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2023 GREECE TRIP

June 30 - July 13, 2023

Our Trip to Greece sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies PAIDEIA. Students will have an opportunity to speak Greek, learn Greek dances, and participants will stay at hotels for the duration of the trip and tour the country by bus.​ Students are expected to stay with the group at all times and parents may travel with the group but must strictly adhere to the itinerary planned by the PAIDEIA program in Greece. 

 

Passports are required and should be current well in advance of travel.

This trip involves A LOT of walking in a hot climate. Please consider any conditions that might affect your or your scholar’s ability to fully participate on this trip.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  A waiting list will be created for additional students/parents. Registration forms should be filled out, printed, signed and returned in an envelope to the front office. 

ESTIMATED COST PER STUDENT: $2850 (approximate)
  • Airfare: $1,350-1,600

  • Administrative Fee: $400 DUE UPON REGISTRATION ($200 non-refundable prior to airfare being purchased. $400 non-refundable once tickets have been purchased). NOTE: This is a separate fee that helps to cover the cost of staff chaperones and other items needed for the group during the trip

  • Expenses: $500 (for lunch, incidentals, and souvenirs). This amount could be more or less depending on your student’s spending and eating habits.

 

PROGRAM FEES
  • $600 per student. Socrates Academy has raised $20,000 through private benefactors to offset student program fees. Student cost for the PAIDEIA Hellenic Studies is $2,000. However, the PAIDEIA Hellenic Studies program gives each student a $400 scholarship and 30 students will be covered for $1000 of individual scholarship thorugh private donors. 

  • This includes hotels, breakfast & dinner, land transportation, admission to museums/ archaeological sites of Greece, tour guide/faculty, and cultural activities.

 

OPTIONAL

Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended. Socrates Academy does not offer travel insurance as part of the Greece Trip package, but travel insurance can be purchased online.

ESTIMATED COSTS PER PARENT: $3,850 (approximate)
  • Airfare: $1,350-1,600

PROGRAM FEES
  • Program fee (charged by the Center for Hellenic Studies PAIDEIA): $2,000 ($3,200 per couple - a student may have more than one parent accompany him/her if space allows).

  • This includes hotels, breakfast & dinner, land transportation, admission to museums/ archaeological sites of Greece, tour guide/faculty, and cultural activities.

  • Expenses: approximately $500 (for lunch, incidentals, and souvenirs). This amount could be more or less depending on your spending and eating habits

OPTIONAL

Travel insurance is optional but highly recommended. Socrates Academy does not offer travel insurance as part of the Greece Trip package, but travel insurance can be purchased online.

REQUIRED

Background checks are required for any adult attending the trip.​

SAMPLE PACKING LIST

  • Two pair(s) of comfortable walking shoes 

  • One outfit for each day you are on tour

  • One piece of rain gear (rain jacket, rain poncho)

  • Pajamas

  • Personal items (undergarments, socks)

  • Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.)

  • Grooming tools (brush, comb, toothbrush)

  • Jacket for cool weather

  • Modest bathing suit

  • 2 beach towels

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Water shoes

  • Hat (with a wide rim is best)

  • Mosquito Repellent

  • Flip flops

  • Body powder

  • Light backpack for day excursions

Paideia Trip Itinerary 2023 

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01

DAY
Friday, June 30

Overnight flight to Athens, Greece

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02

03

DAY
July 1 and 2: Athens

Walking tour in Athens visiting Acropolis, Agora of Athens, Dionysos Ancient Theater, Temple of Zeus, Archaeological Museum, Olympic Stadium, Parliament, Monument of Unknown Soldier, University of Athens, Academy of Athens, Plaka, Monastiraki.

Hotel Arethusa, Mitropoleos St & Syntagma Square, Tel. +30- 2103229431-4,

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04

DAY
July 3: Isthmus of Corinth

Epidauros. Visit Museum and magnificent Ancient Greek Theater.

Nafplion. First Capitol of Modern Greece. Visit the port.

Nemea. Visit Museum and Ancient Stadium.

Mycenae. Visit Museum, Lions Gate with Ancient Acropolis, Mycenaean Tombs of Atreus and Klytaimnystra.

Sparta. Hotel Dioskouri; Dinner/sleep

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05

DAY
July 4: Mystras

learn about Byzantium

Archaeological site.

Leonidas monument

Archaeological Museum

Free time

Sparta. Hotel Dioskouri; Dinner/sleep

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06

DAY
July 5

Sparta Olive Tree Museum, Learn for Olive Tree Civilization of Greece

Ancient Olympia. Visit two Museums and Archaeological site with the Ancient Olympic Stadium and other facilities        

Ancient Olympia. Free time/lunch

Nafpaktos. Aktis Hotel, Tel. +30 26340-28464; www.akti.gr

Free time, Beach, Dinner/sleep

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07

DAY
July 6

Mesologgi, Learn about Greek War of Independence.

Dodona. Oracle, Archaeological site.

Ioannina. Free time.

Metsovo. One of the most beautiful Greek villages.

Meteora. Hotel Kaikis; Tel. +30-24320-75280-1;

Dinner/sleep.

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08

DAY
July 7

Meteora. Visit Medieval Byzantine Monasteries.

Aiani, Kozani. Visit museum.

Kozani. Free time/Lunch

Visit Folklore Museum.

Hotel Eleni. Dinner/Sleep.

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09

DAY
July 8

Vergina. Visit Museum with Macedonian Tombs.

Beroia, Visit Vima(Step) of Saint Paul.

Pella. Visit Museum & Archaeological site.

Hotel Amalia; www.hotelamalia.gr; Tel +30(2310)268321

Dinner/free time/Sleep

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10

DAY
July 9

Visit Church of Agia Sophia

Visit Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki

Visit Church of Agios Demetrios

Free time/Lunch

Hotel Amalia; www.hotelamalia.gr; Tel +30(2310)268321

Dinner/free time/Sleep

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11

DAY
July 10

Amphipolis

Philippoi

Kavala, Free time/beach/lunch

Thessaloniki. Free time/dinner/sleep.

Hotel Amalia; www.hotelamalia.gr; Tel +30(2310)268321

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12

DAY
July 11

Thessaloniki Museum

White Tower, Statue of Alexander the Great

Dion Visit the archaeological site, Museum and Greek theater

Katerini Beach. Free time/lunch

Katerini.  Dinner/sleep.

Hotel Olympion; Tel. +30-23510-29892; www.hotelolympion.gr

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13

DAY
July 12

Thermopylae. Monument of King Leonidas and 300 Spartans.  Visit Museum and the battle field with the Persians.

Agios Konstantinos Beach/ free time/lunch

Delphi. Oracle. Tour Archaeological sites, Museum.

Athens. Hotel Arethusa.

Hotel Arethusa, Mitropoleos St & Syntagma Square, Tel. +30- 2103229431-4, www.arethusahotel.gr 

Dinner/sleep

Airplane

14

DAY
July 13

Athens Airport. Return to US. End of the program.