Greece

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.

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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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
8 days  •  from $2199 $1899
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
9 days  •  from $2299 $1999
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 Kusadasi for Ephesus; independent travel with flights & hotel included
12 days  •  from $3099 $2799
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + cruise + flights
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 $2899 $2599
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + 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
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
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
dates cruise + flights

Rave Reviews

My husband and I went on the Greek Isles and Turkey cruise in October. We had a wonderful time! We had plenty of time to tour the islands, come back to the ship, relax and then set out again for dinner and nightlife ashore. The hotel in Athens had a rooftop restaurant with a beautiful view of the Parthenon. Many of the travelers on the boat had already done several trips with Friendly Planet and spoke highly of them. We can't wait until our next Friendly Planet trip. The only hard part was deciding which one to do next!

Leesa Haslam, Atkinson, NH
easyCruise Greek Islands & Turkey Cruise

I am here to sing Friendly Planet's praises! Last year, I was booked on a tour that included a cruise and four days on land in Greece. The flight was canceled due to torrential rains that caused a delay in the trip. All during that weekend, there was someone that could be contacted throughout what appeared to be a disaster. Our contact person was Harry who tirelessly worked to get us booked on another flight. All of the people were there to assist; in spite of everything, the trip was excellent! The tour company in Greece was excellent as well. Even after the trip was over, the staff was always there to answer questions and to assist. Kudos to Friendly Planet - I highly recommend their services.

Rita Berry, New York, NY
Athens & 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise