Samos, Greece

Istanbul to Athens Field Study Detailed Description

  • On Sunday (May 11) evening, students gather for a welcome dinner at Café Omar in the historical center. Professor Hugg will introduce the theme “Exploring the Roots of the Civil Law” with historical background.
  • Monday morning (May 12) will begin with a group discussion and presentation on the political and geostrategic importance of Turkey. We will have a guided tour of Topkapi Palace, a 5-star international tourist attraction. After a Dutch treat lunch, students will have time for The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul and/or shopping.
  • Tuesday (May 13) will begin with an orientation presentation on the legal and historical significance of the day’s visits. Participants will join Professor Hugg for a general walking tour of the historical center of Sultanahmet and its many tourist attractions (including The Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the obelisks and the Basilica Cistern). After individual lunches, students will have the option to visit the Arch of Constantine, the Grand Bazaar, and other sites of historical significance.
  • On Wednesday morning (May 14), there will be a presentation on the literary and historical significance of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. We will have a guided boat trip up the Bosporus (20+ miles from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea), viewing the ancient gates of the city, fortifications and palaces, accompanied by instruction along the way. The group will visit the ruins of Yoros Castle, an ancient fortification built by the Phoenicians and Greeks before the Byzantine era. The group will enjoy a Dutch-treat coffee in the quaint fishing village of Anadolu Kavağı before travelling to Yeditepe University Faculty of Law for a faculty presentation and lunch with Turkish law students. Following our visit to the university, the group will return to the city by ferry.
  • On Thursday (May 15), we will fly from Istanbul to Izmir, and then travel by bus to the resort town Kusadasi. After hotel check-in, there will be a group excursion to the Kusadasi port area for lunch and to visit the Fortress at Pigeon Island.
  • On Friday (May 16), we will have a full day tour of Ephesus. We will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis, at Ephesus. We will also see the House of the Virgin Mary, which is near the ancient city.
  • On Saturday (May 17), we will take the ferry from Kusadasi to the picturesque island of Samos, Greece, birthplace of Pythagoras. Professor Hugg will lead the group for a tour and lunch in the ancient Port of Pythagorean.
  • On Sunday (May 18), students will have the option to visit the ancient Tunnel of Eupalinos or enjoy some free time on the beautiful beaches of Samos.
  • On Monday (May 19), we will board a flight from Samos to Athens, Greece. Following hotel check-in, the group will embark on an introductory tour of Athens, featuring a visit to the Acropolis Hill (Athens’ prominent, ancient citadel and home to the Parthenon). Students will enjoy a free evening in Athens.
  • On Tuesday (May 20), the group will visit the University of Athens and select legal institutions. Students will have the option to participate in a Dutch-treat farewell dinner that evening.
  • On Wednesday (May 21), students will depart Athens for return flights to the U.S.