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Spring Tour Schedule

Lasting three weeks in February/March, the Spring Tour will be an extended traveling experience for us. Visits in Greece, Italy, and Vatican City will focus on classical civilizations. The majority of the tour travel is via bus, with ferry trips between Italy and Greece.

Greece and Italy Feb 16 – March 07, 2007


Friday, Feb.16
2.00am Depart Salzburg
2.00pm Arrive Ancona
5.00pm Ferry boat from Ancona to Igoumenitsa
Overnight stay on ferry

Saturday, Feb. 17
9.00am Arrive Igoumenitsa
Continue tour to Kalambaka
Afternoon free in Kalambaka
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Amalia in Kalambaka (until Feb.19, 2007)

Sunday, Feb. 18
7.30am Breakfast
Visiting monasteries such as “Metamorphosis”in Meteora, etc.
Please remember: Girls have to wear a skirt!
7.30pm Dinner at Hotel Amalia in Kalambaka.

Monday, Feb. 19
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Depart Kalambaka, drive to Delphi
1.00pm Lunch break in Itea
4.00pm Continue tour to Delphi
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Amalia in Delphi (until Feb. 20, 2007)

Tuesday, Feb. 20
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Depart for archeological excavation in Delphi with
tour guide Anna Kourtidou. Meeting point: 9am, Hotel Amalia, Delphi
1.00pm Lunch break in Avorahva
2.30pm Depart for Athens
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Parthenon in Athens (until Feb. 23, 2007)

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am National museum with tour guide Niki Vlachour and Acropolis. Meeting point:
9am Hotel Parthenon, Athens.
12.00am Visit Agora and Acropolis with Acropolis Museum
7.30am Dinner at Hotel Parthenon, Athens

Thursday, Feb. 22
8.00am Breakfast
Day off in Athens
7.30am Dinner at Hotel Parthenon, Athens

Friday, Feb. 23
7.00am Breakfast
7.45am Depart Athens
9.00am Visit of Canal of Corinth
1.00pm Lunch break in Nauplia, drive to Epidauros
3.00pm Visit of Theater of Epidauros
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Amalia in Nauplia (until Feb. 24, 2007)

Saturday, Feb. 24
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Depart for Corinth – Visit of Mycenae and Lion’s Gate.
1.00pm Visit of excavations of Roman Agora of Corinth
3.00pm Depart for Olympia
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Amalia Olympia (until Feb. 25, 2007)

Sunday, Feb. 25
8.00ap Breakfast
9.00am Visit of Historical Site of Olympic Games with tour guide Niki Vlachou.
Meeting Point 8.30am Hotel Amalia, Olympia
1.00pm Depart for Patras
6.00pm Ferry to Italy / Bari, overnight stay on ferry.

Destinations in Greece

• Athens: Host of the 2004 Olympic games, Athens most well-known sites include the breathtaking Acropolis and its famous Parthenon, the Agora, the Temple of Olympic Zeus, and Hadrians Arch. Students usually have a guided walking tour through the ancient sites, focusing on the Acropolis and the Agora, with an additional visit to the National Archeological Museum.

• Olympia: The site of the original Olympic games includes the famous arena, the huge ruins of the Temple of Zeus, the smaller Temple of Hera, and the gymnasium where ancient athletes once trained. Students are usually accompanied by a tour guide who will relate the details of the ancient Olympic rituals and rules.

• Delphi: Home of the ancient oracle, Delphi was once considered by Greeks to be the navel of the world. Notable excavations include the temple, theatre, and even a stadium. Additionally, there is a museum onsite that features excellent ancient statues and artifacts. Down the road, students can find the ruins of a gymnasium and a small temple to Athena.

• Meteora: These bizarre rock formations are capped with 24 Byzantine monasteries. Originally, the perilous heights allowed monks and nuns alike to live truly removed from the rest of the world, receiving their food and supplies by crates that could be lowered and raised. Now tourists can visit and enjoy the spectacular views, as well as the quiet beauty of the monasteries themselves.

• Mycenae: Excavations have revealed the ruins of the ancient city that was famously led by Agamemnon during the Trojan War. Students will recognize the Lion Gate (~1250 BC) and Agamemnons beehive-shaped tomb from Fine Arts classes.

• Corinth: This site includes a mixture of Greek and Roman ruins. Highlights include the remains of a fountain where Paul had supposedly preached, the Temple of Apollo, and an archeological museum featuring primarily statuary.

Other cities that may serve as brief afternoon visits or overnight rests include Igoumenitsa, Ioannina, Kalambaka, Itea, Avorahva, and Patras.


Monday, Feb. 26
8.30am Arrive in Bari, continue to Pompeji
2.00pm Guided tour in Pompeji. Guide: Vittorio Boccia.
Meeting point: excavation site at 2pm.
Continue to Rome.
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Parco Terreno in Rome (until Feb. 3, 2007)

Tuesday, Feb. 27
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Sightseeing tour Rome by bus, visit of Early Christian Rome and Catacombs of Domitilla.
2.00pm Visit of Forum Romanum. Tour guide: Meeting point:
7.30pm Dinner at hotel

Wednesday, Feb. 28
7.00am Breakfast
12.00am Visit of Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
7.30pm Dinner at hotel

Thursday, March 1
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Day off in Rome
7.30pm Dinner at hotel

Friday, March 2
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Depart for Assisi
12.00am Lunch break in Assisi
2.00pm Depart for Florence
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence (until March 05, 2007).

Saturday, March 3
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Visit of Academie with Michelangelos “David” plus fragmentary sculptures!
11.00am Guided tour in Florence (on foot) by Helga Malghörner-Romej.
Meeting point: Ambulances and newspaper stand at Campanile (= bell tower of Cathedrale)
2.30pm Visit of Uffizien (please see important paintings, listed on Dr Loos notes!)
7.30pm Dinner at Hotel Mediterraneo

Sunday, March 4
7:00am Breakfast
Visit of several churches in Florence with tour guide.
Guide: Meeting point:
7.30pm Dinner at Hotel Mediterraneo

Monday, March 5
7.00am Breakfast
8.00am Depart for Ravenna
11.00am Visit churches San Apolinare Nuovo and San Vitale.
Guide: Verdiana Baioni
Meeting point: 11.00am San Vitale
2.00pm Continue to Venice; on the way visit of the church San Apolinare in Classe
7.30pm Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Righetto in Cavallino (until March 7, 2007).

Tuesday, March 6
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Boat trip to Venice
Day off in Venice
7.30pm Dinner at Hotel Righetto, Cavallino

Wednesday, March 7
7.00am Breakfast
8.00am Return to Salzburg
3.00pm Arrive Salzburg
Destinations in Italy

• Rome: Visits within Rome tend to be divided into two themes: the ancient Roman sites and the early Christian sites. The former usually consists of the Forum, which includes the Senate House (Curia), the Arches of Septimius Severus and Titus, and several temples. Students also typically see the Colosseum and the nearby Arch of Constantine.The early Christian tour allows students to see some of Romes most important churches and take a guided tour through one of the citys catacombs.

• Vatican City: An independent territory inside Rome, Vatican City is the seat of the Catholic Church. Students usually visit St. Peter for an audience with the Pope and have time afterward to enjoy the beautiful art treasures within the basilica, including Michelangelo Piet and Berninis altarpiece. The Vatican Museum holds still more works that students will recognize from their art history class, including the famous Sistine Chapel.

• Florence: Students become acquainted with the city through a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo (cathedral) and its Battistero (baptistery), the Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. Typical museum visits include the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia (home of Michelangelos David).

• Pompeii: Buried by ash from a volcanic eruption in AD 79, Pompeii offers a well-preserved look at Roman daily life. Students usually take a guided tour through the site, viewing the Forum, the House of the Faun, the amphitheater, the bath houses, and the enigmatic Villa of the Mysteries.

• Venice: Students are generally given a free day to explore this small but culturally rich city. Most students visit the Basilica di San Marco (the resting place of St. Mark), the Palazzo Ducale (Dogeâs Palace), and the Ponte di Rialto.

• Naples: A visit to Naples typically includes a stop at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which houses a variety of ancient Roman art and artifacts, including pieces from Pompeii. Interesting pieces include the Alexander mosaic, Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) and the towering Weary Heracles.

• Ravenna: The 6th century Basilica di San Vitale was built in Ravenna during its brief period as part of the Byzantine Empire. This extraordinary early Christian church features vibrant mosaics of various biblical stories and portraits of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora themselves. Located nearby, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia offers more beautiful mosaics. The tomb of Dante Alighieri is also located within this city.

Other cities that may serve as brief afternoon visits or overnight rests include Bari, Sorrento, and Assisi.