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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)

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.

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.

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

Weather

The weather in Greece is generally pleasant year-round. The coasts and islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and rainy winters. The northern cities have a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The months of May and September are ideal months to travel, as there are fewer tourists and comfortable temperatures. Average temperatures between January and March tend to range between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with rain most likely during January. Rain is less likely during February and March. Average temperature in April through August is about 80 to 90 degrees. In September through November temperatures can range from 60 to 80 degrees. 

What to wear

Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world, it’s important to pack clothing that can be worn in layers, so that you are prepared for all weather conditions. Bring a light jacket or sweater for evenings, as the temperature is cooler.  Sunscreen and an umbrella are beneficial items to pack.  

Please Note: Please dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Arms and legs should be covered. Shorts and sleeveless tops are not permitted. Covered shoulders and skirts below the knee for women, shorts below the knee for men are highly suggested.

Money

The official currency in Greece is the Euro.  Major cities have ATMs. Hotels and some restaurants accept major credit cards.  For street shopping, you will need local currency. 

Note for those on the Greek Isles Cruises: Upon boarding the ship, passengers are required to provide a credit card number that will be pre-approved for a minimum amount.  At the end of the cruise, you will only be charged for what you actually spent.  The ship’s reception can exchange a limited amount of USD for Euros.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

In Greece, shop for pottery, lace, rugs, wines, embroidery, gold jewelry with Greek designs, and silver jewelry with precious stones. From fine jewelry to artisan rugs, there is something to satisfy any shopper in Greece!  Be sure to check out the local markets for unique goods you won’t find anywhere else! Please note that most items cannot be returned or exchanged after purchase.

Electricity & Power Adapters

The electrical current at the hotels in Greece is 230 volts with 50 cycles. On the cruise ships, the electrical current is 220 volts with 50 cycles. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

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Independent Package 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. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $2049 w/ Flights from $1549 Tour Only 8 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package 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. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $2249 w/ Flights from $1749 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Greece & Turkey Cruise
The history of Athens, then set sail on a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus Istanbul & Canakkale, Turkey; independent travel with flights & hotel
$3349 w/ Flights $2949 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Greek Isles Cruise
Athens, then a 7 day cruise of the Greek Isles plus Kusadasi for Ephesus; independent travel with flights & hotel included. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $3399 w/ Flights from $2899 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Athens & 7 Day Three Continents Cruise
Athens, then voyage to 3 continents: Asia, Europe & Africa. Visit Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes & Turkey; independent travel with flights & hotel
from $3099 w/ Flights from $2699 Tour Only 12 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Small Group Tour Best of Classical Greece
Historic Thessaloniki, Vergina, Kalambaka, and Delphi with ancient capital of Athens. Optional day cruise to the Saronic Islands
from $2299 w/ Flights from $1899 Tour Only 9 days
per person, double occupancy*
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Independent Package Greek Island Hopper
The ancient capital of Athens, then 2 of the magical Greek Isles: Mykonos & Santorini; travel independently with flights, hotel & ferry included. Optional Classical Greece extension.
from $3149 w/ Flights from $2649 Tour Only 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
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