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What The Colleges & Universities Say About Us


What they say about us….

"I have heard from some of the students that this was the best experience of their lives, and that is in no small part because of your care and expertise. I will be in touch soon about 2013; I'm already looking forward to it. “
Professor Michael Barnes
University of Missouri

“Since 1982 I have been organizing trips to Greece for members of the Madison Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. It was fortune that I found Dimitri Cocconi. I need only suggest an itinerary and he expertly takes care of the arrangements, adding little known sites rarely visited by tourists, giving us a firsthand look at Greek life. He and his staff are of highest integrity and honesty and treat everyone with compassion and understanding. We are provided with the best guide in all Greece. Myrto is not only knowledgeable about all aspects of modern Greece, has had intense training in all areas of ancient Greece. We will return to Greece again and again, not only because Dimitri’s office makes it affordable, but because it is an experience that restores our zest of living. I will always return to Dimitri at Educational Tours & Cruises. I know with their help I can offer a tour with pride and confidence that will give all of us beautiful and lasting memories”
Loretta Freiling,
Madison Society of THE ARCHEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, University of Wisconsin

(Study tours with ETC since 1982)

"I have just returned from leading a St. Olaf College Study Tour in Greece with 32 alumni and friends of the college.  It was a wonderful and highly successful tour.  In 16 days we visited many of the most famous sites/places in Greece (including Athens, Sounion, Meteora, Thermopylae, Delphi, Olympia, Nauplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus), as well as some that are not so often visited (Volos, Skopelos, Aegina, Hydra).  We were there during an historic time, as Greece held its elections and formed a new government.  I am happy to report that, with the fantastic assistance of Dimitri and Thalia Cocconi of Educational Tours & Cruises, every aspect of our tour went perfectly.  The Greek people, legendary for their philoxenia (hospitality) were as welcoming and cordial as ever; they were particularly excited to greet such a large group of Americans.  The museums and sites are open, well-tended, and ready for visitors.The food and weather were, of course, up to usual expectations.  Indeed, all of the group were enthusiastic about the trip and many are planning to return to Greece soon.  I have visited Greece more than 30 times and have led more than two dozen student and alumni tours; this past tour ranks among the very best I have experienced.  I encourage you to plan your trip to Greece and to bring your students and friends.  It's a wonderful time to visit Greece, and Educational Tours & Cruises will insure that all of your logistical needs are met with friendliness, efficiency, and exquisite care".

Professor James May,
Dean and Provost
ST. OLAF COLLEGE, Northfield, Minnesota
(Study tours with ETC since 1975)

“I am continually impressed of how many different details you and your colleagues are able to work out, apparently with no effort (since you made is so FAST!). You seem to have connections everywhere, and you know everything!- and I know I have made some pretty strange requests. You even manage to keep everything within the budget (or less). What I am most grateful for is your kind and patient flexibility. You have pleasantly helped me do things «my way». Your multiple offices and connections and communication links are supremely valuable. Thank you once again for assisting me in planning another trip to Greece and Italy!"
Prof. Jan Gabbert
Chair, Department of Classics
Dayton, Ohio
(Trips to Greece & Italy, May 1995 &1997)

"Thank you again for everything you did for us on this trip…. we really appreciated the many things you did outside the scope of the trip itself, such as arranging for the doctor visit, spending your free time getting the medications, providing me with a cell phone…. We loved the hotels, the meals, the drivers, and especially Gabriele, our esteemed guide, who also went out of her way to make the trip extra special. Thank you, Thalia and Dimitri, for all of your care, hospitality, and assistance. I was deeply impressed. Of all of the student trips I have led with other companies, this trip was the best because of everything you did to make the visit organized, safe, and professional. I will be recommending you to all of my Latin and Greek teacher colleagues around the country!”
Prof. John Rocklin
Department of Classics
Hanover, NH.
(Study tours with ETC on March 2006 )

“A very belated thank you for the wonderful "Athens and the Cyclades Islands" tour that you provided for Goshen College Adult Educational Travel in June.
All the details were exactly as you promised - even above what I expected. Stella was a wonderful guide. Having Thalia meet us at the airport and travel with us several days and Dimitri with us for the farewell dinner and with us at departure offered such very special attention. The best that I have had from any agency. I will strongly recommend Educational Tours and Cruises to any one who inquires. ”
Mrs. Janette Yoder
Director of Special Events
Goshen, Indiana
(Adult Study Tour on May 2007)

“Thank you for an absolutely wonderful time in Greece! I am extremely grateful for your advice and assistance. This was my first time leading a student group overseas. You helped to make this a very rewarding experience for me. I am very grateful for our daily contact by phone. All of the arrangements you made were wonderfully suited to the needs of the students and the academic program. The staff at the Hotel Achilleas were exceptionally hospitable. They often went out of their way to make our visit comfortable and memorable. The tour guides you provided were top-rate professionals who enlightened our days and left no question unanswered. It was our privilege to meet them and to have them leading the tours. The bus drivers were remarkably kind, welcoming and conscientious. All around,
I cannot imagine better resources. On behalf of all the students, I send sincere thanks. For my own part, it was a great pleasure to meet you. I hope for the chance to work with you again. “
Dr. William Aylward, Dept. Of Classics
Madison, WI
(Student trip to Greece, May 2008 )

* Also, we are continuously recommended for many years by Fodor’s and Arthur Frommer’s travel books, as one of the most exceptional tour company in Greece with good value and impeccable service