M.I.A. (Malta, Islands, Athens)

Trip Region: Europe
Country(ies): Malta, Greece
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2673
Airfare Estimate: $1600
Nightlife: 7   •   Activity: 6

Do you ever want to just get away from it all? This is your perfect chance to go M.I.A. in M.I.A. Spend four nights in Malta complete with catamaran booze cruises, catacomb visits, and sea caves explorations! We’ll then pop over to the Greek island of Naxos for a few days, where we’ll relax like gods and goddesses on the largest island in Cyclades before completing the trip in the ancient city of Athens. A perfect mix of culture, sunshine, and great company (if we do say so ourselves). Join us in the Mediterranean before you even have a chance to attend your first Skeeps.

Travel Day — Saturday, Aug 18

Leave the Wolverine State and begin your transatlantic journey to the tiny archipelago nation of Malta.

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 19

Arrive in Malta and make your way to our beautiful waterfront hotel on St. Julian’s Bay, where we’ll have a relaxing evening in preparation for a week and a half of shenanigans.

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 20

So it begins… We kick off the trip with a tour of some of the dopest attractions Malta has to offer, including the famed Hagar Qim Temples (built more than 5,000 years ago!) and the picturesque Blue Grotto sea caves, where, according to legend, the water is bluer than the Blue Barracuda Fishbowl at Good Time Charley’s. After a day of culture comes an evening of luxury: we’ll finish off the day with a private catamaran booze cruise. Debauchery will likely ensue, and “I’m On A Boat” will undoubtedly be played.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 21

Pull yourself out of bed, do your best to battle through your hangover/jet lag combo, and get amped for a day soaking up some history on a guided tour of two of Malta’s oldest and coolest cities - Mdina and Rabat. While in the ‘silent city’ of Mdina, we’ll wander through the narrow streets and mysterious alleyways (Dan will probably get lost), check out the awe-inspiring views from the bastions of the ancient citadel, before passing through the Greek Gate into Rabat, where we’ll explore the historic - and kinda spooky - St. Paul’s Catacombs. We’ll finish off the excursion with some shopping in the Ta' Qali market, then head back to the hotel.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 22

Congrats team, you’ve earned yourselves a free day. We’ll have some optional, surprise activities planned for those who want to partake, but consider this day your own. Lounge by the pool, explore the city, and rest up for a wild evening of great food and numerous beverages in nearby Valletta, the capital city of Malta.

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 23

Travel day to Naxos. In the evening, we’ll enjoy some drinks by the pool and hit the town to find some good eats.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 24

Time to take a break from the wine and get some culture. We’ll start our guided tour in the Damalas village, then head through the valley of Tragaia, where we’ll make stops in the village Halki (which apparently have hella absurd mansions), the Byzantine church of Panagia Protothroni, and the citrus distillery. On the way back, we’ll stroll the marble-paved alleys in the village of Apiranthos village, then pop by the lush settings of Flerio, Melanes to observe the statue of Kouros (a.k.a. the Colossus of Dionysus). The 80-ton structure is from the 7th century BC, which means it’ll look almost as old as Mike. We’ll then head back to the hotel and prep for another strong night out on the town.

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 25

Today is a well-earned beach and pool day. We’ll have an optional Riverwalk Tour planned for anyone who wants to explore more of the island, but don’t underestimate the benefits of soaking up the Mediterranean sun and recharging those Vitamin D levels. Otherwise, the day is at your disposal. We’ll regroup at night for a special final meal in Naxos.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 26

Travel day to Athens. We’ll check-in to the hotel, have a relaxing afternoon, then enjoy an incredible meal at the Diavlos Traditional Taverna, an Athenian classic.

Day 9 — Monday, Aug 27

In the morning, we’ll embark on the Cradle of Civilization Tour and visit some of the most famous Athenian landmarks/monuments, including the Temple of Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, Parthenon, Agora, among others! We’ll also stop by Hill of Muses, with its famous panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis, so that everyone can get that perfect ‘gram. #basic In the afternoon, you’ll have some time to shop and explore Athens on your own, before regrouping with your fellow trekkers for one final night of tomfoolery before reality sets back in.

Departure Day — Tuesday, Aug 28

All good things must come to an end; time to head home. Depart from Athens.

Mark “DJ Newmark” Kanter

Mark “DJ Newmark” Kanter hails from the Midwest paradise of Kansas City, but prior to Ross, he spent 7 years in New York working in wealth management by day and honing his comedy and music skills by night. However, despite devoting countless hours and thousands of dollars to music and comedy, all he really has to show for his efforts are a couple go-to karaoke songs and a mediocre Barack Obama impression. He is also a real meat lover who might be single-handedly keeping Arby’s in business. At Ross, Mark has done an incredible job of being ostensibly involved in several high-profile campus groups (Follies, the Bus, etc.) while not actually doing much work for said groups; it’s a true talent. One thing that’s not a joking matter is Mark’s commitment to his school work and career in marketing. He is the VP of Education for the Michigan Marketing Club and will be working in food brand management in Chicago this summer. Mark is pumped for M.I.A. and is already crafting the perfect Spotify playlist for the trip.

Alexa “GUZ” Guzman

After conquering the streets of NYC and Philly, Alexa “GUZ” Guzman is ready for M.I.A. There’s a few things to know about this globetrottin’ girl – first off, the GUZ can booze. Throughout the trip, know that the GUZ will 1) frequently drink you under the table, 2) leverage her whiskey-crushing skills to dominate any and all trivia, and 3) ensure that the M.I.A. crew bonds to the same level as her own prior MTrek. In fact, friends and comrades frequently cite her and Mark’s obsession with their own trek as both extremely annoying and ammunition to prepare an equally incredible experience for this year’s group. Alexa came to Ross after realizing her undergraduate Wharton education wasn’t quite good enough, and she is ready for the tech world after years of managing men’s merch at Macy’s. At Ross, Alexa balances her time being active in marketing and tech clubs, HBSA, complaining about how far she lives from school, and continuously trying to get into yoga.

Mike Dea

Originally from Toronto, Mike finally accomplished his dream of moving to America when he was accepted at Ross… just kidding, he went to Dartmouth and lived in SF before business school. Still, Mike came to Ross with much acclaim – at least in his own mind – and is quick to remind people that he was named top 35 under 35 in the reinsurance industry. Having already conquered one industry, Mike will be working in technology this summer as a product manager in Seattle. Mike also has a great eye for talent. He attended high school with Drake and once proclaimed that he had “no rap skills and should probably just stick to acting.” Mike is also known for his organization; the only thing he has ever lost is his hair, though he’s still trying to find it. At Ross, Mike holds leadership positions with several clubs/organizations, though his status as president of the Ross Ski Club was recently called into question when he skied directly into a tree and broke multiple bones in his shoulder. In preparation for M.I.A., Mike is currently on a worldwide search for SPF 200 sunscreen.

Dana Miller

Dana Miller is originally from San Francisco and has spent the past the past decade on the east coast, giving her a unique combination of mildly pretentious qualities from both coasts. Don’t let that fool you though – Dana is sweet-natured with a calming presence, is known for her world-class hugs and, most importantly, has an uncanny ability to call out Dan on his B.S. Prior to business school, Dana worked in fundraising for Amherst College, where she mastered the art of schmoozing. When it came time to decide on b-school, Dana chose to attend Michigan Ross so that she could experience real “fun” (meaning football in this context), something she had only heard rumors about during her undergrad at Mount Holyoke. At Ross, Dana has learned to let her hair down a bit. In fact, she occasionally gets particularly wild and has 2, sometimes 3 glasses of rose. She can also be found teaching classes at Pure Barre in her spare time, where she can (finally) leverage her skills as a professionally-trained ballet dancer.

Dan Beckwith

Hailing originally from Connecticut, Dan has always enjoyed putting himself in uncomfortable situations, being the only Jew at Villanova and the only student at Ross who is averse to waking up before noon. He spent the majority of his pre b-school years working in finance in New York City, where he spent most of his income on Marine Layer clothing. Part of the reason for such excessive spending is his inability to do laundry… or accomplish many of the other basic skills acquired in childhood. In fact, he recently had to ask Mike how to operate a stove. Though he may not be a master chef, Dan is nevertheless a hard-core foodie and fully embraces the dining scenes in NYC and Ann Arbor. He is also an experienced traveler with a knack for planning killer trips, and M.I.A. will be no different. At Ross, Dan is a proud leader for the Michigan Business Students Association (think: Skeeps and tailgates) and the Adam Smith Society (think: capitalism), and after school, he is excited leverage his hedge fund background and creative mindset to work in strategy in the emerging fintech space.

Diocelyn (Dio) Batista Rijo

Diocelyn (aka Dio) is not only the best leftover from the class of 2018, but has earned a reputation as a catalyst for questionable decision making and uninhibited lituations. Originally from the Dominican Republic, this spicy New York Latino, hails from an education/non-profit background where he learned how to be a badass with a budget and carry a flask discretely. He attended Vanderbilt University where he discovered his love for raging and became an expert in nothing that could help him get through MBA1. He came to Ross to become an Erber, learn how business can save the world, and compensate for a life long struggle with lavish consumerism and Amazon prime addiction. While at B-school, Dio has dedicated himself to helping admissions recruit the best Rossers, presiding over section turn-ups, and attempting to enrich his personal brand through his Instagram stories. Dio has never been on MTrek but unknowingly crashed Mark and Alexa’s Cambodia MTrek last year and was hooked on its debauchery and strong bonds. He has vowed to ensure that M.I.A. feels just as welcoming and just as lit.