Q. I am interested in joining an educational tour group
planning a trip to Greece next spring. Can you provide information
about such groups? A tour geared to older travelers would be fine.
A. Educational tours of Greece are abundant. Here are a few
that are planned for next spring:
Classical Cruises, which arranges voyages with sponsoring
educational institutions, has an Undiscovered Greek Islands cruise,
co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, April 30 to May 13,
starting at $6,845 a person, based on double occupancy, on the
all-suite Queen Odyssey (the former Royal Viking Queen).
The itinerary includes Athens, Nauplia, Seriphos, Siphnos,
Naxos, Amorgos, Astypalaia, Leros, Patmos, Chios, Skopelos, Thasos
and Samothrace. The guest lecturer has not yet been confirmed.
Classical Cruises, 132 East 70th Street, New York, N.Y. 10021;
(212) 794-3200 or (800) 252-7745.
Elderhostel, a nonprofit educational organization based in
Boston, runs programs for travelers 60 and older that combine
classwork with field trips; there are about 20 trips to Greece
departing from March to May. Accommodations are in hotels with
Elderhostel's 18-night Ancient World of Greece program, in
cooperation with the American School of Classical Studies in
Athens, visits major sites in the capital, Eleusis, Corinth, the
island of Aegina, Nauplia, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Crete.
The price of $3,080 a person, double occupancy, includes air
fare from New York, room and board. There are several departure
dates, including April 7. Some Elderhostel programs combine land
tours with study cruises on topics such as Aegean civilization and
the Greek Island society. The cruises are on air-conditioned
motor-powered sailboats averaging 116 feet in length. The
double-occupancy cabins have private baths.
For example, a package combining a week's study tour focusing
on Greek philosophy, based at the Hellenic American Union in
Athens, with a week's Aegean Civilization cruise, departs April 6
and costs $3,501.
Elderhostel is at 75 Federal Street, Boston, Mass. 02110.
Specify international or domestic catalog.
Interhostel, a travel-study program for adults over 50
sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Division of Continuing
Education, is planning to repeat this year's Athens and the Greek
Islands tour from May 10 to 24, 1995, in cooperation with the
American College of Greece, Deree Campus. The 1995 price has not
yet been set, but it is expected to be higher than this year's rate
of $3,295 a person, which included round-trip flights from New York.
In Athens, the group will stay in dormitories at the American
College, about three miles from the city center. Shared bathrooms
are on each floor. In addition to sightseeing while based in
Athens, the tour also includes a three-day stay on the Aegean
islands of Mykonos and Delos. Ancient Greek culture, modern
history, economics, philosophy, music and dance will be among the
Interhostel: University of New Hampshire Division of Continuing
Education, 6 Garrison Avenue, Durham, N.H. 03824; (603) 862-1147.
Q. My wife and I are making plans to drive to Regina,
Saskatchewan, and back. Because it is a long ride we would like to
rent or lease a cellular phone for a few days. Is that possible?
A. Many companies rent cellular phones either by the day, week
or month. Anything longer than that and it would be cheaper to buy
a phone. Check the phone book for cellular phone companies. …