The course will be held at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School on the Island of Spetses (Greece) offering excellent meeting facilities and idyllic surroundings with lots of recreational possibilities.
Free wireless internet is available.
A.K.S.S. Foundation – Spetses Schools
18050 Spetses, Greece
Participants will be accommodated at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School in dormitory-style, shared or single rooms. Most rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning. A few have to share toilet and shower facilities. Room assignments will be made based on the time you registered for the course. The School provides towels and bed linen.
Lecturers will stay at Spetses Hotel.
There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in September varies normally between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome. Since the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.
Do not forget your swimsuit, beach towel, and foot protection for swimming: The Sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones.
Please bring your proof of studentship; this is required for excursions.
Spetses is an island just off the south coast of the Peloponnese mainland about 2½ hours from the port of Piraeus. If you are flying into Greece, you will want to land at Athens International Airport.
GENERAL TRAVEL PLAN
- Fly to Athens International Airport.
- Go by bus (1½ hrs), metro (1-1½ hrs), or taxi (1-1½ hrs) to Athens harbor (Piraeus).
- Take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2-3 hrs) or ferry (4½-5 hrs) to the Island of Spetses
- Take a water taxi (3 min), a taxi (5 min), a horse buggy (5 min) or walk (20-30 min) from Spetses Harbor to AKSS (for participants) or Spetses Hotel (for lecturers).
Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus
There is a direct bus (X96) from the Athens International Airport to Piraeus. The bus departs from the designated area at the arrivals level of the main terminal building just outside the Schengen Exit (doors 4-5). The travelling time is about 1½ hours depending on the traffic. A one-way ticket costs €6 and can be bought from the driver or the information kiosk by the bus stop at the airport. Half price tickets are available for students upon showing their student card (university ID) plus passport or ID. For more information, the web site of the company that operates the public buses is OASA (Athens Public Transport Organization).
Alternatively, you can also go via the center of Athens by metro (Line #3, blue). You must then change at Monastiraki metro station in the center of Athens and take the direct metro to Piraeus (Line #1, green). Travelling time is about 1-1½ hours; a one-way ticket costs €10. Metro travel information can be found here.
Port of Piraeus to the Island of Spetses
From the port of Piraeus there are frequent Flying Dolphin and Catamaran departures to Spetses. The travelling time varies depending on how many stops the boat makes on the way (about 2-3 hrs). A one-way ticket costs approx. €40.
You are strongly advised to book your tickets well in advance due to the high season in Greece. Several connections can be booked out by the time you reach Greece. Check the schedules at Hellenic Seaways and book online or call +30 210 8919800.
Spetses harbor to Anargyrios & Korgialenios School/Spetses Hotel
The distance from the harbor to AKSS or Spetses Hotel is about 1.5 km.
On foot: It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk the distance along the water.
Water taxi: A water taxi takes a maximum of eight people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel / Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses.
Horse buggies: The horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbor in front of the Poseidonion Hotel. Make sure to arrange the price in advance.
Alternative Travel Option
If you miss the last boat to Spetses or more than two travel together, you can take a taxi or a rental car from Athens Airport to Kosta, which is a small town on the mainland fairly close to the Island of Spetses. It is important that you either fix a price or get the taxi driver to start the meter before departure. At Kosta you can get a water taxi directly to AKSS/Spetses Hotel.