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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIAL PROJECT TRIP ITALY AND GREECE Tour ID: Peters-9237 BRING YOUR PASSPORT SOME OF THE RULES TO BE OBEYED WHILE ON THE TOUR: All students will be held by all LSMSA rules and standards while on this trip. They will be escorted at all times by an adult chaperone, at all points of the tour. Students will be required to be in their hotel rooms by 9:00 PM each night. They will not be allowed to entertain other fellow students (who are not their roommates) in their rooms after the 10:00 PM each night. Students of the opposite sex will not be allowed to visit inside hotel rooms. They can only socialize in the lobby of the hotel. As an LSMSA rule, I am requiring that all my tour participants refrain from public displays of affection. Students will not be allowed to carry any substance that is not allowed on LSMSA’s campus. Students cannot carry knives or any sharp objects in their luggage both entering and leaving the country. Hotel Rooms – 4 or 3 per room Currency: Euros Conversion rate: € 1= $1.5 $ 1 = € 0.67 BRING MONEY FOR THE FOLLOWING: 1. TIPS: Bus Driver – Total €10 ($15) Tour Director: Total €28 ($41) 2. Lunch Money - € 7-10 a day ($10-$15). 3. Spending money. An ideal amount would be $30-$50 per day for all of the above. METHODS OF CARRYING MONEY: Try not to rely on a single method of carrying money while you travel -- a combination of ATM or credit cards, plus cash (in case those cards don't work abroad), is the safest way to ensure that you're covered. ATM or prepaid cash cards. These are a great convenience abroad, allowing you to withdraw money in the local currency at a fair rate and avoid the high fees that money changers often charge. You must, however, make sure the ATM card will work overseas! Look for a PLUS or CIRRUS network logo on the back of the card itself; most foreign ATMs will accept cards from these networks only. Also be sure that the PIN number is sufficient for foreign usage. Talk to your bank about to make sure your card will be accepted. **Credit Cards used oversees often require a PIN number as well (not required in the US), so be sure to speak to your card provider about this possibility as well. *** Always notify your bank and/or credit card companies that you will be traveling oversees to avoid security flags and frozen accounts! Travelers' checks. These are a good way to carry emergency funds in case you lose your ATM card; most major providers can refund lost or stolen checks quickly -- and probably a lot faster than your bank back home can mail you a new ATM card! Downside- huge transaction fee. Cash. Try to limit the amount of cash you carry, especially if you'll be visiting several countries that use different currency (you don't want to keep paying exchange fees!). Before you leave, exchange enough cash to cover your first day abroad (about $30 - $50), but try to carry the rest of your money in credit cards or on your ATM cards. MAKING PHONES CALLS FROM ITALY AND GREECE TO THE U.S. Option #1: International Cell Phones and Calling Cards purchased in the U.S. Where to find them? Explorica has recently partnered with Telestial to offer international cell phone and calling card solutions so you can keep in touch with family/friends back home. International Cell Phones: Prices from $49, including $5 of pre-paid call time. * Coverage in over 130 countries * Family/friends can call you via a toll-free number * Free incoming calls in France, Italy, Spain and the UK * 24/7, multi-lingual Customer Service * Next-day delivery available * Universal Adaptor International Calling Cards International calling cards are a great back-up to your cell phone while you're abroad. The calling card can be used in over 150 countries, and you can recharge it anytime. For more information: http://www.explorica.com/Get-Ready/International-Cell-Phones- and-Calling-Cards.aspx Option #2: If you bring your laptop, you can use Skype for video or instant messaging. Register yourself and your family on Skype before you leave. Students can also rent a cell phone in Rome, if all else fails. Option #3: Purchase Calling cards in Italy and Greece to call home. Will my current cell phone work in Italy and Greece? An unlocked phone that supports GSM 900 or GSM 1800 Frequencies will work in both countries. But first you will have to replace your current SIM card and get a new one in Italy. Cost of a new SIM card in Rome: €5 ≈$7.5 MAKING INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM THE U.S. Rome Area Code – 06 Dialing from New Orleans to Rome Dial: 011 39 06 X (If you are behind a switchboard you may have to dial '0' or '9' (or another number) to get an external line.) How the number is composed Number Comments 011 011 is the international prefix used to dial somewhere outside of U.S.A.. 39 39 is the international code used to dial to Italy. 06 is the local area or city code used to dial to Rome. (Not added because the number entered already seems to include an area code.) X X is the local number you wrote. Exchange X with your number Dialing from New Orleans to Athens Dial: 011 30 210 X How the number is composed Number Comments 011 011 is the international prefix used to dial somewhere outside of U.S.A.. 30 30 is the international code used to dial to Greece. 210 210 is the local area or city code used to dial to Athens. X X is the local number you wrote. Exchange X with your number Time Difference: Rome : + 7 hours Greece : + 8 hours USA (CST) Rome Athens -7 h 3PM 10PM 11PM 5PM Midnight 1AM 10PM 5AM 6AM 3AM 10AM 11AM 6AM 1PM 2PM 9AM 4PM 5PM FLIGHT ITINERARY Flight Number Departing Arriving AMERICAN (NEW ORLEANS) 12/28/2009 (CHICAGO) 12/28/2009 2:00PM AIRLINES 1768 11:30AM AMERICAN (CHICAGO) 12/28/2009 5:05PM (LONDON) 12/29/2009 6:35AM AIRLINES 086 BRITISH AIRWAYS 560 (LONDON) 12/29/2009 12:35PM (ROME) 12/29/2009 4:05PM BRITISH AIRWAYS 631 (ATHENS) 1/5/2010 9:05AM (LONDON) 1/5/2010 11:00AM AMERICAN (LONDON) 1/5/2010 1:05PM (DALLAS) 1/5/2010 5:35PM AIRLINES 079 AMERICAN (NEW ORLEANS) 1/5/2010 (DALLAS) 1/5/2010 7:25PM AIRLINES 504 8:45PM BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS FOR EXPLORICA, AMERICAN AIRLINES and BRITISH AIRWAYS: The tour company Explorica requires that each student only carry ONE carry-on bag and ONE checked bag. Here are the rules for each from both Airlines: For travel worldwide on American Airlines and British Airways, you may carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer. A carry-on bag must fit under your seat or in the overhead bin. Its dimensions should not be more than 9”x14”x22” (length x height x width) or 45 linear inches (the length, height and width added together). Maximum weight is 30 lbs. Both airlines may require that a carry-on item travel as checked baggage if the item cannot be safely stowed on a particular flight. Please check TSA baggage policy and travel tips for the restricted items and airport security screening process. Carry-on bags contents – Lithium batteries allowed only in carry-on Electronics, cash, jewelry, medicines – pack in carry-on bag. Both airlines exempt the following personal items from the one piece limit: Child safety seats for ticketed children Assistive devices (e.g. canes, crutches, etc.) Outer garments (e.g. coats, hats, etc.) Checked Bag – Only ONE Allowed. No fees for first checked bag. Maximum Weight: 50 lbs/23 kg Maximum linear dimensions of all bags: 62 inches / 157cm (length + width + height) Note: Surcharges apply if your bag is heavier than 50 lbs. Electricity Italy and Greece run on 220-240 volts alternating between 50-60 hertz. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter (Schuko plug). See supplement. Prescription Medicines: Bring prescription drug in original container along with prescriptions if possible. Vaccinations No vaccination certificates are required for entry to Italy and Greece. Travels must ensure that they have adequate medical insurance before traveling. Tipping Breakfast and Dinner tips were already included in your tour fee. Weather : Italy 50˚ – 54˚ Fahrenheit. Rainy. Greece 47˚ – 52˚ Fahrenheit. Rainy. Clothing : Winter Coat/Jacket, headgear, gloves, scarf, ear muffs, warm socks, good walking shoes, sweaters, jeans, raincoat and/or umbrella. Items to bring : Alarm clock/cell phone alarm, hair dryer, electrical adapters, neck wallet for passport, medicine in original containers, contact lenses, camera, batteries, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, money, and most importantly your passport. FOOD: Big breakfast Buffet, comprising of continental food will be available at the hotel’s restaurant, free of charge to us. Dinner (local cuisine) will also be provided each night at different restaurants. Important Phone Numbers for US Travelers Contact Information Emergency Phone Number: 1.617.210.6194 1.888.310.7120 (Toll-free within the U.S.) International Tours: 1.617.210.6150 (Outside the U.S.) 1.888.310.7101 (Toll-free within the U.S.) USA & Canada Tours: 1.617.210.6191 (Outside the U.S.) Customer Service: 1.888.310.7121 (Toll-free within the U.
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