Athens Ancient and trendy!
The Greek spirit, welcoming and hospitable is present in all Athenians: a force of creativity and renewal throughout Greece’s long history! 44 world class museums, archeological sites. Thousands of years of culture. Athens is one of the only places in the world where you will discover a city more than 2,500 years old integrated into a contemporary metropolis.
Mild weather: 300 days of sunshine
The treasure of Southern Europe. No other country in Europe offers such a wealth of historical sites and modern facilities in one destination. Unrivalled event destinations. A meeting overlooking the Acropolis, a voyage in the Aegean, an odyssey on the seas… the only limit for meetings, events and incentives in Greece is your own imagination.
Relax in a stunning environment. Pre and post meeting activities can include excursions to Greece’s most beautiful islands.
Welcoming and hospitable is present in all Athenians: a force of creativity and renewal throughout Greece’s long history!
Athens offers a big variety of hotels of all categories (stars). Hotels facilities and services provided will totally satisfy every need of an individual guest as well as a large group.
The diversity of their location in the city center as much in the Athenian Riviera gives to the group host a perfect choice of accommodation in a classic style or in a modern way. Carefully chosen materials are used in order to achieve the desired balance between: comfort; luxury; beauty; usability; convenience; quality; high technology and safety.
The majority of the hotels has very well equipped meeting rooms and conference halls that can accommodate up to 1.200 persons.
Special care to the restaurants is given from the hotels.
The menus are made from famous chefs, sometimes Michelin awarded. Furthermore it is given attention to te relaxation of the guests.
A lot of hotels provide gym and spa services. Greek tradition – since the time of “Xenios (hospitable) Zeus”- would never allow for a different approach when it comes to hospitality… Goldair Tourism – DMC associates visit regularly the hotels for site inspections but also during escorting our groups. The result of this is an excellent collaboration with the majority of Athenian Hotels while the most important is a great knowledge of those. As much as internet provides access to valuable information, local knowledge and expertise is irreplaceable and difficult to be substituted by any website.
THE ATHENS CONCERT HALL (MEGARO MOUSIKIS)
This is not just a remarkable venue to look at – it also has impressive facilities. The designers paid careful attention to every detail to ensure that the result was aesthetically pleasing and the acoustics perfect. The hall’s maximum capacity is 1961 pax, but the number of seats can be adjusted to suit any kind of event. This is a real multi-use venue, due to the ingenuity of the design which allows the space to be literally transformed. It can accommodate and provide superb technical support for events of all kinds – symphony and chamber concerts, recitals, opera, theatrical performances and ballet, with sound amplification, and, of course, conferences.
ONASIS CULTURAL CENTER
The Onassis Cultural Centre is Athens’ new cultural space hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, supporting Greek artists, cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages. The Onassis Cultural Centre’s 18,000 sq. m. of internal floor space are spread over no fewer than sixteen levels, nine of which are underground. The Centre’s cutting-edge facilities include: Main Stage: An 880-seat amphitheatre. The multiplicity of potential stage and lighting configurations make it possible to use this impressive auditorium for a range of large-scale events, from theatrical and dance performances, concerts and cinema screenings to lectures and concerts. I.M.E. (Hellenic Cosmos Foundation) The convention map of Athens has changed dramatically over the recent years, enhanced by many new venues. At 254 Pireos St., on the former industrial axis joining Athens and Piraeus, memory meets the city’s modern identity. This is Hellenic Cosmos, the Cultural Centre of the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), which was inaugurated in 1998. It is a living museum, an ultramodern cultural centre, where visitors can learn about history, culture and sciences through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, virtual reality shows and documentaries that perfectly combine historical information with state-of-the- art technological applications.
The Metropolitan Expo is the largest, most modern and functional venue for exhibitions, conferences and events in Greece. It is located in a privileged location, next to the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” with quick access and spacious parking. Designed to the highest standards, ensuring thus functionality, flexibility and aesthetic integrity of facilities. It already hosts major exhibitions and conferences, as well as numerous events and happenings of either Greek or Mutinational Companies, located in Greece. Every year, more than 35 exhibitions and great events take place in its premises, and at least 500.000 visitors visit the Centre. DAIS CONFERENCE CENTER The Dais Conference Center is situated very close to the Athens Olympic Stadium and the two main highways Kifissias and Messogion. Furthermore it is only 20 km away from the “El. Venizelos” airport. Dais due to its unique location and facilities can be used for all purpose activities, organized by companies, scientific and technological institutions as well as athletic associations. The center can host special programs and conferences. ZAPPIO MEGARO The building has had a turbulent history, but no less so than the uses to which it was put. Rarely did it fulfill its initial purpose, and indeed it remained closed and deserted for years. During the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the fencing events were hosted in its circular atrium; during the second International Olympic Games in 1906, the lack of infrastructure and facilities led to its being used as the “Olympic Village”. In addition, starting in 1936 and for the next 40 years, it hosted the country’s first state radio station. In 1940 it was converted into a hospital; the following year it was commandeered by the German occupation army after which it became a storehouse and later a barracks (1944). It was even bombed during the same year. After the war, the possibility was discussed of demolishing it. The most recent renovation was carried out in connection with the Olympic Games of 2004 which were held in Athens. The Zappeion Exhibition Hall has witnessed the history of Athens for the past 120 years. It has been a key site for some of the nation’s most significant moments, and has always been integrally linked to the Olympic Movement. Even though its uses were varied, it has become a landmark in the Greek capital, thus fulfilling the donor’s initial wishes.
HELLENIC MOTOR MUSEUM
The Auditorium of the Hellenic Motor Museum with a capacity of 200 persons, 3D projection system and the most advanced audiovisual equipment is the new alternative proposal for corporate and social gatherings in the centre of Athens. In the auditorium, visitors will have the chance to enjoy, in specific periods of time, movies concerning road safety, technology, research and other interesting subjects. ISLAND For years now the Island has been the favorite entertainment spot for those looking for atmosphere, style and quality during the summer months in Athens. Operation began in 1994 in the same place it is located today. Since then it has evolved to create new trends in entertainment. The stunning natural beauty of the Island’s location and the exquisite décor make it unique. It is the club which the foreign press has repeatedly made mention of in its reporting about Greece, while many well-known international personalities visit it while in Athens. NASIOUTZIK ESTATE (Ktima) Welcome to the Nasioutzik Museum, a unique property just outside Athens. Set on a green, peaceful hill, the Byzantine Estate and the Meteora Mansion create a wonderful venue to celebrate the most precious moments in one’s life, and an ideal environment for any other type of event. Anything, from an intimate dinner to a huge celebration, from a high-tech business event to a wild dancing party, is possible. No matter what the event, our guests enjoy an unparalleled feeling of hospitality and warmth that is present even in the smallest details. Large halls, cosy dining rooms, a museum and other spaces filled with antique treasures and art, beautiful gardens and three churches are the ideal venues for weddings, baptisms, receptions, dinner parties, luncheons, cultural events, exhibitions, charity events, concerts, conferences and seminars. Our luxurious facilities and modern equipment, as well as our experienced and enthusiastic staff, are a guarantee for successful and memorable events. Hosts are at your service to satisfy even your most demanding needs. Experienced chefs create carefully designed menus, so that each meal is a unique experience in a world of delicate flavors and unique tastes. Fresh flowers, candles, hand-designed objects, together with the unlimited creativity of our staff. Logistics are taken care of by experts who have the most modern facilities and up-to-date technologies at their disposal. You can relax and let us organize memorable events in an environment that combines the charm and beauty of the past with the luxury of the present.
The Vorres Museum is a cultural foundation that was established in 1983, with the purpose of promoting Greek art and culture, through a broad spectrum of activities, from the organization of exhibitions in Greece and abroad, to educational programs for children. The museum which sprawls over six acres, is divided into two main sections: the museum of contemporary Greek art and the folk art museum, both of which house collections that cover at least 2500 years of Greek history. The whole complex is laid out in a way that showcases the Greek spirit in a unique fashion. In the contemporary part, one of the most important and representative collections of its kind in the world is exhibited, comprising paintings, installations and sculptures by leading Greek artists, displaying a Greek interpretation of most of the international artistic currents of the second half of the 20th century.The folk art section, is an extraordinary complex of 19th century buildings, courtyards and gardens or rather a re-adaptation and readjustment of traditional Greek architectural features housing antiquities, icons, ceramics, popular artifacts and objects used in daily Greek life centuries ago, in a manner, revealing their inherent beauty and their practical use. The gardens, wild and consisting almost entirely of Mediterranean flora are an indispensable part of the museum being described by many as the most beautiful gardens in Athens.
Thessaloniki or Salonica is the capital of Macedonia, the second city of Greece and one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded in 316 BC, on a site of old prehistoric settlements going back to 2300 B.C., by Cassander, King of Macedon. He named it after his wife Thessalonica, the sister of Alexander the Great. Today, Thessaloniki is an important commercial port with a population of 1,000,000, located on the shores of the Thermaikos Gulf, besides it is an active center of commerce and culture not only of Greece but also of the Balkan Peninsula. The local industry has been continuously developing, while trade, traditionally the strong point of the city, is prospering.
The city is composed of two sectors, the modern sector and the old city. The old city is where most of the views are. In the old city it will be mostly Byzantine churches and buildings that you are looking for. They are what Thessaloniki is famous for. You can get glimpses of “Old Salonica” in the walled Kastra quarter of the city, on the hillside beyond the modern grid of streets. While the modern areas are full of excellent examples of recent architecture that are interesting enough if you are into that kind of thing. The city’s landmark is the White Tower, which also houses a Byzantine museum. Worth visiting is the Archaeological museum that exhibits findings of the archaic, classical and Roman periods as well as the church of Saint Dimitrios, the holy patron of the city. Thessaloniki is also known for its exceptional nightlife with the famous Ladadika quarter. Here you will find bars and clubs playing great music as well as restaurants and ouzeris among the best in Greece.
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HIGH QUALITY HOTEL EXPERIENCE!
It’s a fact! Thessaloniki has almost the same number of five-star hotels as Athens –the Greek capital and a city 5 times bigger than Thessaloniki! The city offers a great variety of accommodation options at exemplary hotels, conveniently located in the city centre, near the railway station, the airport or the beach (Perea, Agia Triada). High quality service and the warm, hospitable atmosphere created by the hotel staff result in an unforgettably luxurious and comfortable accommodation experience.
Thessaloniki’s hotels present a great range of comfortable ballrooms and fully-equipped conference rooms, ideal to accommodate formal or casual events of any capacity. International conventions, business meetings, social gatherings and wedding receptions are fully organized by the hotels’ specialized venue-teams. Flexibility, high- quality tailor-made services, high-end technology and teams of professionals that take care of everything, guarantee the success of all venues.
THESSALONIKI CONCERT HALL
Thessaloniki Concert Hall was created in order to satisfy the need of the city for a venue that could house not only artistic, but also various other activities. Thessaloniki Concert Hall has all the characteristics that make it important: exceptional acoustics, a main hall of 1.400 seats, a reception hall (foyer), the rooms of the administrative and technical offices, as well as all the necessary facilities for the support of the events (dressing rooms, rehearsal studios, repositories for instruments etc.). Special provision exists for people with disabilities, by means of appropriate seats and elevators. Moreover, the external appearance of the building has been entirely harmonized with the history of Thessaloniki, combining elements from its byzantine past as well as from its contemporary cosmopolitan role.
POLIS CONVENTION CENTER
Polis Convention Centre is Thessaloniki’s sole, model convention centre, that meets top class international standards when it comes to infrastructure and provided services. It is situated in a location where the architectural design of the building works perfectly for the equal distribution of natural lamination in every hall. Surrounded by gardens, an outdoor swimming pool and a 550 space parking lot and with a Polis ideal choice on high standard events.
HELEXPO – IOANNIS VELLIDIS CONGRESS CENTER
Ioannis Vellidis Congress Centre is the largest such centre in Greece, with a capacity to host 2,400 people. It is renowned for its functionality and its ability to hold various kinds of events. Ioannis Vellidis has five (5) halls, auxiliary areas and reception areas, all fully equipped. All areas are air conditioned and have modern audiovisual aids, covering interpretation needs for 11 languages. This congress centre can host three satellite events. It also has a roof garden that can hold receptions for 1,000 people, while its underground parking facilities can provide parking for 430 cars. “Ioannis Vellidis” operates around the year and hosts the most-attended events in the city, such as major conferences, day meetings, symposia, seminars, speeches, Press conferences, company presentations, concerts of classical and modern music and even theatre performances.