Loading Events

« All Events

The Great Connections in Greece and Italy, June 16-30, 2018

June 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - June 30, 2018 @ 7:00 am

- $2675 - $3575

Aristotle's LagooonOn the left is a picture of the lagoon on Lesbos where Aristotle started the world’s first systematic research project, studying myriad species of animals and plants, and laid the foundations of biology and politics. It’s only an hour from Erressos and Mytilene, where Sappho, one of the world’s greatest poets, strolled the sands of the Aegean.

Would you like to see that lagoon for yourself? Discuss Sappho’s poetry with us on those beaches?

Would you like to see the site of the ancient Olympics, and the town of Jason and the Argonauts? Explore Mycenae, home of King Agammemnon whose runaway wife Helen triggered the Trojan War, while reading The Illiad?

Or read Plato while visiting The Academia? Or walk and discuss questions about how we know and how we should live, as Aristotle and his Peripatetics did, at The Lyceum.

Or fly across the Adriatic, following the explorations of the ancient Greeks to the colony of Syracusa, Sikelia (Sicily) where we’ll study one of the world’s greatest and most creative mathematicians, physicists and inventors, Archimedes. The founder of hydrostatics, one of the masters of geometry, and the inventor of a death ray that decimated Roman ships, he’s well-known for declaring “Eureka!”

Do you want to revel in Greece and Italy’s history, ideas, great natural beauty — and art, capping off our trip by viewing the magnificent Riace Bronzes and other treasures of Magna Graecia (larger Greece) at the Museo Reggio Calabria?

Greek Thought Mingled with Greek Beaches

I’m inviting you to a special Great Connections program next summer in Greece and Italy.

We’ve been to a Lake Michigan beach in Chicago–now you can try one in the Mediterranean!
We’ll study Greek myths and the works of Homer, Euripides, Sappho, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes and others while we visit the places they worked and lived. If you’ve attended one of our programs, you already know what an empowering and enlightening experience you will have at The Great Connections–you’ll get it only more so in these legendary places.

We’ll visit archeological sites and museums, enjoy beautiful Greek artwork, partake of stunningly fresh seafood and other Greek specialities, and their nightlife. All while discussing magnificent works of the ancients, of course!

Costs and Itinerary

The program costs $2,675 for 3 star accommodations or $3,575 for 4 star accommodations and the package includes all hotels and breakfast, roundtrip air to Lesvos, one way air to Catania, private coach transportation in Greece and Italy, and all instruction.

Meet us in Athens on Saturday, June 16th, where we’ll enjoy the city in the evening. On Sunday morning, we’ll fly to the island of Lesvos to explore its riches, then back to the mainland Tuesday in Athens where we’ll visit the sites of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, explore the Acropolis and its museum among other sights. On Thursday evening, we’ll travel by private coach to Corinth, and, over the next few days, visit Mycenae, Argos, and Olympia. On the following Tuesday, June 26th, we’ll get back to Athens and fly to Sicily (Magna Graecia) for the finish. We’ll enjoy many Aegean beaches and cap it off with fabulous Taormina beach in Sicily!

You will need to meet us in Athens on Saturday, June 16th, and plan to return home from Catania, Sicily, on June 30. Your best bet for airfare is online websites like Kayak and Momondo; the phone app Hopper is great for watching and predicting the best time to buy your ticket. You can see the entire itinerary including what we’ll read, watch, and do, here.

Here is an example of the 3 star hotel, here is an example of the four star hotel.

Start Planning Now

To get this low price, we have to make group reservations by December.

Please register here and pay RIFI a deposit of $475 or $675, depending on the accommodations you choose, by December 15th using the button below. Your next payments will be $550 or $725, depending on your accommodations, due February 1, March 1, April 1, and May 1. Deposits are non-refundable; see the rest of the refund policy at this link.

Alternatively, if you pay the balance in full by February 1st, you will receive a $100 discount, making your balance $2,100 or $2,800 respectively.

Registration and payment button:

The Great Connections Greece and Italy 2018

You can also send payments by check to:

RIF Institute
9400 S. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643

Or call me at 773-677-6418 with your registration and credit card information.

There is a strict limit of 30 people on this trip, please apply soon!

Of course, please let me know if you have any questions. Email me at menright@rifinst.org or call me at 773-677-6418. Get your passports ready!

Warm regards,


June 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
June 30, 2018 @ 7:00 am
$2675 - $3575
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, , , ,




Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece + Google Map