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Greece

The Best of Greek life: Explore Greece With Your Grandchild

Program No. 20917RJ
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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13 days
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4,449 / ADULT
3,799 / CHILD
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At a Glance

How many steps does it take to get to the top of Mt. Olympus? What’s the best recipe for home made olive oil? These might be just a few of the questions your grandchild asks — and answers — during this immersive adventure in the heart of Greece! Become anthropologists as you learn about Greek cuisine, meet local students and residents, and discover some of the world’s most ancient and important landmarks. Your grandchild will also learn about digital storytelling to record and research your discoveries!
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking and hiking up to two miles per day; some cobblestones.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Stop for swimming and hiking opportunities as you delight in a study cruise around the beautiful Sporades islands.
  • Discover the history of ancient Athens during field trips to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
  • Learn about Greek cuisine, meet students and discover how food is grown in Greece.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Athens Map
by Borch Maps
An excellent laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:7,500 with inset maps of the Acropolis, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Attica and the surrounding region.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
The Naked Olympics, The True Story of the Ancient Games
by Tony Perrottet
Perrottet covers the history of the games with frank humor and the immediacy of sports writing in this entertaining account of the Olympics.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
The first in the bestselling series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island where he meets Poseidon, the father he never knew.
Ancient Greece, Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Greece's Past
by Marni McGee
McGee focuses on archaeologists, including underwater archaeologist Faith Hentsche, in this illustrated overview of ancient Greece.
Mycenae, From Myth to History
by Robert McCabe (Foreword), Athina Cacouri
With contributions from archaeologists who worked on the Mycenae site, this lively history delves into the mystery and legend surrounding the civilization that flourished 800 years before the classical Greeks then vanished into legend.
Greek, A Language Map
by Kristine K. Kershul
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
Cahill brings to life ancient Greek society and civilization through the lives and words of politicians, playwrights, a poet, a philosopher and an artist in this eloquent and absorbing tribute.
A Traveller's History of Athens
by Richard Stoneman
A brief history of Athens through the 1990's -- wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed. With a useful chronology and historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
Delphi, A History of the Center of the Ancient World
by Michael Scott
Scott's interest is in much more than the oracle itself, having pieced together the way the entire site developed through time. A fine scholarly book, it helps us understand the history of the ancient world as a whole through a focus on this crucial location.
A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Olympics
by Neil Faulkner
Archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner recreates the setting and thrill of the ancient Olympic Stadium in this lively, guide to the games circa 388 B.C.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
This lively illustrated guide covers the architecture, painting and sculpture of Ancient Greece from the third millennium to the end of the Hellenistic period. With 282 color and 28 black-and-white illustrations.
The Greeks, An Illustrated History
by Diane Harris Cline
This accessible photographic history of ancient Greece pays special attention to Greek innovations: great literature and architecture, war tactics, democracy, the Olympics, Socrates and much more. Cline laces the gripping story of the Greek empire with archaeological discoveries.
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
A lively tale of the construction, significance and uses of the 2,500-year-old architectural marvel.
The Messenger of Athens
by Anne Zouroudi
This first book in the Mysteries of the Greek Detective series has at its heart the sin of lust. Zouroudi weaves excitement and mythology together with the realities of everyday small-island life.
Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day
by Philip Matyszak
A practical, concise guide to Rome -- circa AD 200. This unusual book covers all the highlights of ancient Roman life, from gladiatorial shows to public bathing and provides modern readers with an imaginative overview of the city's monuments.
Gods and Heroes
by Matthew Reinhart
This pop-up pantheon presents Zeus's Mount Olympus, Norse god Odin's frozen north, the Jade Emperor and many more of the world's great myths and legends.
Eyewitness Guide Greece, Athens and the Mainland
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Men and Gods
by Rex Warner
The inimitable Edward Gorey vividly illustrates these 38 spellbinding tales, memorably retold by novelist and scholar Rex Warner.
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
by Natalie Haynes
In this light-hearted frolic through antiquity, Haynes considers modern life from the point of view of the ancients, musing on such questions as what Athenian democracy might teach present politics and the impact of Greek and Roman drama, literature and philosophy on the contemporary world.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot
This pictorial survey of Greek antiquity, recording its culture and expansion, features dozens of full-color maps.
Greek Gods and Heroes
by Robert Graves
Graves recounts the glorious days when gods and goddesses who dwelt on Mount Olympus ruled over the mortal world below and fabled heroes performed mighty deeds of valor in this classic collection for young explorers and their families.
The Tomb of Agamemnon
by Cathy Gere, Mary Beard (Editor)
A brief, enlightening guide to the archaeological site (a fortified hill in the Peloponnese at Mycenae), its history and current scholarship on the Bronze Age.
The Rise of Athens, The Story of the World's Greatest Civilization
by Anthony Everitt
Anthony Everitt (The Rise of Rome, ITA335) shifts his focus to the world of the ancient Greeks in this expansive history. The accessible book covers the ideological and physical foundations of Athens that laid the groundwork for the Greeks' prodigious accomplishments.
The Ancient Olympics, A History
by Nigel Spivey
A colorful look at the ancient Olympic games as they really were: brutal, fierce and deadly. Spivey, a wonderful popular writer and classicist at Cambridge, offers a vivid history of Greek athletic contests, not just the Olympian but also the Pythian at Delphi, Isthmian at Corinth and Nemean at Argos.
The Oracle, Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets
by William J. Broad
A gripping modern-day detective story about the scientific quest to understand the Oracle of Delphi.
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Thessaloniki
D
Astoria Hotel Thessaloniki

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Dinner: While grandchildren join local Greek students for dinner at the pier, grandparents are invited to get to know one another and enjoy a meal of Greek cuisine and wine at a seaside restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Thessaloniki, Introduction to Photography Project
Thessaloniki
B,L,D
Astoria Hotel Thessaloniki

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles on uneven city streets; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel. The breakfast buffet offers a daily selection of breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Depart by bus for an introduction to the history of our amazing city. Enjoy walking excursions of Thessaloniki’s past and present, including highlights such as the Roman Agora, St. Demetrious, Bey Hamam and Bezesteni. Everyone will explore the city, but grandchildren will do so through a series of challenges, riddles and planned encounters with locals, encouraging them to research and discover some of the most important characteristics and landmarks of this unique city hands on.

Lunch: We will all meet at an open market with local herb and food vendors to have lunch at a family-run restaurant.

Afternoon: Grandchildren will have a delicious surprise treat while introduced to their storytelling project! Through food, interviews with Greek peers and elders, and research during field trips, discover how environment and food define a community and culture - and together document the journey using cameras, camera phones, or other devices to create a permanent memory to share with parents and friends. This will be an ongoing project for the remainder of the program. Meanwhile, grandparents will attend a lecture on "The Legacy of Philip II and Alexander the Great" by Dr. Philippos Kargopoulos, Professor at Aristotle University.

Dinner: While grandchildren depart for the city center to dine alongside Greek students, grandparents will depart in small groups for dinner with local families.

Evening: Grandchildren will join their new friends on a cruise in Thermae Bay and a walk along the promenade. They visit one of the oldest open-air cinemas of the city and enjoy watching a movie.

DAY
4
Halkidiki Beach, Free Time
Thessaloniki
B,L
Astoria Hotel Thessaloniki

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles on uneven city streets; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus. Opportunity to swim in the Aegean Sea.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by bus for an early morning swim in the Aegean Sea. Later, grandparents will meet Fulbright Scholar Dr. Orestis Kourakis, who will share a behind the scenes look at the preservation of Greek antiquities through photography. They will then meet with Dr. Themis Velenis for a unique view of the history of Greek wine reflected in artwork dating back thousands of years. Meanwhile, grandchildren will attend a short cooking class followed by beach games with Greek students.

Lunch: We will all meet up to enjoy a lunch served at the beach!

Afternoon: After lunch, we will all return to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, for you to explore the city on your own.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Museum Tour, Old City of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
B,L,D
Astoria Hotel Thessaloniki

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles on uneven city streets; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by bus for a museum tour. Choose between the Jewish Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the World War II Museum and enjoy a visit alongside a local guide whose personal story will enrich your experience.

Lunch: All groups will come together for lunch at a beautiful city garden.

Afternoon: We will return to the hotel, where you are welcome to join an optional lecture on the Mediterranean diet. Afterwards, we will all depart to explore the "Ano Poli" or "Upper City". Learn about the the thousand year old city walls built to protect ancient Thessaloniki and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from above.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Vergina Archaeological Site, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Pelion
Portaria
B,L,D
Xenia Palace Portaria

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach with 4-5 steps up/down. Traveling by motorcoach for approximately 200 miles Walking about 2 miles including campus grounds, classroom building corridors and city streets; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by bus to the archaeological site of Vergina. Aigai, as it was originally known, was the first capital of the ancient Kingdom of Macedonia and was discovered in the 19th century. The most important remains include the royal palace and a burial ground with more than 300 tumuli dating back to the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs belongs to Philip II, who conquered all of the Greek city-states and paved the way for his son, Alexander the Great, to become a renowned hero.

Lunch: Continue onto Mount Olympus for lunch with the Gods! For those who are eager to see more, we head up the trail past a beautiful waterfall. Stretch your legs on this hour and a half walk before we continue our drive to Mount Pelion, birthplace of the centaurs!

Afternoon: Reach the beautiful mountain village of Portaria. Settle into the hotel and take a short rest. Admire the wonderful view from the hotel and then join us on a walking exploration of this traditional village with its squares and cobbled streets. Depart for a one-hour hike, where we will walk to Adamenas spring and to Ano Portaria.

Dinner: We will have dinner in one of the traditional taverns of the village and talk about local delicacies and traditional recipes. Meet locals and learn more about village architecture, traditional life and the environmental products found only in this unique area.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Mountain Train Ride, Milies, Vizitsa, Free Time
Portaria
B,L,D
Xenia Palace Portaria

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and train with 4-5 steps up/down. Traveling by motorcoach for approximately 40 miles Walking about 2 miles including uneven and uphill paths; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by bus for a train ride on one of the oldest trains of Greece called the “Moutzouris”. The train ride starts in Ano Lehonia and will last approximately one hour, taking us through mountains and breathtaking scenery until our final stop – where we will enjoy some refreshments and a light snack. We will then visit the church of Holy Mary in Milies and observe its unique acoustics.

Lunch: After our field trip we will visit a women’s co-op in the traditional village of Vizitsa. We will be given a short tour and the members will introduce us to local delicacies. The women will be more than welcome to share their secret ingredients and recipes with you. Then we will enjoy lunch specially cooked for us.

Afternoon: We will return to our hotel for a short rest. Enjoy some free time and relax.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Skopelos Island
Skopelos
B,L,D
Rigas Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and local ferry with 4-5 steps up/down. Traveling by motorcoach for approximately 20 miles, ferry ride will be approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Walking about 1 mile including paved and cobblestone streets ; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a late morning start. Use this time to relax or to work on your projects. In the late morning we will depart by bus from Portaria for Volos Port and board a ferry to Skopelos Island.

Lunch: Light lunch in Volos.

Afternoon: Arrive in Skopelos and head straight to our hotel just outside the beautiful island village. Settle in the hotel and prepare for a stroll around the picturesque town.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in one of the oldest tavernas of the island.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Sporades Islands, Cooking Demonstration
Skopelos
B,L,D
Rigas Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a local boats with some steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles including paved and cobblestone streets ; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will walk to the nearby port and embark on our own private cruise around the Sporades Islands. Visit the beach where Mamma Mia was shot and swim in the wonderful crystal clear water.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Continue our cruise around the islands, until we disembark in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Participate in a cooking workshop in the same hotel that Mamma Mia actors stayed at while filming. Learn how to make a traditional cheese pie and summer refreshments with aromatic herbs, and enjoy your cooking at a nearby restaurant with one of the most amazing views of the island. Then participate in a folk dancing show!

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Milies Beach, Kayaking Experience, Skopelos Town
Skopelos
B,L
Rigas Hotel

Activity note: Getting in and out of kayaks and on/off motorcoach with some steps up/down. Walking about 2 miles including paved and cobblestone streets ; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by bus to Milies beach. There we will meet Labros, one of the locals who will assist us during our kayaking experience. We will visit wonderful beaches and the greenest island in Europe.

Lunch: Enjoy a light lunch prepared by locals using all seasonal fruit and products of the island.

Afternoon: Enjoy a walking tour of Skopelos town, focusing on its history and architecture. We will divide into small groups and enjoy a variety of workshops focusing on island culture and life, including ceramics, artwork and folklore.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Transfer to Athens, Monastiraki, Plaka
Athens
B,L,D
Divani Palace Acropolis

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach and local ferry with 4-5 steps up/down. Traveling by motorcoach for approximately 200 miles, ferry ride will be approximately 3 hours long. Walking about 2 miles including paved and cobblestone streets ; standing up to 2 hours at a time and option to sit and rest; further walking of about 1 miles round trip from the bus

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart from Skopelos by fast ferry, where we will meet our bus ready to transfer us to Athens.

Lunch: En route to Athens at a small seaside village.

Afternoon: Arrive to Athens and settle into your hotel. Grandchildren will take a bike tour through historical Athens, while grandparents will take a walk around Monastiraki and then enjoy a drink at the hotel restaurant with a gorgeous view of the Acropolis.

Dinner: Walk through the cobblestone roads in Plaka, exploring shops and restaurants and enjoy dinner all together in one of the city’s traditional tavernas.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Project Presentations
Athens
B,L,D
Divani Palace Acropolis

Activity note: Walking about 5 miles up/down a winding trail with many well-worn steps to Acropolis; no handrails; uneven, rocky sometimes slippery surfaces; standing up to 2 hours in hot and humid conditions. Extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depends on personal choice.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Begin your morning exploration of Athens with a visit to its signature site – the Acropolis. Climb the rocky summit to explore some of the most iconic monuments of ancient Athens. The Acropolis’ focal point is the Parthenon, built in honor of the city’s patroness Athena and completed in 432 B.C. Learn how ancient peoples transformed this site into a manifestation of Greek advancement in culture and the arts, and how this legacy lingers to the present. After our visit, we will descend from the Acropolis site for an exploration of the nearby Acropolis Museum. This museum holds the exquisite finds from the archeological site, and lies over ruins of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

Lunch: After our tour, we will walk to the famous Plaka area and enjoy traditional Greek dishes at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Athens on your own. We will reconvene in the late afternoon, where grandchildren will present their final projects to their grandparents.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Check-out at 12:00 PM Noon.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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