BYU – Greek Odyssey: Myth and History

DATES: 20 June–2 August 2022

The Greek Odyssey Summer Program was organized by BYU in collaboration with Astoria Travel in Athens. It lasted for 40 days and offered participants memorable experiences, including Greek language, Culture, and Philosophy courses, cultural visits, and excursions to:



HOUSING: Students are housed in hotels.

PREPARATION: Accepted students will participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course. This evening course will be held during the second block of winter semester 2022. Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional fee for enrolling in the prep class.

All participants are required to show proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) at least two weeks prior to departure.

– Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
– Complete the online application at A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required.
– Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete. Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program.
– The first payment is due upon acceptance. Please refer to the 2022 Payment Information document (see

Deadline: 21 January 2022

Stephen Bay, an associate professor of classical studies. His interests include papyrology and the ancient novel. He teaches Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature courses.

Seth Jeppesen is an associate professor of classical studies. His interests include ancient drama and performance, reception of classical literature, and classics and social justice. He regularly teaches courses on Greek and Roman mythology, Latin and Greek language, and literature.

Students should plan to be with the group in London from 20 June and remain with the program until its conclusion on 2 August in Athens.

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686

Stephen Bay
3019 JFSB
(801) 422-1696

Seth Jeppesen
3041 JFSB
(801) 422-2220


Sunday, Jun 26: Arrive in Athens. Meet at the airport and transfer to the port of Piraeus.
Overnight ferry to Heraklion. Students sharing 4-bunk cabins (M/F)
Mon Jun 27: Arrival at Heraklion and transfer to Hotel. Check-in for 3 nights.
Drive to Gortys, Phaistos, and Matala beach.
Tue Jun 28: Visit Knossos. Overnight at Heraklion
Wed Jun 29: Heraklion. Day free.
Thu Jun 30: Morning at leisure. Evening transfer to the port. Ferry to Piraeus.
Fri Jul 01: Arrive at Piraeus. Transfer to the Hotel in Athens.
Sat Jul 02: Athens. Walking orientation tour.
Sunday, Jul 03: Drive to Thessaloniki. (stopover at Thermopylae).
Arrival in Thessaloniki. Hotel for 4 nights.
Mon Jul 04: Mid-morning. Drive to Litochoro-Prionia
Hikers begin o/night hike to Mt Olympus. Sleep in SPILIOS AGAPITOS refuge.
Tue Jul 05: Bus # 1 non-hikers group drive to Philippi and back.
Bus # 2 pick up hikers at Prionia and bring them to Thessaloniki.
Wed Jul 06: Day free in Thessaloniki. Walking tour.
Thu Jul 07: Drive to Pella-Vergina and Kalampaka. 2 nights.
Fri Jul 08: Visit the monasteries at Meteora.
Sat Jul 09: Drive to Athens via Delphi. Hotel for 16 nights.
Sun Jul 09 – Jul 25: Visit sites in and near Athens
Mon Jul 25: Drive to Ancient Messene (visit). Continue to Olympia. Hotel for 2 nights.
Tue Jul 26: Olympia. Day free.
Wed Jul 27: Drive from Olympia to Nafplion. Hotel for 3 nights
Thu Jul 28: Day free in Nafplion.
Fri Jul 29: Drive to Epidaurus. Explore the sanctuary of Asclepius, and return to Nafplion.
Sat Jul 30: Visit Tiryns + Mycenae. End the day in Athens. Hotel for 3 nights.
Tue Aug 2: Transfer to the airport for departure.