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The fourth annual Showcase.travel Athens will take place on 2nd-3rd October 2016 


For ETOA tour operators this is a unique opportunity to develop first hand business relationships with leading tourism suppliers in Athens and the rest of Greece. During the two-day event, buyers discover new products and experiences, they network with fellow decision-makers, and became an Athens insider through tailored tours and special events.

Travel Trade Athens features a complete hosted buyers program covering travel, accommodation and social activities costs.

Showcase.travel Athens, aka Travel Trade Athens, is the signature annual trade event for the City of Athens, hosting select international buyers focused on Athens and Greece. Organized by the City of Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) in cooperation with the ETOA - the European tourism association.

Our FAM trips will be thematic, will take place on Sunday 2 October and will provide buyers with an memorable experience and unique insight into Athens. See below for the details of the programmes: 

  • The Athenian Riviera 
  • Contemporary culture tour 
  • Athens City historical and cultural tour
  • Caves of the Acropolis & This is My Athens  
  • Meetings industry

The Athenian Riviera 

Take a breathtaking drive along the Athenian Rivera and enjoy the glorious views of the Saronic Gulf passing through and pausing along the way at some of Athens’ most beautiful and exclusive suburbs, including Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza.  You will stop for morning tea at Lake Voulgiameni, a hidden treasure hidden in the Riveria. Upon reaching Cape Sounion, a magnificent site that appears to rise like a sheer cliff out of the sea, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon which hosts one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world. At Cape Sounion, you will have an opportunity to stretch your legs by participating (optional) on a bespoke mystery exploration with an experienced guide who will share their knowledge about the area, its natural, cultural and historical heritage, ensuring that after the experience you will take back a fun, adventurous memory with detailed insight into the area you have explored. All just a hop skip and a jump from the city centre.  A gourmet picnic will also be provided. This experience has limited seats and is on a first come first served basis. 

Contemporary culture tour

Visit the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre the latest ‘must see’ attraction in Athens. Showcasing a start of the art home for the Greek National Opera, a new National Library of Greece and a 170 000 square metre oases of green park. The centre aims to be the top modern cultural destination for Athens. In addition to being the latest cultural addition to the city, this centre is responsible for creating an enormous boost to the Greek economy and upon completion the project will be donated to the state.  Your experience will be complete by mixing your contemporary cultural adventure with a culinary experience at one of Athens’ finest restaurants. 

Athens City Historical and Cultural Tour

Experience a walking time capsule filled with Athenian history, culture followed by an amazing food contemporary food experience. You will be taken on a journey to discover vibrant city squares and colorful markets, and admire architecture from the 19th to 21st centuries  to the great monuments of classical Athens. You will also learn about all major aspects of daily life from food and sports to religion, education, and politics.  Your tour will end at a renowned restaurant that offers a breathtaking view of the city.

Caves of the Acropolis & This is My Athens  

Meet a local Athenian who will take you on a walking experience through the winding streets of the historical city centre. Entitled the ‘This is My Athens’program, our Athenian volunteer will show you the best view, coffee spot or restaurant from his / her perspective.  Hear from our own citizen why Athens is a magical place to visit.  Our volunteer will escort you to meet a professional, registered tour guide to explore and learn about various sized caves and spring waters of the Acropolis that offered refuge to the cults of important gods and heroes and citizens of ancient Athens. It was here that many myths, festivals and important events took place 

Meetings Industry  

Interested in Athens from a Meetings Industry perspective? This focused FAM trip will take you to Athens’ biggest conference and exhibitions venue, The Metropolitan Expo, the state of the art conference venue, Megaron International Conference Centre,  one of Europe’s finest locations, The Zappeion Megaron as well as some of Athens’ amazing museums, conference hotels and alternative venues that will make you want to run your business from Athens!  You will have opportunity to ask and have answered any meeting industry / conference or event related question.   As this is a full day, be pampered upon your return to the hotel with a manicure or pedicure.