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Travel Tips

 

 

TRAVEL TIPS FOR GREECE | Everything You Need to Know Before You GO!

 

 

VISA AND PASSPORTS

  • U.S. citizens do not need a tourist visa.
  • US citizens’ passports should have six months of remaining validity.

 

CONSULAR INFORMATION 
The US State Department provides Country Specific Information sheets for every country in the world as well as Travel Alerts and Warnings. For this information, call 888 407 4747 or 202 501 4444 or visit travel.state.gov .

 

HEALTH 

  • Insurance: Travelers should make sure their health insurance plan covers them when outside of the United States. The U.S Embassy cannot pay medical bills.
  • U.S. Medicare does not pay overseas.
  • Private hospitals usually require proof of adequate insurance or cash before admitting a patient.
  • Medical care is adequate although service and hospital facilities may differ from the US. 
  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO), which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed  country-specific health information.
  • If you received any vaccinations in preparation for your journey, pack your vaccination certificates in your personal carry-on baggage in case you are asked to show them on arrival.
  • Special meals and allergies: If you require special meals for health or dietary reasons, please let your Da'at tour operator know at least 60 days prior to your departure.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air, and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact  Travel Insured
 at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

 

CURRENCY AND BANK INFORMATION

  • Greece uses the Euro. 
  • Click here to obtain the most current exchange rates.
  • While traveling in Greece, we suggest you carry around – in addition to credit cards -   small amounts of cash in Euro for small purchases or emergencies. 
  • ATM facilities can be found at Greek banks, commercial centers, airports, hotels, restaurants, and even on the street. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while traveling, don’t forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes.
  • If you don’t have a credit card, consider a debit card that allows you to access your savings account and the local currency from ATMs and wherever credit cards are accepted.
  • For more information about money in Greece, click  here

 

 

ELECTRICITY

  • In Greece, the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Most hotels provide hairdryers. 
  • Make sure to bring a travel adapter so you can safely use electric shavers, traveling irons, phone rechargers, and other small appliances.
  • For more information, visit  worldstandards.eu.

 

TIME ZONE
Greece is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, US. To determine current time in major cities around the world, visit  timeanddate.com.


CELL PHONES
Tips to avoid international roaming charges:

  • Use your existing plan – contact your local carrier to find out plans and prices for data roaming.
  • Rent a device – rent a phone, download your information, and use the borrowed device as if it were your own.
  • Get a local SIM card – Make sure your phone is "unlocked" before purchasing a local SIM card in your destination and using your phone on the local network. 
  • Wi-Fi only – Turn off your cellular data, switch your phone to airplane mode, and enable a Wi-Fi connection to access Internet hotspots in your destination. 

 

INTERNATIONAL CALLS
Because of the time difference between the United States and Greece some advance planning is in order so you can call at a convenient time and when calling charges are lowest.
  
For international calls from Greece to US: 
Dial 00 + 1 + the area code and phone number.
For example, to dial a number in Atlanta, Georgia, you would dial 00 + 1 +404 (Atlanta area code) + your party’s phone number.

 

CUISINE
Greek cuisine makes wide use of vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish, wine, and meat. lt shares similarities with Middle Eastern food. Here’s a recommended restaurant list to help you decide which of Greece's many restaurants might suit you best.

 

FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED

  • Many destinations around Greece are not yet disabled-friendly. For those who use wheelchairs, the narrow sidewalks and uneven terrain can cause problems.
  • Improvements have been made over recent years, and some important archeological sites now have ramps.  
  • Should you require handicapped facilities, please contact our office.

 

LANGUAGE
The official language of Greece is Greek, spoken by 99% of the population. It is always worthwhile to speak a little of the local lingo so we recommend you click here for some useful Greek words and phrases. 

 

WEATHER
The climate of Greece is Mediterranean with summers that are usually very hot and dry, and winters that are cold or wet. The upper part of Greece can be very cold during the winter and snow is not uncommon. However, in the south of Greece, the winters are milder. 

Use a website such as  weather.com  to find average temperatures and rainfall during your travel times. 

 

Average high/low temperature in Athens

 

MONTHLY AVERAGES

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES  
  FAHRENHEIT

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   

 CELSIUS

 LOW

HIGH

LOW

HIGH

JANUARY

44°

55°

13°

FEBRUARY

44°

57°

14°

MARCH

47°

61°

16°

APRIL

53°

68°

11°

20°

MAY

60°

77°

15°

25°

JUNE

69°

86°

20°

30°

JULY

74°

92°

23°

33°

AUGUST

74°

92°

23°

33°

SEPTEMBER

67°

83°

19°

28°

OCTOBER

60°

74°

16°

23°

NOVEMBER

53°

65°

11°

18°

DECEMBER

47°

58°

14°

 

 

Average high/low temperature in Thessaloniki

MONTHLY AVERAGES

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES  
  FAHRENHEIT

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   

 CELSIUS

 LOW

HIGH

LOW

HIGH

JANUARY

34°

48°

FEBRUARY

36°

51°

11°

MARCH

40°

57°

14°

APRIL

45°

66°

19°

MAY

54°

76°

12°

24°

JUNE

61°

84°

16°

29°

JULY

65°

89°

18°

31°

AUGUST

64°

88°

18°

31°

SEPTEMBER

59°

81°

14°

27°

OCTOBER

51°

70°

10°

21°

NOVEMBER

44°

60°

15°

DECEMBER

37°

52°

11°

 

 

Average high/low temperature Ioannina

 

MONTHLY AVERAGES

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES  
  FAHRENHEIT

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   

 CELSIUS

 LOW

HIGH

LOW

HIGH

JANUARY

32°

50°

10°

FEBRUARY

34°

52°

11°

MARCH

38°

58°

14°

APRIL

42°

62°

17°

MAY

49°

73°

10°

23°

JUNE

55°

81°

13°

27°

JULY

59°

87°

15°

30°

AUGUST

59°

88°

15°

31°

SEPTEMBER

54°

80°

12°

26°

OCTOBER

47°

70°

21°

NOVEMBER

40°

60°

15°

DECEMBER

35°

52°

11°

 

 

WHAT TO PACK
Click here for our suggested packing checklist.

 

BAGGAGE 
Confirm baggage limitations with your international carrier before packing. Remember that airlines can change their baggage restrictions at any time. 

 

FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS

  • Be sure to reconfirm your international flights with your airline 24 hours prior to your departure.
  • Passengers must check in for international flights from the US/Canada at least three hours prior to departure time.

Airport Security
Security checks are carried out routinely for your protection and safety. Expect to be asked about the contents of your luggage, about who packed it, whether anyone asked you to transport items for them, and whether your luggage remained with you before you arrived at the airport. Do not take any mail, packages, or unknown items from anyone either before or after arriving at the airport.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

  • If your package includes arrival and departure transfers, this will be detailed in your travel documents which will be e-mailed to you up to one week prior to your trip. 
  • If you deviate from the arrival and/or departure dates and time as specified in your travel documents, you will need to arrange your own transfers. Alternatively, you may request a transfer service up to three working days prior to your arrival and the cost of the transfer service will be added to your invoice.
  • When requesting a transfer service, please provide us with your flight information. Your arrival transfer is guaranteed for up to one hour from your scheduled arrival time in order to compensate for minor delays. 
  • Da'at or the transfer company will not be responsible for delays, for any reason, beyond one hour from your originally scheduled arrival time. In case of a delay, it will be your responsibility to contact Da'at directly and/or to make other transfer arrangements, such as by taxi. 
  • Transfer costs are not refundable and any additional expenses will be your responsibility.

 

CHECKING IN AT YOUR HOTEL
If you arrive at your hotel before the customary 3:00 p.m. check-in time, your room may not be available. Store your luggage with the concierge and take the time to walk around and get a feel for your new city. 

 

PROTECTING VALUABLE ITEMS

  • Hotel safes are usually provided and can be used to protect valuables such as passports, medications, jewelry, money, and electronics. If you must carry valuables, keep them on your person at all times, be mindful of your surroundings, and take extra caution in crowds. 
  • We recommend photocopying the personal information pages of your passport and leaving one copy with a family member or friend and packing another in a place separate from the passport itself. You can also scan your passport and email a copy to yourself for easy online access. This will help you to secure a replacement quickly should the need arise. 

 

SHOPPING 
Where and whether to shop while traveling with Da'at is a personal choice and shopping is never compulsory. If at any point during your journey you feel pressured to shop or make purchases, please discuss the matter immediately with your tour educator. 

  

TIPPING GUIDELINES
We recommend the following for tipping (amounts in US dollars):

  • Groups of 20 participants or more:
     Da’at tour educator $8, local guide $5, and driver $3 per participant per day
  • Groups of 10-19 participants:
     Da’at tour educator $10, local guide $6and driver $3 per participant per day
  • Hostess (when included):
     $4 per participant per day or a minimum of $100 per group per day 
  • Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included): 
    $1 per participant per day to each security guard or youth counselor
  • Recommended restaurant tipping when lunch or dinner is on your own: 
    10%-15% depending on your satisfaction.

 

 

IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE IN GREECE
  
112 | the Greek equivalent of American 911.
Police | 100
Ambulance | 166
Fire | 199

 

DA'AT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Da'at – Israel
19 Washington Street, P.O. Box 71047, Jerusalem, 91710 Israel 
972-2-621-3333

Da'at – USA
500 7th Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Toll-free number: 888-811-2812

 

 

USEFUL WEBSITES
Center for Disease Control
Electricity & Plugs
Foreign Exchange Rates
Weather
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Transportation Security Administration
Consular Affairs: Passport Information

Dates of Holidays in Greece

 

MORE RESOURCES
Useful Greek words and phrases

Greece Timeline
Famous Greek Jewish Figures
Books about Greece
Greece Through Film
Playlist
Recommended Restaurants in Greece
Packing Checklist