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Classical Greece with alumni UBC

Study leader Peter Prontzos recently hosted a webinar about this tour! Click here to watch (16 min).

My passion for Greece started early in life, at our large family gatherings and when my parents sent me to Greek school. I was especially fascinated by Greek mythology, and at one point I drew up an almost complete genealogy of the gods and their children (such as Athena and Achilles).

After my first visits, I realized that I like travelling with a small group, as it allows you to share amazing experiences (the sights, the discoveries, the food, and so on) with like-minded people, while also providing opportunities for other group activities. It also takes the stress out of getting around. Staying overnight in Delphi and the beautiful town of Nauplion offers the leisure to take in these magnificent sites long after the day trippers have departed.

In addition to the local people that we meet, our itinerary allows us to see many of the natural wonders of Greece, such as the mountains of Delphi (and the world’s largest olive grove that stretches to the sea!)

We will see the sights that everybody wants to visit in Greece, as well as many examples of contemporary Greek life. In addition to the historic sites, this tour will reveal elements of modern Greek life and culture. My personal connection to Greece, especially to my father’s village, Kyparissi, offers access that most travellers don’t have; we’ll enjoy dining family-style at local restaurants while staying at my cousin Sofia’s beach-front hotel and exploring the beautiful countryside. 


— Peter Prontzos
 
To view the full itinerary, click here. 
alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Greece | 14 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Apr 21 - May 04, 2020
Cost:
Approx. C$5595 (Incl. taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for participants arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; Accommodations at hotels listed or similar, based on double occupancy; Ferry travel from Piraeus to Chania, Crete; All land transportation by private coach with air conditioning; Unlimited bottled water available on coach for use while on coach; Breakfast daily; Meals as indicated in the itinerary including wine, water, coffee & tea; Experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; All sightseeing as listed in itinerary; All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary; All taxes; Gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; Presentations by your study leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Athens
Day 2: Set off to explore “the most perfect poem in stone”, the Acropolis
Day 3: Leisurely drive through the plains of Beotia; Temple of Apollo and more
Day 4: Nafpaktos, continue on to Olympia
Day 5: Kyparissi, featured in “The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece”
Day 6: Excursion to Monemvasia
Day 7: Village of Kyparissi
Day 8: Mycenae, Tyrins, Nafplion
Day 9: Excursion to Epidaurus
Day 10: Ferry to Chania, on the island of Crete
Day 11: Tour the Old City, visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania
Day 12: Across the island to Herakleon
Day 13: Visit Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Day 14: Depart Herakleon
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Your Tour Leader

Peter Prontzos MA'86, Instructor Emeritus in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Langara College in Vancouver has taught Political Science for over 25 years. His articles have appeared in print and online and he has worked in both radio and television. Peter’s personal ties to Greece make this a very special experience.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions

Greece | 14 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
Apr 21 - May 04, 2020
Cost:
Approx. C$5595 (Incl. taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for participants arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; Accommodations at hotels listed or similar, based on double occupancy; Ferry travel from Piraeus to Chania, Crete; All land transportation by private coach with air conditioning; Unlimited bottled water available on coach for use while on coach; Breakfast daily; Meals as indicated in the itinerary including wine, water, coffee & tea; Experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing; All sightseeing as listed in itinerary; All entrance fees to sites visited in the itinerary; All taxes; Gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel, and group meals; Presentations by your study leader.

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