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2015

NANORF MEETING

22 January 2015
Atlantis Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Organizer: IESL-FORTH
Number of participants: 50

Quality Nano Conference – Current Status and Future Plans of Nanosafety Research and Implementation

University College Dublin, Ireland 15 – 17 July, 2015 Aldemar Knossos Royal Hotel,
Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
Number of participants: 150

NANOTEC MEETING

20 & 21 July 2015
Minoa Palace Hotel, Platania - Chania, Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 80

EMBO CONFERENCE Molecular chaperones: From molecules to cells and misfolding diseases

8 – 13 May, 2015
Aldemar Knossos Royal Hotel,
Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
Organizer: Technische Universitaet Muenchen Germany
Number of participants: 200

Current Status and Future of Nanosafety Research ana Implementation

15th to 17th July 2015
Knossos Royal, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Number of participants: 150

3rd FAST-DOT SUMMER SCHOOL "PHOTONICS MEEETS BIOLOGY"

28 September - 2 October, 2015
Knossos Royal Hotel, Anissaras, Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 100

Gas, Dust and Star-Formation in Galaxies from Local to Far Universe (GDSF2015

25 - 29 May, 2015
Minoa Palace Hotel, Platanias - Chania, Crete, Greece
Organizer: University of Crete
Number of participants: 120

SMARTPOWER MEETING

16 & 17 July 2015
Minoa Palace Hotel, Platanias - Chania, Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL-FORTH
Number of participants: 80

Advances in ReRaM : Materials and Interfaces

11 - 16 October, 2015
Minoa Palace Hotel, Platanias - Chania, Crete, Greece Organizer: INN – NCSR “Demokritos”
Number of participants: 100

2014

AngioMatTrain Summer School

13 – 16 May 2014,
Agapi Beach Hotel, Ammoudara, Crete, Greece
Organizer: University of Crete
Number of participants: 50

SmartPower Meeting

19 & 20 June 2014,
Arachova, Crete, Greece
Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 25

TCM 2014, 5th International Symposium on Transparent Conductive Materials

12 – 17 October 2014,
Minoan Palace Hotel, Platanias-Chania,
Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL - FORTH / University of Crete
Number of participants: 200

NANOTEC Meeting

14 May 2014,
Atlantica Sensatori Resort Hotel, Analipsi, Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 50

8th MPNS Annual Progress Conference and DC OC Hearings

9 – 11 September 2014,
Atlantis Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 80

ERAC Meeting

5 & 6 June 2014,
Candia Maris Resort Hotel, Ammoudara, Crete, Greece Organizer: FORTH
Number of participants: 100

30th Panhellenic Conference on Solid-State Physics and Materials Science

21 -24 September 2014,
FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 200

2013

International Energy Agency

Kickoff Meeting of Task 32 “Hydrogen-based energy storage” of the Hydrogen Implementation Agreement
21-25 April 2013,
Club Magic Life Candia Maris Imperial Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Organizer: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Crete Number of participants: 60

Nanorf & Mercure Meetings

13 & 16 September 2013
Agia Pelagia, Crete, Greece
Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants:30

TCM 2014, 5th International Symposium on Transparent Conductive Materials

12 – 17 October 2014,
Minoan Palace Hotel, Platanias-Chania,
Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL - FORTH / University of Crete
Number of participants: 200

Nanobiotouch Project Meeting

15-16 May 2013
Out of the Blue Capsis Resort , Agia Pelagia,
Heraklion, Crete
Organizer: University of Birmingham
Number of participants: 100

2nd Summer School “ Photonics meets Biology ”

29 September - 3 October 2013
Creta Maris Beach Resort, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 120

EUROMAR 2013

30 June - 5 July 2013
Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: NCSR “Demokritos”
Number of participants: 650

Mediterranean Marine Biodiversity in view of climate change and the invasion of alien species

7-9 October 2013
Heraklion Chamber, Greece
Organizer: IMBBC – HCMR
Number of participants: 120

2012

22nd Cretan Pediatric Academic Symposium

7 April 2012
Auditorium, Medical School,
University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete
Organizer: Medical School, University of Crete
Number of participants: 180

Mercure Project Meeting

20 July 2012
Atlantica Sensatory Resort Hotel, Analipsi, Crete
Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 60

Foresight Workshop "Time-Resolved X-Ray Imaging

21 - 22 May 2012
Out of the Blue Capsis Resort,
Agia Pelagia, Crete
Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 90

5th International Conference "Micro & Nano 2012" on Micro - Nanoelectronics, Nanotechnologies and MEMs

7 - 10 October 2012
Aquis Arina Sand Hotel, Kokkini Hani, Heraklion.
Organizer: IESL - FORTH / NCSR “Demokritos”
Number of participants: 87

SmartPower Project Meeting

13 June 2012
Atlantica Sensatori Resort Hotel, Analipsi, Crete
Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 30

TCM 2012 4th International Symposium on Transparent Conductive Materials (former TCOs)

21 - 25 October 2012
Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: IESL FORTH / University of Crete
Number of participants: 300

2011

21st Cretan Pediatric Academic Symposium

9 April 2011
Auditorium, Medical School,
University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete.
Organizer: Medical School, University of Crete
Number of participants: 300

3rd IC4N - 2011

3rd International Conference from Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials to Nanodevices and Nanosystems.
26 – 29 June 2011
Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: University of Texas at Arlington
Number of participants: 200

ATTOFEL Summer School

2 – 7 May 2011
Atlantica Caldera Palace, Analipsi, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: IESL – FORTH
Number of participants: 60

ESOC 2011

17th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry
10 – 15 July 2011
Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Crete
Number of participants: 940

Low Emittance Rings 2011

3 – 5 October 2011
Candia Maris Hotel, Heraklion, Crete.
Organizer: CERN
Number of participants:120

1st Interdisciplinary Conference: Nodular Thyroid Disease. Diagnostic Approach, Current Developments and Concerns

14 May 2011
Multi Purpose Hall, Municipality of Heraklion, Crete.
Organizer: General Hospital of Heraklion "Venizeleio & Pananio"
Number of participants: 120

Fastdot Meeting & Summer School in "Photonics meets Biology"

12 – 18 September 2011
Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete.
Organizer: IESL - FORTH
Number of participants: 60

2010

2009

2008

• 20ο Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο 20 Μαρτίου 2010, Atlantis Hotel, Heraklion, Crete
• 2ο Παγκρήτιο Συνέδριο για την Ψυχιατρική Μεταρρύθμιση & την Ψυχική Υγεία 22-24 Απριλίου, Moevenpick Resort, Αμμουδάρα Ηρακλείου, Κρήτη
• 4ο Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο στη Συστημική Θεραπεία Η παραβατικότητα σήμερα: Ναρκωτικά, κακοποιήση και βία στα ανθρώπινα συστήματα 30 Απριλίου – 2 Μαΐου 2010, Atlantica Sensatori Resort Hotel, Ανάληψη Χερσονήσου, Κρήτη
• High Time Resolution Astronomy (HTRA-IV) 5-7 May 2010, Mirabello Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
• Astronomy with Megastructures, Join Science with E-ELT and SKA 10-14 May 2010, Mirabello Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
• The Sixth Aegean Meeting on Neurologic Therapeutics 29 -31 May 2010, Heraklion, Crete
• 3rd International Symposicum on Transparent Conducting Materials 17 – 21 October 2010, Atlantica Caldera Palace, Heraklion, Crete
• 17th European Symposium on Organic Chemistry 10 – 15 July 2011, Heraklion, Crete
• 19ο Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο 4 – 5 April 2009, Atlantis Hotel, Heraklion, Crete
• The Fifth Aegean Meeting on Neurologic Therapeutics 22 -25 May 2009, Heraklion, Crete
• ETOPIM 08 7 – 13 June 2009, Rithymna Beach Hotel, Rethymnon, Crete
• 18ο Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο 15 & 16 Μαρτίου 2008, Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Crete
• The Fourth Aegean Meeting on Neurologic Therapeutics 23 -25 May 2008, Heraklion, Crete
• HYPER-NANO – 2008 26 – 28 May 2008, Fodele Beach Hotel, Fodele, Crete
• GOSPEL Summer School, Crete 25 – 31 May 2008, Europa Beach Hotel, Anissaras, Heraklion, Crete
• MEMSWAVE 2008 30 June – 3 July 2008, Fodele Beach, Fodele, Crete
• Meeting in Honour of George Carter 6 – 10 September 2008, Fodele Beach, Fodele, Crete
• XΧΙΙI Panhellenic Conference on Solid State Physics 21 – 24 September 2008, FORTH – IESL, Heraklion, Crete
• DOSGEL 2008 29 September – 5 October 2008, Albatros Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete
• 2nd International Symposium on Transparent Conducting Oxides 22-26 October 2008, Creta Maris, Hersonissos, Crete
• Clear-up” Consortium meeting Hersonissos, Crete, 23-25 October, 2008

2007

2006

2005

• IRE WG “Regional Innovation Systems” 4th Meeting Fodele Beach Hotel, Crete 29 -30 October 2007
• 3rd GOSPEL Summer School, Crete Europa Beach Hotel, 30 September – 5 October 2007
• CEBR-Council of European BioRegions “GOOD PRACTICE WORKSHOP ON BIO-INCUBATORS” Fodele Beach Hotel 14/09/2007, Heraklion, Crete
• 17ο Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο Creta Maris Hotel, 17 – 18 March, 2007
• Summer School: Low-energy Ion Beam Techniques Fodele Beach Hotel, 1 – 2 May, 2007
• 2nd Annual ITS-LEIF Meeting Fodele Beach Hotel, 2 – 6 May, 2007
• Third Aegean Meeting on Neurologic Therapeutics Capsis Beach Hotel, 25 – 27 May, 2007
• 20th International Symposium on Ion-Atom Collisions Mirabello Beach Hotel, 2-3 August, 2007
• Short Course: Techniques for Polymer Analysis & Characterization Mirabello Beach Hotel, 30 September 2007
• 20th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization Mirabello Beach Hotel, 1 – 3 October 2007
• COST 288 2-3 February 2006
• 1st INSC, 10-12 March 2006, Foundation for Research and Techlology Hellas
• 16ο Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο 11 & 12 Μαρτίου 2006
• The Second Aegean Meeting on Neurologic Therapeutics 20 -23 May 2006
• GALEV 2006 Studying Galaxy Evolution with Spitzer and Herschel May 28 – June 2, 2006
• European Workshop on III-Nitride Semiconductor Materials and Devices Anissaras Hersonissos, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, September 18-20, 2006
• Dynamics Days Europe 2006 Crete, Greece, September 25-29, 2006
• 1st International Symposium on Transparent Conducting Oxides 23-25 October 2006, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• ASSEMIC Workshop Meeting 26-27 September 2006
• ANGLES WORKSHOP Analipsi, Crete , Greece April 4-8, 2005
• PECS-VI: International Symposium on Photonic and Electromagnetic Crystal Structures Aghia Pelaghia, Crete , Greece June 19-24, 2005
• ISMB 15th May – 20th May 2005, Creta Maris, Hersonissos
• 15o Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο, Candia Maris, 2-3 Απριλίου 2005, Ηράκλειο, Κρήτη
• 4th European Short Course of the Nose II network Analipsi, Crete, Greece October 9 – 15, 2005
• First Annual workshop on Advances in Nannophotonics Heraklion, Crete, Greece October 10 – 11, 2005
• PHOREMOST Meeting Heraklion, Crete, Greece October 21 – 23, 2005
• 3rd Panhellenic conference in the “systemic therapy ” FORTH, Heraklin, Crete 21 October – 23 October 2005

2004

2003

2002

• Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Evolution and the Fourth MC meeting September 30 – October 3, 2004, Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete
• NETWORK MEETING September 2004, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• COST MEETING October 2004, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• PANHELLENIC SYSTEMS SCIENCE CONFERENCE October 2004, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• 14o Παγκρήτιο Πανεπιστημιακό Παιδιατρικό Συμπόσιο 20-21 Μαρτίου 2004, Candia Maris, Ηράκλειο, Κρήτη
• HELLENIC F.A. March 2004, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• European Fusion Physics Workshop 8th – 10th December 2003, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• MEDIS Project Meeting 29th October – 1th November 2003, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• 25th Pupil Colloquium 10th – 14th September 2003, Hania, Crete, Greece
• European Drying Symposium (EUDrying 03) 4th – 6th September 2003, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• Science meets Policy: New Experiences – Future Perspectives 29th – 30th April 2003, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• CEC – Crest Meeting 26th – 29th March 2003, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• 13o ΠΑΓΚΡΗΤΙΟ ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΑΚΟ ΠΑΙΔΙΑΤΡΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΠΟΣΙΟ 15-16 March, 2003, Candia Maris Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• 8th Turkological Meeting 8th – 10th January 2003, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
• 5th European Conference on Systems Science 16-19 October 2002, Creta Maris Hotel, Crete, Greece
• POLYFUNCTION Polymers for Functional Nanostructures and Mesoscale Surface Engineering October 30 – November 1, 2002, Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
• Επίκαιρα Θέματα Οφθαλμολογίας 2002 Πανελλήνια Οφθαλμολογική Εταιρεία, 30-31 Αυγούστου 2002, Μυτιλήνη, Greece
• 3rd WORKSHOP ON MEMS FOR MILLIMETERWAVE COMMUNICATIONS “MEMSWAVE” 26th – 28th June 2002, Foundation for Research & Technology Hellas Heraklion , Crete, Greece
• Summer Workshop Rithymna Beach Hotel, 24 – 30 June, 2002, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
• 12 ΠΑΓΚΡΗΤΙΟ ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΑΚΟ ΠΑΙΔΙΑΤΡΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΠΟΣΙΟ 30-31 March, 2002, Candia Maris Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference, CAA 2002, “The Digital Heritage of Archaeology” 2-6 April, 2002 Heraklion, Crete, Greece

2001

2000

1999

• IP2001 : IUPAC International Symposium on Ionic Polymerization 22-26 October, 2001, Crete, Greece
• EMBO Members Workshop , 13-16 October 2001, Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• 5th Hellenic Astronomical Conference ,19-22 September 2001, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
• LEIF (Low Energy Ion Facilities) 2nd annual meeting , 11-15 September 2001 Heraklion Crete, Greece
• Επίκαιρα Θέματα Οφθαλμολογίας, Πανελλήνια Οφθαλμολογική Εταιρεία, 7-9 Σεπτεμβρίου 2001, Fodele Beach Hotel, Φόδελε, Ηράκλειο Κρήτης.
• AEGEAN RETINA VII, 5-8 July 2001, Porto Elounda Mare Hotel, Elounda, Crete, Greece
• 11 th Pancretan University Pediatric Symposium, 10 & 11 March 2001, Candia Maris Hotel, Crete, Greece
• 2 nd Panhellenic Conference on Systemic Therapy “Quality of Life and Systemic Intervention”, 4-6 May, 2001, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete.
• Usable Fullerene Derivatives: Synthesis, Stabilization, Spectroscopy and Systematics , 24-27 May 2001, Candia Maris Hotel, Crete, Greece
• 5 th IMACS International Symposium on Iterative Methods in Scientific Computations , 28-31 May 2001, Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas, Heraklion Crete, Greece
• Kapudan Pasha Symposium Kyma Beach Hotel Rethymno, Crete,5-10/1/2000
• 10th Pancretan Pediatric Conference Candia Maris Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, 18-19/3/2000
• NATO “Green Industrial Applications of Ionic Liquids” Candia Maris Hotel, Heraklion, Crete, 12-16/4/2000
• EXMATEC FORTH, Heraklion, Crete,21-24/5/2000
• EMBO Workshop “Plant Virus Invasion and Host Defence” Orthodox Academy of Kolymbari, Kolymbari, Crete, 28/5-1/6/2000
• WAVE PROPAGATION AND ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE IN DISORDERED SYSTEMS, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, 15-18/6/2000
• “Photonic Crystals and Light Localization” NATO/ASI, Creta Maris Hotel, Chersonissos, Crete, 18/6-1/7/2000
• European Union DG Research Conference on “Investing in Europe’s Human Research Potential” Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Crete, 4-7/10/2000
• European Union DG Research Conference on “Investing in Europe’s Human Research Potential” Creta Maris Hotel, Chersonissos, Crete, 4-7/10/2000
• Workshop on Imaging Methods in Molecular Structure and Dynamics II” Fodele Beach Hotel, Fodele, Crete, 22-25/10/2000
• Pediatric Oncology Supportive Care Course ESO SIOP, 11-14/1/99
• European Science Foundation Meeting, 24-25/4/99
• Nonlinearity Meeting ’99, 9-15 May 1999
• Escolar Meeting, 1-4/5/99
• ULA Meeting, 7-11/5/99
• TMR Network School, 10/5-4/6/99
• NATO/ASI, 6-18/6/99
• TMR Network Meeting, 14-17/7/99
• IFIP, 29/8-1/9/99
• Montage Meeting ’99, 7-9/9/99 • Cost ’99, 18-19/10/99

Before 1999

• NATO A.S.I. ON EROSION AND GROWTH OF SOLIDS STIMULATED BY ATOM AND ION BEAMS
University of Crete, Physics Dipartment / Advance Institute (ASI) – NATO


• 14 th International Symposium on Galioum Arsenide and Related Compounds
University of Crete, Physics Dipartment / FORTH – IESL


• Earn 89 Using Earn for Academic Research
University of Crete, Dipartment of Computer Science


• Laser & Applications
FORTH – IESL


• VI Panhellenic Conference on Solid State Physics
FORTH – IESL


• 5 th International Conference on the Physics of Electro-Optic Microstructures & Microdevices
NRL / USA, FORTH – IESL


• 3086 ESPRIT Basic Research Meeting
CEC / DGXII / FORTH, Institute of Computer Science (ICS)


• International Conference on Spin Glasses
Hellenic Chemistry Association


• Laser Interaction
FORTH – IESL / University of Gottingen, B


• International Discussion Meeting on Relaxations in Complex Systems
FORTH, Institute of Computer Science (ICS) / University of Paris II, F


• ESPRIT 5031 MORSE
CEC DGXII / FORTH, Institute of Computer Science (ICS)


• International Conference on Informatic Process
FORTH, Institute of Computer Science (ICS) / University of Arizona, USA


• NATO A.S.I. on Neutron Stars an Interdisciplinary Field
ASI NATO / University of Crete, Physics Department / University of VIGO


• NATO ASI on Physics of Star Formation & Early Stellar Evolution
ASI NATO / University of Crete, Physics Dipartment


• NATO A.R.W. On Localization & Propagation of Classical Waves in Random and Periodic Structures
University of IOWA / USA

• Conference on Computer / AIDED Verification FORTH, Institute of Computer Science (ICS) / University of Crete, Department of Computer Science / University of Wisconsin – USA
• 6 th International Symposium on Polymer Analysis and Characterization European Polymers Association / University of Athens, Dipartment of Chemistry
• 13 th European Drosophila Research Conference ΙΜΒΒ / FORTH / European Biologists Association
• Conference on NeoHellenic Poetry FORTH – IMS / Goulandri-Chorn Foundation
• 2 nd International Turcological Symposium FORTH – IMS
• AEGEAN CORNEA II University of Crete, Medical Scool / VEIC / CRS / ERSS – ISRK
• EUROPEAN HIP SOCIETY European Hip Society
• 7 th ESPRIT Workshop on Dielectrics on Microelectronics CNS – CNET, France, THOMSON CSF-F
• 5 th International Conference on Precipitation ?Space Time Variability & Dynamics of Rainfall University of Minnesota, USA
• Photonic Band Gap Materials, NATO A.S.I. University of IOWA, USA / ASI – NATO
• International Symposium on Si-Heterostructures: from Physics to Devices? University of Crete, Physics Dipartment / IESS-CNR ROME, IT
• Schools Abroad for U.S. Students International Academic Studies, DIAS USA
• Solar and Astrophysical Magnetohydrodynamic Flows FORTH – IESL / University of Crete, Physics Dipartment / ASI ? NATO
• Fluctuations, Nonlinearity & Disorder FORTH – IESL / University of Crete, Physics Dipartment
• International Conference From Stars to Galaxies the Impact of Stellar Physics on Galaxy Evolution? University of Wisconsin – USA
• Crete Course in Computational Neuroscience University of Crete, Medical Scool
• ΧΙΙ Panhellenic Conference on Solid State Physics FORTH – IESL, University of Crete, Physics Dipartment
• Software Engineering Challenges in Modern Information System Caise FORTH, Institute of Computer Science
• Europacs / Information Systems FORTH – Institute of Computer Science (ICS) / University of Yale, USA
• 6 th European Polymer Federation Symposium on Polymer Material European Polymers Association / University of Athens, Department of Chemistry
• 31 st Universities Power Engineering Conference Scool of Techonological Applications (STEF), ΤΕΙ Heraklion
• Schools Abroad for U.S. Students International Academic Studies, DIAS, USA
• 3rd International Turcological Symposium Ιnstitute of Mediterranean Studies FORTH
• ZEMAX COURSE Optima Research LTD, UK
• Recent Theoretical & Experimental Advances in Hydrogen-Bonded Clusters ASI NATO, USA
• Finance Microsystems Technology IZET Innovationzentrum Itzehoe, D • Work
shop On Inverse Methods in Global Biochemical Cycles GIM / IGAC, GAIM & EU
• 5th PanHellenic Notary Association Conference Notary Association of Crete
• XII International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources ICE / HT, FORTH
• 3rd Montage Meeting ICE / HT ? FORTH ICS ? FORTH
• NATO Advanced Study Institute, The Physics of Star Formation & Early Stellar Evolution? NATO / ASI, USA
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Athos peninsula is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous polity within the Greek Republic. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

Entrance to the holy place of Athonite monasteries is restricted to men only and only after a special permit. However, we will take you on a boat tour around the peninsula to enjoy the unique architecture of the ancient monasteries from a close distance and serve you a light lunch on board.

Mount Athos has been inhabited since ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era. Today, over 2,000 monks from Greece and many other countries, including Eastern Orthodox countries such as Romania, Moldova, Georgia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Russia, live an ascetic life in Athos, isolated from the rest of the world. The Athonite monasteries feature a rich collection of well-preserved artifacts, rare books, ancient documents, and artworks of immense historical value, and Mount Athos has been listed as a UNESCO UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.

It was there when in 336 BC King Philip II was assassinated in the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king. The ancient site was discovered in 1976 and excavated under the leadership of archaeologist Manolis Andronikos. The excavation unearthed the burial sites of many kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, which, unlike so many other tombs, had not been disturbed or looted. It is also the site of an extensive royal palace. The archaeological museum of Vergina was built on the site to house all the artifacts found at the site and is one of the most important museums in Greece.

Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as “an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods”

Later, we will guide you through the city of Veria, a city in Macedonia, northern Greece, located at the edge of a plateau. Veria is an old city; first mentioned in the writings of Thucydides in 432 BC, there is evidence that it was populated as early as 1000 BC. Veria was an important possession for Philip II of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great) and later for the Romans. Apostle Paul famously preached in the city, and its inhabitants were among the first Christians in the Empire. Later, under the Byzantine Empire, Veria was a center of Greek culture and learning. Today Veria is a commercial center of Central Macedonia, full of vibrant coffee places and traditional tavernas where we will stop-over for lunch.

The tour will conclude with a drive to the nearby city of Edessa famous for its water streams through the city and its water falls, the main attraction for visitors of the city and is one of the most important sights in Greece. The twelve Falls, of which only four are spectators, are a natural phenomenon that arose after a powerful earthquake that had passed the surrounding area in the 14th century. The main source of these is the wetland of Agra-Nissi, from which flows the main river, Edessa, whose branches are the waterfalls. Also, the Geopark (3) of the Kataraktes stretches over an area of ​​over 100,000 m2 and on a path on the rock for 1.1 km.

All visitors are welcome to experience its unique collections of ancient artifacts as well as its rich and extrovert cultural activities. The museum hosts the entire history of ancient Macedonia and the unique metal (gold) finds from the Macedonian dynasty of Alexander the Great, student of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. The permanent exhibitions of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki include unique masterpieces of ancient Greek art dating from prehistoric times to late antiquity.

We will continue with a tour to selected Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the City Walls (4th/5th centuries), Rotunda of Saint George (4th century), Church of St. Dimitrios (7th century) and Church of St. Sophia (8th century).

Consequently, we will stop-over for lunch at Ladadika the name of a historic district and a landmark area of the city of Thessaloniki listed as a heritage site by the Ministry of Culture. Its notable architectural style with 19th century buildings, most of which are now converted in lively day and night dinning and drinking places are preserved and protected. Having undergone gentrification in the 1980s, Ladadika forms the entertainment district of the city, hosting bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and pubs in what used to be old oil stores and merchant warehouses, which spill out into a network of pedestrianized streets and small squares and other popular places for tourists.

The tour will conclude with a pleasant stroll along the old part of the 10 km long bay of Thessaloniki, vibrant with people who walk, bike or jog next to traditional fishermen and old boats anchored close to the city’s symbol; the White Tower (part of old city fortifications).

The gorge starts at Xyloskalo (1227 m. above sea level) on the Omalos Plateau and runs for 18 kilometres down to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli on the south coast of Crete.

The Samaria National Park is exceptionally rich in plant and animal life. In the gorge you will find unique species protected under international law. It is said that there are 450 plant species in the gorge. Descending the 600 wooden steps you will be intrigued by the beauty and serenity of this massive gorge which is shadowed by the White Mountains. The trail thins out to a mountain path winding through the gorge where you can see the caves which once sheltered Cretan partizans during war periods but are now left to the rare Cretan “Krikri” goat. The magnificent wild scenery and flora that you will see along the way is unrivalled anywhere in Crete.

On our way we find the old houses of the old village of Samaria (its people were relocated when the gorge was declared a national park). The village is a good opportunity to see the traditional architecture and rest for a while. When you get to this point you are almost halfway and the time is perfect for a snack. There are drinking water springs and toilets at various points.

The small fishing village of Agia Roumeli at the end of the Gorge is built on the ruins of Tara which was a strong and independent town in ancient years. There is time for lunch and a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Lybian Sea before a short ferry boat cruise along the south coast ending at Sfakia which is the capital of the province. 

Tips:  Good walking shoes, sun cream and a hat are essential. Also a light salty snack and a small water bottle that you can refill in the springs inside the Gorge are all you need to carry with you. You may also need to bring your swimming suit and a towel.

The city has two major gates: the airport in Akrotiri and Souda harbour, which is the biggest natural harbour of the Mediterranean.

Arriving at the city of Chania we will see the Cathedral of Chania, the Trimartiri the church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary. By the sea at the port we will pass the mosque of Hassan Pasha and the lighthouse. A little further we reach the Fortetsa and along the old port where is the big Arsenal. Once it was a shipyard to which a second floor was added later on. Ascending we reach the Turkish sector of Splantzia. The lanes and a few of the houses are still there. At the square we will find the church of St. Nicholas which was converted from an old temple.

Consequently, we will walk with you to the nearby Public Food Market an impressive building, in the town center, built at the beginning of the past century (1911) and houses grocery stores, butchers’ shops, a fish market and numerous vegetable shops. There we will take time for shopping and lunch break in a traditional tavern. After that, we may take a short stroll to the Public Gardens, next to the Market, ideal for those in search of shade and tranquility. The old city has preserved to a great extent the distinctive atmosphere and charm of the Venetian, and Turkish periods.

We continue our journey on a 50 min driving west to Kissamos port were the boat to Gramvousa is waiting for us.

The island of Gramvousa with its pure and impressive scenery, the turquoise waters, the magnificent landscape, its long history and the Venetian fortress at the top of the island, which is a major attraction to visitors. The small harbor used to be the shelter of the Cretan Pirates. The Cape and the islets of Gramvousa host more than 100 species of birds and 400 species of flora the area is protected under the Natura 2000 program and staying overnight is not allowed. Once on the island we will have the time to visit the Venetian castle built on the hill of the mountain. Alternatively you can wander around the area, swim in the crystal waters of the western cove, near the church of the Holy Apostles. The beach with the fantastic turquoise color, has white sand and rocks in places. Some tamarisk trees are near the beach, offering natural shade. Close by is the small harbor of Gramvousa the Balos Lagoon were we will take a last stop. Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, a very favourite subject of all tourist guides. It is also famous for its turquoise waters, the wild natural beauty and the beautiful exotic scenery. The natural beauty comprises a great variety of rare plants and animals which are unique in this part of the world. A significant distinctiveness of the lagoon is the seasonal fluctuation of the sea level and its salinity. The sea is very shallow and warm. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish colour, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program. 

Tips: Wear walking shoes, trainers or flat shoes, a sun hat, have your swimming suit and a towel and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Located in the heart of Crete, is the most famous historical Monastery on Crete, well known for the resistance against the Turks. It is said that the Byzantine emperor Arcadius founded it in the 14th century. You can visit the impressive church which is dedicated to Christ the Saviour and a small historical Museum.

Then we continue our trip to the popular town of Rethymnon mixed with old and new.  A guided tour of the old town is a perfect opportunity to visit the past since Rethymnon combines rarely united features: the old town’s charm and history, with proximity to a long sandy beach and the old fort.

Although it is the third largest town in Crete, Rethimnon never feels like a city, instead, it has a provincial air; it’s a place that moves slowly, a very romantic place and the most important preserves much of its Venetian and Turkish appearance.

The opportunity and time for shopping and lunch break to a traditional tavern is also scheduled.

After lunch, our last stop is at the south of Prefecture of Rethymnon, the Monastery of Preveli next to the famous Preveli palm tree steam and sandy beach. The monastery consists of two main building complexes, the Lower (Kato) Monastery of Saint John the Baptist and the Rear (Pisso) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, which is in operation today. The Monastery has a glorious history due to the active and leading involvement of its fellow monks in all national endeavors for freedom and education of our people. Thus, it merits specific recognition and respect throughout the island of Crete. The Monastery of Preveli is a religious center and consequently the place of gathering and social contact of the population. 

Tips: Wear walking shoes, trainers or flat shoes, a sun hat, have your swimming suit and a towel and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Famous for its white-sailed windmills that have been used since the early 20th century to irrigate the land.  Winters can be harsh with snow in the mountains until late spring.  Lush and green with its breathtaking views it is an ideal place for nature lovers.

There, ooverlooking the village of Psychro in the Dikti Mountain at an altitude of 1020 m we will take you to one of the most important internationally known caves, the incredible Dikteon Andron cave in which, according to legend, Zeus was born, with its ancient stalagmites and mythological and archaeological interest for a 1-1.5 hour tour. Subsequently, we will drive you around the picturesque local villages of the plateau and serve you lunch at a traditional restaurant with breathtaking view of the plateau and the surrounding mountains

On the way back on the northern slope of Dikti Mountain we will stop for a short visit to the monastery of Panagia Kera Kardiotissa which dates back to 1333a.d.  The monastery is steeped in history with traditions and legends regarding the miraculous icon of Theotokos (Virgin Mary) making it one of the most religious centers of Crete.

Tips: Wear walking shoes, trainers or flat shoes, a sun hat and don’t forget your sunscreen.

To the north lies Psiloritis, the highest mountain in Crete (2,456m) and to the south of Phaistos are the Asterousia mountains beyond which lies the Libyan Sea. The palace of Phaistos and the city was one of the most important centres of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. With a total area of 8400 m2 Phaistos is the second largest palace of the Minoan world after Knossos. The remains of two palaces were discovered, two building phases, similar to Knossos. Nowadays parts of both palaces (first & second building phase) are visible (due to the different orientation of the new palace). The fact that few rooms or ruins of buildings of the old palace period are preserved give us interesting information about the architectural style, in some cases even better than Knossos.

We continue our trip to Gortys or Gortyna a municipality and an archaeological site, the Roman capital of Crete, a flourishing Minoan town between 1600-1100 BC and one of the strongest and most ancient towns of Crete. There is evidence of human occupation in Gortys as far back as the Neolithic era (7000 BC). The period of its great prosperity, however, coincided with the Hellenistic era. Gortys exceeded in force and prosperity the other cities of Crete and took the hegemony of the island, dominating the entire valley from Messara to Levina and later in the 2nd century after the destruction of Phaistos extended its power to Matala.

Now it is time for lunch and relaxation after a fast dive in the famous village of Matala & beach located at the exit of a small valley, where there is formed a large enclosed bay overlooking the Libyan sea. In front of the bay there is a wonderful sandy beach, with fine pebbles and crystal clear deep waters.

Although it has become a popular tourist destination it still retains the charm and character of the quiet fishing village it started as at the beginning of the 20th-century, and the laid-back lifestyle of the hippies of the 60’s and 70’s lives on. Half the beach is fringed by tamarisk trees, leading the eye on to impressive formations of sandstone rock cliffs with their famous caves sliding into the sea at an odd angle, creating one of the most unusual beachscapes on the island.

The safe natural harbor on the Bay of Matala is blessed with a gently sweeping sand and pebble beach, the place in legend where Zeus swam ashore in the guise of a bull with Europa on his back. 

Tips: Wear walking shoes, trainers or flat shoes, a sun hat, have your swimming suit and a towel and don’t forget your sunscreen.

This Royal Palace is wonderfully decorated with frescoes depicting various scenes in vibrant colours.

We will drive you back to Heraklion for lunch to a local tavern and follow with a 2.5 hour guided tour on the unique Minoan civilization Archaeological Museum that houses the original pieces from Knossos Palace as well as other archaeological sites including frescoes and ancient jewellery.

At the end you may enjoy a pleasant stroll to the nearby town center shopping streets with lots of coffee places, local herbs and souvenir shops to choose from.

 

Tips: Wear walking shoes, trainers or flat shoes, a sun hat and don’t forget your sunscreen

History

The history and archaeology museums found in Greece are numerous with many precious and priceless treasures housed within them. Starting with UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, the famous ancient sanctuary, navel (or centre) of the world Delphi”, situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in Argolis and ancient civilizations such as the Minoan in Crete and Mycenaean in Peloponnese.  The ancient palaces and sites are exquisite and wonderful and should not be missed.

Tradition

Greek culture is the same the country over but customs vary in different parts of Greece and its islands.  Greek hospitality is offered in every corner of Greece wherever one visits.

Olive harvesting with olive pressing and tasting of the finest olive oils of the world complimented with some of the best wine making and tasting, combined with traditional folklore and contemporary Greek dancing can all be experienced during a visit.

Exploring

Discover Greece and its many hidden treasures and enchanting mainland, cities, towns, and over 3,000 picturesque islands.  Propel your senses and curiosity in the land, soil, plants, herbs and wildlife.  Greece’s diversity offers something for everyone all year around such as:

Explore the unique Samaria Gorge of the Omalos national park in Crete a world’s biosphere reserve launched by UNESCO.  The gorge is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli.

Visit and experience nature’s unique grandeur rock formulation of Meteora, in Kalampaka (Central Greece) and combine history with architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine.

Discover the Vikos National Park in the region of Epirus. The park is part of the Natura 2000 ecological network and one of UNESCO Geoparks and spans an elevation range from 550 to 2,497 meters (1,804 to 8,192 ft). The park is home for many natural activities such as rafting, canoe-kayaking, hiking and mountain biking.

Relaxation

Greece offers a variety of locations which can be very effective in relaxing and promoting wellbeing.  Beaches, hills and mountains, nature tracks and walking paths, water and mountain sports, famous Mediterranean diet & culinary cooking classes all stress reducing factors.  Five star rejuvenating thalasso and spa services are also available.

Beauty

The beauties and contrasts of Greece can be enjoyed at any time of the year and enchants its visitors every season of the year.

Spring brings forth the blossoming of the plants and the activities of the birds and animals with the special smell of the Greek soil; a haven for nature lovers.

Summer is the time to enjoy long golden sandy beaches with palm trees and turquoise blue waters; perfect for a summer vacation.

Autumn normally brings the first rain and the changing of the season but Greece still has warm sunny days ideal for hiking, hang gliding, sailing etc., before winter starts to show.

Winter with snow in the Mountains and enchanting villages to visit with a stay-over in a winter retreat with home-made food and local produce is an ideal treat to get away from it all.