The Ancient Stones of Athens: An Educational Exploration of Europe’s Oldest City
Departure October 1 – 9, 2019
Look once more e’re we leave this specular Mount. Westward, much nearer by Southwest, behold. Where on the Aegean shore a City stands. Built nobly, pure the air, and light and soil. Athens, the eye of Greece, Mother of Arts. And Eloquence, native to famous wits. – Milton, Paradise Regained
One of the world’s most venerable cities, Athens has been inhabited continuously for 7,000 years, making it the oldest city in Europe. Athens achieved its Golden Age in the 5th century BC, when in a span of some 100 years it witnessed an unprecedented explosion of intellectual and artistic flowering. This is the time when democracy flourished, the tragedies and comedies of the great playwrights when written, Socrates roamed the streets of the city, and the great temples and other monuments on the Acropolis were built. But Athens does not rest alone on its ancient glorious history. Today, it is a dynamic and vibrant city with a thriving culture.
This program focuses on Athens and its contributions to the Western tradition – from antiquity to the present.
Why Travel with Thalassa Journeys
Thalassa Journeys was established by the principals and managers of Travel Dynamics, the company that 50 years ago pioneered the concept of educational travel for America’s educational and cultural institutions. The belief that travel is primarily a learning experience forms the core principle of Thalassa Journeys.
Each Thalassa Journey is constructed around a particular theme. Unlike most tours, each of our journeys are intimate, and led by lecturers who are truly subject-matter experts for each theme. Although many other companies claim to have expert lecturers, few truly have accomplished, renowned experts in their fields, like Thalassa.