"The Summit of Inspiration“World Summit 2019
Athens, Greece | 26-28 June
Get to Athens
Athens is easily accessed by air, sea and land (road and railroad) as it is the Greece’s capital and at the crossroads of three continents.
Moreover, moving around the city is a real pleasure. The Athens public transportation system connects the city center and the Athens International Airport, with all surrounding areas through a modern network combining many lines of metro, suburban rail-way, train, buses, trolleys and trams. The road system has been modernized in recently with new highways. The capital is connected with other parts of the mainland through a network of railways, buses and coaches. Furthermore, Athens has direct connections to all Greek islands through the ports of Piraeus, Lavrio and Rafina.
The new award-winning “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport, has been serving the Greek capital since its opening to the public on March 28th, 2001. Its exciting design has, according to surveys, made it one of the world’s leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction for the last four years and Europe’s fastest growing airport. At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of the world. Flights from major airport hubs in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Istanbul, New York, Larnaca and Dubai come in at least once per day.
The Athens International Airport AIA is located 33 km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Atttiki Odos, a six-lane motorway (the Athens City Ring Road). The airport is easily accessible from the city centre via motorway, express bus or metro. An average journey by taxi from the airport to the city centre should take approximately 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic, costing around €35-50. The express bus line X95 (direction Syntagma) serves Athens city centre. A ticket for the airport express line costs €3.20. It allows unlimited travel by all public transport means (incl. bus and metro) for 24 hours from the time of validation. The metro line 3 runs every 10 minutes from the airport and the trip to the city centre takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €6.
Public transportation to Athens and the Port of Piraeus is provided by express airport shuttles on a 24-hour basis, while a direct Metro line connects the airport to the city center (Syntagma square) in less than 40 minutes.
To view all destinations served by Athens International Airport please visit: www.aia.gr
Athens offers an array of things to see and do; World-famous museums and UNESCO sights go hand in hand with a vibrant contemporary cultural life. Athens has been a cultural hub since antiquity and its contemporary art scene is alive and kicking, offering visitors the opportunity to indulge in a vibrant urban experience.
There is a plethora of experience providers in Athens and Greece and we wanted to make sure that you make the best of your stay, so here are our suggestions. Please contact the conference secretariat at [email protected] and we will send you IFES preferential rates and further suggestions.
The Parthenon, a monument that constitutes the symbol of Greece worldwide, has been standing on the “sacred rock” of Athens, the Acropolis, for thousands of years. The Parthenon along with the other monuments of the Acropolis, are all excellent pieces of art, reflecting the Classical period and the Golden Age of ancient Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. In this archaeological site one can also visit the nearby Museum of Acropolis.
The New Acropolis Museum
The new Acropolis museum located in the historical area of Makriyianni, south east of the Rock of the Acropolis floats on a pilotis over the archaeological excavations. The museum is directly linked to the Athens Metro by the Acropolis station and it is only 300 meters from the Acropolis.
The Ancient Agora, which means “market” in modern Greek, is situated at the foot of the Acropolis and in ancient times it served as the commercial centre of the city but also as the political, cultural and religious centre. This was the place where Athenians gathered on a daily basis, not only to buy and sell their goods but also to learn the news, criticise the government and debate on topics such as democracy, commerce,philosophy and the sciences.