1. PRACTICAL HINTS.
It is scarcely usual to have a written Contract with the courier. We
give here, however, the text of such a contract in English and French,
as its provisions will in any case be of use to the traveller as a guide in
making a verbal agreement ('Symphonia').
1. The courier N. N. binds himself to conduct the travellers A.B., x in
number, over the following route, starting from Athens. (The names of the
night-quarters and places aside from the usual route are to be inserted
here.) The courier may not add other travellers to the party without the
consent of the said A. B.
2. The courier undertakes to defray all the expenses of the journey for
transport, food, and lodging, and to pap all fees and gratuities, leaving
the traveller free from all liability for claims of payment or reimbursement.
(If the traveller is satisfied with the conduct of the agogiats and other
attendants, he usually, in spite of the above clause, gives them a small
gratuity at the end of the journey.)
3. The courier undertakes to provide each traveller with a good saddle-
horse (with an English saddle and a leathern bridle), and with x mules or
horses to carry Ms luggage. The travellers are not to be held responsible for
any injury the horses may receive by falling or the like, unless it is clearly
due to the rider's fault. The travellers shall be at liberty to make detours
while the pack-animals follow the shortest route.
4. The distances between x and y are to be performed by railway (by
steamer), the tourist travelling first class; on roads where driving is practi¬
cable carriages are to be provided. The cost in each case to be borne by
5. The courier undertakes to provide each traveller with a camp-bedstead
with clean mattresses, sheets, covers, and pillows. The meals furnished by the
courier shall be as follows: breakfast, consisting of coffee or tea, with bread
and butter; luncheon, with cold meat, eggs, cheese, and wine; dinner, supplied
in the evening on arrival at the quarters for the night and consisting of x
courses, with wine a discretion. The courier is bound to obtain the best
accommodation possible for passing the night. When the night is spent at a
hotel, as in Nauplia or Patras, the courier pays the hotel bills.
6. The courier and his servants agree to treat the travellers with all due
civility and .respect. In case of a breach of this agreement, the traveller is
entitled to dismiss the courier on the spot, paying him up to the time of his
7. The travellers are entitled to change their route at any time, on con¬
dition that the number of days originally agreed upon is not diminished.
When the number of days is, however, diminished in this way, the courier
receives a sum of X fr. for each day so omitted. (When the traveller does
not mean to return to Athens, hut wishes to end his tour at Patras, Kata-
kolo, or some other town, it should he expressly agreed that the courier
receives no allowance for his own return to Athens.)
8. The courier receives from each traveller x fr. per day, or in all y
fr., one half to be paid in advance, the other half at the end of the tour.
During the journey the courier is not entitled to demand any money from
9. In case of any dispute both parties agree to submit to the decision of
the nearest British consul or vice-consul (at the Piraeus, Patras, Corfu, etc.).
Conteat. — Entre les voyageurs .... d'une part et le courrier ....
d'autre part, a ete passe le contrat suivant.
1. Le courrier s'oblige envers ces voyageurs a les conduire d'Athenes
a . . ., par .... Sans le consentement des voyageurs, il est d^fendu au
courrier d'en emmener d'autres pour le meme parcours.
2. Sur tout ce parcours, le courrier aura a son compte tous les frais
de voyage, tels que frais de transport, de nourriture, de logement, tous
les pourboires, de sorte que le voyageur n'est pas importune par des exi¬
gences ou reclamations.
3. Le courrier s'engage a fournir a chaque voyageur un bon cheval
(avec selle anglaise et rlnes en cuir), ainsi que . . mulets ou chevaux
vigoureux pour transporter les bagages. Les voyageurs ne sont respon-
sables d'aucun dommage arrive' aux animaux, soit qu'il arrive a ces der-