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Classical Greece

Classical Greece, the cradle of Western democracy, philosophy and science, was itself an heir to the great achievements of Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. This study tour intends to explore the spectacular and varied cultural treasures of Hellas, as manifested by her fabulous sites and museums.

May 5 – 20 2019 (15 days)
Price TBC
Deposit $750

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Tour Description

Traverse a landscape unlike any other as we explore the archaeology of Classical Greece. This was an era of new heights for philosophy, art and science and the birth of Western democracy as we know it.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore a region resplendent in Classical archaeology
  • Head to the high court of appeal at the Areopagus in Athens

  • Travel to Corinth, an important city and home to the Asklepieion

WHAT TO EXPECT

Woven into the picturesque landscape, the remains of ancient Greek cities await our exploration. Travel to Athens and discover a powerful city from the Classical period and one of the birthplaces of democracy. Explore the mythical center of the world as we visit Delphi, seat of the ancient Pythian oracle who would predict the future while inhaling gases from a chasm in the earth. Tour Olympia, home to the conception and hosting of the original Olympic Games, and walk through the training grounds and stadiums, as the ancient Hellenic athletes would once have done. Embedded within the landscape of modern Greece, unrivaled remnants of its ancient age are just waiting to be explored.

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Led by Dr. Christina Hatzimichael Whitle

2019 Itinerary

Day 1: ATHENS
We arrive into Athens today.
Hotel: Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens.

Day 2: THE ACROPOLIS
We spend the day exploring the Acropolis, the lasting symbol of classical Athens. We stop at the Theatre of Dionysus and newly opened Acropolis Museum. We also visit the Agora, containing the Theseion and Stoa of Attalos.
Hotel: Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens.

Day 3: ATHENS
Today’s tour takes us to the National Archaeological Museum and its unrivaled marble and Mycenaean collections. After lunch, we tour the Kerameikos Cemetery and complete our city tour with the Arch of Hadrian and the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.
Hotel: Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens.

Day 4: CORINTH
We begin our tour of the Peloponnese, stopping at Corinth, an important Roman mercantile center. The afternoon is spent at Epidaurus, one of ancient Greece’s most renowned medical centers. Its theater is considered the best-preserved of its kind in the Greek world.
Hotel: Grand Bretagne, Nauplia.

Day 5: TIRYNS
We begin in Tiryns, and explore its system of fortification walls. We continue to fabled Mycenae, home of Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against Troy, and his treacherous wife Clytemnestra. We enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Nauplia.
Hotel: Grand Bretagne, Nauplia.

Day 6: LERNA
We continue to ancient Lerna, the scene for one of the ‘Labors of Hercules.’ We visit the ‘House of Tiles’, stop at Tegea to see the sanctuary temple of Athena and continue to Mystras, a medieval city rising up along the slopes of Mt. Taygetos. We view the remains of Frankish castles and lavishly decorated Byzantine churches.
Hotel: Sparta.

Day 7: MESSENE
Today we visit Ancient Messene, where we will see a number of ancient public and private buildings within its fortifications, including an Asklepieion and Stadium.
Hotel: Olympia.

Day 8: OLYMPIA
Today’s touring is devoted to the Panhellenic sanctuary of Olympia, where every four years from 776 BCE to 393 CE Greeks from the world over came to participate in the Olympic Games. We conclude with a visit to the museum.
Hotel: Amalia Hotel, Delphi.

Day 9: DELPHI
This wonderful day will be spent exploring Delphi, the ‘center’ of the Greek world. The ancient sanctuary is divided into three sections — Marmaria, the oracular sanctuary of Apollo proper, and the stadium. We visit each in turn before studying the rich collection.
Hotel: Amalia Hotel, Delphi.

Day 10: KALAMBAKA
We travel to Kalambaka, to visit Meteora. Its spectacular monasteries are perched precariously atop huge columns of gray rock. Although hermits have occupied the caves of Meteora since the 11th century, it wasn’t until Serbs invaded in the 14th century that the first monastery was built, by St. Athanasius.
Hotel: Kalambaka.

Day 11: DION
We continue north today, stopping en route at the foot of Mount Olympus to visit the ancient city of Dion and its fine museum. We continue to Thessaloniki, Macedonia’s most important port in ancient times. Strategically located on the Via Egnatia, Thessaloniki was the seat of Macedonia’s Roman officials, and the city played host to both the Greek and Roman games well into the 3rd century CE.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel.

Day 12: PELLA
Today is devoted to Alexander the Great and his father, Philip. We begin at the museum and site of Pella, where pebble mosaics were introduced. It was here, in the still-unexcavated palace, that Alexander was born. We continue to Vergina and Levkadhia to visit royal Macedonian tombs and magnificent treasures at the museum. We end today at the palace at Aigai.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel.

Day 13: KAVALA
We tour the Old Town of Kavala, with its Ottoman houses, ramparts and aqueducts built in the 16th century under Suleiman the Magnificent. After visiting the museum we proceed to the ancient city of Philippi, a mainland colony of Thassos.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel.

Day 14: THESSALONIKI
We begin at the Archaeological Museum, with its array of luxury vessels in precious metals, including the unparalleled Dherveni Krater and continue at the church of St Demetrius and Palace of Galerius. This afternoon we enjoy some time at leisure before gathering for our farewell dinner.
Hotel: Electra Palace Hotel.

Day 15: HOME
We fly from Thessaloniki to Athens to connect with our flights home.

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2019

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