Summer University 2016

 

Zante mysteries: A journey beyond centuries

Organized by AEGEE-Athina

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The enchanting capital of Greece and the birthplace for civilization and democracy, the city where Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Hippocrates and Sophocles lived and worked in fifth century. Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechteion, the ancient Agora, the ancient temple of Hephaestus are only some of the most famous archaeological monuments in Europe that have made the world tour causing feelings of admiration by thousands of people. Acropolis is nominated to be one of the 7 wonders of modern world! The heart of Athens beats in Syntagma Square with the Greek Parliament, the National Garden and Zappeion with the Temple of Olympian Zeus! Athens is a cosmopolitan city combining with harmony ancient with modern and east with west culture, providing with an intense and famous nightlife and a huge variety of cultural and entertainment events!
And then the travelling adventure begins! First stop? Epidaurus: The ancient town in modern time Greece. Now it’s your chance to visit the ancient theatre, explore the nature around and maybe if you’re lucky, discover the emotions behind dramatic greek ancient drama plays.

Nafplio: a small, but lively, picturesque town right by the seaside. Get ready to visit the old capital of Greece (up until the 19th century), with the majestic fortresses of Bourtzi and Palamidi and the beautiful and relaxing marinas.
Right during the time of the Olympic Games 2016 that will be taking place in Rio, we will be visiting the original place where the Olympic Games started: ancient Olympia! With the beautiful stadium and the classic artifacts all wrapped up in a natural, signature Greek, green setting get ready to be amazed and fully emerged in the Olympic spirit!

Zante: the island of one of the most important Greek maritime parks, serenades, crystal clear waters and of course booming nightlife! The best destination to complete your Greek experience, as there you will have the chance to explore the sights, check out all the fun beach games, try the once-in-a-lifetime experience that is turtle watching and, last but not least, party ‘till you drop down!

General Information:

From: Friday, August 12th
To: Friday, August 26th
Starts in: Athens
Ends in: Zante (Zakynthos)
Type: Travelling Summer University info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Green SU
Fee: 196€ info_outline
30 Friends
Accomodation: Gym (Need of sleeping bag and/or matress)
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 50€
Used for: a. Half day cruise at Keri, Keri Caves & the national maritime park of Zante (Turtle Watching), b. Daily Cruise at Blue Caves & the shipwreck beach
Alternative: a. Visit at the War Museum, b. Visit at the Solomos Museum, c. Visit at the Byzantine Museum
Language: English
Special equipment needed:
Suited for disabled people: No

Theme:

History, Culture, Ecotourism, a basic grasp of Greek language and dances

Contact:

Phone: +30 6988135510

Our ideal participant:

    The ideal participant could be anyone as long as they write the best motivational letter. The only thing needed is creativity, collective thinking, enthusiasm and, of course, a lot of AEGEE spirit!!!

Activities:

  • Cultural Workshops
  • Marvel at the ancient monuments and museums of Athens.
  • Greek dances workshop
  • Visits to the historical, archaeological and the Acropolis museums
  • City tours and city rally
  • Ice breaking games and energizers
  • Learn Greek dances and language.
  • Taste amazing food.
  • Relax time at the beaches.
  • Visit at the majestic fortresses of Nafplio
  • Explore the ancient Greek theaters and drama plays
  • Feel the Olympic Spirit while visiting the ancient stadium
  • Turtle watching
  • Local Culture & Traditions exploration
  • Cruise around the island of Zante and explore the deserted beaches and caves
  • Explore the nightlife of Zante

Course Information:

Course:
Timetable:
Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Members of environmental NGOs
Equipment:
Supported by University: No

Join the Summer University and visit:

Athens

The capital of Greek civilization; A hub of culture, history and booming nightlife, all at once!Athens is the largest city and capital of Greece. It is one of the ten oldest cities in the world and arguably Europe's most ancient. Its recorded history is spanning around 3,400 years, but the earliest human presence in the area dates from 11.000 BC! Classical Athens was a powerful city-state, birthplace of world-famous politicians, philosophers, play-writers and scientists. Home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.
Modern Athens is a cosmopolitan metropolis, and the center of economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Athens features the largest passenger port in Europe and the third largest in the world. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Acropolis. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.

Epidaurus

In a canyon, in 340 BC, an Argos architect Polykleitos the Younger, built, according to Pausanias, the theatre of Epidaurus.
Among all the ancient theatres, Epidaurus theatre is the most beautiful and best preserved. The superb acoustics as well as the very well preserved construction, contributed to the creation of Epidaurus Festival, an institution that contributed to the cultural revival of the theatre.

Nafplio

One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece. This historical Jewel of the Peloponnese has a history full of myth, occupancy and revolutions. This small but very important town, has served as one of the most important landmarks in Greek history, even by being the capital (before Athens) from the 1823 up until the 1834.

Ancient Olympia

Ancient Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece, presents the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, the sanctuary of Zeus, father of both gods and men, where the Olympic games were born.

Zante

Zante, also often known as Zakynthos, is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands and one of the most popular Greek islands. There is something for everyone on this floating island of paradise with numerous sandy beaches, mountain villages preserving the traditional Greek way of life, beautiful natural scenery, watersports, bars and nightclubs to more than cater for all your entertainment needs. The locals welcome tourists with open arms and offer them the hospitality which Greece is famous for. Explore the island that is infamous for having a variety of activities to do during your stay there, from exploring the Blue Caves & the Shipwreck Beach to the amazing nightlife.
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