DAY 1 | May 27.
Depart for Athens, Greece.
DAY 2 | May 28. Athens
Upon arrival, transfer to the InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Hotel. Attend a welcome reception at the hotel this evening.
DAY 3 | May 29. Athens
Excursion: Athens City Tour. See the neoclassical buildings of the Athens Academy, Athens University and the National Library. Then visit the amazing Acropolis, crowned with its magnificent Parthenon. Examine treasures and legendary sculptures housed at the Acropolis Museum.
Local Flavor: Sample local specialties for lunch at a restaurant in Athens.
Independent Exploration: Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and explore on your own.
DAY 4 | May 30. Poros
This morning, board a hydrofoil and transfer to the island of Poros and the New Aegli Hotel. In the evening, attend a festive welcome to Poros reception and dinner.
DAY 5 | May 31. Nauplia / Epidaurus
Educational Focus: Classical Greece – Greek History, Part I.
Excursion: Nauplia and Epidaurus. Discover coastal Nauplia, situated on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Argolic Gulf. From a maze of narrow, winding streets, admire the prominent profile of Palamidi Citadel, which zigzags across a hilltop ridge. Continue to Epidaurus, home to the best-preserved ancient Greek theater, which is still in use today.
Local Flavor: Enjoy local specialties during lunch at a restaurant.
DAY 6 | June 1. Poros
Educational Focus: Classical Greece – Greek History, Part II.
Excursion: Poros. Stroll the charming streets of Poros Town, lined with whitewashed houses. Walk through St. George Square, past bustling shops along the waterfront and arrive at the Archaeological Museum of Poros.
Educational Focus and Local Flavor: Meet the People. Meet a few locals for lunch at a popular taverna.
DAY 7 | June 2. Mycenae
Excursion: Mycenae. Travel to ancient Mycenae and see the vestiges of what was the most powerful kingdom in Greece from the 16th-13th centuries B.C. According to Greek mythology, the fortress here was the seat of Agamemnon’s kingdom.
Local Flavor: Visit an operating winery and savor some of the region’s wines followed by lunch.
DAY 8 | June 3. Hydra
Excursion: Hydra. Cruise to Hydra, considered to be the most fashionable Saronic Isle. Distinctive for its architecture, rugged terrain and lack of cars — motorized vehicles are prohibited on the island — Hydra’s lovely waterfront is lined with many lively cafés and shops.
Educational Focus: Contemporary Greece.
DAY 9 | June 4. Poros
Educational Focus: Greek Art.
Independent Exploration: Spend the day at your leisure in Poros and pursue your own interests. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.
DAY 10 | June 5. Athens
In the morning transfer to Athens.
Excursion: Corinth Canal. Drive along the coastal road and see the famous Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from mainland Greece.
Independent Exploration: Check in at the Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel and enjoy some time at leisure to explore the city, shop or relax.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a final evening dining on Greek cuisine at a restaurant.
DAY 11 | June 6.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.