10 Practical Tips for an Unforgettable Trip to Greece

10 Practical Tips for an Unforgettable Trip to Greece

Planning a trip to Greece? Get ready for an unforgettable adventure filled with breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey, here are 10 practical tips to keep in mind:

  1. Beat the Crowds: To make the most of your visit to popular attractions like the Acropolis in Athens or the Palace of Knossos in Crete, try to arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Not only will you enjoy shorter lines, but you'll also have a more peaceful experience. You can always skip the lines by booking one of our early access tours! 
  2. Retail Store Hours: Many shops, particularly smaller boutiques and family-owned businesses, may close for a few hours in the afternoon before reopening in the evening for extended hours. 
  3. Sharing Meals: Greeks often view mealtime as a social occasion to be shared with family and friends. It's common for meals to be served family-style, with multiple dishes placed in the center of the table (meze) for everyone to enjoy together. You can get a glimpse of "meze" culture by booking our Athens evening food walking tour
  4. Stay Hydrated: With its warm climate, Greece can get hot, especially during the summer months. Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you're spending time outdoors or exploring archaeological sites. Carry a refillable water bottle and refill it at public fountains or cafes.
  5. Stay Connected with Local SIM Cards: To stay connected during your travels, consider purchasing a local SIM card upon arrival in Greece. This will provide you with affordable access to data for navigation, communication, and staying updated on local events and attractions. You can find SIM cards at airports, convenience stores, and mobile network providers throughout the country.
  6. Be Prepared for Cash Transactions: While credit cards are widely accepted in tourist areas and major cities, smaller establishments and local markets may prefer cash. Make sure to carry some euros with you for purchases like souvenirs, snacks, and meals at traditional tavernas.
  7. Greeting Customs: Greeks are known for their warm hospitality and affectionate greetings. It's customary to greet others with a kiss on the cheek, even when meeting someone for the first time, as a sign of friendship and respect.
  8. Stay Safe on the Roads: If you plan to rent a car or scooter to explore Greece independently, familiarize yourself with local traffic laws and road conditions. Drive defensively, especially on winding coastal roads and mountainous terrain, and be cautious of pedestrians and cyclists. Don't want to drive? Book your transfer here!
  9. Pack a Universal Adapter: Greece uses Type C and Type F electrical outlets, so if you're traveling from a country with different plug types, make sure to pack a universal adapter. This will allow you to charge your electronic devices without any hassle and ensure you stay powered up throughout your trip.
  10. Tipping Customs: In Greece, tipping is appreciated but not as standardized as in the United States. It's common to round up the bill or leave a small tip (around 5-10%) at restaurants, cafes, and taxis, but it's not always expected for services like takeout or coffee.

With these 10 practical tips in mind, you're well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable journey through Greece. From exploring ancient ruins to lounging on sun-drenched beaches, your Greek adventure awaits! Bon voyage!

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