By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I'm having a hard time finding out what tour companies are providing tours to Greece this summer. Right now, I'm not sure whether we'll be going to the Olympics but we're very interested in being there when it'll be on. Do you know any companies offering trips to Greece?

A: In preparation for the upcoming summer Olympics scheduled in Athens, the historic Greek capital is transforming itself, making radical changes to meet the large volume of visitors, athletes and journalists expected during the 16-day event scheduled August 13-29, 2004. According to the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Olympic Games will focus a great amount of interest not only on Athens but on Greece as a major tourist destination. Olympic events will also be held in Heraklio, Olympia, Patra, Volos and Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece.

Your best bet for travel packages is to visit your preffered travel agent. However, to help get you underway, here's a quick list of tour operators offering packages to Greece: Cosmos Tours Globus Gateways, telephone 416.787.1281, Grecian Holidays, telephone toll-free 1.800.268.6786,; Grecian Paradise Tours, telephone toll-free 1.800.663.5815, It's best to book as soon as possible since many tours are filling up. If you'd like to attend one of the sporting events, online reservations are available. According to the Canadian Olympic Committee, CoSport, is the Official Ticket Sponsor of the 2004 Canadian Olympic Team and Official Supporter of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games.

The company is currently offering a variety of ticket packages including accommodations, meals, ground transportation and events tickets. For more details, visit, or email inquiries to or call toll free 1-877-45-RINGS (1-877-457-4647). For other Olympics-related information visit the official web site for the Athens Olympic Games, and for other travel-related information on Greece, contact the Greek National Tourism Organization in Toronto by calling 416.968.2220.


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