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Optimum – Greece

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Optimum – Greece

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Optimum – Greece

Optimum – Greece

Optimum is a boutique Events and Destination Management Company committed to creating unique event experiences. Since 1999 our team of passionate about details and quality experts, are providing services of the highest standards to customers from around the globe, making us stand out of the crowd. Our portfolio caters for all your event organization and destination management requirements; from conferencesincentivesproduct launches to team buildingCSR and Green Events and sustainable events.

Designing Exquisite events is what we really do and we are proud of. Our team with its extensive and vast experience alongside with our carefully selected partners, will sit at the drawing board and ensure the design of a tailor-made event that will be a perfect fit for your delegates, your preferences and your needs. We select the optimum destination to immerse your guests into Greece’s natural beauties with its warm and welcoming hospitality. Whether you are seeking intense, adrenaline-laden and team-bonding activities; VIP, elegant unique events; luxury cruising and high-class venues, empowering meetings and distinctive product launches or relaxing and cosy social evenings, we find the perfect setting to host it. Your guests will be thanking you for being part of the experience – This is our definition of a successfully designed event.

Athens is a vibrant city full of life and history. A city of contrasts, blending the old with the new. A blend of history, culture, science and politics with neoclassical and old buildings, with cosmopolitan and vivid life and of course the blend of a city center destination and a resort.

Excellent flight accessibility from around the globe, year-round marvellous weather, high quality hotel accommodation and endless options for activities – both city and sea based, have established Athens as a top European destination to host conferences, incentives, product launches, congresses, and corporate events. All these make Athens a unique destination for your next event.

Athens does not live with its past. The history is only a part of the equation. The numerous trendy and modern venues, the neoclassical buildings, the gastronomic options ranging from a traditional tavern to Michelin star restaurants, the super modern beach front night clubs and the Athenian people offer to every delegate and every event a unique and memorable experience!

Costa Navarino is one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside landscapes in the Mediterranean, this area and its people have been shaped by 4,500 years of history.

Set amidst a pristine, still largely undiscovered corner of the southwest Peloponnese, this high-end destination respects and preserves the natural beauty and rich heritage of which it is an integral part.

Comprising a number of distinct sites spread over 1,000 hectares, the Costa Navarino features 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, thalassotherapy and spa centers, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of activities which are unique in the Mediterranean. Its earliest history shrouded in the mists of time, Messinia’s cultural past unveils a rich tapestry of kings and queens, honor and tradition, war and friendship. Costa Navarino provides the ideal base from which to explore this checkered past.

Neolithic settlements, Mycenaean palaces, Classical temples, Byzantine churches and medieval castles are all within easy reach, while a pleasant half-day trip will reveal the splendor of Ancient Olympia, the Byzantine fortified town of Mystras or the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, all part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Other fascinating sites within driving distance include Ancient Messini, laid out according to the Hippodamian grid system, the Palace of Nestor, seat of the legendary king of Pylos who was noted for his great wisdom, and the marvelously preserved medieval fortress town of Monemvasia.

Many famous composers, poets, writers and artists from the 17th to the 20th century have been inspired by the great heroes, mythology and history of Messinia. The hero Aristomenes is a principal figure in Moliere’s La Princesse d’Elide, Johann Strauss I composed Navariner-Calopp inspired by the famous Battle of Navarino, Victor Hugo’s Les Orientales includes the poem Navarin, while Vivaldi’s opera Merope was inspired by the legendary queen of Messinia.

Thessaloniki is a modern, vibrant city and is the second largest city of Greece as well as its second major economic, industrial, commercial and cultural center, not to mention a major transportation hub in southeastern Europe.

Its commercial port is of great importance for Greece and for its southeast European hinterland. The city has two state universities that host a large student population (the largest in Greece), it is renowned for its large number of monuments of Byzantine architecture as well as for some main Ottoman and Jewish structures. The city is famous for its picturesque restaurants and taverns as well as for its lively and diverse nightlife, ranging from the traditional rebetadika to designer bars and prestigious nightclubs. The waterfront is Thessaloniki’s major drawcard. The promenade of Nikis Avenue runs from the White Tower of Thessaloniki to the giant palace that is now a ferry terminal. Aristotelous Square, extending all the way from Nikis Avenue on the waterfront to the Church of Panayia Hakeion is shaped like a bottle and is lined with tall archondika, or mansions of the rich, that have now been converted to shops and hotels.

Thessaloniki is also an important conference & exhibition destination which hosts big annual exhibitions at the Helexpo trade fair’s congress centre, an area especially constructed for conferences of all kinds. To support these large events, one finds many large deluxe hotels in and around the city.

There are great archaeological sites in the areas around Thessaloniki such as Pella, Vergina and Veria while important treasures and findings can be found at the city’s museum. Pella was the first Macedonian capital as well as the birthplace of Alexander the Great. At Vergina Museum, visitors can admire the incredible discoveries made in 1987 of the Gold of Philip of Macedonia.

Halkidiki the birthplace of Aristotle, is situated in the northern part of Greece, southeast of Thessaloniki. It is renowned for its lush pine forests and golden sandy beaches.

The visitor can find secluded bays, crystal clear waters and quiet idyllic villages. Although it is one of the undiscovered destinations in Greece, it offers state-of-the-art hotels and conference facilities.

Halkidiki is the ‘trident’ with its three distinct peninsulas consisting of Kassandra in the west, Sithonia in the centre and the Agios Oros with Mount Athos, in the east. There are hotel resorts on these two “legs” but Agios Oros is an autonomous state which comprises 20 Christian Orthodox monasteries and churches and has a population of 1400 Orthodox monks. The existence of the community is dated to 883 AD.

Over 50 per cent of the prefecture is covered in forests with oak, pine and beech trees, especially to the east where there is more rainfall with large crops of olive and citrus fruit. Apart from its amazing nature Halkidiki also has a lot to offer in terms of historic sites. To name just a few, it is worthwhile visiting Poligiros, Petralona and Nea Fokea. Poligiros is the capital of Halkidiki, 69 km from Thessaloniki. A town built amphitheatrically on the side of Mount Profitis Elias offering visitors a fascinating view.

The cave of Petralona is just outside the village of the same name, and is a stalactite cave where the 700.000 year old skeleton was found. There is also an archaeological museum which exhibits the findings from the cave. Nea Fokea is a picturesque village by the sea where the Apostle Paul is said to have stayed.

A mediterranean land of rich history, culture and amazing scenery. We can’t fit it all in here but we have years of experience on this land and we know how to offer you the experience of hidden treasures. Just ask.

Crete is the land of Daidalos and Ikaros, of Minoan vases and famous frescoes; the home of El Greco and Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. It forms the southern border of the Aegean Sea and marks the boundry between Europe and Africa. Majestic mountains rise in its center while there are exciting contrasts between steep gorges and impressive beaches – a small utopia that will take a lifetime to fully discover.

Its villages are lost in greenery while ancient ports have turned into developed beaches or idyllic fishing villages. Old stone farmhouses and monasteries are perched on mountain ridges, Venetian and castles and Orthodox chapels forgotten on steep slopes. It is not accidental that the ancient Greeks believed Crete to be the birthplace of Zeus.

Crete, with its clear warm sea, boundless beaches lined with tamarisks, splendid plateaus and mild starry nights has more to offer than its mythological and historical past. Thriving and developing, its cities have changed appearance in contrast to the many picturesque villages where life carries on in the same rhythm as they have for centuries.

Some of the most luxurious and modern hotels in Europe, equipped with superb conference facilities, are located on the island which justify Crete being known as one of the most developed resorts suitable for all kinds of events. Whether your event is a meeting, a conference or an incentive, Crete is a unique destination to host it!

Mykonos is probably the most well known and most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands. It is a mythical island, which enjoys a reputation as a meeting point for international connoisseurs, jet set, celebrities and creators of art, fashion and style.

Mykonos has something to offer for everyone: dazzling beaches, relentless nightlife, renowned restaurants, inspiring architecture and an astoundingly diverse crowd. But the legendary hotspot also has something that is often lost on the average pleasure seeker: an Aegean soul!

The capital Hora, with its colorful harbor in which little fishing boats nestle happily nestle side by side with luxurious yachts, presents quite a different picture from the majority of the Aegean island towns. It conveys an impression of a solid aesthetic cohesion.

Along the whitewashed streets, stand brilliant white box-shaped houses with stepped walls, brightly coloured wooden doors and windows and balconies. These are interspersed with small but impressive churches, pretty little taverns and shops selling souvenirs or luxury goods. The overall sense is that of being inside a film set.

The countryside of Mykonos is a mixture of gray-green rocks ringed by prickly pear plants and little fertile areas carpeted with wild flowers. Here and there are tiny whitewashed chapels and windmills. Sea lovers will find outstanding golden beaches.

Mykonos is an island with all the amenities of a modern resort and plenty to do- by day or night- for those who wish to have a lively time. The island offers outstanding hotel accommodation. It is located approximately 25 minutes by air from Athens and 2 hours by Sea Jet Catamaran, from the port of Rafina.

Santorini: another world-famous destination!

This volcanic island is located in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. Great poets have sung its praises and celebrated its 4000-year-old history, its incredible light, multicolor cliffs and picture-perfect sunsets. The eternal rock continues to stand, strong and majestic rising proudly from the sea and guarding well the secrets of Atlantis.

Santorini and luxury are synonymous. This is the island of exquisite boutique hotels with infinity pools that flirt with the edge of the cliff, with the Aegean Sea laid out in front of you in all its glory. The cuisine of Santorini boasts extraordinary ingredients thanks to the nutrient-rich volcanic soil as well as sublime wines making the island a top culinary destination in Greece.

Akrotiri is a must-see site – a prehistoric city that lies almost intact beneath the ashes of the great volcanic eruption of 1600 BC. Visit the museum of Prehistoric Thera, at Fira, to admire its famous frescoes.

Enjoy the coast of Santorini, the rim of the caldera and the volcano aboard a privately chartered catamaran or yacht, enjoy deep blue waters and beaches with white, red or black sand or volcanic pebbles, spectacular rock formations and impressive lunar landscapes.

Santorini, the youngest volcanic land in the Eastern Mediterranean, is waiting for you! You can reach it by plane or by ship. Don’t think twice!

Rhodes is a multifaceted diamond – An island that is both cosmopolitan and traditional, timeless and modern, simple and yet spectacular.

The landscape of this Dodecanese Island, once the host of one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the world, the Colossus of Rhodes, has so much eye-catching beauty that it’s no surprise that Rhodes is one of the most popular island destinations of Greece. It is a mosaic of experiences: the island of the knights, where Byzantines, Greeks, Venetians, and Turks all left their mark. One of the best-preserved medieval settlements in the world, the Old Town of Rhodes has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site – protected behind its imposing walls – every stone tells a story. Ancient statues, marble crests, fountains, mosques and hammams, the Clock Tower . . . a rich heritage left behind by past civilizations.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the island is the ancient Acropolis and the village of Lindos, tumbling down the slope – the whitewashed cubic houses complimented by the little alleys filled with visitors is the most attractive and popular village on the island. Spending at least one day of your visit to Rhodes will be a highlight to remember.

Alongside villages, where women still bake bread in an outdoor wood-fired oven one can find luxurious hotel resorts with great conference facilities which, have hosted numerous conferences, incentives and product launches from around the world. The people’s genuine hospitality, the Rhodian traditions and the cosmopolitan character of the island make it a beautiful place to host your next event.

Corfu island is the most popular of the Ionian Islands.  It is a very green island and a mixture of the civilizations that have passed through at various times. 

The town of Corfu (Kerkyra) impresses and charms the visitor with its two forts, narrow streets, tall houses, arcades, Venetian-built Town Hall, the church of Saint Spyridon – the islands patron saint, flower-filled gardens and balconies with superb ‘wrought-iron’ fences. Flooded with sights,  Corfu is a small paradise on earth.

Corfu is the capital of the island, marked by the colors of the architectural monuments of the diverse civilizations, which ruled the island. The old city of Corfu is a well-balanced medley of Venetian, Frankish and English art and architecture. Most typical examples are the Old and the New Fortress, surrounding the entrance of the port. A stroll around the old city will bring you to the narrow, cobbled streets, called “kandounia”, with narrow buildings and arcades on the ground floor. The North Side of the Port is surrounded by impressive Venetian Villas. In the city center, you can enjoy the characteristic monument of the French rule, “Liston”, across Spianada square, a small replica of the celebrated Parisian Rue de Rivoli, with innumerable arches and the renowned streetlights. Spianada, the sizeable Adam Square, is where the noblemen and the ladies of Corfu used to come on Sundays to play or watch a game of cricket, a habit obtained since the British rule. In the city outskirts “Mon Repos” is located, the summer resort of the former royal family with frescoes of great artistic value.

From Paleodastritsa to Kaoni, from Achillion to Pontikonissi and the Corfu’s northern coast, one will find crystal water, scenic coves, greenery and vegetation that ‘sinks’ into the deep blue sea.

It is an amalgam of natural beauties, traditional features, and archaeological sites – it lies to the north of the Ionian sea at the entrance of the Adriatic. It is the second-largest island in the group known as the Seven Islands or Eptanisa. The greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has three million olive trees as well as flower-strewn countryside and Adriatic-style villages – splendid coastal scenery and some excellent secluded beaches. On this island, you will be able to combine relaxation with good times and a full nightlife.

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