A country steeped in history, Greece tempts travellers to its cultural hotspots as well as to its sparkling waters, sun-drenched beaches and delicious Mediterranean food. Greece is responsible for much of civilization as we know today and ancient tales of myths and legends can still be found in the ruins that still stand.
Monasteries sit high amongst the clouds, gods and monsters are depicted on ancient artefacts, and the birthplace of the Olympic Games can still be explored. The islands are diverse in their offerings, and the mainland blends the past with urban modernity, but in all Greek adventures you will be sure to meet the friendliest of locals, and watch the sun go down on some of the most beautiful landscapes.
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Greece Travel Guide
Greece Travel guide
Greece as we know today was established in 1830 following the war of independence from the Ottoman Empire. However the country's roots date back to the civilization of Ancient Greece, which is considered the forefront for Western civilisation. The principles behind democracy, philosophy, astronomy and mathematical principles were created in Ancient Greece. Similarly leisure and sporting activities such as the creation of the Olympic Games have also influenced the world we know today. Ancient greek mythology and legends are still learnt and have been used in Western popular culture including many classical drama performances. Greece's important legacy is shown by the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among the most in Europe and the world.
Geography and weather
Greece is located in the southeastern region of Europe and borders Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Mainland Greece is a region with mountainous terrain, running all the way to the the coast. Its highest peak is the well-known Mount Olympus which stands at 2919 m above sea level. It also lays claim to around 6000 islands which are scattered around the Aegean and Ionian Seas, with only 227 of them being inhabited. Greece has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild, sometimes damp winters.
Visit www.worldclimate.com to get an idea of what the weather will be like on your tour.
Greece is part of the EU so most nationals of Europe do not need a visa to enter Greece however other nationalities do (it is important to check the rules for your nationality with your nearest embassy, consulate or travel agent). Entry for those not requiring a visa is granted on production of a passport valid for more than six months and proof of funds to support yourself (although this proof not usually requested).
It is advised to take a combination of Euros and bank cards whilst in Greece. There are ATMs countrywide, however they may charge a fee when purchasing products or services.
ips will always be welcomed especially in locally owned restaurants. It is customary to round the bill up by a couple of euros, for instance if it was €17 one may leave a €3 tip.
Many find Greece a friendly, safe country. Nevertheless, when in busy cities, keep an eye on your personal possessions and exercise caution late at night.
Local food and drink
Some breakfasts are included in your tour. Breakfasts can be basic so if you tend to get hungry it may be a good idea to buy some fruit or snacks to eat during the day. All other meals, extra snacks and drinks on the tour are at your own expense. Ask your tour leader if they can recommend any restaurants in the area to suit your taste or budget or have fun exploring independently.
You will find a range of international and local cuisine to suit every budget. Excellent seafood is available along all coastal regions and chicken, pork and beef are available throughout. In Greece the basic diet is Mediterranean and uses a wide range of ingredients. Lamb, chicken, beef or seafood is prevalent as well as wide use of oil, bread, vegetables and dips. Often you can order a Meze for the table - a collection of small dishes that can be shared together. Meat dishes such as souvlaki (grilled meat on a skewer), keftedakia (meatballs) and gyros (meat on a spit served with tzatziki and garnishes) are popular as well as fish dishes including calamari, mackerel and local shellfish
Although Greek cuisine has a lot of meat dishes, vegetarians will have variety in other forms of tasty dishes. Spanakopita is a tasty filo pastry dish consisting of spinach and feta cheese, and also popular are Dolmades, stuffed vine leaves with rice and fresh herbs. Greek cuisine uses a large variety of vegetables, bread, oils and dips, but be sure to ask the tour leader for any restaurant recommendations catering for meal requirements.
All drinks such as water, soft or alcoholic drinks are at your own expense at all times. You should be wary of drinking the local tap water. Bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices are widely available and are generally safe to drink. Ouzo is one of Greece’s famous alcoholic beverages. Anise flavoured it is often served with the small appetizers in a meze. Metaxa is also popular, it is a brandy-like Greek liqueur often had with coffee after a meal.
The time difference in Greece is GMT/UTC + 1. For other time differences please visit www.timeanddate.com
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