Additional Information about Travel to Greece
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your tour guide and driver a gratuity. Your WEST tour coordinator will collect the gratuity at any point during the tour (many travelers like to pay ahead of time to get it out of the way). Although it is not required, your driver and tour guides rely on these tips, and work hard to ensure you an unforgettable experience. We recommend tipping the equivalence of $3 USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6 USD/CAD to $9 USD/CAD per person per day for your tour guide. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2 USD/CAD per local guide, payable following the local tour. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
In order to enter Greece, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the ferry from Crete to Santorini and Santorini to Mykonos. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.
Due to the temperate climate, light, loose-fitting clothing that
provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A
sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended
for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any
eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are
advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend
the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in
something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit
churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders
(entrance may be denied on this basis).
Greece operates on the European standard 220 volts. An adapter for most US electronics is necessary.
There are no major health risks when traveling to Greece. During the
summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine
(commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you
may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. While no
vaccinations are required for entry into Greece, it is
always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for
the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.
The flights for tours beginning or ending in Greece will arrive or depart from Athems. On-tour transportation is provided primarily by private motor coach, but may include planes, trains, boats, ferries, or other modes. Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. It’s now one of Europe’s best.
One of the pleasures of traveling is the variety of local cuisine.
Greece’s climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits
and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, served with olive oil and
topped with feta cheese and oregano. Grilled fish and meat are also a
staple. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked
eggplant and zucchini are other delicious dishes.
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards, as needed. ATMs can also be found in Greece, most connected to the Cirrus and Plus international networks. We strongly suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
Greece is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). When it’s 9am in San Francisco, it’s 6pm in Athens.