MSA OPTIONAL
EDUCATIONAL
POST-TOUR
MAY 31 - JUNE 4, 2015

 

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Nafplio at night

DAY 1 - MAY 31 DEPART ATHENS FOR NAFPLIO

VISIT ANCIENT CORINTH

Corinth was one of Greece’s most ancient cities, rivaling Athens in wealth based on control of the Isthmian traffic and trade. It was a major rival of Athens, which eventually lead to the Peloponnesian War. It founded many important colonies including Syracuse in Sicily and Corcyra, modern Corfu.

VISIT THE CORINTHIAN CANAL, BUILT BY THE FRENCH 1881-1893
It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. The builders dug the 63 meter deep canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. Some, however, do travel through today... see several photos here.

Periander, considered one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, ruled Corinth from 627-585 BC. Corinth hosted the important Isthmian Games starting about 582 BC and created the Corinthian order of ancient architecture.


Main Street of Ancient Corinth

 


Temple of Apollo


Corinthian style architecture

Archaeological Museum


Corinthian Vase

 

OVERNIGHT NAFPLIO HOTEL REX

After checking into the Rex Hotel, those interested may visit the Venetian Palamidi built between 1686 and captured by the Ottoman Turks in 1715. The fortress offers a spectacular view of Nafplio and its harbor. The fortress can be reached by climbing the 999 steps from the town or riding the coach.


View from the top...

 

DAY 2 - MYCENAE AND EPIDAURUS JUNE 1 - MORNING VISIT MYCENAE

In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was the major center of Greek civilization; it was a formidable military stronghold dominating much of southern Greece. Greek History from 1600 BC to 1100 BC is called Mycenaean. At its height in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000. It is the site of the phenomenal archaeological discoveries of Heinrich Schliemann in 1876.

 



LIONS GATE

RUINS OF MYCENAE


MASK OF AGAMEMNON


TOMB OF AGAMEMNON

AFTERNOON VISIT THEATER AT EPIDAURUS

Epidaurus is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer,.

 

Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary situated about five miles (8 km) from the town, as well as its famous theater. The 4th Century theater seated 15,000 spectators and is amazing for its exceptional acoustics.

 

EPIDAURUS THEATER

The Pythian Games took place every four years to commemorate Apollo's victory

DAY 3 JUNE 2, 2015 OLYMPIA - Travel Nafplio to Olympia


COMPETITION IN HONOR OF ZEUS: THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS

The Olympic Games were held every four years starting in 776 BC in honor of Zeus.

ONE EVENT DESIGNED TO KEEP ZEUS HAPPY WERE THE OLYMPIC GAMES HELD IN HIS HONOR STARTING IN 776 BC

EXCAVATIONS HAVE UNCOVERED THE STADIUM, HIPPODROME, GYMNASIUM, PALESTRA AND HOME OF OLYMPIC FLAME


VAULTED ARCHWAY ENTRANCE OLYMPIC STADIUM


OLYMPIC FIELD


MODEL TEMPLE OF ZEUS


ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM


OLYMPIA MUSEUM


FIGURES FROM PEDIMENT OF TEMPLE OF ZEUS

 

OVERNIGHT OLYMPIA EUROPA HOTEL - DINNER IS INCLUDED THIS NIGHT

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 2015 DELPHI
TRAVEL OLYMPIA TO DELPHI
OVERNIGHT DELPHI

Delphi became the site of a major temple to Apollo, as well as the Pythian Games and the famous prehistoric oracle. The Oracle was dedicated to Apollo who spoke through the Delphi Priestess, the Pythia who sat on a tripod over an opening in the Earth. A legend claims the Pythia was intoxicated by fumes that came from the decomposing body of the Python who Apollo had killed to gain mastery of the Oracle. More modern theories suggest the intoxication was caused by ethylene or methane vapors from springs running under the temple. The Delphic Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world, and she was consulted before any major undertakings.


ANCIENT DELPHI

 


Charioteer of Delphi


6TH CENTURY BC TEMPLE OF APOLLO DESTROYED BY EARTHQUAKE 373 BC


GREEK THEATERS HAD NO BACKDROP EXCEPT NATURE


PYTHIAN GAMES HELD EVERY FOUR YEARS, STARTING 586 BC


DELPHI MUSEUM BUILT 1938 - ADDITIONS 1974  - RESTORATION 1999

Overnight Delphi Palace Hotel


DAY 5, THURSDAY JUNE 4
RETURN TO ATHENS

For those interested in staying overnight in Athens, a block of 20 rooms will be available at the Acropolis Select Hotel. The  Post Tour rooms will be offered at the same rate, 87 Euros Double, 77 Euros Single, B&B, as for the MSA Congress, if you make your Post Tour reservation there by April 25, 2015. (Please note: There is an earlier deadline of April 1 to stay here for the Congress itself.)

To obtain the special Congress Rate contact the hotel at http://acropoliselect.gr/?page_id=47 and identify yourself as a participant in the MSA 18th Annual Congress.

ACROPOLIS SELECT HOTEL