Thursday September 26th, 2013 at 20.30hrs
Treating you to Greece…
Through a delicate travel in time, the Greek land and its products, the customs and its habits, but also through creative interventions in our traditional cuisine, which have as a priority to freshen, underline and highlight even more our taste references to the Greek traditional cooking, we serve you dishes with the finest seasonal ingredients available combined with a variety of excellent flavours so that you can enjoy nothing but the very best.
Eleas Gi is as well of the title of a Greek story, an internal and true legend which consists an integral part of our life, our culture and our cuisine. At Eleas Gi everything is cooked only with olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil which is always added at the end, so we can offer you the authenticity of the Greek cuisine where indisputably, the leafy-green spirit of our honored olive tree has the leading role.
At the well known area of Politia which one can gaze at the city from high above the warm atmosphere of the restaurant as well as the view to the city will leave you breathless. In order to reach the Eleas Gi, the diner will have to walk through a corridor decorated with wine bottles, an atmospheric stroll through the paths of wine, where at the end of it you will be treated with a glass of tsipouro and mastic.
Ascending the path one can meet the old grocery store, filled with traditional products, jars with sweets and bottles with scented oil, which gives a unique disposition to the decoration.
Moving towards the main chamber, two young olive trees impressively stand welcoming the visitor, while the supremacy of the wooden-oven in front of the elegantly set tables, and state our devotion to traditional Greek cuisine. As far as the great verandas are concerned they do bow in front of the magical view of the Attica land and of the blue sky. They insist on constituting the passage from the welcoming dining room to your beloved Athens which wonderfully unfolds in front of your eyes.
Cost per person € 59 ( cost includes round trip transportation from/to Divani Caravel Hotel )
Athens Sightseeing, Half Day with Acropolis Museum COST € 65 per person
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. (Thuesday-Sunday)
Cape Sounion, In the afternoon COST € 40 per person
Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand.
On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore.
After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion.(Daily)
Delphi One Day Tour with lunch COST € 90 per person
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus – Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back).
Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route. (Daily)
Argolis One Day Tour with lunch COST € 90 per person
Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop).
Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets.
Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs e.t.c.
Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop), leave for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics.
Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae. (every Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday & Saturday)
One Day Cruise to Hydra-Poros-Aegina COST € 88 per person
In the morning we take you by bus, from Athens to Piraeus for your embarkation to the cruise boat. At 8h15 the ship sails for Hydra. Here you have free time for a walk or a swim. Embarkation and sail for Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. Your time at leisure in Poros will be about 60 minutes. The lunch will be served during the voyage. Time will fly quickly….and after a two hour trip we shall arrive to our last port of call, the island of Aegina. Where you have time for a swim. Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Afea Athena. Embarkation for the voyage of return to the port. Arrive to Piraeus, late in the afternoon. (Daily)
NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM
The new Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum that offers a walk through history by housing the most famous works of classical antiquity. It has a total area of 25.000 sq. meters and nearly 4.000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14.000 sq. meters.
For the first time ever all the surviving treasures of the Acropolis will be seen together in one place. Works currently held in storage, in other Athenian museums and museum abroad will be brought together within the one museum close to their original location. Five collections-namely the finds from the slopes of the Acropolis, works from the archaic period, the classical Acropolis, the post-Parthenon and the roman period- comprise the Museums’ exhibition program. A sixth major exhibit is the remains of the ancient Athenian city revealed by archaeological excavations on the site of the Museum.
The new Acropolis Museum is located in the historical area of Makriyianni, south east of the Rock of the Acropolis. Only 3.000 meters from the Acropolis and approximately 2 kilometers from Syntagma, Athens main city square and public transport hub, the Museum is directly linked to the Athens Metro by the Acropolis Station, located on the eastern border of the Museum.
Public entrance at Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. Entrance for groups at Mitseon Street.
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. , Monday: Closed.
Last admission: 7.30 p.m.
Galleries cleared at 7.45 p.m.
Closed: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December.
Free admission for visitors exempted from fee by Greek legislation.
Tel.: +30 210 9000900
Tickets from the Ticket desk
Tickets are available daily from the Museum Ticket Desk.
Tickets via the e-ticketing service
Visitors are also able to gain admission to the Museum with the pre purchase of an e-ticket on the Museum website. Tickets are valid only for the specific time-slot chosen. Tickets bought via e-ticketing can be collected from the Ticket Desk or from the Museum Self-Service Ticketing Kiosks at the Museum entrance. Visitors are able to collect their tickets at the Museum, at the time of their planned visit. Visitors are also welcome to collect their tickets from the Museum earlier, on a previous day. Visitors are reminded that the Museum is closed every Monday.
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS
The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world’s great museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 20,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
The museum is housed in an imposing neoclassical building of the end of the nineteenth century, which was designed by L. Lange and remodelled by Ernst Ziller. The vast exhibition space – numerous galleries on each floor accounting for a total of 8,000 square metres – house five large permanent collections: The Prehistoric Collection, which includes works of the great civilizations that developed in the Aegean from the sixth millennium BC to 1050 BC (Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean), and finds from the prehistoric settlement at Thera. The Sculptures Collection, which shows the development of ancient Greek sculpture from the seventh to the fifth centuries BC with unique masterpieces. The Vase and Minor Objects Collection, which contains representative works of ancient Greek pottery from the eleventh century BC to the Roman period and includes the Stathatos Collection, a corpus of minor objects of all periods. The Metallurgy Collection, with many fundamental statues, figurines and minor objects. And, finally, the only Egyptian and Near Eastern Antiquities Collection in Greece, with works dating from the pre-dynastic period (5000 BC) to the Roman conquest.
The museum possesses a rich photographic archive and a library with many rare publications, the latter of which is constantly enriched to meet the needs of the research staff. There are also modern conservation laboratories for metal, pottery, stone and organic materials, a cast workshop, a photographic laboratory and a chemistry laboratory. The museum has temporary exhibition spaces, a lecture hall for archaeological lectures and one of the largest shops of the Archaeological Receipts Fund.
The National Archaeological Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Besides displaying its own treasures, it organizes temporary exhibitions and lends artefacts to exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. It also functions as a research center for scientists and scholars from around the world and participates in special educational and other programs.
Address: 44 Patission Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 8217724, 8217717
Monday: 13.30 – 20.00
Tuesday to Sunday: 08.00 – 20.00
NICHOLAS P. GOULANDRIS FOUNDATION. MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART
Address: 4 Neofytou Douka Street, Kolonaki , Tel.: +30 210 7228321 An extensive and unique private collection of prehistoric art from the Cycladic islands, the ancient Greek and the Byzantine art.
Monday – Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 10:00-17:00
The Benakion Museum was founded in 1930 by Antonis Benakis (1873-1954), member of a pre-eminent Greek family from Alexandria, who made an invaluable contribution to the political, social and cultural life of Greece..
Main Exhibition Building
Monday – Wednesday – Friday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 24:00
Sunday: 09:00 -15:00
Exhibits cover the whole range from the Neolithic Age to the twentieth century. Many of them are masterpieces of Greek art and are of significant importance for Greek history: from Antiquity and the Roman era to the Byzantine Age, from the Fall of Constantinople (1453), the period of Frankish rule and the Ottoman Occupation, to the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence (1821), and from the time of the formation of the Modern Greek State until the Asia Minor Catastrophe (1922).
Main Building Address: Vas. Sofias and 1 Koumpari Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 3671000
Pireos St. Annexe
Address: 138 Pireos & Andronikou Street
Tel.: +30 210 3453111
Wednesday – Thursday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
Friday – Saturday: 10.00 – 22.00
Monday – Tuesday : closed
Museun of Islamic Art
The Benaki Museum collection of Islamic art, which includes examples of all its local variations from as far as India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, Sicily and Spain, ranks among the most important in the world.
The evolution of Islamic civilisation from the first appearance of Islam up to the Ottoman period and the corresponding development of Islamic art up to the 19th century are demonstrated by more than 8,000 works of art, including ceramics, gold, metalwork, textiles and glass, smaller groupings of bone objects, inscribed funerary steles and weaponry, as well as the marble-faced interior of a reception room from a 17th-century Cairo mansion.
Address: 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou Street
Tel.: +30 210 3251311
Tuesday – Thursday – Friday – Saturday – Sunday: 9:00-15:00
BYZANTINE AND CHRISTIAN MUSEUM
The Museum’s collections include sculpture, icons, works of arts, wall paintings, ceramics and fabrics, manuscripts, drawings and copies of Byzantine and post-Byzantine wall paintings and mosaics.
Address: 22 Vasilissis Sofias Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 7211027, 7232178
Tuesday to Sunday: 08.00-19.30
NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF GREECE
The Old Parliament building (Palaia Voule) at Stadiou Street in Athens, housed the Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1932. It now houses the country’s National Historical Museum (Ethniko Istoriko Mouseio).
Address: 13 Stadiou Street, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 3237617
Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 14:00
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF ATHENS – VOUROS-EUTAXIAS FOUNDATION
The Museum of the City of Athens (Vouros-Eutaxias Foundation) is situated at Klafthmonos Square, in two of the capital’s oldest and most beautiful buildings. The Museum’s collections of paintings, engravings, sculptures, pieces of furniture and important relics of modern Greek history present a panorama of the evolution of Athens since the Frankish domination.
Address: 5 – 7 Paparrigopoulou Street, Klafthmonos Square, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 3231397
Monday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday: 09.00 – 16.00
Saturday, Sunday: 10.00 – 15.00
NATIONAL GALLERY – MUSEUM ALEXANDROS SOUTZOS
The National Art Gallery is one of Greece’s main art institutions and features Greek and European paintings and works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis is given to popular Greek contemporary artists including Giannis Tsarouchis, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (a.k.a. El Greco), Theodoros Vrizakis, Nikolaos Kounelakis, Nikiforos Litras, Konstantinos Parthenis, Konstantinos Maleas, Giannis Moralis and others.
Address: Michalakopoulou 1 & Vas. Konstantinou 50 (opposite the Hilton Hotel)
Tel.: +30 210 7235937-8
Monday to Saturday: 09.00 – 15.00
Sunday: 10:00 – 14:00
GOULANDRIS NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The physical visit to GNHM is a multi-dimensional experience bringing visitors in touch with the kingdom of plants and animals and introducing them in an understandable and scientifically documented way to the function of vegetable and animal world, to the interdependence and balance of ecosystems. From 1975 until today, more than 3 million visitors, 70% of which were young people, passed the gates of the Museum and visited the exhibitions it has hosted.
Address: 13 Levidou Street, Kifissia
Tel.: +30 210 8015870
Monday to Saturday: 09.00-14.30
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