Catch the sun...and set your course for an enchanted journey to fabled Greece. Delve deep into the myths and legends of ancient Athens and tales of Hercules. Navigate sapphire seas to enchanted Greek Isles of Poros and Hydra.
Sparkling azure seas and endless golden skies appear on the horizon as our overnight flight transports us back to the origins of civilization, ancient Greece.
Free time to wander amid fascinating temples and shrines to pagan gods, as well as Byzantine monasteries. See for yourself why Greece is often referred to as the world's greatest outdoor museum. No other place can match the beauty and significance of its archaeological sites. Become acquainted with your fellow travelers at our welcome orientation and dinner of Greek specialties.
Meals: In-flight, Greek specialties welcome dinner
Today we board our motor coach for a trip on the coastal National highway to the Isle of Poros. Stop at the Corinth Canal where the Ancient Greeks had slaves drag boats across the narrow spit of land that separated the Aegean Sea from the Adriatic Sea. Modern man has since then created a canal to allow ships to pass and the Corinth Canal is a wonder of modern engineering. Continuing along the coast, we come to Epidaurus, an UNESCO world heritage site, reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios. Epidaurus is most famous for its ancient amphitheater from the 4th century B.C., one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. Enjoy lunch at a local taverna before we continue to Galatas and arrive on the Island of Poros after a short boat ride. Kick off your shoes and get ready for some fun in the sun.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, welcome cocktail, dinner
On this free morning you might consider visiting the picturesque Monastery from 1726, a white jewel in the pine forests set in the rugged mountainside. Then venture to the highest point of the island and the ruins of the Sanctuary of Poseidon from 500 B.C.
There's more time for living like a Greek god or goddess—swim and sunbathe at the pool or beach, or take part in optional activities such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana-boating or tubing. We will also have bicycles available for you to use during this free day of exploration. In the late afternoon, you're invited to create and taste traditional dishes of Greek cuisine during our cooking lessons featuring fresh Mediterranean ingredients such as local olives, herbs, fruits and vegetables. We'll, of course, dine on the delectable dishes we've created including tzatziki dip, souvlaki and more. After dinner, perhaps stroll along the harbor quay past colorful fishing boats and jet-setter sailing yachts from around the world. Lights reflect in water so deep blue and clear that it defies description and cafes, shops and waterfront tavernas are alive with traditional Bouzouki music.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Enjoy a free morning at your leisure. After lunch this afternoon, join us on an excursion to the island of Hydra. This island is considered the Saronic diva and locals like to tell of movie stars who make regular visits as ritzy yachts tie up in the harbor. No cars allowed here either, donkeys are the main means of transportation. Walk the stone-paved narrow alleys lined with red-tiled houses rising majestically from the steep harbor, bustling with life. Sip on a cocktail while taking in the panoramic views and breathtaking sunset from a cliff bar overlooking the glistening sea. After leisure time for dinner at a local taverna, we return to Poros under starlit skies.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Travel along the eastern coastline of the Peloponnese to the small scenic peninsula of Methana, which belongs to the cluster of beautiful islands of the Argosaronikos Gulf. Take in the natural beauty as we drive through its volcanic landscapes, see wonderful beaches, and the famous mineral hot springs from antiquity. The earliest known settlement here dates from 1500–1300 B.C. and a Mycenaean settlement was excavated near here in 1990. Afterwards, we continue to Vathi, a lovely fishing village on a beautiful bay with the white-washed monastery of the Archangel Taxiarchis atop a hill and the archaeological site of Agios Andreas. Lunch is served at a rustic taverna along the sandy beach and azure waters. En route back to Poros, we'll stop at a traditional olive press to learn about the process of making olive oil and sample some of the local liquid gold. We invite you to our Toga Party on the last island night in Poros.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
In the morning we board our boat to Athens. See the 2,400-year-old Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Constitution Square. In the afternoon, we visit the remarkable Acropolis museum followed by some free time for us to try our bargaining skills at the markets of Monastiraki. Enjoy a leisure evening in Athens then follow the sounds of traditional bouzouki music and join our farewell taverna dinner in the Plaka District – Athens’ oldest neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis.
Meals: Breakfast, farewell taverna dinner
Our Grecian Odyssey ends with breakfast this morning. Even Ulysses had to come home eventually, so wrap up your memories of sun-filled Greek Isles.
Meals: Breakfast, in-Flight Meals