For hundreds of years, Greece has given the world some amazing gifts. Epic poems. Fantastical myths. Some of the greatest thinkers in philosophy, math and science. And it’s a gift that keeps on giving, a charismatic nation that continues to grace us with the good things in life. Discover picturesque Greek islands with some of the best parties in the Mediterranean, and incredible historic monuments like the Acropolis and White Tower in Thessaloniki. And then there’s the savory souvlaki, sticky baklava and all the feta cheese. Wash it down with a cloudy glass of ouzo and you’ll be saying ‘opa!’ in no time.
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.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
While tipping is optional in Greece, consider leaving some spare change, particularly if the service has been good, as most waiters and waitresses earn a low wage in Greece.
Internet can easily be accessed at hotels and internet cafes in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good on mainland Greece, but may not be available on some of Greece’s more remote islands. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Greece. You may have to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some parts.
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 tap water is safe in Greece unless otherwise marked (you may find this on some of Greece’s small and remote islands). Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Ask your leader or hotel where to find filtered water.
Credit cards are accepted by most stores in Greece but may not be accepted by smaller cafes and shops. Make sure to carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available in most towns and cities in Greece.
Absolutely. All passengers traveling 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
For a current list of public holidays in Greece go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/Greece/public-holidays/
Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travelers in Greece. While there are no laws against homosexual activity, it is generally frowned upon by locals, especially outside of major cities. That being said, Athens has a thriving gay scene, many islands are notorious for their anything-goes mentality and the island of Lesvos – the birthplace of reputed lesbian poet, Sappho – has long been a place of pilgrimage for lesbians.
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.
In Greece, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.