E&H Alumni are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Greece! We’ll be led by an E&H classical history professor, and the trip is tailor-made for us! Read more…
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Friday, Sept. 21
Mezzanine at 620 State
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Airfare not included.
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Arrive Athens Airport. Meet with your English speaking escort & transfer to your Athens hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast at hotel. Meet with your guide & depart for a full day tour. It will start with a short stop to Panathinaiko Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. Continue with a panoramic drive passing by the Prime Minister’s residence, ex Royal Palace, Zappion Hall, Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House, Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University & National Library. Continue to the Ancient Agora of Classical Athens, located to the northwest of the Acropolis & bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus & on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos. Make your way to the archaeological site of Acropolis, a UNESCO’s world heritage monument & visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens & of course the Parthenon. Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion & Dionysus Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis Museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of everyday life, statues from the archaic period, Caryatids & of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments & the frieze will impress you. During the tour, lunch will be offered in a local restaurant. Return to hotel in the afternoon for leisure. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast at hotel. Meet with your guide & depart for National Archaeological Museum. It is the largest archaeological museum in Greece & one of the most important museums in the world, regarding the ancient Greek art. It houses the most important artifacts from many archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. You will see the prehistoric, Cycladic & Mycenaean collection, the Greek statues & sculptures, the pottery collection, the wall paintings from Santorini & the Roman galleries. After the visit to the Museum, transfer to Plaka area for some free time for lunch. Then depart of a wonderful drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, exploring Attica beyond Athens. Cape Sounion is only 45 miles (70 kms) from Athens, making it the perfect lazy afternoon destination. The Cape’s Temple of Poseidon is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea. The view across the Aegean is magnificent with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world, extending all the way to Kea & the Peloponnese on a clear day. The Temple of Poseidon was built in 44 BC & many of its original Doric columns are still standing. One of the columns has a graffiti left by none other than Lord Byron in the early 1800s. The precipice is a sheer 197 foot drop to the sea. On the way back to Athens, dinner will be offered in a local seaside restaurant. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast at hotel. Meet with your guide & depart for your 4-day Classical Greece tour. First stop at Elefsis, the mysterious & sacred city that had the favour of the Gods. Elefsina held a place amongst the most important cities of the Ancient Greek world, along with the city of Athens, Olympia, Delphi & Delos. Elefsina is a town in west Attica, mainly known worldwide for the Elefsinian Mysteries that used to be the most important religious event of Ancient Greece. Continue to Corinth canal with its breathtaking views (short stop for photos) & then to Ancient Corinth to visit the archaeological site, built on a rocky hill, dominated by the archaic temple of Apollo. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts of the local archaeological site & smaller sites in the neighboring area. The artifacts, which were systematically recovered beginning in 1896 by the Corinth Excavations, illustrate much about Ancient Corinth through Greek, Roman & Byzantine rule. Continue to Acrocorinth. This commanding site was fortified in ancient times & its defense were maintained & developed during the Byzantine, Frankish, Turkish & Venetian periods. Depart for Nafplion. Arrive in the afternoon, check in at hotel, dinner & overnight
Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Epidaurus & visit the ancient theater. The UNESCO’s world heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius the healer & was the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theater, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings & still used today due to its amazing acoustics. Ride on to the central of mythical Peloponnese & you will arrive at the 1989 declared UNESCO world heritage archaeological site of the mystical tower town of Mistras (next to Sparta town) in just over 2 hours. Sparta was the ancient rival of Athens & known for its fierce warriors. The Mistras Byzantine ruins are one of the best archaeological sites you can see in the area. Wander around the castle city & sense through the silence the city’s sheer grandeur: the Palace of the Despots, the Houses of Laskaris & Frangopoulos, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios & the impressive Monasteries of Our Lady Pantanassa & of Our Lady Perivleptos. Continue to Olympia. Arrive at hotel, dinner & overnight.
Breakfast at Hotel. Visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium & the Museum. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel on the “state of the art” new suspended bridge (short stop). Depart for Delphi, arrive at hotel, check in, dinner & overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. The Greeks considered Delphi the navel of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi. It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south & the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to Athens passing by the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs & quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese (short photo stop). Arrive in Athens late in the afternoon, dinner at hotel & overnight.
Early breakfast at hotel. Pick up & transfer to port, to embark the vessel for your one day cruise to Saronic Islands. Return to hotel late afternoon & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Breakfast at hotel. Meet with your escort & transfer to Athens Airport for flight back home.