Social events


Monday 16 October
Visit and welcoming cocktail at the old Observatory

The National Observatory of Athens is the oldest research institute of modern Greece and the greater Balkan area. It was founded in 1842 following a donation by George Sinas, a banker from Northern Epirus. The first building of the Observatory was built on the hill of the Nymphs, facing the Acropolis hill. The main building was designed by Th. Hansen, and is cross shaped aligned to the four directions of the horizon.

The Observatory's main building (left) and the view (right).

The building is located in walking distance from the hotel. The visit is scheduled for Monday 16 October, at 19:00. A welcoming cocktail will be served followed by a brief presentation of the Observatory's history and a guided tour to the Doridis telescope (40cm german equatorial refractor with double achromatic lenses, build by Gautier in 1902).


The walk from the hotel to the Observatory is via a pedestrian road that encircles Acropolis.

Following is map for arriving at the National Observatory from the conference hotel walking past by Acropolis.

Click here for larger version of the map.



Wednesday 18 October
Excursion to Mycenae and Nafplion
(Fully guided in English)

Departing from the Divani Palace Acropolis hotel at 14:00 hours.

Drive along the coastal highway of the Saronic Gulf to Corinth Canal for a short stop and on to Mycenae for thorough visits of the remains of the ancient city, including the lionesses gate, Agamenon's Tomb and Palace and Atreus' Thesaurus.

Continue to the picturesque city of Nafplion for some free time,

Farewell dinner at a Greek cuisine restaurant.

Return to Athens later in the evening.

Free for all Registered Participants, 45 Euros for non-Registered Attendants