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Oct. 15, 2004


Tour Greece This Summer

This summer students, faculty and community members can have the opportunity to travel across the ancient ruins of Greece in the UW-River Falls Experience Greece Tour from May 18-June 2.

Tour participants will explore several historic sites located in Athens, including the Acropolis, Atticus Theatre, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenean Stadium, where the first modern-day Olympics were held in 1896.

Travelers will grace other cities such as Delphi, where Oedipus slew his father, and Olympia, where the original Olympic games were held in 776 B.C. In Olympia, participants will have the chance to compete in UW-RF’s own mini-Olympic foot race, a 15-year tradition established by Nicholas Karolides, UW-RF English professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The visit also includes in-depth tours of several ancient islands. Travelers will visit the archaeological sites of Knossos on Crete, an active dig of Akrotori on Santorini, and the birthplace of gods Apollo and Artemis in Delos. Mykonos, located in the mid-Aegean Sea, is a great stop for viewing whitewashed houses and windmills along winding streets and breath-taking beaches.

In addition, visitors will have the option of taking an 11-mile hike down Samaria Gorge. The gorge, the longest in Europe, winds its way through awe-inspiring grandeur in the heart of the Aghia Roumeli sea.

UW-RF lecturer Pat Hanson will be lead the tour for the second time. Hanson has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Athens for several years.

UW-RF students can take the Experience Greece Tour for one to three credits by signing up for English 376 or Art 376. The tour is open to 25 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The estimated cost is $3,900.

Application deadline is March 1, 2005. For more information, contact Hanson at 715/425-3971 or pat.hanson@uwrf.edu.

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