The city of Athens and the surrounding region
Surrounded by a lining of stunning coastline and mountains, Athens is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece with an overall population of close to 4 million people has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterized by a culture and people that are welcoming and relaxed every visitor will feel like home.
Eating out in Athens
During the last decade, the Athenian cuisine has experienced a gourmet revolution. The traditional and world-renowned moussaka and souvlaki image has given way to a cornucopia of fine dining options. And the Athenian landscape of 19th century neoclassical buildings, ancient sites, artsy industrial and Mediterranean coastal milieus have created a canvas for alluring interiors and exteriors. Rooftop bar - restaurants in Athens can compete with some of the world's most renowned ones, but can they claim a view of the Acropolis?
Athens is famous for its vibrant nightlife. The Athenians like to party and will do so almost every night of the week. The choices are many and they appeal to all tastes and lifestyles. In general, things get started pretty late: after midnight for bars and clubbing and after 10:00 p.m. for dinner at the city's tavernas, restaurants and bar-restaurants. The Greeks are known for their love-of-life lifestyle; a sort of "OPA!" mentality that includes good food and good company, regardless of age. In Athens, life is for living and leaving your worries behind. The result is a good-hearted, energetic city with bars and restaurants to match.Hip areas include Gazi, Psirri, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki, Theseion and Kolonaki. Traditional Greek evenings can be spent in Plaka.
Sports and recreation
The birthplace of the Olympic Games has a tradition of athletics. The great outdoors is what recreational sporting in Athens is all about - yachting, sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, trekking and skiing. Of course, the gorgeous summer weather is ideal for sea and sun sport enthusiasts with crystal clear waters just minutes away from the center of Athens. But the fall and winter also have their sporting charms such as trekking and hiking on mountain trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and skiing. Regimented health buffs are also accommodated by the many state-of-the art fitness centers at many leading hotels and throughout Athens in Kolonaki and around Syntagma Square.
Visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
This is the most important museum in Greece and one of the richest in the world concerning ancient Greek art. The museum is located in a central point of Athens. Participants can be guided around the museum in groups of 40-45 persons.
The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. In this archaeological site one can also visit the nearby Museum of Acropolis .
The New Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis museum located in the historical area of Makriyianni, south east of the Rock of the Acropolis floats on a pilotis over the archaeological excavations. The museum is directly linked to the Athens Metro by the Acropolis station and it is only 300 meters from the Acropolis.
The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the foot of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as the political, cultural and religious centre. This was the place where Athenians gathered on a daily basis, not only to buy and sell their goods but also to learn the news, criticise the government and debate on topics such as democracy, commerce, philosophy and the sciences.
Excursion to Cape Sounion
You will be driven along the coastal road, past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where you will visit the 5th century B.C. temple of Poseidon. This spot has one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in Greece (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands) and one of the most famous sunset settings.
Cruise to Hydra with chartered yachts
Hydra is a charming island in the Saronic Sea, just about an hour and a half away from Athens, “decorated” with superb stone mansions, atmospheric guesthouses and wonderful cafes and restaurants in the harbour. The architectural style of Hydra, reminds us of a maritime city that used to flourish in the early 19th century which has been preserved intact. Upon arrival to the island, participants will enjoy a cup of coffee by the sea or stroll around the pebbled paths (Hydra is a vehicle-free island). Escorted by a professional guide, they will visit the local Historical Archives which display the wealth and splendour of the late 18th, early 19th centuries. After lunch, participants can adore the noble mansions which amphitheatrically dot the surrounding hillsides, before embarking the yachts for their return to Athens.
Excursion to Delphi
Delphi is located in Focis province and is built on the lower southern slopes of Mount Parnassos, near the Gulf of Corinth. The ancient Greeks called Delphi the navel of the Earth and this was designated by a large, round, conical stone. Delphi was sacred to God Apollo, the god of prophecy and patron of philosophy and the arts, whose famous temple and prophetic shrine were there. Today Delphi is a charming village with spectacular scenery and the dramatic ancient remains within the boundaries of the modern town.