Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Study Abroad in Athens: Cultural Excursions

Included in your program fee are a range of day trips which will take you outside Athens and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Greece.

Ancient Delphi and the Sanctuary of Apollo (day trip)

Included in program fee

Ancient Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooks the Gulf of Corinth far below. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its magnificent setting, as well as its ruined temple and theater and the Delphi Museum. In ancient Greece, Delphi was considered the center of the world, home of the Delphic Oracle which was the most powerful in Greece. The trip also includes a stop at Arachova, a ski resort town for great views and a 4-course meal in a traditional Greek taverna.

Includes transportation, entrance fees, services of a local guide and a traditional lunch.

Greek Island (day trip)

Included in program fee for semester students only

Each semester AIFS students have the opportunity to visit one of the small Greek islands close to Athens such as Hydra, Spetses or Aegina. Transport on these islands is by bicycle or horse drawn carriage - a definite change from the bustling city life in Athens. Churches, museums and archaeological sites abound but if you prefer a more relaxing excursion then winding cobbled streets, beautiful harbors and secluded beaches await.

Includes transportation, entrance fees, services of a local guide and a traditional lunch.

Nafplio and Palamidi Castle (day trip)

Included in program fee

Nafplio, in the province of Corinth, was the first capital of Greece and is one of its most attractive towns. A small coastal city, it has 3 castles, the most famous being the Citadel of the Palamidi fortress. Often referred to as the ‘Naples of the East’ for its romantic, traditional structures it is also a modern city with restaurants, shops, cafés and winding streets. A tour of a Greek winery with a tasting is also included.

Includes transportation, entrance fees, services of a local guide and a traditional lunch.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en-route to Athens. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, sightseeing tour and local guide.

Optional Half-Day Excursion to Cape Sounion ($95)

The Temple of Poseidon, as old as the Parthenon, stands on a cliff at Cape Sounion, overlooking the sea. Visit the most important sanctuary in Attica, the region of Greece of which Athens is the capital and where Greeks worshipped the god of the sea, Poseidon.

Includes transportation, selected entrance fees and sightseeing followed by a lunch on the coast. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required for the excursion to run.

Optional Rome, Italy Excursion (3 days - $695)

During the excursion a local guide will introduce you to Rome’s history. You will visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Campidoglio and some of Rome’s other famous sites such as the Spanish steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. The tour also includes visits to Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Farnese and Palazzo Spada.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Vatican museums, admire Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel as well as the magnificent Raphael rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica.

A group meal will also be included.

Fee includes transfers, accommodation, breakfast, a local guide in English and services of AIFS staff to accompany you.

Flights are not included. The Resident Director will assist you in researching and purchasing a flight once in Athens. A minimum of 10 students is required for this excursion to run.

All dates and itineraries are tentative and subject to change.