The Joint FEBS-EMBO Lecture course will take place at Spetses Hotel on Spetses Island, Greece. The hotel has an excellent location, secluded and quiet, and offers excellent meeting facilities. This includes appropriate lecture rooms as well as several facilities for informal meetings to allow free exchange among participants. Spetses Hotel is located about 1km from the port and center of the island, Dapia. It has a private beach and is very easily accessible by sea, as the hotel provides a pier where sea taxis can transfer visitors. Finally, there is a bus stop close to the front entrance of the hotel.
Spetses Island, 180 50 - Greece
Accommodation will be arranged by the Course Organizers.
Accommodation costs included in the registration fee are for a double occupancy room. If you have a preferred roommate, please indicate this during the registration process. Triple rooms are also available for students receiving a stipend.
There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in September varies normally between 25 - 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome. In case 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 may be required for the excursion.
Spetses is an island just off the south coast of the Peloponnese mainland about 2½ hours from the Athens port of Piraeus. If you are flying into the Greece, you will want to land at Athens International Airport.
GENERAL TRAVEL PLAN
1. Fly to Athens International Airport.
2. Go by train (1hr), bus (1½ hrs.), metro (1-1½ hrs.)or taxi (1-1½ hrs.) to Athens harbor (Piraeus).
3. Take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2-3 hrs.) or ferry (4½-5 hrs.) to the Island of Spetses.
4. Take a water taxi (3 min), a taxi (5 min), a horse buggy (5 min) or walk (15-20 min) from Spetses Harbor to Spetses Hotel.
Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus
There are direct train and bus connections from Athens International Airport to Piraeus. The train leaves at the departures level (if you arrive in Athens you’ll take the elevator up) and it’s connected to the main building via a passageway with a moving walkaway. It takes 3-5 minutes to get to the station from the main airport terminal’s entrance/exit. Follow the signs “to Trains”. There are hourly connections between 6am-10pm with a travelling time of one hour. A one-way tickets costs about €3. Schedules and more information can be found at http://www.trainose.gr/ . The bus (X96) 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 http://www.amel.gr.
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 https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/ and book online or call +30 210 8919800.
Spetses harbor to Spetses Hotel
The distance from the harbor to Spetses Hotel is about 1 km.
By foot: It takes about 15-20 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 will take you straight to the pier of Spetses Hotel.
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 Spetses Hotel.