GREEN DESTINATIONS 2022 & FUTURE OF TOURISM SUMMIT IN ATHENS

TOURS & FIELD TRIPS

City Tour: SNFCC and the Stavros Niarchos Park

Available on Monday, 26 September. (18:00 – 20:00 EEST)

Deadline for registrations: 22th September

DESCRIPTION

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is an architectural landmark of contemporary Athens and a public space, where everyone has free access and can participate in a multitude of cultural, educational, athletic, environmental and recreational activities and events. It includes the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park, the largest public Mediterranean garden in the world.
Designed to have the lowest possible environmental impact, the SNFCC is a hub of sustainability and innovation. Since the inception of its creation by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and architect Renzo Piano, sustainability has been a fundamental prerequisite and key element of the project.

The architectural design and technologically advanced construction of the SNFCC, a prominent example of which is its Energy Canopy, make it one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world. Since the first years of its operation, the SNFCC has been evolving into a metropolitan park governed by the principles of sustainability, both at the operational level and across the entire range
of activities it implements to raise awareness and inform the public.

Explore and wander around the magnificent premises of the SNFCC and the Stavros Niarchos Park through a guided tour for free on Monday, September 26 th at 18:00!

City Tour: Acropolis & Plaka Walking Tour

Available on Wednesday, 28 September. (16:30 – 18:30 EEST)

Deadline for registrations: 26th September

Acropolis & Plaka Walking Tour - GD22

DESCRIPTION

Beat the heat and the crowds by accessing the Acropolis with your expert guide. Meet your guide at Key Tours office, and reach the south slope of the Acropolis, where you will admire the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater. Walk up the hill leading to the Acropolis significant site and have your camera ready for snapping photos of the historical monuments of Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Pedestal of Agrippa.

Having explored the Acropolis site and going downhill, you will admire significant sights of the capital of Greece, including the Ancient Agora and the National Observatory of Athens. Then, you will enter and walk through the unique district of the city, Plaka. For a while, forget the city sounds. Go around Anafiotika, the topmost neighborhood of Plaka and discover with your guide its tranquil, picturesque, and mystic hidden corners. Stroll around the innumerable little alleys and admire the old whitewashed mansions with the carved wooden or imposing iron doors and the colorful painted shutter. Find hidden gems of unspoiled beauty and magnificent views and learn secrets unknown even to many Athenians.

After a while, you will arrive at the Bathhouse of the Winds, the only public bath of Athens surviving at the present days. It dates from the first period of Turkish rule (1453 – 1669) and stands near the Roman forum and the Tower of the Winds. Passing by the Roman Forum, the Fethiye Mosque Museum and the Hadrian’s Library, you will end up at Monastiraki Square, perhaps the oldest surviving square of the city.

After the end of the tour, you can visit the flea market, one of the best places to buy just about anything or continue strolling and enjoy your lunch or your coffee at one of the little, picturesque shops, creating memories of a lifetime.

City Tour: Athens Bike Tour

Available on Wednesday, 28 September. (17:00 – 20:00 EEST)

Deadline for registrations: 26th September

Athens Bike Tour - Athens by Bike - GD22

DESCRIPTION

During this 3 hour and 9 km tour, we pass by and stop at all the main highlights of the historic center of Athens and also explore hidden gems and local areas of the city. Our route is far away from traffic and we ride mainly on car-free zones, parks and low traffic streets, while the terrain we cycle on is almost flat. The tour is based on orientation, leisure and photography and we do not enter any archaeological sites.

The group tour leader will share fun stories and tips about Athens and after the tour our guests will certainly gain a local insight and a better overview of the city without missing the amazing ancient part. For more information regarding our itinerary you can check our official website.

City Tour: The Delicious Athens Food Tour

Available on Wednesday, 28 September. (17:00 – 20:00 EEST)

Deadline for registrations: 26th September

The Delicious Athens Food Tour - Alternative Athens - GD22

DESCRIPTION

During this tour we will discover Greek flavors and their history with an easy paced stroll walk through some of the city’s most interesting and less touristy neighborhoods. We will visit food markets and carefully selected deli stores and we will help you familiarize yourselves with the most famous flavors of the Greek cuisine, alongside a top rated guide! Our tastings include Greek coffee, olive oils, honey, tapenades, Cretan rusks, tsipouro drink, cheeses, specialty cured meat, Greek souvlaki, a variety of Greek tapas and sweets (bougatsa, baklava, Greek donuts).

Field Trip: Day trip to Hydra Island

Available on Sat 1 October. (07:00 – 18:30 EEST)
Day Trip Hydra Island - AFEA - GD22

DESCRIPTION

Early in the morning, you will start from the hotel heading towards Piraeus Port. At 8:00am, you will embark on the ferry to Hydra and after about 1h40min you will arrive at this amazing, traffic free island. You will have the chance to stroll around with your guide & have time on your own to wander around, swim and have lunch. At 16:15pm, meet the rest of the group at Hydra port to catch the ferry back to Piraeus Port and the hotel.

This tour includes:
-Ferry Tickets (round trip)
-Licensed Guide for the full day
-Transfers to/from Piraeus Port

GREEN DESTINATIONS 2022 SPONSORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

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