Venture straight to the heart of Ancient Greek culture. See the Acropolis on an early morning walk, visit renowned museums, see the landmarks of the city, and dine on regional specialties—all in the company of guides who weave the narrative of life of this ancient city.
Day 1 - Disembark / Athens, Greece
Disembark Sea Cloud in Piraeus and drive the short distance to Athens. We’ll have a brief orientation tour of the city, where you will see the former Royal Palace (now the Parliament), along with a number of Athens’ finest neoclassical buildings. There will also be a walk through the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built between the sixth century B.C. and second century A.D. After lunch at a local restaurant in the Plaka we will continue our visit of Athens at the acclaimed National Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the finest artwork, statues and pottery of all antiquity. Dinner this evening is on your own, allowing you to discover the wide variety of options Athens has to offer. Spend the next two nights at the NJV Athens Plaza hotel. (L)
Day 2 - Athens
Our morning is devoted to the Acropolis, the spiritual heart of Athens and much of the Ancient World. This enormously rich site not only hosts the Parthenon, which was built in 438 B.C., but also numerous monuments from both earlier and later in the city's rich history. We’ll continue to the Agora, the focus of political, commercial, administrative, and social activity in ancient Athens, and see its extensive stoas, temples and other remains. The Agora also has an excellent small museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, choose to visit the Cycladic Art Museum or Benaki Museum, or enjoy time on your own relaxing or exploring the lively neighborhood. Dinner tonight will be at a top Athens restaurant featuring Greek specialties. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Athens / U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
Costs & What's Included
Cost per person 2024
Accommodations as shown in the itinerary, or similar; meals as shown in the itinerary; local guides on all excursions; tips to local guides, to porters and to waiters for included meals; airport departure transfer if traveling on the recommended flight.
Tips to waiters for meals that are not included, items of a personal nature such as laundry, Internet access and alcoholic beverages.