Venue

The 7th IC-SIM will be held at the Kipriotis International Convention Center (KICC) at the Greek island of Kos. KICC is considered one of the largest and most impressive Conference Center in the Mediterranean region. KICC lies in the heart of the Kipriotis Resort Complex with 1,540 rooms in total. A plethora of restaurants, swimming pools, spa treatments and leisure activities ensure a healthy balance between work and play. In terms of infrastructure, high-tech audio-visual equipment, sophisticated lighting, an impressively spacious building and a professional team guarantee a first-rate conference experience. The centre boasts its own catering facilities that can prepare meals for over 2000 people, exploiting the fine culinary tradition and gastronomic expertise of the Kipriotis Group.

KICC facilities at a glance:

  • Independent conference building
  • Total capacity of up to 5,500 people
  • 20 multipurpose meeting rooms across 3 floors
  • Main plenary hall for 2,300 people
  • Indoor amphitheatre for 660 people with 3 translation booths
  • 3,000 square meters of lobbies and exhibition space over 2 floors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi everywhere
  • Infrared translation facilities for all meeting rooms
  • Independent catering facilities
  • 120 breakout rooms for small sessions
  • Business services (secretarial, translation, PCs, printers, photocopy, etc.)

Destination Kos

Kos Island is the 3rd largest island in the Dodecanese (Rhodes holds the 1st place and Karpathos the 2nd one) and the 2nd one in terms of population (Rhodes keeps the 1st place even in this category). Situated in the Southeastern Aegean Sea, is 200 nautical miles away from Piraeus, the major Greek port. Ferries depart on a daily basis from Piraeus port to Kos, offering a distinctive trip with a unique view to the deep-blue Aegean Sea waters. Kos can also be accessed by airplane; the flight lasts less than an hour.

Kos is renowned as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, but apart from the first doctor in history, Kos is also proud of being the homeland of significant poets and notable philosophers. Kos reflects the outcome of the ideal combination between impressive cultural tradition and outstanding natural beauty. Consequently, it seems to be a really blessed place.

Kos covers 287.2km and has a coastline of 112km, so it is neither too big to make you feel tired nor too small to make you feel bored. Kos offers a great variety of accommodation, sports and leisure, entertainment, sightseeing, and excursions options. What makes Kos unique in comparison to the other islands of Dodecanese is the moderate climatic conditions. Kos climate ensures nice and hot summers, and mild winters. Humidity levels are low and the refreshing breeze revives the senses.

Kos has a rich historical tradition. The first historically known inhabitant of Kos was the so-called tribe of “Pelasgians”. Since the 2nd millennium B.C., Kos has shown interesting agricultural activities along with remarkable development of arts.
Archeological findings witness that throughout its history, Kos has changed several names. This used to happen because whenever a new dynasty exercised its power, considered as appropriate to re-name the island. Indicatively, Kos has taken names such as “Meropis” and “Karis”.
Nowadays, Kos seems more fascinating than ever before. The multicultural character, the historical and cultural monuments, the variety of cultural and social scenes, along with the incomparable natural beauty Kos are promoted through an integrated tourism plan which focuses in the emergence of Kos competitive advantages. Consequently, visitors enjoy this fruitful attempt.
Kos is a “vivid museum” with a great variety of differentiated images of natural beauty. Exotic beaches and cozy mountain villages compose an interestingly contradictory puzzle. Furthermore, Kos, located just 3 nautical miles from Asia Minor coast, gives you the chance to depart to Turkey and in less than one hour to start the exploration of mysterious and exotic East.
By offering services that meet the highest of the standards and can fulfill the most demanding criteria, Kos should be top priority for anyone seeking to add a memorable and incomparable chapter to his/her travelling agenda.

What to see

Asclipeion / The Sanctuary of Asclepius

Asclipeion is the most well-known archeological sight in Kos. It was the place where Hippocrates used to act, and also a place of worship of Asclepius. Asclipeion is situated within a 5-minute distance from the town of Kos. Monuments, temples, and sanctuaries of Classic and Roman Times are still preserved nowadays.
(Platani, tel. +30 22420 28763. Admission: €4. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 08:00-15:00).

International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos

IHFK, a non-profit organization dedicated to Hippocrates (the so-called Father of Western Medicine) built in 1960, is located 0,5km east from Asclipeion and 3,5km south-west from Kos city centre. IHFK “embraces” an impressive hillside (670 meters above sea level) offering a unique view. The location is idyllic especially from March to August, when various kind of flowers blossom setting an unrepeatable scenery. IHFK’s gardens host 100 from the totally 256 therapeutical plants that Hippocrates was cultivating in order to use them to his medical treatments.
(Platani, tel. +30 22420 22131, www.ihfk.gr. Admission: free. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 09:00-13:00).

Hippocrates Garden

This is a renowned cultural center dedicated to the Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates. It is located on Mastichari village, 22km west from the town of Kos, and it depicts a typical ancient Greek village, in order to highlight the ancient Greek lifestyle. One has the opportunity to visit a typical ancient Greek residence and to be familiarized to ancient medical techniques. Perimetrical of Hippocrates Garden organic farming activities are developed, so as to, along with interesting seminars that take place indoors, motivate people to rearrange their priorities and put nature’s preservation in the epicenter of their interests.
(Mastichari, tel. +30 22420 59294, www.hippocratesgarden.gr)

Hippocrates Square (Platanos Square)

The most popular spot in town is located on the edge of Akti Kountourioti, behind the Commandery. The trunk of the 2.400-year-old tree, actually the most ancient tree in Europe –it is said that the Father of Medicine used to teach under its shadow- is 10m long. Around the square, one can admire the Roman fountain and the mosque of Lotzia, built in 1786 (Italian used the mosque as a salt store), while can also go shopping at the nearby shops.

Castle of Neratzia

This is the most well-preserved knights’ fort in Kos, built in 1445 on an islet attached to the Island of Kos, where the small port is. The building material that was used for its construction, was taken from the ancient town, and it was the checking point for the sea passage towards the Holly Land during the Crusades.
(Admission, €3. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 09:00-15:00).

Castle of the Knights (Antimacheia)

This castle, built in the 14th century, is not as renowned as the abovementioned. However its history is with no doubt remarkable. Situated in the area of
Antimacheia, it was used by the Knights of Saint John who wanted to enhance the defensive capacity of Kos. Nowadays, in the Castle one can find the church of Agia Paraskevi, the one of Agios Nikolaos, and the ruins of Panagia e Eleimonitra Orthodox Church.

Western Archeological Area & the Casa Romana

On the west side of the town, roads, a gymnasium, Nimfeo, thermal springs, residences and the renowned Casa Romana (the residence of a Roman commandant), with its very preserved mosaics, have come to light. Roman Conservatory, which still hosts music performances, is situated in a very short distance from there.
(Town of Kos, tel. +30 22420 23234)

Archeological Museum of Kos

The Archeological Museum, housed in a preserved Italian building (built in 1933), includes exhibits from the Neolithic Times to the Roman ones. Among the exhibits, the classic statues and the elaborate mosaics stand out.
(Eleftherias sq., tel. +30 22420 28326. Admission: €3. Monday – Sunday, 09:00-14:00).

Old Pili

The medieval castle in Palio Pili, 15 km from Kos town, towards Kefalos, is called “Mistras of the Dodecanese”. If you walk up the steep acclivity, you will find, apart from the church of Panagia Kastriani, built in 1080, a hidden café. This is built in a rock, and there you can enjoy traditional Greek coffee and spoon sweets.

What to do

Tiny urban train trip in Kos Town & Asclipeion

Both the two tiny urban trains depart from the Town Hall on a daily basis every 30′ (08:00 – 17:30 & 18:00 – 22:30). The tour takes roughly 20′. This is a unique chance to glance at Kos basic sightseeing, monuments and Asclipeion. Between 08:00 and 17:30 there is a tourist guide in order to provide assistance and all the needed information.
[City Hall, Akti Kountourioti, tel. +30 22420 26276.
Admission: €5 (students: €2, 5)].

Cycling in Foinikon Boulevard (Palm Trees Boulevard)

[Cycling group of Kos, Kolokotroni 7B, tel. +30 22420 25807]
Kos seems perfect for cyclers since it has a 15 km cycling boulevard, something not ordinary for the average Greek island. It’s too easy to hire a bike, so take a cycle, ride it and explore Kos narrow cobbled-streets, and or the tranquil area of Palio Limani (yacht marina). Don’t miss to enjoy cycling in Foinikon Boulevard, one of the most adorable boulevards in Greece. The more demanding cyclers will love mountain bike and trekking sessions in Kos Mountains. This kind of sessions is also available in Kalymnos and Nisyros as well.
(Kos bike activities – Kipriotis Village, tel. +30 6944150129 / 6989479455)

Traditional products shopping

Undoubtedly you have to try sweet tiny tomato (spoon sweet stuffed with almond), “katimeria” (twisted fried cheese pie with mizithra cheese served with honey and cinnamon), thyme honey, and traditional “kanelada” (cinnamon drink). Since Kos hosts renowned vineyards, one have to taste fine wines and a distinctive kind of cheese, the so-called “krasotiri” (wine cheese or “possa’s” cheese: cheese baked with red wine). (Community market of Kos, Elefthereias sq. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 08:00-22:30).

Sunset in Zia

The small village of Zia, 15km form Kos town, offers the most captivating sunset view in Kos. Located on the top of Dikaios Mountain, Zia is renowned for its spring of natural mineral water and the greenside hills. From Zia you can see out over Kalymnos, Pserimos, and Turkish Aegean coast.

Horse riding

Try a memorable horse riding session in one of Kos riding centers and enjoy Kos beauties from a different point of view.

Gastronomy

Kos is an idyllic destination for anyone seeking traditional local recipes for food and pastries. Kos has a distinctive “sweet” tradition. Among the most popular pastries is the sweet tiny tomato stuffed with almond (spoon sweet). Moreover exceptionally tasteful are “katimeria” (twisted fried cheese pie with mizithra cheese served with honey and cinnamon) and the renowned thyme honey of Kos. The menu is almost endless, but “krasotiri” or “possa’s cheese” deserves a special mention. The red wine that comes from the fruitful vineyards of Kos is used for this kind of spicy cheese to be baked in. Visitors of Kos use to be addicted to “kanelada”, a traditionally made refreshing cinnamon drink. There is no case to miss it; it’s absolutely delicious. Greeks love meat and always they try to have the finest selection of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Kos keeps a distinctive position among meat producers in Greece, so you have to taste the delicious meat-based recipes of Kos, such as stuffed lamb, and pork served with groats. However, Kos also the right place to enjoy incomparably fresh and tasteful seafood. Greek meze based on various kinds of fishes and octopus meatballs will captivate even the most demanding seafood lovers. Furthermore, Kos has a challenging variety of traditionally prepared pies (cheese pies etc.), made by local herbs (thyme, oregano, etc.) and extra virgin olive oil. Apart from the outstanding local recipes, there is also a great range of other options. Kos used to be a place where different cultures were connecting, a crossroad of various civilizations. This rich history is also depicted in food choices. Actually, the Muslim neighborhood of Kos is the perfect place to enjoy authentically exotic dishes from the Turkish culinary tradition.
Finally, there is a plethora of restaurants which focus on differentiated types of cuisine and they can fulfill any gastronomical desire, even the most sophisticated one.

Night life

Kos Island offers a remarkable plethora of options in terms of entertainment. Whether you are looking for calm and quiet nightlife options, or for frenetic dancing tempo, you have visited the right place.
The Old Town (Palia Poli), accessible through Agias Paraskevis square, is ideal early in the evening. Walking the traditionally designed cobbled streets, visitors have the chance to glance at the colorful market’s fashionable stores and shopping corners.
If you consider yourself a party maniac, the Town (Poli) is your destination. Exarcheia area and its side-streets constitute a neighborhood full of cozy music bars where clubbers tend to warm-up for their coming nights out, or to listen to music and dance in a chill out atmosphere.

Moreover, Kos Island offers great variety of choices for anyone who seeks live music shows, and or all day long beach bar relaxing choices.
There is no doubt that Labi with the chic sea-front bars is the absolute terminus for stylish people looking for sophisticated nightlife options.

Transportation

Kos can be accessed by air, directly from several major European airports and from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. If you are thinking of travelling by sea from Athens to Kos, you may take a ferry from Piraeus port, which is the closest port to Athens airport. Kos is close to Rhodes (approx. 2hrs by ferry) and about 40 minutes from the Turkish town of Bodrum.
Following, you can find detailed information on how to get to Kos Island and the conference venue.

Access to Kos island 

By air
General Information

The airport of Kos is located 22 km from Kos Town, in the region of Antimachia. It is connected with Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion (Crete) by domestic flights.
During the summer months many charter and low-cost flights connect Kos with various European airports.
5 to 7 flights leave daily from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” to Kos international airport and the flight time is approximately 1h.
Domestic Flights

OLYMPIC AIRWAYS
Tel: +30 22420 51229
Fax: +30 22420 51070
Email: telsales@olympic-airways.gr
URL: http://www.olympicairlines.com/

AEGEAN AIRLINES
Tel.: +30 22420 51669/51654
Fax: +30 22420 51784
E-mail: athto-sales@aegeanair.com
URL: http://www.aegeanair.gr

SKY EXPRESS
Tel.+30 2810 223800
Fax: +30 2810 223805
Email: invoicing@skyexpress.gr
URL:www.skyexpress.gr

2017 Scheduled Flights arriving to Kos

Flight

Carrier

Origin

Arrival

OA 220

Aegean Airlines

(ATH) Athens

6:10 AM

OA 222

Olympic Air

(ATH) Athens

8:50 AM

A3 7222 ^

Aegean Airlines

(ATH) Athens

8:50 AM

GQ 184

Sky Express

(HER) Heraklion

4:10 PM

OA 226

Olympic Air

(ATH) Athens

5:20 PM

A3 7226 ^

Aegean Airlines

(ATH) Athens

5:20 PM

OA 228

Olympic Air

(ATH) Athens

10:25 PM

A3 7228 ^

Aegean Airlines

(ATH) Athens

10:25 PM

International & Charter Flights

Country

Air Company

Website

 

UK

Thomson Airways

www.thomson.co.uk/flight/

Easyjet

www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/timetables

Jet2

www.jet2.com

 

 

 

 

GERMANY

Condor

www.condor.com/eu/flights/

Thomas Cook Airlines

www.thomascookairlines.com

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Air Berlin

www.airberlin.com/en/site/aims.php

 

 

 

ITALY

Vueling

www.vueling.com

 

 

 

NETHERLANDS

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Transavia

www.transavia.com

 

 

 

BELGIUM

Thomas Cook Airlines

www.thomascookairlines.com

 

 

 

SWITZERLAND

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

 

 

 

SWEDEN

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Novair

www.apollo.se

 

 

 

NORWAY

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Novair

www.apollo.se

 

 

 

DENMARK

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Novair

www.apollo.se

 

 

 

FINLAND

TUIfly

www.tuifly.com

Novair

www.apollo.se

 

 

 

Airport Contacts

Airports:

ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT S.A. "ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS"
Spata, 19019, Greece
Airport call center: +30 210 3530000 (Available on 24h basis)
Fax: +30 210 3530001
Email: airport_info@aia.gr 
URL: http://www.aia.gr/

KOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT “HIPPOCRATES”
Kos, 85 302, Greece
Tel: +30 22420 56000
Fax: +30 22420-51833
E-mail:d5ib@hcaa.gr
URL: http://www.hcaa.gr/en/our-airports/kratikos-aerolimenas-kw-ippokraths-kakwi

By sea
General Information

Ferries to Kos (including car ferries) leave frequently from Piraeus port which is located close to Athens and from various other Greek ports, the port of Rhodes island (the largest of the Dodecanese islands).

By sea from Athens

The Piraeus port is the major port located in the Athens area.
There are various weekly scheduled departures from Piraeus to Kos. Blue Star Ferries   operates, leaving Piraeus at noon or night and arriving early in the morning on Kos island after approximately 10 hours. You may book your ticket to include a cabin making the trip a relaxed journey. The scheduled ferry timetable bellow contains information on overnight ferry journeys to Kos.

Scheduled Ferry Information from Piraeus to Kos (25/06/2017-04/09/2017)

Company

Departure Time

Day

Arrival Time

Blue Star Ferries

19:00

Monday

06:35

Blue Star Ferries

15:00/21:30

Tuesday

05:10/07:50

Blue Star Ferries

19:00

Wednesday

06:35

Blue Star Ferries

15:00/21:30

Thursday

02:20/08:25

Blue Star Ferries

19:00

Friday

05:35

Blue Star Ferries

23:55

Saturday

10:20

Blue Star Ferries

08:00/21:30

Sunday

20:30/07:50

Access to Piraeus port from Athens

Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is located 45 km from Piraeus Port. If you choose to take the ferry to Kos, you can reach Piraeus port by the following means:

  • Taxi can be easily found outside the airport. The taxi queue is between Exit 2 and Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. An average journey by taxi to Piraeus port should take approximately 50 minutes, depending on the traffic and the cost is between 50€ (day)-70€ (night).
  • Buses leave Athens airport approximately every 15-20 minutes (Bus route X96) and reach Piraeus after 90 minutes. The bus queue is between Exit 4 and Exit 5 of the Arrivals Level. Current ticket price is 6€. 
  • Metro runs every 15-20 minutes. To take the Metro, you need to take the blue line (line 3) to Monastiraki station and then to transfer to the green line (line 1) and reach to Piraeus Station, in around 85 minutes. The current ticket price is 10€.
    Note: When you arrive at the airport, in order to get to the metro station you should exit the main terminal building, cross the road and then take the elevator to the upper level. There you will cross a long corridor, to arrive at the metro station. Take the Metro number 3 line towards "Monastiraki". Using the same ticket and without leaving the station, you will switch at Monastiraki station from the blue to the green line, direction "Piraeus", which will take you to Piraeus port.

Average fare rates (in Euros) and duration of journey from "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport to Piraeus port.

Transportation

Taxi

Bus line E96

Metro L1 & L3

Time

50 min.

90 min.

85 min.

Cost

50€-70€

6€

10€

Port and Ferry Contacts

Ports:

PIRAEUS PORT ATHORITY
10 Akti Miaouli, 185 38, Piraeus, Greece
Tel: +30 210 4550000-100
Email: olp@olp.gr
URL: http://www.olp.gr

KOS PORT ATHORITY
25 Akti Kountourioti, 85300, Kos, Greece
Tel: +30 22420 26594-6
Fax: +30 22420 24185
Email: kos@yen.gr
URL: http://www.hcg.gr/node/202

 

Ferry Companies:

BLUE STAR FERRIES
1-7 Lysikratous & Evripidou Street
17674 Kallithea, Athens, Greece
Tel.: +30-210-8919800
Fax: +30-210-8919829
e-mail: bluestarferries@bluestarferries.com
URL: http://www.bluestarferries.com  

Access to the Conference venue (KICC)

Access to KICC from Kos International Airport – Busses and taxis

Kos International Airport “Hippocrates” is located 27 km from Kos town and 30 km from KICC. You can get to the conference venue either by bus, taxi or by renting a car at the airport.

Airport transfers via local agent (tickets cost € 15 per person, per one way)

The appointed local travel agent has arranged airport bus transfer service which is provided at several times throughout the day, on Saturday 26 August, Sunday 27 August and Monday 28 August.

During August traffic at the airport is extremely busy with numerous flights arriving from all over Europe. Many times it is rather difficult to get a taxi and waiting time at queues can be exhausting and tiring.
For this reason, we made arrangements for bus service, especially organized for the EUSIPCO 2017 Conference, provided by a local travel agent. The time schedule fits the daily arrival times of Aegean and Olympic airways from Athens. The transfer route is, from the airport to Kos International Convention Centre, Kipriotis hotels and to hotels in the city centre, at the scheduled times below. The ticket cost is 15€ per person (per way). Please use the online registration or email the additional registration form with your credit card details. We strongly advise you to use the service for convenience. There will be no way to book an airport transfer at the airport and use this service if you have not purchased a ticket prior to your arrival!

A minimum of 20 passengers per bus is required; otherwise the bus transfer may be cancelled. In case of cancellation, a notification will be send to travelers at least 48 hours prior to arrival, and participants will find their way to Kos city via the public bus or by taxi.

A hospitality desk will be operated at the airport for the EUSIPCO 2017 participants. If you buy airport transfer bus tickets, you will be guided by volunteer members to the bus. Those who fly to Kos via a charter flight please check the time schedules below and make a reservation if the time of departure suits your timing.

Day

Bus Departure Time from Kos airport to
KICC & Hotels

Saturday 26/08/2017

06:30   /   09:20   /   17:50   /   22:45

Sunday 27/08/2017

06:30   /   09:20   /   17:50   /   22:45

Monday 28/08/2017

06:30   /   09:20   /   17:50   /   22:45


Public Buses
Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Kos, via Mastichari Village. There is a public bus stop 50m from the terminal building. Tickets can be purchased by the bus driver. One way ticket: € 3,20.
For more Information please contact: http://www.ktel-kos.gr/site_en/
KTEL Phone no: +30 22420 22292 / 20263
Below is the Time Table (Airport to Kos city (via Mastichari Village)

From AIRPORT to MASTICHARI – KOS
 VALID FROM: 1/07/2017

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

07:55

07:55

07:55

07:55

07:55 

07:55

07:55

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:00

10:30

10:30

10:30

10:30

10:30

10:30

10:30

11:30

11:30

11:30

11:30

11:30

11:30

12:00

12:00

12:00

12:00

12:00

12:00

16:05

15:30

15:30

15:30

15:30

15:30

15:30

 

17:25

16:30

17:25

16:30

17:25

17:25

 

18:30 

17:25 

18:30 

17:25 

18:30 

18:30 

 

19:50 

18:30 

19:50 

18:30 

19:50 

19:50 

 

 

19:50

 

19:50

 

20:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxis
Taxis can be found outside Kos airport. An average journey by taxi to KICC or your hotel will take approximately 30 minutes, and the cost is around 40€ – 50€. 
Phone no: + 30 22420 22777 / 23333 / 21666

Access to KICC from Kos port

Kos Port is located just 3 km from KICC.

Taxis. If you arrive by boat, you can get a taxi to KICC which should cost around 15€ and takes 10min. This is a rather difficult process, since after every arrival the taxi queue is always crowded and taxis never seem to be enough.

Public Transportation. You may also take the public bus, which takes about 5 – 10 min and the cost is approximately 3€. The bus stop is on a main road to the left of the harbour. Make sure you are going in the direction of “Psalidi”, and ask the driver to leave you at “Kipriotis Village Resort Hotel”.

Public transport in Kos

The conference venue and the hotels in Psalidi area,  are regularly serviced by the local public bus transportation system. Bus stops can be found right outside your EUSIPCO 2017 headquarter hotel and the average distance from the hotel to Kos city centre is just 3 km.

In the city centre, the KTEL bus station is located at Kleopatras str. 7.
Bus ticket cost is between € 2.10€-3.20.  

Kos Municipality provides free rides within the city limits,on the city public bus service to all EUSIPCO participants wearing their badge. You must show your conference badge to the driver. The time table of the bus line that takes you from KICC Conference centre to Kos city centre is found at: http://www.ktel-kos.gr/site_en/ktel-kos-local-bus-schedules. KTEL Phone no: +30 22420 22292 / 20263. 

Buses to and from Kos town and other villages on the island, run approximately every 10 min and the can be found posted on most bus stops in Kos.

There are also frequent connections and bus routes to the villages of Kardamena, Agios Stefanos, Tigaki, Zia, Agios Fokas, Mastihari and several beaches around Kos.

A timetable of the routes to villages can be found here.