2024 Ranney School Greece Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2024 Ranney School Greece Cultural Journey Program!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this once in a lifetime experience so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The Pre-Enrollment page is meant to share exciting details, highlights, and pertinent info, that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page is intended to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Greece!
Travel Dates: June 2, 2024 - June 13, 2024
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Program Tuition: $4,790 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,489

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan.  Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

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Greece Cultural Journey

Few places are as closely associated with a glorious and illustrious past as Greece. The country beckons with a call of the ancient civilizations that produced art, architecture, philosophy and political wisdom which continue to resonate today. Today, Greece is a proud and vivacious country, with world-class museums, stellar cousine and a sun-bleached vibe that is impossible to resist. Join us!

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Uncover ancient marvels at Acropolis Archeological Museum

Explore Delphi's archaeological treasures with an expert guide

Experience the tranquility of Patmos "Holy Island"

Unearth history at Ephesus

Stroll around the UNESCO-listed medieval town of Rhodes

Cruise to enchanting Mykonos, explore the iconic Old Town with its windmills

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationActivityLodging
June 2USA - AthensOvernight flight from USA to Athens, Greece.Airplane
June 3AthensToday the group will arrive in Athens, Greece, and transfer to our hotel and get checked-in before taking to the streets on walking tour of the hip Plaka neighborhood. Sit down altogether for a delicious welcome dinner in the evening.Mitsis N'U Piraeus Port Athens
June 4AthensThe group will spend the morning on a guided sightseeing tour of Athens led by an expert local guide. The group will visit and learn about the Acropolis, experience Olympic Stadium and much more. We will finish our day having dinner before heading back to our hotel. Mitsis N'U Piraeus Port Athens
June 5Athens - DelphiToday we will have a full day excursion to Delphi Archeological park with a local expert guide at the site. The group will also visit the Delphi Museum. On your return to Athens in the afternoon we make an additional stop at Hosios Loukas Holy Monastery, a byzantine style monastery dating back to 11th century. We will arrive in Athens by dinner time.Mitsis N'U Piraeus Port Athens
June 6AthensWe will start our day with a visit to the Acropolis Archeological Museum. In the afternoon the group will have time to explore old town, have a snack or why not visit other museums. Mitsis N'U Piraeus Port Athens
June 7Athens - MykonosLet’s go island hopping! Today we will board a cruise and sail off to Mykonos Island arriving in the early evening. The group will have 5 hours to explore the dreamy iconic Greek island which is known as the “island of the winds” with its distinctive windmills. We will explore the island together with our guide or in small group on a walk through the atmospheric Old Town with its immaculate whitewashed houses, winding alleys, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants. Evening departure to Turkey.Celestyal Cruise - Discovery Ship
June 8Kusadasi and PatmosToday we will explore Kusadasi and Patmos. We will begin our visit with a bus tour in Kusadasi which will take us on a journey to discover the ancient Ephesus, built 3,000 years ago. The group will also have the chance to discover the Bazar of Kusadasi before cruising over to the hourglass-shaped island of Patmos, known among locals as the “Holy Island” named after St John the Apostle. We will spend the afternoon and evening here and take up an optional excursion or continue exploring in small groups. In the early evening, we will sail towards Heraklion, Crete.Celestyal Cruise - Discovery Ship
June 9Heraklion and SantoriniToday we will sail into Heraklion in the morning, marvel at the Koules Fortress that guards the ancient capital of Crete. We will enjoy some free time in Heraklion or join on an optional excursion to Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization which has been called Europe's oldest city. We will be back onboard of our cruise around lunch time for your next island hop to Santorini. Here you’ll be greeted by striking cliffs which are vertically dotted with traditional white Greek houses and blue domed churches. Participants will have the opportunity to go on an excursion to Oia for an epic sunset.Celestyal Cruise - Discovery Ship
June 10Athens - NafplioToday we will disembark our cruise in the early morning. Once in the mainland, we will begin our day exploring the iconic Poseidon Temple on Sounion Cape before continuing towards Nafplio. On your way, we will make a second stop after lunch in the Peloponnese region in Mykines to visit the its famous archaeological site. Upon arrival in Nafplio we will check into our hotel and have dinner in town. Amalia Hotel Nafplio
June 11Nafplio After breakfast, we will catch a boat to visit to Bourtzi and explore the Venetian water castle. After, we will head back to Nafplio by boat and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the beautiful town and Acronafplia, Nafplio's oldest castle which rises at the top of the Old Town. We will have dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to our hotel to prepare for our return to Athens tomorrow. Amalia Hotel Nafplio
June 12Nafplio - Epidaurus - AthensAfter breakfast, we will head on an excursion to Epidaurus where we will be able to visit the amphitheater. On your way we will pass by the Corinth Canal and many other interesting sites on the along our walk. In the evening, gather together for a delicious Farewell Dinner in the Old Town and reminisce and reflect over everything you’ve seen and done.President Hotel Athens
June 13Athens - USAToday the group will head to the airport to catch out international flight. Your own bed, eventually!

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
President Hotel Athens

Set amidst the eternally intriguing urban landscape of Athens, the landmark building of President Hotel offers an  elegant and comfortable stay. Strategically situated near two Metro stations and other means of public transport close to the heart of Athens, the hotel offers great access to renowned cultural landmarks, commercial streets, historic sites and entertainment attractions. Wifi is available throughout the property and each room as air conditioning.

Celestyal Cruise – Discovery Ship

Accommodation on the Discovery is a haven of luxury and comfort. Cabins can accommodate up to 4 people, have their own private bathrooms, air conditioning and Wifi. All meals will be included on the cruise, and students will be very  comfortable while at sea.

Amalia Hotel Nafplio

Amalia Hotel is a beautiful property with extensive gardens, wide corridors, an atrium, multiple relaxation areas and a summer veranda create the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing getaway. The hotel is built in a neoclassical style and is a reflection of local culture and hospitality. There is Wifi throughout the property and air conditioning in each room.

Mitsis N’U Piraeus Port | Athens

Mitsis N’U Piraeus Port is a 4* hotel located right at the Port of Piraeus, the largest passenger port in Europe. The hotel is conveniently situated only 5 minutes away from Cruise Terminals A, B, and C. With quick access to the metro station, Mitsis N’U Piraeus Port serves as an ideal hub. There is Wifi throughout the property and air conditioning in each room.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

Communication was excellent! We had absolutely all the info we needed from the moment we signed up. LOVED the blog with photos. The prep and follow up activities on culture shock, re-entry, etc. were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!

Erika
Parent of John, traveler on Peru Service Adventure

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel. 

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.

 

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