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.

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 Excursion to Meteora, Thessaloniki and Vergina (3 days - $645)

During this optional weekend you will have the opportunity to visit three of Greece’s most interesting locations. Meteora, with its stunning vertical cliffs and famed monasteries is a place of pilgrimage for many. Thessaloniki is Greece’s second city, a vibrant port town offering a glorious mix of old (byzantine walls) and the new waterfront complex. Vergina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the excavated remains of the monumental palace and twelve temple-shaped tombs, making it one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe.

Includes transport, 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Thessaloniki and sightseeing in each location.

Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions in the U.S. by the final payment deadline. Once paid for excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation.

All dates and itineraries are tentative and subject to change.