Follow in the wake of the hero Odysseus, the adventurer Jason and the poet Homer. Sail the Aegean and Mediterranean, studying the classics aboard a classroom without whiteboards and boundaries, the 112-ft, two-masted staysail schooner Argo. It's an academic adventure that will forever change the way you see academics, the world... and yourself.
This very special program is run aboard our 112-ft classic shooner, S/Y Argo. If Argo is moving it is because you and your fellow students are trimming her sails, monitoring her systems and charting her course. And while no sailing experience is necessary to take part in the program, you will need the willingness to embrace the adventure, accept your responsibilities as part of the crew and meet the challenges that come along with making the journey.
There is no typical day aboard ship. Some involve passage making; others revolve around academics. Whatever your day brings, it comes with new experiences and new discoveries. You move outside your comfort zone a little. And as the days pass, your view of the world and of your capabilities will change. The lessons learned aboard Argo go beyond traditional academics. You will discover that personal responsibility, teamwork and hard work are their own reward. Your communication and leadership skills will develop working together with your shipmates. And the adventures you share create a bond that will last a lifetime.
Sailing the waters that Odysseus and Jason sailed, living the experiences most students will only ever read about, brings the classics alive in a way no traditional classroom ever could. But the most important lesson learned is that it is the journey, not the destination that matters most. Your experiences aboard Argo will leave you more learned, wiser and very proud of all that you and your shipmates have accomplished. Here are a few of the highlights...
The Cradle of Western Civilization: Athens & Delphi:
Wander through Monastiraki, the ancient city of Athens. Discover the Parthenon's glories. Visit the site of the Delphic oracle, whose prophecies were inspired by one of mythology's greatest gods, Apollo.
Greek Mythology's Holy Sanctuary: The Island of Delos Explore one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The birthplace of Apollo and a temple built to honor him, its artifacts are among the ancient world's richest treasures.
Home of the Lost City of Atlantis: Santorini Sail to Santorini in search of one of mankind's oldest myths - a city sunk by the anger of the gods. 3600 years ago, a volcanic eruption destroyed the Minoan civilization and gave rise to a legend that continues to this day.
Between a Rock and A Hard Place:
The Strait of Messina Navigate Scylla and Charybdis, two monsters that sit opposite one another on the narrow Strait of Messina. Odysseus was forced to choose between them; Jason needed the help of Zeus' wife Hera. What adventures await you?
Unearthing the Mysteries of the Ancient
World: Pompeii Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii offers extraordinary insight into city life at the height of the Roman Empire. It's a history lesson in family, religion, government, art and architecture that brings early western civilization to life.
Rome: From its founding nearly 3000 years ago by the mythological twins, Romulus and Remus, through the reign of the Caesars to its place today as a world cultural center, Rome has earned its title as the "Eternal City."