Island life drenched in epic ancient monuments, gorgeous sunsets and tasty Greek food – what could be better?

For hundreds of years, Greece has given the world some amazing gifts. Epic poems. Fantastical myths. Some of the greatest thinkers in philosophy, math and science. (Thanks, Greece!) Greece is the gift that keeps on giving, this charismatic nation continues to grace us with the good things in life. Picturesque Greek islands with some of the best parties in the Mediterranean. Incredible historic monuments like the Acropolis and White Tower in Thessaloniki. And then there’s the food – savoury souvlaki, sticky baklava and all the feta cheese. Wash it down with a cloudy glass of ouzo and you’ll be saying ‘opa!’ in no time.

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Transport in Greece

Why hail a plain old cab when you could ride a bike or jump on a donkey? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including how they get around. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport. This way we can reduce our environmental impact, support local operators and have a great time.

Ferry: Some of Greece’s most postcard-worthy scenery is best viewed from the water. Take in awesome views of quaint fishing villages, gorgeous beaches and the turquoise Aegean Sea as you hop between Greece’s famed islands aboard a ferry.

Greece travel FAQs

Australia: No – not required 
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Visitors from most nations do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Residents from South Africa, however, need to schedule an appointment to apply for a visa at a Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Allow yourself plenty of time before visiting for the application to process. See http://www.vfsglobal.com/greece/southafrica/ for more information.

It’s generally a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum period of six months after your arrival date in Greece. For the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements, please contact your local embassy or consulate.

While tipping is optional in Greece, consider leaving some spare change – particularly if the service has been good – as most waiters and waitresses earn a low wage in Greece.

Internet can easily be accessed at hotels and internet cafes in most cities and major towns.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good on mainland Greece, but may not be available on some of Greece’s more remote islands. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Greece. You may have to pay a small fee to use public toilets in some parts.

Greek coffee in a cafe = USD 4
Bottle of local beer = USD 4 – USD 7
Takeaway souvlaki = USD 2.50 – USD 5
Meal at a local taverna = USD 17

Drinking tap water is safe in Greece unless otherwise marked (you may find this on some of Greece’s small and remote islands). Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.

Credit cards are accepted by most stores in Greece but may not be accepted by smaller cafes and shops. Make sure to carry enough cash to cover smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are widely available in most towns and cities in Greece.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 6: Epiphany
Mar 25: Independence Day
Apr 14: Orthodox Good Friday
Apr 16: Orthodox Easter Sunday
Apr 17: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
June 5: Orthodox Whit Monday
Aug 15: Assumption Day
Oct 28: Ochi Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: St Stephen’s Day

For a current list of public holidays in Greece go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/Greece/public-holidays/

Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Greece. While there are no laws against homosexual activity, it is generally frowned upon by locals, especially outside of major cities. That being said, Athens has a thriving gay scene, many islands are notorious for their anything-goes mentality and the island of Lesvos – the birthplace of reputed lesbian poet, Sappho – has long been a place of pilgrimage for lesbians.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

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