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Meeting Venue
The Meeting will be hosted at the Conference Centre of the Creta Maris Hotel (see hotel plan). 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 Olympic Airlines. Flights from Athens [ATH] to Heraklion [HER], take approximately 45 min.

Charter airlines operate direct, chartered flights to Heraklion, daily from April to October, 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.
Please consult Katrea Travel Agency (conference@katrea.gr) for transportation details and reservations.


Meeting Transfers
Transfer service between Heraklion International Airport [HER] and the meeting venue or meeting hotels will be available and arranged by the organizers, for selected flights on the 29th April 2006. The exact schedule will be announced.
For those who prefer to travel on their own, taxis are available outside the airport terminal building. Typical fares to the meeting venue or meeting hotels are around €40 (one-way).


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 19C. During April-May and throughout the summer, expect the temperature to range from 24C to 34C with a mild sea breeze usually moderating the heat. 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 picks host the ''Kri-Kri'', the Cretan goat, 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:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, The Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lettonia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, the Vatican, Venezuela.

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 meeting only after registration is confirmed by fee payment.