The day after the conference (Friday, June 29, 2018)


You can select one of the two choices:



Pass through St. Irene's George and relax on Sougia beach at the end of the walk.

A stunning drive of 1 hour approximately (43 km from Chania) to the White Mountains is required to reach the gorge of St. Irene (Agia Irene), which is located in the south-west of the island of Crete. It is 7.5 km long and 45–500 m deep, in a forested area with steep mountain cliffs, and is easy to walk. Its crossing takes three hours and the path in the gorge was improved considerably a few years ago and is, for the most, without difficulties and easy to follow with plenty of shade. There are several resting places where you can also get water. Although the gorge of Agia Irene is less spectacular than Samaria gorge, it is far less crowded, very beautiful and completely satisfying. Good walking shoes, sunscreen cream and a hat are essential. Where the end of the gorge the conference bus will wait to take you to the near seaside village of Sougia (5 km from the gorge’s end) where there is a beautiful beach where you can enjoy a memorable and refreshing swimming in the waters of the Libyan Sea and/or have lunch or refreshments at small taverns and cafes in the village.

The excursion will be supported by a travel escort.

Departure time (from Minoa Palace Hotel) - 8:00 am

Return time (to Minoa Palace Hotel) - 6:00 pm

Please note: The entrance fees (~2 €) into the gorge of St. Irene and lunch/refreshments costs (5 to 20 €) are covered by the participants.

Ag. Irene

The Village of Sougia



Guided tour of the Old Town of Rethymno


On the way to Rethymno, there is going to be a stop at Aptera an ancient city, now an archaeological site in western Crete, a kilometre inland from the southern shore of Souda Bay, about 13 km east of Chania in the municipality of Akrotiri. Afterwards, the excursion is followed by the city of Rethymno, which is the capital of the Rethymno regional unit on the island of Crete. Its Old Town is one of the most well-preserved Venetian districts of Crete and has been declared a protected historical monument and a traditional settlement. Its buildings date back to the 16th century and are excellent examples of traditional architecture. In the Fortezza Venetian fortress one can distinguish between European and Mauritanian influences. Take a pleasant day stroll to the picturesque Venetian Harbor. Relax in a tavern, enjoying Cretan meze, such as a fresh slice of bread with local olive oil. Rest in a local cafe in the old town or enjoy the view next to the sea.

The excursion will be escorted by a certified tour guide.

Departure time (from Minoa Palace Hotel) - 8:30 am

Return time (to Minoa Palace Hotel) - 16:30 pm approximately

Please note: The entrance fees into the archeological places are covered by the participants.



The City of Rethymno

The Ancient Theatre of Aptera