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      Start planning your Greece getaway today with this free vacation guide. Inside you will learn all that you need to know to prepare for the ultimate Greek adventure.

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    All About Greece

    Greece is a unique blend of beautiful cities, centuries-old history, rich and fascinating culture, pristine beaches, imposing mountains and delectable cuisine.

    The northern, more mountainous regions, experience winter cold in its extreme; ice and snow become a permanent feature of the landscape and the temperatures settle on lower numbers. The coastal areas and Greek islands experience a milder winter in terms of ice and snow, but high humidity and strong coastal winds during the winter make the cold seem very bitter. The summer is very hot and dry, which makes Greece a favorite vacation spot for sun and sea lovers.

    Capital of Greece:

    Athens

    Official Language:

    Greek

    Major Airports:

    Athens, Thessaloniki

    Time Zone:

    +7 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone​

    Currency:

    Euro (€/EUR)​

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport​, Vaccination certificate or negative COVID test.

    Voltage:

    230 volts (Type F plug)​

    Best Time to Visit:

    Summer

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    Regions & Areas

    Greece is comprised of thirteen different regions. There’s so much that lies beyond the famous white-washed walls and trademark breathtaking blues of Greece.

    Mainland

    Attica

    • Athens

    Sterea

    • Delphi
    • Nafpaktos
    • Arachova

    Messonghi
    Peloponnese

    • Nafplion
    • Olympia
    • Mycenae
    • Epidaurus

    Thessaly

    • Meteora
    • Pelion
    The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset
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    Regions & Areas

    Epirus

    • Parga
    • Zagorochoria

    Macedonia

    • Halkodiki
    • Thessaloniki

    Greek Islands

    • Crete
    • Heraklion
    • Chania

    Cyclades

    • Santorini
    • Mykonos
    • Naxos
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    Regions & Areas

    Dodecanese

    • Rhodes
    • Kalymnos

    Ionian

    • Corfu
    • Ithaca

    Sporades

    • Skiathos
    • Skyros

    Saronic

    • Hydra
    • Aegina

    Eastern Aegean Islands

    • Chios
    • Lesvas
    Symi town cityscape, Dodecanese islands, Greece
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      Accommodations

      Hotels

      On the mainland, both boutique and traditional hotels are most common.

      Resorts

      Resorts are very common in the islands along with villas and self-catering options.

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      Food & Drink

      Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. Being at the crossroads between east and west, Greek cuisine is infused with the best of both worlds. Some of the most eclectic tastes from the west balance against some of the more raw and upbeat tastes from the east on Greek tables. Contemporary Greek cooking makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette and yogurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey. Some specialties include dolmades, moussaka, souvlaki, stifado, kokkinisto, and horiatiki.

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      Food & Drink

      Here are some Greek specialties:

      Dolmades – Stuffed vine leaves

      Moussaka – Ubergine casserole with minced lamb, cinnamon, red wine and olive oil

      Souvlaki – Spit-roasted meat, generally pork or chicken

       

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      Food & Drink

      Here are some Greek specialties:

      Stifado – A rich beef stew with caramelised onions, cinnamon and cloves

      Kokkinisto – A rich stew of either beef, pork or chicken cooked with red wine and tomatoes

      Horiatiki – Greek salad made with feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, green peppers, black Kalamata olives and fresh olive oil

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      Special Events

      • Orthodox Easter – The week before Easter Sunday
      • Apokreas (Carnival Season) – Mid-January to Early March
      • Hellenic Festival – June – August
      • Navy Week – Late June
      • August Moon Festival – August
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Summer is hot and dry, perfect for sun and sea lovers. Winters are cold in the northern mountain regions, milder in coastal areas and the Greek islands, but with high humidity and strong coastal wind.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      The summer is very hot and dry, which makes Greece a favorite vacation spot for sun and sea lovers.

    • Food & Drink

      Food & Drink

      With cuisine infused with the best of east and west, food in Greece is widely known for being fresh and delicious. We’ll let you in on some must-try specialties.

    • Travel

      Travel

      A valid passport and vaccination certificate or negative COVID test is required to travel to Greece.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Greece.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      A popular option for our travelers is our customized self-drive packages. This package includes your own rental car so that you can explore Greece at your leisure.

      A current valid driver’s license is required to rent a car in Greece, as well as an International Driving Permit (IDP).

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Our Chauffeur packages offer an added element of luxury for those who want to experience Greece without the hassle of driving themselves. You will have the option to book a private driver for a portion of your trip, or for the entire duration. Private driver and chauffeured services are recommended when taking wine tours.

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