the remarkable UNESCO-listed Acropolis monuments, we’ll see the Philopappos Hill Monument and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. We’ll stand in awe of the ancient beautiful constructions of the Acropolis: the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea gateway, the Erechtheion, and focus on the astonishing Parthenon. As we wander round, we’ll stop to absorb the stellar views down over Athens, including the Mars Hill, the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus. Let’s discover why Athen’s has been continuously inhabited for over 7000 years! Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 4 hours. Approximate Distance: 2.5 miles (Acropolis – Odeon of Herodes Atticus) Mon. Oct. 1st: Day 3, Athens Today is a free day for us to see why over 40% of Greece’s population lives in Athens! We can pick optional activities according to our interests. There are many great possibilities, from the Oracle of Delphi tour (the most popular site in Greece after the Acropolis), to the National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Visit the Agora, the heart of ancient Athens and a gathering place where Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle debated. For park lovers, spend the day exploring the National Garden & Zappeion, a beautiful oasis and palace offering a soothing respite of greenery from the big city with many benches for picnicking, cafes, duck ponds, and a small zoo. Lastly (but certainly not least), marvel at the well-preserved ruins of the large Roman bath complex, where the Ilissos River once ran. Overnight: Plaka Hotel or similar (Mykonos) Tues. Oct. 2nd: Day 4, Athens / Mykonos We’ll take a ferry to Greece’s most famous and most popular island of Mykonos, and spend free time here once we arrive. During our grand and spectacular ferry ride, let’s walk around on the deck, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and breathe the lovely sea air! Voted the top holiday destination time and again for good reason, Mykonos is particularly famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife, bright white buildings, turquoise skies, and golden sandy beaches that makes holidays in Mykonos a magnificent experience. It is a wonderful kaleidoscope of shops, rocking bars, quaint windmills, homey taverns, and hidden churches all set against a brilliant blue backdrop. There are many things to do in Mykonos, an island perfect for people of all ages: walk along the narrow streets of Chora, see the sunset from Little Venice with icon windmills in the background, swim in exotic beaches, windsurf, scuba dive in water with 160 feet of visibility, enjoy a biking tour to a vineyard, and take a sunset cruise. Super Paradise, Paradise, and Kalo Livadi are fabulous places to swim and spend a day under the sun. In the evening, head to Mykonos Town and enjoy a night out in the many bars and clubs. Overnight: Alkistis Mykonos or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 6 hours. Approximate Distance: 125 miles (Paradise Beach option) Wed. Oct. 3rd: Day 5, Mykonos / Delos Today, we’ll experience a half day tour on the island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece! It is the birthplace of Apollo (god of the sun) and Artemis (goddess of the moon), twin offspring of Zeus (ruler of the gods) and Leto (goddess of motherhood). It was one of the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greece culture, and one of the most robust trade centers as well. Matter of fact, so sacred was this island, that no mortal was permitted to be born or to die here. Overnight: Alkistis Mykonos or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 30 miles (Santorini) Thurs. Oct. 4th: Day 6, Mykonos / Santorini In the afternoon, we’ll take a ferry to Santorini, the largest island of a small, circular archipelago! Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world: multicolored cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, world famous romantic sunsets, and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island features on so many travelers’ bucket lists. With its candy-colored houses, sapphire waters, gleaming buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky, here we’ll find peace as we roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Did you know that the whole complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea? The last big eruption occurred 3600 years ago. Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours. Approximate Distance: 90 miles (Santo Wines Winery) Fri. Oct. 5th: Day 7, Santorini In the late afternoon and into the evening, we’ll enjoy an Oia sunset tour! Oia is carved out of the cliffs, and it is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. In fact, it is almost impossible to describe in words. Small white houses tier the hillside, interspersed by splashes of rich okra, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Smooth winding paths interconnect, interrupted now and then by a small church, and at every corner there is something new to discover. It’s a maze of small shops, restaurants and cafes, almost all with spectacular views. Oia is one of the most photographed places in Greece, if not the world. It has inspired artists, poets, and everyone who visits Santorini. Oia is best known for breathtaking sunsets. It’s legendary and we’ll be spellbound. During our tour, we’ll ascend to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain to enjoy the entire island from 1800 feet above sea level (Santorini’s highest point), providing fantastic panoramic views in all directions. Then we will visit Santo Wines, a beautiful winery serving spectacular wines on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Agean Sea from the east side of the island. Lastly, we will drive to Oia where we’ll stay until sunset. Before our sunset tour, during the day, we can pick optional activities according to our interests. For sun lovers, relax on beautiful black sand beaches (something we just don’t get to see much of in the US). For history buffs, take a tour of Akrotiri, a remarkably well-preserved ancient Minoan city unearthed from beneath volcanic ash, often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean. For art lovers, check out Art Space, a unique combination of an art gallery, museum, and winery. For outdoor lovers, take a helicopter flight for unparalleled views over the island and volcano, or hike the trail from Fira to Oia (2 – 4 hours) which offers many changing views on the volcano, the sea, and the caldera. For food lovers, take a cooking class and learn how to cook traditional Greek dishes. Enjoy fresh seafood in Ammoudi, a tiny port with colorful fishing boats. Lastly, savor the best baklava at Lotza restaurant in Oia. Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 35 miles (Black sand beach option) Sat. Oct. 6th: Day 8, Santorini / Nea Kameni / Palia Kameni In the morning, we’re off on a volcano and hot springs boat tour! We’ll take a quick boat ride to the island of Nea Kameni, where the remarkable volcano resides. We’ll hike up the volcano 425 feet to the top. During our trek, our guide will share with us the history of the volcanic activity over the past 3000 years. We’ll get to see and take pictures of the active crater and walk around it’s rim! Next, we’re off to the island of Palia Kameni for a healing swim in the 85 – 95 degree sulfuric hot springs created by the volcano’s underwater power! Overnight: Afroditi Beach Hotel or similar. Estimated Travel Time: 1.5 hours. Approximate Distance: 25 miles (Volcano hot springs) Sun. Oct. 7th: Day 9, Santorini Depart at any time. (Post-trip reunion dinner) TBD: Post-Trip Reunion Dinner at Blackfinn Dates and details TBD. We will feast on a sumptuous meal at Blackfinn (or similar)! Dinner attendance will also be open to non-trip goers in our group. — PRICE Price below reflects double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $600. Full payment is due by Wed. July 18th. $1995 if booked before Sun. Apr. 1st (or whenever early birds sell out) $2095 if booked before Fri. June 1st $2195 if booked before Wed. Aug. 1st $2295 on or after Wed. Aug. 1st* * Starting Wed. Aug. 1st, spaces are subject to availability. If booking on or after Wed. Aug. 1st, do NOT purchase your airline ticket until you have been confirmed on the trip by the Organizer. DEPOSIT Non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at booking, full payment due by Wed. July 18th or at booking, whichever is later. This deposit locks in a price per the “Price” section. TRAVELER INFORMATION The travel company needs the following information for final booking. Please send me a message (through my Meetup profile) with this information as soon as you’ve secured your spot by making payment (you can get to me your flight information later, but please get to me everything else that you can): 1. Full name as it appears on passport 2. Passport number 3. Passport issue date 4. Passport expiry date (as a general rule, passport must be 6 months valid beyond date of entry into another country) 5. Date of birth 6. Nationality 7. Existing medical conditions 8. Meal requirements 9. Emergency contact / next of kin. 10. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the hotel upon arrival? 11. Will you take advantage of the transfer to the airport upon departure? 12. Cell phone number 13. Will you be getting a single room for an extra $600? 14. Sex 15. Roommate’s name (if you have one; otherwise, a roommate of the same sex will be assigned to you) 16. Arrival flight airline, number, and landing date / time; and departure flight airline, number, and take-off date / time (when you secure it). ACCOMMODATION Price is based on double occupancy. If you have a preference for a roommate, please let me know full first and last name (send me a message through my Meetup profile). Otherwise, you will be assigned a roommate (same sex). Single supplement is $600 to stay in your own room. Optionally, if you plan to stay additional day(s) in Greece either before our after our tour, and wish to book pre or post-tour accommodations, you may do so for $200 per night (Athens pre-tour) or $115 per night (Santorini post-tour). Double Occupancy: To pay the balance ($1495) for the $1995 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sun. Apr. 1st) To pay the balance ($1595) for the $2095 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Fri. June 1st) To pay the balance ($1695) for the $2195 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Wed. July 18th) Single Occupancy: To pay the balance ($2095) for the $2595 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Sun. Apr. 1st) To pay the balance ($2195) for the $2695 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Fri. June 1st) To pay the balance ($2295) for the $2795 price (to qualify, you must have made deposit before Wed. July 18th) INCLUSIONS Pre-trip dinner at Athena Pallas restaurant (or similar) Pre-trip Embassy of Greece visit with diplomats (pending approval) “It’s All Greek to Me!” paperback version and book discussions during the trip (please note if new prints are unavailable, the best available condition used book will be obtained) Accommodations as stated above (hotels 8 nights, based on twin-share rooms) 7 breakfasts Guided walking city tour of Athens Acropolis entrance fee Ferry rides to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini Half day tour to the island of Delos Group arrival and departure transfers from / to airport All transfers between destinations and to / from included activities (air-conditioned bus, ferry, boat) English speaking travel guide Meetup group facilitation with book discussion by J.T. (Organizer) Local guides / representative assistance Post-trip reunion dinner at Blackfinn restaurant (or similar) EXCLUSIONS Entrance fees not listed International airfare Applicable tourist visas Incidentals Insurance Airport taxes Tips or gratuities for tour leader, bus driver, day / excursion guides, porters, etc. (typically $10 per day for tour leader, $1 – 2 per day for charter bus driver, $5 for excursion guide [half day], $1 – 2 per bag for porter) Beverages Meals not mentioned above Excursions and activities listed as optional or suggestions FLIGHTS, DAYS OFF, & AIRPORT TRANSFER Please do not purchase your air ticket until this trip is confirmed (15 people have paid). You will receive notification by email when the trip is confirmed and I will also update the event posting at the top of this page. We can coordinate air schedules in the comment box of this page to try to get the same flights. When buying your air ticket, make sure it arrives on Sat. Sept. 29th into Athens and departs on Sun. Oct. 7th from Santorini (see below). Also, depending on how many transfers you get, you may need to request off of work Fri. Sept. 28th – Mon. Oct. 8th. Please send to me your flight information through my Meetup profile. Upon arrival on Sat. Sept. 29th, our group transfer from the airport (Athens International Airport – ATH) to the hotel will depart the airport at 3pm. If you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be sure to arrive before then. Look for the person at the arrival gates with the sign that says “J.T.’s DC Greece Meetup Trip.” If you are unable to take advantage of our group transfer, alternate options include: (1) Taxis are available at the designated taxi waiting area located at exit 3 of the arrivals level. A taxi from the airport to the city center (inner ring) costs a flat rate of €35 from 5am to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5am. It’s ~20 miles away and takes 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic (2) Metro is available by taking the M3 line from airport to the Monastiraki station (~40 minutes, 16 stops, no transfer required). Cost is €10 for a one way ticket. From the Monastiraki station, walk 0.15 miles (3 minutes) to the hotel by heading southeast on Ifestou toward Areos, turn left onto Areos, continue on Pandrossou, turn left on Kapnikareas, hotel is on the right. For departure on Sun. Oct. 7th, our group transfer from the hotel to the airport (Santorini Thira National Airport – JTR) will depart at 9am. So if you’d like to take advantage of our free group transfer, please be ready to leave the hotel by then and book your flight accordingly. VISAS, VACCINES, & IMMUNIZATIONS For U.S. citizens with a U.S. passport, a visa is not required.  Please take a look at the State Department website for visa information here… https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html (click on the destination country, then click “Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements”). Please inform yourself if you are able to obtain visas at the borders, visa regulations change often, therefore we cannot hand out information. Please take a look at the CDC website for recommended vaccinations and medications here… http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/ . I suggest visiting a travel clinic prior to departure, since they can make recommendations on vaccinations that may be useful for travel to this country. TRAVEL INSURANCE You are required to purchase an all-inclusive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation, medical, and evacuation for a combined minimum amount of $200,000. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss and accidents should also be included. Costs vary by age, travel dates, and when you purchase, but an approximate quote is $100 – $150 for a 30-year-old. You should extend the insurance to cover your entire journey if you are arriving before or departing after our trip. Please secure full coverage (rather than coverage for covered reasons). You will need to book your air flights first before getting insurance coverage. ELECTRICAL POWER Mains electricity in Greece is 230V 50Hz and utilizes plug type C and F. Depending on your appliance, you may need a converter and an adapter. Please see the following link for more information… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country QUESTIONS? If you have any questions not answered on this page, please post a comment in the comment box below, message me through my Meetup profile, or call / text me at 703.470.4848 REFUND POLICY Since payment is made in advance for this trip, all sales are final unless the trip is canceled or rescheduled. Thanks for understanding. =) TIPPING For many of the amazing people that are working to make our trip happen (the bus drivers, guides, hotel staff, etc), our tips are extremely important. Their work is often seasonal and unreliable, and in the excitement of the trip, they often get overlooked and forgotten. While tipping is never mandatory, we want to make sure that we take care of the staff that works so hard to help us enjoy our trip. We recommend (but do not require) that you bring $150 USD for tipping. We’d like to collect everyone’s tip money at the beginning of the trip and then tip all of the staff appropriately as the trip goes along. This method has two main benefits: it will ensure all staff are fairly compensated for their efforts, and you will not have to worry about constantly finding cash to tip the dozens of staff. If everyone contributes $150 USD, it will allow us to tip everyone well and leave a little extra to give to the staff that really go above and beyond for the group. Thank you for understanding. SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING 1. USD cash 2. Credit and / or debit card 3. Pre-departure information and trip details 4. Passport, with photocopies (as a general rule, passport must have at least 6 months of validity beyond the date of entry into another country 5. Travel insurance (with photocopies) 6. Airline tickets (with photocopies) 7. Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required (with photocopies, see “Visa, Vaccinations, & Immunizations” section) 8. Camera (with extra memory cards and batteries) 9. Reading / writing material 10. Binoculars 11. Day pack 12. Plastic bags or cover for backpacks 13. Lock for luggage 14. Fleece top / long sleeve top 15. Windproof / waterproof jacket 16. Small towel and swim wear 17. Shirts / t-shirts 18. Water shoes / sports sandals / flip flops 19. Sun hat 20. Shorts / skirts 21. Long pants / jeans 22. Hiking pants / track pants 23. Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes 24. Rain poncho / umbrella 25. Sunblock 26. Sunglasses 27. Toiletries 28. Watch or alarm clock 29. Water bottle 30. Pocketknife 31. Flashlight 32. Insect repellent 33. First-aid kit (should contain lip balm, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) 34. Ear plugs 35. Eye mask 36. Moneybelt 37. Outlet adapter 38. Sleepwear

Mar 17, 2018 6:00 PM

Let’s enjoy an all-inclusive Greek meal! This event is open to our entire group as a paid event, but it is FREE to those who have signed up and made payment for the upcoming Island Hopping Getaway — 9 Incredible Days in Greece!! trip at the end of September. (Pastitsio) This is the perfect time and place to ask questions and find out more for anyone who is thinking about attending this trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who RSVPs yes for the trip AFTER our dinner! Don’t forget, the first price increase for the trip occurs Sun. Apr. 1st. (Souvlakia) I’ve made special arrangements with the popular Athena Pallas restaurant for dinner! All taxes, tips, and gratuities are included. For those that haven’t been there before, Athena Pallas is a casual spot with outdoor seating that serves classic Greek dishes and a mostly Greek wine list. (Tilapia Filet Lemonato) We will check in and hang out at the bar starting at 6pm. I’ll be the one with the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it! We will be seated and dine on Greek cuisine while talking about our upcoming exciting trip and getting to know each other, starting at 6:30pm! Anyone interested in discussing the trip further can stay and discuss from 8 – 8:30pm or as late as everyone wants to stay. So bring your questions! Our meal consists of: Starter Salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions with house vinaigrette dressing) Entrée (choose one) Pastitsio (seasoned ground beef mixed with chopped vegetables and penne pasta topped with a white cheese sauce – served with vegetables) ​Brisola Herinee (boneless marinated pork chops grilled until well done but still juicy – served with mashed potatoes and vegetables) ​​​Souvlakia (grilled marinated chicken and aromatic vegetables on a skewer – served on a bed of rice and vegetables of the day) Tilapia Filet Lemonato – (filet of tilapia cooked in butter and finished with lemon juice – served with rice and vegetables of the day ​Imam Bahildi – (sweet eggplant topped with tomatoes, garlic, parsley, raisins, and pine nuts) Please note that since the Greece trip is a joint trip with the Global Travlers Going Out Group and the 20s & 30s Going Out Group, members of those groups are also invited to this event. The average age will likely consist of those in their 30s. We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $35! The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. Mar. 11th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $40. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting. Come join us as we spend a great evening having dinner with others from our group in anticipation of our Greece trip! – J.T. — METRO & PARKING The closest Metro is Crystal City (Blue, Yellow lines), about an 8 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning. EVENT CHECK-IN Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 6pm), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in. REFUND POLICY Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Thanks for understanding. =) TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile URL (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile URL, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the URL from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 3pm on the day of the event. WEATHER Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we’ll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I’ll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 3:30pm on the day of our event with the details. SPECIAL NEEDS If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!

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Tuscan Treasures Date: Tursday 4th October - Wednesday 10th October 2018 (7 Days, 6 nights)  Early Bird Dicount if you Book NOW Flights are NOT included with this holiday departure on day one is from Italy and return on day 7 is from Italy. We can assist with flights please contact us. Price: Prices from £999 per person (Flights not included) (If booked before 24th December 2017 including Early Bird Booking Discount + 10% Coolings Family Discount) Single Persons Supplement £295 (SPS is not valid for 10% Coolings Family Discount) A payment plan applies to this holiday if booking before 24th December 2017 The retail price after 24th December 2017 is £1249 per person We’re often asked about visits abroad, especially to Italy, and so this year we thought we’d give you a taste of some fabulous places in Tuscany! Our trip is planned for October to avoid the searing summer sun and daily temperatures should be around 20 degrees centigrade. As you’d expect from us, there’s an additional twist as we draw back the curtain on another secretive area of horticulture. More of this will follow in the description. Pricing does not include flights as Coolings is unable to sell these presently, but we will be able to give advice on which flights will suit our tour and where you might wish to book them. Please  ring and speak to our events team on 01959 532269 to discuss the flight options and our preferred provider. We will identify meeting and drop off times at airports so we can escort you from the moment you arrive to when you depart. That said, if you wish to stay longer we can help with those arrangements too. At the time of writing, some of our venues are still waiting to confirm their opening regimes for next year, so there may be some variance in the programme outlined below. Day 1 You will arrive from the UK to be met by a Coolings representative at the airport who will then escort you to your coach and onward travel to the Hotel Villa Cappugi, a four-star hotel located in Pistoia to the west of Florence. It has an outdoor swimming pool which should be the perfect temperature by the time we arrive! We will be based here for the week, enjoying dinner bed and breakfast.   Day 2 We will be collected by luxury coach and transported to two super venues, the Boboli and Bardini Gardens. We’ll start with the Boboli Gardens which are more than a garden; more than just a ‘green lung’ in Florence. The Boboli gardens are one of the greatest open-air museums in Florence. The park hosts centuries-old oak trees, sculptures, fountains and offers peaceful shelter from the warm Florentine sun. The gardens are a spectacular example of ‘green architecture’, decorated with sculptures and the prototype which inspired many European Royal gardens, in particular, Versailles. Its creation and development spans four hundred years, from the 15th to 19th centuries. The original fields and gardens were laid out behind Santa Felicita in the Oltrarno by the Borgolo family, the name from which Boboli is thought to derive, and were bought in 1418 by Messer Luca Pitti. In 1549, the property was purchased by Cosimo I's wife Eleonora di Toledo, and was greatly enlarged to became the Medici family's new city residence. In the afternoon we’ll move to the Bardini Gardens which were only re-opened to the public in 2005, after five years and 12 million euros had been spent in restoring them. A lot of people still don’t know about the gardens and that is a pity, as they are missing a treasure, but it also means we can be ‘relatively’ private. This ten-acre garden was originally planned by the Mozzi family way back in the 13th century, but it has greatly changed since then. One fabulous feature of the garden is the fact that it provides fabulous views over Florence itself!   Day 3 Today we will start with Giardino di Castello. This Garden commissioned by Cosimo I to Niccolò Tribolo in 1538, is one of the first examples of Italian garden, and from here the same architect took the inspiration to realize the famous Boboli Garden. Inizialmente mostrava una forma semplice e geometrica , composta da 3 terrazzamenti . Initially he showed a simple and geometric shape , consisting of 3 terraces but with development over time and Poi col trascorrere degli anni e il passaggio da un proprietario a un'altro, il complesso ha subito diverse modifiche e l' aggiunta di notevoli opere d'arte tipiche del manierismo , come la Grotta degli Animali .the transition from one owner to another, the space has been modified with the addition of remarkable artworks, such as the Grotto of Animals . La prima terrazza è composta da 16 aiuole quadrate con al centro la Fontana di Ercole e Anteo di Bartolomeo Ammannati . The first terrace is composed of 16 square flower beds, and a series of classic sculptures , here placed later (late 1700). La seconda terrazza presenta il Giardino degli Agrumi nel quale troviamo 500 piante di agrumi, molte delle quali pregiate e rare. The second terrace features the Citrus Garden, where we find 500 citrus plants, many of which are precious and rare. climbing two stairway steps to the top of the garden where we find a large wood in which the basin of the Fountain of January or Apennines by Bartolomeo Ammannati was placed. Da qui in poi lo spazio è stato dedicato al giardino all'inglese realizzato per volere dalla famiglia dei Lorena. From here onwards the space was devoted to the English garden built for the Lorena family who once occupied the property. Our final garden for the is the Medici Villa della Petraia, just a few kilometres from Florence, was a haven for the Medici family and still charms visitors today with its beautiful Italian garden and richly ornate interiors and period furniture. The old homestead, dating to 1362 and changing hands several times, became the property of the Medici family after their return to the city in 1530. The gardens are split across three levels to make the most of the hill slope: from the highest terrace there are unique views over Florence and Brunelleschi’s dome, while in the “Piano della figurina” there’s the Fiorenza fountain, and on the north side you can take a stroll in the English gardens, which were created in the romantic taste typical of the early nineteenth century. In the afternoon, we will be guests of Vannucci Piante in Pistoia. We are sure you will have seen some very large specimen plants at Coolings and other garden centres: the plants priced at hundreds or thousands of pounds each? The lion’s share of production for these is in Pistoia, a particularly rich growing area, where the soil and climate suit this type of production. During our brief visit, you will see literally acres and acres of plants that will melt your heart and make you promise yourself you’ll buy one, maybe more (!) to complete your garden bucket list.    Day 4 We will take you to Florence where you can enjoy free time. In our full itinerary, we will give you plenty of suggestions of where to go and what to do and to stop you getting too lost, a map as well!   Day 5 Our aim in the morning is to visit 2 fabulous gardens, the Villa Medici and the Le Balze Garden. The Garden at Villa Medici has gracious terraces cut into a stony hillside with panoramic views of the River Arno and Florence. Sites for earlier villas had been chosen because they were easy to defend, or because of their rich agricultural surroundings and had it been built 50 years earlier, the garden would surely have been enclosed in the medieval way. Had it been made 50 years later; the terraces would have been joined with great flights of steps as the styles changed through time. As it is, the terraces have lawns and are shaded by paulownias. Paths are lined with lemon trees and with geranium-filled terracotta pots. There is a secret garden (giardino segreto) which has wonderful views, to aid one's contemplation. Horace Walpole's sister added the coach drive in the eighteenth century and an English architect designed the box parterres in the twentieth century! An ongoing story of development with a British twist! Villa Le Balze is a Renaissance-style villa which is owned by Georgetown University and maintained as a study center for around 3 decades. It was designed for Charles Augustus Strong by two English architects—Geoffrey Scott and Cecil Pinsent. The construction of the Villa extended over two years and was completed in 1913. The Villa rests on three acres of land with three formal gardens, a bosco, and olive groves on the hillside beneath the building. Charles Augustus Strong, who was married to John D. Rockefeller’s oldest daughter Elizabeth, built the Villa (with a legacy from his father-in-law) after his wife’s death in 1905, and he lived there for the rest of his life. Although a reclusive man, he knew many notable people Bertrand Russell, who visited the Villa in the 1930’s. Finally, in the afternoon we aim to visit Giardino Corsini in the Centre of town. This garden belongs to the rich Corsini family, who live in Florence. Concealed behind the facade of one of the mansions along what was known as the Prato of Ognissanti is one of Florence's finest gardens. In 1591 , having purchased land along the Prato d'Ognissanti, Alessandro Acciaiuoli asked Bernardo Buontalenti to design a “pleasure lodge” with extensive grounds. In 1591 , having bought land along the Meadow of Ognissanti, Alessandro Acciaiuoli asked Bernardo Buontalenti to design a "pleasure lodge" with extensive grounds. Buontalenti designed the complex hydraulic system to bring water to the fountains, with the pathways lined with sumptuous rows of cedars, the loggia and large “inginocchiata” (or kneeling) windows that can still be seen today. Buontalenti designed the complex hydraulic system to bring water to the fountains, with the pathways lined with sumptuous rows of cedars, the loggia and large "kneeling" windows that can still be seen today. In that era, the garden also contained the famous “ statues of the four seasons ” that stand today at either end of the Santa Trinità bridge : Summer and Autumn by Giovanni Caccini , Spring by Pietro Francavilla and Winter by Cristofano Stati . Following the purchase in 1620 by Filippo and Maddalena Corsini in the wake of the bankruptcy of the Acciaiuoli family, they assigned the task of finishing the lodge to Gherardo Silvani who also reworked the layout of the garden.Following the purchase in 1620 by Filippo and Maddalena Corsini in the wake of the bankruptcy of the Acciaiuoli family, they assigned the task of finishing the lodge to Gherardo Silvani who also reworked the layout of the garden. Silvani's contribution can be seen in a number of details in the spaces on the ground floor, such as the ornamentation in the architectural moldings. Silvani's contribution can be seen in a number of details in the spaces on the ground floor, such as the ornamentation in the architectural moldings. But it is the Italian-style garden— bounded by the large orangeries , with the sophisticated, geometrical beds, box hedges, lemon trees in vases and statue-lined main path—that clearly reveals the Baroque-style orientation of the architect and his love of scenography. But it is the Italian-style garden- bounded by the large orangery , with the sophisticated geometric beds, hedges of hedge, lemon trees in vases and statue-lined main path-that clearly reveals the baroque-style orientation of the architect and his love Of scenography. To enhance the sense of length and depth of the main path, the architect made use of the trick of placing the statues and their pedestals at a progressively-lower height, fixing the central vantage point from the loggia at the back of the palace towards Via della Scala, as is seen in the cherub and two lions above the gate and the side pillars oriented towards the inside. To enhance the sense of length and depth of the main path, the architect made use of the trick of placing the statues and their pedestals at a progressively lower height, fixing the central point of view from the loggia at the back of the palace towards Via Of the Scala, as is seen in the cherub and two lions above the gate and the side pillars are oriented towards the inside. In 1834 the palace became the residence of Don Neri Corsini and his wife, who commissioned both architectural and ornamental work. In 1834 the palace became the residence of Don Neri Corsini and his wife, who commissioned both architectural and ornamental work. During the same period, the garden also underwent a Romantic-style make-over. During the same period, the garden also underwent a Romantic-style make-over. Wooded groves were created, as well as a knoll and little lake—changes that can still be seen in the two wooded areas that create a sort of scenic green backdrop to the garden. Wooded groves were created, as well as knolls and small lake-changes that can still be seen in the two wooded areas that create a sort of scenic green backdrop to the garden. More recently, the garden with its spring flowering of pink and red cistus, lavender, roses, peonies and ornamental cherry trees, was reworked by Oliva di Collobiano . More recently, the garden with its spring flowering of pink and red cyst, lavender, roses, peonies and ornamental cherry trees, was reworked by Oliva di Collobiano .  Day 6 Today we will visit Villa Gambereraia which may well be the jewel in the crown of this trip! This garden has the simple structure of an early renaissance garden combined with the rich decoration of the mannerist or baroque styles. The long lawn, peopled with statues, is a bowling green. There is a nymphaeum, fountains and a lemon garden. The water parterre was a late nineteenth century addition, by a Serbian princess and her close American friend, Miss Blood. Gambereraia was badly damaged in the second World War but has been restored. Finally, to describe it another way: “From the moment you pass the gate, with its sentinel cypresses, the impression is one of such perfect loveliness’’ C. Latham, The Gardens of Italy In the afternoon there will be more free time when we can visit Florence or relax in the hotel.  Day 7 We will return you to the airport for your flight back home. Tickets: You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite our online booking system provider. This email is only confirmation. Your tickets will be sent to you within 28 days before you depart for your holiday.  Trip Specific Information: 1. Each person attending this trip will require a valid passport for the entire duration of the trip 2. It is recommended you have adequate travel insurance to cover the duration of the trip 3. It is recommended you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC.) 4. You will require either Euro’s or a credit card/debit  that is accepted in the France and you should advise your bank the dates you will be in the France to avoid bank security blocking transactions on suspicion of fraudulant activity. A valid method of payment is required (as is common place) for a  holding deposit against each hotel room booking for any additional charges that you may inccur during your stay. If you do not carry out any chargeable transactions during the duration of your stay this deposit is fully refundable / cleared on departure. Additional Information: Coolings will be providing all transport once your arrive in Italy. We are able to advice on flights and timings for outgoing and return flights. Please contact us for more information on this on 01959 532269. Coolings always use the finest quality coaches and all but the very smallest vehicles are fitted with toilets and we also aim to stop roughly every 90 minutes to stretch your legs and refresh ourselves. A member of the Coolings team will be present throughout your excursion to assist you and be on hand should you have any questions or concerns. Payment Schedule Full Payment You can make full payment for this holiday (per person) at the time of booking by phone or take advantage of a deferred payment period (see below) Deposit / Deferred Payment If you wish to defer payment for some of this holiday (per person) you may do so.  A third of the ticket price (per person) is due as deposit to confirm your booking. A further third, 2nd payment (per person) is due by 28th February 2018. The final third, 3rd payment is due two months prior to departure by 4th August 2018. All future payments should not be made via Eventbrite and can be made by calling Coolings on 01959 532269. A full payment schedule will be sent to you after booking confirmation has been received. If you have any questions concerning our deferred payment process please contact us on tel: 01959 532269.    FAQs Am I only able to now book online for events / excursions with Coolings? Our online ticket system is by far the easiest way for the majority of our customers to make a booking. However we are still happy to receive phone booking at Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 (payment can be made preferably by credit / debit card over the phone / cheque in the post).  Alternatively you may still visit Coolings Garden Centre in person and make a booking at our customer service desk located in the main shop. If making a booking in person at Coolings you can pay by credit / debit card, cheque or cash. If paying by cheque for any event / excursion this is only available up until 10 days prior to the event / excursion taking place. If you are booking less than 10 days prior to the event payment must be made by one of the alternative methods.    I am have a Coolings Family Card, can I use it? Coolings Family can be used for this excursion. To use your card please enter your card number into the 'Enter Promotional Code' box when selecting your tickets. This is the full 11 digit cardholder number.   What if I have some specific requirements that are not listed here? Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on [email protected] to discuss your requirements and as always we will do our best to accomodate them.    Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Please contact Coolings Garden Centre on 01959 532269 or alternatively email us on [email protected]    Is my registration/ticket transferrable? You may transfer your ticket to someone else, but we must receive confirmation of this 48 hours before the event / excursion. For some holidays you may not be able to transfer your booking with less than 7 days notice.   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes a printed ticket must be brought to the event. Although our ticket provider 'Eventbrite' does offer electronic tickets mobile reception at Coolings is often limited so this may mean you are unable to recall your ticket on site. We do hold a record of all attendees to any event / excursion/ holiday, but if you do not have your ticket this will cause you some delays.    What if I wish to cancel? Refunds on Events and one day Excursions can only be offered 14 days before the event/excursion. Refunds on holidays (trips of more than one day) can be offered under the following terms. Figures expressed as % below relate to the full amount you were to pay for the holiday. 84 days or more before departure Coolings will retain 10% 83-57 days before departure Coolings will retain 30% 56-31 days before departure Coolings will retain 50% 30 days or less before departure Coolings will retain 100%  The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? Tickets may be transferred with 48 hours notice or 7 days for some holidays but on the day of an event / excursion/ holidays ticket attendee/s should match our registration details.