Ancient Greece

Archaeology, Science and Mathematics

This 10-day travel course will explore the ancient Greek world with a focus on its architecture, scientific achievements and mathematics. Flying in and out of Athens, participants will explore the Acropolis, Delphi and major temple sites of the Greek Isles. Tours to museums and evening lectures will compliment the day trips and explain in depth about the many achievements of ancient Greek civilization.

Participants will fly into Athens and take the city metro directly into Plaka, the neighborhood underneath the Acropolis. That evening Dr. Barnhart will present an overview lecture on ancient Greek history. The next day will stay in Athens, visiting the Acropolis and the National Archaeology Museum, followed by an evening lecture on the famous Antikythera Device. Day three will venture inland to Delphi to learn about its oracles.

Day four will begin the course’s journey into the Aegean with a ferry ride to Mykonos. Upon arrival, the group will rest and explore the island on their own. Early the next morning participants will take a boat over to the island of Delos for a visit to the Temples of Apollo and Artemis. In the afternoon they’ll take a high-speed ferry to their next island – Santorini. The next two days will be spent on that wonderful island, exploring the ruins of Akrotiri, visiting the volcano that destroyed the Minoan world and enjoying a full day off to just relax in Santorini’s natural beauty.

A June 14th evening ferry to Crete will land the group in Heraklion, home of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. The next day will explore a wide swath of Crete, starting with the Palace, then the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, then across the island to the picturesque city of Chinia. After a free evening in Chania’s Venetian Port, participants will board an overnight ferry back to Athens. On board cabins will allow them to sleep during the voyage. A final day in Athens will be spent however they choose. That evening, a celebratory final dinner will be followed by the Dora Statou Greek Dance Theatre’s show, said to be a “living museum of Greek dance” since 1953.

For people with an interest in...

History, archaeology, mathematics, engineering, anthropology, art, astronomy, mythology, sociology, philosophy and other related social sciences fields.


While not required, participants are encouraged to have at least some knowledge of the history of ancient Greece. Dr. Ed Barnhart can recommend readings for those interested in learning more before the trip. Day trips will involve hiking around in hot and humid weather. While it will not be physically challenging, participants in weak physical condition are encouraged to build strength and stamina before the trip.

$2800 per person (double room lodging)
Add $600 for single room lodging supplement
Participants are responsible for arranging their own flight reservations to and from Athens, Greece. Since participants come from all over the country, recommending a single flight is impossible. As of October 2016, round trip flights from major US cities to Athens are running about $1000 on average, but only on non-US carriers like Air Lingus, SAS and Turkish Air. US carriers like United and American are posting much higher prices. Of course, the airline industry is dependent on the market and fees are subject to change.
Hotels During the Course
Athens - Plaka Hotel
Mykonos - San Antonio Summerland Hotel
Santorini - TBD
Heraklion - Capsis Astoria
Lodging, transportation – including private ground transportation and all ferries in the Aegean, breakfasts, all entry fees, professional guides at archaeological sites, and evening lectures. Digital copies of the presentations given during the course will be provided upon request.
Not Included
Airfare to/from Athens, airport transfers to and from the first/last hotel, lunches and dinners, and gratuities.
Travel Insurance (Optional)
Ancient Explorations has a deal with iNext for travel insurance

Comprehensive Travel Insurance for 10 days - Ages 13-59 - price $50
Comprehensive Travel Insurance for 10 days - Ages 60 and up - price $100
Trip Cancellation Insurance - up to $5000 - price $150
Political or Natural Disaster Evacuation Insurance - up to $100,000 for $50

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How to register for the tour

To secure a place in the course, a $600 deposit to Ancient Explorations is required. The course is limited to 20 participants. Balance payments will be due in two installements - 50% due at 90 days before the course on March 9th and the remaining 50% due at 30 days before the course on May 9th.

You must also fill out the registration form (PDF) and email or snail mail it to Ancient Explorations at

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