Accompanying persons are also warmly welcome to join us in Thessaloniki. The conference has organized for them, a pleasant stay with a rich social programme, giving them the opportunity to discover the culture and the history of the region.
If an accompanying person wishes to join the Conference events, the registration fee of 95 EUR must be paid.
The Accompanying persons fee includes:
Accompanying person Option “A”
- Admission to the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail
- Half day city tour on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
- Admission to the Cultural Event
Accompanying person Option “B”
- Admission to the Closing Ceremony
- Half day city tour on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
- Admission to the Cultural Event
Access to the conference venue during the scientific symposia and the industrial exhibition is limited to registered conference participants.
To register as an accompanying person please click here
METEORA (approx. 490 km / estim. Duration 07.30-18.30)
A highlight of your stay in Greece will be a visit to the Meteora Monasteries. Meteora is a geological miracle, which one should see for himself in order to believe. Nowadays, only six monasteries are well preserved and four of them are still inhabited. We shall visit 2 of these fabulous monasteries, built high upon the steep rocks. Each monastery owns a vast richness of frescoes and icons. Afterwards, we will make our lunch break in Kalambaka. Our last stop will be in the Valley of Tempi, and then we return to the city of Thessaloniki.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: For entering the monasteries of Meteora, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies must not wear short skirts and must have long sleeves. Men are not allowed to wear shorts
THESSALONIKI CITY TOUR (approx. 30 km / estim. duration 09.30-14.30)
Meet us at the pickup point near to your hotel and begin the sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki. You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower and the main landmarks of the city, such as the Galerius Arch, the Rotonda monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli) and the City Walls, where you will be able to admire the marvelous view of Thessaloniki! During your tour, there will be a short stop at Agios Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt, and you will also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum. Return to your hotel’s nearest drop off point.
MT. ATHOS CRUISE (FROM/TO ORMOS PANAGIAS) (approx. 230 km / estim. duration 7.00-18.30)
The first part of the program begins with a transfer by bus to Ormos Panagias, situated in N-E of the Sithonia peninsula in Chalkidiki. From this seaport, we will go on with our journey, sailing towards the south of the Athos Peninsula, until we reach the south limit, where the highest point is 2.033 m. From here we shall sail north, along the western coast. You will be able to see from a close distance (from the boat), the mysterious and miraculous place which has been for centuries the center of Orthodoxy and you will find out new information about the history of Mount Athos and 8 of its monasteries. After approximately 4 hours we shall stop in Ouranoupoli, where you will have enough free time to discover the village, to take a walk, to shop or to have a traditional meal in one of the taverns there. On our way, back from Ouranoupoli, the boat will sail to the west, to Ormos Panagias and for 1 hour and a half you will watch a wonderful program with traditional dances and Greek music. The cruise will finish in Ormos Panagias, where the bus will be waiting for you to drive back to Thessaloniki.
PELLA - VERGINA (approx. 250 km / estim. duration 08.30-18.00)
Departure for the visit of the archaeological site of Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Guided tour of the site and the museum. Continuation to the archaeological site of Vergina, once the capital of the Macedonian kingdom and nowadays one of the most important archeological sites of Greece. Visit of the museum with the Royal tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Return to Thessaloniki.
DION-OLYMPOS (approx. 200 km / estim. duration 09.00-18.00)
Departure for Dion, religious center of the Ancient Macedonians dedicated to the worship of Olympian Zeus, situated at the footsteps of the famous Mount Olympus, the mythical home of the Gods. In Dion, Alexander the Great offered rich sacrifices to the Gods before leaving for his legendary expedition to Asia. Visit of the archaeological site and the museum. We continue to the traditional village of Litochoro. Free time for a tour of this picturesque village and for a walk in the valley of Enipeas, on the low slopes of the mountain. Return to Thessaloniki.
LAKE KERKINI WILD LIFE (approx. 220 km, estimated duration: 08.20-16.30)
Kerkini lake is an artificial lake situated in north-eastern Greece, around 100 km away from Thessaloniki, in a natural region most unspoiled and famous for its beautiful landscapes of forests and mountains, green planes and water streams. Though artificial, Kerkini lake has turned into an important landmark where wildlife has been able to develop. Today this is one of the most relevant birding site, as it is located along the migratory flyway from the Balkans to the Aegean Sea. As the area is naturally a marshland, it is home to buffaloes and other wildlife. This excursion will let you enjoy one of the most unknown and original regions of northern Greece. In the proximity of the lake you can enjoy a boat tour or rent a bike, you can make a jeep safari or a horse ride, you can enjoy a long walking and stop at a local coffee shop or tavern to taste the local products, take beautiful pictures, breathe unpolluted air. The natural beauty of the region, the high ecological significance of the lake and its contribution to the agricultural development of the surrounding valley are the reasons that make it worth visiting.
F/D = Full Day -- H/D = Half Day
- Children are from 4 until 12 years old.
- Children from 0 until 4 are free of charge, without seat.
- The excursions Thessaloniki city tour, Meteora, Dion – Olympos & Pella –Vergina include transfers and bilingual speaking guide.
- The excursion MT Athos cruise includes transfer, bilingual speaking escort and ticket for the cruise. information through speakers on board in various languages.
- The excursion lake Kerkini wild life includes transfer, bilingual speaking escort