GETTING TO KNOW THASSOS ISLAND
The highlight of the planned activities for the two July programs will be a day trip to the island of Thassos on a weekend day. The students and faculty will be picked up from the hotel after breakfast for a bus ride to the embarkation of ferries to the island. Once we arrive at Thassos a local boat (similar to the one at the right of the above photo) will pick us up for a ride which will cover some of the most beautiful parts of the island’s perimeter. The boat will pass by remote beaches inaccessible by car and will stop in some of them giving the opportunity to the students to swim. A barbecue platter will also be served on the boat. At the end of the boat ride students will have the chance to spend a couple of hours walking the narrow streets of Limenas, the main town in the island, and perhaps do some shopping. We will return to Kavala later in the evening.
Photos of Alexandra Beach hotel.
The excursion to Thassos for the May program will involve staying in the island for two full days, from Friday, May 18th to Sunday, May 20th. We will depart Lucy hotel on Friday afternoon and, following the ferry ride, we will arrive at the Alexandra Beach hotel (see photo gallery above) which is located in one of the most appealing spots of the island. The vistas from the terraces of the hotel are spectacular. The hotel has easy access to a beautiful beach, two pools of its own, a restaurant and a tavern with more traditional dishes, both supplied by growing its own organic produce. On Saturday, the first full day on the island, our students will have the chance to enjoy the incredible vistas of the hotel and visit the nearby Pefkari with its strips of restaurants and cafes overlooking a beautiful beach as well as Potos and Limenaria, two picturesque villages nearby. We will embark on a bus tour of the island on Sunday stopping in some of its most attractive locations: the Archangel monastery perched on top of a cliff with spectacular views of the Aegean sea; Alyki, the most picturesque beach of the island dotted with cafes and restaurants; Limenas, the main village of the island, offering some good shopping; and a mountain village, Kazaviti, with traditional architecture. We will have an early dinner in a tavern under a grand old maple tree in Kazaviti before returning to Kavala by ferry the same evening.
RIDING SAILING BOATS IN THE AEGEAN
Participants of all three programs will get to experience sailing on the Aegean on board sailing boats. The trip will begin by encircling the peninsula where the old town and the castle are located providing a spectacular image of Kavala from a distance. Then the boats will turn towards the west and follow the coastline passing by beaches where the locals gather during the summer months. The boats will sail as far as the village of Nea Iraklitsa before turning back. The trip will take place during the afternoon for the May program and during the evening, right before the sunset, for the July programs. We feel that this is going to be one of the most relaxing experiences in one's lifetime.