Greece from above “made by” Russia

The world famous Russian group Airpano recently visited our country in order to conduct panoramic and aerial photographic shoots of major Greek archaeological sites, monuments and landmarks such as the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora of Athens, Piraeus, Meteora, Mykonos and Santorini.

Airpano is a company which photographs the most stunning and impressive places on earth from the air, creating stunning 3D panoramic high definition images. The resulting material is open, free and accessible to all on their website Visitors to the site suddenly find themselves in areas of exquisite beauty together with a sense that they are soaring through the air. With the help of modern electronic navigational tools and techniques they can admire the monuments and landmarks from as near or as far as they choose and from different angles. Visitors to the airpano site daily surpass 100,00.

Among the places they visit and capture panoramic images with high resolution, including many UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites and some of the most important historical monuments worldwide, include the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza and the Kremlin.

The Airpano team enjoys global recognition with many references in the international press like CNN, distinction and first prize awards in many photo contests such and discrimination many first prizes in photo contests such as the Epson International Pano Awards 2012, the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2012, the Travel Photography 2011 awards and the Photosight Russian Awards 2011. Their work has also been used in the implementation of the Google Earth project.

The Airpano group was invited to Greece by the company City Contact and the Athens Walking Tours. The CEO of City Contact Mr. John Yiannakakis said: “Our initiative is aimed towards both providing an excellent view of Greece to a new age group and international audience on the internet which has tremendous momentum, and showcasing a first class display of what Greece has to offer to the Russian market which is a market of great importance for Greek tourism today as Russian guests this year are expected to reach the 1,000,000 visitor mark. These are mostly high income tourists who spend a lot of money in our country during their holidays.”

The material is expected to be ready and available on the website within the next 3 months. This will enable millions of website visitors to admire, up close and vividly, the beauty of our country!

City Contact is the company that developed and manages the Info Stand system for informing visitors, serving the 100 of the finest hotels in Athens, 22 in Thessaloniki, 23 in Crete, 25 in Rhodes and 17 in Corfu. It delivers a range of specialist publications such as guides and maps and distributes printed information continuously since 1996. This valuable information is distributed free through the Info Stand system in the above mentioned areas to millions of visitors annually. For more information please go to

The Athens Walking Tours are guided walking tours with qualified and licensed guides and are operated on permanent basis 365 days of the year allowing all visitors to enjoy the city and its’ unrivaled monuments. The company has also had the privilege of receiving the highest number of positive comments on Trip Advisor of any other activity in Athens. Please find out more at

The stay of the Airpano Group during their visit in Athens was with courtesy of Museum Best Western Hotel and in Santorini with courtesy of Aegean View Hotel.


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