20917
Greece
Discover Greece With Your Grandchild: Athens, Mt. Olympus & More
Train to become anthropologists as you explore the best of Greece with your grandchild. Meet local students and experts, see how Greek foods are made and explore the Acropolis!
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Program No. 20917RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
2,999
Flights start at
1,150
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Thessaloniki
D
American Farm School

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Dinner: Mrs. Eva Kanellis, AFS Dean of Student Services, invites you to her home. Enjoy home-cooked Greek cuisine from the farm, in the company of new Greek friends. Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a three-course set menu. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Thessaloniki City Excursion
Thessaloniki
B,L,D
American Farm School

Breakfast: At the American Farm School. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Depart for an expert-led walking excursion of Thessaloniki (20-minute drive to starting point). Grandparents will see the most important landmarks of the city including the White Tower, St. Demetrius, St. Sofia, and Kamara. Grandchildren will explore the city in a slightly different way: through a series of tests, riddles, and planned encounters with locals, they will become researchers and discover some of the most important characteristics of this unique city. All meet up in the open market, with its herb and food vendors, to shop for lunch.

Lunch: Meet Chef Christos downtown for a cooking class. Help make lunch!

Afternoon: Walk to the Archaeological Museum where renowned Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Orestis Kourakis, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the Greek antiquities he preserves and photographs. Then Dr. Themis Velenis will share a visual history of food and culture reflected through Greek art, from Plato's time until present day. Around 5:00 PM, return to campus and enjoy some free time to relax before dinner. For the grandchildren there will be an introduction to the program's special project. Throughout the program the grandchildren will learn how the Greeks lived in ancient times until now. Through food, farming, interviews with Greek peers and elders, and research during field trips, they will discover how environment and food define a community and culture. Grandchildren will document their findings using cameras, camera phones or other devices and through the process of digital storytelling create a memory to take home with them.

Dinner: At the American Farm School.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Anthropology, History, and Dance
Thessaloniki
B,L,D
American Farm School

Breakfast: At the American Farm School.

Morning: This morning, hear an introduction on "Anthropological Research Skills" by Dr. Aigli Brouskou. Then set out in small groups to explore the farm, participating in olive oil tasting, organic gardening and Greek cooking.

Lunch: Enjoy what you cooked during your morning activities.

Afternoon: This afternoon, the grandparents will hear a lecture from Dr. Brouskou. Meanwhile, the grandchildren will attend a digital storytelling workshop as they continue to work on their projects and become historians. At 5:00 PM, everyone will take a traditional Greek dancing class with local experts, and other AFS students! Enjoy some free time (or work on selected projects for the grandchildren) before dinner.

Dinner: Grandparents will stay on campus to enjoy dinner with local families, as the grandchildren venture downtown with the Greek students to dine at a local restaurant.

Evening: Grandchildren will have the opportunity to interview some locals with the Greek students in downtown Thessaloniki.

DAY
5
Marianna's Vineyard, Afternoon at the Beach
Thessaloniki
B,L,D
American Farm School

Breakfast: At the American Farm School.

Morning: Grandparents will be able to relax for an hour this morning as the grandchildren have project meetings. At 10:00 AM, everyone will depart for Marianna's Vineyard (approx. 40-minute drive), where we will discover the blending of traditional and modern food production. Marianna's products are grown in the vineyards at Nea Gonia in Halkidiki. The methods they use in the cultivation of the vineyards and in the processing of their products are a combination of modern agriculture know-how and traditional recipes brought here by their grandmothers from Asia Minor, Eastern Thrace, and Armenia at the dawn of the 20th century. This is the reason why all of their vineyards are "Sultana," a variety that provides tender and tasty leaves.

Lunch: At Marianna's Vineyard.

Afternoon: Depart for Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Kriopigi, Halkidiki (approx. 1-hour drive). Enjoy swimming and team games before a barbeque dinner on the beach!

Dinner: Barbeque dinner on the beach, with traditional Greek folk dancing.

Evening: At 8:00 PM, transfer back to the American Farm School.

DAY
6
Mt. Olympus, Dion Archaeological Site
Palaios Panteleimonas
B,L,D
Pliades Hotel

Breakfast: At the American Farm School.

Morning: Depart for Mt. Olympus (approx. 1.5 hour drive). When we arrive, we will drive up the slopes for a light lunch with the gods.

Lunch: At a restaurant on Mt. Olympus.

Afternoon: After lunch, the grandchildren will start their wonderful walk from Prionia to Ag. Dionisus with expert hiking guides. Grandparents will depart for an expert-led excursion of the Dion Archaeological Site, and a lecture by an archaeologist. After the archaeological site visit, the grandparents visit the village women's cooperative for an introduction to the local food products. At approx. 4:30 PM, everyone will meet at Dion and drive to the hotel in Palaios Panteleimonas, a traditional mountain village renowned for its beauty, crafts, and good food. Settle into the hotel.

Dinner: At a traditional Greek tavern in the village.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Mountain Village, Alonissos Island
Alonissos
B,L,D
Four Seasons Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning is free to explore the village. Grandchildren can interview locals and work on projects.

Lunch: In the village.

Afternoon: Depart to Volos Port for a ferry to Alonissos Island. Arrive in Alonissos at about 5:00 PM, and settle into the hotel. Explore the village before dinner.

Dinner: At a seaside tavern in the village.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Alonissos Island
Alonissos
B,L,D
Four Seasons Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Meet the Mayor of Alonissos this morning during a lecture at the hotel, entitled "Life on the Island, & Sustainability Practices." The municipality of Alonissos was the first Greek island to introduce the eco-friendly policy of not using plastic bags. At 10:00 AM, meet Mr. Kostas Mavrikis, a local diver who discovered the largest classical shipwreck (from approx. 425-415 BCE) in the waters off of Alonissos. His discovery re-wrote the history of commercial sailing (the ship was carrying 4000 urns of wine!). Then visit a cooperative to learn about the islands local food products: tuna, seaweed, and lobsters.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the island. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. You may want to explore, go swimming, or work on your project.

Dinner: At a local tavern.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Fishing & Day Cruise to Uninhabited Islands
Alonissos
B,L,D
Four Seasons Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Optional: at 6:00 AM, you may wish to go fishing with a local fisherman. At 9:00 AM, everyone will take a private cruise with Captain Pakis, the Captain of Gorgon. Spend a beautiful day cruising around Alonissos' uninhabited islands with a few swimming stops along the way, and take a small hike to a monastery on top of a mountain.

Lunch: On board. Those who went fishing can clean and prepare their fish for lunch!

Afternoon: Continue your cruise around the islands. The cruise ends at 7:00 PM.

Dinner: At a traditional tavern.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Skopelos Island: Pottery and Family Activities
Skopelos
B,L
Skopelos Village Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart for Skopelos Island by ferry (approx. 45 minutes). Then visit a potter, who will help you make your own art! Spend the rest of the day exploring the most beautiful island village in the Sporades, and participating in family activities.

Lunch: Cook and eat lunch together.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the village.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Transfer to Athens, Greek Sunset on Lycabettus Hill
Athens
B,L
Parthenon Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart Skopelos and take a fast ferry called the Flying Cat to Agios Konstantinos (approx. 2 hours). A coach will meet us at the mainland dock and transfer us to Athens (approx. 2 hours).

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route to Athens.

Afternoon: Settle into the hotel. At 5:00 PM, depart for Lycabettus Hill to experience a beautiful Greek sunset.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own in the Plaka neighborhood. Walk through the cobblestone roads and explore the shops and restaurants.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Acropolis Museum, Mini Olympic Games, Parthenon
Athens
B,L,D
Parthenon Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Take an expert-led field trip at the Acropolis Museum and meet the Director of the museum, Dr. Pandermalis. Afterward, walk to the Panathenaic Stadium. Learn about the world's only white marble stadium via audio guides and participate in a Mini Olympic Games! Then walk to Acropolis Hill for an expert-led excursion of the Parthenon.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Plaka.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free to discover downtown Athens on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. At 5:00 PM meet for the presentation of the digital storytelling projects.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at a traditional Greek tavern.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for departing flights. This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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