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I am Dimitris Thanassas and I am your Host for this Tour.I am a Computer Scientist and a Marketeer by profession, and I love greek delis, herbs & wines. I have a Ph.D in Computing, and I also run an Online Promotion business in Athens. I lived and worked in the UK for 9 years.
I LOVE: travelling, reading, sports, business & marketing, writing, exchanging ideas
I have TRAVELED to: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Denmark, USA
My personal TRAITS: pleasant, friendly, witty, passionate, hospitable
Itinerary1. Insiders’ Herbs TrailInitially, we will visit one of the most prominent and pioneering Athens Herbs & Spices shops. We will attend a comprehensive overview of the history and huge variety of greek herbs, spices and bio products, like chamomile, dittany, melissa herb, spearmint, thyme, sage, rosemary etc. Guests will learn traditional ways of preparing herbal drinks, as well as the immense variety of herbs’ medical applications. They will also receive a complimentary free gift bag, with some of the most authentic greek herbs.2. Introduction to Greek WinesWe will visit a leading Athens Wine merchant who is a real authority on greek wines, attend a thorough presentation on greek vineyards, and learn about the famous local greek wine varieties, which 100% reflect greek traditions. We will then have a chance to discover numerous local greek wine varieties like Neilis, Santorini, Robola, Naousa, etc, from different greek regions, and learn the secrets of their aromas and tastes, as well as the corresponding consumption proposals. At the end, guests will receive a complimentary free bottle of a fine greek wine3. Visiting a famous Athens Tea-roomWe will visit one of the finest Athens Tea-rooms, with a unique interior design and décor. We will enjoy a herbal drink of choice, among a huge variety of greek (and world) teas, coffees and sweet delicacies, thereby greatly rewarding our taste-buds4. Discovering greek Food and DelisWe will visit a major greek Food and Deli store, with excellent products from all over Greece, at a huge variety. Further on, we will visit the Central Athens Meat & Fish Market, called Varvakios Agora, and will stroll among the merchants in order to appreciate the vibrant hustle and bustle of the place. We will then visit an off the beaten track Tavern and learn about their excellent quality meats & cheeses, and their delicious dishes5. Chatting, relaxing, and holiday planningWe will have ample time at the tea-room to relax, exchange ideas, and discuss suggested proposals and tips on the best Athens attractions and sights to visit: where to go, what to see, what not to miss, how to best exploit the authentic Athens atmosphere
DAY 1: This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our Tour Manager, a destination specialist.DAY 2: Board an exclusive Chicago Architecture Foundation’s photography river cruise, designed for the photographer, or photographer at heart. This afternoon, choose between a walking tour and learn the basics of Chicago’s sinful history, all the way from the city’s first vice district, to Capone, Prohibition and the mob. Explore the basics of different beer styles and beer’s influence on criminal enterprises, especially during Prohibition. Or choose to glide along the Lakefront on your very own Segway, through the fragrant floral paths and rose gardens of Grant Park to the Museum Campus. Tonight, visit Kingston Mines. Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. Its two stages have been graced by the likes of Junior Wells and scores of other musical greats.DAY 3: Travel to Holland, on the shore of Lake Michigan. The Dutch heritage is plain to see in the traditional Dutch architecture and ambiance. Stroll the quaint downtown and enjoy its galleries, shops and eateries. Continue north to the Leelanau Peninsula. Here we visit some of the peninsulas noted wineries. The evening is spent in Traverse City.DAY 4: Board the ferry to Mackinac Island. The entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is well known for its wide variety of architectural styles, including the Victorian Grand Hotel and its ban on all motor vehicles.Day 5: You can explore Mackinac Island your way. Bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the only modes of transportation here. You can pick up a bicycle and gear, along with trail maps guiding you on various routes throughout the island. Or relax on a guided horse-drawn carriage instead.Day 6: Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. Late afternoon we make the ferry crossing across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin. Tonight, visit Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination, the Milwaukee Public Market.Day 7: Visit the Milwaukee Riverwalk and Milwaukee Art Museum. Tour past the elegant mansions along Lake Michigan with numerous photo opportunities at the city’s most unique landmarks. Take in City Hall, the Milwaukee Art Museum, North Point Light-house, Miller Park, the Historic Third Ward and more. This afternoon visit the Harley Davidson Museum. Enjoy a final night dinner together at a Bavarian Bierhaus. Day 8: Arrive in Oak Park, once the home of Frank Lloyd Wright where he designed and built some of his earliest buildings. Tour the Wright home and see the birth-place of Ernest Hemingway before time for lunch in the village.