About This Program
What better way to learn about the history of civilization than in the birthplaces of two of the world’s most formative empires, Rome and Greece? Here, the history books come to life!
In Rome, explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and learn how classical mythology and philosophy shaped Western civilization. Discover beauty at Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, and learn about power and grandeur in Vatican City. While in Italy, consider taking the opportunity to visit Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Visit Athens and discover both classical and modern Greece. Hike through the Acropolis and take in the glory of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. We’ll explore the shops in Athens’ lively modern marketplace, Plaka, which is also teeming with cafés, restaurants, and night-life. Study the history of this ancient city, where so much of Greece’s history comes to life in the local museums and galleries. From here, optional excursions will be offered to Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games, and Sparta.
Leave the land behind and board private yachts for sailing and learning in the Argo-Saronic Islands. As you explore this unique archipelago, each island offers a stunning backdrop for your studies.
Head ashore in Kalamata, and relax on the beautiful beaches of the Peloponnese.
Before heading home, celebrate Greek culture and food at a farewell banquet.
Included in your program
Other Inclusions of this Program:
- Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
- Group airport transfers at location
- Transportation for moves between cities with the group
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- Pre-departure briefing and materials
- Designated outings and activities
- City orientation tours
- Use of free Internet, where available*
- Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
- Access to Vidigami photo sharing
- And much more!
*Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
|Saturday, June 30, 2018||Air Canada flight 890||Depart Toronto 8:45 pm||Arrive Rome 10:55 am, July 1
|Wednesday, July 25, 2018||Air Canada flight 1901||Depart Athens 1:05 pm||Arrive Toronto 5:00 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please complete the Meet and Greet application by clicking Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto. Applications must be received by Friday, June 1st and will be fulfilled as available.
The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on last year, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!
Pompeii & Sperlonga Beach (Full Day)
Nestled at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, is Pompeii. Throughout the height of the Roman Empire, it was quite the lively city. As a result of a volcanic eruption, the town was covered in molten lava and ultimately “frozen in time.”
The city lay silent for almost two thousand years, until it as excavated hundreds of years later. A picture of life in Roman times was revealed.
What lay beneath was the town of Pompeii, perfectly preserved as a result of the layer of volcanic ash that had covered it for centuries. Today it remains one of the most compelling archaeological sites and by far one of the most visited Italian attractions.
Visiting Pompeii is an incredible experience. We will take a guided tour of the site, where we will see the houses, theatres, arenas, temples, and public buildings where its original inhabitants lived, worked, played, and worshipped.
Following our visit to Pompeii, we will head to the beach to cool off in the breathtaking waters of Sperlonga Beach. Students can relax in the sun and swim, or take a walk around the picturesque town.
We will depart from Rome after breakfast and drive approximately two hours south to Pompeii. We will return to Rome in time for a late dinner at the hotel.
Ostia Beach (Full Day)
Enjoy a day at the beach and do as the Romans do on their Sundays, and head to Lido di Ostia (lido the Italian word for beach). This ancient town was the launching port for the Roman naval assaults throughout the Empire.
Today it is a busy and fun coastal area within easy reach of the Italy’s capital. Some might say it is the Riviera of the Romans.
We will depart Rome after an early breakfast and spend a full day on the beach at Ostia, approximately a one hour journey. Immerse yourself in a full day of swimming, relaxing on the sand, perusing through the shops in town or even challenging your friends to some beach volleyball.
We will be returning back to Rome later in the afternoon, just in time for dinner at the hotel.
Florence (Full Day)
Experience a full day in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence in the heart of Tuscany in northern Italy.
We will enjoy a guided tour of this cosmopolitan city and visit the world renowned Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David.
We will spend some time on the famous Ponte Vecchio arch bridge overlooking the Arno River and explore the local shops that have lined the bridge for centuries.
We will climb to the rooftop of the awe-inspiring Santa Maria del Fiore, the third largest church in the world and take in some fantastic panoramic views of Florence.
We will depart Rome after an early breakfast and return back to Rome in the early evening.
Archaeological Site of Olympia (Full-day)
Olympia is on the western coast of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. The ancient city was like many others, with one exciting exception: the Olympics!
Ancient Olympia had two parts: the city and the Olympics fields situated on the mountains above. The Olympic Sanctuary consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. The temples of Hera and Zeus, the Pelopion and the altars were all sites of sacrifice.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus, sculpted by Phidias. Named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon, we will visit the site on which it once stood. Nearby is the alleged studio of Phidias which was excavated in the 1950’s. Evidence found there, such as sculptor’s tools, corroborates this opinion. The ancient ruins sit north of the Alfeios River and lie next to Kronios Hill, the area of the city formerly dedicated to Kronos or Saturn. The Kladeos River, a tributary of the Alfeios, flows around the area-creating a beautiful setting for our afternoon.
The Olympic flame for today’s Olympic Games travels every four years from the city. It is lit by reflection of sunlight in a parabolic mirror at the restored Olympia stadium, and then transported by torch to the place where the games will be held.
The group will depart from the hotel in Kalamata after breakfast. We will spend the day exploring the ancient ruins and learning what life was like during the Greek Empire.
Diros Caves (Afternoon)
Experience an incredible voyage through the unknown worlds of the fantastic Diros Caves. Float through the many passages and halls of the wonderful Glyphada ave, voted the most beautiful cave-lake in Europe.
This is nature at its grandest, for no artist or sculptor could replicate the colours and formations of the stalagmites and stalactites. We will also have time to enjoy the beach and explore the nearby town of Pyrgos Dirou.
The group will depart from Kalamata by bus and return in time for dinner.
A favourite excursion among our students!
Mystras & Sparta (Full-day)
We will depart Kalamata in the morning for our drive to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Mystras, a fortified town established in the 1200’s. Mystras has been ruled by Crusaders, the Byzantines, and the Venetians and all have left their mark on this remarkable site, which was abandoned in 1830’s in favour of the nearby town of the newly rebuilt Sparti (or Sparta). We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins, including the fortress, palace, churches, and monasteries.
In contrast to the city of Mystras, we will then travel to the modern day city of Sparta built upon the site of Ancient Sparta. Students will be given free time to walk the tree-lined boulevards and explore the town before it closes for siesta and we head back to our hotel in Kalamata.
June 30 – July 25, 2018*
|Appx. Taxes & Fees||$995|
|Tuition & Supervision||$2,885|
Courses, Choose One
- English (ENG3U)
- World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
- English (ENG4U)
- Classical Civilizations (LVV4U)
- International Business (BBB4M)
- Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
- Rome: 7 days
- Poros: 3 days
- Sailing: 3 days
- Kalamata: 7 days
- Athens: 4 days
Student Video of 2017 program
Video courtesy of Oliver M. video source
*All dates are subject to change.
**Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $995 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.
***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.