FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Meet at Newark Airport for our group flight to Greece. (Meals Aloft)

SATURDAY, JUNE 24:  Athens
Arrive Athens mid-morning.  Settle into our hotel and after finding a nearby ATM, explore the cobbled streets of the Plaka.   After dinner, we'll walk up to the top of the Acropolis and catch a view of modern Athens.   (Breakfast aloft)

SUNDAY, JUNE 25:  Athens
Visit the National Archeological Museum where one can actually see the transition from pre-hellenic to hellenic aesthetics and culture.  After a siesta, we'll head out to the Agora and Agora Museum, then have dinner in 'Souvlaki Row.'   

MONDAY, JUNE 26:  Delphi
We'll head out by private coach for a day trip to Delphi.  After exploring the legendary sanctuaries to Apollo and Athena, we'll visit the nearby Delphi Archeological Museum to see three key artifacts.  Lunch will be in a nearby mountain town on the way back to Athens.   That evening, we'll catch a movie at one of the great outdoor theaters in the Plaka. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27:  Athens
We'll investigate the Acropolis Museum (one of the best museums in the world).  Based on student interests, we have several options for the afternoon.  In the evening, we'll attend a concert at the world's oldest existing music venue, the Odeon. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28:  The Peloponnese
Via private coach, we'll take a long day trip through Corinth, Nafplio, Mycenea and the historical heart of medicine and theater, Epidaurus.  We'll have a late lunch on the water followed by a swim on a beautiful Greek beach.

THURSDAY, JUNE 29: Athens, Cape Sunio
Theater of Dionysus and the Acropolis including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena.  In the late afternoon, we'll head down via private coach to Cape Sunio for a swim in the sea and watch a beautiful Mediterranean sunset from the Temple of Posiedon. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30:  Athens
We'll hit the central food market, the Temple of Zeus and take a lap around the Olympic Stadium (originally built as a Panathenaic stadium in 330 BC).  After assembling on the Pnyx to be on the hill where it happened, we'll see "Socrates Now", an intimate one-man show with the philosopher himself. 

SATURDAY, JULY 1:  NAXOS
We'll check out of our hotel and take an early ferry to the island of Naxos.  After we check in to our accommodations (Hotel Coronis), we'll explore the small, charming town center then head up to another beautiful sunset at the Temple of Zeus overlooking the harbor. 

SUNDAY, JULY 2:  NAXOS
Sailing and Snorkeling!  We'll spend the day on a small sail boat and tour part of the island visiting local sea caves and have a delicious lunch at a small sea-side family-owned restaurant.  

BEGIN ITALY-ONLY PORTION  
(Rome, Siena, Florence)  20 Days—20 Nights

MONDAY, JULY 3:  NAXOS (OR USA > ROME)
For students participating in the full trip, today is our official chill-out day.  We'll have the option of hanging out on a beautiful beach or travel inland to the small village of Halki with ancient sites along the way.  For those just doing the Greece portion of the trip, we'll take the ferry in the evening back to Pyreaus (the port of Athens) in preparation for our flight the next morning.  Students just doing the Italy portion will leave this evening from Newark Airport for an overnight flight to Rome, Italy!  (B, L, D Greece Students, Meals aloft for just Italy students)

TUESDAY, JULY 4:  TRAVEL DAY (Arrive US or Italy)
Travelers for the Greece portion will take a private transfer from their hotel in Pyreaus to the Athens airport for their flight home arriving late afternoon after an amazing journey. 

END OF GREECE EXCURSION

Students continuing onto Italy will leave Naxos on the early ferry back to Pyreaus, then transfer to the Athens airport and catch their flight to Rome arriving in the evening. (B, L , D)
Italy-only students will be arriving in Rome and continue on to their hotel in the beautiful neighborhood of Campo di Fiori where they'll get a head start on getting to know the local shops..  Our Greece students will join us after their flight and we'll dine al fresco on fresh pasta, prosciutto and figs in our new home-base.

(continue onto Italy to the right)

 The Odeon, Athens

The Odeon, Athens

 Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy

 Italy (including Rome, Siena and Florence)

Italy (including Rome, Siena and Florence)

Itinerary (con't) - Italy

WESDNESDAY, JULY 5:   Rome
Like Athens, we'll build a foundation for understanding the relationship between aesthetics and democracy building from the Roman Republic, then briefly through the Roman Empire, the Baroque period then the early Renaissance.  The journey begins at the Museum of Roman Culture/The Roman Republic. After a siesta and dinner, we'll take a fabulous night tour of the Roman Colosseum.

THURSDAY, JULY 6:  Rome
The best way to know a city is to walk its streets.  We'll take an architectural walking tour featuring the Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo and other sites that reveal the Roman Republic.  

FRIDAY, JULY 7:   Rome
In the morning, we'll visit the Imperial Arches, the Forum, and discuss the Roman's view on women standing among the Vestal Virgins.  Then we'll picnic, Italian style, on Palentine Hill.  In the early evening, we'll take a tour of the Parthenon and make a wish in the Trevi Foundation. 

SATURDAY, JULY 8:  Ostia Antica, Beach
We'll take the train to the port town of Ostia, but first visit Ostia Antica, the excavated harbor city of ancient Rome.  The rest of the day is for play — an afternoon on a Mediterranean beach then dinner Al fresco followed by a train back to Campo de Fiori.

SUNDAY, JULY 9:  Rome
In a short 5 min walk, we'll span over 2000 years of history.  Beginning with Michelangelo’s Moses, we'll continue to the Church of San Clemente (medieval-roman-pagan) and finish with the Santa Maria Maggiore San Giovanni in Laternano.  That evening, we can check out the American Cinema in our square.

MONDAY, JULY 10:  Rome
The Baroque Aesthetic (students choose Architecture or Painting/Sculpture) and the Jewish Ghetto: Under Tyrannical Whims.  We'll do a food tasting through the Jewish Ghetto and on into neighboring Trastevere where the Festa de Noatri will hopefully be underway.
   
TUESDAY, JULY 11:   Rome 
In the morning, we'll visit the magnificent and complicated St. Peters Basillica and Square.  In the afternoon, we'll take some drawing lessons focusing on Perspective which took a radical turn at the eve of the Renaissance.  For our final evening in Rome, we'll take a tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
   
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12:   Rome
We're chartering a bus to Siena for a full day to take in Tuscany with minimally two stops enroute:  a vineyard and a roman hot springs (swimming).  In the early evening, we'll check into our exquisite hotel and explore the city center of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
   
THURSDAY, JULY 13:   Siena, Italy
In Siena, we'll focus on the idea of City States, visit the Civic Museum, Pinacoteca and the Water Museum as well as the birth of banking.  

FRIDAY, JULY 14:  Siena, Italy
Possible cooking class at the Santamaria Della Scala or a bike tour out to the countryside.   This will be a day to relax and follow our personal studies.

SATURDAY, JULY 15:  Florence, Italy
In the morning, we'll take a high speed train to Florence.  After checking in, our job today is to just soak in the beauty of Florence and learn the layout or our last homebase.   We'll take our time to explore as we head towards the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens across the Arno river.   
   
SUNDAY, JULY 16:   Florence
After visiting the local markets, we'll take the fast-track line and explore the stunning Uffizi Gallery focusing on specific works relevant to our course.  
   
MONDAY, JULY 17:  Florence
In the early morning, you'll climb to the top of the Duomo, whose famous namesake was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.   Santa Maria del Fiori.  After checking into the Gallileo Museum, we'll begin our afternoon hands-on classes learning about pigment and paint used during the Renaissance.  
   
TUESDAY, JULY 18:    Florence
Will visit Santa Maria Novello as well as their perfumery open since the early 1400's.   We'll continue with hands-on classes in fresco painting, leather work or paper making.  In the evening, stroll along the Arno and listen to some outdoor music.
   
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19:    Florence
We'll finally visit David - the original located in the Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts, Hospital of Innocents.  We'll continue individual research, Fresco painting lessons and in the evening, attend The Medici Dynasty, a play that explores behind-the-scenes of Florence's most famous family. 

THURSDAY, JULY 20:    Florence - Possibly Day Trip
We'll walk through the magnificent Santa Croce (with amemorial to Dante), tour the Scuola del Cuoio, the national leather school housed there and explore the neighborhood.  If we're lucky, we'll catch the local soccer club game or a free opera in the Bargello Museum gardens.

FRIDAY, JULY 21:    Florence - Possibly Day Trip
Depending on time and interest, we will have a mask making workshop with the reknowned Italian leather master Agostino Dessì.   A possible day trip is in the works.
   
Saturday, July 22:   Florence
Independent study.  Farewell dinner.

SUNDAY, July 23:   Florence > Rome > USA
Early train to Rome.  Flight home to USA (Newark, NJ).

END OF ITALY EXCURSION

*subject to change