Itinerary TGC Greece and Italy 2018
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The Great Connections in Greece and Italy
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June 16-June 30, 2018
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15 Days in the Greek Mainland, Lesvos, and Sicily
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Collaboratively studying the writing and projects of the ancients where they lived and worked.
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Exploring the landscape, art, architecture, food, and culture of these ancient lands
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DATEACTIVITIESWORKS TO DISCUSS / NOTES3* HOTELS4* HOTELS
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Friday 6/15/2018Depart Home City
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Saturday 6/16/2018Arrive Athens, rendezvous with group 9 PM (21:00) in hotel lobby/bar Astor HotelTitania Hotel
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Sunday 6/17/20188:30AM Bus pick up from Syntagma square to Acropolis, Parthenon
Guide: Ms. Eva Vassilatou +30 6944680357
Astor HotelTitania Hotel
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1PM (13:00) Acropois Museum Tour, City Tour. 2:30PM (14:30) Bus back to hotelReservation #: 134756
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4PM (16:00) Seminar on Hesiod & Pre-socraticsHesiod, Theogony, Pre-Socratics
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Monday 6/18/20188:30-10AM Seminar on Plato, Republic, Book VII Plato, The RepublicAstor HotelTitania Hotel
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Visit Aristotle's Lyceum, Plato's Academy, more antiquitiesGuide: Ms. Varvara Koutsotheodorou +30 6976766131
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Tuesday 6/19/188:30AM Coach from Syntagma Square to airport
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11:10 AM Olympic Air flight #252 to Lesvos, Arrive 12:00 PM, Meet guide at airportGuide: Ms. Eleni Kritikou +30 6977973359
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Mytilini Archeological Museum (Roman mosaics), Tour MytiliniMuseum closes 3PM (15:00)
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Walk in city center to "Epano Skala" to meet Dr. Kokkoris for lunchDr. Kokkoris: +30 6977137067
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Coach to Skala Kallonis Hotel Pasiphae, Afternoon visit to MolyvosHotel Pasiphae, Skala Kallonis
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Wednesday 6/20/188:30AM Seminar on SapphoSappho PoemsHotel Pasiphae, Skala Kallonis
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Coach to Sigri, Erressos and museum, visit monuments to Sappho. Lunch and swim in Eressos.
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Return to hotel. 5PM (17:00) EVENING SEMINAR on Aristotle, On the Parts of AnimalsAristotle, Parts of Animals
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Thursday 6/21/20188:30 AM Departure with Naturalist Guide Dr. Filios Akriotis to explore Aristotle's Lagoon
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Coach to Achladeri/Pyrrha Acropolis where Aristotle, Pythia?, and Theophrastus lived
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Early evening back to MytiliniHotel Blue Sea, Mytilini
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Friday 6/22/188AM Pick up from hotel to Mytilini Airport. 9:50-11:00 AM Departure to Athens OA 253
Guide: Mr. Nikos Lanser +30 6937331110
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Coach to Ancient Corinthian Heights (2 hrs), Seminar on Coach Paul's letter to the Corinthians
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Arrive about 1:30PM (13:30) in Corinth, lunch, trade of the GreeksSite closes at 3PM (15:00)
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Stay overnight in Loutraki Dioklos HotelClub Hotel Casino
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Saturday 6/23/18Coach to Tiryns, Mycenae (1 hr). Listen to excerpt from The Illiad.Homer, The Illiad
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Stay overnight in Tolon Minoa HotelKing Minos
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Sunday 6/24/20188:30-10AM Seminar on AristophanesAristophanes, LysistrataMinoa HotelKing Minos
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Excursion to Epidaurus & Theater, lunch in Nafplion, overnight in Tolon
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Monday 6/25/18Coach to Olympia (3 hrs), Seminar on Story of the OlympicsDurant, Chapter on The GamesEuropa HotelArty Grand Hotel
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Tuesday 6/26/188:30-10AM Seminar, then Olympia area and afternoon return to AthensOlympics stories, myth, historyAstor HotelElectra Hotel
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Wednesday 6/27/189:15AM Pick up from hotel to airport. 12:35-13:25 Flight to Catania A3672 on Aegean Air
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Coach to Taormina beach, return overnight Catania, Taormina BeachHotel ValentinoNH Catania Hotel
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Thursday 6/28/18Morning Coach to Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Reggio Calabria (2 1/2 hours)Riace Bronzes, art of Magna GraeciaHotel ValentinoNH Catania Hotel
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Pick up John Enright on route, return Catania overnight
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Friday 6/29/18Coach to Syracuse, Archimedes sights and museum seminar on ArchimedesPlutarch, Life of MarcellusHotel ValentinoNH Catania Hotel
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Demonstrations and talk on his war machines against the Romans, return Catania, overnight
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Saturday 6/30/2018Departure Catania-home
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Included:All instruction
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Greece
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10 over night accommodations in 3 or 4 star hotels, including breakfastHotelstar Ratings
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Air ticket Athens-Mytilini (Lesvos)-Athens including a checked piece of luggage
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Air ticket Athens-Catania (Sicily) with one checked piece of luggage
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Private coach transportation in mainland
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Private coach transportation in Lesvos
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Sicily
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4 overnights accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotel with breakfast
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Arrival and departure transportation airport-hotel -airport with a private 25 -30 seater coach
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2 daily excursions private coach to Syracuse and Reggio Calabria
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Both excursions include the service of an English speaking assistant.
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