Greece – Kalamata & Athens

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OCT. 7-16, 2022 From $3,495
Mycenae, Kalamata, Messene, Olympia, Mystras, Sparta
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Greece - Kalamata & Athens

OCT. 7-16, 2022
Mycenae, Kalamata, Messene, Olympia, Mystras, Sparta

Greece’s cultural riches, from the glorious remnants of ancient civilizations to a palate-pleasing bounty of wine, olives and seafood, await you on this eight-night journey to Athens and Kalamata! Ascend the Acropolis to admire the Parthenon and sweeping views of Athens. Visit the celebrated birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games at Olympia and explore the fortified Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae. Set off to an under-the-radar gem, the beautifully preserved classical city Messene, and discover a one-of-a-kind treasure, mountainside Mystras, an important center of Byzantine culture. During your stay in seaside Kalamata, enjoy the bustling coastal life plus savor its namesake olives and freshly caught seafood. A wine tasting and a fun-filled dinner with music and dancing complement this well-rounded, small-group experience! You’ll also learn about Greek history, from classical to contemporary, during enriching lectures with experts. Includes deluxe and first-class hotels and a generous meal plan with wine at dinner.

Cost: From $3,495
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:

Health and Safety Protocol

  • Any cancelations made 76 days or more prior to the trip departure date will result in a $300 per person administrative fee deduction from the $600 per person deposit.
  • This $300 per person administrative fee can be applied to a future AHI Travel program operating in the same calendar year or the following.
  • The additional $300 is refundable in cash.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Sharon Gerstel
Department of Art History
Sharon Gerstel is Director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and a specialist in Byzantine Art and Archaeology. Her most recent book focuses on village life in 13th-15th century Greece, combining approaches from art history, history, anthropology and archaeology to recover the voices and vistas of a largely invisible population. Gerstel has worked for three decades in the Peloponnese, focusing on the site of Mystras and villages in the Mani peninsula, where she is helping restore a village church of 1075. Her research focuses on art and ritual, but also on the subject of church acoustics and performance. She regularly teaches courses on Byzantine art and archaeology, moving from the foundations of the empire in Constantinople to the everyday lives of those whose taxes paid for the capital’s great building projects.

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
If you wish to pay your $600 per person deposit by check, make check payable to AHI Travel. If you wish to pay your $600 per person deposit by credit card, you will be asked to submit those credit card details after the reservation request form has been received. AHI Travel will contact you to discuss deposit payment within one business day of receiving your reservation request in their office.

STEP 3
Fax 310-209-4271, email travel@alumni.ucla.edu, or mail to:
AHI Travel
International Tower – Suite 600
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.