White towns, classical ruins and miles of turquoise coast – welcome to one of the greatest nations there ever was.
The Greeks have always enjoyed the finer things in life, from the sophisticated art of the ancients, to the sumptuous dining of today. Find out where the pillars of democracy were first erected at ancient sites like the Acropolis. Let the country’s natural beauty inspire you at islands like Santorini, where mountains, cliffs and coasts form stunning views. Or cruise through the waves and enjoy the simple pleasures of seafood, wine and music. It’s the birthplace of western civilization as we know it, and modern Greece has aged beautifully.
What people say
If you are looking for an opportunity to at least experience a little of Greek life, as it was thousands of years ago, this is the trip for you. The cultural experience is wonderful and you will learn so much!
Greece travel highlights
Explore a Byzantine church complex
Cruise around the Greek Islands with a stop at Paros to explore the stunning Byzantine church complex known as Ekatontapiliani.
Spy the monastery of Philosophou
This Byzantine monastery later became the home of a secret Christian school during Ottoman rule. It’s buried in a cliff in the lush valley of Lousios.
Learn the language of Mykonos
It’s one of the best places on the Mediterranean for sun, sea and good food. And it also has a cobbled Old Town that enchants whoever passes through.
Go back in time to Delos
Although the ancient city lies in ruins, it’s not hard to see that this place was once so impressive, it was devoted to the god Apollo.
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Greece travel FAQs
- Australia: Not required
- Belgium: Not required
- Canada: Not required
- Germany: Not required
- Ireland: Not required
- Netherlands: Not required
- New Zealand: Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: Not required
- UK: Not required
- USA: Not required
Tipping a small amount is common practice in Greece. Usually this involves simply rounding up the bill at a restaurant to show your satisfaction with the services. Although some wait staff earn low wages and rely on tips to get by, others aren’t allowed to keep there tips, so be aware of this when tipping.
Greece has good internet access across the country, except in some remote and rural areas.
Mobile phone access is good across most of Greece, but service may be unreliable on some of the smaller more remote islands. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
You’ll find Western-style toilets across Greece. Public toilets usually require a small fee.
- Ticket for short metro trip = 2 Euro
- Takeaway souvlaki = 2-3 Euro
- Greek coffee in a cafe = 4 Euro
- Beer in a bar or cafeteria = 4-6 Euro
- Simple meal at a restaurant = 12 Euro
Drinking tap water is safe in the major cities and tourist areas of Greece, however it may not be potable on smaller islands and remote areas. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Credit cads are generally accepted at places like shops, hotels and tourist establishments. Credit cards aren’t accepted by smaller businesses, street stalls, etc.
There are plenty of ATMs in major towns and cities of Greece.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Greece/public-holidays