Educational Excursion with Seminars
Following ancient and modern paths: A more sophisticated approach
Ancient Greece is not just ancient history. The legacy of this classical culture had a significant influence on the Modern World. Ancient Greeks are responsible for so many of the world’s early steps into language, politics, education and the sciences. The impact of Ancient Greek civilisation on our world in terms of Architecture, Mathematics and Philosophy, Arts, sports and the Olympics and the development of Democracy is remarkable.
But how did they really look like, how was their every day life, what kind of habits did they have, what were their religion beliefs and philosophical quests, what was their social life? Are there any concrete answers on these questions and if so, what kind of scientific tools have we used to reach our conclusions? What kind of information can we reveal from the ancient ruins, the pottery even the tombs of the ancient Greeks and how do we accomplish that?
That is exactly the aim of the Educational Touring Excursions; to answer to all these questions and many more pupils and students may have. The best way to achieve this is through an onsite guided visit to the most important archaeological sites of Southern Greece along with the attendance of a series of seminars for a deeper comprehensive of the customs of the people who have been inhabitants in this geographical area for more than two and a half millennia. The experienced faculty of the University of Peloponnese and University of Athens will guide the students on a fascinating journey through ancient and modern intellectual paths, in order to better understand how the ancient Greek civilisation and thinking influenced the modern Western civilisation.
The seminars are organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies of either the University of Peloponnese or the University of Athens. Educational material will be available in electronic form to all the participants prior to their visit to Greece, in order to get better prepared for the tour in the archaeological sites and the seminars.
Certain key activities included in the Educational Touring Excursion are subjected to the auspices of the Municipalities of Argos and Kalamata and the Prefecture of Peloponnese.
|Departure||Athens International Airport|
|Arrival||Athens International Airport|
|Dress Code||Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket, umbrella, sun protection cream.|
Accommodation to 3* and 4* hotels
Escort, Translator and Guides
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Visits to archaeological sites
Seminars by specialised University staff
Visit to olive groves
Support if Medical Care is needed
Travel Medical Insurance Plan
Day 1: Departure
Arrival at the Athens International Airport. Welcoming and coach transfer from the airport to the hotel. Lunch. Guided tour of the Acropolis archaeological site and the Acropolis Museum.
A tour of the Roman Agora, Loutro Aeridon, Choragic monument of Lycicrates, picturesque neighbour of Plaka below the Acropolis, Arch of Adrian , Zappeion, National Gardens and
Syntagma Square. Dinner. Return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Cycladic Art. Light lunch. Visit to the Foundation of the Hellenic World and
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in front of the Greek Parliament. Dinner. A tour of the Athens city center around Syntagma square. Return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Peloponnese. Guided tour of the Archaeological site of Asklipieion of Epidaurus which includes the Ancient theatre
of Epidaurus, the Asklipieion of Epidaurus and the Archaeological Museum of Asklipieion. Then, guided tour of the archaeological site of Mycenae which includes the palace of Mycenae,
the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon or Treasury of Atreus and the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae. Lunch break and then visit to the seaside medieval city of Nafplion followed by a
guided tour of the ancient agora and the ancient theatre of the nearby city of Argos. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel in the city of Kalamata. Then, welcoming at the historical city
centre with treats and food tasting. Attendance at an art event presented by Faris (Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Kalamata). A small tour of the historical city centre and then
return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Visit to the University. Two morning seminars (6 hours). The second seminar is divided in two parts in order for pupils and students to take a lunch
break. These seminars include the following two topics:
A journey from the Classic Antiquity till the Modern History of Greece and of the Peloponnese (3 hours). This lecture will initially attempt a review of Greek prehistory and history and then
show moments of Modern Greek History (Byzantine, National Liberation Struggle, Minor Asia Catastrophe, Second World War), by means of a rich audiovisual material. The desired goal
of the lecture is to highlight the identity of the country within the wider European historical context.
Cultures and Heritage Sites of the Peloponnese (3 hours). A narrative and photographic tour of cultures, archaeological sites and regions of Greece, emphasizing in Peloponnese. The
aim of the lecture is on one hand to familiarize pupils and students -by means of modern technology tools- with sites and places that will not have the opportunity to visit during their
excursion, and on the other hand to present these sites and places in accordance to the natural environment they belong to (flora, fauna, microclimate).
The seminars are followed by an afternoon guided tour to the Folklore Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Kalamata. Tour of the city center. Dinner and relaxation. Return to the
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Ancient Messini. Educational Tour of the site combining archaeological and environmental training. Visit to the
Palace of Nestor. Guided tour of this important archaeological site. Guided tour to the Archaeological Museum of Chora, Neokastro. Break lunch. Visit to an olive grove and olive
mill near Kalamata, for a better comprehension of the production of top quality olive oil. Return to the University for an afternoon seminar consisting of the following topic:
Views of Cultural Heritage: Traditional and Modern Dance and the Food Culture of Messinia (2 hours).
The artistic and nutritional trends of the Peloponnese and Messinia are presented, through artistic events, photographic material and lectures.
Attendance Certificate Awarding. This ceremony is followed by relaxation and a tour of the city. Dinner and return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Olympia. Guided tour of the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games took place in the
antiquity, and the local archaeological museum. Lunch and then heading to Galaxidi, a seaside town close to Delphi. Arrival at the hotel. Dinner and relaxation. Return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Guided tour of the archaeological site of Delphi, known most for its oracle which was very famous in the antiquity. Guided tour of the local
archaeological museum. Lunch and then return to the hotel in Athens. Farewell dinner-party and souvenirs awarding. Relaxation and return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Coach transfer from the hotel to Athens International Airport. Departure.
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