The birthplace of Western civilization and democracy, Greece is home to incredible ancient landmarks, exciting cultural experiences and a Mediterranean climate that draws visitors from around the world.
Within the city of Athens, visitors can visit the most iconic sights of this beautiful country- the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. While some group members may have visited this historic city before, walking the cobbled streets past ancient theaters, temples and marketplaces is something most can never tire of. The National Archaeological Museum is one of the largest museums in Greece and houses many of the most important artifacts from ancient Greek civilization and should be a part of any trip. The Acropolis Museum offers group tours of its collection and can be followed by a private dinner. This is a great way to welcome a group, or say farewell after a wonderful stay in Athens!
Wandering the shops and restaurants of Athens, either on a formal walking tour or on one’s own, offers a great introduction to the city’s vibrant culture and local flavor. The city is renowned for its diverse selection of shops, offering everything from traditional Greek souvenirs to designer clothing boutiques. Olive oil, honey and other gourmet foods are popular gifts, and the colorful pottery, ceramics, leather goods, jewelry and textiles can be found in many quaint shops as well.
Athens is also a food lover’s paradise, with a wide range of dining options to suit every taste. Visitors can sample traditional Greek dishes like souvlaki and moussaka, stuffed grape leaves and sweet baklava and the fresh seafood is some of the best in the world. The city is also famous for its tavernas, with their delicious food and lively entertainment. Wine-making dates back over 4,000 years and recently Greek wines have gained recognition, but the country’s most famous aperitif is ouzo, which has become a symbol of Greek culture and hospitality.
There are many luxury hotels in the city that cater to the needs of incentive groups, offering world-class amenities, exceptional service, and stunning views of the city. There are a number of Autograph Collection and Luxury Collection hotels, including the Hotel Grande Bretagne and the King George, and a LHW Hotel, the Divani Caravel, that should be considered, and just outside of the city is the Four Seasons Astir Palace. This resort sits on a private peninsula on the beautiful coast of the Aegean Sea and is just 30 minutes from the Parthenon. On another peninsula, 20 minutes’ drive from Athens, a One & Only Hotel will open in July 2023 adding another luxury hotel to the majestic Athenian Riviera.
For a city/country option, Costa Navarino is a new resort complex that attendees will love. The destination is located in the western region of the Peloponnese and while it is almost a four-hour drive, a short flight to Kalamata International connects the two destinations. The resort is known for its picturesque setting, surrounded by olive groves and wineries, with beautiful views of the Ionian Sea. It is also recognized for its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. Guests of The Romanos, W Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, and the new Mandarin Oriental can all take advantage of the four signature golf courses, horseback riding, beaches, and water and paddle sports. There are also over 20 dining options available.
Greece is also the perfect destination for a city/island trip. Combining Athens with an island like Mykonos, Crete, or Santorini, offers all the elements that one expects when thinking of Greece – the historical, cosmopolitan, and diverse feel of Athens blended with the picturesque and unique feel of the whitewashed houses and narrow alleys of the islands.
With almost 70 flights per week, typical flight times to Greece from the US are just over 10 hours and non-stop flights are offered from many cities. While this isn’t a destination for a short incentive trip unless the group is traveling from Europe, there are so many sites to see and things to do for groups of all interests that few will remember the flight. Whether staying in the Athens area, traveling to the Peloponnese or heading out to one of the many islands, Greece is an ideal location for almost any incentive trip.
Thanks to our partner DMC in Greece: Optimum Greece