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Ancient Greece

Unearth the grandeur of the ancient world on this singular journey combining premier archaeological sites with the beauty and lore of the Aegean and her isles. As the ancient world comes alive in Athens and the Peloponnese, Crete and Santorini, we celebrate the glory that was Greece – and still is today.

Ancient Greece

Unearth the grandeur of the ancient world on this singular journey combining premier archaeological sites with the beauty and lore of the Aegean and her isles. As the ancient world comes alive in Athens and the Peloponnese, Crete and Santorini, we celebrate the glory that was Greece – and still is today.

Highlights

  • Begin in Athens, you’ll visit the Acropolis, marvel at the magnificent Parthenon, and explore the Plaka district which is known for its charming streets and traditional tavernas, and visit the National Archaeological Museum
  • Take an excursion to Delphi, the seat of the oracle Apollo and discover the ruins and soak in the historical significance of this sacred place, travel to Peloponnese and visit the archaeological site of ancient Epidaurus
  • In Crete tour the legendary Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of the most important archeological sites in Crete, and visit the acclaimed Archaeological Museum to delve into the Minoa civilization
  • Enjoy a private cruise to Spinalonga and visit an olive oil farm, ferry to the picturesque island of Santorini, enjoy a winery tour and tasting, and explore the postcard-worthy village of Oia
This is an exclusive U-M departure operated by Odysseys Unlimited.

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Athens, Greece
Day 2: Athens
Day 3: Athens
Day 4: Delphi
Day 5: Athens | Corinth | Nafplion
Day 6: Mycenae | Epidaurus
Day 7: Nafplion | Hydra
Day 8: Nafplion | Heraklion, Crete
Day 9: Heraklion | Knossos
Day 10: Heraklion | Spinalonga| Kritsa
Day 11: Crete | Santorini
Day 12: Santorini
Day 13: Santorini | Athens
Day 14: Depart for U.S.

Host

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Marschall S. Runge

Dean, University of Michigan Medical School; Executive Vice President for Health Affairs; CEO, Michigan Medicine

U-M Role

I oversee clinical care, research, and education for Michigan Medicine, which includes the medical school and University of Michigan Health, an $8 billion organization. I also continue to provide patient care and teaching in cardiology and participate in research on the causes of heart disease.

A highlight of previous Alumni Association trips has been the chance to discuss some of the exciting initiatives we are advancing to improve care. These include:

  • Emerging therapies for common diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, and the use of new types of medications, such as those that use RNA technology
  • How we are responding to the many “disrupters” that will impact health care in the near future — what are these and how “real” is what they promise?
  • The benefits and drawbacks of mass collection of medical records, including privacy concerns
  • How much of my novel “Coded to Kill” (see below) is grounded in reality?

Fun Fact
Some of you may have thought about writing a book — a novel, memoir, or maybe a family history. Here’s how I turned that dream into a published reality.

One day, nearly 20 years ago, a new patient came to my cardiology clinic. After a few visits, he brought me a copy of “The Firm” by John Grisham. I had not read any of his novels and was immediately hooked. This patient, who became a friend as many patients do, could have been one of Grisham’s characters — an attorney who had fallen on hard times and who was clawing his way back.

About five years later, after reading every Grisham, David Baldacci, Michael Crichton, and Robin Cook novel I could get my hands on, I decided I wanted to write a medical thriller. After 15 years of early morning and weekend writing, I completed my debut novel and found an agent and a publisher. That medical thriller, “Coded to Kill,” was published last year.

Set in a fictional hospital, “Coded to Kill” describes the promise and peril of cutting-edge medical technology through a story filled with murder, mayhem, and a little romance. I took up fiction writing as a form of creative revenge — when people really aggravated me at work, I turned them into nefarious characters. But mainly, I enjoyed weaving aspects of my medical experiences into the novel, along with some of my favorite places in Texas — where I grew up — and in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. Writing was pure escapism from whatever the day had thrown at me. I had found a hobby that I really loved.

Trip Experience

My wife Susan and I cannot wait for the upcoming Alumni Association trip to the Greek Islands. We have previously hosted alumni trips to Cuba, Russia, and Egypt and the Nile. One of the best parts of these trips is getting to meet wonderfully interesting and fun U-M alumni. We have a special lure to Greece given a prior, very short trip. One our sons spent a semester abroad in Greece in 2011. We visited and just got a taste of the marvels of antiquity that we all will experience on our upcoming trip.

Back to my “Fun Fact.” My novel opens with a quote from the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates. I am excited to walk the same ground he did on a trip that will explore an incredibly vibrant modern country whose rich history has contributed so much to science, literature, and government.

Waitlist Only
Oct. 1-14, 2024

Starting price

$6,692

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Greece

Activity Level

High
Oct. 1-14, 2024

Starting price

$6,692
*Single supplement applies

Deposit per person

$500

Countries Visited

Greece

Activity Level

High
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