Greece Travel Guide

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An accessible destination with rich history and incredible food! The local people are friendly and tend to have a sense of humour. We really enjoy the islands but there's something for almost every travel style around the archipelago or on the mainland. Make sure you try the tzatziki!

With some 6,000 islands, it's no surprise that water activities such as yachting are popular. Seafood and beach life are plentiful, too. Some of the world's most famous beaches are found in Greece. We also figure Santorini to be among the most photographed destinations in the Mediterranean.

Practical information

Visas & travel documents

We recommend everyone planning a trip visits their government travel site for the latest information relevant to their trip:

Remember that this information can change at any time.

Please note that government guidelines may not represent the additional requirements of your airline or cruise transportation. If your passport is due to expire in the 6 months following your intended return home you risk being denied boarding / embarkation.

As part of the European Union's Schengen area, there are freedom of movement rules which make it easy to visit Greece as a tourist for both Canadian and US passport holders. There is no visa requirement for stays of up to 90 days in the EU's Schengen area, this is a cumulative total during any 180-day period, so longer stays or multiple trips may require specific planning and consideration. From 2021, the EU will introduce a sort of electronic travel authority waiver affecting US and Canadian passport holders, the European Travel Information and Authorization System will require an advanced digital application scheduled to last 3 years once approved. Fees are currently estimated at €8. You may also be required to prove onward travel, sufficient funds, and other conditions of entry.

There are flights servicing Greece as a tourist destination throughout the year, with Athens receiving guests year round. However, many cruise itineraries and hotel properties located on the Greek Islands only operate between April and October, with peak season falling mid-June through the earlier parts of September. For the most opportunity to enjoy local life while experiencing a significant reduction in crowds, consider visiting in May or late September through October.

When to visit

Driving

Driving is done on the right side of the road, an international driver's permit or licence is absolutely necessary to rent any motor powered vehicle. Be prepared for an unreal amount of scrutiny and make sure each vehicle for which you are qualified is, in turn, endorsed on the IDL or prepare to be denied your rental.

Getting there

By air

Even those intending on enjoying a cruise vacation embarking from Athens (Piraeus) or featuring one of the many incredible islands of Greece will likely fly into the country. The main airport is located in Athens, the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH). Located east-southeast from the city of Athens itself, plan for roughly 40 minutes of travel time by private transfer. Excellent connectivity to Europe and major gateways in Canada and the US, including a direct daily flight from Toronto with Air Canada. Also serviced by Aegean Airlines, a Star Alliance member airline. Many of the more popular islands destinations have their own regional airport, plan to connect via Athens.

By land

European rail, road, and bus service connects the mainland of Greece. However, many of the overland routes require in excess of 20 hours of travel time.

By sea

Cruise vacations and yachting are among the most popular ways to see Greece, opening up the wonder of the islands and giving visitors the opportunity to explore the nuance among them. Connectivity to/from the mainland and Athens is primarily through the port at Piraeus. Local or inter-island ferry service does exist, but expect limited daily departures and a realistic half-day travel time or longer. Wind and waves during the popular summer season can result in delays. Plan to fly.

 

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One of the most photogenic places on earth, surely! This popular holiday hot spot hosts cruise guests and island stays at any number of beautiful villages distributed across the island. Larger locales include Akrotiri in the south, through Thera (Fira) in the centre, all the way up to Oia in the north. The island is not huge and may be traversed by bus or car easily but during the high season may feature a surprising amount of traffic.

Santorini

Greece

One of the most photogenic places on earth, surely! This popular holiday hot spot hosts cruise guest...

Also known as Constitution Square, the site is not simply the centre-point of Athens, it also hosts the Hellenic (Greek) Parliament and a number of luxury hotels. The eastern side hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, allowing visitors the opportunity to view some aspect of ceremony every half hour.

Syntagma Square

Athens

Also known as Constitution Square, the site is not simply the centre-point of Athens, it also hosts ...

On the outskirts of the village of Megalochori, a sleepy town with a penchant for great wine. This is not the most popular winery on the island but its quiet charm makes it among the favourites for our clientele. Expect welcoming staff and a great introduction to the local vintages, the food is fresh and delicious, maybe try the fresh figs and cured meats with your glass! Less popular only means less busy, the guest areas are well-appointed and the views are spectacular.

Venetsanos Winery

Santorini

On the outskirts of the village of Megalochori, a sleepy town with a penchant for great wine. This i...

Outside of a cruise departing Piraeus, the number one reason anyone visits Athens is to see the Acropolis! You can't miss it, really, it is lit up at night and visible from nearly any vantage point at elevation across the whole of Athens.

Acropolis of Athens

Athens

Outside of a cruise departing Piraeus, the number one reason anyone visits Athens is to see the Acro...

After Santorini, Mykonos is probably the most famous island of Greece when it comes to travel and tourism. Enjoy views of the iconic windmills, especially those at Kato Milli. You might stop at Little Venice for something to eat or drink while enjoying a great view of the unique structures, perched right on the water! There are plenty of beaches around the island, just be aware it can be a bit windy.

Mykonos

Greece

After Santorini, Mykonos is probably the most famous island of Greece when it comes to travel and to...

A once-glorious palace of the Minoan people named for their king, Minos. Here, stories of the Minotaur come to life as visitors might better understand the people who held such beliefs.

Palace of Knossos

Heraklion

A once-glorious palace of the Minoan people named for their king, Minos. Here, stories of the Minota...

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