General Information

Conference Venue
The Conference will be hosted at the Conference Centre of the Creta Maris Hotel. This 5-star Hotel combines traditional Aegean Architecture and luxurious facilities. Its Conference Centre has a capacity of up to 2.000 people, the largest Conference hall in the area.

It is situated in Hersonissos, a seaside resort located 24 Km east of Heraklion International Airport [Airport / city code: HER]

Getting to Heraklion [HER]
By air through Athens International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos': Services to Heraklion International Airport 'Nikos Kazantzakis' are operated daily by Aegean Airlines and various regional flight operators. Flights from Athens [ATH] to Heraklion [HER], take approximately 45 min.

Charter airlines operate direct chartered flights to Heraklion, daily from April to November, from major European cities.

By boat from Piraeus: Ferry services are operated daily by Minoan Lines and ANEK Lines. Overnight services from Piraeus to Heraklion take approximately 10 hours.

Our affiliated travel agency, CCBS Greece, will be at your service for transportation details and reservations.

Local Transfers
Participants should take care of their transfers from/to the airport and the Conference Venue and Conference Hotels.

There is a regular bus service between Heraklion and Hersonissos. The bus terminal is within walking distance from the port and there is a bus stop at the Heraklion Airport [HER].

Details, schedule tables and maps will be available prior to the Conference time.

For those who prefer to travel by taxi, the taxi station is just outside the airport terminal building. Typical fares to the conference venue or conference hotels are around €45,00 (one-way).

If you wish to pre-arrange your transfer, you can communicate directly with CCBS Greece.

Local Information
Crete is the most southern region of Greece and Europe. It is the largest Greek island and one of the largest in the Mediterranean basin. Separating the Aegean Sea from the Libyan sea it marks a physical boundary between Europe and Africa.

The climate is one of the mildest and healthiest in Europe. On average, winter in Crete is mild and summer warm and sunny. Average year temperature is 19°C. During October, expect the temperature to range between 15°C (at night) to 25°C, with occasional rain. Local time is +2 GMT (or +1 CET).

Diverse landscape is typical on the island. The magnificent Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Psiloritis and Dikti rise in the centre of the island. There are several fertile plateaus, with the Lassithi plateau being the most prominent amongst them. Parts of the island are split by deep gorges, such as the famous Samaria Gorge. Imposing mountains and rocky terrain alternate with a coastline full of astounding beaches, some secluded, others long and sandy, all with crystal clear waters.
Crete is also renowned for its variety of vegetation, particularly famous for olive trees, orange groves, vineyards and vegetable gardens. Medicinal herbs and fragrant shrubs -laudanum, dittany, marjoram and thyme - grow in rocky areas and the mountain peaks host the "Kri-Kri", the Cretan Ibex, a protected species you might encounter wondering in the National Reserve of Samaria Gorge.

This island's fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development of the Minoan civilization (2800-1150 B.C.), one of the most important in the history of mankind. The Minoans built the famous palatial centers of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, and others.

Another characteristic of Crete is the exceptionally hospitable, independent, and proud attitude of the locals. Walk into a traditional village and they will invite you to sit and eat with them and offer you "raki", the local spirit. Taste the Cretan Cuisine, which is considered as one of the world's most healthy, listen to the sound of traditional lyra playing local music, be amazed by the scenery. Let yourself live this exciting atmosphere and experience!

Crete is an ideal resort for extending your stay for holidays!

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Visa requirements
Citizens of the European Union or holders of a valid Schengen Visa do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Greece:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua And Barbuda, Argentina, Australiaa, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holy See (the Vatican), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, South, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Kitts And Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The FYROM, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Taiwan.

Citizens of all other countries should contact their nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate in order to obtain information, a visa or other necessary documents for their travel.

The organizers will provide any required documents confirming participation to the conference only after registration is confirmed by fee payment.