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. Our new Classic Land Journey features mainland Greece as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

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 The Acropolis of Athens  The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens  Temple at Delphi  The view from the cliff-top on Santorini  View of church domes from cliff-top Fira 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 at Mycenae

Classical Greece

14 days from $6,392

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. Our new Classic Land Journey features mainland Greece as well as the islands of Santorini and Crete.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Apr 23 - May 6, 2020 Departure; Oct 15 - 28, 2020 Departure
Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas

Veronica Kalas is an art historian and archaeologist with special expertise in the ancient and Byzantine periods of Greece and the wider east Mediterranean. She has taught courses on classical Greek and Roman art, early Christian and Byzantine architecture, and surveys of ancient through medieval art at a variety of universities and colleges in the US and abroad. She currently teaches study abroad courses in Greece with the Hellenic American University in Athens. Veronica has excavated in Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia, and has worked on architectural documentation and preservation projects throughout the region. 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 research focuses on the rock-carved architecture of Byzantine Cappadocia, a volcanic area located in central Turkey. She has published widely about this subject and other research projects and is very interested in cross cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the visual and material culture of the pre-modern world. Of particular importance to her are the many-sided discussions surrounding the protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites. Her work has been supported by 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 for the History Channel, lecturing to the public, and leading archeological study tours.

May 14 - 27, 2020 Departure
Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness (JodiMagness.org) holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism (since 2002).   She is an archaeologist and President of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has published 11 books, including Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth (Princeton University Press, 2019), and dozens of articles. From 1992-2002, Professor Magness was Associate/Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1977), and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (1989). Professor Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, ancient pottery, and ancient Diaspora Judaism. Since 2011, Professor Magness’ excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee have been bringing to light the remains of a Late Roman synagogue decorated with stunning mosaic floors (http://huqoq.web.unc.edu/).

Jun 1 - 14, 2020 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 17 - 30, 2020 Departure
Bob Stieglitz

Bob Stieglitz

Robert R. Stieglitz, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, is an archaeologist of Biblical and Mediterranean Studies, with a research focus on cultural diffusion via Greek and Phoenician seafaring. He received his B.A. in Classics/Linguistics from the City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University. Professor Stieglitz has taught at universities in Greece and Israel, has excavated for many years at several harbor sites therein. He was formerly curator of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, and the author of over 125 articles on assorted Mediterranean Studies, and the recipient of numerous awards. His book Tel Tanninim: Excavations at Krokodeilon Polis 1996-1999 was published in 2006.

Professor Stieglitz has taught undergraduate courses on Greek and Roman history, biblical archaeology, the Bible as literature, law in the Ancient Near East, Jewish civilization, and graduate seminars on Bronze Age seafaring. He has presented papers in numerous international meetings, and lectured on numerous expeditions for Archeological Tours (1990-2016) of mainland Greece, Crete and Thera, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, and western Turkey. Beginning in 2012, Stieglitz has lectured on Smithsonian Journeys in western and eastern Turkey and on cruises in the Mediterranean.