The Top Destinations for Educational Trips to Greece

EducationalTripsGreece has long been a top choice for schools and colleges considering taking their students on educational trips, in part because of the wide range of curriculum subjects it connects to – art, theatre, history and philosophy to name just a few – and in part because it is home to so many fascinating cities and historical attractions. At every turn there is something new to discover about our heritage in this cradle of European culture, and students are bound to come away with a wealth of knowledge. Here are just some of the incredible locations that Greece has to offer school or college groups.

Athens

The capital city of Greece has been famous for millennia. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it has been a centre for culture and thought since the Classical era – hardly surprising, then, that it continues to provide inspiration to all who visit. As a destination for educational trips, it offers some fantastic museums and sights, but its star attraction is the nearby Acropolis, which has been named the continent’s most important site on a European Cultural Heritage list of monuments. Iconic of ancient Greek civilisation, its chief building – the Parthenon – was built in 447 BCE in honour of the city’s patron goddess, Athena. The Acropolis museum, situated on the southern slope, is an excellent window onto the site’s history and the archaeological work that has been done there.

Tolon

Located on the Peloponnese peninsula, the village of Tolon, also called Tolo, is the place to go for those wishing to explore a quieter side of Greece. It will especially appeal to fans of classical literature for the role it has played in some of Greece’s most important legends. It features in Homer’s Iliad as one of the coastal towns whose fleet joined the Trojan war. Today, it is enjoyed for its beaches and natural beauty.

Delphi

The archaeological site at Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, was considered the centre of the world in Greek mythology, and its value for educational trips cannot be overstated. From the ruins of Apollo’s renowned temple, to the ancient theatre, Delphi offers a true taste of the grandeur of ancient Greek civilisation.

Olympia

For educators looking to connect ancient culture to the modern day in their students’ minds, there are few better places to lead educational trips than Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games. For students who were swept up in the excitement of the 2012 Games in London, a visit to the location of the original games will help them to appreciate Europe’s ancient sporting legacy all the more. It is also a fascinating archaeological site in its own right, dotted with ruined temples and sporting buildings.