Best of Greece Trip Notes

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Discover all Greece has to offer in this epic 10-day Best of Greece tour.

Experience the most popular islands, the amazing history of Athens, and the Greek way of life. See where the ancient Greek gods were born and the ruins of their temples, then party till dawn in crazy Mykonos. Take an insta-worthy pic of the world’s most beautiful sunset in Santorini and explore the breathtaking Ios.

Duration : 10 Days

Destination : Greece

Start/Ends in : Athens/Athens

Group Size :13-35 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Island Hopper

Hotels : 4 & 3 Star

Departs : April to October

Why you will love this tour

  • * Spend 3 nights at the gorgeous Greek Capital, exploring the ancient history and the colourful neighborhoods of Athens.
  • * Take a ferry fit for open seas and travel in comfort from Athens to the popular islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Ios.
  • * Stay in hand-picked, comfortable hotels and feast on the delights of Mediterranean cuisine every day.
  • * Immerse yourself in the island life, enjoy marvellous beaches and endless summer parties, discover the fascinating history and most importantly, relax and recharge!
  • * Follow your guide on orientation walks on each island to learn about the best beaches, sights & locales as well as their hidden gems.
  • * Soak up the sunshine at the infamous Paradise Beach in Mykonos sipping cocktails and partying till sundown.
  • * Shape your holiday with options for visiting the incredible ruins on Delos Island (near Mykonos), quad biking and taking a boat trip to Santorini’s volcano.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting Point:

The meeting point for the Best of Greece tour is:

The President Hotel – ATHENS

Address : Leof. Kifisias 43, Athina 115 23, Greece

Phone : +30 21 0698 9000

Emergency Number: +44 (0) 208 099 75 36

Making Your Own Way to the Starting Point

The hotel is 700 meters away from Panormou Metro Station. If you are making your way from Athens Airport (ATH), you can use metro line 3 (Blue) to get to Panarmou station (11th station). One-way metro ticket for one person is €10, for two persons €18, and for three persons €24. The trip from the Airport to Panormou metro station takes around 30 min. The metro departs from the airport every 30 min. between 06:00 and 23:30. You can also use airport taxis. The cost is approximately €38 during the day (05:00-24:00) and €54 at night.

Finishing Point

The finishing point for the Best of Greece tour is:

The President Hotel – ATHENS

Address : Leof. Kifisias 43, Athina 115 23, Greece

Phone : +30 21 0698 9000

Emergency Number: +44 (0) 208 099 75 36

Highlights

Mykonos: Greece’s most famous with blue flag beaches, whitewashed streets, and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to leave the ‘The Island of the Winds’!

Santorini: The most beautiful sunset in the world… This volcanic island has unique scenery with its multi-colored cliffs and beaches.

Athens: You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history, and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

Ios: The perfect place for sea, sun & party! Don’t forget to visit the tomb of the famous Greek poet, Homer, before you get lost in the night.

Itinerary

Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Welcome to Greece! Meet in the lobby around 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards, join us for an optional group dinner to get to know your new travel mates.

Accommodation : The President Hotel – 4 Star

Included Activities :

Welcome Meeting

Optional Activities: Group Dinner

Let’s start our tour in Greece’s capital, Athens, which is one of the world’s oldest cities with history spanning back over 3000 years and is considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. Take a step back in time and explore an amazing array of historical and cultural sites in our city tour including: the National Library, the Academy, Constitutional Square and Parliament, The Temple of Zeus, and of course, the iconic Parthenon and Acropolis. The night is free for you to explore more of this incredible city.

Accommodation : The President Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Athens City Tour

Optional Activities :

Acropolis – EUR 20

Rise and shine, we have an early start to catch the ferry from Athens to Mykonos. In the afternoon, you will meet with your tour leader and your fellow travellers to explore Mykonos town, and its white-washed houses.

Accommodation : Giannoulaki Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Orientation Walk in Mykonos Town

Optional Activities :

Group Dinner

The day is yours to soak up the sunshine, swim in the sea, or chew through your memory card taking pics of cute windmills and quaint streets. Or discover the birthplace of Apollo by taking an optional tour to Delos Island. Tonight, hit the bars and restaurants and dance the night away!

Accommodation : Giannoulaki Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Delos Island Tour – EUR 50

Next up: Santorini! After our ferry ride, we will wander through the town of Fira to get our bearings. See why the blue door houses, white church domes make Santorini the iconic postcard town of Greece. Santorini is formed from volcanic activity, and from the caldera witness the most epic sunset and breath-taking views.

Accommodation : New Haroula Hotel – 3 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Orientation Walk in Santorini

We’ve got a free day today. Relax on the red or black sand beaches, wander the streets and browse through the shops of the main town or take an optional quad biking tour. Explore the island’s volcano and check out an active crater and hot springs in our optional volcano tour. The choices are endless!

Accommodation : New Haroula Hotel – 3 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities :

Quad Biking – EUR 35-55
Wine Tasting – EUR 30
Volcano Tour – EUR 20

Today we are taking to the seas, and heading towards to Ios. Get orientated on a tour around Ios and see its golden beaches and characteristic Aegean houses which are set on the hilltop. Tonight get amongst it, as we hit up the renowned party night life in the evening!

Accommodation : Far Out Hotel & Spa – 3 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities : Orientation Walk in Ios

Feeling a little under the weather from last nights antics? Nothing a gyros and a dip in the sea can’t fix! It’s a free day today so laze on the beach, roam the streets of the beautiful town of Chora or swoon over those awesome views.

Accommodation : Far Out Hotel & Spa – 3 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Optional Activities:

Speed Boat Trip – EUR 42
Scuba Diving – EUR 55

Raise the anchor, today we are departing by ferry for our final stop, Athens. Tick off any last minute sightseeing and soak up all that Greece has to offer.

Accommodation : The President Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Our trip will end here (11:00am) in Athens. Fill up on your last breakfast with the Travel Talk crew and say goodbye to your new friends.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Dinner

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 5 & 4 star hotels and gulet cruise in Turkey, 4 & 3 star hotels in Greece

Transfer : Transfers from the ferry ports to the hotels and from hotels to the ferry ports

Meals : 18 breakfasts | 2 lunches | 7 dinners

Transportation : A/C coach, economy class ferry, flight from Greece to Turkey.

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licensed by the Ministry of Tourism

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Please note that the hotels are subject to change depending on the group size and availability. Hotels of similar standards will be used where available in case of a change.

Solo travellers will be roomed with another solo traveller of the same gender in a twin or triple room or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Solo rooms are not available on gullets. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.

PRESIDENT HOTEL – ATHENS – 4 Star

Located in the center of Athens and 500 meters from Panormou Metro Station, President Hotel offers comfortable accomodation and a beautiful rooftop terrace with a swimming pool.

GIANNOULAKI HOTEL – MYKONOS – 4 Star

Giannoulaki Hotel is a 4-star hotel located in the peaceful area of Glastros, near Mykonos Town (Chora). The hotel is situated in a wonderful spot offering a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea.

NEW HAROULA HOTEL – SANTORINI – 3 Star

New Haroula hotel is located in the center of Fira, the capital of Santorini. The hotel offers an outdoor pool in the rooms and a balcony overlooking the pool or the bougainvillea garden.

HERMES HOTEL – IOS – 3 Star

Hermes Hotel is centrally located, only 700 meters away from the town, night clubs, bars are only stone’s throw away, offers an outdoor swimming pool, and it’s also 7 minute walk to the beach.

Budgeting

Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price. Optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk and may require a certain number of attendees to run. Your guide will be happy to inform you further about the available optional activities at the start of your tour. Optional activities are also listed under each day in your tour itinerary.

Optional Activities

Please note that optional activities are not operated by Travel Talk.

Quad Biking — 35 EUR

Delos Island Tour — 50 EUR

Volcano Tour — 20 EUR

Speed Boat Trip — 42 EUR

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Personal Spending

Greece’s currency is the Euro (EUR / €) and credit or debit cards are accepted across all major Islands. However, on the smaller Islanders cash remains king! While every traveller’s spending habits may differ slightly, we have estimated the average daily expenses to help with budgeting for your next trip. Here you
will find the average cost for a meal or drink and advice for best practice in tipping.

Meals

Lunch at restaurant: US$ 10-15

Dinner at restaurant: US$ 15-20

Sandwich at a Stall: US$ 3-5

Crepes : US$ 1-2

Drinks

Bottle of water: US$ 0.6

Coffee: US$ 3-4

Tea: US$ 1-2

Bottle of beer: US$ 4-6

Tipping

Tipping is not compulsory in Greece but is appreciated for good service. In up-market restaurants, we suggest adding a ~5-10% tip to your bill for good service. Meanwhile, tipping porters or taxi drivers by a Euro or two is also recommended. Your Guide and Driver would also appreciate tipping as a sign of gratitude at
the end of your tour

Shopping

Whether you prefer to shop at markets, boutiques or retail malls – Greece has it all! This popular tourist destination provides travelers with an abundance of options for purchasing timeless souvenirs to reminisce on their trip. While traditionally haggling was once commonplace across Greece, tourism has now brought standardization to pricing, meaning shoppers can score beautiful Greek handicrafts without the tiresome back and forth of bargaining.

Kompoloi

The Kompoloi, or worry beads, are a staple in Greek tradition, made from a strong of resin beads tied together with string so they can be turned through your fingers as you ponder life. They make for a fantastic souvenir for friends or family as they’re sold all over the country and provide a slice of ancient Greek culture.

Mati Talisman

The Evil Eye Talisman, called Mati in Greek, is integral to Greek culture and folklore. The Mati eye is considered to protect its user and their family from evil spirits and jealousy. You’ll find it all over the country from souvenir stands to jewellery stores. Prices for a glass Mati charm start at approximately 3 USD.

Ouzo

Popular since the 14th century when Greek monks began to drink the potent substance, Ouzo is an Aniseflavoured, local liquor which can be purchased all over Greece for very cheap! A 7cl bottle of good quality Ouzo starts at about 15 USD.

Essential Information: Greece

Passport & Visas

Greece is part of the European Union and Schengen area, and European citizens do not require a tourist visa. Citizens of the following countries do not require a tourist visa if staying for less than three months: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan.

Passport validity entry requirements change per nationality. Passport validity entry requirements: The validity of the passport or travel document must be longer than
the duration of stay. We generally recommend to have a passport or travel document that is valid for at least 6 months’ from your travel date.

This information is provided only as a guidance, we strongly advise that you check with the consulate or embassy as this information can change at any time and with little notice. It is your responsibility to make sure that all the required travel documents are ready when travelling

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to Greece, and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office. For the latest travel advice from UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

Australia – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

Canada – https://travel.gc.ca/

New Zealand – https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

USA – https://travel.state.gov/

Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/travel-insurance

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.

Weather

Greece is well known for its mild Mediterranean climate with two distinct seasons: hot and dry from April to September or mild and wet from October to March. The summer months of July and August are considered the best and busiest time to visit with temperatures sitting comfortably around the mid to high 30s during the day and rarely ever dropping below 20°C in the evenings. During these months, the days are usually cooled by prevailing north winds, especially on the islands. By late October, ferry services to the islands begin to cut back as facilities close for the winter. These cooler months make for a pleasant time to explore mainland Greece and the capital.

Check out our weather guide for the best time to visit Greece.

Money Matters

Greece’s currency is the Euro (EUR / €) and credit or debit cards are accepted across all major Islands. We recommend to carry some cash for small purchases from simple vendors and shops. We recommend you do not exchange bulk sums of money at the airport, as the exchange rates are usually more favourable in the major cities. Your tour leader will be happy to help if you need any assistance.

Please remember that everyone has different spending habits, some prefer to spend more on souvenirs, some on experiences and others on a night out! Make sure to budget your trip to your spending habits for shopping, drinking, and tipping.

Tipping is not compulsory, but is commonplace, with locals and tourists alike tipping good service. We recommend tipping ~10% of the total bill when dining in a restaurant, if a service fee has not already been applied. However, simply rounding up the fare in a Taxi for convenience is acceptable and appreciated also. Your guide and driver would also appreciate this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.

Ferry Timetable

Eating & Drinking (Greece)

While most eat to live, the Greek live to eat! Eating out in Greece is an experience in itself as the tavernas, restaurants and bars come to life with atmosphere after dark. The food in Greece favours simplicity and fresh local produce and eating in a restaurant or taverna is still largely affordable for both locals and tourists, alike. Greeks generally eat quite late in the evening, rarely venturing out before 9.00pm. From the remote villages to famed Greek islands and bustling metropolis of Athens, the variety of dishes and delicacies of the Mediterranean will satisfy even the most demanding traveller’s taste buds. We completely understand that searching for unique and authentic dishes can often be overwhelming if you are not a local, so here is a few must-try dishes to get you started in Greece. For more, check out our Greek food guide.

Tzatziki: Few sauces are as classic or iconic as this. Tzatziki consists of thick strained yogurt, garlic, olive oil and fresh dill and is served with almost any meal.

Gyros: Greek’s answer to fast, cheap, and tasty food! Gyros consists of meat that is roasted vertically on a turn spit that is known as a Gyro. The slices of gyro are then placed inside a pita with various salads including onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and potato chips. Finished with tzadziki, of course.

Moussaka: The popular Greek Moussaka is served in almost all tavernas and consists of layered eggplant, spiced and minced meat and creamy béchamel sauce.

Grilled Octopus: The Greek Islands are arguably the best place in the world to try char grilled Octopus.

Kalamarakia Tiganita: More commonly known as fried calamari, this snackable seafood delicacy is deepfried rings of squid served hot with a slice of lemon. Perfect for a Santorini sunset snack!

Kokkinisto: A rich stew of beef, pork or chicken cooked with red wine and tomatoes.

Souvlaki: A very popular Greek dish that translates to ‘meat-on-a-skewer’, Souvlaki is seasoned, spit-roasted meat, generally pork or chicken, served with tzatziki sauce.

Spanikopita: Otherwise known as Greek spinach pie, this Greek starter consists of feta cheese, butter, olive oil and layered pastry, baked until golden crispy!

Choriatiki: Commonly known as the Greek Salad, this side dish is a must for almost every Greek meal. The salad consists of tomatoes, olives, cucumber, and feta with dressing of vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil served on the side.

Amygdalota: A gluten-free almond cookie that is wildly popular across Greece and often served with a warm cup of Greek coffee.

Loukoumades: Bite-sized of fried doughnut with a Greek twist. These golden puffs are doused in syrup or honey and sprinkled in cinnamon, sugar, walnuts, or chocolate.

The anise-flavoured aperitif known as ouzo is the national alcoholic beverage of Greece. But be warned, it’s a quite strong liqueur made famous amongst travellers for its lingering hangover! Ouzo is usually mixed with water and served chilled or over ice. There are many kinds of beer in Greece but if you are looking for a local flavour – try Mythos, Alpha or Fix!

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Internet access is common in hotels, cafes and restaurants across Greece and the Greek Islands. Many internet cafes can be found in the cities as well. If your current Mobile SIM provider is from the EU or UK, it may be possible that you can use your data roaming free of charge in Greece. Please consult your mobile provider to find out more. Alternatively, purchasing a Greek SIM card for the duration of your tour may be a cost-effective option. Your guide will be happy to advise on this.

Culture, Religion and Etiquette

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The Greek culture remains heavily influenced by its ancient past. Greeks are particularly proud of their culture, speaking of their nation with intense passion and sense of belonging. Greece is held to be the cradle of Western civilisation, the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, literature, drama, historiography,
and the Olympic Games. Since ancient times, the Greek have lived by the expression of ‘Kefi’ meaning life is meant to be lived to its fullest. Kefi is a way of life and is seen as the ‘Spirit of Greece’ because despite the hardships the country has faced overtime, the locals actively seek happiness and positivity in daily life through small moments such as a shared meal or through music and dance. It is for this reason that family, music, food, religion and traditions are essential cornerstones to the Greek culture. The Greeks are a friendly, proud and curious people who know how to enjoy life.

Religion plays an important role in the understanding of daily culture. 98% of the Greeks are Christian Orthodox. Greece is one of the few countries with such a big proportion of Orthodox Christians and you can spot a charming church in almost every plot of land or island. The Church plays a vital role in everyday life and attending weddings, baptisms, and funerals is vitally important, even for people who would not normally attend church, such as the younger people. While Greece is quite modern with its views on casual clothing and it is recommended to wear light, summer clothing; it’s important to remember that churches and monasteries will require you to cover your shoulders and legs when visiting. Travel Talk recommends bringing a set of clothing with you appropriate for such occasions and encourages female travellers to have a scarf to wear around shoulders or waist at religious sites.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the https://www.traveltalktours.com/safe-travels/ and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/booking-terms/

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at https://www.traveltalktours.com/responsible-travel/

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