Athens is the historical capital of Europe.
Athens has a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age.
In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance.
Political thought, theatre, the arts, philosophy, science, architecture, among other forms of intellectual thought, reached an epic zenith, in a period of intellectual consummation unique in world history.
Athens was the womb of western civilization. A host of Greek words and ideas, such as democracy, harmony, music, mathematics, art, gastronomy, architecture, logic, eros, euphoria, among others, enriched a multitude of languages, and inspired civilizations.
Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest.
In 1834 Athens became the capital of the modern Greek state.
The choice was based on the symbolic significance of Athens classical history.
In two centuries since Athens has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm.
Athens offers visitors a unique experience, a “journey” in its 6.000-year history, including the chance to see renowned monuments and masterpieces of art of the antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the architectural inheritance of the 19th and 20th centuries.
You get an uplifting feeling of snugness in the brilliant light of the attic sky, surveying the charming landscape in the environs of the city (the intended coastline, beaches and mountains), and enjoying the modern infrastructure of the city and unique verve of the Athenians.
Year-round visitors are fascinated by the attractions of Athens.
In a time of deep economic recession, Athens is called to find a different way to solve its problems and claim a place amongst today’s major European metropolises.
Within the framework of its public benefit activity, the Onassis Foundation responds to the present need for a reviving project by funding and organizing a European Architectural Competition for the creation of a new city centre. Supported by the European Community, the objective of this initiative is to improve the everyday life of Athenian citizens, allowing the completion of the vision for quality life in the Greek capital. Its main goal is to stop the increasing downgrading and revive the historically and culturally highly valued centre of Athens in a more people – friendly, sustainable place. Apart from increasing the quality of Athenian life, this project will add value to the tourism sector of the city, highlighting its archeological, historical and cultural heritage.
In line with this revitalizing project, Air Business International, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the aviation sector in Greece, aims at enhancing tourism in Athens by organizing a coordinated network for helicopter sightseeing tours all over Athens.
Athens has a lot to offer to its visitors the whole year round, taking also into consideration its mild climate, clear sky and sunshine most of the time, giving the perfect opportunity for helicopter rides all over the city.
Visitors will have the chance to have a bird-eye view of the most important monuments of the Greek civilization, such as the Acropolis, the Olympic Stadium, Panathinaikon Stadium and Lycabetus Hill, as well as of the stunning Athenian coastline in sightseeing flights of 30min or 60min.
For the first time, organized sightseeing tours will be at the disposal of any visitors who wishes to experience something different.
So, let us ‘Re-think-Athens’; after all, there is no better way to predict the future than to design it ourselves!
Route 1 (Duration 30min)
Olympic Stadium – Lycabetus Hill – Panathinaikon Stadium – Acropolis – Piraeus port
Route 2 (Duration 30min)
Athenian Riviera – Sounion
Route 3 (Duration 60min)
Olympic Stadium – Lycabetus Hill – Panathinaikon Stadium – Acropolis – Piraeus port – Athenian Riviera – Sounion
A 5 – window – seater helicopter designed for sightseeing flights (for all 5 pax to have a full window view)
Pick up and return to your hotel with VIP ground transportation
Take off from a sea-front helipad or the airport if you have a connecting flight (with complimentary VIP ground transfer between Main Terminal Building and General Aviation Terminal)
Refreshments on board
Free Map of Athens
Free Elite traveler magazines
Our amazing people and their flying machines
Helicopter Bell 407 – designed for sightseeing flights!
Route 3 (60 min), 345€/seat (minimum 6 passengers)
Helicopter R44 – ideal for parties up to 3!
Route 1&2 (30min), 230€/seat (minimum 3 passengers)
Route 3 (60 min), 460€/seat (minimum 3 passengers)
Helicopter A109E – air-conditioned luxury!
For more info, photos and specifications of the helicopter please click here