Greece: Travel Tips

This is where it all started: the Olympics, democracy, the institutions of Western civilization. But beyond the Acropolis and the Archaeological Museum is a vibrant modern city, with shopping in Kolonaki and cafés in the Plaka district. Sample the Greek fondness for friends and food in Athens’ lively restaurants and nightlife.

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Getting To Greece

Late spring and early fall bring fewer crowds and temperate weather. Enjoy the changing scenery in the spring and fall months and take advantage of fewer crowds at historical sights. Summer brings hot weather and resorts filled with vacationing Europeans. Winter can be harsh with snow and rainstorms throughout the season

Spring is ideal, with fewer tourists, lower rates, and plenty to see. February brings Carnivali and April brings Greek Easter. In the cold months of winter, transportation to the island is limited and many hotels and sights close.

Flight Times

  • 10 hours from New York
  • 4 hours from London

Staying In Greece

Sunny Greece was the divine playground of the Olympian gods, and now welcomes visitors from more earthly realms. Olive trees and classical ruins dot the countryside of the mainland, while urban centers surge with energy. The city founded by Athena, the goddess of wisdom, anchors this legendary land.

Must-see sights

  • The Parthenon
  • Mount Pendeli
  • The Acropolis

Things to do

  • Cruise by hydrofoil (fast water vessel) to the island of Hydra, where you can stroll, shop, and swim.
  • Take a private car and driver to the Archaeological Museum and the Parthenon to truly understand the history of Greece.
  • Take a tour of Mycenae by driving along the coastal road to visit ancient ruins. Then visit Epidaurus and its theater, famous for its expert acoustics.
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Traveling In Greece

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Greece we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Seasonal ferry service is available.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.

Currency

  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Greece is GMT + 1

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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