Second Announcement

“Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory: Thirty Years Eyes on the Sky”
International Conference, Smolyan, 26-29 September, 2011

Preliminary Program

25. Sep., morning – bus transfer Sofia - Smolyan
25. Sep., evening – registration and welcome reception in Smolyan
26. Sep., morning – registration and official opening
26. - 28 Sep., sessions and social program in Smolyan
27. Sep., afternoon – visit to the Regional Historical Museum, and sightseeing Smolyan
28. Sep., evening – official dinner
29. Sep., morning – half-day visit to the Rozhen Observatory and latter on – bus transfer to Sofia

We plan to provide bus-shuttle Sofia-Smolyan-Sofia for all the participants who will arrive in Sofia and will travel back to Sofia after the end of the conference. To use this service it is strongly recommended to plan your arrival in Sofia not later than 24. Sept. and your departure from Sofia not earlier than 30.

To have hotel accommodation in Sofia we recommend to use one of the following hotels:

Pliska:
http://www.hotelpliska.com/

Ganesha:
http://www.hotelganesha-bg.com/

Rai:
http://www.hotel-rai.com

Europe:
http://www.hotelguide.com/hotel/bulgaria/sofia/best_western_hotel_europe/6680897_ru.html

These hotels are selected close enough to each other in order to make easier the gathering of all the participants on Sunday morning for travelling to Smolyan. The exact place of the meeting and the time of departure from Sofia will be announced later.

If you plan your arrival in Sofia later than 24.Sep. or/and your departure from Sofia earlier than 30.Sep., you have to use the public transport. The most convenient way is related to the bus transport. The buses leave Sofia from the Central Bus Station (http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/), which is very close to the Central Railway Station. The ticket to Smolyan can be bought from ticket-office 48. Other possibility is to rent a car. There are many rent-a-car companies at the Sofia Airport. Driving distance from Sofia to Smolyan is about 250 km.