Divani Caravel Hotel
The Divani Caravel Hotel is a five-star Deluxe Hotel. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the city, just minutes away from the business center and important museums.
Limited rooms have been reserved for ThetaHealing Students at the Divani Caravel Hotel. We recommend if you are planning to stay at the venue hotel, you book with them early to ensure your stay. Special rates have been offered to our attendees at the Divani Caravel Hotel. The prices include VAT, breakfast and free Wi-Fi access.
Visit following link for special rates: https: //divanicaravel.reserve-online.net/?bkcode=theta2020&adults=1
Select on the top right of the page BOOKING CODE and enter the special code THETA2020 to access the special rates. Proceed booking according to your needs.
For your information, the following conditions apply:
Title of Event: THETA COSMOS JANUARY 2020
Valid for period: 12-27 January 2020
Rates: Single Standard room: € 130.00
Double Standard room: € 150.00
Rates include American Buffet Breakfast, WI-FI internet use, and all current taxes
Attendee access code: THETA 2020
Cut off date : Attendees can enter their booking till 01/11/2019, which is the cut-off date date.
After this date, any additional new bookings can be made offline by direct communication with the hotel and will be subject to hotel’s availability
Upon confirmation of the reservation, one (1)-night NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT PAYMENT is required for the guarantee of your reservation.
• For any cancellations till the 9th of January 2020, the attendee will be charged one additional room night per room cancelled.
• For any cancellation after the 10th of January 2020 and onwards and in case of Non-show or Earlier Departure, the attendee will be charged at full amount for the full duration of your original reservation
for Hotels near the Venue Hotel
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Please note that accommodation and food are not included in the host fee.
The closest metro station to the venue hotel is Evangelismos
(1 station before Syntagma
The easiest way to get to the venue is to use the metro or the airport bus.
Athens Airport Metro
The metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It leaves from Athens airport metro station every 30 minutes. The trip from Athens airport to the center of Athens (Syntagma
Station) takes 40 minutes. A one-way ticket for one person costs 10 €.
Athens Airport Bus
There are four different bus routes starting from Athens airport. They are available 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. You can catch the bus from the designated area at the arrivals level (between Exit 4 and Exit 5). The buses leave every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the route. You can find more information here: https: //www.athensairportbus.com/en/
Route X95: Syntagma - Athens Airport
is most useful if you wish to get directly to the Divani Caravel Hotel, where the classes will take place. You can either get off at Evangelismos
Station and walk to the Hotel, or get off at Syntagma square and get a taxi to anywhere in Athens with quite low cost. Tickets are available from the bus drivers, from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area. There are only one-way tickets and cost € 5.
Travelers to Greece must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel, and at least 2 blank visa pages. If you hold a passport from any other country, please check the requirements. Those passengers requiring a visa for Greece will need to obtain a multiple entry Greek visa. The list of countries requiring visas is liable to change at short notice and therefore you should check with the Greek embassy in your home country. www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/
Greece's monetary unit is the Euro
. No other currency is accepted and it is best to exchange dollars or other currency at a bank. The exchange rates are all the same throughout the country and you exchange money at a bank or official exchange shop where you will get the best running rates. Currency exchange shops and banks in very touristy areas charge high commissions, so make sure you know what the commissions are before you commit to a transaction. Banks are open from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. If you want to exchange your money at the airport you can use the exchange office at the luggage pickup area.
The metro network in Athens was upgraded for the Olympic Games in 2004 and is the fastest way to move around the city.
The Athenian Metro network consists of three lines:
Line One (M1): runs between the stations of Piraeus
Line Two (M2): runs between the stations of Anthoupoli
Line Three (M3): runs between Egaleo
and Doukissis Plakentias
(with an extension to the Airport).
The Suburban Railway network consists of two lines:
Dark Blue Line (P1): runs between the stations of Piraeus
Yellow Line (P2): runs between the stations of Ano Liosia
and the Airport
Drinking, eating, and smoking are prohibited in the Metro. It is however, a very convenient way of getting around Athens, all stops are written in Greek and Roman script. The metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It leaves from Athens airport metro station every 30 minutes. The trip from Athens airport to the center of Athens (Syntagma
Station) takes 40 minutes. A one-way ticket for one person costs 10 €.
For more local transportation options visit https: //www.athenstransport.com/english/
Taxi cars in Athens are yellow with an illuminated sign marked "TAXI" on top. One can stop taxis in Greece by simply raising a hand or go to Taxi stands, which are located in many parts in Athens. It may occur that the taxi already has passengers inside or board other people during the ride, as it is common to share taxis in Greece. This practice is usual in Athens, not in the small towns. When the sign on top is lighted, the taxi is available for hire. There is a minimum fare for the short taxi rides and then the price is settled by the meter. Taxis in Greece double their fares between midnight and 05:00 am. Also note that there is an extra charge for picking up from the ports, train and bus stations but also for luggage.
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years, and the earliest human presence around the 11th–7th millennium BC.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy, consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens.
Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.
The Acropolis of Athens
It can be reached by taking Metro Line 2 (red) and alighting at Acropolis station. Emerging from the station escalator, turn left a few yards and then left again and you’re on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, with the great bulk of the Acropolis rising on your right. Walk straight up the gently rising street, passing the new Acropolis Museum and neoclassical mansions on the left. www.acropolisofathens.gr/
The New Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
New Acropolis Museum, 2-4 Makrygianni Street, Tel.: +30 210 9241043, www.theacropolismuseum.gr/en
The National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
National Archaeological Museum, 44 Patission Street, Athens 10682, Tel.: +30 2132144800, www.namuseum.gr
The Panathenaic Stadium
Originally built in the 4th century B.C. for the athletic event of Panathinaea. During this annual athletic event, the stadium hosted racing, boxing, jumping, javelin throw, chariot and horse racing. Also known as Kallimarmaron (beautiful marble), it was rebuilt once again to host the first modern Olympic Games of 1896. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely with marble and is one of the oldest. The stadium is located in the central Athens district of Pangrati, east of the National Garden. Vasileos Konstantinou Anevue, Mets (opposite the statue of Myron Discobolus), Tel: 210 75 22 984-6, www.panathenaicstadium.gr
Plaka is the old historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Plaka is built on top of the residential areas of the ancient town of Athens. It is known as the "Neighborhood of the Gods" due to its proximity to the Acropolis and its many archaeological sites. Plaka is on the northeast slope of Acropolis, between Syntagma and Monastiraki square. Adrianou Street (running north and south) is the largest and most central street in Plaka and divides it into two areas: the upper level, - Ano Plaka - located right under the Acropolis and the lower level - Kato Plaka - situated between Syntagma and Monastiraki.
Museums in Plaka include the new Jewish Museum of Greece, the Museum of Greek Folk Art, an annex of which is the Old Public Baths building, the Frissiras Museum, the Museum of Popular Music Instruments, the Museum of Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulou and the Athens University Museum. Excavations have proven that Adrianou Street is the oldest street in Athens still in continuous use with exactly the same layout since antiquity.
Thisseio is located at the end of Ancient Agora (built in 450 B.C.). Its name derives from the Temple of Hephaestus, also known as Τhisseio, as it was, in earlier times, considered a temple of Theseus. Pnyx Hill is on the west side of the Acropolis; nowadays it hosts the “Sound & Light” show. Pnyx was in the ancient times the meeting place of Athenians. Facing the Acropolis is the Philopappou Hill, with the funeral monument of Philopappus (a Roman consul of the 2nd century A.D.) on its top. The cave located there is believed to have been the prison of Socrates, where he drank the hemlock. The historical Agioi Asomatoi church is situated in Thisseio. The area has cafes and meeting points, which are most crowded during summer. Thisseio is served by the nearby metro station.
Monastiraki is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens for bargain shopping. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street. The Monastiraki Metro Station, located on the square, serves both Line 1 and Line 3 of the Athens Metro.
Psyri is a gentrified neighborhood in Athens, Greece, today known for its restaurants, bars, live music taverns, and small number of hotels. It has now become one of the most fashionable and trendy choices in the center of Athens for accommodation, entertainment and food hospitality. The central square of Psyri is called "Heroes Square".
This area is for the explorer. Around 6 p.m. Psyri undergoes the transformation from working class light industrial, to a mecca of cafes, bars, restaurants and ouzeries. The mix of uses in this area of Athens is very successful. The streets are filled with tables and chairs, and what where parking lots during the day become dramatically lighted dining areas for restaurants at night. It seems like a perfect place for a quick getaway from the bustle of the city. People use this space at all times of the day, for different reasons. They either work there during the day, or go out for a night of entertainment. The easiest way to enter Psyri is from one of the small roads between the Attalos Hotel and Monistiraki Square on Athinas Street.
The Lycabettus Hill is Athens’ highest hill, offering a panoramic city view. Reach the top either on foot, by car or by a funicular taken from the end of Ploutarchou Street in Kolonaki district (nearby the metro station “Evangelismos”). During the summer period, major events and festivals take place there. On the top of the hill is a small 19th century chapel of Saint George. Not far from there one can find a café.
Syntagma Square is the Athens Central Area; a Plaza with metro, tram stations, bus stops, outdoor cafes, trees and a fountain. The Syntagma area is the downtown shopping center, called Ermou Street, with small shops and shopping malls, travel agencies, banks, cafes, fast food and restaurants and all types of hotels. It is also called “Constitution Square”, as it is facing the Parliament, in front of which the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” is located, where dignitaries lay wreaths. It is guarded day and night by two soldiers, called “evzones”, who are dressed in traditional skirted uniforms. The National Garden is located behind the Parliament. Within the Garden, the Zappeion Exhibition Hall is found. In 1888 it was one of the first buildings in Europe specifically designed for exhibitions and conferences.
National Garden of Athens
The National Garden, is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. The main entrance is on Leoforos Amalias, the street named after the Queen who envisioned this park. You can also enter the garden from one of three other gates: the central one, on Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, another on Herodou Attikou Street and the third gate connects the National Garden with the Zappeion park area. Inside the National Garden, is a duck pond, a Botanical Museum, a small cafe and a Children's Library and playground.
Temple of Olympian Zeus
The Temple of Olympian Zeus is also known as the Olympieion or the Columns of the Olympian Zeus. It is a colossal ruined temple in the center of Athens that was dedicated to the king of the Olympian Gods, Zeus. Nearby is the Arch of Hadrian which was erected in 132 AD as a gate between the ancient city and the Roman city of Athens. The temple is located south-east of the Acropolis, about 700 m south of the center of Athens, near Syntagma Square.
Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall
The Athens Concert Hall offers a comprehensive range of facilities for all sorts of cultural activities, designed to the very highest specifications and one of the most impressive venues of its kind anywhere in the world. It offers a forum for all sorts of cultural activities – both artistic and educational.
Athens Concert Hall, Vassilisis Sofias Avenue & Kokkali Street, 115 21 Athens, Tel.: +30 210 7282000, www.megaron.gr
Vouliagmeni Lake, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, is the hidden treasure of Attica’s nature. Situated on an idyllic landscape, this rare geological phenomenon is waiting to be discovered. The lake’s brackish waters which are continuously replenished both by the sea and the underground thermal springs offer a natural and unique thermal spa experience. www.limnivouliagmenis.gr/en/