Greece: Downtown Voyagers' Next Stop

Greece: Downtown Voyagers' Next Stop
Posted on 02/15/2019
Delphi, Oracle of Apollo

Greece is the word—or rather the place—for this year’s Downtown Voyagers trip, September 12 to 19, which includes a Classical tour of Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka, via scenic coastal roads.

A travel initiative of Manatee Libraries, sponsored by the Friends of Central Library, Downtown Voyagers gives community members the opportunity to travel together to places around the globe and enjoy related programming, leading up to that year’s destination, throughout Manatee Libraries.

This year’s trip to the land of the Olympians is the third trip in the ongoing series. The first trip was to Ireland in May, 2017, where travelers visited four different cities, various castles and the fabled Cliffs of Moher. The second trip was to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, in October of last year, featuring the wonder of the world known as La Sagrada Familia Cathedral which has taken over 100 years to construct.

Downtown Voyagers was created by Jyna Johnson, Librarian and Programming Coordinator for Manatee Libraries, to offer lifelong learners more opportunities to learn and to meet others who share their interests in history and culture.

“Someone once said that travel is the most intense form of learning. It’s part of our mission as a library system to facilitate learning and a lasting, impacting way is to learn through travel. But travel is also a way to bond with others, create new memories and collect experiences, which is said to be more fulfilling than collecting things,” said Johnson.

Some of the planned Greece trip highlights include the Acropolis, ancient stadiums, including the site of the first Olympics, the Temple of Apollo.

Community member and Downtown Voyagers’ traveler, Ann Lovejoy, said the travel group has changed her life.

“This was a good way to start traveling, because I knew I would be traveling in numbers with local people who shared the same lifestyle. I took my first ever trip overseas with the Downtown Voyagers, and I felt safe, and secure. I met wonderful people and learned so much culture and history. You think you know a place by reading about it and seeing pictures, but you don’t know until you go. A picture or video will never describe what you feel emotionally, mentally or physically when you go there. I’m a different person,” said Lovejoy.

The estimated air and land cost is $2,349. Downtown Voyagers’ Greece trip is open to all until capacity is reached. Anyone interested can find out details, including cost, itinerary and booking at

The $300 deposit is due March 20, 2019.

For any additional information, contact Jyna Johnson via email or 941-748-5555 x6308. Interested people also are invited to see pictures and information from the past two trips at the Downtown Voyagers Facebook Group Page

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov