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Mini Greek School in Thessaloniki & Halkidiki : Greek Language Courses, Ancient Greek History and Culture

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15 days / 14 nights
Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20
Smiles : 1940
Tour Details

Mini Greek School of Greek Language, History and Culture is designed for students who want to make rapid progress in their Greek language and deepen their knowledge about Greece and its culture. It offers an intensive language course and includes grammar, reading, speaking and writing and provides also an insight into Ancient Greek History and civilization.

The program is implemented at the hotel premises and the students have a lot of free time to enjoy the sun, the sea and Greek life. Also, students will have the opportunity to visit  archaeological sites and museums.

Our teachers are all native Greek speakers who have graduated in philology, are qualified and have experience of teaching Greek as a foreign language or a second language. They are available after lesson to chat with their students about topics of interest, and to help them discover the beauty and charm of the places they are visiting.

At the end of the day, the students will have enjoyed the famous Greek gastronomy and experienced the Greek music, traditional dances and the unique nightlife.

After the completion of the program, the students will be able to understand and use every day Greek expressions. They will also be able to ask and answer questions.

Departure & Return Location

Thessaloniki International Airport ” Macedonia”

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 14 nights in a 3 star hotel double or triple-share room accommodation
  • 14 buffet breakfasts
  • 14 dinners
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Hotel pick up - drop off
  • Excursions and guided tours
  • Professional English or Russian speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Training and certification (49 lessons - 60 hours)
  • An experienced, professional education coordinator for the whole trip
  • Educational material
  • Continuous access to the e-learning platform
  • Free Wi-Fi facilities
  • Use e-library for the study

Price Excludes

  • Air tickets for any flight
  • Lunches
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 15
  • Drinks during meals
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary
Highlights
  • Discover Greece while studying Greek
  • Explore the Ancient Greece, the Cradle of Western Civilization
  • 48 intensive lessons for Greek Language, Ancient History and Culture
  • Evaluation and certification
  • Access to e-learning platform so as the trainee to continue the studies when  holidays end
  • Educational thematic tours and excursions
  • See four UNESCO World Heritage Sites with an expert guide
  • Explore important archeological sites at Amfipoli, Philippi, Vergina, Pella and become totally immersed in the legend of Alexander the Great
  • Visit the unique archeological museum of Thessaloniki, Pella, Ancient Philippi
  • Plenty free time to enjoy holidays, sun and sea
  • Enjoy the amazing Greek gastronomy

Experience Greek music and dances and famous nightlife

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Thessaloniki

Arrival in Thessaloniki airport (Macedonia International Airport). Our driver will be waiting for the students at the airport to take them to the hotel in Thessaloniki for the check in. In the evening there will be a meeting with the Education Coordinator and a tour around the hotel and the classrooms. Students will receive the educational material and the detailed agenda, and they will meet the teachers and gain detailed information about the educational terms. Free time and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2Thessaloniki

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 1: Online e-learning platform. Demonstration of the electronic platform which can be used by students during the program but also after its completion. The platform is user-friendly and contains all the courses attended, educational material, video and social media in order to have a continuous communication.
Lesson 2 : Greek language course (Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 3 : Greek language course (Writing) (Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 17.00 : Free time for lunch or relaxation and leisure or study

17.00 – 19.00 :
Lesson 4 : Greek language course (Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 5 : Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion

19.00 – 22.00 :
Food tour: A chance to discover Thessaloniki’s nightlife and the finest food in the city. The students will enjoy this unique journey by a food specialist guide and will acquaint themselves with the Greek Gastronomy in Ladadika area.
The food tour includes tasting of a wide variety of Greek delicacies including the best souvlaki in town (along with the famous Greek salad, of course), Feta cheese, the famous Greek olives and the traditional “bobidia” (spicy Greek meatballs) and of course the famous mouth-watering sweet “mpougatsa” and “trigona Panoramatos”!

22.30 : Return to the hotel

Day 3Thessaloniki

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 6 : Greek language course (Reading)(Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 7 : Greek language course (Writing)(Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 8 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 17.00 : Free time for lunch or relaxation and leisure or study

17.00 – 19.00 :
Lesson 9 : Greek language course (Reading)(Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 10 : Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion

19.00 – 22.00 :
Walking tour with wine tasting: Students will walk through the city, starting from the statue of Aristotelous Square. They will walk along the seafront before having their dinner at a local wine restaurant. They will taste 3 different types of wine from the best wineries in the country, accompanied by a variety of excellent cheeses and traditional delicacies.

22.30 : Thessaloniki is a city that never sleeps. After the dinner the students will explore Thessaloniki by night. Amazing experience!!! Return to the hotel with enthusiasm.

Day 4Thessaloniki

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 15.00 :
Archaeological Museum and Olympic Museum : After breakfast, students will visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. It is going to be a memorable experience. At the lush garden of the museum students will enjoy Greek coffee or a light meal.

Visit at Olympic Museum: Olympic Museum is based in Thessaloniki and is the only museum in Greece recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The first floor of the building has the permanent exhibition “Olympic Games”, which is dedicated to the history of the games, the Olympic Sports and Olympians while, at the second level, there are temporary exhibitions. The tour in Olympic history, completed with the section of the Paralympic Games. It hosts digital applications that supplement the narrative of exhibits, both within the showcase (qr codes) and outside (touch screens) to provide additional digital information for each Olympic event. Finally, using interactive applications that are also in the permanent exhibition, the visitor can measure the potential jump, balance on throws and reflexes. Thessaloniki Olympic Museum is a founding member of the Global Olympic Museum, based in Lausanne at IOC, member of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and member of the ISHA (International Sports and Heritage Association).
Free time for shopping souvenirs.

15.00 – 18.00 : Free time for lunch or relaxation and leisure or study

18.00 – 20.00 :
Lesson 11 : Greek language course (Reading)(Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 12 : Greek language course (Writing)(Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 13 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

20.00 – 22.00 : Dinner – Free time

Day 5Thessaloniki

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 14 :Greek language course (Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 15 :Greek language course (Writing) (Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 18.00 : Free time for lunch or relaxation and leisure or study

18.00 – 20.00 :
Lesson16 : Greek language course (Speaking)(Theory – video – audio) – Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion
Lesson 17 : Greek History and Culture (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 18 : Common expressions – cultural communication codes – social and cultural habits – Greek language games

20.00 – 22.00 :
Visiting malls: Thessaloniki has the biggest and most modern shopping centers in the Balkans. Students will have a tour to some of these shopping centers. The group will arrive at Mediterranean Cosmos which is the largest shopping center in Northern Greece. It has 200 shops, 30 cafes and restaurants and 6,000 brands, providing the ultimate shopping experience and entertainment all day long for people of all ages. There they will taste the famous “gyros” of Thessaloniki, a great delicacy with thinly sliced baked pork inside a pie with many materials and tzatziki. Enjoyment…

Day 6Thessaloniki - Vergina - Pella - Thessaloniki

07.00 – 08.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

08.00 – 18.00 :
Aiges day – trip: Early morning departure from Thessaloniki. Students will visit some of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, starting from Vergina, the archaeological site of Aiges. It will be an amazing experience that will fascinate them and it will take them back to the era of mighty Macedonian state and magnificence of Alexander the Great, the place of the Royal Tombs, where they will see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with finds of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. They will visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. The tour continues in the school of the great philosopher Aristotle, who was the teacher of Alexander the Great. Break for light lunch or coffee.
The students will continue their tour to Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. The small museum will give them the chance to see findings aged from 4th century BC.
The group will arrive to Thessaloniki in the late afternoon.

18.00 – 21.00 : Free time for relaxation and leisure or study – Dinner

21.00 – 22.00 :
Lesson 19 : Greek language games

Day 7Thessaloniki

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 20 : Greek language course (Speaking)(Theory – video – audio) – Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion
Lesson 21 : Greek History and Culture (Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 18.00 : Free time for lunch or relaxation and leisure or study

18.00 – 20.00 :
Lesson 22 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 23 : Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 24 : Common expressions – cultural communication codes – social and cultural habits

20.00 – 22.00 :
Private Greek folk dance lesson and dinner with Greek feast. The students will enjoy an unforgettable evening full of Greek music, dance and real fun. A professional dance teacher will take them in a journey to meet the culture and history behind the Greek folk dances like “kalamatianos”, “syrtos” and of course the very famous “syrtaki”. Then, they will have the chance to experience an original Greek feast, the “glenti”: delicious dinner, wine, Greek music and dances. Taste Greece like a local!

Day 8Thessaloniki - Afytos (Halkidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast.

09.00 – 13.00 : After breakfast the students will transfer to Halkidiki to continue the second part of the program. Check – in at the hotel.

13.00 – 17.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

17.00 – 19.00 :
Lesson 25 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 26 : Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion
Lesson 27 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

19.00 – 22.00 :
Greek seafood delicacies: After the lessons students will visit a traditional fish tavern. They will taste amazing seafood such as octopus, squid, shrimp, Olympiad’s mussels, fish roe salad, cod and garlic dip, grilled fresh fish and fantastic fish soup “kakavia”. Of course they will have the chance to taste all these delicacies with iced “tsipouro” and traditional Greek music.

22.30 : Return to the hotel

Day 9 Afytos (Halkidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 28 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 29 : Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 30 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 16.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

16.00 – 19.00 :
Lesson 31 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 32 : Grammar – Questions – Answers – Discussion

19.00 – 22.00 :
Wine tasting and nightlife experience: Transfer to Kallithea, a famous cosmopolitan place. Walking tour in Kallithea with wine tasting. The students will have time make walks inside the village. They will walk along the seafront before having a dinner at a local wine restaurant. They will taste and enjoy 3 different local wines from Halkidiki, accompanied by a variety of excellent cheeses and traditional Greek dishes.

22.00 : Kallithea is a place that never sleeps during summer. After dinner the students will explore Kallithea by night. Amazing experience!!! Return to the hotel with enthusiasm.

Day 10Afytos (Halkidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 33 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 34 : Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 35 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 20.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

20.00 – 22.00 : Dinner and free time.

Day 11Afytos (Halkidiki) - Kavala - Philipi - Amphipoli - Afytos

07.00 – 08.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

08.00 – 18.00 :
Archeological site of Philippi – day-trip: Early in the morning the students will be transferred to the beautiful Kavala. There they will visit the Archeological site of Philippi. The city was named in 356 BC from the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II. It includes remains from Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Christian period.
The Archaeological Museum of Philippi, presents findings from the excavations of the ancient city.

Walking in Kavala. Panoramic tour of the town and free time for a light lunch or coffee on the beach with a great view.

On the way back, students will make a small stop at the Archeological site of Amphipoli with its characteristic marble lion. The excavations in the area of the ancient town revealed parts of the fortification walls, various types of graves, temples, private houses and the Gymnasium.
Return to Thessaloniki.

18.00 – 19.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

19.00 – 22.00 : Dinner – Free time

Day 12Afytos ( Halkidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 36 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 37 : Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 38 : Greek History and Culture(Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 18.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

18.00 – 20.00 :
Lesson 39 : Common expressions – cultural communication codes – social and cultural habits
Lesson 40 :Greek language course(Speaking) (Theory – video – audio)- Greek language games

20.00 – 22.00 :
Tasting Course – A surprise for the students! A professional will teach students the secrets and techniques of flavors and fragrances, but he will also introduce them to the magical world of wine tasting and enjoyment. Students will taste selected wines, different olive oils, cheeses and chocolates from the Greek market!

Dinner and Free time.

Day 13Afytos ( Halikidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 41 :Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 42 :Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 43 : Common expressions – cultural communication codes – social and cultural habits

13.00 – 18.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

18.00 – 20.00 : Τhe students watch a Greek film and follow a discussion

20.00 – 22.00 :
Private Greek folk dance lesson and dinner with Greek feast. The students will enjoy an unforgettable evening full of Greek music, dance and real fun. A professional dance teacher will take them in a journey to meet the culture and history behind the Greek folk dances like “kalamatianos”, “syrtos” and of course the very famous “syrtaki”. Then, they will have the chance to experience an original Greek feast, the “glenti”: delicious dinner, wine, Greek music and dances. Taste Greece like a local!

Day 14Afytos ( Halkidiki)

07.00 – 09.00 : Greek Traditional Breakfast

09.00 – 13.00 :
Lesson 44 : Greek language course(Reading) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 45 : Greek language course(Writing) (Theory – video – audio)
Lesson 46 : Greek language course(Speaking) (Theory – video – audio)

13.00 – 18.00 : Students will enjoy the sea and sun of Halkidiki – Study – Free time

18.00 – 20.00 :
Lesson 47 : Common expressions – cultural communication codes – social and cultural habits
Lesson 48 : Greek language courses evaluation
Dinner at the hotel.

20.00 – 23.00 :
After dinner, a farewell celebration will take place, which will include the program evaluation, the awarding of training certificate, souvenirs and a farewell feast with Greek music, Sirtaki and bouzouki.

Day 15Afytos - Thessaloniki - Departure

After breakfast the students will be transferred to the airport for the return flight. If the flight is late in the afternoon, participants may optionally visit another great archaeological site.
Visit to Ancient Olynthos and Petralona Cave, a true natural wonder.
Ancient Olynthos in 348 BC the Macedonian Army, under the command of Philip II, conquered it and destroyed it. The town was never again inhabited and its destruction is remembered as one of the darkest moments of the entire ancient world.
Petralona Cave with its numerous impressive stalactites and stalagmites, was accidentally discovered in 1959 by a local shepherd. Excavations in the cave started in 1965 under the supervision of the founder of the Anthropological Association of Greece, the Professor of Anthropology Dr. Aris Poulianos, who discovered that the area of Petralona has been inhabited for about 700,000 years, thus proving that the oldest European hominids had lived there. One of the most important finds from the cave is the famous Petralona Skull.
The students will have experienced the Greek Language, Ancient Greek History and Culture and received a lot of knowledge and images. They are given the opportunity to continue online studying through the e-learning platform. Also, they will have enjoyed the Greek gastronomy and they have gained extraordinary experiences with the Greek music and dances. It is almost certain they will soon return to another Mini Greek School….

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Lucas G.

Solo Traveller

Very organized school. Well taken care of. Nice people. Luxury bus and great driver. Tour guide was excellent. Hotels and food were great. Sites and tours were amazing. I learned a lot. A wonderful experience. I’ll come back for another Mini Greek School…

September 16, 2017

Peter P.

Solo Traveller

Great idea!!! I learned much for the Greek Language, Ancient Greek History and Culture and at the same time I enjoyed my holidays in an amazing Greek destination. Wonderful!!!

September 6, 2017

Roxana M.

Solo Traveller

Mini Greek School of Greek Language, Ancient Greek History and Culture exceeded my expectations! Loved everything about my trip to Greece. I can honestly say that that trip was one of the best experiences in my life!

August 27, 2017

Natassa S.

Solo Traveller

Exploring Greece in a new way….Don’t just visit Greece. Live like a Greek!!!

July 15, 2017