The ECIS2022 Welcome Reception will take place on Sunday, September 4, at the Conference Venue. The Beach Bar of Minoa Palace Resort sets the ideal scenery for welcoming ECIS2022 participants in Crete and sparkling the first scientific discussions!
The Conference Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 8, at 20.00 at “Sapel Beach Restaurant”, which is close to the conference venue. A tasteful dinner, Cretan wine and entertainment for all delegates. The fee is 50.00 euros per person.
You can book it here.
The afternoon of Wednesday, September 7, is devoted to socializing and networking. These afternoon excursions are proposed to ECIS2022 participants, designed to satisfy any taste…
Visit to Rethymno and the Monastery of Arkadi
This tour starts at 12.30 from the Conference Venue Minoa Palace Hotel (lunch basket provided by the hotel). At first a visit to the historic Monastery of Arkadi, built in 1587, which is located 23 km east from Rethymno and 80 km east of Chania. Following Arkadi, we will visit the town of Rethymno and enjoy a walk on the picturesque Port, the Venetian Fortress and the narrow winding streets of the old town, which reveal the city’s turbulent history. We will be back at the Venue before 20.30.
The excursion fee is of 35.00 euros per person and includes transfers to/from Arkadi Historic Monastery and Rethymno Town with luxury a/c coach, one professional official English speaking guide per coach and the entrance fee at the monastery and its museum. You can book it here.
Hiking in Imbros Gorge
We depart at 12.30 from the Conference Venue Minoa Palace Hotel (lunch box provided by the hotel). Imbros Gorge is located in the province of Sfakia, south of Chania, and is the third most visited gorge in Crete. It belongs to the E4 European hiking path. The scenery is beautiful, and the low difficulty makes the descent of Imbros ideal for non-experienced hikers. The length of the gorge is 11 km and the course lasts 2-3 hours. After a break to Komitades, the village at the end of the gorge, we will visit the Lake Kournas, the largest natural lake in Crete. The Lake is located in an enchanting landscape, between the west slopes of the White Mountains and the fertile plane of Georgioupolis. Lake Kournas and its surroundings constitute a very important ecosystem for Greece. We will be back at the Venue before 20.30. Light clothing and good walking shoes are important.
The excursion fee is of 30.00 euros per person and includes transfers to/from Imbros Gorge and the lake with luxury a/c coach, one professional English speaking escort per coach and the entrance fee for the gorge. You can book it here.
Visit to the Cave of Agia Sofia (Santa Sophia) and for swimming at Elafonisi
We depart at 12.30 from the Conference Venue Minoa Palace Hotel (lunch box provided by the hotel). The Cave is located 47km southwest of Chania, on the western walls of the gorge Topolia, near the main road to Elafonisi. On the left of the cave entrance, there is the small church dedicated to Hagia Sophia (Wisdom of God). The entrance of the cave has a width of 25m, while the height reaches 20m in many points, being really huge. The cave has two rooms with different heights, the surface of which is full of stalagmites. The cave was a very important place of worship in the ancient times. In the cave, a clay figurine dating from the 4th century BC has been found. Moreover, Neolithic, Early Minoan, Late Minoan, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman pottery traces have been found. Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania and 5km south of Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, in the south westernmost tip of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong peninsula, which often breaks in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island. It is a Natura 2000 protected area. The endangered loggerhead sea turtle and several more rare animals and plants find shelter on the island; it is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals, shells and sand from the area. The excursion fee is of 30.00 euros per person and includes transfers with luxury a/c coach, one professional English speaking escort per coach. You can book it here.
Crete and Chania offer numerous options for diverse activities that will keep accompanying persons busy during the Conference hours. Sightseeing, historical/archeological visits, sports, hiking, diving, are just a few of them. Information can be found in several websites, or in place. Herein, we highlight only two of the most complete websites regarding Crete: