Treasures of the Mediterranean World: A Family Learning Adventure from Rome to Athens

Download the brochure for full details and the reservation form.  Call 800-748-6262  or email for questions and reservations.

Go Back to trip information page.

Saturday, July 13, 2019: FLY FROM THE USA

Sunday, July 14: ROME, ITALY
Transfer to the hotel Westin Excelsior Rome, located in the Via Veneto district. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel, where Professor Kathleen Lynch and our Young Explorertm Counselors will introduce you to the program ahead. (R)

Travel to the center of old Rome for a tour of the Colosseum and Forum, where important events in the history of the Republic and the Empire are memorialized. In the afternoon, transfer and embark Le Lyrial. (B,L,D)

The excursion for adults leads to Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman cities both destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79. No other sites so completely capture the character of life in the early Roman Empire. Children head to a farm in the Sorrentine Hills, where they learn about the cultivation of oranges, lemons, olives, and grapes, as well as the making of mozzarella, before visiting Pompeii in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, July 17: AT SEA (B,L,D)

Olympia is an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Panhellenic games were held. Tour the sacred area. Young Explorerstm will be invited to compete in mock Olympic Games staged for them on the site of the ancient games. (B,L,D)

Crete was once home to the Minoans, Europe’s earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled, partially-reconstructed Palace—a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it may have been four millennia ago—and home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Also visit the Heraklion Museum, which houses treasures from Knossos. Young Explorerstm may choose to hike a portion of the Imbros Gorge on a guided walk through narrow passages lined with caves. The walk ends on the coast for a swim. (B,L,D)

Saturday, July 20: SANTORINI
In the second millennium b.c., volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This explosion led to Santorini’s wild, multihued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit the stunning archaeological site of Akrotiri and the Prehistoric Museum, while Young Explorerstm board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini’s caldera, where they hike to the summit of the volcano to learn about the area’s geology. Families reunite in Phira Town for lunch and free time. (B,L,D)

Renowned as the center of worship of the goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, Ephesus was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the façade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and the Great Theater. (B,L,D)

Monday, July 22: ATHENS, greece | DISEMBARK
Disembark Le Lyrial in Athens to explore the Acropolis, perhaps one of the most important ancient monuments in the Western world, and the stunning Acropolis Museum. After lunch at a taverna, adults visit the ancient Agora, while Young Explorerstm discover the city on an iPad-based interactive game to complete “The Labors of Hercules.” Spend the night at the Divani Caravel hotel. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, July 23:ATHENS | FLY TO THE USA (B)

Download the brochure for full details and the reservation form.  Call 800-748-6262  or email for questions and reservations.

Go Back to trip information page.

Dig Deeper

Email the AIA Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter
Subscribe to the AIA e-Update

Sign Up!