Experience the history and culture of Greece as you ascend the steps of the mighty Acropolis in Athens and feel the essence of the Greek life by staying on Poros.

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 The main town on the Greek island of Poros  The magnificent Acropolis in Athens  The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens  The Lion's Gate at Mycenae  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus  Pedestrian street on the island of Hydra  Typical Greek island taverna  The Corinth Canal

Athens and Poros

A Stay in Greece

11 days from $3,790

Experience the history and culture of Greece as you ascend the steps of the mighty Acropolis in Athens and feel the essence of the Greek life by staying on Poros.

or Call 855-330-1542

SOLO TRAVELERS

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Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Experience the history and culture of Greece during this special program featuring three nights in Athens and a six-night stay on the quiet island of Poros at the New Aegli Hotel, located on the beach.

Highlights Include

  • Athens: Ascend the steps of the mighty Acropolis to view the Parthenon, then view many of its artifacts in the Acropolis Museum. Plus, see the university area during a city tour and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
  • Poros Town: Feel the essence of quiet Greek life by staying on the island of Poros. Explore the lovely main town during a walking tour, visit the archaeological museum, and get to know residents during a special event.
  • Epidaurus and Mycenae: Take two full-day excursions to visit these World Heritage sites. Epidaurus is home to the best-preserved ancient Greek theater, which is still in use today. Ancient Mycenae was the most powerful kingdom in Greece for centuries and, according to legend, was the seat of Agamemnon’s kingdom.
  • Hydra: Cruise to this nearby Saronic Island—noted for its distinctive architecture, rugged terrain, and lack of cars—for a day of exploration.
  • Corinth Canal: Returning to Athens by land, stop off to see the famous Corinth Canal. 

I'm a single traveler and after three tours with SJ I have come to know these certainties: I'm safe; It's well organized; It's fun and I learn.

- MaryAnn O.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Athens, Greece

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart the U.S. on an overnight transatlantic flight to Athens.

Day 2 – Athens

Arrive at Athens International Airport and transfer to the deluxe InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a welcome kit of maps and general information about Greece. There’s time to unpack and relax. The Smithsonian Journeys travel director will be with you throughout the program for suggestions on local dining, independent sightseeing and other activities.

Day 3 – Athens

Breakfast is served each morning during your stay at the hotel. Begin exploring Athens during a city highlights tour. See the Athens Academy, the University, and the National Library. Visit the remarkable Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. See the Parthenon and explore the artifacts and sculptures showcased at the Acropolis Museum. After lunch with fellow travelers, the remainder of the day is free to explore on your own. The evening begins with a Smithsonian welcome reception at the hotel. (B,L,R) 

Day 4 – Athens and Poros

Transfer to the pier in Piraeus, the Port of Athens and embark a hydrofoil for the short trip to the small island of Poros located in the Saronic Gulf. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, unpack, and enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers at a “Welcome to Poros” reception and dinner with local Greek wine. (B,D)

Day 5 – Poros

Today, explore the delightful streets of Poros Town. Spend time in St. George’s Square and stroll along the charming waterfront. At the Archaeological Museum of Poros, you’ll see interesting Greek artifacts. Enjoy lunch at a popular taverna where you’ll meet with local people and learn about life in Greece today. After lunch, attend a talk that highlights how the influence of ancient Greece on Western art and thinking pulled Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Join fellow Smithsonian Journeys friends in the Smithsonian traveler’s corner for lively discussion and an exchange of experiences (B,L) 

Day 6 – Nauplia and Epidaurus

Start the day with a talk showcasing important events in Greek history. Afterward, drive along the Argolic Gulf to explore Nauplia located on a rocky outcropping of land. Visit the town with its shady, winding streets and lanes and see the Palamidi Citadel built on a strategic ridge that dominates the city. Continue to Epidaurus, a World Heritage site known as the birthplace of the science of medicine and the best-preserved Greek Amphitheater still in use today. After a lunch of Greek specialties, return to the hotel and attend a talk by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. This evening, join the travelers' corner for lively discussion. (B,L)

Day 7 – Hydra

Take a cruise to the island of Hydra, distinctive for its architecture, rough terrain, and the fact that motorized vehicles are not permitted. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy its cafes, shops, and restaurants. Upon returning to the hotel, meet in the travelers' corner with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert to discuss the day’s discoveries. This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a delightful dinner featuring Greek specialties and local wine. (B,D)

Day 8 – Mycenae

Begin exploring today with a drive to the late Bronze Age archaeological site of Mycenae, a World Heritage site said to be the center of the ancient kingdom of Agamemnon. The Mycenaean culture dominated the region and the Aegean Islands. Enjoy sampling the local wine and lunch at a nearby winery. (B,L)

Day 9 – Poros

Start the day with a talk on how Greek art has reflected on the people and their heritage. Then, let your interests be your guide and explore Poros solo or with new friends. Tonight enjoy live music, Greek dancing, and a wonderful farewell reception and dinner with local wine. (B,R,D)

Day 10 – Corinth Canal and Athens

Depart Poros and drive along the coast to explore the famous canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. It has been in operation since 1893. Later, check-in at the InterContinental Athenaeum for an overnight stay. There’s time to relax in Athens. This evening, join fellow travelers for a dinner featuring local specialties. (B,D)

Day 11 – Depart for the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to the Athens International Airport for flights to the U.S. (B)