The trireme “Olympias,” the world’s only working model of an ancient trireme, will be available again this summer to the public for tours. The iconic ship of classical Athens led to its total dominance of the seas in those centuries. Lucky visitors may visit the stunning wooden vessel or even try their hand at rowing it, out in the Saronic Gulf.
It is the fourth year in a row that the trireme will be open to visitors and volunteer rowers.
The Hellenic Navy said that rowers will have to be at least fifteen years of age, and trips will begin on June 23, from the Palaio Faliro area near Flisvos Marina.
For those wishing to participate interactively, sitting at a rower’s position and rowing in place, tours will begin on June 19.
Information displayed will include the history of the trireme and what it would have been like to travel on one of the graceful wooden ships in ancient Greece.
For both kinds of visits, the Navy recommends sport attire, including sport shoes, comfortable clothing and a hat. No food, coffee or refreshments will be allowed on board. Reservations are necessary for both types of visits and can be made by calling 6940471218 from 09:00-13:00 to July 19, except for June 17; and the same hours, from September 2 to 11.
Rowers will additionally need to register online (http://averof.mil.gr/kopilatikos-ploys/); outgoing trips will not take non-rowing passengers.