January Journey in Greece for Students and Alumni–Writing History from Nafplio to Thessaloniki

Program’s identity and key information

  • Organizers:  Harvard Alumni Association Travels, supported by CHS Greece and CHS US
  • Dates: January 10–19, 2020 (ten days)/New dates to be announced closer to the next iteration of the program
  • Location: Nafplio, Athens, Nafpaktos, Messolonghi, Ioannina, Thessaloniki
  • Open to: Harvard Alumni, HeroesX alumni, Harvard students, former CHS Fellows
  • Study Leader: Keith DeStone (Harvard, CHS)
  • CHS in Greece contact person: Evan Katsarelis (ekatsarelis@chs.harvard.edu)
  • Held: Annually
  • Registrations: Limited number of travelers, on a first-come first-served basis

Do you wish to travel across the mainland of Greece by joining in this January journey? Visit the Harvard Alumni Association Travels January Journey webpage for pricing and registration details. Please direct your program-related questions to the Harvard Alumni Association Travels via email or call (+1 800 422 1636, +1 617 496 0806).

About the trip

Overview and participants

Starting in the picturesque seaside town of Nafplio and ending in the great metropolis of Thessaloniki, this travel-study tour takes as its theme the development of scripts and of writing technologies, with a focus on their eventual employment, throughout the ages, in reproducing the sacred texts of the Bible. Participants visit museums and historical sites along the way, where they have the chance to get up-close views of clay tablets, scrolls, illuminated manuscripts, printing presses, early printed Bibles, and more. While the historical survey takes a generally chronological approach, exceptions are made in order to take advantage of each city's offerings. Greece's stunning landscapes, its long history, and its mild winter season, along with the company of Harvard students and alumni, set the stage for a unique travel-study experience.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next iteration of the travel study program "Writing History from Nafplio to Thessaloniki" is on hold.

Schedule by day for 2020

  • January 10: Depart USA on an overnight flight
  • January 11: Arrive in Athens / Transfer to Nafplio / Welcome dinner
  • January 12: Nafplio
  • January 13: Nafplio / Athens
  • January 14: Athens
  • January 15: Athens/ Thebes/ Nafpaktos
  • January 16: Messolonghi / Ioannina
  • January 17: Ioannina / Thessaloniki
  • January 18: Thessaloniki
  • January 19: Departure flights home

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