With astounding archaeological sites, islands of extreme beauty, bucolic villages and some of the greatest food you’ll ever consume, Greece should be on every traveller's list.
This gem of the Aegean will satisfy your thirst for knowledge, lust for adventure, desire for partying and craving for cuisine. Opa!
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Articles on Greece
Greece travel highlights
Swim and snorkel in the sparkling Aegean Sea
Give in to the romance of Greece’s most stunning island
Indulge in the bars and cafes of magnificent Mykonos
Discover the ancient Acropolis in Athens
Visit the 14th-century monasteries of Meteora, perched atop soaring karst pinnacles
Visit the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena among the mountaintop ruins of Delphi
Transport in Greece
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Greece, you may find yourself travelling by:
Live like a local resident by hopping on a local bus. Cheap, efficient and fast, it’s a great way to get around Greece’s busy cities.
Greece holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Greece
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Must-Eat Dishes of Greece
Festivals and Events in Greece
Health and Safety
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 is considered optional in Greece, but considering that most waiters and waitresses earn a low wage, rounding up the bill is considered polite. Tipping extra for good service is a personal choice – use discretion.
Internet access is good in Greece and internet cafes are easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good on mainland Greece, but less so on some of Greece’s more remote islands. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Greece. Expect to pay a small fee when using public toilets in some parts of Greece.
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 water from taps in Greece is considered safe, unless otherwise marked (tap water may not be of drinkable quality on some of Greece’s small and remote islands).
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Greece. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are common in Greece, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 6 Jan Epiphany
- 27 Feb Orthodox Ash Monday
- 25 Mar Independence Day
- 14 Apr Orthodox Good Friday
- 16 Apr Orthodox Easter Sunday
- 17 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 4 Jun Orthodox Pentecost
- 5 Jun Orthodox Whit Monday
- 15 Aug Assumption Day
- 28 Oct Ochi Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Greece go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/greece/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Greece
1. Be considerate of Greece’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
8. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.