the arsenal chania














1. Dates

The second plenary SoilCare meeting takes place from Monday, March 13th – Thursday, March 16th, 2017. On 16th, there will be an optional excursion to the study site of TUC. 

2. Location

The location of the meeting will be the town of Chania, Crete, Greece.

3. Venue

Meetings will be held at the Grand Arsenal, Old Venetian Harbour. (hyperlink: HERE)

4. Stay

KAM is in downtown Chania so we recommend the following hotels that are within walking distance from the venue. Note that the rates mentioned below are especially arranged for SOILCARE.
Participants are requested to book their own rooms via phone or email (or hotel contact forms) and to mention SOILCARE in order to get the special rate. Availability is guaranteed until December 31st.

KRITI hotel
Phone: +30 28210 51881-3-5
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Distance from venue, ca. 9 minute walk.
Route: HERE 
Approximately 30 standard rooms are available in the following range:

Standard single  € 63.00 
Standard double € 70.00 
Superior double € 77.00 
Standard double seaview € 85.00 

Superior rooms are also available at higher prices. All credit cards are accepted. It is possible credit card information is requested to confirm booking.

Porto VENEZIANO hotel
Phone: +30 28210 27100
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Distance from venue, ca. 4 minute walk.
Route: HERE 
Approximately 45 rooms available in the following price range:

Economy, 1 person € 63.00 
Economy, 2 persons € 75.00 
Standard double, 1 person € 72.00 
Standard double, 2 persons € 85.00 
Double seaview, 1 person € 85.00 
Double seaview, 2 persons  € 98.00 

Superior rooms are also available at higher prices. All credit cards are accepted. Possibly credit card information will be asked for to confirm booking.

5. Food

There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity of venue and hotels. Lunch will be at the venue. There will be 1 joint dinner, on Monday, March 13th.
All meals arranged by the organisers will include vegetarian and lactose free food options. The majority of restaurants offer vegetarian dishes as part of the local cuisine. Please indicate any food option required on the registration form.

6. Travelling

a. International travel options

By plane: Chania “Daskalogiannis” Airport (CHQ) is the local airport, about 30 minutes from the hotel and venue. If for some reason this is not an option, try Heraklion “Kazantzakis” Airport (HER), but keep in mind it’s 3 hours away by bus from Chania. If better connections are available for HER we can provide more detailed info about transportation to Chania.
Please note that Chania is a hub for Ryan Air and Heraklion is a hub for Easyjet.

b. Local travel options

Once in CHQ airport, there are four alternatives to reach the city center (hotels/venue):

7. Local Money

8. Local Weather

Temperatures in March are 9-16 C (check here for more specific info: HERE
At that time of the season there is a substantial chance of rain. Those coming to the excursion should dress for somewhat colder temperatures due to altitude.

9. Excursion

There is an optional excursion on Thursday, March 16th. It will be all day, and will visit the study site on Crete. The excursion will be by bus, but will also involve some walking. Please bring sturdy shoes and raincoat as rainy weather is possible. Lunch will be arranged and water is provided on the bus. We expect to be back in town between 17:00-18:00. The airport is 20 minutes taxi ride from the hotel but those in a hurry to catch a plane may be dropped at the airport on the way back from the excursion.

10. Meeting costs

There will be a single fee to cover the costs of meeting room, coffee breaks, lunches, and 1 joint dinner. The fee will be around 80 Euros. The fee for the optional excursion will be around 30 Euros (including cost for bus and lunch). The exact fee will depend on the number of participants. Receipts will be issued. Cash is preferable for both fees. Please indicate if you want to join the excursion on the registration form.

11. Registration for the meeting

Participants are requested to register for the meeting on the registration page. Please make sure you have booked your hotel room and flight to Chania before you register, since these data need to be entered on the registration page.

11. Contact

Organising committee:

Alterra is responsible for the programme of the meeting: