The Hellenic Navy is setting its iconic “Olympias” trireme to sail next month and is inviting members of the public, from far and wide, to visit and row the world’s only working ancient model of the classic Athenian ship.
The “Olympias” trireme, will open again this summer to visitors who want to either visit or try their hand at rowing out to the Saronic Gulf.
According to requirements set out by the Hellenic Navy, those interested in joining the rowing team need to be at least 15 years old.
Whether you want to simply visit the trireme or participate as a rower tours will begin on June 19. Information will include the history of the trireme and travelling on one in ancient Greece.
For both kinds of visits, the Navy recommends sport attire, including sport shoes, comfortable clothing and hat, and no food, coffee or refreshments on board. In both cases, reservations are necessary at 6940471218 (09:00-13:00 to July 19, except for June 17; and same hours, from September 2 to 11). Rowers will additionally need to register online, outgoing trips will not take non-rowing passengers.
Tickets for both kinds of visits are 3 euros each, with no discounts. Tickets can be purchased at the “Averof” battle cruiser/museum stationed in Paleo Faliro, where the trireme will also be stationed.
For specific days and times of tours, please consult the site (in Greek). The tours take place on Wednesdays (17:00-19:00, June 19, 26, July 3, 17, September 11). The rowing tours will take place on Sundays (10:00-12:00, June 23, 30, July 14, 21, September 8).