The Foundation’s Melathron Center at Mycenae, Greece, has grown into an educational and research international hub that facilitates education and practical training, interdisciplinary faculty research, faculty-student research collaboration, and cultural immersion of foreign students in Greece. 

Our innovative educational model aims at communicating knowledge while developing critical and original thinking through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, engaging, experimental, experiential, effective, adaptive-learning-based and praxis-oriented approach. 

Students study in the impressive facilities of the Melathron Center at Mycenae and reside at Nafplion (, one of the most beautiful and culture-rich European cities, ideal location for shopping, entertainment, and cultural immersion, while engaging in travelling all over mainland Greece and the islands. The Mycenaean Foundation offers students pre-departure services and full support on-site in Greece, including: academic advising; general orientation and weekly follow-up sessions on everyday life, cross-cultural adjustment, and practical issues; health services and counseling; crisis management plan, safety measures, and emergency procedures in coordination and communication with the off-site administration and the US Embassy in Greece.

Our study abroad programs apply a holistic integrative educational model that transcends geographical, temporal, scientific or cultural borders, by combining theoretical learning with hands-on practical training, classroom with travel, education with cultural immersion, learning with critical thinking, interdisciplinary approach with international focus, thus engaging majors from all over the world and across the spectrum, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and encouraging personal and academic growth for students.

NOSTOS: cultural immersion program for international high-school students and students of the Greek Diaspora

NOSTOS is a thematic, cultural immersion program in Greece designed for international high school students and students of the Greek diaspora. This 12-day program is organized by the Mycenaean Foundation, offered three times annually (December/January, early July, early August), and taught in English by our faculty and guest lecturers.

  • Nostos I (winter 2021): Thessaloniki, Mt.Pelion, Delphi, and Athens
  • Nostos II (July 2022): Athens and the Peloponnese (Mycenae, Tiryns, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Monemvasia, Elafonisos, Mystras, Diros Cave, Pylos, Navarino Bay and Voidokoilia beach, Olympia, Dimitsana, Doxa Lake, Corinth, Vouraikos gorge hike and rack train ride, cruise to Vouliagmeni lake/Heraion)
  • Nostos III (summer): Athens and Cycladic Islands (Santorini, Melos, Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Naxos/Koufonisia )
  • Nostos IV (summer): Athens and Crete (Knossos, Archanes, Phaistos, Malia, Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos and Lasithi plain, Hiraklio, Rethymno, Chania, swimming at Balos and Elafonisi, Samaria gorge hike)
  • Nostos V (summer): Athens and Ionian Islands (Lefkada, Zakynthos, Kephallonia, Ithaca, Paxoi/Antipaxoi)
  • Nostos VI (August 2022): Thessaloniki and Epirus (Ioannina, Dodona, Zagoria, Vikos gorge hike and Drakolimni, Acheron river cruise, Syvota, Parga)
  • Nostos VII (summer): Thessaloniki and Macedonia (Pella, Vergina, Dion, Mt. Olympus hike, Kastoria, Chalkidici, Mt. Athos cruise)

The NOSTOS cultural immersion program consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: two weeks of online preparatory classes in the history and archaeology of ancient Greece, ancient Greek art, archaeoastronomy, and basic language instruction in Modern Greek, culminating with a 3-5 page research paper on select ancient Greek monuments and masterpieces (which the students will present to their group on-site during their trip to Greece. 
  • Part 2: a 12-day trip to Greece which includes faculty-led field trips to famous archaeological sites and museums on mainland Greece and the Greek islands, enriched with guest lectures on the history and archaeology of Greece, workshops in drawing/painting and archaeoastronomy, real field training in our unique outdoor dig simulator, and various outdoor activities in landscapes of unique natural beauty (such as swimming at the shores of Nafplion, Poros, Voidokoilia, Elafonissos, in the Pheneos lake or the Neda river waterfalls; mountain hiking at Dimitsana and Mani, climbing the volcano at Methana, and hiking in the Vouraikos gorge), designed for students to experience the spirit of Greece and embrace local authenticity. Students will be also accompanied by designated chaperones (any institution enrolling ten students or more will be allowed to send a chaperone of their choice free of charge).

The students who successfully complete the two-part program will receive a certificate of participation from the Mycenaean Foundation. Our innovative educational model aims at communicating knowledge, while developing critical and original thinking, through an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, engaging, experimental, experiential, effective, adaptive-learning-based and praxis-oriented approach. The NOSTOS program is a unique educational and cultural immersion gateway for high school students from all over the world to the land of myth, history and natural beauty, and for the students of the Greek diaspora a return to the homeland of their own parents and grandparents.

The NOSTOS program will continue in 2022 (Nostos II in July 2022 and Nostos VI in August 2022)

This is a free, award trip for "Athena class" donors and Friends of the Foundation (with donations of 4,000 euros or more to the Mycenaean Foundation in 2022). To join this special program offered by the Mycenaean Foundation or to receive more information, please email [email protected]


  • Dates: July 10-23, 2022 
  • Registration deadline: April 20, 2022 (admissions will be made on a rolling basis until 20 positions are filled, so apply early!) 
  • Maximum number of participants: 20 students 

For the brochure of Nostos II, click here


  • Dates: July 31 - August 13, 2022 
  • Registration deadline: April 20, 2022 (admissions will be made on a rolling basis until 20 positions are filled, so apply early!) 
  • Maximum number of participants: 20 students

For the brochure of Nostos VI, click here

GREEK ODYSSEY undergraduate study abroad program (link) 

The Melathron Center at Mycenae, Greece, hosts every year the GREEK ODYSSEY study abroad program for undergraduate foreign students (, which was accredited by the University of South Carolina ('school of record' 2017-2022) and endorsed by the International University Alliance (IUA) and the Study In Greece (Official Portal of the Hellenic Republic). The academic curriculum includes interdisciplinary courses in classics, history, art, studio art, field archaeology, archaeology, geophysics, geoarchaeology, bioarchaeology, paleo-environmental studies, archaeometry, archaeoastronomy, cultural heritage management, and theatrical studies (, requiring no prior experience in archaeology, transcending disciplines, and engaging majors from across the spectrum, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. All courses are taught in English by prominent Greek and American professors. 

Students study at Mycenae, reside at Argos and Nafplion, where they immerse in the local culture, entertainment, and shopping, and participate in organized field trips and study tours all over mainland Greece and the islands in the weekends. These intensive study abroad programs offer an unparalleled experience for students to spend a semester, Maymester, or a summer month in one of the most spectacular regions of Greece, study and travel all over mainland Greece and the islands, while doing hands-on archeological work and learning basic skills that will serve them regardless of major and career. The enthusiastic comments of participating students and senior administrators attest to the quality and effectiveness of our study abroad programs (

HERMES: Global Studies in Ancient and Modern Diplomacy: graduate study abroad summer program (link) 

The Institute of World Politics (IWP), in cooperation with the Mycenaean Foundation, is launching a study-abroad opportunity in Greece, beginning in July 2022. During this four-week trip, IWP students will stay in the seaside town of Nafplio, where two IWP classes will be offered. They will also tour some of the great cultural sites in Greece and meet with senior Greek government officials.

During the trip, Dr. Christofilis Maggidis, a new IWP Professor and President of the Mycenaean Foundation, will teach a course on “Ancient and Modern Democracy: Ideology, Morphology, Pathology” (IWP 697). This class involves an interdisciplinary investigation of ancient democracy (with special emphasis on the ancient Athenian democracy), its origins, history, and evolution, rise and fall, and its diachronic legacy. Dr. Maggidis will also teach “Diplomacy and War in the Ancient World” (IWP 696). This seminar ventures a historical review of diplomacy, foreign relations, and war in the ancient world, focusing on an interdisciplinary, comparative analysis of select case studies from various chronological periods, ancient cultures, and states in the region of the Mediterranean and the Near East.

During their visit to Greece, students will tour Athens before arriving at their home base, the Mycenaean Foundation’s Melathron Center at Mycenae. Other planned events include a guided tour of the Mycenaean citadel of Mycenae and museum and field trips to Sparta and Mystras; Pylos and Olympia, including swimming at Voidokilia bay and the Polylimnio waterfalls; Epidaurus, including the theater, sanctuary, and museum; Argos; and Corinth, including swimming, water sports, and hiking.

A two-day symposium on modern diplomacy will be held at the Melathron Center as part of the Hermes program. 


The Mycenaean Foundation organizes special travel programs that offer a great vacation and a unique cultural experience in Greece, the cradle of western civilization and land of timeless beauty, but also the opportunity to help the Foundation sponsor archaeological field research in Greece through your participation and support the noble causes and mission of the Foundation.

The Greek Visions Land Expedition (May 20-30, 2020) is an all-inclusive 10-day luxury bus tour of exceptional places in Greece, including famous ancient and medieval sites like Athens, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus, Monemvasia, Mystras, Pylos, Olympia as well as landscapes of unparalleled natural beauty, such as the stunning shores of Nafplio, Monemvasia, Elafonissos, Voidokoilia or the breathtaking gorge of Vouraikos and the mountainous region of Kalavryta – a wide spectrum of Greek landscapes and timeless historical places. The Greek Visions Land Tour is designed for 16-20 people, it will be led by Professor Christofilis Maggidis (archaeologist, field director of excavations at Mycenae, President of the Mycenaean Foundation), and it includes 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation (2 nights at Nafplio, 2 nights at Monemvasia, 3 nights at Pylos, 3 nights in Athens), breakfast and one meal per day, transportation by luxury coach, welcome reception at the Melathron Center of the Mycenaean Foundation, a day-long cruise at the Navarino bay and Voidokoilia, hiking in the Vouraikos gorge, and private guided tours of archaeological sites and museums. The comprehensive price is $6,200 per person and a modest percentage of this price will allow the Mycenaean Foundation to support archaeological field research in Greece and philanthropy. 

The Greek Odyssey Luxury Cruise (May 4-16, 2020) is a 12-day, elite, all-inclusive vacation in Greece including a 7-day luxury cruise on a private 100-foot yacht around the Peloponnese and select Greek islands (Spetses, Hydra, Monemvasia, Elaphonissos, Zakynthos, Kephalonia) and 5 days in Athens and Nafplio, led by Professor Christofilis Maggidis (archaeologist, field director of excavations at Mycenae, President of the Mycenaean Foundation). This elite package is exclusively designed for only 4 couples and offers superb personalized luxury, complete privacy, destinations of unparalleled beauty and ancient history, unique experiences, and all-inclusive, high-class services, such as a 6-member crew on the yacht serving you 24/7, stellar cabin accommodations, gourmet kitchen (chef), private dining on board, swimming on remote beaches of stunning beauty, private tours and exclusive behind-the-scenes visits to select sites and museums, a welcome reception at the Melathron Center of the Mycenaean Foundation, Byzantine Choir musical performance, special happenings and memorable experiences, luxury accommodation and dining in world-class hotels at Nafplion and Athens, limousine ground transportation, return to Athens by air.  This is truly a unique experience of high-end luxury. The comprehensive price is $25,000-$28,000 per person (depending on selection of cabin accommodations) and a modest percentage of this price will allow the Mycenaean Foundation to support archaeological field research in Greece and philanthropy. 

To join either of these special vacation programs offered by the Mycenaean Foundation or to receive more information, please email [email protected] 


20 May 2022 and 23 September 2022 (7 days)  

An interactive tour of the key Mycenaean sites including a unique ‘behind the ropes’ 3-day experience at Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, where you will be taught how to explore, map and excavate with their archaeologists (hosted by the Mycenaean Foundation). Followed by visits to the hidden gems and famous sites of the ancient Peloponnese. Accompanied by Professor Christofilis Maggidis, President of the Mycenaean Foundation, and New Scientist editorial staff (in conjunction with Travel Editions)

To join these special tours offered by New Scientist or to receive more information, please contact: [email protected] and/or [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7251 0045