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Alexander the Great, Greek Philosophy, and Experience Greece Without Leaving the U.S.

Program Number: 6479RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Dunlap, California
Price starting at: $624.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by St. Nicholas Ranch Conference and Retreat Center.



Alexander The Great

He was worshipped as a god by the Asians; as a hero descended from Hercules to the Greeks. Study the feats of the man who established the first world empire by the age of 32, and died when there were no worlds left to conquer.



The Classical Age Of Greek Philosophy

Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle — learn from the philosophers devoted to the question, "How should we live?" Discover the abiding relevance of their search, which continues to shape our conception of reality and our own self-understanding.



Experiencing Greece Without Leaving the USA

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of modern Greece. Learn about Greek traditions, culture, folklore and cuisine. Listen to Greek music and learn basic Greek dances. This is a wonderful preparation for a trip to Greece!




Dunlap

Midway between Fresno and Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks, Dunlap is a quiet crossroads set into the rolling Sierra Foothills among ancient oaks and bold rock formations.



Accommodations
Retreat center on 230 acres. Small lake, orchards, hiking trails, pool on-site. Authentic Greek cuisine prepared daily. Byzantine-style working monastery overlooks the valley.
Meals and Lodgings
   St. Nicholas Ranch
  Dunlap, CA 5 nights
 St. Nicholas Ranch
Type: Conference Center
  Description: THEME OF THIS WEEK'S PROGRAM: "ALEXANDER THE GREAT": He was worshipped as a god by the Asians, a hero descended from Hercules to the Greeks. He considered himself the "New Achilles." Study the feats of the man who established the first world empire by the age of thirty-two and died when there was nothing left to conquer. This is a three-course program that also includes "Greek Philosophy and the Roots of Western Civilization" and "Experience Greece Without Leaving the USA." ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, a small lake with fish, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking new Byzantine-style monastery is also on the property. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. THE ACCOMMODATIONS: All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating, with twin beds. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.
  Contact info: 38526 Dunlap Road PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org
  Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library, WiFi Access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $50-$75. Contact St Nicholas Ranch at 559-338-2103
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50-$75. Contact St Nicholas Ranch at 559-338-2103
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins with check-in at 4:00 PM. You will be staying at St. Nicholas Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with lunch at 12:00 noon. You will be staying at St. Nicholas Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Plenty of free on-site parking is available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Dunlap, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Fresno, CA and Visalia, CA
  Nearest highway: Highway 180
  Nearest airport:  Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
  From End of Program
  Location: Dunlap, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fresno

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ST Nicholas Ranch
phone: 559-338-2103
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One Hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 Miles

 
Driving Directions
  Northern California Take CA.-99 South towards Fresno; take exit 133 to merge onto CA.-180 East toward Airport/ Kings Canyon. Take exit 63 turn right on to Clovis Ave. Turn left at CA. 180/Kings Canyon Highway. After the small(very small) town of Minkler, look for the CA. 180/Kings Canyon turnoff; make a left towards the parks and Squaw Valley. About three miles past Squaw Valley,look for a small convenience store and gas station on your left; half a mile later make a right onto Dunlap rd. in about three miles you will see the St. Nicholas Ranch sign on your left, turn and follow the road; you will make a left into the facilities parking lot. You have gone to far if you reach the chain link fence.
  Southern California Follow I-5 through the Grapevine Pass; take CA-99 NORTH towards BAKERSFIELD/FRESNO; from Hwy 99, take 198 EAST towards Visalia; after eaching Visalia (app. 6 miles), take the exit for Hwy 63 NORTH; continue to folow the signs for HWY 63 (can be a bit trickey) as you wend your way out of Visalia, past Orange Cove, and to Hwy 180 (app. 30 miles); turn RIGHT onto Hwy 180 EAST (Kings Canyon Road); pass through Squaw Valley, look for a small convenience store and gas station on your left; 1/2 mile later make a RIGHT onto DUNLAP RD.; follow Dunlap Rd. 2.5 miles to the Blue "St Nicholas Ranch" sign; make a LEFT at the sign and follow the road all the way around (about 1 mile); make a LEFT into the Parking lot. You have gone to far if you reach the chain link fence.
Elevation Note: Optional free-time excursion to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park - 6,000' elevation.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Dinner/7pm Orientation
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at 4 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30pm. Greek Cuisine
 Evening: 7:00 PM. Wine and cheese reception with a look at the week ahead.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/Lecture/Lunch/Greek Cooking Class/Dinner/The Iliad "Live"
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: 8am Breakfast. A simple continental breakfast with a choice of Greek Fare.
 Morning: Alexander the Great, Part I.
 Lunch: Greek Cuisine
 Afternoon: 2pm. A truly Greek experience work with phyllo and grape leaves. And then sample your art on Thursday evening at the Glendi.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm. A sampling of Greek dishes.
 Evening: 7pm.Professional actor Eldon Quick's dramatic reading of the Iliad brings this classic work alive in a unique and exciting way. Listening to him speak you will think you are on the beach of Troy 3,500 years ago, with Achilles, Agamemnon and Odysseus standing before you.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/Lecture/Lunch/Squaw Valley Herb Garden/Dinner/Greek Dancing
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Buffet style breakfast.
 Morning: Lecture on Alexander the Great, Part II.
 Lunch: 12pm Phyllo & Yogurt, has Greek written all over it.
 Afternoon: 2 pm Dave McFadden takes us on an adventure, both in the classroom, and on a modest hike around the Ranch.
 Dinner: 5:30pm. Sampling of great Greek food and Fresh Bread.
 Evening: The local dance troupe, Kamari, from St. George Greek Orthodox Church joins us with their instructor George Papangellin. George will have you joining the dance group before the night is over.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Breakfast/Lecture/Free Time/Sack Lunch/Dinner/Greek Language, Traditions, and Customs
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental sampling.
 Morning: The day is yours! Choose to peruse the many books in the Library, or check out the surrounding area with a hike. For other ideas and local attractions give us a call at 559-338-2103
 Lunch: 9am. A sack lunch will be available for you to pick up after breakfast.
 Afternoon: 2pm. A visit from the Squaw Valley Herb Garden, Rosemary brings her beautiful garden to the ranch.
 Dinner: 5:30pm
 Evening: 7pm. We will take a light hearted look at the Greek Language, and the traditions and customs of Greece. A great introduction for those of you planning to visit Greece in the future or simply want to better understand your Greek neighbors.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Breakfast/Lecture/Lunch/Monastery Tour/Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers/Dinner/A Nights Festivities
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Greek and American Fare
 Morning: Lecture on "The Greek Philosophers and the Roots of Western Civilization".
 Lunch: 12pm. Soup and Sandwiches Greek Style
 Afternoon: 4pm. (Optional) You will have the opportunity to attend a Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers service at the convent which last approximately one hour.
 Afternoon: 1pm. One of the most unique features of St. Nicholas Ranch is that it is home to an authentic Greek Orthodox Convent which follows the Orthodox Byzantine tradition. It is an opportunity to experience a living witness of Byzantium. Enjoy the hospitality of the nuns who will provide a tour of the convent followed by Greek coffee and pastries.
 Dinner: 5:30pm. "Glendi Night" A social hour starts the nights festivities, with a Traditional Lamb dinner to follow.
 Evening: 7pm. Talent Show, Movies, Charades, Dancing! An evening of Fun for all.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast/Lecture/Lunch
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental Breakfast
 Morning: Lecture on "The Greek Philosophers and the Roots of Western Civilization" Part II.
 Lunch: 12pm. A final good bye to our Greek Cuisine.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Dunlap, CA Mennonite Quilt Center and World Handicrafts
The Mennonite Quilt Center and World Handicrafts are located in scenic Reedley, CA... about a 30 minute drive from the Ranch. World Handicrafts sell international gifts. The Mennonite Quilt Center is a full fabric store offering a full line of 100% cotton quilting fabrics, quilt books and patterns, and quilting classes for all levels. Phone: 559.638.3560.
  Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring
Visit a genuine Greek Orthodox Women's Monastery and you will enter into another world! A living and working monastery, located on the Ranch grounds, the convent is a unique spiritual and cultural experience. You would have to travel to Greece to get the same authentic Greek Orthodox monastic experience! Guests will also be served Greek coffee and cookies, as well as have a visit with the abbess.
  Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
The entrance to both parks is a mere 30 minutes away. Visit Grant's Grove and see the giant sequoias... the largest living things on earth! Visit Crystal and Boyden Caverns. Have lunch and rent a canoe or motor boat at Hume Lake. Cedar Grove is also nearby.
  Sierra Endangered Cat Haven
Come face-to-face with Bengal tigers, leopards, black panthers, and more. This one-of-a-kind zoo exists to raise awareness of the Cat Haven's world-wide cat restoration programs. This zoo is the best kept secret among zoos… a must see! Phone: 559.338.3216.
  Squaw Valley Herb Gardens
This unique and relaxing stop is located ten minutes from the Ranch and is included as part of the Ranch's Road Scholar program. The Herb Gardens is an aesthetically pleasing and relaxing experience. This is more than a tour… it is a whimsical, musical, and culinary delight!
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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