Experience the history and culture of Greece during this special two-center stay program. Feel the essence of Greek life by staying on the quiet island of Poros and enjoy exploring important sites, including the Acropolis in Athens, and Mycenae and Epidaurus.

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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  Port area of Poros  Typical Greek island taverna  Dinner scene on Poros  Pedestrian street on the island of Hydra  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus  The Lion's Gate at Mycenae  The Corinth Canal

Athens and Poros

A Stay in Greece

10 days from $3,590

Experience the history and culture of Greece during this special two-center stay program. Feel the essence of Greek life by staying on the quiet island of Poros and enjoy exploring important sites, including the Acropolis in Athens, and Mycenae and Epidaurus.

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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.

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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.

Immerse yourself in 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 to 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. 
  • Poros Town: Travel by hydrofoil to the island of Poros where you’ll feel the essence of quiet Greek life. 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 was renowned for its ancient Greek theater and ancient Mycenae was the most powerful kingdom in Greece, and according to legend, 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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2017 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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2018 Itinerary

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

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

Day 2 – Athens

Arrive at Athens International Airport and transfer to the deluxe NJV Athens Plaza 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. The balance of your day is at leisure.

Day 3 – Athens and Poros

Breakfast is served each morning during your stay at the hotel. Your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will welcome you and provide an engaging presentation. Begin exploring Athens on an excursion that highlights a city with ancient traditions in democracy that influenced western architecture, medicine, and law. See the Athens Academy, the University, the National Library and the treasures showcased in the Acropolis Museum. After lunch, visit the iconic Acropolis, dedicated to the goddess Athena and see the iconic Parthenon. Later, travel to the Island of Poros, your home base for the next six nights. Rooms are reserved at the New Aegli Poros Hotel. The evening begins with a Smithsonian Journeys welcome reception followed by dinner at the hotel (B,L,R,D) 

Day 4 – Poros

After breakfast, join your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an engaging presentation. 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 local artifacts. Enjoy lunch at a popular taverna where you’ll meet local people and learn about life in Greece today. Later, attend a talk that highlights the influence of ancient Greece on western art and thinking that propelled Europe into Renaissance. Join new friends in the Smithsonian Traveler’s Corner for lively discussion and an exchange of experiences (B,L)

Day 5 – Epidauras and Nauphlia

Start the day with a talk showcasing important events in Greek history. Drive 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. Continue to explore coastal Nauplia, located on a rocky promontory jutting into the Argolic Gulf. Visit the town with its shady, winding streets and lanes and see the Palamidi Citadel, built on a strategic ridge that dominates the city. After a lunch of Greek specialties, return to Poros. (B,L)

Day 6 – Hydra

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 Traveler's Corner with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an informal discussion on the day’s discoveries. A local speaker will offer a talk about ancient customs, traditions and how they impact contemporary Greek life. This evening, sit down to a delightful dinner featuring Greek specialties. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – 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 lunch and sample the local wine. (B,L)

Day 8 – Poros

Start the day with a talk on how Greek art has reflected on the people and their heritage. Let your interests be your guide today and explore with new friends. Later, attend a presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. This evening, enjoy live music, Greek dancing, wine, and ouzo during a festive reception and dinner. Opa! (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Corinth Canal and Athens

Travel from Poros and motor along the coast to explore the famous Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. It has been in operation since 1893. Later, check into the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel for an overnight stay. There’s time to relax and enjoy leisure time in Athens. This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a casual dinner. (B,D) 

Day 10 – Depart for the U.S.

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

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)