Ecopassports is pleased to announce this guided trip to remarkable Greece; "The Land of the Greeks."
Greece is considered the cradle of western civilization and is located at the crossroads intersection of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece has the longest coastline in Europe and is the southernmost country in Europe. The mainland has rugged mountains, forests, and lakes, but the country is well known for the thousands of islands dotting the blue Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Ionian Sea to the west. During our time together, we'll go both high and low from one of the world's deepest gorges, Vikos Gorge, which plunges 3,600 feet to Mount Olympus, Greece's highest mountain at 9,570 feet (2,917 above sea level).
Either by land or sea, Greece has so much to offer and we'll learn all about the Hellenic culture, food, and environment through visits to world-renowned historical sites, family farms, and ancient ruins.
Ready? Then join Ecopassports on a study abroad tour to the iconic Greek Isles.
Greece- The Land of the Greeks
Options are good. For our first day in country, you'll have the option of either "lazing poolside" or getting a jumpstart on the sights and sounds of Athens.
For many, the whitewashed villas and blue rooftops of Mykonos are classic Greece and true to form, Mykonos is one of the most popular islands in Greece. Our time in Mykonos will be highlighted by a visit to an authentic Greek farm where we'll not only learn about the workings of a Greek farm, but also enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue dinner.
Welcome to Santorini! For many, there's nothing like the iconic cliffside architecture of Santorini. From Santorini's central caldera (the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history) to the streets of Fira we'll explore Santorini end-to-end.
It's on to Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands, and its capital city of Heraklion. Our time in Crete will be highlighted by guided tours of Knossos and Heraklion. Among other finds, we'll explore the magnificent 3,500 year old Palace of Knossos which is believed to be in Europe's oldest city.
After a delicious traditional Greek breakfast, we'll return to experience classical Athens on a private tour through the city's most historic neighborhoods. We'll visit the mighty Parthenon for a close, personal experience of ancient architecture followed by the world-renowned Acropolis Museum. As night falls, we'll make our way back to the villa for another greek dinner feast.
One of the legendary sites that sits beneath the slopes of the Acropolis on the southwest side, is the stunning open-air theatre, Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Odeon has been described as "the finest building of its type and Athens' grand stage."
No one can get through school without learning about ancient Greece and the famous Oracle of Delphi. The Temple of Apollo at Delphi and its Oracle are central figures in Greek Mythology and in the history of Greece. As part of extended exploration around Athens, we'll visit this historic site and "just maybe" discover the Matrix truth of life.
Mount Olympus, in north east Greece, is known as the home of Zeus and the major Greek gods and no trip to Greece is complete without a visit to the internationally known site. Mt. Olympus rises almost straight from the Aegean Sea to a height of 2917 meters and while we won't summit to the top, we'll still leave our footprints on the historic foot paths of Mt. Olympus!
Speaking of food, let's walk and eat... it's time to indulge in a range of local delicacies at the city's finest markets and neighborhood shops! Enjoy everything from baklava and souvlaki to olives, figs, and Greek coffee, and so much more, all while exploring, shopping, and making new Greek friends.