Empiria Learning

School Trips

Program Outline

Empiria Learning provides comprehensive and interactive programs for junior high and high school educational trips to Greece.
We create customized, immersive programs in collaboration with the particular needs and desires of teachers, students, and schools. As your guides and chaperones, we offer our years of experience as educators and tutors, and deliver on original in-country partnerships.

Our experience and contacts throughout Greece in cultural, educational, and political organizations and bodies help you create unique programs that inspire students and cultivate analytical thinking, confidence, leadership, and collaborative learning skills.

Your Guides

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Dr. Nikos Michailidis

Dr. Nikos Michailidis completed his PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Panteion University in Greece. He has years of experience as a professor at Princeton University and the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and is a dedicated educator and mentor. His particular interests and skills are in speech-writing, political analysis, Greek philosophy, and ethnography. Dr. Michailidis has contributed think-pieces to the biggest newspapers in Greece and has also been a political pundit on news programs in Greece.

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Dr. Vicky Hioureas

Dr. Vicky Hioureas completed her PhD in History from Princeton University, and holds Master’s degrees in Classics and Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from the University of California, Irvine and King’s College London, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Classical literature, philosophy, history, and argumentation are some of her greatest interests, and she enjoys sharing this passion with her students.

Your Guides

Nikolaos Michailidis Photo

Dr. Nikos Michailidis

Dr. Nikos Michailidis completed his PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Panteion University in Greece. He has years of experience as a professor at Princeton University and the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and is a dedicated educator and mentor. His particular interests and skills are in speech-writing, political analysis, Greek philosophy, and ethnography. Dr. Michailidis has contributed think-pieces to the biggest newspapers in Greece and has also been a political pundit on news programs in Greece.

Vicky's photo

Dr. Vicky Hioureas

Dr. Vicky Hioureas completed her PhD in History from Princeton University, and holds Master’s degrees in Classics and Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from the University of California, Irvine and King’s College London, and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. Classical literature, philosophy, history, and argumentation are some of her greatest interests, and she enjoys sharing this passion with her students.

Testimonials

The summer program in Greece had an incalculable impact on Tristan. He returned home more mature, independent, and sociable—he made deep friendships with his classmates and has really come out of his shell

Christina, mother of student

It was so cool to perform Antigone in an Ancient Greek theater. There’s not a lot of people on the planet who’ve acted in ancient ruins.

Finn, student

I learned a lot about Greek history and theater this summer. I even got to play Ismene in Antigone in an archaeological site, where thousands of years ago ancient Greeks performed the same play. I have a depper loe for history and classics after studying it in Greece.

Shayla, student

My favorite part about Greece was the village stay. We got to pick cherries and make jam, play soccer with the kids in the village. We learned how to Greek dance, and the banquet was amazing! We could walk to the pharmacy, café, or the village market by ourselves—I felt like an adult.

Shane, student

I signed up Kai for the program in Greece to prepare her for next year. She’s never shared a room with anyone, let alone a classmate she barely knows, so I wanted her to dip her toes in a new environment before she heads off to university. Kai loved the experience, she made a lot of new friends, and she became more responsible for herself. She learned how to do laundry, take responsibility for her actions, and set a schedule for herself. Enrolling her in this program gave Kai the distance from us that she needed to develop necessary life skills.

John and Nancy, parents

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival at Athens International Airport.

Bus transfer to Old Epidaurus (2-hour drive).

Check-in at hotel and dinner (depending on time of arrival).

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board the bus and drive to Epidaurus (30-minute drive) for our first guided visit. After this visit, we will proceed to Ancient Mycenae (45-minute drive) for our next guided visit.

Drive to Nafplio (25-minute drive) for lunch and free time.

Drive back to Old Epidaurus (45-minute drive) for free time at the beach and dinner. There is a possibility of attending a theatrical performance at the ancient theater, depending on the program (TBD).

DAY 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel and drive to Athens (2-hour drive).

Drop off luggage at the hotel and proceed with our guided visits at the Parthenon, the Theater of Dionysus, and the Museum of the Acropolis.

Lunch.

Check-in at the hotel, free time, followed by dinner.

DAY 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Board the bus and drive to Thorikos theater, guided visit, and performance by students (2-3 hours).

Board the bus and drive to Sounio (20-minutes), guided visit of the archaeological site.

Lunch by the sea and free time at the beach.

Drive back to the hotel (1.5- hour drive).

Dinner.

DAY 5

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Ancient Delphi.

Guided visit of the archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi.

Lunch in the village of Delphi.

Board the bus and drive to Kalabaka (3.5-hour drive).

Check-in at the hotel, followed by dinner.

DAY 6

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Board the bus and visit one or two monasteries in Meteora.

Lunch in Kalabaka.

Board the bus and drive to Katerini Beach (1.5-hour drive).

Check-in at the hotel, followed by free time at the beach, and dinner.

DAY 7

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Board the bus and drive to Giannakohori village (1.5-hour drive).

Accommodation of the group in local houses in the village.

Lunch made by local women (subject to dietary restrictions of participants).

Visit the cultural association of Naousa for folk dance performance and instruction.

Free time in the city of Naousa.

Return to Giannakohori village, followed by dinner.

DAY 8

Breakfast with host families.

Visit local farm to harvest fruits, and possibly herd goats (subject to weather conditions and harvest production).

Cooking demonstration from local women and lunch.

Free time/hike in the village.

Dinner and live music in the village, for send-off celebration with our homestay hosts.

DAY 9

Breakfast in the village and say good-bye to host families.

Board bus and drive to Vergina (1-hour drive).

Guided visit of the archaeological site of Aiges/Vergina.

Lunch in Veria (15-minute drive).

Board the bus and drive to Thessaloniki (1-hour drive)

Check-in at the hotel. Free time and dinner.

DAY 10

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to a local museum.

A guided walk, free time, and lunch in the city center.

Possible visit at a cultural organization in Thermi for folk dance instruction.

Dinner.

DAY 11

Breakfast at the hotel.

Board the bus and drive to Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle (1.5-hour drive).

Drive to a nearby beach for swimming and lunch.

Return to Thessaloniki for farewell banquet.

DAY 12

Breakfast and check-out from the hotel.

Board the bus and drive to Thessaloniki International Airport.

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