One of our early evening seminars in the village of Ancient Korinth, at Café Marinos, overlooking the Korinthian Gulf, while discussing Aeschylus' plays.
Although clothed and with shoes, we recreate a footrace at the original stadium at Nemea. Professor Taber did retain from ancient times, however, the threat that cheaters would be beaten. Click here to see photos from previous tours.
The price for the 25-day (24-night) study tour (including most of a day of travel on each end) is $4800. This is a non-profit educational experience, so 100% of these funds are used for the itinerary; any money that looks like it will be left over is used for the students (to buy an unscheduled group meal, to make an ice cream stop, or the like).
Additionally, each participant must pay St. Mary's College of Maryland for four credit-hours of tuition (if $195/credit, then $780) and we estimate about $400 to cover the cost of meals that are not included in the itinerary. (Meals covered are all breakfasts, 7 lunches and 13 dinners.) Space permitting, we welcome alumni, who would not pay the tuition charge, unless they have reason for the four credits to be reflected on their transcript.
The fee is payable to the Business Office of St. Mary's College of Maryland (specify that it's for the Greece Study Tour) in three installments:
- $1600 due on January 28 (extended to Feb. 7, due to inclement weather having closed SMCM)
- $1600 due on February 28
- $1600 due on March 28
Payments can be mailed in the form of a check to:
Business Office ATTN: Greece Study Tour
18952 E. Fisher Rd.
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Please note on the check that it's for "Greece Study Tour," so that it's not just dumped into your general account. ("Oh, how thoughtful of this student to prepay a portion of next year's tuition!")
The Business Office can be contacted at 240-895-4315.
Or you can pay as you would any other charge to your student account, as accessed through SMCM's Portal, but don't do this until the Business Office has posted the first bill to your student account. (Otherwise, again, it will go into your general student account.)
If the airline pricing turns out to be to our advantage--and if the dollar doesn't fall much against the euro--then the third payment could be a hundred dollars or so less than expected. The tuition payment for the four credits ($780) is made to the College once registration opens for summer courses (mid-March to mid-April); that money does not come to the organizers of the study tour, so is separate.
The price includes:
- 10-12 Modern Greek lessons and country orientation prior to departure, twice weekly, starting after spring break
- Round-trip airfare between a D.C.-area airport and Athens
- Ground transfer from Athens airport to Ancient Korinth via private coach
- 24 overnights (including one spent on flight to Greece): nine in Ancient Korinth at Rooms Marinos, two in Nauplion, one in Sparti, one in Olympia, one in Delphi, five on the island of Santorini, and four in Athens, all in double/triple rooms with all private facilities in superior tourist class hotels
- Daily breakfast
- 7 lunches (including one on return flight; so 17 lunches are not included.)
- 13 dinners (including one on outgoing flight; so 11 dinners are not included.)
- Admission fees to all sites and museums
- Transportation costs via chartered taxis and bus from Ancient Korinth hotel to an area monastery, Blue Lake, Loutraki, and Isthmia
- Chartered, air-conditioned coach transportation with experienced driver for seven days from Ancient Korinth until the ferry departure to Santorini
- Ferry tickets across the Korinthian Gulf, from Olympia to Delphi, including bus expenses
- Round-trip ferry tickets Piraeus-Santorini
- Day bus tour of Santorini
- Gratuities for bus driver and boat captains
- Travel health insurance
- Return transfer by chartered coach from hotel to airport on morning of departure to the U.S.
Those canceling before the final payment deadline will be refunded the price of the airline ticket, consistent with the policy of the whatever airline we use (often in the form of a travel voucher, minus an approximately $200 reticketing fee). We will attempt to work with our Greek family travel service to obtain as much of a refund on other payments as we can get; but as with any travel abroad, the later the cancellation, the less likely any refund.