Day 01Friday, April 26
- Arrival Athens / Byzantine Trail in Plaka / Good Friday traditions (D)
You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the homestay.
This is Good Friday according to the Orthodox Easter; as such, it is recommended that you arrive early so that there is enough time to enjoy the old town and the processions that take place on the day.
In the afternoon, you will head towards Plaka, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens and ramble around the picturesque alleys, observing the kaleidoscopic co-existence of the Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Greek eras. It is an excellent opportunity to hone your photographic skills, experimenting with colors, angles, and meanings.
Given the Good Friday ambience, you will focus on the Byzantine trail that runs through Plaka, visiting a few of the churches that are usually closed but remain open during the Holy Week. You will learn more of the Greek customs during Easter time, and you may find yourself following one of the processions that pass through the alleys, mingling with the Athenians during one of the most beautiful and sacred experiences you can enjoy in Greece.
Good Friday is the last day of Easter fasting, so meat and several other foods are avoided. To feel even more “like a local”, your first meal in Greece will be simple, following the tradition, and will either take place at home or in a tavern.
Day 02Saturday, April 27
- Transfer to Aegina/ Palaiochora hike and exploration / Holy Saturday traditions and meal (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, you will head to Piraeus Port to take the ferry boat to Aegina, an island which, despite its beauty, is still not massively exploited by tourism.
Upon arrival, you will head to the house to settle. It is a beautiful villa next to the sea, and, besides the stunning views or the numerous corners for relaxation, one can feel the story of the family living in it unfolding through the memories of the old furniture, some of which has passed on from one generation to the next.
In the afternoon, you will head towards Paleochora – the forgotten medieval capital of Aegina – to explore the castles and the numerous Byzantine chapelswhich will also be open and operational due to the Holy Week, offering you a unique opportunity to explore them all.
You will relax for the rest of the day – maybe even sleep a bit – since life resumes at midnight with the Mass of Resurrection, after which the traditional Holy Saturday dinner is served. Be ready to enjoy the moment with the locals, breaking a few of the red eggs, and tasting some delicacies which are unique for the day.
Day 03Sunday, April 28
- Aegina island/ Easter Sunday traditions / Exploration of the island (B, L, D)
After a light breakfast, you will enjoy the traditions of the Sunday Easter meal preparation which is a social event with a lot of interaction, music, singing and dancing, and, naturally, plenty of food as well.
In the afternoon, you will explore the island with the cars, finishing at the main town where you will stroll through the narrow streets, observing the architecture that dates to the first days of the modern Greek state, and finally promenade at the port, next to the coffee shops along the coastline. Dinner in a traditional tavern.
Day 04Monday, April 29
- Boat tour to Moni and Agistri / Final exploration of Aegina(B, L, D)
In the morning, you will take a small boat for a private tour to the nearby Moni island – where, hopefully, you will spot some of the deer and peacocks that live permanently there and are keen to come close to the visitors for a snack. You may hike to the top of the island and enjoy some beautiful views around, before re-taking the boat, heading to the Agistri island for a brief tour around its coastline.
You will enjoy the last afternoon in Aegina, relaxing by the seaside, feeling the serenity of life on an island.
Day 05Tuesday, April 30
- Return to Athens / Ancient Athens exploration(B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will take the ferry back to Athens. There, you will head to the hills that surround the Acropolis Rock to hear the stories of the past, learn the importance of the monuments that have influenced civilization as we know it today, and take excellent panoramic photos of the site.
The rest of the afternoon will be free for those who wish to go up the Acropolis Rock and/or shop around Plaka, before we meet again for the farewell dinner at the oldest tavern in the area, enjoying some singing and dancing.
Day 06Wednesday, May 1
- Departure (B)
This is your last day in Athens, so after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flights.