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Sunset at the Parthenon


An awe-inspiring journey

Unleash your inner Percy Jackson as you island-hop through ancient civilizations aboard the small ship Callisto. Set aside your books and let history come alive as you explore Crete, the birthplace of Zeus, and Ephesus, the site of the Temple of Artemis and host to Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

Create family stories for generations as you cross the finish line during a footrace in Nemea, one of the four sites of the Panhellenic Games. Cap off your voyage with a dip in the Aegean, immersed in millennia of literature and history.


June 22–July 2, 2022


11 days


From $9,995 per person

Trip size

34 participants

Minimum age

6 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Barbara Clayton

Stanford Continuing Studies

Barbara Clayton’s current research focuses on adaptations of the Homeric epics from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Share the joy of learning

Meet our Young Explorer leaders

These razor-sharp recent Stanford grads and former Stanford Sierra Camp counselors love interacting with families and are experts at adapting to the personalities and interests of each Young Explorer. They fuel creativity with thought-provoking discussions and mind-bending games that keep the kids entertained while adults attend lectures. In addition, Young Explorer leaders bring the whole family together for activities such as family Olympics, trivia night and disco bingo.


An odyssey through ancient and classical Greece and Turkey

Uncover the past and present of this fabled region on our memorable voyage from Anthens to the Crete and back. Visit the spectacular island of Santorini, the medieval walled city of Rhodes, the archeological site of Ephesus, in Turkey, and other glorious sites of the classical world.

  • Athens, Greece

    Arrive in Athens, the capital of Greece and Europe’s oldest city. Athens gave birth to democracy and witnessed the origins of many of the arts and sciences that constitute the Western tradition. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel, located steps from Constitution Square.


    Athens Capital Center Hotel

  • Athens

    After a morning lecture, explore the Agora, the civic and commercial center of Athens and the living heart of its democracy. See the remains of public buildings and the well-preserved 5th-century BCE Temple of Hephaistos. Spend time at the Agora Museum, housed in the impressively reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, originally built in the 2nd century BC. In the afternoon adults will visit the National Archaeological Museum, with the finest collection of Greek antiquities in the world. Young Explorers will participate in a treasure hunt tour of Athens. Late in the afternoon, adults and children will drive to Lycabettus Hill for panoramic views of the city and a welcome dinner.


    Athens Capital Center Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Athens / Nemea / Nafplio / Epidaurus

    A full-day outing to Argolis in the eastern Peloponnese begins at Nemea, one of the four sites of the Panhellenic Games, where Young Explorers will compete in a race in the venerable stadium. Head to the charming waterfront town of Nafplio for lunch and free time. Continue to Epidaurus, the shrine dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing, famous for its incredible 4th-century BCE theater with perfect acoustics. Return to Athens in the late afternoon and indulge in the city’s culinary offerings on your own.


    Athens Capital Center Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Athens / Embarkation

    Spend the morning at leisure to take in Athens. In the afternoon marvel at the Acropolis and its celebrated monuments. Occupied throughout prehistoric times, the rocky plateau rises dramatically out of the plain and dominates the modern city as it did in the ancient world. The incomparable Parthenon and other temples erected in the 5th century BCE represent the highest achievement of architecture and art of the Classical period. Also delight in the superb Acropolis Museum, which features an outstanding collection of sculpture, then travel to the coast to embark Callisto and set out to sea.



    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Santorini

    Be on deck this morning to admire one of the most memorable sights in the Mediterranean: the whitewashed towns of Fira and Oia perched on the edge of the 1,000-foot-high palisade of Santorini’s volcanic caldera. During the Bronze Age, the island was a flourishing trading center inhabited by a prosperous and well-organized society. In the late 17th century BCE, a massive volcanic eruption collapsed half of the island and buried its main town, now called Akrotiri, in a thick layer of ash and pumice, thus preserving its houses, streets and squares as they existed 3,700 years ago. After touring Akrotiri, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which displays artifacts from the Akrotiri excavations. Lunch will be served at a restaurant with vistas of the caldera. While adults will have the afternoon at leisure to appreciate this uniquely beautiful place, children will board a boat to sail to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini’s caldera, and ascend to its volcano by donkey to learn about the area’s geology.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Crete

    The largest of the Greek islands, Crete was the home of the Minoans, who created Europe’s earliest advanced civilization. Callisto docks at Rethymno, one of the island’s most picturesque towns, for a choice of walking part of the rugged and scenic Imbros Gorge, or exploring Rethymno and swimming at its beach. After lunch drive to Knossos to wander its fabled Minoan Palace. Clustered around a courtyard, the palace contains a maze of rooms, passages and stairways that might have inspired the concept of the labyrinth. Many myths originated here, including that of the Minotaur. Drop by the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, whose exhibits reveal the brilliance and refinement of the Minoan civilization.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Karpathos / Lindos, Rhodes

    The destination this morning is Diafani, Karpathos, an island that remains outside of the tourist circuit, for an excursion to Olymbos, one of the most authentic and traditional villages in Greece. Then cruise to the island of Rhodes, known in antiquity for its schools of philosophy, rhetoric and sculpture. Callisto will stop at Pefkos Bay for an afternoon swim before continuing to the striking town of Lindos, crowned by an acropolis. Overnight aboard the ship, anchored in Lindos Bay.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rhodes

    This morning tour the lovely village of Lindos, either walking or riding a donkey up to the acropolis, set on a cliff 400 feet above the sea with spectacular views of the village and bay below. After lunch at a classic taverna, head to Rhodes, one of Europe’s biggest medieval towns and the site of the former Colossus of Rhodes. Discover the Old Town’s winding streets and splendid plazas, which owe their 14th-century charm to the Crusader Knights of Saint John.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kusadasi / Ephesus, Turkey

    After a morning cruising in the Aegean Sea, arrive at Turkey’s port of Kusadasi. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the town before our late-afternoon adventure to Ephesus, one of the world’s great archaeological sites. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where Saint Paul preached Christianity (BC 52-54). See the stunning façade of the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the theater, and other structures. Recent excavations include the Roman terrace houses, with their sumptuous decorations, which illustrate daily life in Ephesus during Roman times.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Delos, Greece / Tinos

    Dedicate the morning to roaming the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister, Artemis, a vast archaeological site and open-air museum inhabited only by antiquity guards, archaeologists and conservators. Our final afternoon is on the alluring island of Tinos, where we anchor at the Bay of Aghios Ioannis for swimming, then dock in the main town of Tinos for time at leisure before sailing in the evening.



    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Athens / Home

    Disembark Callisto in the morning in Piraeus and transfer to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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ship sailing at sea
Category D

Cabins on the Lower Deck with twin beds and 2–3 portholes. These cabins are located near propellers, such that occupants may hear occasional propeller noise.

Average square feet: 130

Cabins: 16, 19

Double/Triple: $9,995 per adult; $9,595 per child

Category C

Cabins on the Lower Deck with twin beds and 2–3 portholes.

Average square feet: 130

Cabins: 12, 14, 15, 17

Double/Triple: $10,695 per adult; $10,295 per child

Single: $15,895 per person

Category B

Cabins on the Main Deck with twin beds (except cabins 1 and 2, which have a double bed) and picture window.

Average square feet: 135

Cabins: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9

Double: $11,695 per adult; $11,295 per child

Single: $17,495 per person

Category A

Cabins on the Main Deck with twin beds (except cabins 3 and 4, which have a queen-sized bed) and picture window.

Average square feet: 155

Cabins: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11

Double: $12,595 per adult; $12,195 per child

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