The capital of Greece was named after goddess Athena, daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom and knowledge. This is where democracy was born. This is where that marvel of architecture, the Parthenon, was created. This is where art became inseparable from life, and this is where Pericles gave the funerary speech, that monument of the spoken word. Athens is the symbol of freedom, art, and democracy in the consience of the civilized world.
In Athens memory never fades. Wherever you stand, wherever you turn, the city’s long and rich history will be alive in front of you.
In the centre of the town there are two hills: the Acropolis, with the monuments from the age of Pericles and Lycabettus, with the picturesque chapel of Ai Giorgis.
Athens today is a modern city, alive, and on the go. Modern, but romantic as well, with busy streets and squares, shop windows a riot of colors, as well as little alleys in quiet, peaceful neighborhoods such as Plaka and Mets.
In the countless shops, the visitor will find whatever he may need. In the tavernas and restaurants he can enjoy any taste sensation, in the night clubs, pubs, discos, and bars he can drink and dance the night away. Because in Athens, the fun never stops before daylight.
Athens University of Economics and Business
The main site of the University is located in the heart of the city of Athens, at 76 Patission Street, two blocks away from the Archaeological Museum. One of its sides faces the Pedion Areos Park and the Panellinios Sports Club.
Two more buildings in the neighbourhood service the University's needs in offices and teaching rooms. One of them is located at 12 Kodrikton Street and the other at 12 Derigny Street. The Research Center is located a few blocks away, at 46 Kefallinias Street.
The University’s lecture rooms will be made available to the Conference. A total of 8 rooms with a total capacity of 900 persons will be made available.
Several kinds of audiovisual equipment will also be made available to the Conference.
Numerous hotels of varying luxury and prices exist in Athens . An indicative list of hotels that will be used for accommodating Conference delegates is the following:
1. Park Hotel *****
2. Hotel Zafolia ****
3. Athenaum Intercontinental Hotel *****
4. Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel *****
5. Athens Hilton Hotel *****
A variety of less luxurious and, therefore, less expensive hotels is also available. All of the above hotels are located in an area within 10 minutes from the Conference venue. Special prices for all Conference delegates will be negotiated with several hotels (see HERCMA home page). Normal (i.e. no special rates) prices for a 4 star hotel in Athens would be in the range 60-80 USD a day, including breakfast.
1 Opening ceremony and welcome reception
The opening ceremony will take place in the University's Great Hall, which is located at the first floor of the AUEB. Following the opening remark of the Conference, which the Prime Minister or the Minister of Education will be invited to deliver, participants will attend the HERCMA invited lectures. A welcome reception will be given by the Rector of the University and the Mayor of Athens.
A half-day excursion for all Conference delegates will be organized. This will either be a guided tour of the Acropolis of Athens and of Athens itself, or a guided tour to the northern suburbs of Athens including a visit to the archaelogical sites in Marathon, or a guided tour to the southern suburbs of Athens including a visit to the archaelogical sites in Cape Sounion.
3.Accompanying persons social program
Accompanying persons will have the opportunity to visit Athens’ museums (more than 30), including the National Archaelogical Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Greek Folk Art Museum, etc., as well as its numerous archaelogical sites, including the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Kerameikos cemetery, etc. A variety of one-day excursions will also be made available to accompanying persons. These will include excursions to Mycenae and Epidaurus, to Delphi, or to the islands of the Saronic Gulf (Hydra-Poros-Aegina). Indicative prices for these excursions are in the range 60-70 USD all inclusive.
Night entertainment in Athens may include a performance at the Athens Concert Hall, where famous performers from all over the world frequently appear.
4.Pre and Post Conference Tours
In addition to the daily excursions mentioned in 4.4 above, a variety of longer (two or three days) tours -starting from Athens and returning to Athens- will be available. These include the two-day versions of the Mycenae-Epidaurus and Delphi tours, a tour to ancient Olympia, cruises to the islands of the Aegean, a tour to Vergina - where the tomb of Philippos, father of Alexander the Great-, etc.
Greece is located at a convenient place for all travellers flying from and to Europe, Africa, America, or Asia. Direct flights connect Hellinikon - the Athens airport- to capitals and major cities all over the world.
Greece’s rail network is also connected to the European one, making connections between all European destinations and Athens possible.
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