TIMELINE – TICKETS – ACCOMMODATION – FOOD – TRAVEL – CANCELLATION POLICY
This page gives you an overview of the different ticket categories of the Integral European Conference 2023, as well as info about extras and accommodation options you can choose from. Further down, you will also find useful travel information.
Like at our previous conferences, our ticket prices take into account the different economic zones of our planet. On the registration page, first you have to choose your country of residence, and then access your ticket choices and additional options.
– Understand what happens when –
The Full Experience Ticket with Tour includes:
The Full Experience Ticket includes:
The Basic Ticket includes:
NO COFFEE, NO ACCOMMODATION, NO FOOD, FOR 5 DAYS (from May 24th to 28th)
Minimal Ticket includes:
Day Ticket includes:
If you want to participate only on certain days, you can choose individual Day Tickets for Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Two coffee breaks per day are included.
If you book Day Tickets, conference food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation at the conference hotel are not included.
The Magical Mystery Tour is a 3-day, 4-quadrant event filled with unexpected and delightful twists and turns through the beautiful landscape of Hungary!
You will experience a “stages of consciousness” tour as you journey through magenta, red, amber, orange, green, and teal layers of European and Hungarian culture and local integralists will share with you their individual and collective interiors, their stories about how it is to live here.
Bence Gánti, master tour guide, will introduce you to places and people you most certainly would not have found any other way, and a professional tour guide will fill in the historical details of the cultural and spiritual sites you visit.
Traveling with you on the bus will be 65 conference participants, including keynote speakers, and there will be many opportunities for building community with your fellow journeyers—sharing traditional meals, relaxing in the thermal baths, chatting on the bus, de-steaming and meditating in lush green nature —as well as opportunities to sink into a peaceful, pleasant space of your own while looking out the window or slipping away with your camera to take amazing photos or catch a gold-rose Hungarian sunset.
The itinerary for 2022 is in the making now and will be posted here, in the newsletters and the menus. Till then you can get an idea from looking at last year’s journey! 2022 will be similar, but we will also visit new places.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
We follow European standards. Prices shown are the actual prices you will pay.
There is no additional tax added, taxes are already included in the prices shown. If you book through us, you are in safe amber and free from orange shadow. No extra surprise fees or ripoffs at hotel, restaurant, or airport transfer.
Full experience conferencing includes 1. Exciting Pre-conference Workshops (May 20th-21st, Sat-Sun) – great learning opportunities! 2. A Welcoming Boat Party and Dinner with Spiritual Live Music (May 23th, Tuesday evening 7-10 pm) taking place on a romantic boat cruising on Lake Balaton, launching from the hotel, and an additional and optional 3. Post-Conference 3-Day Integral Sightseeing Tour (May 31th-31st) with fellow integralists through cultural, historical, and spiritual experiences in the Hungarian countryside and the capital city, Budapest 4. Gala dinner. (28th May) A ceremonial finishing touch at the end of the conference gives you a chance to discuss your experience and spend the last evening with friends new and old. Awesome new itinerary this year! Including visits to local spiritual sites.
If you buy the full experience ticket (with the tour or without), you get it in a cheaper bundle than buying items one by one. If you buy any of the cheaper tickets (Basic, Minimal, or Day Ticket), you can add these elements later as additional options for the standard list price. If you are not interested in the conference but only on the tour (for example, a spouse of a conference), you can also buy just the Tour ticket.
On Tuesday, we will offer full-day pre-conference workshops. On Wednesday, we will offer half-day pre-conference workshops. A total of circa 20 workshops will be offered to choose from! Workshop presenter names and titles will be announced as the selection process proceeds. Decide if you want to be there and book your flight accordingly! With the full experience tickets, you are all set: your hotel, food, and airport transfer (with lower-than-online- and-street prices) is secured with regard to the pre-conference workshops. If you buy cheaper tickets, you can always add this item on as an extra at the prices shown below.
The first grand socializing event of IEC 2022 will be on a breathtakingly beautiful boat trip departing on Tuesday evening from next to the hotel at Lake Balaton. Come and unleash the grand socializing experience with a dinner on the water and enjoy live spiritual music and a welcoming ceremony on the lake! If you buy the full experience ticket, this is included, if you buy cheaper tickets (Basic, Minimal, Day), you can add this item as an extra at the prices shown below.
(Drinks are not included in the price, non-alcoholic options are available.)
Enhance and deepen your conference experience by touring for 3 days through beautiful Hungary with integral friends, after the main conference has ended. You will tour the countryside and enjoy amazing outdoor sites, natural parks, historic must-see places, and encounter the local spirituality. Integral insiders lead the tour with an integral mindset, where pre-modern, modern, and post-modern places and elements are elegantly combined into a great communal experience. Some star keynote speakers will join the tour and we will become one tribe for the journey. Hotel + breakfast for the 3 days are included in the price and don’t have to be booked extra. The tour starts on the 29th of May, Monday at 9 AM, departing from the Azur Hotel and ends around 5 PM in downtown Budapest, Wednesday, on May 31st. It’s best to book your flight home anytime on Thursday, June 1st, or on Wednesday, June 2nd with a 7 PM take off or later. For details, see our upcoming tour brochure! The tour is cheaper with the “Full Experience with Tour” ticket but can also be added to any ticket for the list price shown below. The itinerary for 2023 is in the making now and will be posted here, in the newsletters and the menus. Till then you can get an idea from looking at last year’s journey! 2023 will be similar, but we will also be visiting new places.
For all guests staying at the hotel, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Apart from coffee breaks (that are open to all conference guests who bought meal or coffee packages), drinks are not included in the price. There will be vegetarian and vegan options at the buffet. We will do our best to cater to your specific needs. The hotel kitchen prioritizes locally produced food from the region.
Minibar consumption in hotel rooms is not included in any package, you have to pay that for yourself at checkout.
Please note! In order to accommodate as many participants as possible, the default price for all participants is staying with someone (2 people in a room) in a double room. When you register the form prompts you to either specify a roommate by name, or have us allocate to you a roommate of the same gender. If you prefer to stay by yourself in a double room, it will cost extra, see the “SINGLE OCCUPANCY IN A DOUBLE ROOM” option to the right. Prices include all meals.
If you prefer to stay alone in a double room, it will cost an extra €25 / night. Please add the extra cost to the double room price.
Cancellation policy for the year 2023
Conference tickets can be cancelled with the following conditions:
– Review and Book –
The IEC venue is called Hotel Azur, a 4-star hotel with around 500 beds, 11 conference rooms, a ballroom with a capacity of 600 people, and 10 other rooms with a capacity of 60 people each for the thematic sections and workshops. It is an awesome place! A spacious, cheerful, clean hotel with a post modern touch to it. The global integral community will “occupy” the whole hotel, and you will go through an unparalleled experience in this week-long “evolutionary holiday!” The hotel is in a Hungarian town called Siófok, one hour west of the airport and Budapest. Siófok is a prime summer holiday resort town on the shore of Lake Balaton, one of Europe’s biggest (80 km long) sweet water lakes, “The Hungarian Sea.” The grand integral tribe will be together on this tranquil lakeshore (with private access from the garden) in a 20-25 celsius (70-80 F) warm springtime, with blossoming flowers and swaying green trees. The end of May is the most pleasant and romantic time of the year in Central Europe!
Come and stay at the conference hotel with us! When you arrive at the conference, you immediately start to feel the irresistable charm of the integral community buzz, and you most probably won’t want to leave it for other places. We know, from many years of firsthand conferencing experience, how annoying it is if things are happening but we need to go away from the flow every day — just because we thought we’d like to save a few dozen Euros and stay somewhere else. Once at the conference, you will want to experience every hour of it instead of repeatedly going off to another place, where there is no energy and your experience leaks away.
Do you think it’s worthwhile to walk around town, trying to find cheaper food and lodging, in order to save a few euros but then miss out on being a part of the community flow? We suggest you not stay somewhere else for your own good. You would likely feel sorry that you have to leave, right when it’s really building up steam and you want to be there. All your friends will be going to eat together and you will walk away and out. In the evening, important events happen, but you “need to go home.” You don’t want that experience. This occasion only arises every two years, and well might be the most important peak of your integral life. So we suggest you focus on the essence, be there, and let us take care of your physical needs with our reasonably priced packages.
Should you stay elsewhere due to financial need or Hotel Azúr sold out, consider the Alternative Stay Options.
Staying in the hotel has the advantage of being where the action is with the tribe, one of the best experiences that participants keep having reported over the years. Still, you have your own comfortable and quiet room to retreat and rest.
If you can’t afford the hotel, or if you buy tickets later when the Hotel Azúr is sold out we offer other stay options and cheap stay options. Ranging from Azur-like hotel, through 3 start hotels, Airbnb homes, Vacation rentals and shared rooms with IEC-ers in Holiday cottages they come in the High €120-150 / Mid €80-120 / Budget €40-80 / Cheap € 20-38 range.
We designated this task to our budget stay coordinator team member Attila, who visited and selected personally all these places! To avoid run-down, former socialist type and ripoff offering that you often find in the area. Attila carefully selected the 100 best alternative and cheaper stay options the closest to Hotel Azur, so that you don’t have to walk more than 1 to 5 minutes to get to the conference. They are closer and might be cheaper than what you find on booking.com or Airbnb, and they are risk-free. Also, language match is arranged! If you want to book yourself, make sure to check the distance before booking. You might not want to walk two times 20-30 minutes a day on empty streets instead of being part of IEC the buzz, just to save a few bucks.
And we will email you soon with options.
You can also do this in the Ticket Shop when selecting your ticket.
Scroll above and see Tickets or go directly to the Ticket Shop. You can pay for hotel and food when you buy your ticket to the conference. ALL FOOD AND COFFEE BREAKS are included in the BASIC AND FULL EXPERIENCE TICKETS. Then just arrive at the hotel, check-in at IEC’s registration desk, you get your meal tickets and you are all set! You will get your room, food tickets, coffee break and snacks tickets, and your free spa entry card. Now all your focus can be on the people and the flow.
NO FOOD AND COFFEE is included in the MINIMAL and DAY TICKETS. In that case, you can buy them as extra in the ticket shop or on the venue at the IEC registration desk, or try your luck, leave the hotel and look for eateries (which are limited nearby and basic quality). In this case, part of your precious conferencing time might be gone, to solve this issue.
We, the organizers, are enthusiastic about helping, and some donors are offering financial support so that people with less income can also join the conference, instead of trying to stitch it together by trying to stay and eat somewhere else, thereby losing the flow. If you apply for a scholarship, one way we can help is to give you a reduced rate, made up from the donations, and we can even further reduce your costs by offering you cheap, home-style accommodations within 3-5 minutes walking distance from the hotel. These are basic but clean. Our local integral volunteers list the available places to stay, offering them to those asking for scholarships. Scholarship application link here.
The following conditions apply in the registration process:
The conference Hotel Azúr in Siófok is nicely located directly on the shore of beautiful Lake Balaton. Conference guests can take advantage of the extensive indoor and outdoor wellness area.
All hotel prices already include food + tourist tax.
– How to get there easy and cheap –
IEC will be at Hotel Azur in Siofók town, located at Lake Balaton, approximately 1.5 hours and 135 km (85 miles) driving distance from Budapest and the airport.
The quickest way to get to Hungary is by air, and there is only one airport. It is just outside of Budapest (green marker), and it has a direct highway connection with Siófok (red marker), so it is a smooth and easy drive to Hotel Azur. The best way, therefore, to get to IEC is to take a shuttle van. You can also take public transportation (train or bus), but there is no direct connection, and in this way you would change route 3 times, lasting 3 hours, finishing with a 1.5 km walk while the shuttle is direct and takes 75 minutes.
Usually, we contract a shuttle company that offers IEC shuttles for half the price of the regular airport shuttles with high-quality of service. We plan to contract it again for IEC 2023 to make the journey from airport to IEC venue direct and easy. For Airport IEC-Shuttle options check back later.
The Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) is located approximately 25 km from Budapest city center, and 135 km from Siófok, the IEC venue. Cheap flights are available to Budapest from almost every European country. Flights from outside Europe will often transfer at a major airport, such as London Heathrow or Frankfurt, Germany. A flight from Frankfurt typically takes 90 minutes, and one from London or Moscow 2 hours. International flights arrive at Terminal 2. Taxis and airport shuttles are easily available and are reputable, but run at higher prices than the same-value IEC-organized shuttle.
AVOID money exchange at the airport; they have a tourist ripoff rate. You can withdraw cash (Forints, the local currency) at ATMs at the airport and in many places. The cash exchange rate is much better in the city. Hotel exchange rates are okay, but higher than in the city. You can pay with debit and credit cards in most places (hotels, restaurants, supermarkets). You can’t use Euros or dollars to pay in cash.
Airport transportation information:
After you have signed up, Gábor Segesvári from our team – known mostly at IECs as “The Shuttle Man” – will contact you and confirm your seat and timing. You can pay in the ticket shop in advance and buy your ticket, or pay at the IEC registration desk upon arrival at the hotel in Euros or Forints, unless you buy Full Experience Ticket that includes it automatically!
Airport — Bus 200E — Train to Székesfehérvár — Train to Siófok —-Walk/cab to Azúr
At the airport take bus 200E, you can buy your ticket from the driver for 450 HUF (1.5 EUR), or at a newsstand (or Info Desk) for 350 HUF (1.2 EUR).
Travel till stop Kőbánya-Kispest P+R Station; this takes 20-22 minutes.
Bus 200E runs from 4:09 a.m. till 0:21 every 7-20 minutes.
From Kőbánya-Kispest go to MAV-ticket office (it is on the 1st floor) and buy your train ticket for Siófok.
Take the commuter train to Székesfehérvár; running time is 1:13.
Trains depart weekdays from 5:27 am till 20:27 pm every hour.
The reasonable ones (with not too long changing times) are at: 7:27, 11:27, 13:27, 14:27, 15:27, 17:27.
A connection train runs within 6-31 minutes from Székesfehérvár (their destination is Nagykanizsa, Balatonszentgyörgy, or Siófok).
Travel time from Székesfehérvár to Siófok is 45-50 minutes.
From Siófok train station/Bus to Hotel Azúr
You can walk; it is 950 meters and takes about 12 minutes, or you can catch a cab at the station.
Walk: Go to the underpass towards Balaton (lake/tó).
Walk along Indóház street in the same direction that your train left (railway on your left, lake on the right hand side).
After crossing the canal on a bridge, you reach a roundabout, turn right there (2nd exit) to Vitorlás street; the hotel entrance will be on the left hand side within 200 meters.