Food, Culture & Museum 2016

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Welcome to the Athens Centre!

This page is dedicated to your program and will be updated regularly!
Please check it out for information and important notes!
It is also a useful guide to your preparation for this trip!
We are all looking forward to welcoming you very soon!
Isabella Frangouli
Program & Media Coordinator
Assistant Director


“Food, Culture & museum of the Mediterranean Program 2016”

Faculty director: Dr. Christine Zinni

May 21 – June 8


While in Athens

Before arrival

Calendar and time schedule

A copy will be given to you with your Welcome folder!

Emergency Contact Info

Contact info
Emergency tel: + 30 6944 610 553 or + 30 6932 269 010

48, Archimidous St, Mets,  Athens, 11636
    T: + 30 210 70 15 242    T: +30 210 70 12 268
    E:    W:

Dr. Christine Zinni:(+30) 6943087448

Athens Centre representatives:

  • Walking orientation in the centre of Athens and in Pagrati/Mets: Keti Barba, Tel: (+30) 6979883045
  • Day trip to Argolis: Katerina Zafeiri


What to do while in Athens


Check out our Weekly recomendations about What is Going On In Athens!! On our website and Facebook page!

Weekly Special edition: Pagrati area! To see the poster, click here.


Cultural events page – Calendar

At the Athens Centre, various cultural events take place on a regular basis. DO NOT MISS THEM! THEY ARE INTERESTING AND FUN!

Thes include: lectures, weekly movie projections, potluck lunches, visits to various places such as galleries/museums and some times concerts!

Check-out our cultural events page regularly, here.

Our Cultural Agenda

Weekly movie projections by “The Athens Centre Movie Club”  Click here for more information!

Next movie:

  • – Movie Club:

Other events:

Greek dance! Monday, May 23rd, at 10:30am!! Wear comfortable shoes!!




Visit a neaby island!


Social media & Other AC info

Stay in touch with us by following our daily activities, reading the Centre’s news, watching/sharing/tagging photos & videos and leanging important informaiton and our cultural events’ calendar.

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“Follow” us on Twiter, here

“Watch us on youtube, here

Check your photo album on our Facebook page, here!


12 Free Things to Do in Athens

You are have finally arrived!!! Welcome to the Greece, to Athens, to the Athens Centre!

Here is a list of fun FREE things to do while in Athens. Read the full article here.


7 Things to do in Athens on a Rainy Day

Rain is common in the fall. So, if the Gods of Olympus decide so, here is an interesting article of how you could spend your day, without getting wet! Read the information here.


Your map in the neighbourhood
Pagrati (Mets)
(where the Athens Centre is located)

Your map in the centre of Athens!



 Accommodation during your program:

Athens: Students apartments, 33 Stilponos street, Pagrati


The electricity voltage in Greece is 220 V/50 Hz and the plugs are of type F. To avoid the risk of a short circuit, be sure to have transformers and adaptors for your electronic devices or ensure that your chosen accommodate will provide you with them.


As a member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, Greece uses the EU’s common currency, the euro (€).

Cash can be obtained from:

  • All banks that accept currency exchange (Monday-Thursday: 8am-2.30pm & Friday: 8am-1.30pm, closed on weekends and public holidays).
  • Exchange offices situated in airport, central ports, big cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
  • The ATMs of the banks that accept your credit card .


Although the opening hours of shops vary from region to region, in large cities they are usually as follows:

  • Downtown shops, department stores and supermarkets: 9am-9pm, except on Saturdays, when they close at 8pm.
  • Local shops: 9am-2.30pm & 5.30-8.30pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and 9am-3pm (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)

Shops are closed on Sundays, except for local mini-markets, tobacco shops and street kiosks, some of which operate almost 24 hours a day, including Sundays, especially in tourist areas.


National celebrations and holidays

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Theophania/Epiphany: January 6
  • Ash Monday, the 41st day before Orthodox Easter (movable holiday)
  • Independence Day: March 25
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday and Monday: Movable holiday
  • Labor Day: May 1
  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary: August 15
  • National Holiday: October 28
  • Christmas holidays: December 25 & 26


Legislation in Greece prohibits smoking in workplaces, transport stations, taxis and ferries, as well as in all enclosed public spaces. Smoking is also prohibited in large entertainment venues, such as restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs. Many, however, have smoking areas.


Greece belongs to the Eastern Europe Time Zone and local time is identified as GMT +2.
Daylight Savings (DST) occurs on the last Sunday of March, when clocks move one hour ahead. They move one our back on the last Sunday of October.


In case of emergency call:

  • Ambulance service: 166
  • SOS doctors : 1016
  • Duty hospitals and clinics: 1434
  • Pharmacies: 1434
  • Poisoning first aid: 210 77 93 777
  • European emergency number: 112
  • Fire service: 199
  • Police: 100
  • Tourism Police: 171


Prior to your visit to Greece, prepare for the event that you need medical care:

  •  If your country of origin is an EU member-state make sure you are a holder of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal EU document issued by your nation’s social security agency. You can find more information about the EHIC here. In such cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:

– IKA (Social Security Institute) Health Units (polyclinics) or doctors’ clinics in the region of travel;
– Regional clinics (formerly rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System
– The outpatient departments of hospitals

  • If your country of origin is not an EU member-state, make sure you have consulted your social security agency for information before travelling.


During your visit to Greece you have the option of using the following modes of transportation:

  • Throughout mainland Greece:
  • The National Bus Network (KTEL)
  • The Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE)

In the provinces and large urban centres (Thessaloniki, Patra etc.):

  • City and intercity buses
  • Taxis

In Athens*:

  • The metro and the train
  • The suburban railway
  • City buses and trolley buses
  • The tram
  • Taxis

* The standard pricing of public transportation in Athens is €1.40 for a regular fare and €0.70 for reduced fare. One ticket is valid for 1½ hours after it has been time-stamped at a ticket machine and can be used for multiple urban routes on all public transportation during this time. For further information about smart trip fares (weekly passes, all-day tickets etc) consult the ticket offices in metro stations, as well as at points in the centre of Athens. The sub-route Koropi-Airport operated by the subway and the suburban railway, terminating at the Athens International Airport is not considered an urban route, and therefore falls into a different fare category.

Useful tips for using city buses and trolley buses
  • A wide network of approximately 300 city bus lines (blue buses), as well as trolley bus lines, which serve transportation needs throughout Attica.
  • The operating hours for the city buses are 5am-11.30pm (blue buses)
  • The operations hours of trolley buses are 4.25am-0.40am on weekdays, while on the weekends the operating hours are 4.25am-0.15am.
  • Bus routes operating to/ from Athens International Airport (24hour service):
  • X93: Bus terminal on Kifisou Ave- Athens International Airport
  • X95: Syntagma-Athens International Airport
  • X96: Piraeus- Athens International Airport
  • X97: Elliniko metro station- Athens International Airport
  • Night bus service:
  • Bus Line 500: Piraeus-Kifisia
  • Bus Line 790: Glyfada-Peristeri (Agios Antonios)
  • Bus Line X14: Syntagma-Kifisia

24-hour bus line service: 

  • Bus Line 040: Piraeus-Syntagma
  • Trolley Bus Line 11: A. Patisia-N. Pagkrati-N. Elvetia
Useful tips for using the National Bus Transport Network (KTEL)
  • A vast network of bus routes (KTEL) connects each of the capitals of most of the prefectures. The buses comply with all modern specifications for the safe and comfortable transportation of passengers.
  • For more information call 14 505, a phone service that provides the official itinerary information of inter-urban buses (KTEL) all over Greece.
  • For further details concerning connection routes, ticket prices and bus departure and arrival times from Athens station to all over Greece, call 210-5124910/11.
Useful tips for using the metro and the electric railway
  • The metro (lines 2 and 3,) as well as, the overland train (line 1), constitutes Athens’ main urban railway network, consisting of a total of three interconnected lines.
  • The train (line 1) belongs to the metro line network. It is an overground train connecting to the subway at Attikistation and Omoniastation (Line 2), as well as, Monastirakistation (line 3). It is also connected to the suburban railway at Neratziotissastation and Piraeus stations. The line corresponding to the train’s route on transportations maps is the green one.
  • The subway consists of two subway lines, line 2 (Anthoupoli-Elliniko) and line 3 (Egaleo-Doukissis Plakentias-Airport). The line corresponding to line 2’s subway route is the red one, whereas line 3 is the blue route on maps.
  • To reach the city centre from Athens International Airport, use metro Line 3 (Egaleo – Doukissis Plakentias – Airport). It will take approximately 40 minutes to travel from Athens Airport to Syntagma Square.
  • Ticket fares from Athens Airport from the city centre (and vice versa) are €8 (regular fare) and €4 (reduced) per person, €14 for 2 people, €20 for people, as well as €14 per person for a round-trip ticket to the Athens Airport.
  • Lines 2 and 3 operate from 5.30am to midnight, except for Fridays and Saturdays when the metro continues to work until 2am. (Routes to and from the Athens airport have different operating hours).
  • The train (line 1) operates from 5am to midnight on a daily basis.
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates ticket fares for the metro and the train. For further information, check here.
Useful tips for using the suburban railway (proastiako)
  • It connects Athens International Airport with the Athens transportation centre, OSE and Kiato.
  • It is connected to the rest of the urban railway network of Athens (metro and train) at Larissa Station (metro Line 2), as well as Neratziotissa station and Piraeus station.
  • It links to the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) at Larissa Station.
  • The suburban railway operates from 5.30am to 11pm.
  • Ticket fares from Athens Airport to the city centre (and vice versa) are €8 (regular fare) and €4 (reduced) per person, while the round trip price to the Athens Airport €14 per person.
  • To reach Athens city centre from the Athens International Airport use the suburban railway and change to metro line 3 at Doukissis Plakentias station (towards Egaleo). Similarly, to reach Athens International Airport from Athens city centre, use the subway (or the train) to go to Doukissis Plakentias station (or Neratziotissastation) and then transfer to the suburban railway in the direction of the Airport (which will be the final destination.)
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates the ticket fares of the suburban railway.
Useful tips for the tram
  • The tram connects Athens city centre to the southern suburbs
  • It operates three routes: SEF (the Peace and Friendship Stadium)-Asklipieion Voulas (Thucydides), Syntagma Square-SEF (Aristotle) and Syntagma Square-Asklipieion Voulas (Plato)
  • The operating hours are 5.30am-1am, except for Fridays and Saturdays, operating approximately from 5.30am-2.30am.
  • The Athens public transportation authority regulates the ticket fares for the tram.


Before arrival

Important Arrival Info

All the  students will be accommodated at the Students apartmenrs. The apartments are located 5 minutes walk from the Athens Centre. The address s the following:

33, Stilponos street, Pagrati, Athens

Arrival in Athens El. Venizelos International airport:

You will take a private bus from the airport.  It will take you to the apartments. An Athens Centre representative will wait of you there to give you your apartment keys.

Τhe Athens Centre:

48 Archimidous St., Mets.

11636 Athens, Greece

Tel. (+30) 210 7012268 / (+30) 210 7015242 /


Packing for Greece


Main temperatures in Greece in June range from 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures are lower in the islands and at sea, and evenings can be chilly.


  • one or two “dressy casual” outfits (including appropriate shoes) for special meals or occasions;
  • clothing appropriate for rugged days of scrambling over rocks and exploring archaeological sites. Shirts and pants with pockets that can be zipped or buttoned are particularly useful to secure your passport, wallet, etc.  Pack comfortable, durable, clothing that can be worn/removed in layers (as temperatures require). Laundry facilities are likely to be limited or non-existent, so pack clothes you can wash in the sink of your hotel room and dry on a clothesline.
  • Sleepwear that you’re not embarrassed to be seen in by classmates (you will be sharing rooms!).
  • A windbreaker/rain jacket for windy/rainy days or chilly evenings.
  • a pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes that you have already broken in (you don’t want blisters).
  • A brimmed hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off the back of your neck.  A fedora like that worn by Indiana Jones is always appropriate, but feel free to express your own sense of style in your choice of headgear.
  • At least one colorful piece of “University’s” clothing for group pictures!!!

Other Essential Items

  • Passport
  • Student ID (necessary for getting into Museums, etc. with our group, without your student i.d. you might have to pay extra)
  • An alarm clock (or smartphone equivalent).  You will need to be up and out early most days for us to cover the ground we need to cover.  Don’t miss the bus because you overslept!
  • Dramamine or Bonine (if you are susceptible to motion sickness)
  • Medications for their entire stay (if you take any)
  • Extra contact lenses (if you wear contacts) plus solutions, etc.
  • Extra pair of glasses (if you wear glasses)
  • Airline reservation information (boarding pass, confirmation #, etc.)
  • Credit card (Visa and Mastercard are accepted most places, but there is usually an exchange fee added to charges; Amex is accepted many places but not all). Advise your bank/credit-card-company that you will be traveling in Greece before you leave – otherwise they may freeze your credit card.
  • Cash (get Euros in advance from your bank to minimize exchange fees).  Remember you will be buying your own lunch and dinner most days.
  • Some sort of money belt/ pouch for securing valuables and your passport (one worn around the neck is particularly convenient; the one I showed you in class came from Target);
  • List of addresses (people you will want to send postcards to); and phone numbers (in case you have to call home for some reason).
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving stuff, comb, brush, nailclipper, etc.
  • Compact flashlight (for exploring tunnels and in case of power outages);
  • Sunblock/sunscreen (you don’t want to be incapacitated by sunburn);
  • Compact first aid kit (bandaids, aspirin, antibiotic cream, antibacterial wipes etc.)
  • Energy bars (several boxes – to keep your energy up when we cannot stop for meals while in the field).
  • Sunglasses
  • Digital camera with sufficient storage and extra batteries (make sure you know how to turn off the flash as this is often required in museums).
  • Cell phone with international calling capacity and recharger with adapter (optional).
  • Laptop and power converter/plug adapter for Greece (optional)
  • Ziploc bag of laundry soap, suitable for washing clothes in hotel sink.
  • A copy of The Iliad and The Odyssey (I believe that one should always carry a copy of the Iliad and Odyssey wherever one goes, but on this trip you may particularly want to have them handy; downloaded onto a mobile device is fine).
  • Notebook and pens for recording interesting observations.  If you don’t bring a laptop, you should keep a journal that you can convert to blog posts when you get Internet access.
  • A photocopy of your passport and any credit cards, driver’s license, or other documents you are bringing with you.  This should be packed separately from wherever you are carrying the originals.

Don’t Bring

  • Travelers checks – few places will cash them.
  • Drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances (unless you have a valid prescription)
  • Firearms or explosives (duh!)
  • A bad attitude (We are sure this is not a problem!)
  • If you think you’ll need a pocketknife, pack it in your checked luggage.

And Remember …

  • Though you will have many evenings free for and after dinner, and though the drinking age in Greece is 18, remember that you are in Greece for studying not partying.  If you must drink, do so in moderation and get to bed early enough so you can rise, alert, rested, and ready-to-go in time for the next day’s adventures.
  • We are going to have fun, learn lots, and become charismatic, swashbuckling archaeologists.


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