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The ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey,’ Greek Philosophers, and Experience Greece Without Leaving the U.S.

Program Number: 6480RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2013 - 11/8/2013; 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/21/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/6/2015;
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; Philosophy & Religion
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.



The 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey'

The epic poetry of Homer continues to draw the modern reader. Explore the myth and history of his works; meet Agamemnon, Odysseus and Helen, whose face launched a thousand ships. Lovers of literature, poetry, and classics will enjoy this adventure.



The Greek Philosophers

Plato? Aristotle? Heraclitus? Just who were these philosophers whose names we keep hearing, but never quite got to know? Meet the thinkers who began the stream of western thought and discover why their quest continues to exert a profound influence.



Experience Greece Without Leaving the USA

Experience the sights, sounds and taste of modern Greece. Learn about Greek traditions, culture, folklore and cuisine. Listen to Greek music and learn basic Greek dances. This is 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: 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, 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 Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. 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 & gift shop.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $65.00-$100.00 Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $65.00-$100.00 Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 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: CA. 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:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

 

Fresno CA train station

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Take an 11 minute taxi ride to the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and catch the St Nicholas Shuttle to the Ranch . Fresno Taxi : (559) 495-1234 Taxi Mexico : (559) 442-3802 Fresno Indio Taxi : (559) 266-2233

 
Driving Directions
  Northern California 1.Take CA-99 SOUTH towards FRESNO. 2.At Fresno, Take CA-180 East exit towards KINGS CANYON. Follow the signs for 180 East – Kings Canyon 3.Continue to follow CA – 180 East. (Sign will say “End of Freeway” , keep going, you will still be on CA 180 East). Follow the signs for Kings Canyon/Squaw Valley. 4.After you pass the small town of Minkler, turn left onto CA-180 East. 5.Pass through Squaw Valley and continue on CA 180. 6.Approximately 5 miles after Squaw Valley, turn Right on Dunlap Road (There will be a Park Ranger station on your left and a trailer park on your right). 7.Follow Dunlap Road 2 miles 8.At the “Saint Nicholas Ranch” sign (on the left side of the road) turn Left. 9.Follow the private road till you see the large Saint Nicholas Ranch sign (there will be a big red barn directly ahead). 10.At the sign turn Left 11.At the end of the road (100 yards) you will see our facility on the left. Pull into the Parking Lot.
  Southern California 1.Follow I-5 North through the Grapevine pass. 2.Take CA-99 North toward CA-180 East. 3.Continue to follow CA-180 East. (Sigh will say “End of Freeway” Keep going, you will still be on CA-180 East. 4.After you pass the small town of Minkler, turn left onto CA-180 East 5.Pass through Squaw Valley and continue on CA 180. 6.About 3 miles after Squaw Valley, turn Right on Dunlap Road (There will be a Park Ranger station on your left and a trailer park on your right). 7.Follow Dunlap Rd. 2 miles 8.At the “St. Nicholas Ranch” sign (on the left side of the road) turn Left. 9.Follow the private road till you see the large Saint Nicholas Ranch sign (there will be a big red barn directly ahead). 10.At the sign turn Left 11.At the end of the road (100 yards) you will see our facility on the left. Pull into the Parking Lot.
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/Orientation
(Sunday, November 3)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at 4pm.
 Dinner: 5:30pm. Greek Fare
 Evening: Wine and cheese reception. With an overview of the weeks program.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Greek Cooking Class/Dinner/'John Muir' presented by Frank Helling
(Monday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: 8am A simple continental breakfast with a choice of Greek Fare.
 Morning: Professor Pamela Johnston, PhD, will begin with an introduction of these two epic works by the poet Homer. For nearly 3,000 years these magnificent stories have captivated the world. Her multi-media presentation brings the subject alive, offering something for both the serious student and the more casual participant.
 Lunch: 12pm 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. Frank Helling joins us for an evening as John Muir a glimpse into his life and passions. A truly unique night.
   
Accommodations: St. Nicholas Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Visit from Squaw Valley Herb Gardens/Dinner/Greek Dancing
(Tuesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Buffet style breakfast.
 Morning: 9am. Professor Johnston will continue her examination of the Iliad and the Odyssey discussing the great adventurers and archaeologists of the 19th and 20th centuries like Schliemann and Evans who, following in the footsteps of Homer discovered the places described in the stories-Mycenae, Knossos and even Troy itself. She is one of our most popular lecturers and has a real gift for communication the importance and relevance of this fascinating subject.
 Lunch: 12pm. Phyllo & Yogurt, has Greek written all over it.
 Afternoon: A visit from the Squaw Valley Herb Garden, Rosemary brings her beautiful garden to the ranch.
 Dinner: 5:30pm. A sampling of great Greek food and freshly baked 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/Greek Philosophers /Free Time with Sack Lunch/Dinner/Greek Language, Traditions, and Customs
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental sampling.
 Morning: 9am. Professor Tony Kocolas will introduce to you the Greek Philosophers. Plato? Aristotle? Heraclitus? Just who were these philosophers whose names we keep hearing, but never quite got to know? Discover the thinkers and events that started the stream of what is today called "Western thought".
 Lunch: 9am. A sack lunch will be available for you to pick up after the lecture.
 Afternoon: 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
 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/Roots of Western Civilization/Lunch/Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers/Monastery Tour/Dinner/A Nights Festivities
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Greek and American Fare
 Morning: 9am. Professor Kocolas will wrap up his lecture with a discussion of why the Greeks still matter today and why the study of Ancient Greece is so important.
 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/Greek Coffee House/Lunch
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental Breakfast
 Morning: Learn how to make traditional Greek Coffee.
 Lunch: 12pm. A final good bye to our Greek Cuisine.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Suggested Reading List


The Iliad of Homer and the Odyssey of Homer


Author: Translation by Richard Lattimore


The Oresteia


Author: Translation by Richard Lattimore


Classical Mythology


Author: M. Morford, R. Lenardon


Mythology: Timeless tales of Gods and Heros


Author: Edith Hamilton


The Greek Myths


Author: Robert Graves


Description: Complete and unabridged by Moyer Bell, 1988



The Complete World of Greek Mythology


Author: Thames and Hudson




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