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Byzantium Revisited

Program Number: 12630RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014; 1/4/2015 - 1/9/2015; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Dunlap, California
Price starting at: $624.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Discover the fascinating history of Constantinople and the Eastern Roman Empire that flourished during the Middle Ages and did not fall until the 15th century. Situated midway between Catholic Europe and the Islamic East, the Byzantine Empire offers a unique window into the relationship between Western and Eastern cultures. Explore Byzantine history and the spirituality of the Eastern Orthodox Church with professors who are recognized experts in their fields and sample Greek cuisine, dance, language and culture amid the beauty of northern California.




Highlights

• Try your hand at creating Mediterranean cuisine during a Greek cooking class and savor Greek meals throughout the week.
• Learn about Greek herbs and their medicinal values during a presentation by a local gardening expert.
• Delight in an evening of “living history” as John Muir offers a look into his life and passions.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by St. Nicholas Ranch Conference and Retreat Center.




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 4:00pm 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:

 

$50.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

One Hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 Miles

 
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. If you reach the chain link fence you have gone too far.
  Southern California 1.Follow I-5 North through the Grapevine pass. 2.Take CA-99 North toward CA-180 East. 3.At Fresno, Take CA-180 East exit towards KINGS CANYON. Continue to follow CA-180 East. (Sigh 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.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. If you reach a chain link fence you have gone too far.
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, October 19)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at 4pm
 Dinner: Dinner is at 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/Lecture/Lunch/History Of Grizzly Bears/Dinner/An Evening with John Muir
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: 8am Breakfast. A simple continental breakfast with a choice of Greek Fare.
 Morning: Byzantine History part one. A look at the early history of the Byzantine Empire.
 Lunch: 12pm Lunch. Greek Cuisine
 Afternoon: 2pm.Learn the role of Grizzly Bears in California's history
 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/Lecture/Lunch/Greek Cooking Class/Dinner/Greek Dancing
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Buffet style breakfast.
 Morning: 9am. Byzantine History continues, the struggle between East and West, between Christianity and Islam. And also the implications for current world events.
 Lunch: 12pm Phyllo & Yogurt, has Greek written all over it.
 Afternoon: 2pm. A truly Greek experience work with phyllo and grape leaves. And then sample your art on Thursday evening at the Glendi.
 Dinner: 5:30pm. Sampling of great Greek food and Fresh Bread.
 Evening: 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/Sack Lunch/Free Time/Dinner/Greek Language, Traditions, and Customs
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental sampling.
 Morning: 9am. A look at Byzantine Art and Architecture
 Lunch: 9am. A sack lunch will be available for you to pick up at noon 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/Lecture/Lunch/Monastery Tour/Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers/Dinner/A Nights Festivities
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Greek and American Fare
 Morning: 9am.Byzantium's continuing legacy.
 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, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: 8am. Continental Breakfast
 Morning: 9am. Learn how to make authentic 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


A Short History Of Byzantium


Author: John Julius Norwich


Description: This abridged version of Norwich's monumental three volume series on Byzantium is an outstanding, and very readable, overview of Byzantium History. For those interested in a more in-dept look at the subject, the three volume series is highly recommended.



Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art)


Author: Robin Cormack


Description: This book provides and overview of the Byzantine Iconography including a large number of illustrations.



Guide to Byzantine Iconography (Volume One)


Author: Constantine Cavarnos


Description: A look at the distinctive characteristics of Byzantine iconography and the traditional pattern of decorating Orthodox Churches. The book also looks at the inner meaning of several specific icons.



The Open Door: Entering the Sanctuary of Icons and Prayer


Author: Frederica Mathewes-Green


Description: Looks at icons and their use in prayer and worship.



The Orthodox Church


Author: Timothy Ware


Description: This classic introduction to the Orthodox Church provides a thorough look at history, theology, and practices.





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