Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox


Faculty: Steve Classen, Mark Terry
Meeting time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00

Student Cost: $2,200

Explore the roots of Western Civilization in cities like Athens and Rome as you undertake a journey to ancient times and back again. Guided by seasoned travelers Professor Steve Classen (CINE/COMM) and Mark Terry (Art & Design), experience the sights, sounds, scents and flavors of the Mediterranean world as we study in Greece and Italy. Focused on art and culture, your guides will introduce you to world heritage wonders ranging from Michelangelo’s Sistine ceiling to Athens’ Acropolis. We’ll walk in the footsteps of St. Francis as we make pilgrimage to Assisi, and provide context for your liberal studies as we take time to experience ancient, medieval and renaissance sites and masterworks up-close and personal. We’ll also enjoy the contemporary pleasures of Adriatic and Aegean culture and cuisine as we explore the precariously perched seacoast cities of Italy’s Cinque Terre and the Greek Island of Santorini. The trip will conclude with a few days on the beaches and islands of Greece. Designed to provide scaffolding for art, history, and literature, this study will provide a rich complement to any George Fox educational experience.

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart PDX 

Day 2: Arrive in Venice, Italy. Introduction to the city.

Day 3: Venice. Doge's Palace, San Marco, afternoon/evening exploration 

Day 4: Train to Florence / afternoon/evening exploration 

Day 5: Florence, cont. Uffizi, Mercato San Angelo, optional afternoon bus trip to Siena 

Day 6: Florence, cont. Academia, key sites

Day 7: Train to Monteroso (Cinque Terra) / brief stop-over in Pisa.

Day 8: Cinque Terre. Explore the five cities by rail or hiking

Day 9: Cinque Terre. Beach day!

Day 10: Train to Orvieto / Etruscan, Medieval and Renaissance sites

Day 11: Day trip by train to Assisi / San Angelo, Basilica San Francisco, Medieval Assisi

Day 12: Train to Rome / Afternoon walking tour to Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon

Day 13: Rome. St. Peter's, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel

Day 14: Fly from Rome to Athens / Afternoon evening in Athens-meet with Greek church

Day 15: Athens. Acropolis

Day 16: Ferry to Naxos / explore ancient sites

Day 17: Naxos beach or hike

Day 18: Naxos snorkel/beach or bike

Day 19: Ferry to beautiful Santorini

Day 20: Santorini / Ferry from Santorini to Athens in evening

Day 21: Depart Athens for PDX