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New Acropolis Museum Opens For Visitors in 2007

Museum officials anticipate that the new Acropolis museum will be open to visitors in mid-to-late 2007. The new museum's 14,000 square-meter exhibition area will allow all the surviving antiquities from the Acropolis to be displayed together for the first time.

New Generation Guides for Museums and Sites

Portable multimedia guides are one of the newest trends in the travel industry, and the Ministry of Culture is acting. According to press reports, the Ministry's Central Archaeological Council approved a pilot program for new media guides last month for 15 archaeological sites...

New Accessibility Plan Promises Tourism for All

Preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2004 jumpstarted the long-needed improvements to make Greece, and Athens in particular, more accessible to people with special needs. Ongoing initiatives for improved access are being made through the Ministry of Environment's...

New Passports Required by Year End

Greeks wishing to travel will need to obtain a new passport by the end of 2006, regardless of whether or not their existing one will still be valid.

Acropolis Candidate as One of Seven Wonders of the World

The Acropolis in Athens and the Agia Sophia church in Istanbul are among 21 sites competing to be named among the new Seven Wonders of the World, organizers of an Internet vote said last month.

New Optimism for Tourism to Athens

Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis and Attica Region Secretary General Haralambos Maniatis early last month presented the results of major surveys undertaken by the company Leo Burnett concerning the promotion of Athens and Attica tourism. For the most part, the results were very positive.

Acropolis Museum Structure Ready by Spring

The first phase of the long-awaited Acropolis Museum will be ready by the end of next year, according to the country's culture ministry. The ministry said that the 20,000-square-meter glass and concrete museum would display sculptures and other finds from the 2,500-year-old...

Extended Opening Hours for Museums Sought

The majority of visitors to Greece's museums feel safe and are satisfied with the services offered, however, about half complained about the opening hours, saying that they should be extended, according to a poll made public last month.

City Cycling Tours Now Available

For locals or visitors to really get in touch with a country, its culture and landscapes, then there is no better way than by bicycle. Cycling vacations come in many shapes and sizes. They range from relaxing city and country tours to biting mountain tours. Greece now has them...

Hop in Sightseeing Creates New Packages

Hop in Zinon Tours, in the Greek marketplace since 1952, now offers new tours to its plethora of sightseeing packages. The latest edition is its "Cruising to Antiquity" package that includes a cruise from Piraeus to Epidaurus Port and a bus ride to the ancient theater of the same name.

New Athens Festival Program Announced

Two of the "Three Tenors" will perform at separate events this summer at Greece's annual Hellenic Festival, organizers announced last month.

King George II Reopens

After almost a decade and one-half of silence, the historic King George II hotel on Syntagma Square opens its doors to the world's most demanding of hotel guests under the "Leading Hotels of the World" banner. The five-star unit, following radical renovations, is now more...

Unique Greek Resort Complex Ideal for the Physically Challenged

At least one Greek tourism enterprise seems to have taken to heart the potential gains as described in last year's edition of the Hellenic Tourism Organization's manual entitled "Making Europe Accessible for Tourists with Disabilities."

Park Opens Bar and Restaurant to the Stars

The deluxe Park Hotel, opposite one of the capital's biggest parks, completed three years of intensive and extensive renovations last month with the opening of its St' Astra (to the stars) gourmet bar and restaurant on its closed-in roof garden overlooking the city's Acropolis,...

Museums and Sites to be Accessible to People with Special Needs

A special inter-ministerial meeting on the Olympic Games last month reiterated promises to render Athens more compatible with the needs of physically disabled people ahead of next September's Paralympics.

Grande Bretagne Does It with Style and Finesse

Sometimes, not often, publications receive promotional material that makes the reader sit up and take notice. Over the years Greek Travel Pages has received carloads of various Greek tourism-related brochures and publications from both home and abroad. Last month the publication...

Another Step Back for Acropolis Museum Project

The Council of State reportedly said the supreme administrative court has rejected as illegal initial plans for the 94-million-euro glass and concrete New Acropolis Museum project.

A Gem Hidden in the Center of Athens

Dionysis Bozikis, a cardiologist by profession, has created a little lodging gem hidden in the center of downtown Athens. His "Magna Graecia Suites" hotel was created from a three-story building designed and built by the German architect Ernst Ziller in 1898. This exemplary...

Dora Stratou Performances Underway

In the idyllic surroundings of Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis, in the Dora Stratou garden-theatre, regional cultures come to life during the warm Athenian summer nights.

Athens Festival Readies For New Season

Hellenic Festival has announced its program for both the Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival. The Athens Festival begins June 2 with Andrea Bocelli in Concert. Programs continue through until September 28. These include opera, classical and contemporary dance, orchestras,...