There is not a strong tradition of tipping in Greece, particularly among the locals, but it’s become expected that tourists leave a small tip while travelling through the country.
In restaurants it’s common to leave a cash tip for whoever is looking after you – 10–15 per cent is standard. Try to leave the tip in cash, rather than paid for by card, otherwise the tip may not make its way to the service staff.
Taxi drivers will expect you to round up the bill or add about 10 per cent to the fare, while bar staff and luggage porters will appreciate some coins to say thanks – a euro is plenty.
Your local leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty on the first day of your trip. In a group tipping kitty, everybody contributes an equal amount at the start of the tour that your leader uses to tip drivers, local guides and hotel staff on your behalf. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent, which can be checked at any time. Any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members.
This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassle of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty is optional, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader.