Student Tours

Where the classroom meets the world.
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Travel is one of the most powerful forms of education. Like the root of the word ‘education’ itself, ‘to be led forth’, travel awakes the imagination by cultivating a deep sense of wonder and by shaping ideas into lived experiences.

When we travel, foreign languages are suddenly transformed into personal expressions, success is not measured by grades but by confidence gained. Simple interactions with locals, participating in traditions, and living history through the architecture of homes and cities can transform the work of education into the wonder of exploration.

Places, people, cultures, and historic moments cease to be subjects of study and become the foods we eat, the music we hear, and the places we walk, touch, and see. Travel can be one of the most rewarding expressions of education; it can help to shape student’s affections by transforming them into real joys; it can take the seeds of interest and plant them in deep love of discovery.

From our travelers

Brian A.

I had the most amazing time of my life. This was the most real travel experience I've had to date. Thank you mostly for showing me that human experiences can be the most fulfilling moments. I learned what real hospitality is, and I loved the small group, family-style tour–it felt like a family. Traveling with Alithea has helped me know what I want to do in life.

Nate C.

It's not merely a trip to historic site of the classical world; it's a calling to an embodied experience.

Cindy P.

I can’t recommend Alithea Travel enough.  From the thoughtfully planned itinerary, wonderfully small group size, excellent food and the friendliest, well-located accommodations, it all exceeded my expectations.  But what really set this trip apart from the many other very enjoyable small group tours that I have taken is Jesse Blackwood himself.

Chris R.

Throughout our entire trip, I felt like a local - not like a tourist. The itinerary was filled with unique activities that immersed ourselves in the native culture. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and it was clear they were passionate about their profession. Furthermore, they felt like relatives I never knew I had by being incredibly friendly and kind. I would 100% recommend anyone who is looking to travel as a local to travel with Alithea.


Sharing meaningful experiences with thoughtful attention to the particular beauty of person and place.

Other  Experiences

Small Group Tour

Athens and the Cyclades


In the Footsteps of Saint Paul