Close your eyes, think "Greek isles," and views of the Cyclades are probably what come to your mind's eye. Characteristic whitewashed houses nestled into the sides of craggy hills. Golden beaches, olive groves, and scrubby forests, fragrant with island herbs. But the Cycladic culture, at its height in the Neolithic period and early Bronze Age, matches the natural beauty with its lasting physical and artistic influence. Join your fellow Princetonians in an exploration of both nature and culture among the hidden gems of the Cyclades grouping, July 23 – August 1, 2014.
Meet as a group in Athens for an orientation on Greek history, visiting the Cycladic treasures in the Ghoulandris Museum and the collections of the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture. Then cruise from island to island aboard the privately-chartered Harmony V, with just 25 cabins. Visit Tinos, spiritual center of modern Greece then sample local music and fare on the island of Syros, capital of the Cyclades and noted aristocratic island of neoclassic architecture. Cruise to Naxos to discover the small villages' authentic way of life. By no means undiscovered, Santorini beckons for a visit to its newly reopened Minoan Bronze Age archaeological site of Akrotiri, which has been shuttered for seven years. Explore nearly unknown Folegandros island and its central town, Chora, before circumnavigating the breathtaking cliffs of Milos and strolling in the island’s main town. In Sifnos, tour the ancient Citadel at Agios Andreas and try your hand at pottery making.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by those from Harvard Alumni Association on this Journey.