ClassicalTrip’s Rules to Live By (for students & adults)
No student goes anywhere alone outside the apartment.
No student leaves without express approval from the TripLeader.
No guys in girls bedrooms & vice versa
No kissing, lapsitting, PDA, neck rubs, constant or consistent leaning on each other, heads in laps, leg-locked sitting, etc.
No guys/girls pairing off alone.
Travel light (only bring essential items) when we leave for the day.
No bare feet outside our lodging.
No fountain swimming.
No statue climbing.
Do not invite strangers to join us without prior approval from the TripLeader
Stay with the group.
Don’t stop & shop as we’re en-route to a site without approval.
Only travel in approved (by the TripLeader) groups of 3 or more
No alcohol, beer, wine, drugs, smoking, medical marijuana, vaping, cussing . . . you get the idea.
Respect the culture, don’t mock it.
Be respectful of the other group members needing to use the bathrooms, etc.
Bathrooms are for bathing, toilet needs, & tooth brushing, NOT makeup, clothes changing, quiet time, book reading, etc.
Use the bathrooms when we stop for the bathrooms. It may be a few hours before you have the chance again.
Most public bathrooms do NOT have toilet seats or provide toilet paper.
Public bathrooms cost 1 € to use. Keep € change in your pocket.
Keep your room picked up & your bedroom neat & clean daily.
Make your bed daily. Yes, make your bed daily!
If you get a dish dirty, wash it. We do not have maid service.
Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink.
If you get sick, diarrhea or constipation tell the TripLeader or a parent. We have magical cures.
If you stay sick, we will inform your parents & leave you in a safe place at our lodging, but we will continue our daily tour as planned.
If you make a mess, clean it up now, not later.
No loud music. No loud noises.
Respect other's sleep and appropriate quiet hours.
Don’t borrow money from non-family group members.
Don’t accuse locals of stealing your stuff, money, etc until you’ve talked with the TripLeader.
Do watch constantly for pickpockets and thieves.
If you see something concerning, say something.
Keep eyes focused on those around you, not just our group.
Pickpockets can spot a student group a mile away.
Take a break from social media.
Put down your phone, lift up your head, and look around you!
ALL Meals are “no phone zones”.
ALL Historic sites are “no phone zones”.
No stopping to shop without the TripLeader’s approval. Keep up with the group.
Tell the TripLeader if there is conflict with another group member or local, etc. We are specially trained in Conflict Resolution.
Certain events are prepaid, scheduled, ticketed events for which we cannot be late.
Don’t make us late or we may need to leave you behind for the day.
And don't forget to have fun!
What is a "no phone zone"?
A "no phone zone" is a location where you CAN use your phone for taking pictures, share insights and meaningful information with the group, make memories, etc. but CANNOT use your phone for playing games, immersing yourself in social media, texting friends back home while ignoring the rest of the group, or listening to music, watching movies, etc. Dig into the unique and special lives of those traveling with you instead!
"No phone zones" are at all historic sites and all meals.
Travel within the city (How to)
STAND RIGHT, WALK LEFT: how to ride escalators at airports, Metro stations, etc.
Use the “Group wedge” to get on the bus or Metro.
American politeness and “keeping your normal personal space” will cause you to be left behind at the station when we are boarding buses or Metro. Squeeze in!!
Travel Motto: There's always room for one more!
What if I disobey the rules, venture off by myself, and get lost?
Before heading out in each city, we will discuss your plan of action, which will include (1) deep sincere repentance, (2) contrition, (3) genuflection, (4) a phone # you will keep with you for help, & (5) a phone pic of our apartment address, and (6) a phone call to your parents. Remember, policemen are our friends.
What if I run out of money?
You won’t go hungry nor sleep on the street. There may be a way for your parents to send $ to the Trip Leader, which we transfer to you.
What if strange people keep pestering me to buy cheap souvenirs I don’t want?
Welcome to the world of travel where everyone assumes you have more money than they do.
Can I go home early if I decide I’m too homesick?
Yes. Typically it cost between $600-$950 to change your ticket.
What if I overpacked and can’t carry all my stuff?
We will donate your excess goods to the local economy or nearest dumpster.
Don’t order extra food and plan on reimbursing us. Order it on a separate ticket after all other orders have been placed. However, opportunities for this will be rare as we normally order our meals “family style”.
INFORM your bank debit/credit if you plan on using your card overseas.
INFORM your phone provider if you plan on using your smartphone overseas.
Take out a calling/texting/data plan in advance if you plan on using your phone’s cellular data.
Wifi is available, but it can be spotty.
Don’t access personal data or websites without using a VPN.
Foreign SIM cards only work on UNLOCKED phones.
Download WhatsApp in advance and make sure it works for you in the USA before expecting it to work overseas.
A link to our Trip group chat will be provided in advance.
Do NOT bring sheets, pillows, bath towels, sleeping bags, etc.
If your walking shoes are brand new and not broken in, pick up blister pads before departing.
Though you will get a meal on the flights to Rome, bring some $ for snacks you may want at the airports to and from Europe.
Your first “trip provided” meal begins after you land in Rome & last meal ends when you depart either Athens or Istanbul.
What about COUPLES on the trip?
Are you engaged or married? Congrats! You’re officially a couple.
Are you pre-engaged with parental consent? (That means both sets of parents consider you pre-engaged, parents are assuming you will marry each other, and you are in an exclusive, pre-marriage relationship with each other.) Congrats! You’re a couple.
Anything less . . . you are NOT a couple for the purposes of this trip.
Dating two months or two years doesn’t make you an “official couple” for the purposes of this trip. If you don't fit into guidelines #1 or #2 above, even a parent's "pre-approval" does not make you "a couple".
The following rules apply to you if you are "not a couple": No kissing, lapsitting, PDA, crossgender neck rubs, constant or consistent leaning on each other, heads in laps, leg-locked sitting, etc. No pairing off alone.
Why is this an issue?
(1) You will be in some of the most romantic places on earth with amazing young people of the opposite sex,
(2) The perfect music will play softly in the background while the moonlight shines beautifully across the ancient ruins of a fallen empire,
(3) Cupid will wing his merry way across the sky.
(4) Aphrodite is on the hunt for new victims.
(5) Love, true love, will seem to be irresistible and contagious.
However, the focus of a ClassicalTrip experience is to inform, educate, inspire, and expand you as a person, NOT assist you in finding your lifelong soul mate.
If, perchance, the stars of the universe have aligned perfectly and the love of your life (as ordained by destiny and validated by last night's pizza dream) is found during the trip, the burning flames of love and passion will have to endure beyond the end of the trip.
This trip is not your "pre-honeymoon" trip!
No one is out to mug you, but there are a lot of pickpockets.
Typically, a couple of people in our group get pickpocketed due to their lack of diligence and focus.
There WILL BE PICKPOCKET ATTEMPTS made by bad people who want what you have. Plan accordingly!
You must stay visually and proximity aware of those around you at all times. Pickpockets look like normal people. They blend in with the crowds. They are experts at their jobs. They are aware when you are distracted. They are professionals!
Student groups stand out in crowds. Stay on the alert!