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Two BHS teachers planning 2020 tour

Would you like to travel to Italy and Greece? 

Brigette Hoff and Vickie Garmon, Bluffton High School teachers, are planning a tour from June 17 -30, 2020.  

They have led two other tours together recently, one trip to Italy and Greece in 2016 and one trip to London, Paris, and the Alps in 2018.

"We currently have high school students and some parents signed up to travel with us.  We are opening up our tour to the community to see if any others may be interested," said Hoff.

She added: "We have looked at a 10-day tour in the past, but found that this tour is priced about $270 more and we get an additional four days.  It really does cover each country well for the price. 

"A student fee for those 22 or under is now $3,910, with an adult fee paying an additional $690.  This is because adults are roomed in pairs and students are roomed in trio or quad rooms.  All beds are twin-sized." 

Hoff said that this fee will go up soon, $50-150 more. 

"Next school year, we will be teaching about some of the places before we travel overseas. Below is a summary of the trip, followed by what is included," Hoff said.

Here is a summary of the sites we will see:
Day 1  Start tour – From Detroit to Milan
Day 2  Ciao Milan
Day 3  Venice landmarks
   (St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace visit, Glass-blowing demonstration, gondola ride – small fee for this)
Day 4  Venice – Florence
   (Verona stop – see Romeo & Juliet balcony, Verona Arena)
Day 5  Florence landmarks
    (Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo visit, leather workshop, Gates of Paradise, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Dante’s House, Accademia or Uffizi Gallery visit – fee for one museum)
Day 6  –Rome
    (St. Francis of Assisi Basilica visit – stop on way to Rome, Rome City Walk – Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona)
Day 7  Rome landmarks
    (Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel visit, St. Peter’s Basilica visit, Colosseum visit, Piazza Venezia, Forum Romanum visit)
Day 8  Rome‐‐Sorrento
    (Capri & Blue Grotto excursion – included in tour)
Day 9  Sorrento‐‐Patras
    (Pompeii guided visit, then an overnight ferry to Patras)
Day 10  Patras‐‐Tolo
    (Ancient Olympia guided visit)
Day 11  Tolo‐‐Athens
    (Mycenae & Epidaurus guided excursion – included in tour, stop by Corinth Canal)
Day 12  Athens landmarks
    (Parthenon, Acropolis visit, Temple of Athena Nike, Omonoia Square, Syntagma Square, 2004 Olympic site, Athens city walk, Plaka district, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch)
Day 13  Cape Sounion
    (Temple of Poseidon)
Day 14  End tour – from Athens to Detroit

What's included? 
The travel company provides everything you need for a remarkable trip:

• Round‐trip airfare

• 11 overnight stays in hotels with private bathroom

• 1 overnight stay in cabins on ferry

• Full European breakfast daily

• Lunch included on cruise ship

• Dinner daily

• Full‐time services of a professional Tour Director

• Visits to select attractions as per itinerary

• Guided sightseeing tours with high‐tech headset as per itinerary

• Tour Diary

Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is
provided; Tour cost does not include airline‐imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa

Contact Brigette Hoff at: hoffb@blufftonschools.org for more details
The Website with more details can be found at:
https://www.explorica.com/
Hoff-882 is the Tour Center ID