Enjoy this blog highlight from our Summer 2022 Greece & Italy group about their adventures from Athens to Heraklion.

The last few days have been a whirlwind of history, exploration, and adventure. On our second full day in Athens, we continued diving into learning about ancient Greek civilization. We had the opportunity to visit the Agora and the Roman Agora, both in central Athens. It was fascinating to continue to see such ancient architectural wonders. The Agora and Roman Agora were as stunning as the Acropolis and Parthenon, but with so many fewer visitors. It was a special opportunity to get to engage with such ancient structures in a much more quiet environment.

Group of students holding blue Smithsonian Journeys flag.

To close out another busy day in Athens, we made our way to Piraeus Harbour and onto the Knossos Palace, the ship that would take us from Athens to Heraklion in Crete!

Orange curtains frame a window overlooking the blue ocean.

It was incredible to wake up with a beautiful view of Crete from our windows! Since arriving in Crete we’ve been incredibly busy. We continued our journey through history by learning about the ACTUAL Knossos Palace, not the ship, as well as the Minoan culture which had its beginnings on Crete around 3,500 BC!

After packing a lot into only a few days we needed a bit of a break from it all. So we packed our bags and headed to the beautiful Chania. Chania is a small town a couple hours away from Heraklion known for its beaches as well as its Venetian and Islamic influence. Our students mainly stuck to the beaches and had an amazing time.

Group of students in bathing suits standing at the shoreline.

Crystal clear ocean water washing up on sand.

View of the ocean water and blue sky.

That brings us to today! It was another beautiful day spent outside, this time hiking through the gorgeous Lasithi Plateau.

Group standing in front of a mountain.

For lunch our guides Jacob and Frank organized a beautiful picnic in this incredible field situated in the shade of an oak tree. We ate some absolutely delicious local food and took a moment to really appreciate what we were doing. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Students sitting in folding chairs with mountains in background.

Cheers to our continued adventure! We can’t wait for what’s next.

Dimitri, Michael, and Giulia