Calling all Rowers: “Olympias” Trireme to Sail Again This Summer

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 photo, visitors row the Olympias, a replica of an ancient galley, at Saronic gulf in southern Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

PIRAEUS – The “Olympias” trireme, the only working model in the world of an ancient trireme, classical Athens’ iconic ship that led to its dominance at sea, will open again this summer to visitors who want to either visit or try their hand at rowing out to the Saronic Gulf.

It is the fourth year in a row that the trireme opens to visitors and volunteer rowers.

The Hellenic Navy said actual rowers will have to be at least 15 years old, and trips will begin on June 23.

For those wishing to participate interactively, sitting at a rower’s position and rowing in place, 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).

In this Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 photo, visitors row the Olympias, replica of an ancient galley, at Saronic gulf in southern Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Rowers will additionally need to register online (http://averof.mil.gr/kopilatikos-ploys/); 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 at http://averof.mil.gr/triiris-olympias/ (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).