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.

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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. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 

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 – 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.

Independent Exploration: 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 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.

Excursion: 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

Excursion: Poros Town. Stroll through streets lined with whitewashed homes in Poros Town and tiny St. George’s Square. Pass bustling shops along the sparkling waterfront on your way to 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.

Independent Exploration: Meander through Poros Town on your own or spend the afternoon on beautiful Askeli beach by the hotel.

Educational Focus: 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

Excursion: Epidaurus. 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.

Excursion: 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.

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 by water taxi from the hotel port to the island of Hydra. 

Excursion: Hydra. Cruise to Hydra, a 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.

Educational Focus: 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.

Excursion: A World Heritage site and said to be the center of the ancient kingdom of Agamemnon. With a guide, walk among the amazing ruins of Mycenae, a powerful, wealthy city that flourished in the second millennium B.C.

The Mycenaean culture dominated the region and the Aegean islandsRelax over lunch at one of Greece’s highly regarded wineries and sample its vintages. Return to Poros for a free evening. (B,L)

Day 8 – Poros

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

Independent Exploration: Spend your final day on Poros pursuing your own interests. Explore Poros or relax at the hotel with lunch independently.

Local Flavor: 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! Opa! (B,R,D) 

Day 9 – Corinth Canal and Athens

Excursion: 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.

Independent Exploration: The afternoon is yours, enjoy leisure time in Athens.

This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a casual final group dinner at the hotel. (B,D

Day 10 – Depart for the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to the Athens International Airport for flights your gateway city. (B)

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