When is the best season to travel in Greece?
What should I pack for my Greece adventure tour?
What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to Greece?
Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for travel to Greece?
Are meals included on your Greece tours?
What type of cuisine is typical in Greece, including special dietary needs?
What are your Greek guides like?
What sort of people go on Wildland Adventures to Greece?
What is the average age of your travelers to Greece?
Can I drink the water in Greece?
Is it safe to travel to Greece?
What is the electrical current in Greece? Will I need a plug adaptor?
What is the local currency in Greece? Are U.S. dollars accepted? Do I need local currency before I arrive?
What is Greece's time zone? Will I suffer from jet lag when traveling to Greece?
Will my cell phone work while on a Greece vacation?
Do your tours in Greece include international airfare? Do you have recommendations for the best routing and airlines to visit Greece?
How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
Is it better to plan a private custom trip or go to Greece as a part of a small group tour?
How far in advance should I book my trip to Greece?
Can I extend or change my stay in Greece?
Is travel insurance recommended for travel to Greece?
Spring (April through early June) and fall (September-October) are the best times to travel in Greece when the climate is moderated and there are fewer tourists than peak summer months of July and August. Temperatures and humidity are relatively high in summer, but if you don't mind the heat in the 90’s F it’s a popular time to travel. Winter (Nov-Mar) is damp and cold but you will have most tourist sites to yourself. Back to Top
Lightweight cotton clothing or quick-dry travel apparel is best for travel in fall, summer and winter. A sweater or light jacket is required for evenings in spring and fall when you can add layers as needed. Plan for hot and humid conditions in June, July and August. During the day in the city, casual clothes are sufficient, urban nights in Athens you may want to wear casual slacks or a dress. Back to Top
An advanced visa is not required for entry into Greece for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of E.U. countries that are a part of the Schengen Agreement only need to display their I.D. card without the need for a passport. You will need a passport which is valid for at least 3 months after your return date. A list of countries from which citizens are not required to have visas to enter Greece can be found at: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/before_you_travel/passports_and_visas
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No immunizations are currently required for visiting Greece. Consult your doctor or local travel clinic 4-8 weeks before departure to decide which medications and inoculations are recommended for your safe participation on the trip. Travelers should always be up-to-date with vaccinations against hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and chicken pox.
When you put down a deposit for any Wildland Adventure, our destination expert Program Directors will provide detailed information about health precautions and possible immunizations for travel to your destination. Wildland Adventures' staff are not licensed medical professionals, however, we do know the exact areas, environments and conditions under which you will be traveling, all of which can affect the relative risk of exposure and help you make a decision concerning immunizations and prescription medicines. All travelers should consult their physician or a travel health clinic and refer to the Center for Disease Control website for complete information on health considerations in your destination. Back to Top
Greek cuisine is among the best in the world and this is one area we don’t skimp! It’s not a matter of choosing between chicken, beef and lamb entrees: we budget meals to order ala carte so you can try at least one different dish every time you sit down for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is included in your hotel for every day of your Wildland Adventure in Greece. For small group departures lunch and dinner is usually included and on custom private trips lunch and dinner varies within the day-by-day itinerary. Back to Top
Greek cuisine incorporates fresh ingredients into a variety of local dishes such as moussaka, stifado, Greek salad, fasolada, spanakopita, and souvlaki. Throughout Greece people usually enjoy eating from small dishes such as meze along with various dips such as tzatziki. Olive oil is a staple in a majority of Greek dishes. Greece's location along the Mediterranean gives it access to a wide amount of seafood, including kalamari, octopus, fish, and their famous fish soup, kakavia.
Dietary requests are usually easy to accommodate in Greece, especially including vegetarian preferences. Back to Top
We work with exceptional guides throughout Greece, all of whom are exceedingly well educated and highly informed about political, social and cultural aspects of life in Greece and who enjoy conversations on current events and world affairs in Greece. They are also selected for their outgoing personalities as fun travel companions who enjoy adapting every trip to fit the interests and abilities of each traveler. And finally, they know the best local restaurants to share the most interesting and unique Greek cuisine! Read more about our Greek guides here. Back to Top
Our guests to Greece are active, inquisitive, fun-loving travelers not only interested in learning about Greece’s fascinating history, but also its modern culture, political and religious balance, as well as cuisine. Families enjoy travel to Greece, and we have some guides who are especially keen with teens and younger travelers. Many people who come on our trips to Greece are very well traveled, enthusiastic, and curious about exploring new countries and cultures. They come from an wide range of professional backgrounds. Back to Top
Our trips tend to appeal to quite a wide age range. Most are in the 40-70 age bracket. Our family tours have attracted parents with children between 7-17 and college age. We are finding more and more people in their 30’s and 40’s coming on our trips including single travelers joining our group trips and couples on custom trips including honeymoon adventures. Back to Top
Water is generally safe to drink and use for brushing teeth. However, in large cities the water often tastes of chlorine so hotels and residents use water purification services. We recommend taking a re-usable water bottle on your trip to fill with purified water at the hotel and take with you on your daily adventures. Back to Top
Greeks are generally very warm, friendly, and trustworthy people. Despite political demonstrations over the past few years, the U.S. embassy has reported no instances of U.S. citizens getting hurt as a result of demonstrations. Of course, normal precautions when walking in urban streets on your own to protect against pickpockets such as you would take in any major city in the world are advisable. For more specific suggestions on U.S. traveler safety in Greece, visit the U.S. embassy website: http://athens.usembassy.gov/visit_greece.html Back to Top
Electrical current in Greece is 220 volts. Most travel appliances have their own built-in power adapters (such as laptop computers, digital cameras and some hair dryers): they can be plugged into either 110/120-volt or 220/240-volt sockets and will adapt to the voltage automatically (but you still need a plug adapter as noted below.) Check your travel appliances, especially your travel hair dryer to be sure it can operate on either 110/120 or 220/240 voltage. Wall outlets in Greece have round two-prong plugs--the most common is the smaller type used throughout most of Europe. Back to Top
Greece is a member of the European Union and uses its uniform currency, the Euro. Generally the U.S. dollar is not accepted as regular currency in Greece. You do not need to exchange currency before you arrive. U.S. based credit and debit cards work in ATM's available at airports and in cities and towns throughout Greece. Check the official exchange rate online just before departure. Back to Top
Greece is on Eastern European Time, which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. Daylight savings (one hour) applies from the end of March to the end of October. Jet lag is common among travelers crossing four or more time zones. You might want to consider arriving a day early to adjust before the tour begins in earnest. Back to Top
This is a good question for your cell phone service provider. To work internationally, you'll most likely need a cell phone which uses a "GSM" network which is most widely used globally. In the U.S. AT&T and T-Mobile operate GSM networks while Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and several smaller carriers such as U.S. Cellular use the "CDMA" network which has less worldwide coverage than GSM. You'll want to check with your service provider regarding international coverage and make sure you understand exactly what you'll be charged for making calls and, if you have a smart phone, for using data (email/internet). Rates can be extremely expensive and we've heard horror stories of travelers returning home to find unexpectedly large bills for using their phone while traveling. Due to this, we generally recommend you shut off and don't use your cell phone while traveling. Your guides will be able to give you the best options for calling home and loved ones can contact you using the local phone numbers we provide on your final itinerary or Wildland's 24-hour emergency number. We recommend reviewing CNET's World Phone Guide for more information on international cell phone coverage. Back to Top
Tour rates do not include international flights or local domestic flights in Greece. Fares change and travelers prefer to look at so many options that international flights are best booked directly or through our air reservations agent. To use frequent flyer miles for travel to Greece you must contact the airline directly.
Your choice of airline may be determined not only by price, but whether or not you want to make a stopover. Stops in London, Amsterdam or Paris, for example, can be possible on the way or returning from Athens.
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The best way to see and experience Greece depends on one's knowledge, experience, and personal preferences.
Whether you travel on a private custom trip or a scheduled group departure, the biggest advantage to travel on a Wildland Adventure in Greece is to have a guide to show you the hidden highlights, to provide the in-depth historical insights and interpretations, and most important to help facilitate entrees to interact with local people you meet along the way. A Wildland Adventure in Greece is a flexible guided exploration that is not planned from dawn until dark, but each one that is flexible according to the interests and abilities of travelers leaving plenty of time for spontaneity to experience much more than ancient ruins and historic sites of interest. Back to Top
You can book your Greece tour at any time, but generally the earlier you book the better (6-12 months). We prefer boutique style hotels which are small, charming properties characteristic of the region; as such they are small and tend to fill up quickly—another reason to book your trip to Greece as early as possible. Back to Top
Indeed, we recommend you extend your stay in Greece, especially arriving a day early to acclimatize to the new time zone. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will make special arrangements. We especially recommend a guided tour of other parts of Athens, especially including our favorite walking areas and specialty restaurants. Back to Top
We highly recommend you protect your Greece travel investment by purchasing travel insurance, especially for unexpected trip cancellation and trip interruption (for specific covered reasons), as well as medical coverage for accident or illness and related evacuation expenses that may be incurred during your trip. We recommend the policy offered by Travelex as an outstanding travel insurance product. The policy application is included in your pre-departure dossier. It is necessary that you purchase the insurance within 21 days of your initial reservation deposit in order to receive additional coverage especially for pre-existing health conditions for you or an immediate family member. Back to Top