Greece ~ Athens & Poros

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Immerse yourself in carefree Greek island life on Poros and Hydra. Visit the Acropolis and explore Athens, birthplace of democracy. Imagine ancient Greek plays being performed in the fourth-century-B.C. theater in Epidaurus. Recap the myth of King Agamemnon, who is said to have lived in Mycenae. Learn a Greek folk dance at a festive farewell reception. Spend time in Nafplio, the Venetian seaport that was the capital of a newly independent Greece from 1823-1834. Discover Greek wine at a tasting at a Peloponnese winery. Experience three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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$3,295

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Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Aug 27, 2021 - Sep 5, 2021

HOTELS

Owned and managed by the Manessis family with friendly Greek service and congenial style, the New Aegli Hotel is wonderfully situated high above the beach overlooking scenic Askeli Bay. It boasts a sandy beach across a narrow road in front of the hotel and an outdoor swimming pool. In keeping with island tradition, guestrooms are simply furnished with private bathrooms, showers, individual climate controls, minibar, safe, satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Each room has a spacious balcony that affords a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding landscapes. The attractive restaurant, noted for its Greek specialties, is positioned with sea views and outdoor dining on a large veranda. VIEW ACCOMMODATION PHOTO GALLERY

Located directly on Constitution Square in the center of Athens, the deluxe NJV Athens Plaza Hotel is one of the most distinguished in the city. Stop for a drink in the Explorer’s Bar and enjoy all-day dining in The Parliament restaurant. For more casual fare, there’s the Plaza Café. Travelers have privileged access to the nearby Athens Club and Spa. The hotel offers bright, traditionally-styled guest rooms equipped with a full range of amenities that include complimentary Wi-Fi. VIEW ACCOMMODATION PHOTO GALLERY

HEALTH PROTECTION MEASURES

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In Transit

    AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Athens, Greece. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: ATH.

    If you have purchased only the Land Program, please book flights that arrive on Day 2, the first day of the Land Program. The date is listed at the top of your Reservation Confirmation.

  • day 2

    Athens, Greece

    We want you to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. That’s why we have rated all of our excursions with activity levels to help you assess this program’s physical expectations.Activity Level ratings indicate each excursion’s physical expectations. To make the best personal choice, please evaluate each excursion’s rating and your ability to meet the tour’s physical demands. Please note excursions on this program require you to: walk on cobblestones, unpaved paths or uneven surfaces; and get on/off motor coaches, boats and trains.
    Mild: walk under 1 mile on mainly flat terrain; navigate under 50 stairs; stand under 1 hour
    Moderate: walk 1-3 miles on flat/uneven terrain; navigate 50-100 stairs; stand 1-2 hours
    Active: walk 2+ miles on flat/uneven terrain, including up and down inclines; navigate 100+ stairs; stand 3+ hours
    Depending on the excursion, more leisurely alternatives may be available.

    Athens, Greece

    Arrive at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

    Transfer to NJV Athens Plaza Hotel. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

    Free Time:: The rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Located on Syntagma Square, the hotel is centrally located to many attractions. At the other end of the square is the Greek Parliament building, where you can watch the changing of the guard every hour on the hour. Walk south from the Parliament, and see the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus to your left. In the evening, take a stroll, or volta, in the Plaka; the volta is a social event many Greeks enjoy with family and friends when the sun goes down. Your Travel Director can offer more sightseeing suggestions.

    This evening, start off your Greek adventure with your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner.

  • day 3

    Athens

    Discovery: Athens City Tour.
    Activity level: Active

    Explore the birthplace of democracy and Western philosophy, theater and architecture. See Athens Academy, the University of Athens and the National Library, Athens’ famous trio of neoclassical buildings. 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, dedicated to the goddess Athena.

    Savor a lunch of delicious Greek specialties.

    Free Time:: Create your own agenda for the rest of the day in Athens.

  • day 4

    Poros

    After breakfast, embark a hydrofoil to the island of Poros, your home base for the next five nights.

    Enrichment: Meet the People.
    Sit down for lunch with island residents at a local taverna. Delight in traditional food and conversation as you learn more about life in Greece.

    Discovery: Poros Town.
    Activity level: Moderate

    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.

    After your excursion, check into the New Aegli Hotel.

    Enrichment: Classical Greece.
    Learn about the profound influence of ancient Greece on the Western world and how Greek accomplishments in philosophy, literature and science led Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance.

    Tonight, gather for a special “Welcome to Poros” Reception and Dinner.

  • day 5

    Mycenae

    Discovery: Mycenae.
    Activity level: Active

    Explore the amazing ruins of Mycenae, a powerful Bronze Age kingdom. This wealthy city flourished in the second millennium B.C. It was a great naval power that extended Mycenaean influence throughout the Mediterranean and into Asia Minor. According to legend, Mycenae was home to Agamemnon, the king who conquered Troy.

    Discovery: Greek Wine.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Delve into the world of Greek wine at one of the country’s highly regarded wineries. Taste some of the wines produced here and relax over lunch.

    Enrichment: Greek History.
    Learn about critical periods and people in Greek history that are the foundation for the modern-day republic.

  • day 6

    Hydra

    This morning, take a water taxi to the port to catch a hydrofoil to the nearby island of Hydra.

    Discovery: Hydra.
    Activity level: Mild

    Cruise to Hydra, 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 glimpse into the 18th and 19th century history of both Hydra and Greece. Afterward, have lunch on your own and walk around at your leisure.

    Take the hydrofoil back to Poros and a water taxi back to the hotel.

    Enrichment: Greek Art.
    Learn how the visual arts in Greece reflect the culture and beliefs of its people throughout history.

    Gather for a group dinner at a restaurant in town.

  • day 7

    Epidaurus | Nafplio

    Discovery: Epidaurus.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Tucked amid pine-clad hills, Epidaurus is renowned for its ancient theater. Built in the fourth century B.C., the well-preserved theater is still in use today. The classical Greek 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.

    After exploring Epidaurus, tuck into a delicious lunch of Greek cuisine.

    Discovery: Nafplio.
    Activity level: Moderate

    Discover coastal Nafplio, situated on a rocky peninsula jutting into 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 charming, medieval ambience as you see ancient castles and neoclassical mansions. Witness yards adorned with bougainvillea trees, balconies and Turkish fountains. Admire the prominent profile of hilltop Palamidi Castle. After a walking tour, enjoy some time on your own to explore the city.

    Return to Poros and make your own plans this evening.

  • day 8

    Poros

    Enrichment: Contemporary Greece.
    Discover how modern attitudes and lifestyles in Greece reflect ancient customs and traditions.

    Free Time:: Spend your day at leisure in Poros. Perhaps stroll on one of the many beaches — Askeli, Kanali, Poros or Monastery — or pay a final visit to the boutique shops and friendly tavernas.

    Discovery: Greek Night.
    Activity level: Mild

    Conclude an amazing week in Greece at a festive glendi, or party. Savor a wonderful dinner, listen to a live band play spirited folk music and watch dancers perform traditional routines. If you’d like, join in and learn the dances!

  • day 9

    Corinth | Athens

    Discovery: Corinth Canal.
    Activity level: Mild

    On the way back to Athens, see the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the mainland. Opened in 1893, it connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. Get an up-close look during a boat ride through this deep channel.

    Arrive in Athens and check in to the NJV Athens Plaza Hotel.

    Free Time:: There still is plenty to see and do in Athens this afternoon. Odos Ermou (Ermou Street), the city’s main shopping area, is just off Syntagma Square. Look for familiar shops as well as Greek department stores here. If you prefer more of a market atmosphere, Monastiraki is nearby, and you can find olive wood spoons, olive oil products, spices, evil eye souvenirs and more.

  • day 10

    transfers to the airport

    Transfers depart for Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for your return flights home.

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