|Q. To Travel to Greece, which documents will I need ?|
A. You will need a valid passport and if you plan to rent a car, your driving license (no need for an international driving license)
|Q. Will I need a visa ?|
A. This will depend on your citizenship, not on your country of residence.
Depending your citizenship (not your country of residence), you may have to buy your visa at the Greek Consulate closest to your residence. The fee of this visa and its duration of validity will depend on your citizenship.
The safest is to check this out with the Greek Consulate closest to your residence as these visa rules may change without prior notice and that Anker Travel can accept no responsibility in the above which has the only purpose to give general information.
|Q. Will I need any inoculation ?|
A. No special inoculations are required for visiting Greece. Although if you don't want to take any chances, inoculation against tetanus is always recommended.
|Q. Which insurances should I take ?|
A. As it is not possible for non-resident foreigners to take an insurance in Greece (not even via a travel agency), we recommend that you settle your insurances in your country of residence.
A typical travel insurance policy usually provides cover for the loss of baggage, tickets and - up to a certain limit - cash or cheques, as well as cancellation or curtailment of your journey. Most of them exclude so-called dangerous sports unless an extra premiuim is paid. In Greece this can mean scuba-diving, whitewater rafting, windsurfing and trekking, kayaking or jeep safaris. Read the small print and benefits tables of prospective policies carefully. Many policies can be chopped and changed to exclude coverage you don't need - for example, sickness and accident benefits can often be excluded or included at will.
|Q. What is the currency in Greece ?|
A. The currency is the Euro divided in 100 cents.
|Q. Which means of payment can I use in Greece ?|
A. Main credit cards (Visa and Master everywhere, Diners and Amexco in bigger cities only) are very common even among the population. You can even use them to withdraw money from the ATM's.
If you have a cash card showing the Maestro logo, you can use it to withdraw money from the ATM's or pay your bill in shops equipped with a PIN-pad.
It is recommended to have some local currency in your pocket for the small payments such as taxis, postcards...
|Q. What are the opening hours of the banks and post offices ?|
Banks are generally open from Monday to Thursday between 08:00 and 14:00, on Friday from 08:00 to 13:30. In very touristical areas, banks may open a few hours in the evening and a few hours on Saturday morning.
The post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 14:00. In bigger cities and touristical areas, they may be open till 20:00 and even open a few hours in the weekend.
|Q. What are the means of traveling within Greece ?|
A. To travel on Greece mainland, people mostly use air, rail or road.
To travel between islands, the most common mean of transportation are the ferries. You can also fly between the islands but in most of the case you will have to transit via Athens.
Please check our website http://www.feribot.net/ for ferry scedules.
|Q. What should I know about electricity and tap water ?|
Electricity : European type : two horizontal, round pegs. 220 volt system.
Tap water : the water is chlorinated. However, it's loaded with lime and other minerals. Many don't like the taste and prefer to take the safe side by buying bottled spring water. They are environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. In any case, there is no need to clean teeth or cook with bottled water.
|Q. How should I behave when visiting a church or monastery ?|
A. Greece is a mainly Orthodox country and as for any religion. A minimum of respect will be required when visiting churches and monasteries.
Men are expected to wear trousers and women skirts.
|Q. What must I absolutely put in my suitcase ?|
A. Depending the period of travel you will foresee warmer or fresher clothes. For the warmest period prefer natural fibers and light colours yet always think of a jumper and protection against the rain, even in July and August. For the winter (even on the southern coast), warm jumpers, gloves, cap, rainproof wearing.
Furthermore, a good pair of shoes for the walks in archaeological sites, a hat, suncream (high factor), strong sunglasses.
Though all medicines can be found in Greece - even if with another name than in your country - do not forget your usual medication (not in your suitcase but in your handluggage) and some first aid medicines you and your family are used too.
|Q. What would be the best souvenirs to bring back from Greece ?|
A. The choice of your shopping will depend on the place where you are. Generally : handicrafts are not that cheap yet they are the best option. Such as antique Minos necklaces imitation made of pearls, pottery, decorated wodden spoons, handmade leather sandals, "Flokati" carpets, embroideries, icons, komboloi (rosaries)...
As to food stuff, one could think of wine, retsina, ouzo, olive oil, honey...