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Grand Odyssey: Celebrate Greek Easter in the Greek Isles

Program No. 24218RJ
Celebrate the Greek Islands and the Greek Easter holiday on a learning adventure on board the Aegean Odyssey. Enjoy a night on land in both Mykonos and Santorini.
20 days
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Experience the beauty of the Greek Isles and learn about the many traditions of the Greek Easter observance during this insightful voyage on board Road Scholar’s favorite floating classroom, the Aegean Odyssey. Beginning and ending in Athens, join experts for a look into the many traditions and religious customs surrounding the Greek Easter holiday, while spending a night on the islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Explore the Acropolis in Athens, learn about Apollo in Delos, and spend a day exploring the ancient city of Ephesus. Throughout your journey, take in the private ambiance of the Aegean Odyssey as you attend expert-led lectures and presentations and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow Road Scholars.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Spend a night in Santorini to explore the village of Oia, visit local wineries and learn about viniculture on the island.
  • Experience the Greek Easter weekend like a local in three fascinating locations: Mykonos, Monemvasia, and Athens.
  • In Athens, explore the rich history of Delphi and Cape Sounion on two exclusive field trips.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
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.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
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.
Greece, Land of Light
by Nicholas Gage, Barry Brukoff
Brukoff's dramatic color photographs are paired with incisive commentary by award-winning author Nicholas Gage for this striking portrait of the people, land and history of Greece and the islands
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
Greece Map
by Michelin
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000.
Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
by Marina Belozerskaya, Kenneth Lapatin
This lyrical novel captures the humanity, quirks and loves of village life in the Greek islands. A satire of war, this charming and richly-colored novel is set on Cephalonia during the Italian occupation in the 1940s.
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.
Eyewitness Guide Greek Islands
by Eyewitness Guides
Color photography, excellent local maps and an island-by-island synopsis of attractions make this book the one to carry with you. Includes a chapter on Athens.

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.