I am not sure how to answer this question; this is my first foray into Mainland Europe (sort of).  From everything I read, Europe is different from what you would expect in New Zealand, Australia, or the Caribbean.  So, I think that I am more open than I have been in previous trips, not sure what to expect.  

Besides my basic wonderlust, I know that I have always been interested in Rome and Iceland. There is something about both locations (as a photographer, Iceland, and the Mediterranean have an appeal).  As someone who has studied rhetoric, I cannot help but be interested in Greece. 

From a very early age, I was told stories of Rome.  My father worked for a company that made earth moving equipment and he was the salesperson for the Middle East.  His supervisor told him that he should stop in Rome on the way back from his trips.  Since spouses were expected to travel along, this means that my father and mother would stay on room three or four times a year.  So, I have the memories of their stories and photos to prompt my interests. 

This is day one.  We are flying from Atlanta to New York and then on to Rome.  The plan for our trip is as follows:

  • May 19 - May 22 - Rome
  • May 22 - May 31 - Greece (more detail later)
  • May 31 to June 3 - Iceland

The Greece part of the trip  

DAY 1 - 22 MAY: Depart Rome, Italy to Athens, Greece;  Arrival in Athens and transfer to your hotel. 

DAY 2 - 23 MAY: Depart Athens and drive to Epidaurus (visit) – Overnight in Nafplion

DAY 3 - 24 MAY: Morning visit of Mycenae and then drive to Olympia, Overnight in Olympia

DAY 4 - 25 MAY: Morning visit of Olympia site- then drive to Delphi, Overnight in Delphi

DAY 5 - 26 MAY: Morning visit of Delphi site – then drive to Athens airport and take an afternoon flight to Santorini – Overnight in Santorini

DAY 6 – 27 MAY: Santorini Island Tour and then embark on the afternoon hydrofoil to Milos
Overnight in Milos 

DAY 7 – 28 MAY: In the morning Island tour and in the afternoon take the return flight back to Athens (Olympic 

Overnight in Athens

DAY 8 – 29 MAY: We can arrange an Athens city tour which includes the visits of Acropolis site / New Acropolis Museum ... walking tour in Plaka

DAY 9 – 30 MAY: Extra day in Athens for a free day or an optional tour

DAY 10 - 31 MAY: Return transfer to Athens airport connecting with a flight to Reykjavik, Iceland

There are five of us traveling this year and each of us has slightly different purposes. Leigh Bryan and I are kicking the tires on the trip to see if it will work for a study abroad program.  We have two students who are traveling with us who need classes for summer and will provide a student viewpoint on the trip.  Finally, Drew (my son) is going to help as needed and he is interested in how cities are planned.