The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Greece: Athens and Poros

Oct. 17 – Oct. 25, 2019

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Ancient wonders, island life & Greek dancing await you in Greece! See the Parthenon, Mycenae, Hydra, Epidaurus & more. Opa!

Delight in the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern in Greece. Ascend the Acropolis and gaze upon the Parthenon, shielded by its perch from the sounds of the city below. Then leave the city behind to experience the slower pace of island life on Poros, one of the idyllic Saronic Islands. Stroll by the sparkling sea, and watch the day unfold. See freshly caught octopus hanging to dry by a waterfront taverna; listen to the banter from the kafenion, the neighborhood coffee shop; and join the fun at a festive Greek night. Poros, opposite the storied Peloponnese, gives you access to the best of Greece. Explore the 2,400-year-old theater in Epidaurus and the fascinating ruins of Mycenae. Visit the island of Hydra, and pretty Nafplio, the country’s first capital.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Two nights in Athens, Greece, at the deluxe NJV Athens Plaza Hotel.
  • Five nights in Poros at the first-class New Aegli Hotel.
  • All deluxe motor coach and ferry transfers in the Land Program and baggage handling.
  • Seven breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Sample authentic regional specialties during meals at local restaurants.
  • Discovery excursions highlight the local culture, heritage and history.
  • Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region.
  • Clearly hear your English-speaking guide with your VOX headset.
  • Free time to pursue your own interests.
  • Complimentary travel mementos.
  • Tipping of guides and drivers.

Dates Oct. 17 – Oct. 25, 2019

Cost $2,295* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level

Operator

Contact Addie Natalie
natalie.6@osu.edu
614-292-2372
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

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Experiences

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Itinerary

Appropriate in-flight meal service

FlexAir passengers depart for Athens, Greece.

Appropriate in-flight meal service

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 designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to the NJV Athens Plaza. 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. Or on the north end of the park, visit the acclaimed Benaki Museum, which has excellent collections of ancient Greek, Byzantine, Coptic and Chinese art. Take an evening stroll, a “volta,” in the Plaka; the “volta” is a social event many Greeks enjoy with family and friends when the sun goes down. Enjoy dinner on your own. Your Travel Director can offer more sightseeing and dining suggestions.

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Discovery: Athens. 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.

Enjoy lunch of delicious Greek specialties.

This afternoon, enjoy views of mountains and olive groves during a scenic drive through the countryside to Peloponnese, the storied Greek peninsula. Upon arriving in the town of Galatas, take a short ferry ride (only a few hundred yards!) to Poros. Transfer to the New Aegli Hotel.

Tonight, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.


Breakfast and lunch

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

Discovery: Poros. 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. Enjoy traditional food and conversation as you get to know about life in Greece.

Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure. Explore more of Poros Town on your own or spend the 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.

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Breakfast and lunch

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

Discovery: Epidaurus. 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. 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 spend the evening at leisure.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

Discovery: Hydra 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. Enjoy some free time to 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. Learn how modern attitudes and lifestyles in Greece reflect ancient customs and traditions.


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Breakfast and lunch

Discovery: Mycenae. 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. Delve into the world of Greek wine at one of Greece’s highly regarded wineries. Taste some of the wines produced here and have lunch.

Enrichment: Greek Night. Conclude an amazing week in Greece at a festive “glendi,” or party. Enjoy a delicious dinner, listen to a live band play spirited folk music and watch dancers perform traditional dances. If you’d like, join in and learn the dances!

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Breakfast and dinner

Depart Poros for Athens this morning.

Discovery: Corinth Canal. 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.

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.

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Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

After breakfast, FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have reserved the complimentary group transfer depart for Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport for your return flights home. Your AHI Travel Director will provide the details.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3
Email: natalie.6@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!