Trace the spark of Greek genius—from the Cycladic and Minoan civilizations to the Classical era—that blossomed in the Aegean and left an indelible mark on our heritage. This Classic Land Journey features mainland Greece as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

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 The Acropolis of Athens  Village atop the cliffs of Santorini  The Parthenon, on the Acropolis   Temple at Delphi  The view from the cliff-top on Santorini  The Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. Credit: Gloria Baxevanis  Throne room in the Palace of Knossos  The Corinth Canal  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus  The Lion's Gate, Mycenae

Classical Greece

14 days from $6,992 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Trace the spark of Greek genius—from the Cycladic and Minoan civilizations to the Classical era—that blossomed in the Aegean and left an indelible mark on our heritage. This Classic Land Journey features mainland Greece as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Apr 17 - 30, 2022 Departure; Sep 6 - 19, 2022 Departure; Oct 11 - 24, 2022 Departure
Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas is an art historian and archaeologist with special expertise in the ancient through Byzantine periods. She has taught courses on such topics as ancient Rome, ancient to medieval art and architecture, and special topics in Byzantine art at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor and Dearborn) and Wayne State University, as well as in Ankara. Veronica has also worked on archaeological excavations and architectural surveys in Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia. She earned her Ph.D. in art history and archeology from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and her B.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her special area of expertise focuses on the architecture and society of Byzantine Cappadocia, a volcanic region located in central Turkey. She is also very interested in cross cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the history of art and archaeology. Veronica has published many articles and papers, and is currently working on a book on Cappadocia. Her work has been supported by various grants and fellowships, including the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington, D.C. Veronica has enjoyed filming and fact-checking for the History Channel and the Smithsonian Channel, lecturing to the public, and leading archeological study tours.

May 3 - 16, 2022 Departure
David Price Williams

David Price Williams

David Price Williams has a degree in Ancient Near Eastern languages and Classical Greek and a doctorate in Near Eastern archaeology and has spent his working life as an East Mediterranean archaeologist. His first overseas field work was in 1969 as a surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution before directing his own field research in the same area through the 1970’s. David has designed and lectured on many cruises to Greece, Turkey and the Near East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an elected life member of the Society for Old Testament Studies.

May 17 - 30, 2022 Departure; Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2022 Departure
Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante

Bella Vivante, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age and adult learners on many study tours through Turkey and Greece. She delights in repeatedly seeing the fantastic ancient to modern sites and artifacts herself and in sharing her enthusiasm with other interested learners. Her research focuses on ancient Greek poetry, especially Homer, ancient women's' ritual and cultural roles, and on the figure of Helen as icon of femininity and poetic creation in ancient Greek and modern poetry. Her publications include: "Helen in 20th c. Films," Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, and a translation of Euripides' Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides. Bella looks forward to sharing her love for the ancient world with its cultural artifacts and for the modern peoples and cultures encountered during her travels.

Sep 13 - 26, 2022 Departure
Ismini  Miliaresis

Ismini Miliaresis

Dr. Ismini Miliaresis is a classical archaeologist with a PhD from the University of Virginia and a BE from the Cooper Union in New York City. Her research focuses on heating systems and fuel consumption in ancient Roman baths. Using her background as a civil engineer, Dr. Miliaresis applies modern engineering principles to understand how bathing facilities operated daily and to explore how baths impacted the environment. Her work primarily centers on the site of Ostia, where she has also explored the role of heating systems in Late Antique elite houses. Dr. Miliaresis is an active field archaeologist, and she is currently the Assistant Director of the Palazzo Imperiale Project at Ostia. She has also excavated at various other sites in Italy, Greece, and California. She has taught a range of classes on art (ancient and modern), archaeology, and architecture, as well as on ancient technology, daily life, and gender. She worked as a docent while she was conducting research in Rome, leading small groups of interested travelers through the Colosseum, the Roman fora, and some of the earliest churches in the city. Miliaresis has taught at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, the University of Missouri, and the American University of Rome. She grew up in Naples, Italy and spent many of her summers on the island of Kefalonia in Greece, where her family is from.