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Italy and Greece Expedition

Empires of the Mediterranean
17 Days

  • Photograph the Parthenon of Athens.
  • Swim in the crystal-clear waters off Greece's Náfplio beach.
  • Examine Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  • Hike up to a remote monastery on the island of Hydra.
Italy and Greece Expedition
Italy and Greece Expedition
Italy and Greece Expedition



Dates & Tuition

June 23-July 9, 2015
July 14-July 30, 2015

$7,390

Airfare is not included. We have arranged group flights from New York to Rome, Rome to Athens, and return from Athens. Click here for information on transportation to and from expeditions.








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Italian photojournalist Massimo Bassano will join this expedition.
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On Assignment Projects

Choose one of these projects and delve further into your area of interest:

Photography

Archaeology & Ancient Culture

Creative Writing

Itinerary — 17 Days

More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks laid the foundations for Western civilization: democracy, philosophy, history, mathematics, science, medicine, art, and architecture. Close on their heels, the Romans established the ancient world's greatest empire, stretching far beyond the Mediterranean and building on the classical traditions of the Greeks. Against a backdrop of magnificent temples and rich mythology, explore stunning islands by boat and on foot, visit archaeological sites, learn the rhythms of modern life, and experience the living legacy of the Greek and Roman Empires.

Rome, Italy

Days 1-5. Begin in magical, timeless Rome. Set out with your On Assignment team to discover the many wonders of this great city. Walk through the Roman Forum, where Julius Caesar was assassinated by conspirators. Imagine crowds cheering on the gladiators in the grand Colosseum and the chariot races in the Circus Maximus. Take in some of the world's greatest classical sculpture at the Vatican museums and the Villa Borghese. Examine Michelangelo's masterpiece: the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Explore the streets and alleyways of this vibrant city with your team, finding hidden parks and ruins. Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth reputed to bite off the hand of anyone who doesn't tell the truth. Interact with street performers and local shopkeepers, sample delicious gelato near the Spanish Steps, and take in the contemporary music scene in one of Rome's many historic piazzas.

Pompeii, Capri, and Salerno

Days 6-8. Head south to Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities that were blanketed by a thick layer of scorching ash and volcanic mud when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. Step into the past in palaces still adorned with original frescoes, and see the haunting figures of townspeople frozen in time. From our base in the small city of Salerno, travel by hydrofoil to Capri. Explore the island's Roman palaces and extraordinary scenery, and take a refreshing swim from its rocky shoreline.

Delphi, Greece

Days 9-10. Return to Rome, fly to Athens, and continue to Delphi, perched on the shoulder of Mount Parnassus. Settle into this tiny, picturesque village, just a short walk from the Temple of Apollo. Wander through the well-preserved ruins of theatres, treasuries, altars, and stadiums, while taking in amazing views of the mountains and the turquoise sea. Tell the story of the stone statues that immortalize the history and mythos of ancient athletes through photography or writing.

Athens

Days 11-12. Return to Athens to spend two days exploring the Acropolis and Parthenon, the ancient Agora, and the national Archaeological Museum. Visit iconic works of art at the National Gallery and learn the stories of their excavation. Then, experience the bustling street life, markets, and cuisine of the modern city. Capture the intersection of ancient and modern life with your pen and camera.

Náfplio

Days 13-17. Náfplio, our base for the next five days, is set on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese in the shadow of a cliff-top castle. The town's pedestrian streets wind down the hillside to a tiny beach. During our time here, we'll get to know the locals, join in a pickup game of soccer, attend a street fair, or stroll down to the beach for a swim in the crystal-clear water of the Gulf of Argos. On day trips, discover the legendary home of Agamemnon at Mycenae; view one of the world's best preserved greek theaters at Epidaurus; and hike the slopes of Hydra, a starkly beautiful island where cars are forbidden. In Náfplio's idyllic setting, we present our On Assignment projects to the group. Return to Athens for our flight home.

Accommodations

Throughout Italy and Greece, we stay in small family-run hotels.
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