Hotels, tours and general information

Hotel Information
Excursions and Other Activities
General Information
Airport
Transportation issues
Embassies
Tourism in Athens
Summer Entertainment in Athens
Cultural events
Helpful tips
Currency Conversion
Payment Info
Time Zone
Phone Calls
Useful Phones
Language Issues


Hotel Information

Several hotels are available for accommodating VLDB 97 participants.  The organizers have booked rooms at the following hotels

HOTEL
STAR RATING
SINGLE
DOUBLE
SINGLE
DOUBLE
GRD
GRD
US $
US $
ASTIR PALACE RESORT/ Vouliagmeni
DELUXE
37.000
42.000
139
158
ARMONIA / Vouliagmeni
FOUR
27.500
34.100
103
128
PLAZA / Vouliagmeni
FOUR
25.300
30.800
95
116
CONGO PALACE / Glyfada
FOUR
17.300
22.600
65
86
EMMANTINA / Glyfada
FOUR
14.400
19.200
54
72
BEST WESTERN FENIX / Glyfada
FOUR
13.700
19.800
51
74

Please, note that the US$ prices have been calculated according to the currency exchange ("buy" rate) of US$ 1 = 266.365 GRD (GRD=Greek drachmas) set on May 22, 1997. Final calculations should be made according to the current prices on the payment day.

Note :

  1. Glyfada is about 9 km distance from the conference location (Astir Palace Resort at Vouliagmeni).
  2. Armonia and Plazza Hotels (at Vouliagmeni) are within walking distance from the conference location (Astir Palace Resort at Vouliagmeni).
  3. There will be a bus service during the days of the conference to accommodate the participants who stay at the hotels in Glyfada to and from the conference location. The bus will follow a prescheduled itinerary passing from all the above hotels each morning and will make the same journey returning from the conference location late at afternoon.
  4. All hotel rates are inclusive of presently applicable taxes, breakfast and service charges.


Excursions and Other Activities

There is a number of excursions and other activities (pre- and post-conference tours) for accompanying persons. A representative of the official VLDB 97 travel agency (Airtour Greece S.A.) will be at the conference location to assist you. For more information, do not hesitate also to contact them at the address :

(1) Half-Day sightseeing of the Cape Sounion

(2) Half-Day sightseeing tour of Athens

(3) Full-Day sightseeing tour of Athens and Cape Sounion with lunch

(4) Delphi

(5) Argolis

(6) One-Day Cruise

(7) Country Night - Byzantine Estate

PRE & POST CONGRESS TOURS
RATES in GRD/person
ATHENS SIGHTSEEING without lunch ( Morning Tour )
7.000
ATHENS SIGHTSEEING with lunch ( Morning Tour )
14.000
ATHENS SIGHTSEEING / CAPE SOUNION with lunch
17.000
COUNTRY NIGHT ( Evening Tour/ Old Stables)
11.000
DELPHI ( Full Day Tour ) with lunch
15.000
ARGOLIS ( Full Day Tour ) with lunch
15.000
DELPHI ( Full Day Tour ) without lunch
13.000
ARGOLIS ( Full Day Tour ) without lunch
13.000
One-Day Cruise
12.500

Note :

  1. Tour costs for the first 3 tours are subject to a minimum of 30 persons traveling.
  2. Full payment is required for booking tours.
  3. More excursions/trips are also available. Please contact the official VLDB 97 travel agency (Airtour Greece S.A.)
  4. AIRTOUR GREECE S.A.
    330, Thiseos Ave.
    Athens,GR 176 75
    GREECE
    Tel: +30-1-9395-663 through -665
    Fax: +30-1-9395300
    email: incentiv@airtour.gr

    Responsible for VLDB 97: Mr. P. Skordos, Ms. Chr. Mastoridou


General Information

Airport

The Athens International airport is located about 10 Km from the Conference hotel and is constructed near the so called "Poseidon Coast". The airport has two terminals: Western (usually for the greek air company Olympic Airways) and the eastern terminal (for the international companies and flights). Apart from these there is also the charter flights' terminal, which lies close to the eastern terminal. The visitor usually uses a taxi from the airport to the rest of Athens and suburbs.

Airport:
East Terminal: tel. 9699111 fax. 9612822
West Terminal: tel. 9369111
Telex: 225661
Location:
9mls/14Kms South of Athens
Transportation to city centre:
Bus: Express service, fare GRD 160, journey time 30 mins.
Bus: fare GRD 75, journey time 50 mins.
Taxi: fare GRD 1700, journey time 25 mins
Terminals:
West and East.
Transportation between terminals by bus: fare GRD 160, journey time 20 mins.
Flight information:
East Terminal: 9699467, 9699443, 9699530
West Terminal: 9369111 (24 hours)
Baggage facilities/left luggage:
Left luggage available 24 hours, GRD 400 per item
Disabled facilities:
Lifts, toilets, wheelchairs, ramps
Banks/bureaux de change:
West Terminal:
  • Agricultural Bank of Greece 08:15-20:30
  • National Bank of Greece 07:00-23:00
East Terminal:
  • Agricultural Bank of Greece available 24 hours
  • National Bank of Greece 07:00-23:00
  • Commercial Bank of Greece 07:00-22:30
  • Bank of Crete 07:30-22:00
  • General Bank 07:00--21:00
Tourist Information:
Tel. 9699500, 09:00-19:00 Mon-Fri, 12:00-18:00 Sat

Embassies in Athens

The addresses and phone numberes of all embassies in Athens are availiable on-line.

The weather

The weather is typically warm during August days (30 deg C / 86 deg F) and pleasantly cool during the evenings (20 deg C/68 deg F).

The tourist should though have an umbrella (for the rare summer rains) and a thin jacket for possible cooler-than-usual evenings. On-line information about everyday Athens weather can be found at :

Hint: Celsius to Fahrenheit degrees are converted to each other using the formulas F = C * 1.8 + 32 and C=(F-32)/1.8.

Transportation Issues

Olympic Airways is the official VLDB 97 carrier. For air fares, please check with your closest Olympic Airways office.

The visitor can safely use a taxi or can also rent a car.

Tourism in Athens

Athens is a well-known city for the ancient monuments (Acropole, Parthenon) and museums. A lot of tourists visit these monuments, as well as the surrounding area called "Plaka", which has many traditional greek stores and restaurants. You can proceed to a virtual tour of Athens.

Summer Entertainment in Athens

During day the tourist can visit Plaka (see "Tourism in Athens"), can visit nice beaches in Attika for swimming and other sea sports. Night entertainment lasts till three at the morning during summer and the Poseidon Coast (near where the Conference will be held) is the center of the summer night life of Athens, with many music clubs and bars. Other typical entertainment in Athens during summer include fish eating at restaurants and sightseeing along with greek coffee drinking by the sea (morning and afternoon).

Cultural events

The most important event of cultural interest in Athens during August is the Athens Festival of Herodio, which includes many events (concerts, ballet, ancient greek theatre) and is held by the Athens Acropole in the ancient Amphitheatre of Herod Atticus. Another very important cultural event, though not in Athens, is a series of events that happen in the second biggest city of Greece, Thessaloniki, (about 50 minutes trip with the Olympic Airways flights). These cultural events are held to celebrate the city being the Cultural Capital of Europe for 1997.


Helpful Tips

Phone Calls

Currency Conversions

The greek currency unit is called "drachmi" (or drachma in English) for one and "drachmes" for two or more. The visitor can find approximate currency conversion rates at: http://www.rubicon.com/passport/currency/currency.htm.

Language issues

English language is well understood in tourist places. Taxi drivers usually do not speak english, apart from numbers in english to be able to tell you the fare. The greek language is a difficult one, since it is not based on the latin alphabet, but the greek one. Most of the characters of the greek alphabet have been used by the slav alphabet, which is used by eastern Europe countries.

The greek language is also spoken in Cyprus, since the majority of its inhabitants are of greek nationality. To feel more acquainted with the language you can see and hear some greek words.

Time Zone

Greece is located at GMT+2 Time Zone. Athens geographic coordinates are 38°N and 23°E. Time differences are +1 hour from central european time, +2 hours from western Europe, +7 hours from the US eastern coast (New York) and -7 hours from Australia. Thus 12:00 noon in Athens is 5:00 in the morning in New York.

Useful Phones

EMERGENCY POLICE
100
EMERGENCY FIRE BRIGADE
199
MEDICAL EMERGENCY
166
TOURIST POLICE
171
ALL NIGHT / WEEKEND CENTRAL ATHENS PHARMACIES
107
DOCTORS ON DUTY
105
EMERGENCY HOSPITALS / CLINICS
106
ROAD ASSISTANCE (CAR BREAKDOWN)
104
154

You can have a access one-line a much more detailed list of useful phones in Athens or search in the greek yellow pages.

Payment info

Hotels, restaurants and stores in the tourist areas accept credit cards, but for other payments (transportation, food, entertainment) the tourist should carry cash in drachmas.


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Last update: 26-July-1997