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  The dramatic theater at Epidaurus  The Lion's Gate at Mycenae  The Corinth Canal

Athens and Poros

A Stay in Greece

10 days from $3,740

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Explore Greece’s enchanting beauty and unrivaled archaeological treasures in Athens, which entices with a heady mix of antiquity and modernity. Cruise the glittering aquamarine sea to the sun-splashed islands of Poros and Hydra, and visit legendary archaeological sites in Epidaurus and Mycenae. Immerse yourself in the flavors, colors, and traditions of Greece. From art to science and democracy to philosophy, the accomplishments of the ancient Greeks have shaped the foundations of Western civilization. Experience Greece’s living legacy firsthand during two nights in vibrant Athens and six nights on delightful Poros.

Highlights Include

  • Athens: Ascend the steps to the mighty Acropolis to view the Parthenon, and view the many artifacts of the Acropolis Museum. Plus, see the university area during a city tour.
  • 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: Imagine Greek dramas unfolding in this remarkably preserved ancient theater.
  • Nafplio: Revel in this beautiful town, a historic Venetian seaport and Greece’s first capital.
  • Hydra: Cruise to this nearby Saronic Island noted for its distinctive architecture, rugged terrain, and lack of cars for a memorable day of exploration.
  • Mycenae: For centuries, Mycenae was the most powerful kingdom in Greece. According to legend, it was home to Agamemnon, the king who conquered Troy.
  • Corinth Canal: 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – Depart from U.S/ Arrive in Athens, Greece

Depart for Athens, Greece. Arrive in Athens and transfer to the NJV Athens Plaza. Make your own plans for sightseeing and dinner. Located on Syntagma Square, the hotel is conveniently situated near many attractions. In the Plaka, take an evening stroll, or volta, a popular social event when the sun goes down.

Day 3 – Athens & Poros

Explore the birthplace of democracy. See Athens’ famous neoclassical trio: Athens Academy, the University of Athens, and the National Library. At the Acropolis Museum, gaze down through glass flooring to see the ruins of an ancient neighborhood. Ascend the gleaming Acropolis, and admire the classical architecture of the Parthenon. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant to sample Greek specialties.

This afternoon, transfer to the port of Piraeus and board a Flying Dolphin hydrofoil bound for the island of Poros. Check in to the New Aegli Hotel. Tonight, join your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 – Poros

Stroll through streets lined with whitewashed homes in Poros Town and tiny St. George Square. Pass bustling shops along the sparkling waterfront on your way to the Archaeological Museum of Poros for a tour. Over a traditional lunch at a local taverna, converse with island residents about daily life in Greece. Meander through Poros Town on your own or spend the afternoon on beautiful Askeli beach by the hotel. Discuss ancient Greece’s influence on the Western world with a local speaker. (B,L)

Day 5 – Epidaurus & Nafplio

Tucked amid pine-clad hills, Epidaurus is famous for its ancient theater, built in the 4th century B.C. and still in use today. The structure seats up to 14,000 people and has phenomenal acoustics; a coin dropped in the theater center can be heard in the highest seat. Savor a delicious lunch of classic Greek cuisine.

Nafplio, set on a rocky peninsula over the Argolic Gulf, this historic city briefly was the first capital of Greece during the War of Independence after Greek forces wrested it from Ottoman control in 1822. Soak up the town’s medieval ambiance as you see ancient castles and neoclassical mansions on a guided walk, then explore more on your own afterward.

Return to Poros, and spend the evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 – Hydra

Take a water taxi from the hotel to the port, and take a hydrofoil to the nearby island of Hydra, the gem of the Saronic Gulf. This car-free island is celebrated for its exquisite harbor and superb stone architecture. Visit the National Archives for a look at the 18th and 19th-century history of both Greece and Hydra.

Enjoy lunch before returning to Poros. Take the hydrofoil back to Poros and a water taxi back to the hotel. A local speaker explains how modern attitudes and lifestyles in Greece reflect ancient customs and traditions. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a restaurant on the island. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Mycenae

With a guide, walk among the amazing ruins of Mycenae, a powerful, wealthy city that flourished in the second millennium B.C. Relax over lunch at one of Greece’s highly regarded wineries and samples its vintages. Return to Poros for an evening at your leisure. (B,L)

Day 8 – Poros

A local expert provides insights on how the country’s visual arts have reflected its culture throughout history. Spend your final day on Poros pursuing your own interests.

Conclude an amazing week in Greece at a festive glendi, or party. After a tasty dinner, listen to a live band play spirited folk music and watch dancers perform traditional routines. If you’d like, learn the dances yourself! (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Corinth Canal & Athens

En route to Athens via motorcoach, marvel at the Corinth Canal first opened in 1893. Check in to the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. Craft your own agenda in Athens this afternoon. Gather for a final group dinner together. (B,D)

Day 10 – Depart Athens for the U.S.

Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city. (B)

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