EDUCATIONAL TRIP TO GREECE
15 September– 8 October 2017 (3 weeks)
For students from 12 to 16 years old (Years 7-10)
We invite you to a 3-week journey, during which students will immerse into Greek language and will practise it in an authentic environment, in contact with locals and teenagers. They will visit some of the most important monuments of Greek art and architecture, walk in mountains and beaches, discover the infinite variety of the natural Greek landscape and its priceless value, taste the authentic Greek cuisine and participate in creative activities.
Our base will be the island of Amorgos, the easternmost of the Cyclades, an original and unique environment that captivates visitors from the first moment.
Price per student: from 1629.00€*
Price per accompanying adult: from 1429.00€*
*please check all the prices details below.
THE PROGRAMME IS DIRECTED TO STUDENTS FROM 12 TO 16 YEARS OLD (Years 7-10).
Our goal is to offer the students the chance to discover the authentic Greece and its long historical continuity, while improving their competence in the Greek language, through an intensive programme of 14 teaching days.
- By visiting the most important museums and archaeological sites of Athens, Epidaurus and Mycenae, students will explore the landmarks of Greece, learning their history through specially designed guided tours and activities.
- The realization of the main core of the programme on Amorgos will give the students the opportunity to focus on learning the Greek language in an authentic and hospitable environment, while the untouched beauty of the island will give them the chance for unforgettable excursions and careless moments next to the sea. At the same time, a rich programme of activities will bring students in direct contact with culture and tradition, for example through classes of Greek dance, pottery and traditional pastry.
- The suggested dates include some special occasions, such as the traditional festival («πανηγύρι») of Agios Ioannis Theologos on September 26th, taking place at a beautiful monument of Byzantine architecture in the heart of the Amorgian nature, a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to meet.
- This year, for the first time, the 1st International Tournament of Free Diving will take place on Amorgos, combined with the Festival of Greek Gastronomy. These events will take place during the dates of the programme and will provide students with more occasions to participate in activities and local life.
The programme is offered at the price of 1699 € per student in shared double room and 1629 € per student in shared triple/quadruple room.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- 21 night accommodation
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- All classes and activities of the programme (Greek language, Greek dance, pottery, traditional pastry)
- All ferry tickets in Economy class (return Piraeus-Amorgos, return Amorgos-Naxos)
- All transfers and excursions of the programme
- Guided excursions in Athens, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Naxos and Amorgos
The price refers to minimum 10 participating students and covers the expenses of one accompanying teacher.
For accompanying parents/guardians that wish to join the programme as escorts, the price is 1499 € per person in shared double room and 1429 € per person in shared triple/quadruple room.
–> The price does NOT include air fares from Australia and entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites.
At the easternmost end of the Cyclades, Amorgos invites visitors to stop and discover its secrets. For centuries considered an island of the “barren line” («άγονη γραμμή»), Amorgos has now embraced tourism without losing its authenticity and unique character. Its centuries-old trails are still used by nature lovers as well as local farmers, while the simplicity of everyday life follows the seasons of the year. Celebrations and traditional festivals («πανηγύρια») mark important moments on the calendar and give the opportunity to locals and visitors to sing and dance together, taste the local products and bond with each other.
Amorgos was one of the most important centres of the Cycladic civilization, as attested by the important artefacts found on the island, many of which are exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The Classic and Hellenistic antiquity have left their traces in local language and space, with significant input from the following periods of Byzantine and Frankish rule. The impressive Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, proud as an eagle’s nest in the cliffs 300 metres above the sea, continuously maintained strong ties with the Patriarchate and funded the First Gymnasium (High School) of Amorgos in 1829, one of the first schools inaugurated in recently freed Greece.
The relative isolation of the island and its need for self-sufficiency, as proven by the numerous terraces built in every possible corner of the land, have retained all these elements pure, and the visitor today is welcome to experience them.
Beyond the incomparable combination of sea and sun for which the Cyclades are known worldwide, a unique world awaits the visitor. A true ark of the original Greek lifestyle, well protected in time by the surrounding waves of the Aegean sea.
5,000 years of continuous history, starting from the Cycladic civilization, the first civilization in Greece that left so many impressive artefacts intact in time. The mysterious Cycladic figurines, which inspired avant-garde artists like Picasso and Brancusi, were created on these islands thousands of years ago by the hands of islanders inspired by the rough yet simple surrounding environment.
On the crossroads from East to West, the Cyclades have always remained the arena of the political, economic and social upheavals of the Eastern Mediterranean. Monuments of the Prehistoric, as well as Archaic, Classic and Hellenistic antiquity stand next to Byzantine temples and neoclassical mansions. The Romans, Francs, pirates and Turks, all left their trace on this island complex. Perhaps nowhere else in Greece can one witness so clearly the continuity of Greek history as on the beautiful Greek islands and Amorgos is no exception to this.
- Archaeological sites of Athens, Epidaurus and Mycenae
- Greek dance classes
- Pottery workshop
- Traditional pastry class
- Traditional festival
- 1st International Tournament of Free Diving
- Festival of Greek Gastronomy