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Meet in Athens!

February 2007


Greece, cradle of democracy, birthplace of western civilization and modern medicine, and the origin of drama and philosophy, here with it’s over 5,000 years of history and culture is the world’s greatest outdoor museum. How different today’s life would have been without the influence of Ancient Greece, from the geometry of Euclides or Pythagoras to the logic of Aristotle, from the fables of Aesop to the unique architectural style that influenced the world. Think of the Greek language that has so enriched other languages with so many words and concepts, like psychology, philanthropy, harmony, architecture, and thousands of others.  And then…. there are the Olympic Games.

Athens reached it speak in the 5th century BC, in what is historically known as the Golden Age, during which time the Parthenon, on the hill of the Acropolis,  was built to honor the Greek goddess Athena, protector of the city and goddess of wisdom.  This marvel of architectural design and accomplishment is today one of Europe’s most famous landmarks.  The beauty, harmony and grace of this monument make a lasting impression on those who see it. The Golden Age was soon followed by the conquests of Alexander the Great spreading the Hellenic culture to much of the known world. During the 2nd century BC Athens was made part of the Roman Empire who recognized it as a major seat of learning and culture.  In 49th century AD, the arrival of St. Paul in Athens, on one of his many journeys introduced the people to Christianity that was quickly embraced.    The days of glory were soon to end and from the 6th century AD, the city was subjected to numerous conquests and occupations culminating in the arrival of the Turks in 1456.  It remained under Turkish rule for 400 years and it was not until after the hard fought Greek War of Independence that lasted from 1821 to 1830 that freedom was regained.

1st Day

  • Transfer from Airport to Hotel
    Transfer from Athens new International airport to hotel.
    Transfer services include meet & greet (immediately after baggage claim) escort and transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coach. Bag carts are included.                                                                        
  • Arrival at the Hotel Grande Bretagne
    Since its first opening in 1872, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has been synonym of comfort, luxury, elegance and style in the very center of Athens. After a painstaking restoration made between November 2001 and March 2003, the hotel acquired a new atmosphere and a great and attentive service which could be found only in the best residences. The view offered from many of the rooms is breathtaking: the Acropolis and the changing of the guards, at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The bathrooms, then, offer luxurious marble and amazing amenities. Rooms with connecting doors are available.
    All the 321 rooms have been recently renewed and present luxurious fabrics and restored antiquities. The beauty and the elegance are reflected in each of well furnished rooms, while butlers and staff provide unsurpassed service. The rooms are provided with precious fabrics, fine furnishings, and the latest high tech facilities, carefully combined just to accommodate our guests in the best way. All are equipped with particular care: beds are cocoon of pure comfort with multiple pillows and cloud soft duvets, plush bathrobes and slippers the wall-to-wall marble bathrooms are well designed with fog resistant mirrors, quality amenities and lighted magnifying mirrors. All rooms offer cable television, voice mail, high-speed internet, minibar and wood-paneled wardrobes with in-room safes.
  • Welcome cocktail at the Roof Garden
  • Dinner at Dionyssos Restaurant in the shadow if the Parthenon
    The Dionysos Restaurant is one of the more established and renowned restaurants of Athens. Boasting an unsurpassed view of the Acropolis, in particular the magnificent and timeless Parthenon, the Dionysos also offers some of the best food to be had in this city. Recently renovated the restaurant is popular with visitors and locals alike, offering a number of areas both indoors and outdoors (all with a clear view) for dining.

2nd Day

  • All Day Meeting in the Hotel Grand Bretagne
    With Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel
  • Dinner at Istioploikos Restaurant
    This restaurant is tucked away at the far side of Microlimano.  The ground floor or should we say sea level is dedicated to dining, whilst the terrace upper floor is a fun cafe bar.  The sea breeze and view are enough to keep you sitting there for hours.  Unique amongst the Microlimano restaurants for its large meat menu but fish is of course very visible in its menu with some very interesting dishes.
    Location: Microlimano – Fisherman’s Wharf Piraeus – 12 kms from city centre

3rd Day

  • Athens City Tour including Acropolis
    (Duration 3 hours approximately.)
    A must for any visitor to Athens, this tour is a superb introduction, to the history and culture of this magnificent country. Drive past the neo-classical buildings of the Academy, the University, and the National Library and on to Omonia Square before moving on to Syntagma or Constitution Square (the heart of central Athens).

    Opposite is, the Parliament building thus the square’s name, where the National Guards (Evzones) in their colorful uniform skirts and pom-pom shoes, guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. See the Pan-Athenian Stadium, the all white marble stadium where history was made as the site of the first modern Olympic Games. Nearby the tall stone structure Hadrian’s Arch separates the Temple of Zeus from modern Athens. Also view the Pnyx (the meeting place for the Assembly of the ancient city of Athens), the Theseum and the Agora with the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos.

    Then, on to the Acropolis, at the base of which stand the ancient theatres of Dionysos and the still used Odeon of Herodus Atticus. Opposite is Philopapos Hill offering a magnificent panoramic view of Athens. The highlight is the visit to the Acropolis.

    This comprehensive visit will reveal to you the splendor and timeless beauty of the Parthenon as well as its other monuments including the Propylaea, the Temple of Wingless victory, and the Erectheum. A visit to the Acropolis Museum is included.
  • Lunch at Diogenis Restaurant
    Fine Greek restaurant located in a beautiful spot in Plaka, next to the ruins of an ancient monument, offering good Greek cuisine.Located right on the archaeological excavations.  Indoor and outdoor area, but with the mild winters in Athens, the outdoor area operates all year round. The winter indoor area has been beautifully and simply renovated, keeping the small annexes for those special small groups are parties.
    Location: Plaka (old Athens) city centre.          
  • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Gala Dinner at The Byzantine Estate
    (Private functions only.)
    Another venue for sophisticated groups, the Byzantine estate covering 35 acres is situated in the Palini area, 10 miles (16 kms) north of Athens.
    The 2 story mansion constructed using traditional old material like timber, tiles, marble and stone slabs etc. which the owner Mr. Nassioudjik collected long before he bought the property, is based on traditional Greek architecture and feature sold popular artifacts and objects used in daily Greek life. It is decorated with a great collection of rustic furniture that was bought and transported from various part of Greece. George Nassioudjik’s art collection includes a number of important Byzantine icons, hand made carpets, porcelain, bronze and Chinese vases. A walk through these premises is a must.
    Large gardens surround the mansion and feature Greek flora bougainvillea, geraniums, lavender etc. and can accommodate over 1000 guests.
    Creativity, fantasy and faith in tradition is what was used to build this fantastic mansion and we would highly recommend it for private functions as it is one of those very special and unique places in Greece.
    Lawns - up to 2,000 pax.
    Indoors: Main Building:     450 pax.
    New Extension:  1,000 pax.
    Location: Pallini – 20 kms from city center. 

4th Day

  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport
    Transfer from hotel to Athens International Airport to hotel.
    Transfer by deluxe air-conditioned coach.

For more information, please contact Michael Argiri at



Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Hotel Grande Bretagne



Acropolis - Cara Monument


Byzantine Estate

Byzantine Estate