Greece

Summit with the Gods on Mount Olympus or expound with ancient philosophers in Athens. Socialize among the yachting set in the Greek Isles or with locals at an all-night Kafeneia. Travel to Greece to embrace a country of both classical ruins and modern casinos, of medieval castles and trendy shopping and nightlife.

Tours & Packages to Greece

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Greek Island Hopper
The ancient capital of Athens, then 2 of the magical Greek Isles: Mykonos & Santorini; travel independently with flights, hotel & ferry included
11 days  •  from $2799 $2499
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Athens & 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Ancient Athens, then a 3 day cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, Santorini & Crete; independent adventure with flights & hotel included
closed
8 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 4 day cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi & Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini & Crete; travel on your own with flights & hotel included
closed
9 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Athens & 7 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus 2 ports in Turkey: Cesme & Izmir for Ephesus; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
12 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 3 Day Cruise & Athens
A 3 day cruise to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and more, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent adventure with flights & hotel included
closed
6 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 4 Day Cruise & Athens
A 4 day cruise to Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete and more, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
7 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights
Greek Island Special: 7 Day Cruise & Athens
A 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus ports in Turkey, ending with a half day tour of Athens; independent travel with flights & hotel included
closed
10 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates cruise + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Greece? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Athens
Population: 10.75 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Greek
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: EET (UTC +2)

Weather

Greece has fairly good weather all-year round with very little rain. Peak tourist season is June through August with temperatures getting into the 90's. May and September are optimal months to travel to Greece, avoid tourists and still enjoy the wonderful weather. Winter is still nice for touring but the water tends to be too cold to swim in.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Greece for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

In Greece, shop for pottery, lace, rugs, wines, embroidery, gold jewelry with Greek designs, and silver jewelry with precious stones. In Crete, look for handbags and harps. In Rhodes, ceramic tiles.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

There are no health requirements for entering Greece. However, you might want to consider getting a hepatitis vaccination. Ask your physician when planning a trip to Greece.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plugs C, D, E & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

Restaurants include a 15% service charge, and additional tipping is always welcome, but not required. Leave a small tip for the busperson. Concierges and hotel receptionists, around 3 euros. Tip guides 2 euros, doormen 1.5 euros, barbers 10%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are ATMs available in Greece?

    ATMs are prevalent in Athens

  2. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

I think Friendly Planet did an excellent job overall. We had a wonderful honeymoon trip and your service was a very good value. We thoroughly enjoyed the two optional boat trips we took: one in Paros and one in Santorini.

Howard Kendall
Aegean Greek Island Hopper with Athens

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva
Athens & 4 Day Greek Isles Cruise