Planning for a successful trip to Greece can be quite challenging, especially if this is your first visit. However, there are a few general things you should know, and while you could go blind, we recommend doing at least a little research before your big vacation. So, to help you with all of that, we’ve prepared the top 10 need-to-know tips for planning your great Greece trip. Let’s check!
Know the Basics
Obviously, you should start with some general info and basic facts to introduce you before you go. So, remember that the official name is the Hellenic Republic; the currency is the Euro; most Greeks identify as Greek Orthodox Christians, and their official language is Greek!
Check your Visa
As before planning any other trip, first and foremost, you should see what kind of documentation you may need.
In general, tourists from the EU and US coming for short stays are not required to carry a visa, only basic identification documents. However, you should check if your country is on the list of countries requiring additional documentation. If so, get one fast – it usually takes time.
When to Go?
Locals say there’s never a wrong time to be in Greece, and either way – they’re right! However, there are a few things to consider before setting a date.
Obviously, their peak season is summer, so you can expect crowds and higher prices for everything. However, if you want to save money and avoid brushing your shoulders, we recommend going in late spring or early fall. The weather is just as good, the walks are just as entertaining, and you’ll get a little more peace and quiet!
How many days?
While most travelers opt for the usual seven-day vacation without giving it much thought, we suggest you take a look at our point about how much time is actually valid to spend in Greece!
A week is fine if you want to explore and travel around. On the other hand, if you like relaxing time and plan on spending most of your vacation on a Greek party island, we suggest five days. However, if your agenda is to get the most out of just one city, say Athens, four to five days should be enough for you to visit all the highlights and have fun!
Get to know the Transport
Depending on how you plan your trip, you may not need to move around much, but if you do, it’s fairly easy.
Buses and taxis are preferable if you’re not traveling long distances—for example, between cities or simply going to the nearest town. However, if your travel plans are far enough, take the Greek trains. They’re fast, cheap, and convenient – just make sure you have a plan!
Learn Basic Phrases
Just like other nations, the Greeks really appreciate it when tourists come with basic knowledge. While you can easily communicate in English, it can be fun and useful to know how to say it Hello thank youor ask for directions in Greek.
Don’t overdo it, but a little dictionary in your pocket can work wonders, and it’s a great way to show respect and express love for their mother tongue!
Plan Your Budget
Before making any plans, you should know how much you are willing to spend on this trip. This way, you can shoot within your budget and avoid any unwanted surprises!
For example, while Greece is considered a moderate-priced country to visit, Athens or famous party islands like Mykonos or Santorini are very expensive. The same goes for accommodation, transportation and entertainment. So make a plan, and see what you can do with it!
Research Their Food
Greek cuisine isn’t all that crazy, compared to other cuisines in Europe, and that’s in terms of ingredients. The basic products are usually olive oil, fresh vegetables and cheese. However, you should research what to expect, especially if you’re a bit picky or have allergies. Knowing what to order will make your vacation easier!
Greece is the epitome of the Mediterranean, so if you’re visiting during the summer, pack only light clothing, items that make you comfortable to move around in, and avoid warm, heavy clothing.
However, if you decide to visit Greece in winter, be prepared for wet and cold weather, in which case you will need a sweater and jacket. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking that Greece is hot and dry all year round and end up having to buy clothes when it arrives!
Write Travel Plans
Finally, your plans can only go ahead with a good itinerary!
We suggest including the most widely recognized signature places, some ancient sites, monumental landmarks, and museums. However, be sure to add some beach fun, maybe a bar or two, and plan a day trip! Be colorful and flexible with your travel plans, and leave room to just exist under the Mediterranean sun or do something spontaneous!
We guarantee you the best vacation ever now that you know which steps to take to plan your Greece trip! So, start your preparation now, and make sure to double check everything. Have fun and good luck!