At Conferex, we have 15 years of experience planning events in Greece. Utilizing our vast network of resources both in the U.S. and on the ground in Greece, we can provide recommendations on everything from the perfect city and hotel for your event to the best restaurants and excursions for your guests. We offer a comprehensive suite of tools, including:
- Group Incentive Travel
- Traveling to Greece
- Things to do in Greece
- Suggested Hotels at Selected Locations
- Green/Ecotourism in Greece
In addition, check out our list of Travel Tips we've accumulated through years of experience.
Group Incentive Travel
Are you looking for a unique way to reward your employees for meeting sales goals? Do you want to improve employee engagement through a team-building retreat? If you have or are looking to create a group incentive package for your company, we can help.
We have more than a decade of experience planning exclusive retreats throughout Greece and the U.S. and can customize a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of any size. Our services include:
- Recommending sites and assisting with selection
- Booking group airfare
- Negotiating rates and booking room blocks in premier hotels
- Securing meeting space
- Planning off-site excursions
- Party planning
- Making restaurant reservations for groups of any size
- Booking entertainment
- On-site concierge services
Traveling to Greece
A visit to Greece may be paradise on Earth, but it still takes planning to get there.
Conferex will help you map out your perfect conference, exhibition, custom group tour or destination wedding. We’re experts on all things Greece, and have a wealth of experience and connections to draw from, so we can design a trip with all of your individual wishes in mind. We offer assistance with the following to help you travel to and within Greece efficiently and safely:
- Airline Tickets
- Hotel selection to meet your needs and budget
- Car Rental
- Yacht/Boat Rental
- Restaurant reservations
- Theatre or event tickets
- Clarifying passport and visa requirements
We also can provide concierge services while you are traveling, including:
Things to do in Greece
While we can offer a list of main attractions in any area of Greece, here are our top picks for Greece’s most popular sites. Work with us and we can customize an itinerary just for you.
ATHENS Acropolis & Parthenon
The word acropolis means “highest point.” Most Greek cities had their acropolis, where people sheltered during war times and where they built their sanctuaries. Today, the term refers specifically to the Acropolis in Athens, a 512-foot-high limestone rock. Here, Athenians built magnificent temples, most of them dedicated to the goddess Athena, patroness of the city. The Parthenon, an icon of Western civilization, is one of the most famous buildings in the world. The temple was built in the fifth century BC and overlooks the city of Athens from its majestic position on top of the sacred Acropolis Hill.
Delos, a small island near Mykonos in the southern Aegean Sea, is well-known for its history, mythology and archaeological sites. The ongoing excavations of the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean. Its many landmarks include the Doric Temple of Isis, the Temple of Hera, the House of Dionysus and the Delos Synagogue — the oldest synagogue known today. The most popular site may be the Terrace of the Lions. Here, seven replicas of the marble lions dedicated to Apollo around 600 BC guard the Sacred Way. You can view the original statues in the nearby museum.
SANTORINI Island Life
Ranked world's top island by both Travel+Leisure and the BBC in 2011, Santorini is easily recognizable by the houses dug sideways or downwards into the rocky terrain, whitewashed or limewashed with various volcanic ashes to add color. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago that bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. Santorini’s unique climate and volcanic ash soil are ideal for growing prized produce, including renowned Santorini tomatoes. The island also supports a small but flourishing wine industry. Top attractions include the pre-historic city of Akrotiri; the villages of Emporio, Oia and Fira; local cuisine; beaches, including the hot springs; and the caldera.
The palace of Knossos in Crete was the political center of Minoan culture. Larger and more extravagant than any other palace in the region, the palace was alternately occupied and abandoned throughout the Neolithic era, the Bronze Age and the Classical period. The palace encompassed six acres with 1,300 rooms and incorporated advanced architectural techniques in its construction, including a five-story high portion of the structure. While several centuries worth of architectural elements can be seen at the site, parts of the palace have been restored, creating a mix of historical preservation and modern-day fantasy.
VERGINA Tombs of Kings
Vergina, a small town in northern Greece, was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia, called Aigai. The town became internationally famous in 1977, when Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. Today, a museum houses four tombs and a small temple shrine built over the tomb of Philip II. One of the tombs is thought to have belonged to Alexander IV, son of Alexander the Great. The museum also houses many artifacts buried along with these ancient kings.
Suggested Hotels at selected locations
Whether you’re on a budget or want to splurge a little, we have many great hotel recommendations to suit your taste. The following options, ranked from 5-star to 3-star status, provide the best facilities and services Athens has to offer. And they’re all conveniently located near the heart of this ancient capital city.
Once you’ve taken a look at what these premier hotels have to offer, let us work with you to make sure you find the right accommodations for your trip at the best price.
Hotel Grande Bretagne http://www.grandebretagne.gr/
Athens Was Hotel http://athenswas.gr/en
St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel http://www.sglycabettus.gr/
Grecotel Pallas Athens http://www.grecotelpallasathena.com
Athens Hilton Hotel http://www.hiltonathens.gr/gr/
Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel http://athenaeumintercontinentalathens.com/
Athens Divani Caravel http://www.divanis.com/caravel/default-el.html
Electra Hotel http://www.electrahotels.gr/el/electra-hotel-athens/the-hotel
Amalia Hotel Athens http://www.amaliahotelathens.gr/
Hotel Airotel Alexandros Athens http://www.airotel.gr/hotel/alexandros
Golden Age Hotel http://hotelgoldenage.com/
Athens Gate Hotel http://www.athensgate.gr/index-eng.htm
Parthenon Hotel http://www.airotel.gr/hotel/parthenon
Green/Ecotourism in Greece
If you're an eco-tourist, Greece is calling your name. The natural beauty and urban environments on the island of Crete and in Epirus are can't-miss locales for any green-travel enthusiast. In addition to booking your airfare, we'll plan an itinerary tailor-made for your eco-conscious lifestyle once you're on the ground in gorgeous Greece. We'll help you find the best rates at mountain lodges, reserve your table at green restaurants, book fuel-efficient car rentals and bike rentals, suggest local parks to visit, recommend the best hikes to tackle, and provide directions and details about public transit options. Put your trip in our hands so you can soak up the Greek culture while supporting local businesses. Our overarching green/eco-tourism capabilities include:
- Planning environmentally friendly group vacations, destination weddings, and team-building experiences
- Designing custom itineraries and tours
- Providing concierge services while you’re traveling the country