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Greek Battleships Fleet Tour

Description

At the start of the 20th century Greece's navy was obsolete, consisting of three old battleships and some torpedo boats. In the shipyards at Livorno, Italy a battleship which had been ordered by the Italian Navy and then cancelled is found by the government of Mavromichalis. The Greek government buys the ship and it is christened the George Averoff after the wealthy benfactor. “By the power of God and the wishes of our King and in the name of justice, I sail towards the victory against the enemy of the Nation.” The “Averoff” was launched on the 27 th February 1910 and arrived at Faliro Bay on the 1st of September 1911, where the Greeks welcomed it with enthusiasm. The ship saw its first action in the First Balkan War of 1912 under the command of Admiral Pavlos Kontouriotis.  The power of this ship and the success in the Aegean kept the Turkish Sultan from challenging the Greek Navy and kept the Turkish Navy out of the Aegean. When World War Two broke out and Greece had to evacuate its army and government the Averoff sailed to Egypt and then was sent to Bombay to patrol the Indian Ocean. In September of 1944 the Averoff brought the government back from Egypt to the liberated Greece. In 1952 the ship was decomissioned and moved to the island of Poros where it was used as a training ship. In 1984 it was restored and moved to Faliron as a floating museum where it honors those who served and died by hosting day visits from schools, institutions, organizations and private individuals. Those visits fulfilled the vision of George Averoff who wanted the ship to serve an educational purpose.

 

Itinerary

Meeting with our guide and continue to Syntagma Sq. Tram Station, Line to Glyfada. We are heading to  Palaio Faliro with the travel duration of approximately 35-40 min to the Park of Maritime tradition at Floisvos port, (Marina Floisvou). Upon the arrival you will have guiding and walk into one of the most prestigious surviving  warship of Hellenic Army Navy the battleship  AVEROF, named by the major Greek benefactor who contributed to the building of the ship George Averof. Taking part in 2 Balkan wars, and in two world Wars, bring the Greek flag in Atlantic and Pacific Ocean this warship which built in 1911, carried out the extensive maritime tradition of the Hellenic Navy! Next to the gorgeous Averof the destroyer "Velos'' D-16 of the Hellenic Navy. Velos is a Fletcher-Class destroyer built in 1942 for the US Navy (USS CHARETTE DD -581) and taking part in the greatest raids of the World War 2 in the Marshall's the Marianas and the Battle of Phillippines. The warship Velos served the Hellenic Navy since 1959 to 1991, and is also famous for the mutiny in 1973 as a protest against the Greek dictatorship. You will also visit commercial ships from the beggining of the 20th century and one of the  first telecommunication ships of the Hellenic navy.

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Pickup

- Pick up and meeting with your guide is at the exit of Syntagma metro station

* The guide will hold sign board with your name on it

Dropoff

- The tour will finish  at the port of Athens 

Things to bring

-Printed voucher 

-Camera / photo 

-Comfortable shown ( for walking on the ships ) 

Inclusions

- Professional local english speaking guide for 3-4 hours 

 

Exclusions

-Tickets for metro and tram 

-Tickets for Ship museum :

Standard tickets: 2 euro

Student  tickets : 1,50 euro

- Food and beverages
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Gratuities

Cancellation

Cancellations more then a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

Opening ( ship is open by appointment only and we are asking reservation at least 48 hour in advance ) 

Summer (June-September)

Monday-Friday  09:00 am - 01:00 pm

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 06:00 pm- 08:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday  10:00 am -02:00 pm  06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

 Winter  (October-May)

Monday-Friday   10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Saturday-Sundat  10:00 am - 04:00 pm