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Bryn Mawr College
Alumnae Association
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Sarah Doody
Associate Director
Phone: 610-526-5316
Fax: 610-526-5228
Toll Free: 800-BMC-ALUM




June 3 – 12, 2005


Featuring an optional extension to the Samaria Gorge

June 12-14

Dear Alumnae/I and Friends:


We are pleased to offer a fascinating program to the island of Crete, the largest island in the Greek archipelago. Experience the entire history of Crete from the Minoan culture of almost 4,000 years ago to the islands' heroic resistance in WWII. Discover the ancient history and contemporary culture of this thriving region, and hear about intriguing facets of this island's impressive archaeology from study leader Professor Richard Hamilton.


Experience Crete 's physical landscape—8,000-foot mountains, deep gorges, stalactite-filled caves, vineyards, and olive groves, and a picturesque coastline surrounded by a sparkling sea and colorful fishing boats. Dotting the landscape are whitewashed Byzantine churches, monasteries, Venetian villas and fortresses, and extensive archaeological sites of the world's most advanced ancient civilizations. Witness a remarkable sophistication in the art and architecture at the Palace of Knossos , Valthypetro, and Phaistos, and in the intriguing exhibits in the museums we visit throughout the island. Our journey begins in Iraklion , which offers a rich sightseeing experience both in the city and in villages scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. Continue to the charming Venetian town of Hania from which we visit the archaeological sites of Aptera and Eleutherna, and observe the beautiful Imbros Gorge. During our unhurried exploration of this intriguing island, there is ample opportunity to explore villages, browse in marketplaces and dine in festive local tavernas .


I hope you can join us next spring on this wonderful program.



Wendy M. Greenfield

Executive Director





Bryn Mawr College · 101 North Merion Ave · Bryn Mawr · PA · 19010-2899 · Tel 610-526-5000