To the Peloponnese – Field Trip Highlights

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Outside the classroom and into the world of Greece. Take a peek at what students got up to on CYA’s SP ’18 Peloponnese field trip!

CYA Peloponnese Field Trip Spring ‘18

CYA students recently set off on a 5-day field trip to the Peloponnese, the peninsula on the southernmost part of mainland Greece.



The carefully designed study program journeyed students through the Bronze Age, Classical Antiquity, and Late Antiquity in the Middle Ages visiting key sights including Mycenae, Nafplio, Pylos, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Mystras. Students witnessed the influence and effects of the Byzantine Empire, Frankish, Venetian and Ottoman Rule, and learned about the key figures in the Greek War of Independence and the birth of Modern Greece extending to the architecture, urban design, and environmental and sustainability challenges of Contemporary Greece.

Tholos at Mycenae

Students followed on-site classes according to their courses and specialist study areas led by Professors John Karavas, Steve Diamant, Robert Pitt, Hüseyin Öztürk, Angelos Papadopoulos, as well as additional educational tours provided by professor Romolo Gandolfo, Maria Vidali, and Costas Papacostantinou.


Here’s a list of some of the sites students visited on the Peloponnese field trip:

  • Corinth Canal
  • Mycenae Archaeological site and museum 
  • Nafplio – Palamidi Castle – Architecture and History of Naufplio walks with Maria Vidali and Romolo Gandolfo
  • Nemea stadium and sanctuary 
  • Epidauros
  • Byzantine site of Mystras
  • Pylos – Archaeological site of the palace of Nestor
  • Ancient Messene
  • Francthis Cave
  • Kalamata- Urbanism and Design walking tour in Kalamata and Historical Centre walking tour 
  • Ancient Olympia
  • Kaiafa forest and lagoon – environmental walk in the protected area


Follow this link to see more photos of the trip