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 $3,590

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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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 two 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.

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 the day is at leisure with meals independently.

Day 3 – Athens and Poros

A full breakfast is served each morning at your hotels. Your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will welcome you and provide an engaging opening presentation. Depart the hotel for an excursion that highlights Athens 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 by ferry to the Island of Poros and 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 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 tavernawhere 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 the Renaissance. Join new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for lively discussion and an exchange of experiences. (B,L)

Day 5 – Epidaurus and Nafplio

Start the day with a talk showcasing important events in Greek history. Then depart by motor coach 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 Nafplio, 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 for the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure. (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 Smithsonian Journeys Traveler's Corner for an informal discussion on the day’s discoveries. Then, a local speaker will join the group for a discussion on 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

Today you’ll depart Poros by motor coach to explore the late Bronze Age archaeological site of Mycenae, a World Heritage site and said to be the center of the ancient kingdom of Agamemnon.

The Mycenaean culture dominated the region and the Aegean islands. Enjoy a lunch of Greek specialties and sample the local wine. (B,L)

Day 8 – Poros

A local expert joins us at the hotel for a discussion on how Greek art has reflected on modern Greeks and their heritage.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Poros or relax at the hotel with lunch independently. 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

Say farewell to Poros and depart by motor coach for a drive along the coast to explore the famous Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean. The canal has been in continuous 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 at the hotel. (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)