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GREEN DESTINATIONS 2022 & FUTURE OF TOURISM SUMMIT IN ATHENS

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Explore Athens

Click here to see the location of the summit venue or explore Athens from home with this interactive map by Introducing Athens.

Map of Greece

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Venue Information

Conference: Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens – Leof. Alexandras 10, Athina 106 82 

Located in the heart of Athens the Radisson Blu Park Hotel is the ideal location for the Green Destinations 2022 & Future of Tourism Summit which is hosted by the City of Athens. The Hotel sits at the edge of Pedion you Ateos, one of the largest parks in the city. Only a short walk brings you to the National Archeological Museum and you have the opportunity to experience the city’s atmosphere and history right on the doorstep of the Hotel. 

Top100 Ceremony and Gala Dinner: Agora Kypseli’s Municipal Market – Fokionos Negri 42, Athens

The Municipal Market of Kypseli, managed by Impact Hub Athens and the building owned by the City of Athens, aspires to become a meeting place and point of reference for the Athenian public, with culture and education as the main axes, but also social innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Future Of Tourism Summit: Technopolis City of Athens – Pireos Str. 100, 11854 – Gazi, Athens

Technopolis is one of the largest and liveliest venues in Athens. There’s always something going on here – from jazz concerts to music festivals, exhibitions, children’s workshops and craft fairs. It also houses Innovathens, an incubator for start-ups, and the Athens city radio station 9.84 FM.

 

Accomodations

The Green Destinations events team has selected several hotels and negotiated special rates for our conference participants. 

To see the different hotels click here.

 

City Tours & Field Trips

We welcome you to immerse yourself in the authentic essence of the birthplace of democracy. Join us as we explore some hidden gems and local flavours of Athens and beyond on the evening of Day 2 (28 September) and the entire Day 4 and 5 (30 September and 1 October) of the Green Destinations 2022 conference. With tailor-made trips designed by This is Athens and local tour operators, you can expect to cherish a plethora of rich, conscious cultural experiences with the likes of Athens Bike Tour, Acropolis & Plaka Walking Tour, Cape Sounio Local Lunch Tour, to name a few.

Find out more about the City Tours and Field Trips here.

 

Getting to Athens, Greece

By Train

The Interrail or Eurail Passes are a great way to travel through Europe and to Athens in a sustainable way by train. The passes allow an unlimited number of rail travel around the 33 participating countries in a certain period of time. For High speed trains and night trains a seat reservation is often required. 

If you have a little bit of time on your hands, we would recommend to use this means of transportation, not only to save emissions while travelling but also to discover Europe in a more conscious way.

By Air

The Athens International Airport is located 33km southeast of Athens and offers flight connections to many cities in Europe and also offers good international connections. 

The airport is easily accessible via the Athens ring road. Going to downtown Athens by car takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Taxis are available outside of Exit 3. Prices range from 40€ to 55€, depending on the time of travel. 

Apart from the taxi there is also the option to use pick up services. Here are some phone numbers of pick up services in Athens:

  • ​​Keytours: +30 210 923 3166
  • Tumlare – JTB Greece: +30 210 321 5835 or +30 210 321 5824
  • Sunny Greece: +30 210 923 7100
  • Taxiplon: +30 214 416 5682
  • Limotours: +30 210 922 0333 or +30 694 475 7754

More information can be found here.

Another way to travel from the airport to the city would be the Metro Line 3. The journey time is approximately 40 minutes and the trains run every 30 minutes. It’s possible to use the train 7 days a week from 6.30am to 11.30pm. The ticket price for a one way ticket is 9€ and the return tickets cost 16€. 

Apart from the Metro option, it is also possible to use the Suburban Railway which takes around 45 minutes to the central station. 

For further information click here.

Public Transportation

The Athens public transport system is affordable, reliable and covers most of the city and suburbs. The usage of all public transport with the same ticket is possible (a single ticket costs 1.20€ and is valid for 90 minutes). The Day pass costs 4.10€ and the 5-Day pass costs 8.10€. There is also a 3-Day Tourist Ticket (20€) which includes 1 round trip to/from the airport. 

There are different types of public transport like the metro, suburban railway, buses and trolleybuses as well as the tram. 

For more information click here and for more information about the prices click here

Rental car

There are numerous car rental agencies in Athens. You can find them at the airport as well as around the city. 

EU citizens can use their European drivers licence. Visitors of other nationalities should bring their international drivers licence with them. 

Please be aware that the traffic in Athens during rush hours can be heavy. There are many parking lots throughout the city where the car can be parked safely. Street parking on the other hand can be a challenge.

Taxi

All licensed taxis in Athens are equipped with metres. The fare is charged per kilometre and per hour. There is also the option to use “Beat” or Uber in Athens. 

  • Kosmos: 18300
  • Ikaros: +30 210 515 2800
  • Enotita: 18388
  • Hellas: 18180
  • Taxiplon: 18222

For further information click here.

Passport & Travel Visa Information

In order to visit Greece the following travel documents are necessary. 

An ID Card is required in case the country of origin is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement. A passport is not required to enter the country because in this case the national ID is enough. A passport can be necessary at different occasions for example for transactions, including currency exchange, shopping, etc. 

If the country of origin is not a member of the Schengen Agreement it is necessary to obtain further information at the Greek Embassy or Consulate in the country of Origin. In case you need a visa, it is good to have suitable insurance for emergencies or other needs. 

If the country of origin is one of the following non-EU countries the passport will allow a visit to Greece up to 3 months (90 days) within a six month period: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela.

For more information about passports and visas please click here

More information can also be found at the webpage of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Practical Information

Climate

After the hot summer months, the temperature in Athens starts to decline in September. The average high temperature is 27°C (80.6°F), the average low-temperature is 20.9°C (69.6°F). The average relative humidity in Athens is 58%. 

In September, the average amount of hours in which sunshine can be expected is 9.9h. The average daily maximum UV index in Athens is 6 in September. A UV Index value of 6 to 7 symbolises a high health hazard from unprotected exposure to the Sun’s UV rays for average individuals. Therefore, taking precautions is recommended when exposed to the sun. It is recommended to seek shade and minimise exposure to direct sun in the period between 10am and 4pm when UV radiation is most intense.

On average, it rains on 4 days and the rainfall is 36mm which leaves enough warm, sunny days for you to enjoy.

Language

The official language in Greece is Greek. But especially in Athens and the more touristy parts of Greece, English is widely spoken. However, it is always nice to have some useful phrases on hand when visiting a foreign country. Maybe you would like to try these expressions when checking in at your accommodation?

  • Hello/goodbyeYásas
  • Good morningKaliméra
  • Good afternoonKalispéra
  • Good nightKaliníjta
  • Yes – Nai
  • No – Ochi
  • Please – Parakaló
  • Thank you – Efjaristó
  • You’re welcome – Típota

Electricity / Power Socket

In Greece the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F and the standard voltage in Greece is 230V and the frequency is 50HZ. The usage of electric appliances is possible if the standard voltage in the country where you are from is between 220- 240V (as is in Europe, UK, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100-127V (as in the US, Canada and most of South American countries), a voltage converter in Greece is necessary. 

For further information and a map overview click here

Currency

Greece is part of the European Union and the currency is EURO

The euro banknotes come in: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5.

There are coins of 2 and 1 Euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents of euro.

If you want to see the current Exchange rates click here.

Credit Cards

It is important to always have some cash with you while travelling in Greece. Most of the hotels, restaurants and shops will accept credit cards but there is still the possibility that smaller shops won’t. The usage of cash cards or credit cards is possible on all ATM machines in Greece, however on smaller islands or in remote places there is the possibility of no ATM machines or no money in the ATM machines. 

Tipping

In Greece it’s customary to tip between 10% or 15% of the bill or to round it up. Tipping is not obligatory in Greece but a good tip is always appreciated. That means that tipping is a nice gesture and it’s always a good idea to leave a tip unless the service was bad. Tipping by cash is always preferred over cards. 

To learn more about the tipping etiquette in Greece click here.

Emergency Calls

112 is the European emergency nummer, which is free of charge and is accessible everywhere in the EU. In Greece, 112 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By dialling the number you will be connected to an emergency call centre which then can connect you to the different departments such as

  • Police
  • Fire Brigade
  • Emergency Medical Services 
  • Coast Guard
  • the European hotline for missing children 116000 and
  • the National Helpline for children SOS 1056

Other useful numbers for your stay in Greece can be found here.

Covid-19 Information

All travellers entering Greece by air, land or sea are no longer subject to any Covid-19 restrictions.

However, travellers have the option to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for the sole purpose of enabling the traveller to issue an EU Certificate of negative or positive COVID-19 test result. Please find the protocol for arrivals on the Greek Government website.

Will I need to wear a mask at Green Destinations 2022 & Future Of Tourism Summit?

Since indoor masking is currently not required by neither Greece nor the event venues, participants are free to wear or not to wear a mask. Yet, when you are preparing for your trip you should consider your individual risk tolerance and create a personal plan of action in case you become sick or get in contact with a COVID-19 infected person during your travels.

Will I need to wear a mask outside of Green Destinations 2022 & Future Of Tourism Summit?

When using public transportation (metro, bus, trolleybus, tram), tour bus services, and taxis in Greece, wearing a facemask is mandatory. Fines will be imposed if a face mask is not worn in this case.

What resource can I use for EU travel requirements related to COVID-19?

Re-open EU offers up-to-date information on travel and health measures in European countries, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.

Please consider country-to-country travel restrictions that may impact your requirements for entering Greece for the conference.  

Please find more information for Greece on the Destination Greece Health First website.

Where can I get a COVID test in Greece?

If you feel sick and you need to take a COVID test in Greece there are many options. Every chemist is trained to perform antigen (rapid) tests. Beyond that, private clinics and medical centres in Greece perform antigen (rapid) tests and PCR tests

 

Please note that these terms can be subject to change. It is recommended to check the requirements prior to travel.

GREEN DESTINATIONS 2022 CONTRIBUTORS

Here’s to those who inspired us and contribute to the success of our annual flagship event.