Glorious Greece: Ancient Art and Culture

From Athens to Olympia, experience the timeless natural beauty and stunning artistic and cultural achievements of Greece.

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The Program

Immerse yourself in the art and culture of ancient Greece by studying in the land where it was created! After preparatory readings and online course activities, you will spend ten days in Greece visiting archaeological sites and museums in Athens, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and other points of artistic, historic, and cultural interest.

Based in a convenient hotel near the foot of the Akropolis, you will explore the birthplace of western democracy and the monuments of Classical Athens that have awed and inspired visitors for more than two millennia.

Through guided lectures, visits to museums, and independent exploration you will learn to recognize major trends, styles and production techniques in ancient Greek art and architecture and to understand their social, historical and religious origins. On archaeological sites you will learn to how to reconstruct monuments on the basis of their architectural remains and to picture in context the activities that took place there in ancient times. On a five-day trip through the Peloponnese and Central Greece you will experience the spectacular landscape, history and cultural achievements of a variety of important regions and sites, including Olympia and Delphi, two of the most prestigious sanctuaries of the ancient world. The course will be enriched by guest lecturers and by special encounters with various aspects of modern Greek life. You will record your own personal highlights and discoveries in daily journal entries and will share thoughts about favorite objects or observations in occasional brief, informal presentations on sites and in museums. Not only will you study first-hand some of the most influential monuments of Western art, but you will experience the wonderful synergy of light, space, and landscape with Greek architecture and sculpture and will learn to appreciate more fully how the  various arts functioned within ancient Greek society. All of this will be enlivened by the warm, vibrant, creative vitality of modern Greek life, offering remarkable examples of continuity over thousands of years, as well as striking contrasts and juxtapositions of the past with modern times.



Day Location: Event
DAY 1 Athens: Arrival. Welcome dinner
DAY 2 Athens: Akropolis, Akropolis Museum, and Kerameikos (cemetery)
DAY 3 Athens: National Archaeological Museum. Cape Sounion: Temple of Poseidon
DAY 4 Eleusis: Sanctuary of Demeter; Ancient Corinth; Epidauros: Sanctuary of Asklepios; evening in Nafplio
DAY 5 Nafplio Museum; Tiryns; Mycenae;  Pottery Workshop; scenic drive to Dimitsana
DAY 6 Arcadia: mountain village of Dimitsana; Temple of Apollo at Bassae; folk-dancing demonstration at Olympia.
DAY 7 Olympia: Archaeological Site and Museum; scenic drive to Delphi
DAY 8 Delphi: Sanctuary of Apollo and Archaeological Museum
DAY 9 Athens: Agora and Agora Museum; Roman Agora, Tower of Winds, Library of Hadrian, Arch of Hadrian, Olympieion, Stadium of Herodes Atticus
DAY 10 Athens: Day-trip by ferry to Island of Aigina, Temple of Aphaia
DAY 11 Athens: Museum of Cycladic Art; Benaki Museum; (optional: Numismatic Museum/Schliemann House); Afternoon, free time; Group Farewell Dinner
DAY 12 Athens: individual departures, or join Optional Extension Trip to Northern Greece

Optional Extended Tour:

4 days: Saturday-Tuesday (June 18-21, 2017)
Round-trip train travel to Thessaloniki, 3 nights’ accommodation in Thessaloniki: visits to Royal Cemetery and Archaeological Museum at Vergina; Macedonian houses at Pella; tomb at Lefkadia; various museums and monuments in Thessaloniki.

This tour is optional for students seeking only 3 credits (one course). The extended tour is required for students seeking to earn 6 credits (two courses).

Courses and Credit

Participants can earn 3 or 6 credits and satisfy an Arts Distribution by registering in one of the following courses:

Schedule & Fees

June 7–18, 2017
$3,209: 3 credits (12 day basic program)
$3,904: 3 credits (with optional 4 day extended tour)
$4,554: 6 credits (16 day program, 4 day extension included)

The program fee includes all lodging, ground transportation, breakfasts and 5 additional meals. Participants should expect to purchase at their own expense lunches and 7 dinners.

The fee does not include airfare to and from Greece; nor does it include museum entrance fees. It is estimated that out-of pocket costs will come to around $500.

The program payment takes place in two parts:

  1. payment directly to the travel vendor ($2,225 for 12 day program; add $695 for the extended 4 day tour)
  2. tuition payment to UMass Boston ($984; add $650 for the additional 3-credit course).

Note: A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due to the travel vendor, Educational Tours & Cruises, by March 30, 2017. The balance of the total payment is due by April 20. UMass Boston Tuition billed in early May.

To Apply

Application Deadline: March 24, 2017

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available. Download the application here.

This course is open to all qualified University of Massachusetts Boston students. Students from other colleges and universities, and interested educators and professionals are also welcome to apply. Acceptance to the program will be on a space available basis. All participants are expected to abide by the UMass Boston Code of Conduct.

Note on Passports: US citizens need a passport to travel to Greece. Participants with non-U.S. nationality should confirm the particular visa rules pertaining to their status.


Gretchen Umholtz (PhD, University of California at Berkeley) Umholtz is a lecturer in the Department of Classics at UMass Boston. She has taught Greek art, archaeology, history, language, and literature for more than twenty years, has traveled extensively in Greece and Turkey and has excavated in the Athenian Agora, at Ancient Corinth, and at Sardis. She is thrilled to share the joy of Greek art and culture with UMass Boston students on-site in Greece.

Request Information

For further academic information, please contact:

Gretchen Umholtz

For application and travel information, please contact:

Karol Victoria Guzman


Please be advised that international programs are subject to change, slight or major, at any time due to circumstances beyond our control; this includes any and all fees, dates, itinerary, and program activities. We will do our best to inform all applicants of any changes in as timely a manner as possible.