Classical Option Itinerary

Ancient Greece and Rome 2018 travel itinerary

 

 

ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME:

THE FOUNDATIONS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

OPTION ONE 2018 TRAVEL ITINERARY

 

I. GREAT BRITAIN

 

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

 

Aug 3 F Arrival in Edinburgh and transfer to Chancellor’s Court, one of the halls of residence of
            Edinburgh University. Welcome dinner at the Dome Restaurant in the New Town.

4 S       Day free in Edinburgh. Optional morning walk through the city and visit to the National Gallery
            of Scotland. Evening visit to the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

5 Su     Morning departure by private bus for the Racecourse Conference Centre, York.
           Arrival in afternoon. Allocation of rooms. Course orientation, followed by opening dinner.

YORK 

 6 M     Morning lectures. Afternoon walking tour of Roman York. Evening free.

 7 T      A full day’s excursion by private bus to Stanwick, Greta Bridge and Aldborough Castle.

 8 W    Morning lectures. Afternoon visit to the Yorkshire Museum.

 9 Th   Morning lectures. Afternoon visit to Cawthorn Camps and Scarborough Castle.

10 F     Excursion to Hadrian’s Wall (Southshields and Vindolanda).

11 S     Hadrian’s Wall: Chesters, Carrawburgh and Housesteads with 3 mile walk along wall. 

12 Su   Morning departure by private coach to Oxford. Arrive in Oxford at approximately 4:00 P.M.

LINCOLN COLLEGE, OXFORD

The two options are re-united at this point.

Aug  12 Su On arrival in Lincoln College: assignment of rooms. Orientation session with the Dean of the Program.

13 M          A talk about Oxford, followed by walking tours of the City and the University. Welcome dinner in the evening.

 14 T          Regular courses begin. See syllabi.

During the Oxford portion of the program there will be a number of afternoon or whole-day excursions to sites, monuments and
places of beauty or interest in the Oxford area and the South of England, including Bath and Stonehenge. There will also be a visit
to the Globe Theatre, London, for a production of a Shakespeare play. Dates for these and other expeditions will be announced while
in Oxford, so as to take advantage of weather, and of related topics being studied. All transport will be paid by European Studies.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Aug  24-26 F – Su Optional week-end excursion to Dublin, Ireland, traveling by scheduled airline, with two nights'
                         accommodation in Trinity College. Weekenk includes day excursion into the Wicklow Hills with
                         visits to Glendalough and Powerscourt.

Sept 20 Th        In the evening, Oxford Farewell Dinner.

 21 F          Course evaluation. Packing.

II. THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE AND LONDON 

 22 S LONDON to CRETE

Fly from London to Athens by British Airways scheduled flight. Catch the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion
on the Island of Crete.

23 Su Crete

Morning visit to Knossos and the Heraklion Museum to study the Minoan civilization, arguably the earliest real European
 culture. Lunch by the Aegean Seas prior to check in at the Elounda Aqua Sol Resort in Elounda. Dinner at the hotel.

 24 M From Crete to Santorini

Catch the morning ‘flying cat’ from Heraklion to Santorini. The island has stunning panoramic views of the volcanic caldera
- here we can discuss the issues surrounding the myth of Atlantis. Bed and breakfast in Firà, in the brilliantly located Kavalari Hotel.

 25 T Santorini to Mykonos

Morning visit to the fascinating Thera Museum to study the earliest flourishing of Aegean culture through the artifacts from
the excavations at Akrotiri, ‘the Pompeii of the Aegean’. Then visit the site itself which has recently reopened after being closed
for some years, before transferring by ‘flying cat’ to the vibrant island of Mykonos. Stay in Rhenia Bungalows. Group dinner by
 the harbor.

 26 W Delos

Cross by local boat to the nearby island of Delos. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was, in myth, the birthplace of Apollo,
and has excellent remains of Hellenistic Greek housing, along with many high quality mosaics. Return to Mykonos.

 27 Th Mykonos to Athens

Morning at leisure. Afternoon ferry from Mykonos to Athens. Transfer to our hotel in Athens for check-in. This evening
we will have our first views of the monuments of Ancient Athens.

 28 F Athens: the Acropolis

 Morning free. Whole afternoon devoted first to the Pnyx Hill, seat of Ancient Athens' democratic assembly, and then
the sites of the Acropolis: the Propylaia, the Erekhtheion, the Parthenon, and, finally, the spectacular brand new Acropolis
Museum. Group dinner in the Plaka.

29 S Athens: the Agora and the National Archaeological Museum

Morning study of the Athenian Agora, site of the birthplace of democracy, and its fascinating Museum. Late afternoon study
at the National Museum of Archaeology with its unparalleled collection of Greek antiquities. 

30 Su  Aegina

Move down to Piraeus, the port of Athens. Travel by ‘Flying Dolphin’ to the nearby island of Aegina to visit the hill-top Temple
of Aphaia. Swimming and refreshments at Aghia Marina, lunch in Egina, then late afternoon return to Piraeus by ferry. Continue
by private coach to the Korinth Canal, and on into the Peloponnese. Arrive in Nafplio

Oct 1 M Tiryns and Mycenae

Afternoon studying the architecture and culture of Bronze Age Greece at the crucial sites of Tiryns and of Mycenae. Dinner
in a country taverna nearby. Return to Nafplion.

2 T Epidauros and Perachora

After viewing the wonderful Dendra Panoply at the Nafplion Museum we will make a morning visit to the sanctuary of
Epidauros with its magnificent theatre and early medical healing-centre. After a picnic lunch, continue to the little-visited
but exquisite site of Perachora, with its remains right on the water’s edge. Optional swimming by the ruins. Return to Nafplion.

3 W Nafplion to Mystra and Sparta

Depart Nafplion for Sparta, stopping to visit the fortified Byzantine town of Mystra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located
on Mt. Taygetos. Mystra was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries. Continue on
to view the remains of classical Sparta. Overnight in modern Sparta.

4 Th Sparta to Pylos

Depart Sparta for Pylos, visiting the Palace of Nestor at Pylos, considered the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace yet discovered. Overnight in Pylos.

5 F Pylos to Olympia

Leave Pylos and drive into the mountains of Arcadia to explore the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai, whose sculptures form
an important part of the British Museum's collection, and whose columns form the models for the facade of the Ashmolean
Museum in Oxford. Continue across the Peloponnes for dinner, bed and breakfast in the Amalia Hotel, Olympia.

6 S Olympia

Visit the site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games and location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Move on to the Archaeological Museum to view the stunning collection of sculpture excavated from the area. Overnight in Olympia.

7 Su Olympia to Delphi

Travel north to Delphi via the magnificent new bridge over the Gulf of Korinth. In the afternoon we will explore the stunningly
located archaeological site of Delphi, 'Navel of the World', and site of Apollo's oracle, with its treasuries, temple, theater and
stadium, and follow this up with a visit to the Delphi Museum with its fascinating collection of greek sculpture. Dinner, bed and
breakfast in the Amalila Hotel, Delphi.

8 M Delphi to Thessaloniki

Drive north to Thessaloniki, capital of greek Macedonia and the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Stop
en route to view the battlefield of Thermoplyai, where Leonidas' 300 Spartans made their famous stand against the Persians.
Overnight in Thessaloniki.

9 T Thessaloniki to Vergina to Igoumenitsa 

Visit the important late-Roman sites of Thessaloniki, before driving to the stunning Vergina Tombs Museum, which displays the
painted facades of the temple-like tombs of (probably) Philip II and a young prince, along with the opulent treasures found with
them. Catch overnight ferry from Igoumenitsa to Bari, Itlay.

10 W Bari to Taormina, Sicily 

Early morning arrival in Bari where board private coach for day long journey to Taormina and our hotel with stunning views overlooking the Bay of Naxo and Mount Etna.

11Th Taormina to Syracuse 

Day trip to what was one of the most important cities of the ancient world and birthplace of the preeminent mathematician, Archimedes. Dating back some 2700 years, Syracuse holds many fine examples of Greek and Roman architecture. Return to Taoromina.

12 F Taormina to Reggio Calabria 

Day trip to the Museo Nazizonale della Magna Grecia to see the Riace Bronzes, full size Greek bronzescast around 450 B.C. Return to Taormina.

13 S Taormina to Piazza Armerina 

Day trip to the Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina to view important Roman mosaics. Return to Taormina.

14 Su Taormina to Naples, and on to Sorrento

Morning train from Taormina to Naples. Transfer  on arrival by private coach down to the exquisite Bay of Naples area. Bed and
breakfast at Hotel del Corso, Sorrento.

Sorrento (Bed and breakfast in the Hotel del Corso in the centre of the town, for the next four nights).

15 M Paestum

Mid-morning departure by private coach to the archaeological site of Paestum, where we will study three splendidly
preserved Doric temples, explore the fascinating tomb-paintings in the Archaeological Museum, and have a communal
lunch of locally produced buffalo mozzarella at an Azienda Agicola e Caseificio.

16 T Pompeii.

Afternoon among the extensive ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii, concentrating on Roman city
planning, domestic architecture and Romano-Campanian wall painting. Return to Sorrento for dinner in an excellent local
 restaurant.

17 W Naples Archaeological Museum.

Day trip to Naples to visit the Archaeological Museum. Return to Sorrento.

18 Th Herculaneum

Departure by private coach for the incredibly well-preserved remains of the town, which was buried in the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. After lunch continue to Sperlonga, on the coast between Naples and Rome. Evening picnic on
the beach. Bed and breakfast at the Hotel Aurora in Sperlonga.

 19 F Sperlonga and Rome

Morning visit to the site of the curious Grotto of Tiberius, whose marvelous sculptures are displayed in the museum. In
 the afternoon relocate to Rome and our hotel, which is right in the ancient heart of the city.  

Rome (Bed and breakfast in the central Albergo del Sole, near Campo de' Fiori, for the next four nights in Rome.)

20 Su Rome - Vatican

In the early evening, a privileged private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after public closing times,
to experience the important Classical Sculpture collections and to see their influence on the art of Raphael and Michelangelo.

21 M Republican and Imperial Rome

Morning study at the Pantheon, one of the finest and most influential constructions in world architecture, and at the
important Ara Pacis Augustae.

22 M Rome

Morning study of the civic architecture and urban planning of Rome, beginning at the Capitoline Museums and then moving
through the Roman Forum, and on to the Colosseum. 

23 Tu Rome - London

Scheduled British Airways flight from Rome to London. Transfer, on arrival at Heathrow, into central London to the
 Lancaster Hall Hotel.

London (Bed and breakfast in the Lancaster Hall Hotel for the two nights in London.) N.B. The two option groups
 are re-united at this point.

24 W London

The final morning of our Classical studies will take place at the British Museum, focusing on the Parthenon sculptures (‘Elgin Marbles’). 
Evening visit to see a ballet or West End performance followed by the Final Dinner. (Dresses; jackets and ties)

25 Th London - U.S.

Morning transfer to Heathrow airport for flight to the United States.

 

December 2017

 

Notes

N.B. The above itinerary is as complete as advance planning permits, but unforeseen circumstances may necessitate adjustments to be made.