Athens, the capital of Greece, takes its name from the Ancient Greek deity, Athena, whom the ancient Athenians chose as their patron after she bestowed upon the city the gift of an olive branch, a symbol of peace and prosperity. One of the oldest cities in the world, Athens has long been recognized as the birthplace of modern civilization and democracy.
The city is thoroughly steeped in history, art and culture, home to Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, some of the
“Let there be light! Said Liberty and like sunrise Athens arose.” Percy Bysshe Shelley 19th centur y English poet greatest minds in the history of the world, whose thoughts and works are, millennia later, still held in high esteem. Ancient traditions infused with modern values bring this city to life, offering the elite traveler the perfect blend of both worlds. Home to some of the grandest hotels and best shopping districts in Europe, Athens can be enjoyed in top class luxury and style. Athens, the jewel of the Attica region, enjoys hot summers and mild Mediterranean winters, making it an ideal year-round elite destination. Situated close to the ancient Piraeus Port Town, Athens is also the perfect base from which the elite traveler can explore the idyllic Greek islands.