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                                       ITALY AND           GREECE
                                       Tour ID: Peters-9237

                                        BRING YOUR PASSPORT


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

Students cannot carry knives or any sharp objects in their luggage both entering and leaving the

Hotel Rooms – 4 or 3 per room

Currency: Euros

Conversion rate: € 1= $1.5

                $ 1 = € 0.67

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.


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.

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-

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
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 Number           Departing                            Arriving

AMERICAN                 (NEW ORLEANS) 12/28/2009
                                                             (CHICAGO) 12/28/2009 2:00PM
AIRLINES 1768           11:30AM
                        (CHICAGO) 12/28/2009 5:05PM          (LONDON) 12/29/2009 6:35AM
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
                        (LONDON) 1/5/2010 1:05PM             (DALLAS) 1/5/2010 5:35PM
AMERICAN                                                      (NEW ORLEANS) 1/5/2010
                        (DALLAS) 1/5/2010 7:25PM
AIRLINES 504                                                 8:45PM

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.


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

No vaccination certificates are required for entry to Italy and Greece. Travels must ensure that they have
adequate medical insurance before traveling.


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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