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UW-RF Sponsors Spring Tour Of Classical Greece

December 18, 1998

By Jennifer Gottschalk
UW-RF News Bureau

A tour of classical and modern Greece will be sponsored from May 21-June 5 by UW-River Falls.

It will include visits to classical and ancient sites, museums, and villages that represent modern Greece.

The tour will be led by UW-RF Professor Nicholas Karolides, who has served as the long-time director.

Highlights of classical Athens will comprise a visit to the famed Acropolis, the Piraeus Museum, and free time to visit other sites such as the Ancient Agora, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, and the Dionysos Theater. Other nearby sites such as The Plaka or the "old town," Monastiraki, the flea market, or Syntagma Square may also be visited.

The four-day classical tour will begin in Delphi, with stops at the Monastery of Ossios Loukas, a museum, and the site of the Pythian games. Other highlights include passing the area where Oedipus slew his father, the site of the original Olympic Games in Olympia, the Epidaurus, and Agamemnon's citadel at Mycenae with its Lion Gate.

Four days in Crete will contain visits to the western city of Chania, Rethimno, Arkadi Monastery, Akrotiri, and the Minoan archeological site at Knossos. Participants may also choose to visit the Samaria Gorge, to take a boat ride on the Lybian Sea to Skafia, or to spend a full day in Chania.

From Crete, a morning flight will take travelers to Mykonos where they will have the opportunity to visit the islands of Cyclades and Delos. The rest of the time may be spent shopping, looking at other sites, or basking in the sun on the beaches.

The last day of touring will conclude in Athens. Participants may visit Cape Sounion by bus or Aegina by boat.

The cost, which includes all group transportation, hotels, all breakfasts, all dinners outside of Athens, all museums and sites on the itinerary, and all group gratuities is $2,975.

An orientation course will be offered in April or May, which will provide information about sites and culture, basic language phrases, and orientation to travel data. The cost is approximately $50.

Anyone interested is encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The application, as well as $300, is due April 2.

For more information, call Karolides at 715/425-3366.

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