2012 Itinerary

Study Tour to Greece and Turkey: Itinerary


Sunday, May 6

  • Travel from New Haven to Athens

Monday, May 7 | Athens

  • Visit to St. George Parish, Halandri
  • Presentation on Greek Orthodox church parish life with Fr. Stefanos Alexopolous
  • Walking tour to St. George Chapel and St. Nikolas Cathedral
  • Schola Cantorum Concert at St. George Parish
  • Community Dinner at To Koutouki tou Apostoli

Tuesday, May 8 | Athens

  • Walking tour of the Acropolis 
  • Guided tours of the Acropolis Museum
  • Evening lecture and concert by Professor Achilleas Chaldaiakis, Professor of Byzantine Musicology and Maistores Choir; University of Athens

Wednesday, May 9 | Athens

  • Museum visits: Benaki Museum, Byzantine Museum, and the National Archaeological Museum
  • Architecture walking tour with Fr. Stefanos
  • Visit to the studio of painter George Kordis, for an iconography demonstration and talk

Thursday, May 10 | Kalambaka

  • Visit to Osios Loukas monastery and crypt
  • Guided tours of Delphi site and museum

Friday, May 11 | Meteora

  • Visit to the monastaries of Meteora: St. Nicholas Anapausas, Rousanou/St. Barbara
  • Visit to St. Stephen monastery
  • Visit to Megalo Meteoro monsastery
  • Vespers service at Megalo Meteoro monastery, performance by Byzantine choir Trikkis Melodi, Dimitrios Balageorgos

Saturday, May 12 | Thessaloniki

  • Basilicas walking tour led by Professor Marinis–Rotunda, Agia Sofia, Agios Dimitrios
  • Visit to home of Ataturk and the Turkish Consulate grounds

Sunday, May 13 | Thessaloniki

  • Museum tours: Archaeological Museum and Museum of Byzantine Culture
  • Free time

Monday, May 14 |Thessaloniki

  • Visit and discussion with Aristotle University Faculty of Theology
  • Travel to Istanbul

Tuesday, May 15 | Istanbul

  • Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate; audience with His All-Holiness Echumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • Lunch at Spice Market in Old City
  • Guided tour of Chora Church and Pammakaristos church
  • Performance/talk with Hakan Talu and Sufi musicians at Galata Tekke in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 16th |Istanbul

  • Guided tours in the Old City: Hippodrome, Blu Mosque, and Hagia Sophia
  • Tours of Topkapi Palace, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, and Archaeological Museums
  • Optional Choral performance at Istanbul Kultur University

Thursday, May 17th | Istanbul

  • Visit to Istanbul Technical University
  • Presentation on Turkish music by State Conservatory music faulty
  • Presentation on Islamic culture, worship, and theology
  • Free time to explore city
  • Community dinner cruise on Bosphorus River

Friday, May 18th

  • Travel from Istanbul to New Haven