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WTC2023 Tours

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness Athens and its surroundings during your stay in Greece.

Please find below a detailed description of each tour, and select your tickets through the congress registration form:


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Acropolis guided tour

Discover the richness and magnitude of the Acropolis, in a 2-hour guided tour.

The Acropolis is a MUST-SEE for anyone visiting Athens. It is the landmark that stands out in the city and the monument that has come to symbolize the great ancient Greek civilization that flourished on this land thousands of years ago.

Enjoy a 2-hour tour to the most famous monument of our country, the Acropolis, with an experienced state-licensed guide, who will share, with you stories of the past.

Marvel at the monuments on top of the Acropolis hill, Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course the Parthenon. Step back in time and reflect on the splendor, power and rich heritage of this capital city, and admire from up-close the unique architectural and artistic masterpieces of timeless Greece.




Cost: 43,50 €/ per person.
Operation date: Sunday, May 14th 2023

Majestic Sounion

Enjoy a leisurely half-day private excursion to the majestic Temple of Poseidon.

Get ready for a day that will bring you closer to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea; admire the blankets of blues, reds and oranges that engulf the temple as the sun descends into the sea, and enjoy an utterly beautiful site close to Athens.

Starting from Athens you will enjoy the scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf up to the Temple of Poseidon and its mesmerized sunset view.

The drive along the impressive coastline of Attica is a beautiful experience in itself. The winding road follows the contours of the countless successive little coves and bays, offering amazing views of this dramatic landscape which the ancients associated with Poseidon’s kingdom.




Cost: 79,50 €/ per person.
Operation date: Tuesday, May 16th 2023

Flavors of Athens - Food Tour

A sense-provoking tour with insights into Greek gastronomy and the local food culture. During this food tour you will not only explore the streets of Athens but you will also get to taste appetizing treats that locals enjoy as part of their daily routine. You will gain insights into the development of our cooking methods, recipes and culinary traditions. We will be visiting dedicated artisans that have perfected their recipes over decades, as well as specialist food stores sourcing the best products from all over Greece. A culinary tour would not be complete without a visit to the city’s vibrant central food market where local vendors exhibit their products from across the country. Learn all about the tastes that Athenians cherish and indulge in a bountiful assortment of appetizing sweet and savory treats with your specialized food-wise guide.




Cost: 72,00 €/ per person.
Operation date: Saturday, May 13th 2023

Delphi Private Full Day Excursion, Athens, Greece sm

Divine Delphi

Enjoy a private excursion to Delphi and discover the hidden treasures of the area.

Once believed to be the center of the world and the site at which Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is definitely a must-see.

We are happy to share our knowledge of the area with you and design an unforgettable excursion to this masterpiece of Ancient Greece.

Your excursion starts early in the morning with us picking you up from your accommodation in Athens. On the way to Delphi you will have the opportunity to admire imposing landscapes. After a 2-hour drive we will arrive at the breath-taking archeological site of Delphi with its museum both of which you will have plenty of time to explore in a guided tour.




Cost: 178,00 €/ per person.
Operation date: Wednesday, May 17th 2023

Greek Wine Tasting

A lifetime experience which will introduce you to Greeces wine culture through its unique varieties.

An excellent opportunity for wine lovers to discover the Greek wine culture and explore the different aromas and flavors of some of the finest Greek wines.

Accompanied by a wine expert, you will visit some of the finest wine bars in the center of Athens. You will not only be introduced to tasting techniques but you will uncork and savor Greeces most distinct varietals and blends.

While exercising your palate, you will learn about the indigenous grape varieties and the characteristics that make them so unique.

A must-do for all dedicated wine lovers!




Cost: 83,00 €/ per person.
Operation date: Friday, May 12th 2023


Poros - Hydra - Aegina One Day Cruise from Athens

Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina enjoying relaxing moments on the sea. Having both transport, transfers and buffet lunch issued be organized, you can sit back and enjoy the day exploring on each island you visit. After transferring from Athens to Piraeus by motor coach, you’ll set sail for the island of Poros, where you’ll have free time for strolling and shopping.

Next stop is the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 minutes at your disposal to enjoy the unique island’s charm, the amphitheater shape of which once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will have the privilege to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. Upon arrival in Aegina, you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After sailing back to Piraeus port you’ll be transferred to Athens.

The order in which we shall visit the islands is either Poros – Hydra – Aegina or Aegina – Poros – Hydra which does not change the duration of stay on any of the islands.




Cost: 140,00 €/ per person.
Operation date: Friday, May 12th 2023 & Tuesday, May 16th 2023

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis

Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis has more than forty years of intensive academic, research and professional experience in civil, earthquake and geotechnical engineering. Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) (, ex- Chairman of the Technical Committee “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering andAssociated Problems” (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and past President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering. He is presently Professor Emeritus in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2019 visiting Professor in Tongji University, International Laboratory of earthquake Engineering (ILEE), Shanghai, China.

Coordinator and scientific responsible of numerous European research projects, namely EUROSEISTEST ( and SYNER-G (, he has a long experience in European research activities in earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, vulnerability and risk assessment of civil engineering structures, infrastructures and lifelines. According to the recent Stanford classification he is among the top 10 leading researchers in Civil Engineering in Greece, and among the top 10 leading international researchers in specific topics like Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.

Chairman of several international conferences including the 16th European Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki 2018 and invited keynote lecturer in many International Conferences. Author of more than 650 scientific papers (h-factor 57) published in peer review scientific journals, and conference proceedings, author and co-author in several books, editor of four books published in Springer Editions, all in relevant subjects of earthquake engineering, seismic risk and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is founder and coordinator of EUROSEISTEST, a large scale experimental facility in earthquake engineering, soil dynamics and engineering seismology that is unique in Europe and worldwide. He supervised more that 30 PhD thesis and numerous of his students hold academic positions in Greece and worldwide.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is strongly involved in the ongoing revision of EC8 (Part 1-Seismic Actions and Part 5-Seismic design of foundations, retaining structures, soilstructure interaction, liquefaction, slope stability and underground structures), while he has been international expert for the revision of other seismic codes worldwide.

He is member of the editorial advisory board in Springer editions (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering), member of the editorial board and reviewer of numerous scientific journals and member of many international societies in earthquake and geotechnical engineering.

Honors: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Republic.
Thessaloniki 06.06.2022

Professor Marc Panet

The 12th Muir Wood lecture will be delivered by Professor Marc Panet during the WTC2023 in Athens. His nomination being a Muir Wood lecturer was proposed by the French Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (AFTES) as per ITA’s Statues and By-laws.

Marc Panet graduated in Civil Engineering at the École des Mines de Paris and obtained a Master degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He started his career in 1965 at the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, in Paris, where he was a Research Engineer, Head of the Geotechnical Department and Technical Director. In 1982 he joined the SHP Group, in Paris, as Scientific Director. From 1984 to 1996 he was the President and CEO of SIMECSOL; and from 1996 to 2000 President and CEO of FC International SA. Since then he has been working as a consultant. He taught at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, at the École des Mines and at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, in Paris.

Marc has been in charge of numerous studies in geotechnical engineering for underground works, highways, bridges, and natural hazards. Among the main projects are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel (11.6km), the Frejus Road Tunnel (12.9 km), the Large Electron–Positron Collider (CERN in Geneva), the Channel Tunnel (from 1967 to the end of the construction), the Millau Bridge, the Loetschberg Base Tunnel (43 km), subways in Paris, Rennes, Caracas, Athens and Algiers, the slides of the city of Constantine (Algeria), the project of the suspended bridge on the Straits of Messina (Italy) and the project of the cable-stayed bridge on the Golden Horn (Turkey). He is presently involved in a large number of geotechnical projects.

He is the author of a large number of publications in professional journals and international conferences and of the well-known book “Calculation of tunnels using the convergence-confinement method”.

Marc Panet is a Honorary Member of the French Academy of Technology, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.