APGV 2009 will be hosted at the Panorama Hotel located 5 km outside of the city of Chania. Panorama is a luxurious beach hotel built at a beautiful location offering magnificent-all round views of the bay of Chania and the historic islet of Thodorou.
For more information about the venue please visit the web site of Panorama Hotel.
Conference attendees are kindly requested to communicate directly with the conference hotel in relation to their bookings, either via phone (+30 28210 31700) or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please mention you are attending APGV 2009 to get the special conference rates which are:
75 Euros for a single occupancy room including breakfast
90 Euros for a double occupancy room including breakfast
A credit card number is required for confirmation of the hotel booking.
Please book early as Crete is a major holiday destination!
By airplane : The airport of Chania is located in Acrotiri, 15 km from the town of Chania. Every day there are 8 flights to/from Athens (flight time approx. 40 min). During the tourist season Chania is connected to many places abroad through charter flights. For more information check out the Aegean Airlines online reservation system and the Olympic Airlines online reservation system . There are also direct flight from major European cities to Heraklion airport (Heraklion is a two hour drive from Chania).
By boat : For the leisure traveler the boat is another excellent way to get to Chania. Souda bay, located 7 km from the town of Chania, is daily connected by a regular (overnight) ferry-boat to Piraeus. There are also regular and high-speed boats from Piraeus to Rethymno (1 hour drive from Chania) and Heraklion (2 hours drive from Chania). For more details see the ANEK site (regular overnight service).
Chania is a heavenly and pure land brimming with natural beauty, history, memory and culture. It is a land whose visitors will experience nature in all its glory and will encounter breathtaking sights. Endless stretches of seashore bordered in frothy lace, inlets and islands of exotic beauty and sandy beaches tucked away at the foot of forbidding mountains. Impenetrable but yet such majestic gorges, holy caves, blessed rivers and lush, green plains thickly covered with olive and citrus trees. It is a self-sufficient land in every way that is rich in endemic and rare flora and fauna. Perhaps most importantly, the visitor will encounter a people who recognize life's gifts and value. The Cretan soul will infuse him with the feeling of true hospitality and will leave him mesmerized and forever partial to its beauty. For more information about Chania and Greece visit the Chania Prefecture and the Greek National Tourism Organization.
The morphology of the landscape and the location of Crete in the center of the Mediterranean have a direct effect on the climate of the prefecture of Chania which is characterized as temperate Mediterranean and particularly dry with sunlight 70% of the year. Winter is mild and the climate from November to March is characterized as cold, but not frosty with frequent showers. In October it rarely rains, the weather is still warm and mild and a dip in the sea is still a pleasant one. May and September are usually sunny, but not excessively warm. The summer however is quite hot and arid with June and July being the hottest months of the year and without rainfall. For more information check out the Hellenic National Meteorological Service.
Greece follows the EU Schengen Agreement provisions concerning short term visa issues. No visa is required for most countries, including US passport holders. Non-EU passport holders: please check at the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information of whether a visa is required, and follow the necessary procedures at your local embassy/consulate.
The Euro (EUR) is the currency of Greece. A currency converter is available here. Most ATMs accept Visa and MasterCard (you'll pay interest on cash withdrawals) as well as debit cards of internationally recognized networks such as Cirrus and Maestro. Traveller's cheques and Eurocheques issued by official carriers can be exchanged to all Greek and foreign banks. Most major credit cards are accepted in Greece.
The electricity supply in Greece is alternating current, 220-250 volts, 50 Hz. Appliances for 110 or 120 volts may be operated by using step down transformers of 220 - 250/110 volts connected to each outlet.
September 30 - October 2