Address: Ai Giannis, Christos Rachon Ikaria, Postal code 83301
“Ai Giannis” where the seminar takes place is a neighbourhood of Christos Raches. It is located to the west of the village center at 10-minute walk on the marked trail, or 2-3 minute-drive on the road in the direction of Profitis Elias. The area is covered with pine and olive trees and the rural road leading to it is very narrow. For this reason, if you are a camper, we recommend to use this road only to unload your luggage and gear at your arrival and then, park your vehicle on the much larger main road which is located not too far from Ai Giannis.
This way, you will be able to enjoy this beautiful area through hiking and you will avoid the risk of getting jammed with a fire engine on patrol coming from the opposite direction.
Ikaria is one of the islands of the Northeastern Aegean belonging to the district of Samos. It is located 10 n.m. (19 km) west of Samos and 143 n.m. from the port of Piraeus. You can travel to our island by ferry of by plane both running more frequently during summer months.
The island is connected by ferry in its two ports, Evdilos and Agios Kirikos. Evdilos is located in the north side, at the center of the island and a distance of 25 km (30 min-drive) from the home of the seminar, while Agios Kirikos (the capital of Ikaria) is located in the southeastern side at a distance of 60 km (1 and ½ hour-drive) from Raches. The ferry connection to Piraeus is carried out by Hellenic Seaways/Blue Star Ferries (“Nissos Mykonos/Nissos Chios/Nissos Rhodos”). These ferries connect Ikaria with Syros, Mykonos, Fournoi, Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Lemnos and Kavala, and from 5/5 to 9/9 also with Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Simi, Rhodes and Kastellorizo. During the summer months, Dodekanisos Seaways runs a high-speed service between Samos, Fourni, Ikaria, Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Kalymnos and Kos twice a week. There is also a regular local ferry service between Agios Kirykos, Samos and Fourni. You can find tickets here.
The airport of Ikaria is located in Faros on the side of Agios Kirikos at a distance of 70 km (1 hour and 40 min-drive) from the home of the seminar. The island is connected daily by plane to Athens through Aegean Airlines, Sky Express and Astra Airlines. During summer months there is frequent connection with Thessaloniki and Lemnos, usually also with Heraklion Crete, through Astra Airlines.
Bus service in Ikaria is an unresolved riddle. Believe it or not, nobody knows the bus times till the last minute. Before your trip, we would recommend to call Amfitriti Travel at 2275032745. This is the tour agency in charge of the buses connecting Agios Kirikos, Evdilos and Raches.