Greece Summer Credit Program:
Athens & The Greek Islands

Spend July in Greece and get a high school credit course in English, History or Photography!

GHT and the Toronto Catholic District School Board is offering a superb experience for students to visit Athens and the Greek Islands while studying in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Visit famous ancient sites, swim in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea, hike a stunning gorge, island-hop in the Saronic Gulf, and enjoy the vibrant towns and villages that make Greece so welcoming! Study this summer in Greece, expand your worldview, be independent, and have fun in a new country and culture! 

Howard Cappadocia
Principal, GHT Summer Programme and VP, Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School 

Courses Offered:

  • Grade 12 English (ENG4U)
  • Grade 12 Classical Civilization  (LVV4U) – pre-requisite Grade 10 English
  • Grade 11 or 12 Photography (AWQ3M or AWQ4M)
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Places:

Athens, Delphi and Chania

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Dates:

July 9-26, 2022

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Fees:*

$6,395.00

*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February 11, 2022.
Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure.  Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.

Why choose the Greece Summer Credit Program?

Set in southeastern Europe, and boasting thousands of breathtaking islands in the Aegean and Ionic Seas, Greece is a country that remains virtually unrivalled in the sheer volume and diversity of its historical and cultural repertoire. For centuries visitors have been drawn to the country’s spectacular natural landscapes and rich archaeological sites, which contain the relics of four millennia of ancient culture.

From the bustling nightlife of Mykonos to the breathtaking sunsets of Santorini and exquisite turquoise waters everywhere you look, Greece’s islands are arguably its biggest drawcard. Must-see heritage attractions include the numerous ancient structures of Athens; Meteora Monasteries, one of the world’s most remarkable ecclesiastical sites; the towering Mount Olympus, home of the gods; and of course Delphi, Greece’s most sacred site where the oracle once answered the questions in the temple of Apollo.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Travel
Pre-departure virtual classes will take place July 4-8, 2022

Saturday, July 9

  • Depart Toronto on Air Transat Flight TS461 at 4:30pm, arriving in Montreal at 5:50pm.
  • Depart Montreal on Air Transat Flight TS690 at 7:00pm, arriving in Athens at 11:05am (the following day, Sunday July 10)

Day 2: Athens
Sunday, July 10

  • Morning arrival to Athens.
  • Transfer to the hotel, settle in, and relax ,followed by an introductory walk through the local neighbourhood. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
  • Overnight central Athens.

Day 3: Athens
Monday, July 11

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on foot for a full day of touring beginning with Acropolis Hill. Once a 5th-century BC sanctuary of religious worship, it became the pinnacle of artistic creations during the Classical Era. Your guided tour will visit the magnificent Doric Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysus, the small Ionic temple of Athena Nike and the ancient Agora – the civic, religious and commercial centre of Athenian life.  Later, tour the incredible New Acropolis Museum; this award-winning modern building is perched atop an ancient neighbourhood excavation site and the collection includes masterpieces of antiquity including the remaining Parthenon Marbles.  There will be free time to further enjoy the museum’s exhibits, have lunch, and wander the lively Plaka district for shopping. Dinner included this evening.

Overnight Athens.

Day 4:
Tuesday, July 12

After breakfast at the hotel board the coach for Cape Sounion, a magnificent promontory jutting out from the Attica peninsula into the ocean.  Cape Sounion is most famous for the site of the ancient ruins of the Greek Temple of Poseidon.  Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the ruins are inscribed with the name of Lord Byron.  There will be free time for swimming at Sounion’s sandy beach and lunch at one of the cafes.  In the afternoon, travel the short distance to another archeological site at Lavrion before returning to central Athens for the remainder of the afternoon and evening and dinner this evening.

Overnight Athens.

Day 5: Athens
Wednesday, July 13

This morning board the coach to Pireaus, Athen’s major port and board the boat for a one day cruise of the Saronic Gulf Islands including Poros, Hydra, and Aegina.  Enjoy the different villages and beaches as you island-hop!  Return to the hotel this evening

Back to the hotel
Dinner
Overnight Athens.

Day 6: Delphi
Thursday, July 14

After breakfast at the hotel, board the coach for the scenic drive north to Delphi. During the Hellenistic period, Delphi was considered to be a sacred valley, the mythical point where the earth touched the divine. Located on the south-western side of Mt. Parnassus, in Greek mythology Delphi was home to the Pythian Oracle and was the centre of the known world, but today it’s an impressive archeological excavation and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and there will be time for instruction before a walking tour of the modern city.  Back to the hotel for dinner. 

Overnight Delphi (hotel TBD)

Day 7: Delphi
Friday, July 15

After breakfast at the hotel, explore the ancient ruins along the famous “Path of the Gods”.  There will be ample time to hike the scenic pathways and see the Temple of Apollo, the stadium and the terraces of Mt. Parnassus. Inside the museum, see the spectacular finds like the unique bronze charioteer and Naxian Sphinx.  This afternoon will include lunch,  instruction and free time.  Dinner this evening at the hotel. 

Overnight Delphi.

Day 8: Delphi
Saturday, July 16

Today’s excursion will be to the picturesque village of Arachova!  Dinner this evening will be included. 

Overnight Delphi.

Day 9: Overnight Travel
Sunday, July 17

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.  Board the coach for the drive through the mountains to Pireaus, stopping enroute at Hosios Loukas Monastery.  The 10th century Byzantine monastery was a place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages and  is UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Admire the incredible mosaics and the unique architecture dating back more than 1000 years.  There will be free time for lunch.  Reach Pireaus in time to board the overnight ferry to Chania, Crete.  Dinner will be onboard! 

Accommodation on the overnight ferry to Chania.

Day 10: Chania
Monday, July 18

Wake up to the sun on the water and the amazing views across the Aegean Sea as you travel to Crete, the largest and most southerly of the Greek Islands. Breakfast will be onboard. After arriving to Chania, transfer to the hotel to drop the bags before embarking on a walking tour of the historic town centre.  Chania is Crete’s second largest city that fans out from a 15th century Venetian-era port. Chania’s history, culture and architecture dates back to the Bronze-age Minoan civilization, but is most closely associated with its time as a trading outpost of the Venetian Empire.  The lighthouse, Jewish Quarter and ancient Cretan Agora can all be seen as we wander the narrow alleys and cobblestone streets. There will be free time to explore the town independently in small groups. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel or a local taverna. 

Overnight Chania.

Day 11: Chania
Tuesday, July 19

After breakfast at the hotel depart for a full-day excursion to one of the villages in the White Mountains of Crete: Omalos.  This village is located close to the entrance to the Samaria National Park, where the Samaria gorge is located. The gorge is a World Biosphere Reserve with over 450 species of plants and animal, many of them can only be seen in Crete.  Hike a section of the gorge where the walls soar over 300 meters! Later in the afternoon hit one of the local beaches to cool off and enjoy free time! Return to Chania for dinner. 

Overnight Chania.

Day 12: Chania
Wednesday, July 20

After breakfast at the hotel there will be class and time to work on assignments.  In the afternoon walk down to the port, visit local stores and enjoy the summer atmosphere along the harbour front.  Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.

Overnight Chania.

Day 13: Chania
Thursday, July 21

After breakfast, pack your beach bag and head to Falasarna, one of Crete’s best known sandy beaches with local ancient ruins and multiple cafes. There’s lots of opportunities for water sports including surf lessons (can be booked privately) and Stand Up Paddle Boards that can be rented at the local surf shop.  Return to the hotel in the afternoon with free time before dinner.

Overnight Chania.

Day 14: Chania
Friday, July 22

Breakfast at the hotel, with class time and instruction in the morning. Later in the afternoon visit Balos Beach.  Remainder of the day is free before dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight Chania.

Day 15: Overnight Travel
Saturday, July 23

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and board the bus for Rethymno, one of Crete’s most famous white-washed villages.  In the afternoon, board the overnight ferry for the return to the mainland and Pireaus. Dinner onboard. 

Overnight ferry to Athens.

Day 16: Athens
Sunday, July 24

After breakfast on the ferry, disembark and take the coach to the centre of Athens and check into the hotel.  There will be classes today with free time in the afternoon to explore the fun shops, ice cream bars and sites of the Plaka. Dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight Athens.

Day 17: Athens
Monday, July 25

Breakfast at the hotel before heading out on a walking tour that will include Syntagma Square and Lycabettus Hill, the city’s highest point,  where a cable car takes visitors up for fabulous views across the city.  Dinner at the hotel this evening and free time. 

Overnight Athens.

Day 18: End of Itinerary
Tuesday, July 26

This morning transfer to the Airport for your return flight home and the end of your Greek Odyssey!  Depart Athens on Air Transat Flight TS695 at 2:20pm, arriving in Toronto at 6:10pm. 

Payment

Refundable Deposit: $1,000.00 due upon registration (less travel consulting fee)

Non-Refundable Second Payment: $2,697.50 due March 30, 2022

Non-Refundable Final Payment: $2,697.50 due April 30, 2022

Tour Price Includes

  • International airfare and departure taxes with Air Transat
  • Daily accommodation in Athens, Delphi and Chania (*Note: hotels indicated on this itinerary are subject to change)
  • Ferry tickets
  • Private coach transfers
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • One soft drink per person will be served at all dinners
  • Services of an English speaking guide for the full duration of the trip
  • All entrances mentioned in itinerary
  • Course instruction by certified Ontario teacher from the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)
  • Supervision by TCDSB Principal
  • Travel Consulting Fee: $180.00
  • Tips 
  • Wifi at the hotels

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Lunches, snacks and spending money
  • Travel Insurance: please contact your preferred insurance provider for a custom quote.  Please ensure you have travel insurance, and make sure you are comfortable with your policy’s terms and conditions.   Please note: Covid-19 insurance is not included in standard travel insurance plans; Covid-19 coverage can be purchased separately.  At this time, GHT is not endorsing any one insurance company.  
  • Any Covid-19 requirements for travel in Canada, Greece or the EU, including but not limited to tests, quarantine, documents, etc… 
  • Academic application fee: $150.00
  • Books and any extra course material
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary 

Trip Code

GRSUMMER22

Want to learn more about this trip?

Contact Georgia Hardy Tours directly for pricing and availability.

[email protected]

647-878-5719

Fine Print: It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure that they have a valid passport and that no additional travel documents are necessary. Georgia Hardy Tours Inc. is not responsible for inadequate travel documents. Georgia Hardy Tours reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary when necessary for the convenience and safety of tour participants. Any extra cost in the unlikely event of itinerary changes must be borne by the individual participant.

Responsibility and Jurisdiction: Georgia Hardy Tours and their agents act only as agents for the passengers with respect to services supplied to passengers by others, including but not limited to transportation, hotel and restaurant services, on the express condition that they are not liable for any failure in such services, or injury, loss or damage, delay or inconvenience arising out of or in connection with any defect in any vehicle or any act, omission, accident or error in providing such transportation, hotel, restaurant or other services. There is no refund for unused portions of the tour. In case of an accident occurring during the land portion of any tour, the passenger must submit any claim therefore only to the competent judicial authorities of the jurisdiction where such accident occurred, to be determined exclusively in accordance with the laws of such jurisdiction. By accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, the passenger agrees that Georgia Hardy Tours nor any affiliated or subsidiary companies or representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to the passenger or belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or resulting directly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation or changes in itinerary or schedules, etc. Georgia Hardy Tours and its agents reserve the right to refuse to accept or retain any person as a member of this tour. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all of the tour or portions thereof. All tour services including, but not limited to hotel accommodations, restaurants, guide services and transportation are furnished by independent contractors.