As promised in the Comenius Project proposal our first meeting will be held in Rethymno, Crete during the week of 13th to 19th of November 2005. We will meet at school (9th Primary School of Rethymno) and visit some places around. A Program of meetings and activities in under preparation and discussion. Please send your ideas and proposals in the project mailing list. Information on how to arrive to Crete and to Rethymno follow.
Official prefecture and city of Rethymno website:
You may travel to Rethymno:
by plane to Heraklio (Iraklio) or Chania (Hania) and then by bus, by taxi or by hired car to Rethymno
by boat to Rethymno
by boat to Heraklio (Iraklio) or Chania (Hania) and then by bus, by taxi or by hired car to Rethymno
by boat to Agios Nikolaos and then by bus, by taxi to or by hired car Rethymno (not advisable option).
Relative to the previous choice, the distance (and the expenses) are almost double
Upon arrival at the Heraklio or Chania airport (or port):
You may take a taxi to carry you directly to your hotel in Rethymno. The cost is around 80 Euro - ask beforehand and negotiate the fare. The trip will take about 1 hour (a bit more from Heraklion a bit less from Chania).
You may take a taxi to the central bus station, take the bus to Rethymno, and then take another taxi to your hotel. Taxi fares are about 4-5 Euro for every use and the bus fare around 6 Euro. The bus trip is 1h 10 min from Chania and 1h 30 min from Heraklio (depending on traffic), but a few itineraries going trough the villages may take significantly more time (avoid them!). Bus departures are every half hour until 20:30. The cost for the bus ticket is about 6 Euro.
You may hire a car at the airport. The cost is around 70 Euro per day, but you may negotiate lower prices. As a rule, booking car hire through a travel agent is considerably cheaper.
In case you reached the airport through a charter flight or using the services of a travel agent it may be possible to get the transfer to/from your hotel and an accommodation at very reasonable prices. In this case, however, inquire if breakfast is included.
From the port of Piraeus
There is a boat to Rethymno every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Two boats also sail daily to Heraklion and two for Chania (Hania). The boats sail in the evening and reach their destinations (very) early in the morning. Fares vary in the range of 25 - 80 Euro depending on class. The liners are very comfortable, their restaurants normally serve nice reach meals and the voyage resembles usually a night sea cruise. In periods of increased demand daily voyages are also scheduled. Upon reaching your destination port you will have to take a taxi to the central bus station and then take the bus to Rethymno (see also above).
All 11 colleagues from the participating schools will stay at the "Jo-An Palace Hotel", which is at the centre of Rerthymno in a walkable distance (50-100 meters) to the city garden, the city square (taxis available) and close to the old town and the harbour. We have booked 8 single and 1 double room from Sunday the 13th of November to Thursday the 17th of November 2005. A brief Timetable of the meeting has been announced.
Normally the weather in November in Crete is rather mild, but it can also get a bit cold. So, bring some warm clothes with you, a raincoat, an umbrella and a jacket. You may need to check on weather forecasts or relevant web sites, such as this one.