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Bronze Age & Archaic Greece – Athens, The Peloponnesus & Beyond

September 21 - October 3

Humanities West, in partnership with Sicily Tour (www.sicily-tour.com), announces a small-group tour at a time of year when the weather will be fresh and tourists few.

Price:  € 3,217 (double occupancy)

*Includes $ 500 (€ 420) tax-deductible contribution to Humanities West. Also note: The price in $ depends on when payment is made. As of December 1, 2017, it was $ 3828

The Mother of Us All

Here Western Civilization was born. a humanism that in our time is becoming the world civilization. We will make a focused visit to the Peloponnesus, where Mycenaeans carried forth the Minoan torch of high culture until falling into dark centuries & where we struggled out of Dark Ages into the “Golden Age of Western Civilization. In all, we’ll visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites, with options on two more.

Peloponnesus & Beyond

After visiting Archaic Athens, we’re off to Eleusis to re-imagine the mysteries, kept secret for a thousand years & still unknown. We will envision ancient potters under the Corinthian acropolis; Mycenaeans at Mycenae, Tiryns, & Argos; the military state at Sparta; the wild clarity of drama & healing at Epidaurus. Homeric Pylos continues to reveal wonders, the wild beauty of Bassae to amaze, & Olympia to illustrate how sports deepens into worship. Then, beyond the Peloponnesus, we pilgrimage to the glorious heights of Delphi & imagine the desperation of Thermopylae.

Cultural life & landscape

Greece also offers fascinating modern culture & landscape, & our visit will include two nights in the charming 18C town of Nauplio, sleeping under the wild coastal beauty of Monemvasia, & crossing the ‘impassible’ Taiyetos Mountains.


We finish in Classical Athens. Even if you have been here, we take a fresh look at the inventions of citizenship & democracy, architectural & artistic beauty, in the Acropolis, Agorà, Theatre of Dionysus, & the unimaginably wonderful Archaeological Museum. There will be a free day in Athens for you to explore as you like.


September 21
October 3