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Ourios Travel has arranged a large allocation of rooms with preferential rates at the Belvedere Imperial and Royal hotels for the use of conference delegates. This should mean that there will not be any problem with accommodating all delegates who wish to reside at the conference hotels. In order to avoid disappointment, though, please make your reservation request by the end of August 2004.

Belvedere Royal / Imperial Pool

If you would like to be advised of alternative accommodation options (eg more economical, higher category), please indicate to us and we will provide you with options to suit your request.

In addition to hotel reservations, we will also be arranging airline ticketing, car hire, airport transfers, an afternoon coach excursion, a gala dinner. Please see relative sections related to these extras and then indicate on booking form if you would like to include these.

Thankyou for choosing us for your conference hotel and travel needs. We wish you an enjoyable and rewarding time on Crete.

Welcome reception
To be held at the Imperial Belvedere hotel 1900-2030 on the evening of 27/10/03. Free to all delegates, but do please indicate to us if you will be attending.

Coach excursion
An afternoon tour to the Palace of Knossos and the archaeological museum of Heraklion. No visit to Crete would be complete without experiencing the fascinating history of the Minoan Civilisation, the first example of sophisticated society and culture in the western world. It would not be an exaggeration to claim that "here is where it all began" some 4,000 years ago.

An intriguing English language tour takes you first to Knossos Palace, the inspiration for the myth of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, the home of Dedalus and Icarus, before discovering the world’s richest collection of Minoan relics and artifacts at the Heraklion museum:

Date: 28/10/04 afternoon
Cost: € 25 per person + € 10 entrance fees

Gala dinner
To be arranged (assuming minimum participation) at the hotel for the evening of 29/10/04 from 2100 onwards, a fun evening of food, wine and entertainment in the form of a Cretan dance and music show.

€ 12.50 for those staying in Belvedere hotels on HB+ or AI basis
€ 25 for those staying in Belvedere hotels on BB basis or elsewhere

Belvedere Royal / Imperial Reception-Loby


The Imperial and Royal Belvedere hotels are situated at the eastern end of the popular tourist resort, Hersonissos and 25 km (or 20 minute taxi ride) from Heraklion (HER) airport. It offers spectacular views over the Aegean Sea and is just a short walk from the attractions and life of the resort.

The hotels offer a high standard of accommodation with extremely spacious, new or refurbished rooms with air-conditioning, satellite colour TV, direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge and safe box.

The hotels offer a vast range of facilities and activities including: heated indoor pool, 2 outdoor pools, children's pool, children's playground and animation programs, baby sitting service on request (extra), health club including full gym, sauna, massage relax, sports programs with archery, volleyball, tennis courts, mini golf, billiards, table tennis, and full range of sea sports at Star Beach, below hotel, shopping arcade with news stand, souvenir shop. 

Belvedere Imperial :: Room


You should not pay more than €28 for a taxi from Heraklion airport (HER) to the Belvedere hotels. There are always (24 hours a day) plenty of taxis waiting immediately outside the arrivals area. Rule – if there is a flight arriving, there are taxis waiting.

Ourios Travel can arrange for a private, latest model Mercedes taxi to be waiting for you on arrival to take you in comfort and security to your hotel for a cost of € 35 for arrivals between 08:00 and 23:00. For nighttime arrivals 23:00 – 08:00, there is a €10 surcharge.

In order to attempt to help you reduce costs and as many of you will be arriving on the same flights into Heraklion, we offer also the option of “pool” taxis, one taxi to be shared by 2 or 3 delegates. We cannot guarantee that this service will be available to every delegate as it will depend on whether your arrival flight is carrying other delegates or not.

Should you wish to arrange a private taxi transfer or to be "listed" for a pool taxi, please indicate in the corresponding box on the hotel booking form.


For the conference, board is offered on three different bases:
BB bed and breakfast
HB+bed, breakfast, evening meal and drinks with evening meal
AI bed, breakfast, lunch, evening meal, complimentary drinks (beer, wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, local spirits) and food from snack bar all day

The AI (all-inclusive) option offers the best value for money, but we have arranged for the other board options to give flexibility to conference delegates.

Per room, per night on stated board basis






Double room for single use

€ 60

€ 65

€ 70

Double room

€ 70

€ 80

€ 90

ROYAL BELVEDERE – in refurbished rooms





Double room for single use € 57 € 62 € 68
Double room € 65 € 75 € 85


We have arranged special rates for conference delegates for car rental.

Prices per day (24 hours) with minimum rental period 3 days
15% reduction for bookings of 7 days or longer

Group Example models* Price per day
A Fiat Seicento / Daewoo Matiz €30
B Nissan Micra / Hyundai Atos €32
C Fiat Punto / Renault Clio €36
D Hyundai Accent / Daewoo Lanos €40
E Seat Toledo €55
F Suzuki Jeep Samurai €55
F1 Suzuki Jeep Vitara €60
G Fiat Scudo Minibus (9 seater) €70

*while stated model preferences will be noted, exact model cannot be guaranteed. Bookings will be on basis of category.

Rates include:

  • Fully comprehensive insurance with zero excess policy
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • VAT 18%
  • Road map of Crete
  • Delivery and collection at port, airport and hotels *
  • 24 hour breakdown service

*for daytime deliveries and collections. For deliveries and collections 2300-0800, an additional E15 per time will be charged.


Many of you will be using direct charter flights from your country of origin to Heraklion. Ourios Travel can offer seats on charter flights from most European countries, but in most cases, local travel agencies in your home town will be able to offer better availability and price.

Many of you though, will wish (greater flexibility on precise travel dates) to use schedule airlines on routings connecting through Athens. Many of you, too, may have difficulty in booking Athens – Heraklion connecting flights. In these cases, Ourios Travel, as an IATA certified ticketing agency, with strong links to all major European airlines, Olympic Airlines in particular, can offer a full range of flight options at rates, often better than those available outside of Greece.

With modern "E-ticketing", ticket-on-departure arrangements or use of couriers, your ticket can be delivered to you / collected by you as you wish.

You have nothing to lose by asking us for an offer. Please do so by completing the booking form in the "international and domestic flight arrangements" in our main services page.


Institute or company
Hotel Belvedere Imperial Belvedere Royal
Room Single Double
IN Out
Board AI HB BB

 Optional Extras
Car Hire
Arrival transfer

Private Pool
Welcome reception
Gala dinner
Knossos & Museum excursion
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