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Half & Full Day Tours


Tours are reserved via the main Conference Registration Form.

Please contact the Organising Secretariat at reservations@esb2017.org for group reservations.

Half Day Tours

Athens City tour & Acropolis Museum


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.

Cost: €72 / person



Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon




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.

Cost: €52 / person


Full Day Tours

Delphi One Day Trip 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.

Cost: €95 / person



Epidaurus & Mycenae One 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.

Cost: €102 / person



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 buffet 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 Piraeus by motor coach, you'll set sail for the island of Poros, where you'll have free time for strolling and shopping.
 
Next stop is the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 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.  Upon arrival in Aegina, you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. 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 Piraeus port you'll be transferred to Athens.

The order in which we shall visit the islands is either Poros – Hydra – Aegina or Aegina – Poros – Hydra which does not change the duration of stay on any of the islands.

Cost: €90 / person



Important Dates

Online registration opens: November 1, 2016
Online abstract submission: December 1, 2016
Abstract submissions deadline: February 10, 2017
Last call for abstracts for posters only deadline: May 12, 2017
Notification to authors: May 20, 2017
Standard registration deadline: May 31, 2017



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