International Conference on Enabling Access
for Persons with Visual Impairment
February 12-14, 2015, Athens, Greece
Motto: "Come as you are and enjoy"
ICEAPVI-2015 Tourist Program
A. Guided Tour of the New Acropolis Museum
The Organizing Committee has prepared a closed tour of the New Acropolis Museum at 14:00. The bus will pick you up at the Conference Venue at 13:30 and take you to the Museum.
The main entrance of the Acropolis Museum is at the Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. A bus drop off point for tour buses is available at Hatzichristou Street and entrance for groups is at Mitseon Street.
In the year 2000, the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum announced an invitation to a new tender, which was realized in accord with the Directives of the European Union. It is this Tender that has come to fruition with the awarding of the design tender to Bernard Tschumi with Michael Photiadis and their associates and the completion of construction in 2007.
The new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis.
B. Leisure Time: Walk through the Flee Market and old town PLAKA – Monastiraki
If you have an afternoon to spend around Athens, a walk around Monastiraki and Plaka is a pleasant experience. The total distance of this walk is about 2.5 kilometers (1.5 UK/US miles).
Start at Syntagma Square where you can spend some time people-watching. Many tourists would venture across the busy street to feed the pigeons and to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament. The most adventurous ones would take their souvenir photo standing next to the immovable statuette guards, especially those who find the traditional military uniform noteworthy. It doesn't hurt that the presidential guards sport a bayonet-fixed weapon, pom-pom shoes, stockings, and a pleated mini skirt (photo of the Syntagma Presidential Guards here).
Behind the Parliament is the extensive National Gardens. The National Gardens or Vassilikos Kipos (Royal Gardens in Greek as it was formerly known) is a peaceful, green refuge of 15.5 hectares in the center of the Greek capital. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament building (The Old Palace) and continues to the south to the area where the Zappeion is located, across from the Panathenaiko or Kalimarmaro Olympic Stadium of the 1896 Olympic Games. The Garden also encloses some ancient ruins, tambours and Corinthian capitals of columns, mosaics. etc. On the south-east there are the busts of Capodistrias, first Governor of Greece and of the great Philhellene Eynard and on the south side the bust of the celebrated Greek poets Dionysios Solomos the author of the Greek National Hymn, and Aristotelis Valaoritis. National Gardens Designed by Amalia, the first Queen of Greece, it is an oasis in Central Athens.
Today the National Gardens, as they were renamed after the 1974 plebescite to abolish the monarchy, are open to the public from sunrise to sunset and provide a peaceful respite from the center city. The main entrance is on Leoforos Amalias, the street named after the Queen who envisioned this park. You can also enter the gardens from one of three other gates: the central one, on Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, another on Herodou Atticou Street and the third gate connects the National Garden with the Zappeion park area. In the National Garden you will find: a duck pond, a small zoo, a Botanical Museum, a small cafe, and a Children's Library and playground.
C. Special Event
Private Tour of the "Dialogue in the Dark" Exhibition only for ICEAPVI Participants.
All interested parties need to sign up for this event at the conference venue registration desk.