6th International Conference on Computer Vision Systems, Vision for Cognitive Systems

Welcome to ICVS 2008

Vision for Cognitive Systems

Athens pre or post stays



Athens, the capital of Greece is undoubtedly one of the world's most beautiful and interesting cities. An intriguing crossroads, blending elements of Middle Eastern and Western cultures, Athens is considered to be a visitor's heaven. In addition to the celebrated classical sites, such as the Acropolis and the ancient Agora, the city boasts Byzantine, medieval, and 19th century monuments, as well as picturesque areas like Plaka, Monastiraki, and the Psirri.

Plaka, the location of the recommended hotels, is the oldest section of Athens. It is the name given to the tangle of narrow streets and pedestrian ways between the Acropolis and Syntagma square. A traditional visitor destination, situated in the shadow of the Acropolis, Plaka is the location of the finest cafes, tavernas and markets, which can be found in the city. Home of the 2004 Olympic games, Athens spruced up its image with the introduction of a new international airport, the upgrading of hotel accommodation, the extension of the Athens metro system, state-of-the-art transport means, pedestrians’ areas, new museums and public squares. As a visitor in Athens it is sure that you will enjoy the beauty of a historical city, the cultural attractions, the pleasant climate and the traditional hospitality and cuisine.

Useful Websites

City of Athens
Greek National Tourism Organisation
Athens International Airport
Athens Metro

Location of recommended hotels

There is a choice of 3 – 5 star hotels that we highly recommend on the basis of proximity to the city centre, price and good service. All four hotels are accessible from the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos", by taxi, bus, and metro.

Reservation of the Athens hotels will be possible only by fax, not the online system.

Access to the hotels from the airport

The Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is located 35 km away from the centre of Athens and the Divani Acropolis Palace.

  • Taxis can be easily found at the stations outside the airport. The taxi queue is next to Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. An average journey by taxi to the conference venue should take approximately 40/50 minutes, depending on the traffic and its cost should be around 30 - 35 Euros per way.
  • Shuttle Bus is leaving from the Airport to Syntagma Square every 25 minutes (Express line X93). The bus queue is next to Exit 5 of the Arrivals Level. Current ticket price is 3 Euros. It allows for unlimited travel by all transport modes (bus, trolley, tram, and metro) for 24 hours from the time of its validation during first trip (validates only once). From Syntagma Square you can reach your hotel by taxi in 5 minutes.
  • Metro (Subway system). The Metro runs every 10 minutes. You can take the Metro, number 3 line (blue) from the airport and reach your hotel in 35 minutes. Current ticket price is 8 Euros. Note: When you arrive at the airport, you should exit main terminal building, cross the road, take the elevator to the upper level, cross a long corridor, and you will arrive at the metro station. Take the Metro, number 3 line towards "Monastiraki". Using the same ticket and without leaving the station, you can switch at Syntagma station from the blue to the red line, direction "Ag.Dimitrios", which will take you to the "Acropoli" or "Sygrou – Fix" stations, both located within 5-minute walking distance from the recommended hotels.

Average rates (in Euros) and duration of fares from "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport to Acropolis area.

(directly to hotel)
BUS line X93
(to Syntagma Square)
(to Acropolis)

(in min)

45 70 35

(in Euros)

30 - 35 3 8