Greek for archaeologists and classicists, May 2017

  • 54 academic hours of intensive Modern Greek; courses are geared towards classicists and archaeologists with good skills in ancient Greek
  • Course dates / duration: 20 May – 5 June 2017
    15 lessons, 54 hours of instruction +24 h of activities in 17 days
  • Class sizes: 2-8 students, for maximum speaking time.
  • Levels: Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (absolute beginners – C1)
  • Two locations combine the mountains and the sea!
    Classes and activities from May through September take place every other day at the Ikarian Centre’s campus, in the mountainous village of Arethousa.  On alternate days classes are held at the Hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos.  Students may choose to stay in Evdilos or at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa.  On days when classes are held at the Ikarian Centre, the Centre will provide transportation for students staying at Hotel Atheras and Hotel Kerame, or other places in Evdilos, to the campus in Arethousa. Although a shuttle service will be also available for students staying at Ikarian Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa (departure every morning before the lessons, return in the evening after the end of the activities), we suggest to the students who decide to reside at the Centre’s guesthouse in Arethousa to rent a vehicle for transportation to Evdilos, and the nearby area. You can receive a detailed daily schedule of each course, including the timetable of the shuttle service, if you submit the form you can find here

This course is designed for those who already know ancient Greek and wish to use this previous knowledge to accelerate their learning of modern Greek. The aim of the course is to present, within a short time, the basic structure of the language and a wide vocabulary in different fields of daily as well as academic life.

The course emphasizes all critical language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and is appropriate for students preparing to take Modern Greek reading / translation exams.

About Ikaria

Ikaria is an island in the eastern Aegean, known for its remote location, ruggedness, and for the longevity (as well as high quality of life) of its inhabitants. It has been identified as one of the world’s five Blue Zones, i.e. areas where members of the local population regularly – and happily – live to the age of 100. For more on the status of Ikaria as a Blue Zone (“the island where people forget to die” see here).

As a student on our course you will have the opportunity to taste the island cuisine and experience its unique way of life. These may be secrets to the islanders’ long and happy lives!

In antiquity, Ikaria served as an important cultural crossroads between the Cycladic islands and Asia Minor. The two ancient settlements of Ikaria, Oenoe and Therma, both appear on the tribute lists of the Delian League. In myth, Ikaria is sometimes cited as the birthplace of Dionysus (the source of the island’s famous wine and dancing?). The Temple of Artemis at Nas is likely the site where Agamemnon first angered Artemis by hunting her sacred deer; her only consolation afterwards was the slaughter of Iphigenia. Euripides, known in antiquity for his love of solitude, is even said to have paid a visit to (and to have composed poetry on) the island.

And, of course, apart from Icarus there are many other shipwrecks around the island… The nearby Archipelago of Fourni ( is the site of many wrecks, in part due to the strong winds blowing year-around in that area.

Accommodation and transport

The guesthouse in Ikaria

The guesthouse in Ikaria

From 2017 the lessons from May until September are taking place one day on-campus and the next day off-campus, at hotel Atheras, in the coastal village of Evdilos. As our campus and guesthouse are located in an area on the mountain not easily accessible on foot (40 min walk to the beach and 15 min walk to the closed village of Arethousa), this “dual-location” provides our students the possibility to stay in Evdilos, a small village by the sea. It also provides the campus’ fans the possibility to stay on-campus and take some of their lessons in their favorite place!

What about transport?
From May to September there are 4 lessons in each 11 day course given on-campus in Arethousa, one every other day. During these days we provide a free shuttle service to our students staying in Evdilos. The Centre’s shuttle leaves 30′ prior to the lesson, and returns just after the end of the lesson. Students off-campus will enjoy the landscape and the quietness of the campus, during these short excursions to the Ikarian mountain.

For the remaining 6 days we have lessons in hotel Atheras, in Evdilos. During these days we also provide a shuttle service for the students staying on-campus: The Centre’s shuttle leaves at 9:00, 30min before the lesson. The lessons typically end at 12:30. There are also afternoon activities, from 19:30 – 21:00. Between 13:00 – 19:30 students can hang around the restaurants, the cafeterias and  the nearby beaches. After all, it’s summer holiday! There are several restaurants and cafeterias and a few nice beaches accessible on foot from Evdilos. The shuttle returns around 22:00 in the evening, after dinner.  For those who are not happy to spend all day long away from their room, we recommend rending a car or a scooter. The cost of a car is approximately 200 – 250€ per 11 day session. There is no public bus service, a bicycle is not an option because of the terrain, and the taxi costs 15€ (one way).

Registration and more …

Registration | Εγγραφή

Send us the registration form you will find at this link:
The reservation must be followed by a deposit equal to 290€.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your registration: We offer a full refund of payments if you cancel before the 10th of the month which is two months prior to the month of the course starting date (i.e. before the 10th of June if the course starts in August). After this deadline there will be no refund. However you reserve the right to re-register in a class in the same or the following year.

Schedule | Πρόγραμμα

You may register in one of the following courses during 2017:

  • Easter course
    9-19 April (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 20-30 May (10 lessons in 11 days) or 20 May-5 June (15 lessons in 17 days)
  • 17-27 June (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 11-21 July (10 lessons in 11 days) or 11-27 July (15 lessons in 17 days) 11 July – 2August (20 lessons in 23 days)
  • 23July-2 Aug. 23 (10 lessons in 11 days) or 23 July-8 Aug. (15 lessons in 17 days) or 23 July-14 August (20 lessons in 23 days)
  • 4-14 Aug. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 4-22 Aug. (15 lessons in 19 days*) or 4-27 Aug (20 lessons in 25 days*)
  • 17-27 Aug. (10 lessons in 11 days)
  • 9-19 Sept. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 9-25 Sept. (15 lessons in 17 days)
  • Greek language and olive harvest:
    11-21 Nov. (10 lessons in 11 days) or 11-27 Nov. (15 lessons in 17 days)

*Note: 15th & 16th of August are 2 extra free days in this course.

The first day of the course, the lesson takes place in the afternoon. The  rest of the days the lessons take place in the morning (9:30 – 12:30). After morning classes end, students have free time, to eat, study and rest. In the late afternoon – evening several activities are planned, such as singing lessons, conversation classes, lectures, dance courses and film screenings. A shuttle service is at all students’ disposal, for going to their classes from Evdilos or the Centre’s guesthouse and return. For a detailed daily schedule, including the shuttle service timetable for each course,  click here

Schedule & Fees

For the tuition and the daily schedule of each course, submit the following form. A detailed brochure will be sent to your email address

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How to get to Ikaria | Πώς θα φτάσετε στην Ικαρία

By plane from Athens (, or Thessaloniki ( Low-fare carriers like Ryanair or Εasyjet fly to Athens or Thessaloniki.

By ferry from Pireas or one of the nearby islands with international airports, like Samos or Mykonos. You can get to these islands via charter flights from Europe. Ferry schedules and online tickets:

Attention: Ikaria has two ports: Agios Kirkikos and Evdilos. Try to arrive in Evdilos. Agios Kirkikos is 1h away by car (40Km) and the taxi fare is more than 50€

Campus & guesthouse in Ikaria

Students may live on-campus, at the Centre’s guesthouse, in a family atmosphere, where they can speak Greek even outside of class time, with the instructors also living on campus.They can relax and focus on their studies in the quiet and natural environment around the Centre, with its gorgeous views of both mountains and sea

The Ikarian Centre’s campus is located 1,5 km away from the picturesque village of Arethousa, in a remote and peaceful mountain spot (300m altitude, although it’s only 45 minutes by foot from the beach.A breathtaking landscape combines views of the sea and the island’s mountain. In the sky, birds of prey fly during the day, while the Milky Way and thousands of stars appear on the clear summer nights.

There are numerous opportunities for hikes nearby, as well as bird-watching, swimming, and sun-bathing, not to mention the opportunity to become acquainted with the local Ikarian culture, which may make you believe that you have stepped out of a time machine.


The campus and the guesthouse was completed in 2001 and consists of a group of four separate buildings immediately adjacent to the classrooms and studios, each designed and constructed with a careful eye to the traditional local architecture. The facilities include:

  • 2 meeting rooms – classrooms: one for 40 people, and the other for 10
  • A large open-air meeting area – classroom for 40+ people
  • A small library with dictionaries and literature in Greek.
  • A large communal kitchen and a kitchenette in each guest room.
  • Fast and reliable Internet and wifi, telephone, washing machine.

The guesthouse

There are 7 independent two -or three- bed rooms, each with private bath and kitchenette and a large 40 m2 studio for 5 people. Each of the simple rooms can host 2 or a maximum of 3 people (the third in a bunk-bed). All rooms have a private bathroom and they are located adjacent to the course venues.
Please note:

  • Breakfast IS NOT served at the guesthouse, however our guests may use the kitchenette in their room in order to prepare breakfast and simple meals.
  • Linen is provided to all guests.

The neighborhood

Shopping can be done at Arethousa (the nearest village), about 15-20 minutes (1,5Km) away by foot. The road from the villages of Arethousa or Karavostamo to the guesthouse is not paved and there is no traffic. The beach (in Karavostamo) is 45 min away on foot (10′ by car). Many beautiful beaches are nearby, as well as tavernas, restaurants, coffee shops and bars (distances from 2-8 km, 5 to 20 minutes by car).

The cost of living in Ikaria is still quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 10 – 12€ (including wine).

FAQ about Greek language courses in Ikaria | Συχνές ερωτήσεις για τα μαθήματα ελληνικής στην Ικαρία

  • Do you have my level?
    The classes are formed after students arrival as we must evaluate at the same time and comparatively all language skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading) of all of our students, in order to achieve the formation of highly homogeneous classes. For this reason we are using both, a written placement test as well as an oral interview. Note that as the classes are small, the curriculum is always adapted to the real needs of each student in the class. An online version of the placement test is also sent to the students after registration, although the submission of this test is not necessary before the student’s arrival on the island.
  • When do I have to arrive on the island?
    The first lesson take place on the afternoon of the day which is mentioned in the schedule as the first day of the course. In this way students may also travel to Ikaria in the morning of the first day. However, you are expected to arrive one day earlier. The last lesson takes place in the day which is mentioned as a last day of the course. If you are staying at the guesthouse you are expected to leave the day after. However, you can extend your stay for a couple of extra days if necessary and if there is availability in rooms.

Cars & scooters in Ikaria | Ενοικιάσεις αυτοκινήτων στην Ικαρία | Cars and scooters in Ikaria


  • Aventura (cars and motorcycles).
    Tel. (+30) 2275031140 (until 30/04/2002 tel.(+30) 210 9350983 & fax. (+30) 210 9312935
    web site
    avendura [at]
  • MAV (cars).
    Tel.& fax (+30) 2275031354 – (+30) 2275031036
    web site
  • Budget (cars).
    Tel. & Fax (+30) 2275031443
  • VANTI (cars): (+30) 6976099111 – (+30) 22750 31226
  • Lemy (cars): (+30) 6983418878
    lemy[at] website

Approximate price for a low budget car (i.e. Fiat Panda) during July – August: 30 Euros per day.