Exploring Classical Greece

Trip Leader(s)
Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor of Classics, CWRU
March 6-15, 2016
Trip Description

The fees include the following:

  • Professor Sternberg’s expertise on the history and culture of ancient Athens, while touring sites and during possible lecture sessions
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure, if the participants arrive on a group flight
  • Orientation to the program at the Athens Centre, and walking orientations to the Mets area and to central Athens
  • Folders of materials for each participant, with maps, program schedules, information on the sites to be visited, and other relevant information about Greece
  • Entry to all sites and museums
  • Introduction to modern Greek class
  • Transport on field trips outside Athens by private coach
  • Athens Centre representative to accompany the group on field trips outside Athens
  • Use of the Athens Centre library of Greek studies
  • All taxes and charges
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Athens Centre bi-lingual staff available to participants and professors on weekdays, from 8:30am-8:30pm, as well as emergency assistance on a 24 hour basis as needed
  • Travel Medical Insurance and other travel services through CWRU

Double Occupancy $2349 (airfare not included)
Single Occupancy $2869 (airfare not included)

Spaces are limited - $1250 deposit required to reserve a spot on the trip
5% discount available for groups of 5 or more

Meals: Welcome and farewell dinners upon arrival and before departure will be provided at traditional tavernas near the Athens Centre. In the neighborhood around the Athens Centre there are many tavernas, cafes, gyro shops and bakeries where participants can have other meals.

Professor Sternberg will recommend specific readings for travelers to complete either in advance or en route to maximize the educational travel experience

Walking and moderate climbing required during the trip

Accommodations: 3-star hotel in central Athens – The Phillipos

For complete details contact Michelle Miller at the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at 216.368.8745 or mlm231@case.edu.

Final Payment Due Date: January 15, 2016

  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before January 29, 2016: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between January 30 – February 12, 2016: $1,750 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after February 13, 2016: no refund

Itinerary Outline:

Sunday, March 6

  • Arrive in Athens, transit to hotel
  • Walking orientation to the central Athens area around the hotel
  • Welcome dinner at a traditional nearby taverna

Monday, March 7

  • Orientation at the Athens Centre
  • Introduction to Modern Greek language
  • Visit to the Acropolis

Tuesday, March 8

  • Visit to Acropolis Museum
  • Visit to the Agora, Agora Museum

Wednesday, March 9

  • Full day visit to Delphi: site, museum, weaving workshop in Arachova

 Thursday, March 10

  • Visit to the Benaki Museum
  • Half day visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  • Olive oil tasting at the Athens Centre in the evening

Friday, March 11

  • Visit to the National Archaeological Museum
  • Visit to the Gastronomy museum in Monasteraki: tour of central markets and the herb and spice markets
  • Visit to the museum and hands-on creation of Greek koularakia (cookies) or something similar

Saturday, March 12

  • Half day visit to Rhamnous, Marathon

Sunday, March 13

  • Full day visit to the Argolis: Mycenae, Nauplion, Epidaurus

Monday, March 14

  • Free day to explore Athens:  Plaka, Monasteraki (the flea market area), and other places of interest

Tuesday, March 15

  • Departure for the U.S.