When the frost builds on the windowsill, the Mediterranean and, in particular, Greece calls. A land of sunshine and glorious islands, it is a haven for holidaymakers seeking a respite from the Northern cold.
But for those with learning on their mind, Greece has broader horizons. It is a land that traces its lineage back to days still admired the world over for their contribution to the education of humanity. Students who visit will find they enjoy Greece as more than just a sunny holiday destination.
Crucible of Classics
Homer, Aristotle, and Plato: even the least erudite of souls will come across these names at least once in their lives. An educational tour of Greece will no doubt focus on helping students live and breathe the stories surrounding the classic authors and figures who can seem to be but fictitious characters in history books and primary sources. The significance of bringing the classics alive by visiting the ruins and museums of Greece lies in the sheer value of wrestling with the ideas and stories created by these men and women.
Home of History
The events that transpired in this small nation during antiquity and beyond were so pivotal, cultures as far away as the Middle East, England and Latin America still study them today. An educational tour of the Parthenon, Corinth or Thessaloniki will hush students with the awe of walking in the footsteps of people who won wars, wrote books, and crafted ideas that form the foundation of their society. To bring this history alive will help impress on them all the more how the history of Greece still lives through its modern influence.
Dreamland for Design
Students on an educational tour of Greece may be primarily interested in the design of caldera beaches and the art of a vermilion sunset, but a visit to the Athens Museum, the site of Delphi, or Nestor's Palace may change their minds. They will be able to appreciate how people who lived and worked without modern day conveniences could craft edifices and artworks of such beauty. In this way, a visit to Greece will no doubt inspire many students to hatch their own designs, as it has inspired many great artists who have visited over the centuries.
Garden of Geography
There is of course a place for relaxing on the Greek islands during any educational tour. In fact, a visit to the small towns, fishing villages and multitude of islands will educate students in the field of geography. The particular volcanic construction of many of the islands and the diversity of sands, stones and geological formations make for a special focus of study. Students can learn about the ecology of the area and the formation of the island chains, while enjoying a lifestyle that will make them forget the existence of frost on windowsills.