You will have the chance to visit the oldest inhabited city in the world, the cradle of democracy and western civilization as we know it today, which begun as a small fortified village built on the top of Acropolis rock as far back as 3.000 years BC. Naturally, Athens is full of museums and archaeological sites of the outmost interest, and one can almost follow the glory that Athens had through a visit to Acropolis Museum, the Parthenon and the national Archeological Museum. From then on, Athens grew steadily to the very large city that it is today, boasting a population for the whole area of around 4,5 millions. Athens apart from hosting the Olympic Games 2004 is also a cosmopolitan city that offers to visitors unlimited possibilities for excursions, sightseeing and nightlife.
All international flights arrive at the Athens International Airport El. Venizelos which is located 33 km southeast.
A valid passport is required for entering Greece for the non-EU citizens. An identify card is sufficient for the citizens of the EU member countries. Please consult the nearest Greek Consulate for specific details.
The sub-way connects several major points in Athens and additionally the public transportation is serviced by trolley buses, tram and buses. Airport bus serves every 20 minutes on a 24 hour basis. Taxis are easy to find and compared to other European countries are not as expensive. Cars for hire are available at the airport. The Congress Secretariat can also help you rent a car. Please visit the official website of the Athens international airport for more information on transportation and passenger services
Banking hours for the public are Monday to Thursday 8.00´ to 14.00´ and Friday 8.00´ to 1.30´. However, some centrally located banks provide «afternoon tourist services».
Euro is the European and Greek currency. The eight denominations of coins vary in size, colour and thickness according to their values, which are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents or EUR 1 and EUR 2. One euro is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros.
In late September and October, Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate with an average temperature of 20o C and possible light showers. Light clothes are recommended but a sweater or jacket may occasionally be needed. Casual informal clothing is appropriate for all occasions.
The power supply in Greece is 220 Volts/50 Hz. The plugs have 2 or 3 round pins similar to those in many European countries.