Accompanying persons are most welcome to join us in Thessaloniki. The conference has especially organized a pleasant stay with a full social program, giving them the opportunity to discover the culture and the history of the region.
Should an accompanying person wish to attend the Conference events, the registration fee of €95 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 / estimated duration 07.30-18.30)
A definite highlight of your stay in Greece will be a visit to the Meteora Monasteries. Meteora is a geological miracle, which one has see to believe. Nowadays, only six monasteries are well preserved and four of these are still active. We shall visit 2 of these fabulous monasteries, situated high upon steep rocks. Each monastery is home to a vast number of fine frescoes and icons. This will be followed by a stop for lunch in Kalambaka. Our final stop will be in the Valley of Tempi prior to returning to Thessaloniki.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: To enter the monasteries of Meteora, appropriate clothing is required. Ladies must avoid short skirts and wear long sleeves. Men are not permitted to wear shorts
THESSALONIKI CITY TOUR (approx. 30 km / estim. duration 09.30-14.30)
You will be met at a designated pickup point near your hotel and from here the sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki will begin. Sights will include the White Tower and the main landmarks of the city, such as Galerius Arch, the Rotonda Monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli) and the City Walls, from where you can admire the marvelous view over Thessaloniki! A brief stop will be made at Agios Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt, and you will enjoy the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum prior to returning 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 tour begins with a coach ride to Ormos Panagias, situated NE of the Sithonia Peninsula in Chalkidiki. From the port here, we will take a boat to the southern tip of Athos Peninsula with altitudes of 2,033 m. From here we shall sail north, along the western coast where you will have a chance to admire this mysterious miraculous place which has been the center of Orthodoxy for centuries and you will learn much about the history of Mount Athos and 8 of its monasteries. After a tour of approximately 4 hours we shall stop in Ouranoupoli, where you will have free time to discover the village, take a walk, shop or enjoy a traditional meal in one of the local tavernas. From Ouranoupoli we will sail to the west to Ormos Panagias and you will enjoy an hour and half program of traditional dances and Greek music. The cruise will end in Ormos Panagias, where the coach will be waiting to return to Thessaloniki.
PELLA - VERGINA (approx. 250 km / estim. duration 08.30-18.00)
This fascinating tour includes a visit to the archaeological site of Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. It includes a guided tour of both the site and the museum. This is followed by a visit to the archaeological site of Vergina, which was once the capital of the Macedonian kingdom and is now one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. A visit to the museum with the Royal tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great is included before returning to Thessaloniki.
DION-OLYMPOS (approx. 200 km / estim. duration 09.00-18.00)
This day-trip takes us to Dion, which was an important religious center for the Ancient Macedonians dedicated to the worship of Olympian Zeus. It is situated at the foot of the famous Mount Olympus, the legendary home of the Gods and it was here in Dion that Alexander the Great made rich sacrifices to the Gods before setting off on his expedition to Asia. After visiting both the archaeological site and the museum, we continue on to the traditional village of Litochoro. There will be free time here to explore this picturesque village and walk in the valley of Enipeas, on the foothills of the mountain before returning 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 from Thessaloniki, situated in a natural region unspoiled and famous for its beautiful forest and mountainous landscapes with green planes and streams. Though artificial, Kerkini Lake has become an important landmark where wildlife has been able to thrive and today this is one of the most relevant birding sites, as it is located along the migratory flyway from the Balkans to the Aegean Sea. As the area is natural marshland, it is home to buffaloes and other wildlife. This excursion will give you the chance to enjoy one of the lesser-known and original regions of northern Greece. Here you can enjoy a boat tour or rent a bike, try a jeep safari or horse ride, you can have a long hike and stop at a local café or taverna to taste the local products, take beautiful pictures and enjoy the fresh air. The region’s natural beauty, the ecological significance of the lake and its contribution to the agricultural development of the surrounding valley are some of the reasons that make it a place 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