Travel: Taste of crete

In May 2018, join the Emmanuel Alumni Travel Program on a gastronomic exploration of the Greek island of Crete.



Led by Emmanuel College Associate Professor of Political Science Petros Vamvakas, this trip combines the cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean, with the deep sense of history, art and politics of modern Greece and the island of Crete. Crete is the largest island of Greece and has a distinct culinary tradition that is rich in history and taste.

Join us in May 2018 for a gastronomic exploration. We will visit stunning archaeological sites, museums, monasteries, orchards, vineyards and meet the warm and hospitable people of Greece and Crete. The trip combines the essence of the good life, which is the philosophy of the land of Apollo and Zeus.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018: Departure from Boston.
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018: Arrive Athens; walk to Constitution Square; dinner in Plaka.
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018: Hotel breakfast; tour of the Parthenon and Akropolis Museum; lunch in Athens; visit to Niarchos Foundation; dinner in Piraeus.
  • Monday, May 21, 2018: Hotel breakfast; flight to Chania, Crete; check into hotel in Old Town; lunch in Old Market; evening city sightseeing tour; dinner and wine tasting in Meze.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Hotel breakfast; visit to Archaeological Museum; tour of orange and avocado groves; lunch at Manousakis Winery; tour of Venizelos Graves; afternoon coffee; free evening in the Old Harbor.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018: Hotel breakfast; visit to Dromonero Museum; lunch at Olive Press; tour of the oldest Olive Tree in the World Museum; afternoon in Chania; tour of Monastery Vineyard; dinner in Halepa.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018: Hotel breakfast; tour of Knossos; lunch in Heraklion; afternoon tour of Rethymno; dinner at Dourakis Winery.
  • Friday, May 25, 2018: Hotel breakfast; visit to Venizelos Museum; lunch in historic village of Therisso; afternoon shopping in Chania; evening flight to Athens.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018: Hotel breakfast; visit to Archaeological Museum; afternoon shopping in Athens; Farewell Dinner and Music Night.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018: Departure from Athens.


Price: $4,260 per person, based on double occupancy accommodations at Divani Palace (Athens) and Elia Betolo Hotel (Chania).
Purchasing travel insurance (not included) is suggested.



Don't wait to take advantage of this opportunity! Space is limited and the deadline to register is March 22nd. This trip is open to alumni and guests.

Travel is booked through our agent at ActiveTravels:

Lisa Leavitt, Active Travels LLC
617-614-9877  | |
ActiveTravels LLC, 89 Roundwood Road, Newton, MA 02464

Checks in the amount $3660.00 can be made payable to ActiveTravels LLC and mailed to the above address. A check for $600 to support the study abroad scholarship should be made out to Emmanuel College and mailed directly to:

Kristen Conroy, Emmanuel College
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
400 The Fenway, Boston, MA  02115



For any questions, please contact Petros Vamvakas at

Alumni Travel: Crete 2018