Greece: The Grand Tour study-travel

Greece: The Grand Tour

Study-Travel on Mainland Greece

01 – 28 june 2015*

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Monuments to inspire you – Landscapes to challenge you



This course offers students the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of centuries of travellers from Pausanias (2nd century AD) to Edward Lear (1840s-1860s) and uncover, just as they did, the glories of Greece past and present.

The course covers the archaeology, history, ethnography, religion and management of Greece’s cultural heritage, spanning the periods from the Neolithic to the present. This programme will provide you with a broad appreciation of the diversity of Greek culture and addresses some of the challenges faced by modern Greece in preserving its rich heritage.

On this course you will visit many different regions of Greece and gain a firm understanding of the landscape and how it affected, and still affects, the choices made by those who live in it. The sites you will visit include many of the ‘unmissable’ world heritage sites, such as the Parthenon, Mycenae and Meteora, but you will also be taken off the beaten track to visit some of the lesser known or more recent discoveries, such as the cities of Methone and Messene or the sanctuary at Thermon.

Museum visits complement those to archaeological sites, but will also enhance your appreciation of more recent history and the role Greece played, for example, in the changing political landscape of the early 19th Century and the dissolution of the Ottoman empire. Textual evidence will complement material culture to provide a holistic approach to understanding the history and culture of Greece, ancient and modern.


The Grand Tour Itinerary*



Athens – Attica

Day 1  • Arrival • Orientation • Lecture • night in Athens

Day 2  • Eleusis site • Chronology lecture • Session on study assignments; individual meetings with instructor • night in Athens


The Peloponnese

Day 3  • Depart for Peloponnese • Corinth Canal • Ancient Corinth • Acrocorinth (picnic lunch) • night in Nafplio

Day 4  • Nafplio walking tour • Palamidi • Ethnographic museum • night in Nafplio

Day 5  • Mycenae • Tiryns • Epidaurus • night in Nafplio

Day 6  • Nafplio Archaeological Museum • Nemea • depart for Sparta • night in Sparta

Day 7  • Mystra • Olive Oil museum • Spartan Archaeological Museum • Ancient Sparta • night in Sparta

Day 8 • Messene • Sphacteria • night in Pylos

Day 9 • Pylos • Methone • Palace of Nestor • swim • night in Pylos

Day 10 • Bassai • Dimitsana waterworks museum • night in ancient Olympia

Day 11 • Olympia site and museum • depart for Athens • night in Athens


Athens – Pireaus – Saronic Gulf island

Day 12  free day / reading / library day

Day 13  free day / reading / library day

Day 14 On-site guest lecture in Athens

Day 15 • Aegina island • Piraeus • academic meetings • night in Athens

Day 16 • Akropolis site & museum • Pnyx • Benaki museum in evening • night in Athens

Day 17 • Ancient Athenian Agora • Kerameikos • National Archaeological Museum • night in Athens

Day 18 • Sounio • swim • night in Athens


Mainland Greece

Day 19 • Delphi site & museum • night in Delphi

Day 20 • Thermon • lunch in Nafpaktos • night in Thermon

Day 21 • Thermon site & museum • night in Kalambaka

Day 22 • Meteora Orthodox Monasteries • night in Metsovo

Day 23 • Metsovo Cheese Factory • Ethnographic museum • depart for Thessaloniki • night in Thessaloniki


Northern Greece – Ancient Macedon – Thessaloniki

Day 24 • Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki • Walking tour of Thessaloniki • night in Thessaloniki

Day 25 • Vergina museum • Pella• night in Thessaloniki

Day 26 • Olynthos • swim day Halkidiki • night in Thessaloniki

Day 27 • Pylion • depart for Athens • Thermopylae • night in Athens


Athens – Finale

Day 28 • Final lecture • academic meetings • end of course

*this itinerary is thorough, but subject to modification



There are no prerequisites for this course.

The language of instruction is English.


Course Requirements

This course is open to students, professionals, or any people with an academic interest in the related topics covered (e.g. archaeology; ancient and modern Greek history; heritage management; etc.)  Attendance at all site visits is compulsory as lectures will take place on site.  Students should be aware that this is an academic study-travel summer programme and work will be done mostly outdoors; weather conditions, therefore, will have an impact and students should come prepared for any weather conditions, especially hot, dry, and sunny.

Students will be required to complete the following assessments: On completion of the course the student will submit a portfolio of short case studies covering different aspects of sites visited – a complete list will be supplied at orientation. Submission of an extended essay on a topic arising from the course, with a focus on a single pathway (e.g. archaeology), to be submitted electronically at the programme’s end.  The title and a proposed outline to be finalised with the course tutor during initial meetings at the outset of the programme. 


Program Fees & Course Credit

The participation fee for this program is 4500 Euros.  This fee covers all course costs including: registration; tuition; program materials; shared accommodation; one meal per day (excluding free days).  Airfare and optional trips on free days are not included in the program fee.

There are a number of scholarships available for this field school– scholarships are awarded after acceptance into the program, so please apply early for elligibility. Please contact us for more information

If  you would like to take this course for credit, the suggested credit amount for this program is equivalent to one semester / term course, based on contact hours, field work, and course content.  We prefer to allow students’ home institutions to calculate credit hours and award credit accordingly.  We will support your request for credit by supplying any relevant documentation and or supporting materials.



Students will share double or triple rooms in hotels as we travel throughout Greece.  Because this is an intensive study-travel field school, students are advised to pack essentials and pack light– we will be moving around and exploring quite a bit!


Course Director

• Dr. Nicola Wardle, Greek Archaeologist and University Lecturer


Further information

*This summer field school is closed for 2015 

Please apply for 2016 and visit again for updates!

You may fill out an application form here!

For further information please feel free to write us at [email protected]

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