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, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and the fascinating Corinth Canal.

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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, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and the fascinating Corinth Canal.

or Call 855-330-1542

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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.

- MaryAnn O.

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Overview

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).

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.

2019 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)

2020 Itinerary

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

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Athens, Greece. Arrive in Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and transfer to the NJV Athens Plaza hotel. located on Syntagma Square and conveniently located near many attractions. Enjoy your first evening independently to relax or take a stoll.

Day 3 – Athens / Poros

After a welcome breakfast in the hotel depart to see Athens’ famous neoclassical trio, the 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. Marvel at the gleaming Acropolis, an iconic World Heritage site, 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. Late in the afternoon arrive on Poros and check in at the New Aegli Hotel. Tonight, join your fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 – Poros

This morning, 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 – Mycenae

Today travel to Mycenae, a World Heritage site, and take a guided walk among the amazing ruins of a powerful, wealthy city that flourished in the second millennium B.C.

Relax over lunch at one of Greece’s highly regarded wineries and sample its vintages. Return to Poros for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 – Hydra

Board a hydrofoil for 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.

Enjoy lunch before returning to Poros. Late in the day gather in the Smithsonian Journeys Travelers Corner for an informal discussion about your experiences in Greece. Then enjoy a presentation by a local expert on Contemporary Greece. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – 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. A World Heritage site, 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 specialties.

This afternoon, visit Nafplio, set on a rocky peninsula overlooking 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.

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

Day 8 – Poros

A local expert provides insight on how the country’s visual arts have reflected its culture throughout history. Spend the morning and afternoon independently to enjoy the hotel and charming Poros.

This evening, gather for a festive glendi, or party to celebrate your time in Greece. After dinner, enjoy spirited folk music and watch a performance of traditional dances. (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Corinth Canal / Athens

En route to Athens via motor coach, stop and marvel at the Corinth Canal first opened in 1893. In the afternoon, check in at the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. The remainder of the afternoon in Athens is at leisure. 

Tonight gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10 – Depart Athens for the U.S.

After breakfast depart the hotel for Athens International Airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

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