IMT Travel Services DMC Athens
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Delightful Athens, city of the gods of mythology, city by the sea, cosmopolitan, lively, sunny, where thousands of years of history are seeped into the atmosphere.
Athens is dominated by the Acropolis, which overlooks our city in all its majesty. There are outside cafes, restaurants and bars, the food is excellent and life is easy. With a glass of ouzo in one hand, a delightful dinner with the freshest ingredients, and a sunset that entrances, life does not get much better than this.
Sunshine year round, Athens forms a perfect base for incentives and events. There are great flight connections and superb venues to hold special events.
Program idea Athens
History of Athens: begins more then 3000 years ago when during the prehistoric times its first inhabitants created their first settlement on the rock of Acropolis. It took hundreds of years until the sacred rock of Acropolis finds its glory during the golden age of Pericles 495 - 429 BC with the construction of most of its Monuments like the. During those thousands of years Athens went through times of Glory and times of decline. Finally became the Capital of Greece in 1834 mostly for its location and historical importance.
Athens Today: Athens grew to an important financial European capital. The infrastructure of Athens has been developed very fast within the last 10 years with new highways, a new airport, new metro lines, a new tram line, a new railway, huge shopping centres, stadiums and sport centres and the port of Piraeus has been developed to one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. The 2004 Olympic Games put the city back into one of the most important European capitals. Today's Athens is a modern city, but it still has its aura of ancient glory which becomes evident when one takes an evening stroll in the old city.
Athens Airport: The new airport of Athens Eleftherios Venizelos located in Spata and is one of the best airports in Europe and is located approx. 40 minutes transfer time from the city centre. The airport serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world.
Museums & Sites: As would be expected, Athens echoes its history in its museums and famous archaeological sites; the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum, the ancient Agora, Keramikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the National Archeological Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art, Benaki and Byzantine museums are only some of them. The city's ideal location affords day trips to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and the magnificent Nafplion town, to Delphi, Corinth and Mycenae ancient sites and cruises to the picturesque islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. For more information please visit the web site of the Greek Ministry of culture at: www.culture.gr
Transport: Athens has very good transport services; the visitor can use the bus, trolley tram or the metro and of course taxi. Taxi is inexpensive and is absolutely common that passengers share a taxi to take them to their destination.
Arrive in Athens - Private Transfer to Hotel
Upon arrival at the Athens airport guests will be met by designated IMT English speaking staff holding sign with signage bearing group's / program's name. With the assistance of our staff guests will be directed to their waiting transportation. Upon arrival at the Hotel and with the assistance of our staff, guests will proceed to the Reception Desk or Hospitality Desk for check in formalities. Our staff will also supervise delivery of luggage by hotel's bell staff.
Before their transfer to the Hotel guests will have the opportunity to have an orientation tour of the City with a professional guide where from inside the bus will have the opportunity to see some of the city's major monuments. Tour starts with a sightseeing of the main points of interest in Athens, both ancient and modern, of Athens. Guests have the opportunity of viewing from inside the bus Constitution square, the former Royal Palace, where the Evzones, members of the National Guard, keep watch in their traditional costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guests will have a quick stop at the Panathenaeum Stadium holding 70,000 spectators was built of Pentelic marble in 1895 for the first modern Olympic Games. Will then pass by the National Gardens and then along University Street with its neoclassical buildings, the Academy, the University and the Library, to Omonia Square, the centre of the modern city.
Transfer time from the airport is of approx. 45 min while the duration of the orientation tour is of approx. 30-40 min.
Late lunch at the hotel
Dinner at Psaras traditional taverna in Plaka
The tavern of PSARAS is situated in one of the small cobbled streets of Plaka, far from any cars, right underneath the Acropolis. It is divided in two neoclassical buildings in Anafiotika, one of the most popular areas of Plaka. Quality and quantity are important for PSARAS while respecting the Mediterranean culinary art. When the weather is appropriate, the meals are served in the exterior parts of the tavern or on the terrace.
In the morning a brand new motorway will take you to the Corinth Canal, where there will be a short stop. Admire the fine view of the spectacular canal from the bridge over 120 feet above the water, four miles long, 75 feet wide and 26 feet deep.
The Corinth Canal was finally built in the 19th century, although several attempts have been made in the past, including one by the Roman Emperor Nero. Continue to Ancient Corinth, a city blessed with a superb location, fertile plains and virtually impregnable refuge. Excavations revealed that the ancient city was huge and wealthy; Corinth has survived numerous invasions but was devastated by earthquakes. St. Paul lived and worked in Corinth for 18 months, converting people to Christianity and creating a strong Christian community. The Gentile Church he founded here in 51 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write, at least, four letters to them. The Bema (tribunal platform) where the Roman governor Gallo conducted Paul's trial is still visible. See one of Corinth's most striking ancient buildings – the Temple of Apollo, where seven of the original columns still stand. Walk through the remains of the Market Place, a colonnaded square once surrounded by many small shops, the prehistoric spring Fountain of Peirene, still with running water, the Lechaion Road, formerly the main thoroughfare to the port of Lechaion and of course the Bema where Paul stood and preached to the Corinthians.
Return to Athens for lunch in the old district of Plaka.
After lunch, a detailed visit of the Acropolis, the symbol of the glory for ancient Greece. Ascend the Aeropagus (Mars Hill) first and view the Agora, the heart of the ancient city, the place that St. Paul addressed the Athenian citizens.
Continue by climbing the smooth marble steps as visitors have done for centuries. History opens before you as you reach the Propylaea, one of the masterpieces of classical architecture, serving as the entrance to the Sanctuary of the goddess protectress of the City. You'll see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory), and the Erechtheion, with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in awe before what is considered to be the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world, the Parthenon, designed as a temple to Athena and at one time housing a colossal gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess.
Looking down from the Acropolis towards the southern slope, view the two ancient theaters; the theater of Dionyssos where the masterpieces of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes debuted to delighted audiences, and the Odeon of Herod Atticus, a grand Roman theater, partially restored today and used for concerts and classical plays during the summer Athens Festival.
Travel back to Hotel
Morning meeting at the Hotel (duration 3 hours) followed by lunch at the hotel, followed by Tour of the Acropolis and the New Acropolis museum followed by dinner at Geros tou Moria restaurant:
• Dress code : Comfortable shoes, sun glasses
• Opening hours Acropolis (daily) : 08:30 – 20:00 hrs
• Opening hours New Acropolis Museum : 08:30 – 20:00 hrs / Mon Closed
• Suggested participation : Unlimited (please see note below)
Tour starts with a sightseeing of the main points of interest in Athens, both ancient and modern, of Athens. Guests have the opportunity of viewing from inside the bus Constitution square, the former Royal Palace, where the Evzones, members of the National Guard, keep watch in their traditional costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guests will have a quick stop at the Panathenaeum Stadium holding 70,000 spectators was built of Pentelic marble in 1895 for the first modern Olympic Games. Will then pass by the National Gardens and then along University Street with its neoclassical buildings, the Academy, the University and the Library, to Omonia Square, the centre of the modern city.
Following city tour guests continue towards the site of the Acropolis. On the natural fortress of the Acropolis, reinforced by the hand of man, stand the Propylaea, the temple of the Winged Victory, Erechtheion with the Porch of the Caryatids and, towering over all, and the majestic Parthenon. A winding path leads to the treasure of antiquity. Visible are the relics of the civilization of which we are the proud inheritors. From the top guests can see to the North Plaka quarters and the ancient Agora; to the East, Mount Lycabettus; to the South, the theatre of Dionysus. This is where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed. Here also stands the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is used today in the Summer Festival.
The New Acropolis Museum: A lifelong vision, a cultural duty, but above all "the need and duty of a Nation towards its legacy," the New Acropolis Museum that houses invaluable finds dating from the 4th Millennium BC to the 5th century AD found on the Sacred Hill of the Acropolis has finally come into being. A Modern Museum is Born: A few metres away from the Acropolis entrance built on pedestrian walkway, looks like hanging between the past and the present of Athens. Designed by Bernard Tschumi and Mihalis Fotiades, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters. Made of stainless steel, glass, marble and concrete, materials typical of the Athenian environment, the new museum has a direct view of the Acropolis. With bioclimatic planning, which gives ideal lighting and heating conditions, the New Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century. The Exhibits and the Surprises of the Museum: The Parthenon sculptures and the copies of those located in the British Museum, the 130 metres of the frieze, the pediments, the antiquities of the Holly Rock of the Acropolis, the emblem of goddess Athena, Karyatides are what visitors will have the chance to enjoy. The reasoning behind the exhibition, is to give the visitors the feeling they are walking through the place to realize the place where the excavations and the artifacts lie. The exhibition is divided into five theme galleries, with one of them being the excavation itself that is expected to open to the public in a year's time. The about 4000 finds of the New Museum can be found at the gallery of The Acropolis Slopes, shortly before the main galleries, the gallery of the Acropolis during the Archaic Period (where life-size statues and horse riders are overwhelmed by the daytime light reflected on the details of the statues), and the gallery of the Parthenon, where the metopes, the frieze and the pediments of the ancient temple are presented before the visitors eye in full swing.
Dinner at Geros tou Moria traditional taverna in Plaka
Typical Greek tavern of the Mnisikleous Street, in the middle of the district of Plaka and more precisely the "Anafiotika", complexes architectural built at the 19th century by the inhabitants of the Cycladic island Anafi. The installation is simple and effective, the walls are decorated by naive paintings representing the life with Plaka, before the district becomes the bench mark of the tourists, image which "was rectified" with the intervention of Melina Mercouri. In the centre of the room, the podium accommodates every evening the three musicians animating the dinner with surfaces extremely known with the Athenians and on request, the two brother-owners, invite a group of dancers for three representations: dances of the islands, dances of central Greece and dances popular: Zeibekiko and famous Syrtaki.
Depart Athens – Private Transfer to the Airport: On Hotel's departure day, IMT staff will be meeting guests at Hotel's lobby at a pre-arranged time, control all porterage and will direct them to their waiting vehicle for their private transfer to the airport. Upon arrival at the airport and with the assistance of our staff guests will proceed to the designated ticket counter for check-in formalities.
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