Touring In & Around Athens

The participants of the 13th ESA Conference will have the chance, by participating in guided tours of their choice, to explore the city of Athens and the surrounding areas. Additional information is provided below:


Athens City Tour & Acropolis Museum Half Day Tour

On this comprehensive morning tour, you will have the opportunity to see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens, from the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided half-day tour includes a headphones guidance will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. First stop is at Panathinaikon Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. You will proceed by passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  You will then pass by the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral,  Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis museum. Main attractions such as everyday life artifacts, ancient statues, the Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. For Acropolis hill, comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, hat and loose fitted clothing are strongly recommended. If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will provide to you in order to help you decide if this tour or activity is right for you.

Programme: 09:00 – 14:00 Daily

Cost: €69 / person, minimum participation 25 pax


Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour

Join our half day tour to Cape Sounion and experience a breathtaking sunset at the unique temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient times. Our tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Rivera. During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza. Arriving at the Cape Sounion, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean. After visiting the Temple, you will have the chance to admire an amazing sunset. And when the sun begins to slowly touch the sea, it will be the perfect moment for a sparkling glass of wine, before returning back to your hotel.

Programme: 15:00 – 19:00 Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Cost: €42 / person, minimum participation 25 pax


Delphi Full Day Tour from Athens

Depart for one day trip from Athens to Delphi to explore one of the most famous archaeological sites of Greece. Along the way, you will see the plain of Boeotia, an agricultural center and you will also pass by the city of Theva, the birthplace of King Oedipus. You will continue your Delphi day tour towards Mt. Parnassus, making a short rest stop outside the town of Levadia. The tour continues then to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by Castalia Spring, visit at the archaeological site and view the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and  the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and Delphi museum, with its spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer, originally created to commemorate a victory during the 476 B.C. Pythian Games, and many other artifacts. After lunch, you will return to Athens via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its valuable hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese. Expect mostly warm weather in Greece during the day and cooler at night. For day trips, comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, hat and loose fitted clothing are strongly recommended. The site of Delphi is perched on the side of a hill. All visitors are rewarded with a beautiful view over the site and the valley beyond. If you need additional information please do not hesitate to contact us and we will provide to you in order to help you decide if this tour or activity is right for you.

Programme: 08:30 – 18:30 Daily

Cost: €85 / person, minimum participation 25 pax


Epidaurus & Mycenae Full Day Tour from Athens

Explore with this guided one full day trip from Athens to Argolis the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae, a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600 BC to 1100 BC and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Depart from our terminal for one day tour via the coastal National highway for the Corinth canal (short stop). After the Corinth Canal, you will enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon Clytemnestra’s, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure. An optional traditional Greek lunch at a nearby restaurant can be organized. Before lunch, an additional optional stop can be arranged in order for you to visit a pottery factory. After lunch, through Argos you will proceed to Nauplia, the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of Palamidi and the fortified islet of Bourtzi (short stop). Continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre. The UNESCO’S world heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer and was the most known healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. The Argolis (Mycenae – Epidaurus) day tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.

Programme: 08:30 – 18:30 Monday, Saturday

Cost: €93 / person, minimum participation 25 pax


Poros – Hydra – Aegina One Day Cruise from Athens

Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time to explore on each island. After transferring from Athens to Flisvos port by motor coach, you’ll set sail for the island of Hydra, where you will have about 1 hour and 55 minutes at your leisure to enjoy the unique charms of the island, the amphitheater shape of which once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. Next stop is the island of Poros, where you’ll have free time for strolling and discovering the city hall, the archeological museum, the public library, the cultural center and the white little houses on the island, as well as the historical and famous clock tower of Poros. Upon arrival in Aegina, you can either join a historical tour of the island and discover its hidden treasures (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town to enjoy your coffee and the pistachio sweets at the beautiful port. Aegina is the biggest island of the Saronic gulf, and it took its name by the beautiful nymph that was kidnapped by Zeus. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After sailing back to Flisvos port you’ll be transferred to your Hotel.

Programme: 08:00 – 20:00 Daily

Cost: €98 / person, minimum participation 20 pax


Architectural Tour

Join this Tour and discover all about the city’s architectural scenery and backround. From Historical buildings to neoclassical styles and contemporary architecture, Athens has a lot of stories to tell, through its bricks and mortar. The Tour is a familiarization with the past and the present of the city of Athens, through a focus on its architecture and urban planning. It will explore the urban revolution of Athens through its recent history, giving an insight into the city’s character and the factors that shaped its environment. You will walk through masterpieces of classical and contemporary architecture, but also discover exquisite neighborhoods and hidden treasures. By the end of the day you will come to know the stories behind the doors of present-day Athens.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: € 44 / person, minimum participation 12 pax & maximum participation 25 pax


Street Art Tour

The city of Athens has become one of the 21st century’s street art meccas, with a remarkable art community and inspired contemporary graffiti evident in every corner. Let us treat you to the city’s underground treasures.  You will be led by your guide to some of the most interesting neighborhoods, alleys and public spaces which have become a canvas for numerous local street artists. You will explore the vibrant urban environment and admire from up close artistic stensils, paintings, murals and installations. You will not only discover the most intricate street art and graffiti hidden in plain sight, but you will also learn all about the Athens street art scene, its best known street artists and the social and political aspects of it.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily &16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: €35 / person, minimum participation 8 pax & maximum participation 60 pax that be divided in 3-4 smaller groups


Modern Politics Tour

A walk through the city center, perfectly designed to fit the Modern Greek political and financial scene. The road to the financial crisis and the constant political changes in the country which has suffered a 33% loss of its GDP in peace time in just 5 years. A knowledgeable insider will walk you through the most important landmarks of the demonstrations which have taken place in Athens over the past five years and the indelible marks they have left to the city and the everyday life of the Athenians. The Greek Parliament, Marfin burned bank, Kolonaki area, Exarchia area and the Greek polytechnic school, are just some of the places this walking tour will take you through. A tour to help you understand what really happened in Greece and the implications of the austerity measures on Greek society.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: € 35 / person, minimum participation 8 pax & maximum participation 30 pax that will be divided in 3 groups of 10pax


Flavors of Athens Food Tour

During this private food tour you will not only explore the streets of Athens but you will get to taste appetizing treats that locals enjoy as part of their daily routine. You will gain insights into the development of our cooking methods, recipes and culinary traditions. We will be visiting dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, as well as specialized food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece. A culinary tour would not be complete without a visit to the city’s vibrant central food market where all local vendors exhibit their products from across the country. Learn all about the tastes that the Athenians cherish and indulge in a bountiful assortment of appetizing sweet and savory treats with our food-wise guide.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: € 50 / person, minimum participation 10 pax & maximum participation 60 pax that will be divided in 4-5 smaller groups


 Into the Blue

Greece with its hundreds of miles of coastline offers the opportunity to explore the treasures of the Aegean even when in Athens. Join us on this tour, discover underwater secrets and spectacular uninhabited islands and immerse yourself into Poseidon’s kingdom by visiting the temple of Sounio.This day will be dedicated solely to the exploration of the beautiful undersea world while you will also experience the wonders of Mediterranean marine life. Swim in crystal azure waters and enjoy an unforgettable sea excursion to two uninhabited islands-very close to Athens. After you have built up an appetite we will retreat to a traditional sea tavern to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Your day will end by visiting Sounio and the majestic temple of Poseidon.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily

Cost: € 163 / person, minimum participation 6 pax & maximum 30 pax that will be divided in 3 – 4 smaller groups


Acropolis & Flavors

A perfect tour to get a true feel of Athens! Ascent to the top of the sacred rock of the Acropolis to be confronted by one of the world’s most important structures in history, the Parthenon. Once there you will enjoy a guided tour which will reveal the magnitude and the rich heritage of Athens and cultural achievements of the Greek civilization of the Golden Age. After visiting Acropolis, get ready for a food tour that will truly make you feel like an Athenian! Sense the4 intriguing Greek cuisine and local food culture through an experiential food tour in the heart of the bustling capital of Greece. Wonder through authentic neighborhoods and visit a number of dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over the decades, specialized food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece as well as the vibrant central food market. Immerse yourself in the exceptional gastronomy of Greece, by sampling a bountiful assortment of mouth-watering sweet and savory treats, concluding to a delicious lunch.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: € 106 / person, minimum participation 15 pax & maximum participation 60 pax that will be divided in 2 – 3 smaller groups for Acropolis and to 5 smaller groups for the “Athens Flavors”


Segway Orientation

A perfect choice for your first time in Athens! Hop on your Segway and discover some of the most important landmarks of this vibrant city in the company of your guide. In a fast and easy way you will visit some of the best sites around the Acropolis area such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Hill of Mars next to the Acropolis Rock and the hill of Pnyka to name a few. After your fun experience you will continue with your guide on a leisurely walk to Plaka area, a picturesque neighborhood with cobbled streets and quaint restored buildings, where you can have an optional coffee or ice-cream stop. Your walk will also get you through the tiny graphic Anafiotika area, a Greek island in the heart of Athens, where you will enjoy stunning views of the city just a few meters away from the Acropolis.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 16:30 – 20:30 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: € 87 / person, minimum participation 8 pax & maximum participation 15 pax


Wines of Oenotria

Located near Lake Marathon, approximately 45 minutes drive north of Athens, lies the incomparable Costa Lazaridis Estate.   Created in 2006 on one thousand acres of land, the estate consists of a winery, vineyards, cellars, a museum and banquet rooms for wine tasting and dining events.   The facilities are creatively named “Oenotria” after Oenotros, the son of a Greek king who founded a vineyard in southern Italy. Visitors to Oenotria experience the highest levels of wine culture, not only sampling from the company’s nine wine brands – reds, whites, rosés, dessert wines – but also touring its world class wine museum, an unforgettable experience.  The museum has a multitude of exhibits and artifacts from ancient Greece, such as wine amphoras, through the 17th century, and into modern times telling a fascinating history of the production process of wine, spirits and vinegar.  A buffet platter consists of Greek “meze” specialties.  This tour appeals to anyone who enjoys tasting fine wines and learning about Greek wines.  The Estate’s experts makes an illuminating presentation of each wine sampled and the artifacts in the unique wine museum.  Guests are able to purchase wine from the winery.

Programme: 09:00 – 14:00 Daily & 15:00 – 20:00 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: 132€ / per person, minimum participation 12 pax & maximum participation 20 pax


Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sail aboard the Apollon, a handcrafted traditional wooden sailing yacht, 25 meters long.  The yacht has seven cabins with en suite bath, a fully equipped galley and indoor salon.  The Apollon’s average speed is ten knots per hour. From Alimos Marina guests sail eastward along the Athens Riviera with stunning landscape and seascape views and return in the same direction back to Alimos Marina.   During the cruise guests enjoy an open bar with a variety of wines and beer. A guitarist plays live music in the background during the cruise.

Programme: 18:30 – 22:00 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: 175€ / per person, minimum participation 20 pax & maximum participation 30 pax


Democracy Walking Tour

The Democracy Walking Tour stops at fifteen points of interest in historic central Athens.  These points of interest pertain to a novel experiment by ancient Greeks called democracy. Democracy was one of Greece’s major contributions to Western Civilization and Athens is where the seeds of its theory and practice took root. The tour visits sites from the era of the birth of democracy and on through later eras, such as, the Ottoman Occupation when the Greek Revolution fought to create a modern democratic state. Foreign guests to Athens are encouraged to pay homage to the roots of democracy and this tour enables the visitor to do so. The tour is led by an expert in Greek history. Tour stops include Parliament, Socrates Prison, Areopagos, Roman Agora, Greek Agora, Kimon & Thucydides Tomb, the Pnyx. Tour pace is leisure.  Actual walking time:  2 hours.

Note:The tour does not enter any official archaeology sites such as the Roman & Greek Agoras.

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 14:00 – 18:00 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: 72€ / per person, minimum participation 12 pax & maximum participation 20 pax


Athens Bike Tour

The Athens Bike Tour stops at 25 points of interest in historic central Athens on a route that is 90% traffic free.  The bike tour includes stops at famous sites, such as, Parliament and 1896 Olympic Stadium, but less visited sites as well, including Socrates Prison and the Pnyx where democracy was born. The bike tour is 11 kilometers with the highest climb 55 meters.  It is suitable for casual bikers and children 8 years old and up. Bike tour stops include, for example, Church House in Plaka, Tower of the Winds in Roman Agora, Parliament, Socrates Prison, Areopagus, Greek Agora, Kimon & Thucydides Tomb, the Pnyx, Ermou Street, Acropolis Walkway. Bike pace is leisure. Actual biking time: 2 hours The bicycles are hybrid city bikes with flat handlebars and triple chain ring.   Electric bikes available for an upgrade fee.  Kid’s bikes available, plus tag-alongs.

Note:

  • The bike tour does not enter any official archaeology sites.
  • Upgrade to an electric bike – 30€ per person. The electric bicycles allow any person to cover any terrain. (No electric bikes for children)

Programme: 09:00 – 13:00 Daily & 14:00 – 18:00 Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Cost: 75€ / per person, minimum participation 10 pax & maximum  participation 16 pax


Aegina Day Cruise

Sail aboard the Apollon, a handcrafted traditional wooden sailing yacht, 25 meters long.  The yacht has 7 cabins with en suite bath, a fully equipped galley and indoor salon. Guests have use of the cabins and showers during the cruise.  The Apollon’s average speed is ten knots per hour. Aegina is a popular weekend getaway for Athenians because it is a charming Greek island only two hours sail away. Aegina is famous for its pistachios and has an annual pistachio festival in September. No visitor should leave without purchasing a souvenir bag of red or green nuts.  In the harbor town, besides strolling and shopping, visit a soap workshop to see how soap is made using organic olive oil.   Outside the harbor, guests are transferred by coach to Aegina’s premier attraction, the 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia located thirteen kilometers from the port; it is one of the best preserved temples in Greece.  On return guests can take a casual hike in Paleochora, a picturesque abandoned village peppered with little chapels. For active guests, there is swimming at the local beach and biking around the island with a bike guide on road bikes, hybrids or electric bikes.  Also, there are two-man sea kayaks for use in the area around Aegina harbor. (Limited number of bikes and sea kayaks – guests must reserve in advance).

Programme: 08:30 – 17:30 Daily

Cost: 190€ / per person, minimum participation 20 pax & maximum participation 40 pax


Tour selection and reservation:

  • For a detailed description of all the suggested guided tours in Athens and the surrounding areas, you can check the PCO Convin’s Guided Tours List.
  • Please read carefully the information regarding the “Highlights”, “Inclusions” and “Exclusions” for each guided tour.
  • If you wish to reserve a tour, please register and fill out the online PCO CONVIN Booking Form.
  • For related enquiries or services, please send your email to info@esa13thconference.eu.

Note: The guided tours presented above are exclusivly organised, managed and offered by PCO Convin S.A..  

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