Just as the iconic Parthenon still stands in Athens, an ancient sentinel over a modern city, at first glance, contemporary Greek culture might appear overshadowed by relics from antiquity. Trust us, present-day Grecian culture is as vibrant as ever. Sure, the amphitheaters that staged the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides aren’t as booked as they once were, but Greece’s many concert halls and opera houses are alive and well, teeming with the work of all nine Greek muses, inspired by mythological tradition and pop culture alike.

Classical Movements has been planning excursions to Greece since 1998, including customized cultural and sold-out concert tours for storied clients like the Choir of the College of William & Mary and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In 2016, Classical Movements arranged for the Yale Concert Band, under the expert baton of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy, to perform a concert for Afghan refugees inside Athens’ Eleonas Refugee Center—a moving, unforgettable experience, both for those hopeful refugees braving a new land, as well as the selfless musicians from New Haven, Connecticut.

Sights & Sounds

  • Athens
  • Parthenon on the Acropolis
  • Athens State Orchestra
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Opera of Thessaloniki
  • White Tower
  • Byzantine History
  • Crete
  • Palace of Knossos
  • Beachside resorts
  • Ancient Corinth
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Rich folk music
  • Acrobatic & social line dances
  • Rhodes
  • Temple of Delphi
  • Cruises


“To say that I am relieved and thrilled with how these two concert events in Istanbul and Athens came off is an understatement. I couldn’t have imagined more successful and meaningful events in these two very different venues than what we had, and, of course, we owe you all very much indeed for coming in to save the day in many ways at the 11th hour. We learned a deeper respect for all of you. I’m so happy to get to work with you again in Japan and Singapore, and I know we will make an impact in these areas as well. Thanks to all of you. The work you do really means so much to people’s lives and students’ education. I know you went above and beyond here, and believe me, we will not forget your collaborative generosity.”

Martin Jean | Dean, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 2012

“James Madison University had such a wonderful experience during our trip to England and Wales in July 2009. Classical Movements was extremely efficient and easy to work with, and was able to schedule terrific performing venues and hotels wherever we visited. In our case, they were flexible enough to allow us to connect with a contact I had at the University of London, enabling us to experience a memorable performance of the Durufle “Requiem” in collaboration with the University of London and Imperial College.”

-James Madison University Choir


“The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…”

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996

“The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

“The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma.”

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

“We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality.”

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

“Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.”

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011