Classical Greece for Students

Athens • Nafplion • Sparta • Olympia • Delphi • Meteora

Countries visited:  Greece

Sample itinerary:  9 days/8 nights

 

Overview

Itinerary

Details

Classical Greece for Students

This journey to the ancient land of Greece will connect students directly with history and a deep understanding of the evolutionary process of our civilization. Why was Greece the home of so many philosophers deeply involved in the search for the divine? Why and where did St. Paul reach churches in Greece? What is beyond Greek polytheism and architecture? What inspires a human being to manifest through art? And what is real art? During our pilgrimage we will connect with these questions and engage in conversation and moments of sharing as we follow the steps of our inner and outer journey together.

 

Highlights

Panathenaic Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Acropolis, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, the Parthenon, Corinth, Apollo’s Temple, Epidaurus, Mycenae and the archaeological site and tomb of Agamemnon, Sparta, Mystras, Olympia, Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum, the plains of Eliad and Achaia, Delphi, Meteora,  Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae, Leonida’s monument.

 

Days 1-2:    Athens

Day 3:         Nafplion

Day 4:         Sparta

Day 5:         Olympia

Day 7:         Meteora

Day 8:          Athens

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Departure to Athens, Greece

Day 2  •  Athens

Upon arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to hotel. Balance of day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 3  •  Athens

Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. Our expert guides will take you to the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (brief visit).  Continue, passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Parliament, the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and Constitution Square (Syntagma).  At the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the Parthenon.  Continue to the new Acropolis Museum. Return to the hotel and balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4  •  Nafplion

Departure along the coastal road. Visit the ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the City include the Agora (marketplace) and Apollo’s Temple (6th century B.C.). Continue to Epidaurus and visit the Theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Depart for Nafplion for dinner and overnight.

Day 5  •  Nafplion—Sparta

After breakfast drive to Mycenae and the archaeological site and tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Sparta. Dinner and overnight in Sparta.

Day 6  •  Sparta—Olympia

After breakfast visit Mystras, which was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Depart for Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, cradle of the Olympic Games.

Day 7  •  Olympia—Delphi

Morning visit to the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia to the magnificent bridge crossing Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos and Itea. Arrive in Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8  •  Delphi—Meteora

Morning visit to the archaeological site and Museum of Delphi. Depart from Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing gigantic rock of Meteora. Dinner and overnight in Meteora.

Day 9  •  Meteora – Athens

We visit Meteora, where situated among striking scenery and perched on huge rocks which seem suspended in mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, with exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 10  •  Departure

After breakfast transfer to Athens airport for our return flight.

 

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

 

The price includes:

8 nights double accommodation:

·         2 night hotel accommodation in Polis Grand hotel or similar in Athens

·         1 night accommodation in Tolo hotel or similar in Tolon

·         1 night accommodation in Dioscouri hotel or similar in Sparta

·         1 night accommodation in Neda hotel or similar in Olympia

·         1 night accommodation in Arion hotel or similar in Delphi

·         1 night accommodation in Edelweiss hotel or similar in Kalambaka

·         1 night hotel accommodation in Polis Grand hotel or similar in Athens

Half-board (breakfast and dinner)

Private coach

Medical and luggage insurance

English-speaking guide as per program

Kairos Pastoral Assistant.

 

The price does not include:

International flights. However we will be happy to assist you with flight quotations as soon as they are available. Please let us know your departure city.

Entrance fees (students up to 18 have free access to archaeological sites with student ID)

Meals other than those mentioned

Tips

Beverages

Extras

Anything not specified in “the price includes” section