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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic



Piraeus: Oct 6 - 10
You can travel independently between these ports: Learn more

With more ancient sites than any other country in Europe, Greece is an archaeological treasure.  Philosophers and theologians have long been drawn here to explore the roots of modern thought. Even so, it is the vibrant blues and rugged beauty of the Greek Islands that beckon many visitors away from the crowds of Athens and the Acropolis. Santorini’s picturesque town of Oia is a whitewashed, blue-domed beauty. The sea-side cafes, windmills and nightlife of Mykonos are also draw for many of our participants.  Sandy beaches can be found on Skiathos.

Delphi’s oracle and the soaring, mountain-top monastic retreats of Meteora make an excellent day trip.  The deep, narrow abyss of the Corinth Canal is an awesome feat of engineering and ancient Corinth has a fascinating history.   The Argolis-Olympia trip explores the site of the original Olympic Games and Mycenae, best known for its prominence in mythology.

Quick Facts
  • Language: Greek (Greek alphabet) Population: 11.3 million
  • Government: Presidential Parliamentary Republic
  • Religion: 90% Greek Orthodox
  • Time: Eastern European Time (GMT +3)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Warm, dry summers
  • Capital: Athens

Things to Do

  • Cross the Corinth Canal
  • See the sunset over the caldera on Santorini
  • Philosophize with a professor on Mars Hill
  • Eat souvlaki or moussaka at a Taverna
  • Explore the Acropolis and Agora
  • Visit the Acropolis
  • Cross over the Corinthian Canal
  • Watch a sunset on a Greek island
  • Eat at a taverna
  • Compare the ancient Agora to a modern flea market
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Blog Posts From Greece

Field Lab: Student Reflection on Homer and the Trojan War

While we may never know if the Trojan War actually occurred or if the Trojan Horse actually existed; one thing we can be sure of is Homer left us with …

Student Work: Delphi Inspires Creative Writing

Professor Elizabeth Denton's introduction to fiction writing class visited the site of Apollo’s temple in Delphi, a place to which people from all across the ancient world traveled to hear …

Students Escape the Big City of Athens

Field Lab: Delphi the Birthplace of Western Philosophy

Trenton Merricks is one of this summer’s most entertaining professors. He teaches medieval philosophy and keeps students on their toes with his quick-witted comments. This semester students are focusing on four …

Field Lab: Saving Turtles from Troubled Waters

  Executive Dean Kenn Gaither is also a professor on board the MV Explorer this summer; he is teaching Environmental Communications. His students have been learning about aspects of communication focusing …