MAY 2006 STUDY ABROAD TOUR....
GREECE AND TURKEY BY SEA -
Athens and the Islands
Dr. Rosalyn M. King and students joined faculty and students from Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, Minnesota and others on a study tour of Greece and Turkey. The group traveled by land and sea to tour central and southern Greece, the Peloponnesian Islands including Pylos, Napflion and Tolo; and, the Greek Islands of Patmos, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini. For the tour of the Greek Islands, the group boarded the Louis Cruise lines ship-The Sea Diamond for a 5 day cruise of the Greek Islands. The cruise also included stops in Kusadasi and Ephesus, Turkey, where they visited the ancient city of Ephesus and the last known home of Mother Mary. The land portion of the tour was by bus and the group toured all of the countryside of the above regions of Greece. The tour began and ended in Athens, Greece.
Acropolis; Agora site and Athenian cemetery;Delphi site and museum;Cape Sounion; Temple of Poseidon; Cruise ports- Kusadasi; Santorini, Heraklion; Rhodes; Patmos; & Mykonos.
With extension to:
Epidaurus; Mycenae;Nestor's Palace; Neo Kastro, Olympia.
(See Details Below for Hotels and SpecificTravel Dates)
Day 1: Overnight flight to Greece.
Day 2: Arrive in Athens
Arrive in the cradle of democracy and birthplace of Western civilization. Take walking tour of Athens through the Plaka district. Stroll past Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built to honor the most powerful of all Greek gods where construction began in 515 BC In the afternoon check in on the Royal Olympian cruise line and prepare to sail out of Athens to some of the Mediterranean's most historically and culturally rich islands and seaports.
Day 3-4: Athens
Climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthenon, perhaps the world's greatest architectural feat. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess (her wings clipped to keep her from ever deserting the city). Athens is named after Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. After seeing the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes, pass the stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1986, as well as lively Omonia and Syntagma Squares.
Take guided sightseeing tour of Athens. See the antiquities, climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthenon, one of the world's greatest architectural feats. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess (her wings were clipped to keep her from ever deserting the city).
Athens is named after Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. After seeing the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes, pass the stadium, where the first modern Olympics sere held in 1896. Visit Omonia and Syntagma Squares.
On Day 4 another guided sightseeing tour of Delphi. Ponder the mysteries of what lies in your future, as did Greece's ancient military leaders, who left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Museum, whose collection includes artifacts dating back to 550BC.
Day 5-8: Island Cruise on the Louis Hellenic Cruise Ship
Set sail for a scenic tour of the Greek Islands. Ports of call include Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion, and Santorini, with optional land excursions at most ports. In between ports of call, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the amenities on board the ship.
Kusadasi is, a picturesque Turkish village that lies on the Aegean coast. Take an optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will see some of Europe's best preserved Roman and early Christian ruins as well as remnants of the Hellenistic times. This was once the second-largest city in the Roman Empire.
Santorini & Heraklion
Head to beautiful Santorini, an island of breathtaking landscapes. See the only active volcano in the eastern Mediterranean. Visit the village of Fira, accessible only by donkey or cable car. Opt also to visit the prehistoric settlement of Akratiri.
Visit the island of Crete, where you will visit the town of Heraklion.
Cruise to Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and one of Greece's most popular resort areas. According to ancient myth, this island erupted from the sea to appease Helios, the sun god, after Zeus overlooked him while distributing the earth among the other gods. Rhodes once stood as a bastion of Christianity against the Turks. Its three major archaeological sites, Ialyssos, Lindos, and Kamiron, date back to the 7th century BC
Rhodes was a center of Hellenistic culture in its early days, then became the territory of the medieval Knights of St. John.
On an optional excursion to the town of Lindos, stroll among the ruins of the ancient acropolis, see the Crusader fortress, climb to the Temple of the Lindian Athena.
Patmos & Mykonos
Patmos united with Greece in 1948. It is one of the 12 Dodecanese Islands extending off the west coast of Turkey. Patmos still retains its Greek language and culture. Take an optional excursion to St. John's Monastery, named after St. John the Evangelist, who came to Patmos in the first century AC after his exile from Ephesus. View the island from the monastery for a panoramic scene of the entire island and sea. In a nearby grotto, St. John wrote the Book of Revelations.
Visit Mykonos, one of Greece's Cyclades Islands. It was ruled by Venetians in the 13th and 14th century, and more recently was under Turkish occupation. Visit the center of Mykonos's Old Town, Mando Mavrogenous Square, named after a woman who is credited with saving the island from the Muslims during Greece's War of Independence. Walk to the Church of Agia Kiriaki, which contains some of Mykonos's most fascinating beautiful religious icons.
Stroll the old town and browse the boutiques and crafts shops. Visit Three Well Square (Tria Pigadia) where a local legend states that an unmarried woman who drinks from each of the wells will soon find a husband.
Day 9: Return to Athens
Journey to Cape Sounion and visit the Temple of Poseidon, located on a promontory overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Participate in an optional Greek evening, experience the unique culture during an evening of traditional entertainment, dancing, and cuisine. See Greek musical instruments that date back to the Bronze Age.
Day 10: Athens & Tolo
Begin with a visit to the ancient site of Epidaurus, famous for its open-air theater (dating back to the 4th century B.C.), the best preserved in all of Greece.
Take guided sightseeing tour of legendary Mycenae, founded by Perseus with the help of the Cyclops. From here Agamemnon began his campaign against Troy.
Transfer to Tolo and spend the night, a town with sandy beaches a few miles south of Nauplia.
Day 11: Tolo & Pilos
Transfer via Nestor's Palace. Visit the ruins of a 13th century B.C. Mycenaean palace, the possible dwelling of King Nestor in Greek mythology. Archaeologists are confident that their excavations have unearthed the palace where Nestor, Odysseus' friend, met with Telmachus in Homer's Odyssey.
Spend a free afternoon and evening exploring this historic town. Visit the Turkish castle of Neo Kastro, or swim in the quiet blue waters of Navarrino Bay. Stroll around the town square and enjoy honey-sweetened baklava.
Day 12: Pilos & Athens
Take a guided sightseeing tour of Olympia, site of the first Olympic games almost 2,800 years ago. According to legend, Hercules proposed the idea of the Olympics, which were intended as a means of honoring Zeus. Back then the games were held every four years - a tradition that the modern-day Olympics upheld until 1994, when the summer and winter games were first split into different years.
Day 13: Return Home to the US
Tour Director: Kostas Rentzos
Hotels, Cruise & Travel Itinerary
Hotels and Cruise Information
Name and Address
Cruise Details Below:
Cost of Study Abroad
Prices are slightly higher because of Cruise. Price includes 3 meals per day during Cruise; all hotel stays, guided sightseeing tours and roundtrip airfare.
For Young Adults Under 23 Years of Age
Total Cost of Trip: $2617
For Adults Over 23 years of Age:
Total Cost of Trip: $3087
(Includes a $570 Adult Fee for double room)
(Includes Program Fee, Departure Fee, Lifetime Membership Fee & Excursion-Greek Evening))
Plus optional insurance:
All Inclusive Insurance Plan - $115 (recommended)
Tour Cancellation and Interruption Insurance - $60
Medical and Accident Insurance - $65
Baggage and Property Insurance - $45
*Note: Prices are subject to change.
Please ask for application and brochure from Dr. Rosalyn M. King or
e-mail me at: email@example.com;
Or, enroll online. Tour Number: 385703.
Study Abroad Requirements:
All tour members will designate some aspect of Greek or Turkish culture, history, art, archaeology, architecture, political or social system , symbolism or behavior they want to study.
Study tour members are studying on-line and visiting links about the places to be visited.
We will also have one or several half-day meetings in late April to early May.
During the study tour we will keep a journal and take photos for a photographic journal on
our studies and experiences. At dinner, we will spend some time discussing the events of the day.
Students who are studying particular aspects of Greek or Turkish
culture and behavior will be responsible for developing a report on their specific content area(s).
We will then compile our tour findings with pictures, essays and descriptions for publication
on the course Web site for public education and viewing. Tour participants will receive an
EF backpack and journal for the trip. Students will be asked to write up their summary descriptions on the trip back home for submission before departing the airplane in the US
Or, go directly to my tour page (make sure you have the tour number to enter when asked.
On my tour page at EF, you will find links, suggested reading, suggested movies.
Read destination profiles, pack for your tour and travel smart sections. Pay particular attention
to sections on appropriate clothing to take, money/currency, etc.
Here study tour participants can check on their account, visit additional resources and links for the upcoming study tour.
You can also enter the tour site from the home page. Just enter the tour number: 385703.
LINKS ABOUT GREECE
A comprehensive website with information for those planning to tour Greece.
One of many travel guides prepared by this traveler. Includes much information, including a brief history of the country, and pictures.
Includes the Greek calendar, Greek festivals, panellenic games, 7 wonders of the world and more.
Overview with pictures.
Comprehensive travel information and guide, including pictures and more.
Travel information about the island and its special features.
Includes information on history, the islands, tours, climate, and more.
A historical overview of Greece.
An online interactive course. Overview of who the Greeks were, organization, and democracy, temples, food, clothing, schooling and more.
A site compiled by Charlie Kyriacon details Greek history.
This site connects you to the best of art, biographies, daily life, maps, pictures and research on ancient Greece.
An overview of Greece and its philosophers. You can download lessons and interactive quizzes.
Includes a history of archaic and classical Greece, Hellenistic Greece, Greek philosophy and more. Also includes the works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophy, Greek art and architecture, Greek drama, anthology of Greek readings, historical atlas and internet resources on Greece.
A historical overview of Hellenistic Alexandria, including discussion of Alexander the Great, the library of Alexandria, ancient and modern.
An overview of classic Greek works, Greek comedy and drama.
Overview of mythology in Greece.
A site of stories and myths. See the story of Psyche & Eros. What a great story?
An overview of Greek Goddesses. Make sure you learn about "Psyche" the Goddess of the Soul and the origins of the name "Psychology."
A comprehensive site on women in Greek myths and literature.
Discussion of History, religious and social background, myths and more.
The alphabet is among the few linguistic elements that have remained essentially unchanged between the classic and modern Greek languages.
The use of Greek letters were introduced long ago to provide a collection of useful symbols to supplement the usual Roman letters. Look for the symbol for psychology. Hint: Psi.
An overview from the Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2005.
Is Hebrew Greek? Find the answer to this question in this link.
A discussion of the stories, poems and writings of Homer.
On the life and works of Galen.
An overview of medicine. Pay particular attention to the original Hippocratic oath which has been modified in modern society, but is still an oath all physicians take.
Visit this link to find out.
An online anthology of Greek literature, written by many, including Homer, Sappho, Heraclitus, Plotinus, Origen, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle and more. An excellent site.
A site on Greek children's literature and its research.
Includes the works of Homer, Hesiod, Orpheus, poems of Sappho, Aesop's Fables, the dramas of Aeschylus and Euripides, dialogues of Plato and the golden verses of Pythagoras.
A historical overview of Greek music and instruments.
A National Geographic report on the epigrams of Posidippus found in the tomb of an Egyptian. Sadly, there is no mention or analysis of who the Egyptian was.
On his life and works.
Writings of Aristotle on Nicomachean Ethics.
Written in 350 B.C.E. and translated by J. I. Beare
On the teachings of Plato.
From the writings of Plato's The Republic, Book 6.
From the writings of Plato's The Republic, Book 8
On the contributions of Socrates.
On the life and works of Heraclitus.