The 4th Archon
International Conference
on Religious Freedom


Ministry of National Defense

Greek Defense Policy Briefing

Under the auspices of the American Hellenic Institute, Archons will be offered a visit to the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) for a policy briefing. The meeting will occur on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Attendees up to 80 persons (Archons exclusive). Travel to the Ministry of National Defense by bus of which AHI will incur the Bus Expense. Time of the event will be 10:00am–1:00pm.

  • Depart GB Hotel: 9:15am
  • Arrival and Greeting: 9:45am
  • Briefing: 10:00am
  • Q & A and Photos: 10:30–11:00am
  • Will request light reception to follow: 11:00–12noon
  • Depart MOD: 12:15pm
  • Arrival GB: 1:00pm

Tour of Lalaounis Museum

In addition to the permanent collection, for the Museum’s 30th anniversary, a temporary exhibition devoted to its founder Ilias Lalaounis unveils material from the Museum’s archive presenting the international recognition of the artist from the 1950s onwards. The temporary exhibition “The Ilias Lalaounis Legacy: A Retrospective” highlights the artistic intelligence and innovative spirit of the designer who founded a new school for jewelry making, reviving ancient goldsmithing techniques and producing thousands of designs to be copied worldwide.

Private Athens Food Tour

The Most Delicious Food Tour of Athens. Enjoy this unique private tour, in the non-touristy area of Athens and acquaint yourself with Greek cuisine in the company of your food specialist guide.

Private Best of Athens Tour

This is a tailor-made tour for those who have already visited the Acropolis and would like to see much more of Athens! It is a leisurely walking tour which includes the most important landmarks and buildings of Athens.

One Day Cruise to the Saronic Gulf Islands of Aegina, Poros & Hydra

A cruise of the Saronic Gulf is an ideal and very enjoyable way of seeing three lovely islands in one day: Aegina, Poros and Hydra!

Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon

An afternoon scenic journey along the Athens Riviera and an amazing sunset overlooking the Aegean sea from the Temple of Poseidon.

Private Athens Cooking Lesson & Dinner

On this private tour, you will learn how to prepare a Greek meal to impress your friends and family when you get back home. The cooking class can be customized to meet your needs.

Greek traditional products. Visit the studio of Dafnis and Chloe in Athens!

You may go and see how herbs are made! The studio is located in a quiet corner of central Athens, in the neighborhood of Neos Kosmos. Here, you can taste our complete range and purchase your herbs directly from the source.

In-studio appointments are also available for tailored guidance or group visits. Schedule a 30-minute meeting with a dedicated consultant.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm

What else is worth to see in Athens

There are so many things to do in Athens, Greece. The city has thousands of years history and has beautiful shops, markets, nightlife, museums and the amazing food. Even if you visited Athens for 1st time or not always here is something attractive to experience

A unique Planetarium show “ We are stardust” at Eugenides foundation

The swan song of the Honorary Director of the Eugenides Planetarium Dionysios Simopoulos was to be the last unpublished musical work of the late and world-renowned composer Vangelis Papathanasiou. On the occasion of the New Digital Planetarium’s 20th anniversary, this show looks back on its previous productions, with unreleased music by Vangelis and narrated by Dionysios Simopoulos. A tribute to Science and Art by two creators whose friendship and mutual appreciation is more than evident in this work.

From our innate “need” as intelligent beings to explore the Universe to our effort in deciphering the secrets of the stars, and from the birth of the Solar System to the emergence of life on Earth, this show is ultimately an exciting journey of discovery that leads to the following simple conclusion: “we really are all stardust, and someday we will return to the stars”.

Hellenic Parliament exhibition

The Hellenic Parliament, in its effort to communicate with the citizens and especially with the young people, has been organizing exhibitions at the Parliament Building since 1994 on the occasion of important historical anniversaries or to honor great personalities of Hellenism. With these exhibitions, the Hellenic Parliament contributes significantly to the deepening of the citizens’ historical education and the formation of a critical attitude towards the past and the present.

Walk around Plaka area

Plaka is the old historical neighborhood in Athens, in fact this area has been largely inhabited since the days of ancient Greece. The neighborhood includes historically significant sites like the Roman Agora, and also borders the Acropolis. Plaka is an absolutely beautiful area of Athens, with picturesque cobblestone streets full of shops and restaurants. The main street of Plaka is Adrianou, and is a great place to wander through boutique shops.

Explore a Hidden Gem Neighborhood: Anafiotika

Located in the Plaka area, Anafiotika is a small scenic neighborhood with pedestrian only streets. Although it is located right next to the Acropolis, this small neighborhood is a hidden gem, undiscovered by most tourists. Anafiotika is the perfect place to wander around, sit at a cafe, and just enjoy.

Hike up Mount Lycabettus for Incredible Views

Standing 277m (909 ft) above sea level, Mount Lycabettus is the highest point in central Athens. At the top, you’ll find the church of Agios Georgios, a cafe serving lunch and dinner, and a viewing platform that offers incredible views of the city.
To reach the top of Mount Lycabettus you can either hike up or take the funicular cable car up to the top. If you choose to hike up, plan on around 30-90 minutes one way depending on your speed and starting point.

National Archaeological Museum

This museum houses some of the most historically significant artifacts from Greece’s prehistory all the way through late antiquity.

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in all of Greece. A big difference between this museum and the Acropolis Museum is that the Acropolis Museum is limited to artifacts found at the Acropolis excavation site.

Watch the Changing of the Guard

Every Sunday at 11am there is a Changing of the Guard Ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider off from Syntagma Square. The ceremony is performed by the Evzones (members of the presidential guard). The Sunday 11am Changing of the Guard is a special because the Evzones are dressed in the traditional white kilts. There is also smaller changing of the Guard Ceremonies every day at the beginning of each hour, but they wear the normal winter or summer uniform

Run an Olympic Lap at the Panathenaic Stadium

On April 6th in 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. This historically significant site is definitely worth a visit for any sports or Olympics fan.

Although the ancient Olympics were first held in Olympia, Greece, the stadium in Athens is still very historically significant as it was build in 566 BC. The stadium is also the only stadium in the world to be built completely of marble.

Benaki Museum

The Benaki Museum has pieces of art and artifacts from Greek history, as well as artifacts and collections from cultures that influenced the development of Greek culture. The museum is very affordable to visit, costing only 9 euros for adult admission, and free admission on Thursdays.

National Gallery

Since May 2021, the National Gallery-Museum of Alexandros Soutsou has welcomed visitors to its recently refurbished building. The new building complex, with its roots in the heritage of Greek modernism, is a contemporary cultural landmark in the heart of Athens. After the long absence of the main building of the National Gallery from the cultural life of Athens due to the expansion projects, the new facility aims to spread its work through an energetic connection between the urban and the museum experience.
The new modernized building complex of the National Gallery, an open space for access and familiarization with the history of modern Greek art, is articulated in an aesthetic and functional game of built volumes and outdoor spaces. Given the protected shell of the building, its total size was doubled to 20,760 m2: bigger exhibition spaces, contemporary art storage, a 240-seat auditorium, a two-storey art library, up-to-date conservation laboratories, modern offices, new educational areas, a large impressive lobby, where, in addition to the ticket office and the cloakroom, the museum shop and the digital information lounge are located, and finally, a garden-outdoor sculpture gallery and a stylish coffee shop.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum

which is based in Athens, is one of Greece’s national museums. Its areas of competency are centered on but not limited to religious artifacts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods which it exhibits, but also acquires, receives, preserves, conserves, records, documents, researches, studies, publishes and raises awareness of.

The museum has over 25,000 artefacts in its possession. The artefacts date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD, and their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture.

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