Immerse yourself in Greek culture and the tranquil beauty of the Cyclades Islands on a journey that starts in Athens and island-hops to Milos, Santorini, and Mykonos.  

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 Windmills at Mykonos  Village atop the cliffs of Santorini

Athens and the Greek Isles: A Tailor-Made Journey

12 days from $8,995

Immerse yourself in Greek culture and the tranquil beauty of the Cyclades Islands on a journey that starts in Athens and island-hops to Milos, Santorini, and Mykonos.  

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or call 855-215-8690

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New Hotel

Athens, Greece

The New Hotel is a riveting reincarnation of the modernist Olympic Palace Hotel built in the 1950s. The Campana brothers, renowned Brazilian designers, transformed the outdated property into an innovative work of architecture and design, using everyday objects and vestiges from the former hotel to create exciting new spaces and décor. In the reception and bar, deconstructed furniture from the previous hotel can be found, as well as unusual custom-made furniture with hints of Greek culture. The 79 rooms are simply decorated, yet full of interesting details. While some rooms are snug, they are bright, stylish and offer all modern amenities. The hotel also features a spa, fitness room, and two restaurants: the main restaurant, New Taste, which also serves as the breakfast room, and the Art Lounge roof bar and restaurant which offers views over the city and the Acropolis.  

Number of nights: 3

Salt Suites

Pollonia, Greece

Located at the edge of the town of Pollonia, right on the water, Salt Suites is a boutique hotel with plenty of character and expansive views of the Milos coast. Modern, bright, and minimalist, its simple Cycladic design and tranquil location make it a great place to relax and unwind. The hotel has just ten rooms and the service is attentive yet discreet. Guests can relax on their room’s balcony, where an à la carte breakfast is served each morning. They can also find loungers on the sunny deck terrace which is directly over the water and faces the vivid sunset in the evenings. 

Number of nights: 3

Santorini Secret Suites & Spa

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Perched at the caldera’s edge in the whitewashed village of Oia, Santorini Secret Suites & Spa is a boutique property with a magical setting. Rooms are located over several levels with terraces looking out to the sea and onto the walkways connecting different areas of the hotel. All rooms have a terrace area with hot tub or plunge pool, which creates a memorable setting for breakfast in the mornings and champagne at sunset. With just 17 rooms, the property has an intimate feel to it. However, the facilities are those of a larger hotel. There’s a Greek-Japanese fusion restaurant with an outdoor dining terrace, a small pool with a poolside bar. Spa services are also available, and all the lively shopping and dining of the heart of Oia is right outside the entrance. 

Number of nights: 3

Belvedere Hotel

Mykonos Town, Mykonos, Greece

A Mykonos mainstay since the 1960s, the Belvedere has transformed itself over the years, holding onto the nostalgia of old Mykonos while embracing modern style and amenities. The hotel offers a range of inviting suites and villas on the hilltop or the waterfront, as well as a private mansion. The numerous restaurant and bars include a fine-dining establishment, a poolside bar, and a lovely wine cellar; and wellness amenities include a Six Senses Spa, a fitness studio, and a pool club. 

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Ancient Greece: Art, Architecture, and History
By: Belozerskaya, Marina, Lapatin, Kenneth
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter (The Hinges of History)
By: Cahill, Thomas
DK Eyewitness The Greek Islands (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
By: Morkot, Robert

Also Recommended

Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook & Dictionary 7
By: Spilias, Thanasis
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Athens (Pocket Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
The Greek Myths: The Complete and Definitive Edition [May 15, 2018] Graves, Robert
By: Graves, Robert
The Ancient Mediterranean
By: Grant, Michael
The Parthenon
By: Mary Beard
The World of Odysseus (New York Review Books Classics)
By: Finley, M. I.
Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation
By: Beaton, Roderick
No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey
By: Huler, Scott
National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History
By: Cline, Diane Harris
Orexi!: Feasting at the modern Greek table
By: Michaels, Theo A.
Complete Mediterranean Wildlife: Photoguide
By: Sterry, Paul
Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
By: Klein, Daniel
My Family and Other Animals
By: Durrell, Gerald
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
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