Greece

Greece

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Of legends and myths, with something for everyone.

To visit Greece is to find out why the gods of Olympus chose to live here. Greece is a country of whitewashed buildings and baby-blue seas. A world where more than 6,000 islands spread across three seas. A land sitting at the precise point where three continents come together.

Greece is birthplace of Western civilization. The cradle of democracy. The source of mythical Cyclops, centaurs, minotaurs, and giants. And the legendary face that launched a thousand ships. Greece is also Plato and Socrates; Athens and Sparta; tragedies and comedies; the Olympics, and Alexander the Great.

All of it put together is what gives the Greek people their zest as social beings. Greeks don't merely exist; they squeeze every ounce of living out of life. They love people, dancing, debating, and ouzo. And they'll make you part of the "family" in no time at all.

Greece is legendary. It's mythical. It's storied. Greece is also real and alive. And with the help of VIVA Travel, we'll find something for you.

Other things to do:

  • Embark on some island hopping
  • Visit the Delphi
  • The Acropolis
  • Ancient Olympia
  • The Theatre of Dionysus
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 42°F (9°C) to 95°F (35°C).

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+02:00

Language: 

Greek

Currency: 

Euro (EUR)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tips of 5-10% are customary when dining. 

Safety: 

The US Department of State recommends awareness of surroundings to avoid public demonstrations and strikes. Use extra caution when using public transportation. We recommend protecting valuables and keeping luggage and personal belongings in site when traveling.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Mobile Operators include Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas.

Smoking: 

Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places including restaurants, night clubs, cafes, and public transportation.

Travel Documentation: 

US citizens require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. 

Airport: 

Athens International Airport (ATH)

Car Rental: 

Major international car rental companies have a presence in Greece, including Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, Dollar and Europcar.

Public Transportation: 

Most Greek towns are small enough to get around on foot. Major towns have local buses, but the only places you’re likely to need them are Athens, Patra, Kalamata and Thessaloniki. Taxis are widely available, with the exception of very small or remote islands. Athens has a prominent metro underground transportation system.