The Catholic University of America

Greece 2008

The Department of Greek and Latin offered a spring break trip to Greece from Friday, February 29-Saturday, March 8, 2008. 

Hephaisteion  
The Hephaisteion in Athens (5th century BC) on the day of our visit to the Athenian Agora

We focused our visit upon Greek art, archaeology, and history, spending time in Athens, Sounion, Corinth, Epidaurus, Nauplion, Mycenae, and Delphi.

Our trip included the Athenian Acropolis, Agora (the ancient city center), Kerameikos (the ancient cemetery), and National Museum; the temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Monastery of St. Paul in Lavrio; the site and museum of ancient Corinth; the healing sanctuary and ancient theatre at Epidaurus; the Palamidi fortress above Nauplion; the acropolis and museum of Bronze Age Mycenae; the sanctuaries of both Apollo and Athena at Delphi and the Delphi Museum; and other sites and attractions in the modern cities and towns (as well as some wonderful free time for other activities!).

Our operator was Educational Tours and Cruises, a company with long experience in arranging study-travel in Greece. The trip was led by several members of the CUA faculty.

  Group photo
  Part of the Greece 2008 group in front of the Acropolis on the day of arrival in Athens

Our basic itinerary was as follows:

Day 0 (Friday, February 29): Depart from DC.
Day 1: Arrive in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 3: Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 4: Corinth, Epidauros. Overnight in Nauplion.
Day 5: Mycenae, Nauplion. Overnight in Nauplion.
Day 6: Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 7: Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 8 (Saturday, March 8): Return to DC.

Here is a small photo album chronicling some of our experiences.

 

 

 

 

Temple of Poseidon

While we were in Athens, we took a day trip to Cape Sounion to visit the Temple of Poseidon.
 
Weather photo

The weather was every bit as wonderful as it looks.
Hephaisteion

Another view of the Hephaisteion on the day we visited the Athenian Agora
 
Acropolis

On the Acropolis
Corinth Canal

When we left Athens for the Peloponnese, we crossed the Corinth Canal.
 
Lechaion Road

Walking up the Lechaion Road in ancient Corinth
hotel in Nauplion

Our hotel in Nauplion was located near the top of the old city, in the Acronafplia fortress.
 
Student trip

After visiting the Palamidi fortress above Nauplion, some group members took the stairs back down!
View from the Palamidi stairs

View from the Palamidi stairs
 
Nauplion's harbor

Many members of the group visited the Bourzi fortress in Nauplion's harbor during our free afternoon. This is what the water looked like that day.
The central plateia (Plateia Syndagma) in Nauplion

The central plateia (Plateia Syndagma) in Nauplion
 
Many pear, almond, and cherry trees were in bloom during our time in Greece.

Many pear, almond, and cherry trees were in bloom during our time in Greece.
Inside the citadel at Mycenae

Inside the citadel at Mycenae
 
We took a ferry across from the Peloponnese to central Greece on our way to Delphi.

We took a ferry across from the Peloponnese to central Greece on our way to Delphi.
The Temple of Apollo, Delphi

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
 
Parthenon

Our hotels in Athens had pretty good views from their rooftop terraces! On the last evening of the trip, our entire group sat up together to look at the Parthenon.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this journey such an unforgettable experience!