The 5 Sacred Cities of Ancient Greece

‘Experience, travel; these are an education in themselves’ – Euripides

Overview

Whatever the extent of our Classical education, there is a deep-rooted knowledge in all of us that the evocative sites visited on this 10-day cultural route are of utmost importance to our worldview. Travelling to Greece feels like travelling to our homeland; a journey in which a quest for our identity is fulfilled. So, step back in time and let us introduce you to the magnificent 5 Sacred Cities of the so-called Cradle of Western Civilisation; Athens, Delos, Delphi, Eleusis and Olympia are a wonder to behold, waiting to be discovered!

The Syllabus

1. Classical Antiquity & the Politics of America
2. Art & Religion in Ancient Greece
3. Introduction to Philosophy

Programme highlights

• Marvel at the foremost masterpieces of Classical Greece, the eternal Parthenon and the exquisite Acropolis of Athens

 

• Immerse yourself in the renowned Eleusinian Mysteries, the most sacred religious rites of Ancient Greece

 

• Discover the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and a major religious centre for the ancient Greeks in the Archaic and Classical periods, the sacred island of Delos

 

• Explore Delphi, the “navel” of the Earth according to the ancient Greeks and home to the acclaimed Oracle of Apollo

 

• Trace the origins of the Olympic Games at Ancient Greece’s most significant religious and athletic centre, the sublime Olympia

 

• Visit fascinating archaeological museums, such as the Acropolis Museum and the stunning National Archaeological Museum, led by highly-qualified, licensed archaeologists

 

• Indulge in the classical Greek heritage through intriguing, certified seminars and workshops by enthusiastic lecturers

                                                                                                                   Day 10 / Depart for home
*If the weather gods (or any other conditions) don’t permit us to travel to the islands of Delos and Mykonos, then Epidaurus, the greatest healing centre of Ancient Greece and home to the finest and best-preserved of all Classical Greek theatres, will become the substitute destination.

What is included

• 3 US credits provided by the Hellenic American University

• 10 nights accommodation in hand-picked and well-located superior class hotels

• daily breakfast and lunch

• professionals e.g. licensed guides, professors and tour managers for seminars, guided tours and site visits

• entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites

• all sea and land transportation included in the itinerary above

• information material

• local taxes

• travel insurance

• transport to/from the airport

What is not included

• Airfares to/from Greece

• Anything not specified in the “what is included” section