Cardboard & Sun 2017 will be held on the island of Paros, in Greece.
This year there will be two periods:
20 August – 27 August 2017
27 August – 3 September 2017
Or, you can join us for both periods, attending from 21 August to 3 September 2017.
Arrival in Athens & transfer to Paros
To get to Paros, we will take the ship from Piraeus, the port of Athens, in the morning of Monday, 21 August 2017 (1st period) or Monday, 28 August 2017 (2nd period).
Everyone should arrive in Athens by Sunday, 20 August 2017 (1st period) / 27 August 2017 (2nd period) or earlier. Pickup at the airport and one night’s accommodation is included.
Most participants in the past have arrived a few days earlier to see the city, its monuments and even had time for a visit to one of the board game cafés.
On Monday morning a bus will take us from the centre of Athens to the port, departing at 06:00 in order to board the ship in time.
The ship departs Piraeus at 07:25 and after a four-hour cruise through the islands of the Cyclades, we will arrive in the port of Paroikia in Paros, from where it is a 20-minute private bus drive to the seaside town of Naoussa, and our base at Alea Apartments.
We should be arriving in Paros at around noon. After a short welcome, everyone is free to settle in, have lunch, or perhaps set out for the nearby beaches.
There is a small cozy beach a 2-minute walk away, and a bigger, roomier one at 5 minutes away. Of course, one can already set up Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride or more thematically, Cyclades.
The same night, we will enjoy a welcome dinner, and have a chance to talk, get to know each other, and make plans for our stay in Paros.
Fresh bread will be delivered to Alea every morning. In addition, a fully stocked grocery store is 2 minutes away, and Naoussa is home to many great restaurants that range from small, intimate establishments with just four tables, to gastro-tavernas that serve world class haute cuisine.
The next five days (or twelve, if you are staying for both periods) will be free for everyone to enjoy the games, the island, and the hospitality of Alea. There are many other beaches within a short drive from Naoussa, and our hosts might even take us to some of the less well known ones.
There will be trips to the ancient marble mines and to the Ekatontapiliani church, guided by Aristides Varrias, an educator, scholar and sculptor of Parian marble & opal that still uses the ancient techniques to create contemporary art.
The game collection of 600+ games is at our disposal, and plenty of tables are available to play on. In addition, games may be taken to the rooms – as long as care is taken to return them in their original condition.
There are some rare and valuable games present at Alea, so please treat them as if they were your own!
Back to Athens, and return flights
Following what we hope to be the best boardgaming vacation ever, we will depart Paros by ship on Saturday, 26 August 2017 (1st period) / 2 September 2017 (2nd period) with the 19:15 ship back to Piraeus. Following our arrival at 23:15, we will take a bus back to the centre of Athens for an included overnight stay.
Return flights should be scheduled on dates starting on the following day, Sunday, 27 August 2017 (1st period) / 3 September 2017 (2nd period), or later – drop off at the airport is not included, but we can help you arrange for your preferred way to get to the airport (8-10 EUR by metro, or 38-54 EUR by taxi).
The emphasis on this trip is individual freedom. You may decide that you would rather fall asleep on a beach, or you may like to roam the narrow alleys of Naoussa and Parikia. Or, you may want to roll dice, play cards and move wood on cardboard for the entire time.
In any case, we will be there to support you and make sure that you have a good time.