EF Tours for Graduating Seniors: Athens & Ancient Greece
Travel back in time to where Western Civilization began on the Acropolis of Athens, walk through ancient citadels in Mycenae and Nafplio, then help yourself to as much Greek mythology as you can handle in Olympia and Delphi. This is Greece like you’ve never seen it.
What are the top highlights?
- Hike to the top of Athens’ ancient and famous Acropolis
- Walk through Mycenae’s Lion Gate, erected over 3,000 years ago
- Consider yourself king or queen of the castle at Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio
- Think athletic thoughts as you wander through Olympia, the ancient site of the Olympics.
- Visit Delphi, the center of the world according to the Greek God, Zeus
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Daily breakfast & dinner included
- Entrance to select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for our travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Athens, the cradle of Western Civilization and one of the oldest cities in the world.
Day 2: Arrive in Athens
Welcome to Athens! 2,500 years ago, it was kind of a happening place, and still is today—with fewer people in togas walking around. It’s a vibrant metropolis, and a perfect jumping-off point for your journey through Greece.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
Day 3: Explore Athens
The remains of some historically significant and crazy old structures still stand in this ancient citadel, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens.
- Step back in time in the historic Acropolis of Athens with your local guide.
- See the Propylaea, the Theatre of Dionysus, and a bunch of other structures you’ll need your guide’s help to pronounce.
- Take in incredible panoramic views of Athens from the citadel’s hilltop vantage point, and understand why the ancient city’s name translates to “high city.”
Day 4: Travel to Nafplio Region via Mycenae and Epidarus
It’s time to leave the big city behind and head west to Peloponnesus, a peninsula so beautiful, it will make you wonder why everyone isn’t following you there. You’re going to the region of Nafplio, but on your way, you’ll stop for tours of Mycenae and Epidarus.
- Stop in Epidarus, and visit an outdoor theater recognized for such impeccable acoustics, people can practically hear your thoughts.
- Follow a guide through Mycenae, known for the Bronze Age Lion Gate, the original entrance to the city, and wonder why your city can’t have a cool entrance like that.
- Pinch yourself (not too hard) as you arrive in Nafplio, a picture-perfect seaside town where you’ll spend the rest of the day.
- Visit the castle of Palamidi, located on the crest of a hill overlooking the city and the Argolic Gulf.
Day 5: Travel to Olympia
Head to Olympia, the ancient site of the Olympics. Before it became a weeks-long international competition sponsored by soft drink and insurance companies, the Olympic games began as a way to honor Zeus. Olympia today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is a lot to see and appreciate. From the views of the idyllic countryside, to the remains of countless temples and ancient buildings, this might just turn out to be the best ancient city experience you’ve ever had.
- Arrive in Olympia, surrounded by the remains of the ancient city from nearly 4,000 years ago.
- Tour the site with a local guide who may or may not challenge you to a foot race to get in the Olympic spirit.
- Admire the (literally) sculpted abs of Greek and Roman gods in the Archeological Museum.
- Stand in what’s left of the very first Olympic stadium, and wave to your imaginary fans in the imaginary stands.
Day 6: Travel to Delphi
According to Greek mythology, Zeus sent two eagles to discover the center of the world, and they landed in Delphi. Today, it is a fascinating look into the past, and a great excuse to up your Greek mythology trivia game. Beginning in the 6th century BC, Delphi began hosting the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympic Games, but with more emphasis on art and dance.
- Hop aboard a bus towards Delphi.
- Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, once the most important sacred site in Greece and home to the Oracle AKA the guy with all the answers.
- Lay your eyes upon The Omphalos of Delphi, a big marble stone and symbol of Apollo that Zeus apparently threw from the sky.
- Gawk at Mount Parnassus, the limestone mountain towering 8,000 feet over the city, which was home to the mythological winged horse, Pegasus.
Day 7: Beach Day in Delphi
Today is yours to relax on the beach with your group. Break for an included lunch and then return to the sand to soak up some more sun.
Day 8: Return to Athens + Farewell Dinner
By now, you’re an old pro when it comes to exploring Greece, so we’re giving you the day to adventure in Athens on your own before an included farewell dinner with the group.
- Greet the ancient city like a really, really old friend.
- Revisit some favorite spots from day one in Athens, or go on a hunt to find new hidden gems.
- Check out some of the residential areas for an authentic look at life in Athens.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 9: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon.
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