Travel and Accommodations




ACCOMMODATIONS

The Conference will be held at the Grecotel Rhodes Imperial Hotel.

A Hotel registration form (in Microsoft Word format) is available here.
A Hotel registration form (in Postscript format) is available here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As it has already been noted, Grecotel Rhodes Imperial is completely sold out. Therefore, late reservations will be booked on close by hotels. There are several hotels within walking distance from Grecotel ranging from deluxe to budget hotels. Please contact Minerva as soon as possible to guarantee the room of your choice.

NOTE: Due to an oversight the ICS'99 web site listed the Rhodes Palace Hotel as an alternative to the conference hotel. Please note that the Rhodes Palace is NOT in the vicinity of the conference site and is NOT recommended by the Local Arrangements Committee. All recommended hotel choices are listed in the Hotel Reservation form.



TRAVEL

The Homer Tours travel agency provides economy fares for ICS'99 participants on most major European air carriers, including Alitalia, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss Air, KLM, Olympic, Sabena and others. Availability is limited so prices are not guaranteed. Therefore, early reservations are strongly recommended. You may also book tickets by calling the tool free number for reservations of any U.S. or European carrier or try your luck at www.priceline.com.

When calling Homer Tours please make sure you mention ICS'99 in Rhodes and preferably ask for Mr. Peter Petridis for your reservation.

Homer Tours Inc.
9023 North Milwaukee Av.
Niles, Illinois 60714

Phone Number (Toll Free): 1-888-999-4521

DIRECTIONS TO CONNECTING FLIGHTS TO RHODES

Most conference attendees arriving in Greece will arrive at the East Terminal (International terminal) of the Athens Airport - all international carriers arrive in this terminal. Those who fly Olympic Airlines will arrive at the West Terminal used exclusively by Olympic and domestic carriers. The simple diagram of the airport in Athens shows the relative location of the two terminals relative to the tarmac and the two routes (Route 1 and Route 2) which you can take by bus or taxi to arrive to West Terminal.

All flights to Rhodes depart from the West Terminal. Arriving attendees will therefore have to go through passport and customs control at East Terminal, take a bus or a taxi and transfer to West terminal to board your flights to Rhodes. There are airport buses that depart every 20 minutes from East to West Terminal just outside the arrival gates at East Terminal. You will also find tourist information desk and currency exchange bank offices outside the arrival exit. Your trip to West Terminal is approximately 15-30 minutes by taxi, depending on time of day and traffic. You should allow yourself at least 40 minutes to be on the safe side.

Taxi fare between the two terminals should be between 1,700 drx (appx. $6) and 2,000 ($7) plus appx 200 drx (or less than $1) for each piece of luggage that you check in the trunk. You may hire a taxi outside the arrival exit where there is a long queue of taxis and passangers (it usually flows pretty fast). You may also reserve a taxi to wait for you at the arrival gate with your name plate by faxing your arrival time, flight number and request to Katja Pitsounis at Minerva (minerva@mdnet.gr).

A bus connecting the two terminals of the Athens International airport runs every 30 minutes between 05:40 in the morning and 22:40 in the evening, and every 1 hour between 23:20 in the evening and 04:20 in the morning. Tickets can be bought outside the terminals.

Upon arrival in Rhodes you may ride one of the public buses from the airport to the Grecotel, or you may hire a taxi from the airport. The taxi/bus ride from the Rhodes airport to the conference hotel is about 20 minutes. The depature time of the public buses from the airport is following.

05:55, 06:35, 06:45, 07:10, 07:20, 07:50, 08:25, 09:25, 09:45, 10:35, 11:15,
12:05, 12:45, 13:45, 14:15, 14:50, 15:10, 15:30, 16:15, 16:35, 17:20, 18:00,
18:45, 19:50, 20:00, 20:35, 21:35, 22:55, 23:35, 00:10

BOATS TO RHODES

Several passenger boats depart daily from the Athenian port of Pereas for Rhodes. All departures are in the late afternoon and evening and they arrive in Rhodes between 6am-9am the next morning. Depending on the boat the trip takes 10-14 hours and the cost is somewhat less than the airfare. If you want more adventure and wish to experience the serenity, beauty and fresh breeze of the Aegean Sea late at night, a boat ride might be the right thing. The best way to reach the port of Pereas is by taxi from the airport. It takes appx. 30-50minutes and costs appx. $3,000 drx ($10).

OVERNIGHT OR EXTENDED STAYS IN ATHENS

If your plane arrives late at night your connection to Rhodes may not be until the following morning. In case you need to reserve hotel rooms for overnight stay close to the airport or in downtown Athens please contact Katja Pitsounis at Minerva.

Minerva can also help you with transportation and hotel reservations if you plan to tour other parts of Greece before/after ICS.

Information about Rhodes


For any questions, please email ics99@csrd.uiuc.edu