12 Day Itinerary
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive Athens. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel and commence introductions and orientation. If time permits, there will be a walking orientation of Plaka. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 3 Our first full day of discovery will start with a full breakfast (as always) at the hotel. We will meet archaeologist, David Scahill, from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, for an on site orientation to archaeology in general and especially in the Athenian agora. David will escort us to off the beaten track places of historical interest and provide us with an insider's view of recent excavations. In the afternoon, we will visit the National Archaeological Museum. Dinner will be at one of the endless choices of Plaka's fine, charming restaurants.
Day 4 Following breakfast, we will embark on a half day city hike to the Acropolis, discovering off the beaten track charms along the way. We will scour the monuments of the Acropolis and its environs until early afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy Athens as you would like. The options are endless. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Plaka.
Day 5 Today we embark for the Peloponnesian Peninsula. It is loaded with natural wonders, including out of the way beaches and precipitous mountains, as well as historical treasures, such as ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Olympia--home of the first Olympic games. It also offers great recreational options, such as hiking, boating and water sports. The day will include a brief visit to the Corinthian Canal, an introduction to ancient Corinth and the opportunity for a moderate hike to acro-Corinth for its stunning 360 degree panorama. We will end the day in Tolo, a picturesque beachside village. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6 Enjoy the day at leisure, sunning on the beach or exploring nearby Nafplio. You can opt to join our hiking excursion of sign on to an island cruise. Tolo has lots of great retaurants to choose from. Dinner is on your own.
Day 7 Following breakfast we make our way to Piraeus, the port of Athens to meet our ferry for Mykonos, famed for its beaches, charm and nightlife.
Day 8 Enjoy the island of Mykonos, lounge around the hotel or take an optional day long excursion to the island of Delos.
Day 9 We embark for Samos, one of Greece's most mountainous and thickly vegetated islands. 5,000 foot peaks, secluded beaches and charming villages beckon.
Day 10 This day offers a variety of options including excursions either to Ephesus in Turkey or the island of Patmos.
Day 11 Today we take on an ambitious hike to the top of Samos' tallest peak. This is a full day, challenging hike.
Day 12 Return to USA.