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For immediate release: Feb. 14, 2005

(DALLAS) – From the Greek gods to the Olympics, from classic columns to the country’s cuisine … sign up now for a taste and a classical tour of Greece this summer!

The two-week excursion, set May 16-29, is presented by El Centro College faculty members Gus Katsigris and Jimmie Henslee. (El Centro is one of seven individually accredited institutions of Dallas County Community Colleges.) Katsigris is professor emeritus of food and hospitality, and Henslee is an accounting professor.

DTA Tours and Travel of Dallas will make arrangements, and Katsigris – a native of Greece – will share his expertise, in addition to the comments and knowledge of “official” tour guides. Katsigris went on his first ECC-sponsored tour in 1991 and shared the experience last year of seeing his country prepare for the Olympics. “We will visit several islands and the shore of Turkey, plus classical sites,” said Katsigris. “We’re also going to the farm village where I was born. Everyone will experience Greece from the sea to the land.”

Registration for the tour is open to the general public. The 14-day trip is $3,379 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes a round-trip coach airline ticket; a four-day classical tour; a two-day Leonidion visit; a four-day Aegean cruise; a two-day visit to Athens for sightseeing; and all transfers and handling.

Tour-goers will depart on Monday, May 16, from DFW Airport on Lufthansa Airlines and arrive in Athens the next day, where they will stay at the Deluxe Hotel Amalia in the ancient city of Delphi. During the first few days, the classical tour will include sights in Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Leonidion – Katsigris’ home town! – and Athens. The package includes a four-day cruise departing from the port of Piraeus in Athens to the Greek islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, plus the Turkish port of Kusadasi. The group returns to Athens for two days and then departs on Sunday, May 29.

Places are still available! For questions or a detailed itinerary, contact either Katsigris at (214) 860-2202 or Henslee at (214) 860-2210.