The Study Tour


We will begin our study tour in Athens and Attica. Here we will stay for a few days at the Canadian Institute in Greece. We will be visiting the Acropolis, see the Parthenon, and the new Parthenon Museum, the Agora, the National Museum, the Kerameikos, Piraeus, Marathon and Sounion. The trip includes a visit to the ancient battlefield of Marathon, where the Athenians defeated the Spartan forces in 490 BCE. We will also explore some modern buildings and sites including Athens’ first cemetery.

We will then travel to Corinth, where we will visit the site and museum and other important ancient sanctuaries in the area such as Isthmia, Epidavros and Nemea. We move on to Nauplion where we will witness first-hand the splendour of Mycenae, Tiryns the Argive Heraion and the Early Bronze age site at Lerna. The tour continues with a visit to Sparta, including the (so-called) Menelaion and the Byzantine town of Mistras. We will subsequently visit Mycenean Pylos and Olympia. After crossing the Corinthian gulf we will drive up Mount Parnassos to walk around in the majestic sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, famous for its oracles and we finish with a tour of the historic battlefield of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans fought against the Persians.

Special access

Because this is an educational tour, we are allowed to apply for special access to sites where no public is allowed. We will, for instance apply for access to the Parthenon. We have also contacted several of our directors of excavations of archaeological sites who will guide us on their sites.

Day to Day Schedule (Subject to Change)

It is best to arrive in Athens a few days before the study tour begins because of the jet lag.

June 30th 9PM. Dinner at Taverna Zorbas in Plaka, Athens

July 1st     Acropolis (Parthenon, Erechtheion), Acropolis Museum, Lysicrates Monument

July 2nd    Athenian Agora, Stoa of Attalos, Areopagus

July 3rd    National Museum, Kerameikos, Kerameikos Museum

July 4th    Piraeus, Piraeus Museum, Sounion, Marathon

July 5th    Numismatic Museum, Thebes Museum

July 7th    Aegina (Kolonna, Aphaia Sanctuary)

July 8th    Perachora (Hera Akraia), Corinth, Corinth Museum

July 9th    Isthmia, Epidavros, Nemea

July 10th  Mycenae (citadel, treasury of Atreus etc.), Tiryns

July 11th  Argive Heraion, Lerna

July 12th  Sparta, Menelaion, Mistras

July 13th  Pylos, Bassae

July 14th  Olympia, Olympia Museum

July 15th  Patras, Thermon

July 16th  Nikopolis

July 17th  Delphi, Delphi Museum

July 18th  Thermopylae (evening: back in Athens)

For whom?

We intend this study tour to be one of the most memorable experiences of a student’s career. It is designed for students with an interest in ancient Mediterranean civilizations. Its aim is to immerse students in the culture and history of Ancient and Modern Greece and learn first-hand how relevant and alive the study of the past is. You will become familiar with the topography and history of Ancient Greece, as well as its art and archaeology. You will learn about the beliefs and values of the Ancient and Modern Greek population and it will inspire you to reflect on your own cultural background.  Greek food, music and dance are on the menu!

These six credit graduate and undergraduate courses are open to students with a background in classics, classical archaeology, anthropology, art history and ancient history. Students from other disciplines may apply too but are encouraged to contact the instructors prior to sending in their application.

A syllabus will be provided after registration.


NB! These courses will partially fulfil the requirements for the BA with a major in Classics, BA with minor in Classics and the Faculty of Arts Certificate in International Learning.