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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Trip Type
Individual Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 8, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020

HOTELS

New Aegli Hotel
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.
NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
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.

 

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    In Transit

    Depart for Athens, Greece.

  • day 2

    Athens, Greece

    Transfer to the 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. Find a nice place for dinner on your own. Your Travel Director can offer more sightseeing and dining suggestions.

  • day 3

    Athens | Poros

    Discovery: Athens. 
    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.

    This afternoon, take in views of mountains and olive groves during a scenic drive through the countryside to Peloponnese, the storied Greek peninsula. Embark a hydrofoil to the island of Poros. Upon arrival, transfer to the New Aegli Hotel.

    Tonight, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 4

    Poros

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

    Discovery: Poros. 
    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 to the Archaeological Museum of Poros for a tour.

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

    Free Time: Spend some time at leisure. Explore more of Poros Town on your own or unwind this afternoon on beautiful Askeli beach by the 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.

  • 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: Greece Today. 
    Discover how modern attitudes and lifestyles in Greece reflect ancient customs and traditions.

    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

    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.

    Enrichment: Greek Night. 
    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

    See the Corinth Canal, which separates Peloponnese from the mainland, on the way back to Athens. The canal, which opened in 1893, connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf.

    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.

    Gather for a final group dinner tonight.

  • day 10

    transfers to the airport

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

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