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 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 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/).

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.