Past international trip: Cruising the Greek Islands and Turkey
May 9-21, 2012(completed)

Credit and non-credit

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Related course: the Greeks

This non-credit course is being offered at CCBC Essex. Students will trace the history of Greece from the Stone Age hunters through their temples, pottery and mythology. In the period from 500-336 BC, Greece was divided into small city-states. The ancient ruins provide testimony to the glory of Greece. We'll discuss the three ancient historians who recorded this time period. Other topics to be covered include geography, classical Greece, art and architecture, and myth and religion.

Dates: 4/14/12 and 4/21/12, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
CRN: 76486
Course: HIS 947 A
Room: A-203
Instructor: Dona Ricci
Cost: $35 for seniors 60+, $65 for under age 60
Call to register with a credit card: 443.840.4700

Overview of trip

This 13-day trip features a 7-night cruise to Istanbul, Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini and four days in Athens and Mycenae. Our flight will leave from BWI, arriving in Athens, where we will spend our first night. We'll take a tour of Athens on the second day to see the Acropolis, ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Olympic Stadium. 

Then we'll board the Louis Crystal ship for our 7-day cruise, docking first in Istanbul. There will be opportunities to explore this wonderful city at your leisure or on an optional tour. We'll continue on to the coastal, cosmopolitan town of historic Izmir, which has more than 5000 years of history relating to the Greek Roman and Byzantine civilizations. 

There will be an optional tour to Ephesus, where you can see architectural masterpieces, such as the Library of Celsus and the enormous amphitheater. We will continue on to the Patmos Island of St. John the Divine fame, and then on to Mykonos, where blue and white houses and windmills dot the landscape. 

The cruise continues on to Rhodes, known as the "Island of Roses." Next up is Crete, the site of the Minoan civilization dating back to 4000 BC, and then on to Santorini, the most spectacular of the islands, with its steep volcanic cliffs. We disembark at Piraeus and continue on Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site with famous ancient ruins. We will spend three nights in Athens, where you can enjoy a day at your leisure or join the optional excursion to visit the ancient city of Delphi. 

There will be a day for visiting the Acropolis Museum, which houses the wonderful collection of ancient statues and friezes of many of the famous ancient Greek Gods and more. 


Book by 11/10/11 and save $100.00- Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the seat reduction date of 11/10/11 are based upon availability.
Inside cabin: Double $4449.00. Single $5449.00
Outside Cabin: Double $4799.00, Single $5949.00
Deluxe Cabin: Double $5099.00, Single $6449.00

* After 11/10/11, the prices will increase by $100.00
Cabin categories/rates are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. First come first served basis when names and deposits are received in-house 

First deposit due upon registration: $250 p.p.
Final Payment Due: 1/10/12 


  • Round trip airfare from BWI and transfers, air taxes of $200 (subject to increase until paid in full)
  • Cruise ship cabins, Cruise taxes and fees of $72 p.p., port charges of $262 p.p.
  • Tour director
  • Hotels and hotel transfers
  • Three meals daily while on cruise
  • Breakfast daily, three dinners on land
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • Guided sightseeing and entrance fees

Not included

  • Some lunches
  • Tips
  • Turkey Visa- can be purchased on board cruise ship, upon arrival in Istanbul. Approximate cost is $20 USD
  • Cancellation Waiver and Insurance, $305 p.p.
  • Optional tours