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The Olympic Spirit of Greece for Grandparents and Grandkids

Program Number: 20917RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/5/2014 - 7/20/2014; 6/27/2015 - 7/12/2015; 7/11/2015 - 7/26/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Greece
Price starting at: $4,896.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 38; 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 15 years of age.

Every four years in Ancient Greece, great athletes would travel for days or weeks to reach the sanctuary at Olympia. There each athlete would compete to bring honor to his city-state at the expense of its rivals and to honor the gods who watched from atop nearby Mount Olympus. With your grandchild, discover the great Olympic traditions that began in Greece: the Olympic Truce, the marathon, the lighting of the flame. Plus sail to Greek islands, explore ancient temples and more. Faster, higher, stronger!




Highlights

• Learn about the Olympics both ancient and modern at Olympia and the modern stadiums of Athens.
• Board sailboats for a four-day voyage to islands, bays and hidden temples, plus race between islands in a fun regatta.
• Take a hike on Mount Olympus, home to the twelve Olympian gods of Greek mythology.



Activity Particulars

Walking / hiking up to two miles per day; some cobblestones and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

7-5-2014, 6-27-2015, 7-11-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Athens, 3 nights; coach to Leptokaria, 2 nights; coach to Delphi, 1 night; coach to Olympia, 2 nights; coach to Nauplia, sail to Porto Heli, 1 night; sail to Poros, 1 night; sail to Epidaurus, 1 night; sail to Aegina, 1 night; sail to Athens, 2 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Athens
3 nights

Begin your experience of Greece at the famed Acropolis, where monuments to the gods and military victories were erected. Take a field trip to Cape Sounion, site of an ancient temple to Poseidon, “God of the Sea,” then take a swim in the Aegean Sea in his honor.



Coach to Leptokaria
2 nights
Coach to Delphi
1 night
Coach to Olympia
2 nights

Journey to Leptokaria, a town at the foot of Mount Olympus, and learn about the twelve Olympian gods that live there. Hike through the beautiful forest on Mount Olympus to the Agios Dionysios Monastery. Learn about the Oracle of Delphi, a priestess who foretold the future. Explore the site of the ancient Olympic Games, where you can enter the stadium and run on the track.



Coach to Nauplia
Sail to Porto Heli
1 night
Sail to Poros
1 night
Sail to Epidaurus
1 night
Sail to Aegina
1 night

Set sail from the historic seaport of Nauplia and learn how ancient Greeks navigated these waters. Discover the small island of Dokos, great for swimming and snorkeling. In the ancient city of Epidaurus learn about the famed “asclepeion” or healing temple. Admire spectacular views of the Saronic Gulf from the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina.



Sail to Athens
2 nights
Departure

Having visited the site of the Ancient Olympics, turn your attention to the Olympic Games as we know them today. Visit Panathinaiko Stadium, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896, and Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 2004 games. Take a field trip to Marathon to learn about the famous run of the messenger Pheidippides.




Greece

More than one-fifth of Greece’s land mass lies offshore in the islands of the Aegean or Ionian seas, while the sites of Classical archeology, myth and literature dominate the mainland and the peninsulas. The Peloponnese, with its spine of mountains and treasures of the ancient world, complements the white-washed villages and turquoise waters of the islands.



Accommodations
Athens: Hotel near Acropolis. Leptokaria: Seaside hotel with pool. Delphi: Traditional-style hotel. Olympia: Hotel with pool. Porto Heli: Coastal hotel with large pool. Poros: Beach hotel. Epidaurus: Hotel near the ancient sanctuary. Aegina: Seaside hotel with pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Parthenon Hotel
  Athens, Greece 3 nights
   Poseidon Palace
  Leptokaria, Greece 2 nights
   Apollonia Hotel
  Delphi, Greece 1 night
   Hotel Antonios
  Ancient Olympia, Greece 2 nights
   Nautica Bay Hotel
  Porto Heli, Greece 1 night
   Xenia Poros Image Hotel
  Poros, Greece 1 night
   Saronis Hotel
  Ancient Epidaurus, Greece 1 night
   Apollo Hotel Aegina
  Aegina Island, Greece 1 night
   Parthenon Hotel
  Athens, Greece 2 nights
 Parthenon Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Parthenon Hotel offers the best of classic and modern Greece. Located in the historic center of Athens, the celebrated archaeological walk of Acropolis is only steps away, and shops, theaters, museums and a vibrant night life are within easy reach. The "Acropolis" metro station stands less than 150 meters away.
  Contact info: 6 Makri Street
Athens,  11742 Greece
phone: +30 210 9234594
web: www.airotel.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, safe deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, shoe polish machine, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, 24-hour reception, safe deposit box at reception, laundry services, business center, currency exchange, hair dresser (upon request) and free WIFI Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Poseidon Palace
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Poseidon Palace is a beautiful hotel that consists of seven two-story buildings. With bright rooms, elegant decor, and views of both the sea and Olympus Mountain, the hotel is ideal for all ages.
  Contact info: Leptokaria, Pieria
Leptokaria,  60063 Greece
phone: +30 23520 31602
web: www.poseidonpalace.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, safe, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel complex offers a restaurant, bars, tavern, mini market, church, beautiful outdoor pool, beach, playground, gym, tennis courts, volleyball and mini golf.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Apollonia Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Apollonia is located in the modern city of Delphi. Built in the local traditional style of wood and stone and equipped with modern facilities, this unique hotel ensures a luxurious and pleasant stay. It is within driving distance of the archaeological site of ancient Delphi and has a majestic view of the Corinthian Gulf.
  Contact info: 37-39 Ifigenias and Syngrou Street
Delphi,  33054 Greece
phone: +30 22650 82919
web: www.hotelapollonia.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, mini bar, safe, wireless Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, fax machine and wireless Internet access (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Antonios
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The four-star Hotel Antonios is located within walking distance of the town center and about two miles from Olympia's Archaeology Museum and the most famous archaeology site in Greece -- Ancient Olympia. Recently renovated, it offers a pleasing balance of luxury and simplicity.
  Contact info: 270 65 Ancient Olympia
Ilia,   Greece
phone: +30 26240 22547
web: www.hotelantonios.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a mini-bar, hair dryer, telephone, TV, room service, free wireless Internet, and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge, bar, swimming pool, business center, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and air conditioning.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Nautica Bay Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Nautica Bay Hotel is in Porto Heli, which is situated on the south end of the first Peloponesse peninsula a short distance from Nauplia, Epidaurus and Mycenae. The hotel offers beautiful views of the bay of Porto Heli.
  Contact info: Porto Heli,   Greece
phone: +30 27540 51415
web: www.nauticabayhotel.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini fridge, air conditioning, WIFI Internet access (for a fee) and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bars, laundry facilities, outdoor swimming pool, mini market, tennis courts, table tennis, mini golf and WIFI Internet access in the rooms (for a fee).
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Xenia Poros Image Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The beautiful Xenia Poros Image Hotel is located on the small Greek island of Poros. Designed by renowned architect Aris Konstantinidis, the hotel captures his distinct style of class and function as it blends into its surrounding environment. With the beautiful sandy Neorion beach and the boundless sea at its doorstep, this hotel is the ideal getaway. The main town is minutes away, and the port is within walking distance.
  Contact info: Neorio
Poros,  18020 Greece
phone: +30 2298 022216
web: www.porosimage.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar, veranda or balcony, free Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, fitness center and sauna, laundry services, beach bar, private marina, private sandy beach and free wireless Internet access in public areas.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Saronis Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the center of Ancient Epidaurus, the Saronis Hotel offers recently renovated rooms with views of the surrounding trees, mountains, and the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. The picturesque village of Ancient Epidaurus boasts the ancient Theater of Epidaurus, and within driving distance are the historical towns of Mycenae and Nauplia.
  Contact info: 4 Ipolitou Street
Ancient Epidaurus,   Greece
phone: +30 27530 41514
web: www.saronis-hotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, mini fridge and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Apollo Hotel Aegina
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Apollo Hotel Aegina is a seaside hotel located on the bay of Aegina Island. Aegina boasts a colorful fish market, a prehistoric quarter, beaches and Byzantine churches. Surrounded by a pine forest that borders the temple of Athena Aphaia, the Apollo Hotel Aegina was designed in the modern Greek style by a great 21st-century architect.
  Contact info: Agia Marina
Aegina Island,   Greece
phone: +30 22970 32271
web: www.apollohotelaegina.gr
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning, Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, laundry services, tennis court, mini golf and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Athens, Greece. 6:00 PM Meet in hotel lobby. You will be staying at Parthenon Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Athens, Greece. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Parthenon Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  In Transit
  Transportation to site: Take a taxi from exit 3 of the arrivals level at the airport. Cost is approx. 40 Euros during the day. After midnight the cost increases to 50 Euros.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Athens
  Transportation from site: Take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. Cost is approx. 40 Euros during the day. After midnight the cost increases to 50 Euros.
Elevation Note: Day 6, the start of the hike on Mt. Olympus is at 3600 ft., the hike then descends from 3600 ft.

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: In Transit
(Saturday, July 5)
   
 In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Greece.

Day 2: Arrive in Athens / Orientation
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive in historic Athens, Greece's capital and social and economic center, which is named after the goddess Athena. Transfer to the hotel where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to rest. Gather at 6:00 PM for a welcome drink and program orientation.
 Dinner: Enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner at a "taverna," a traditional, casual restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Parthenon Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Climb to the top of Athens' Acropolis, home to a number of temples, the most famous of which is the Parthenon, built to honor the city's patroness, Athena. See the grand sun-bleached structure built by Pericles in the 5th century BC to celebrate the Greek victory against the Persians. Then visit the nearby Acropolis Museum, which holds exquisite finds from the site and is considered the new jewel of Athens.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna.
 Afternoon: This afternoon take part in a lecture introducing "The Olympic Spirit and Truce in Ancient & Modern Times."
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Parthenon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cape Sounion / Temple of Poseidon / Swimming in the Aegean Sea
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel by coach to Cape Sounion via the scenic coastal road and enjoy panoramic views of the Saronic Gulf and its islands. Cape Sounion is famous for its 5th-century B.C. temple dedicated to Poseidon, the god of the sea. The temple stands at a rocky promontory guarding the maritime route from Athens to the Aegean Islands. The spot is superb! It offers magnificent views of the blue Aegean Sea and the hundreds of islands that emerge from its waters. When British poet Lord Byron visited Sounion, he immortalized his visit by inscribing his name on one of the ancient pillars of the temple. Continue down to the bay overlooked by the temple, where we will have lunch and swim.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna in Cape Sounion.
 Afternoon: Free time to relax in the sun and swim in the blue waters of the Aegean Sea at Cape Sounion. Return to Athens in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Parthenon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Athens to Leptokaria / Meet the Olympic Gods!
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Today we head north! We cross the regions of Central Greece to reach the foot of Mount Olympus, the highest Greek mountain, the dwelling of the twelve gods. On the drive through the northern-most region of continental Greece, observe plains covered with olive groves, beautiful mountains, and historical areas such as Thermopylae.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Leptokaria.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Leptokaria at approximately 4:00 PM. During a late afternoon presentation, meet the gods of Olympus!
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Poseidon Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hiking on Mt. Olympus / Dion
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An early morning drive brings us to Prionia at an altitude of 3600 feet, where we begin our hike descending towards the town of Litohoro. Varied geological features, such as small lakes of crystal-clear water and sheer mountain slopes, create a rare beauty and an entirely rewarding experience. Following a well-marked path, we hike on the slopes of Mt. Olympus enjoying the lush vegetation as well as the secret sounds of the sacred mountain, eventually reaching Agios Dionysios Monastery. At this point, participants who feel satisfied with the morning hike (approximately 1 hour) may board the coach at return to town. Participants who wish to continue hiking may descend to Litohoro via the Epineas Gorge (approximately 4 hours).
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to Dion to see the remains of one of the most important sanctuaries of the northern Greeks, the Macedonians, who primarily worshipped Zeus.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Poseidon Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Leptokaria to Delphi
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board the coach and set off to the site of the most venerated oracle of the ancient Greek world, Delphi!
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Delphi.
 Afternoon: Explore the archaeological site of Delphi. Located on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, it offers breathtaking views of the mountains and valley below.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Apollonia Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Delphi to Ancient Olympia
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Guided visit of the wonderful Museum of Delphi, where some of the best known sculptures of the ancient world are exhibited. Then we depart for the southernmost region of continental Greece, Peloponnesus, where the holiest sanctuary of the ancient Greeks is located: Olympia!
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route to Olympia.
 Afternoon: Exploring the archaeological site of Olympia in its tranquil setting is quite an experience! On a guided visit, stroll through the remains of the Gymnasium and the Palestra where the athletes were trained, explore the impressive remains of one of the oldest temples in Greece dedicated to Hera, and walk through the ruins of the temple of Zeus that housed the chryselephantine statue of the God, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to the stadium where athletes from all over the Greek world competed during the sacred Olympic Games. Here we'll sit on the ground as the spectators of the ancient times did and enjoy a lecture on the ancient Pan-Hellenic Games.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Antonios
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ancient Olympia
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we'll visit the archaeological museum of Olympia, where unique sculptures, objects of worship, and many ex-votos found in Olympia are exhibited. We conclude with a visit to the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening in the attractive village of Olympia. Then get into the Greek spirit by learning some Greek dances!
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Antonios
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Argolis / Mycenae / Sail from Nauplia to Porto Heli
(Monday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Drive through the beautiful mountainous Arcadia, the heart of Peloponnesus, to the region of Argolis on the east coast and its attractive port town, Nauplia. Our first stop will be the Mycenae archaeological site.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Mycenae.
 Afternoon: In the early afternoon, we arrive in Nauplia, embark our sailing boats, and set sail to explore the nearby coasts and islands. Our first stop is the caves where ancient seafarers used to find shelter and where ancient navigation tools were discovered. We continue to the naturally protected bay of Porto Heli where we will overnight.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Porto Heli.
   
Accommodations: Nautica Bay Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Dokos / Swimming and Snorkeling / Regatta from Hydra to Poros
(Tuesday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Like the ancient Aegean seamen, this morning we set sail for further exploration. We stop at the uninhabited island of Dokos, where we enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Then we continue on to cosmopolitan Hydra, home to wealthy ship owners and famous for its unique architecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna on Hydra.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the picturesque port town of Hydra. Later in the afternoon, we continue our sailing regatta, a race from Hydra to Poros.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local taverna on Poros.
   
Accommodations: Xenia Poros Image Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Poros to Epidaurus
(Wednesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's sailing regatta brings us to Epidaurus, a port on the Peloponnesian coast.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local taverna in Epidaurus.
 Afternoon: From the port of Epidaurus, we drive inland to one of the best preserved theaters of the 4th century B.C., which was part of the important healing center of Asclepius.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local taverna in Epidaurus.
   
Accommodations: Saronis Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Epidaurus to Perdika / Agia Marina
(Thursday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A wonderful morning sailing regatta in the Saronic Gulf will give us the chance to enjoy the beautiful day on our way to Perdika, Aegina. We will stop at the uninhabited island of Moni for swimming.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Perdika.
 Afternoon: After lunch sail to Agia Marina. Upon arrival we will visit the well known ancient temple of Aphaia overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Apollo Hotel Aegina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Panathenaic and Olympic Stadium
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy one last morning of sailing. Our Aegean adventure concludes in Athens, the bustling capital.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Athens.
 Afternoon: Visit the beautiful and unique Panathenaic marble stadium, as well as the modern Olympic Stadium where the 2004 Olympics were held. At the stadium, hear a lecture: "Revival of the Olympics." Then celebrate the sailing regattas with an award ceremony.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Parthenon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Marathon / Free time
(Saturday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: There is no better way to end our program than to drive to Marathon where in 490 B.C. the Athenian army, under the leadership of their general Miltiades, defeated the Persians! Around the tomb of the ancient Athenian soldiers who fought for the freedom of their homeland, we'll organize a race to pay our tribute to these brave men. The participants will receive a wreath of olive branches.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own in Athens.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Athens on your own.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a local taverna in the lively old quarter of Plaka, a neighborhood with many Byzantine churches and endless shops.
   
Accommodations: Parthenon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Departures
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for homebound flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Athens Benaki Museum
The Benaki Museum is made up of many buildings, which offer an in-depth look into Greek history and culture. An array of artwork and artifacts illustrate the character of the Greek world from ancient times to the 20th century. For additional information, visit www.benaki.gr/index.asp
  Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art illustrates the ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus. The three major subjects on display are Cycladic Art, Ancient Greek Art, and Ancient Cypriot Art. For additional information, visit www.cycladic.gr
  The National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece. Devoted to ancient Greek art, the museum captures the history and culture of Greece with its vast collections of sculptures, statues, photographs, figures, minor objects and other significant antiquities. For additional information, visit www.namuseum.gr/museum/index-en.html
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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The World of the Ancient Greeks


Author: John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher


Description: Featuring hundreds of illustrations and inviting short chapters on topics from The First Greeks to The Heroic Age and Classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great ancient cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.



Treasury of Greek Mythology, Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters


Author: Donna Jo Napoli


Description: The Greek Myths are retold for children in this delightful National Geographic collection penned by Donna Jo Napoli and illustrated by Christina Balit. With sidebars of mythical figures and the family trees of the gods.





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