Take a Journey Back in Time on School Trips to Argolis

The region of Argolis, in Greece, is probably one of the most fascinating places students can visit in modern times. It is home to many important sites that most people only read about in textbooks, such as the Palace of King Agamemnon and the Theatre of Epidaurus – an ancient structure whose excellent acoustics could give most modern theatres a run for their money. The richness of its history makes Argolis a highly important destination for school trips. For starters, here is a rough itinerary.


Depending on how you approach it, one of the first fascinating things you will encounter is the famous Corinth Canal, whose intermittent construction lasted almost two thousand years-from Roman Emperor Nero’s first attempts at cutting through the rock around 67 AD, through its final completion in 1893 by a French engineering company. During ancient times, Corinth’s status was probably as important as any modern-day commercial and business hub-it was the richest city in the ancient world. As a result, it had a great number of amenities, from baths to fountains to arcades, temples and shops. Students on school trips may find the artefacts kept on permanent exhibit at the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth most interesting and enlightening.


Today, when students on school trips visit it, Mycenae may seem like an ordinary, although picturesque and modern Greek town. During ancient times, however, Mycenae held an esteemed position as home to one of Greece’s most progressive and prosperous civilizations. Naturally, most of the artefacts and structures you’ll explore here pertain to the ancient Mycenaean civilization, such as the famous Cyclopean Walls, the Treasury of Atreus, the Tomb of Agamemnon, and the famous Lion Gate. The Acropolis stands on a high hill and is a breath-taking sight on any day. The Archaeological Museum is also a huge help in synthesizing the whole thread of the place’s historical significance.


The ancient city of Epidavros continues to attract enormous global attention, mainly because of its exquisitely preserved theatre. Of all the extant theatres from antiquity, the one in Epidavros excellently demonstrates how much ancient Greeks knew about engineering and acoustics. For instance, even if you’re sitting on the top row you can still hear the sound of a pebble as it hits the ground from where the actors perform-and this in an enormous theatre that easily seats 14000 people. Designed and built by Polykleitos the Younger, the theatre’s construction commenced around 340 BC and has since been used as an important entertainment centre. If school trips are scheduled in the summer, students can enjoy the theatre in action as it is used for the annual Epidavros Festival in July and August.