Capital of Greece: Athens
Official Language: Greek is the official Language of Greece
Population: 11,304,000 as of 2013
Currency: Euro (€)
(1 USD = 0.765530 EUR)
Time zone: GMT + 2
Calling Code: 30
Economy:Annual growth of Greek GDP has surpassed the respective levels of most of its EU partners.The tourism industry is a major source of foreign exchange earnings and revenue accounting for 15% of Greece's total GDP and employing, directly or indirectly, 16.5% of the total workforce.
Climate: In July and August, the mercury can soar to 40°C (over 100°F) in the shade just about anywhere in the country. July and August are also the months of the meltemi, a strong northerly wind that sweeps the eastern coast of mainland Greece (including Athens) and the Aegean Islands, especially the Cyclades. Mid-October is when the rains start in most areas, and the weather stays cold and wet until February - although there are also occasional winter days with clear blue skies and sunshine. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Greece; specifically May, June, September and October. Most of the country's tourist infrastructure goes into hibernation during winter, particularly on the islands. Some of the smaller islands close completely.
Religion: According to the State Department, an estimated 97% of Greek citizens identify themselves as Greek Orthodox. 81% of Greek citizens do not belong in any particular religion but they believe there is a God. Other religion practiced in Greece includes Roman Catholic, Judaism, Protestantand the minority religion is Muslim.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, the white-washed houses, and its very own active volcano. Fira, the capital of Santorini, is a marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture, whose white cobblestone streets bustle with shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes, while clinging on the edge of the 400 meter (1,300 ft) high cliffs.
The Parthenon on top of the Acropolis is one of the most famous Greece tourist attractions and a visit to Athens is not complete without visiting this temple.
Mykonos is famed as a cosmopolitan destination amongst the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the best tourist attractions in Greece. Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed steps lanes.
In ancient times Delphi was the most important site in ancient Greek religion, home to the sanctuary and oracle of Apollo. The ancient theatre of Delphi was built on a hill giving spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the spectacular landscape below. It was originally built in the 4th and could seat 5,000 spectators. Today it is one of the top tourist attractions in Greece.
Mount Athos is a mountain and a peninsula in northern Greece. The peninsula, the easternmost “leg” of the larger Halkidiki peninsula houses some 1,400 monks in 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. An autonomous state under Greek sovereignty, entry into Mount Athos is strictly controlled and only males are allowed entrance.
Useful Tips: Greeks are warm and hospitable. When meeting someone for the first time, they shake hands firmly, smile, and maintain direct eye contact. In general, Greeks exchange gifts with family and friends for 'namedays' (birth date of the saint after whom they are named) and Christmas. When invited to dinner at a Greek home, bring something small. If you are invited to a Greek home, arriving 30 minutes late is considered punctual. Dress well. This demonstrates respect for your hosts.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are now an accepted part of the commercial scene in Greece just about everywhere. The main credit cards are MasterCard, Visa (Access in the UK) and Eurocard, all of which are widely accepted in Greece. They can also be used as cash cards to draw cash from the ATMs of affiliated Greek banks in the same way as at home.
Tipping System: In restaurants service charge is normally included in the bill and while tip is not expected, it is always appreciated and should be left if the service has been good. Taxi drivers normally expect you to round up the fare, while bellhops who help you with your luggage to your hotel room or stewards on ferries who take you to your cabin normally expect a small gratuity of between €1 and €3.
05DAYS 04NIGHTS - ATHENS & BEYOND
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN ATHENS (D)
Meet in the arrival’s hall at Athens airport and transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure (No Coach Service). Athens is an amazing city to discover on your own with its numerous museums, parks, and the shopping areas of Kolonaki, Hermou, Voukourestiou Street, Monastiraki and Plaka. In the evening, transfer to Plaka, the old part of Athens for dinner at a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After dinner transfer back and overnight in Athens Hotel.
DAY 2 - ATHENS (B/L/D)
After breakfast, pickup from the hotel for your half day morning tour. With an official English speaking guide, see Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costume. See the Athens Academy, the University and the National Library. Stop at the Pan Athenaic Olympic stadium, (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896). See the archaeological site of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Completing the tour, transfer for lunch to a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After lunch, transfer back to the hotel. Free at own leisure (No Coach Service). In the evening, transfer to a local restaurant for dinner (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After dinner transfer back and overnight in Athens Hotel.
DAY 3 - ONE DAYCRUISE HYDRA - Poros - Aegina (B/L/D)
After breakfast, pickup from the hotel and transfer to the port for the full day cruise to the 3 Saronic islands of Hydra, Poros, Aegina. Lunch served on board. At each island, get off the boat to discover each islands own individual character. Hydra: an artists delight, again with boutiques, shops and cafes dotted around the harbour. Poros: a pretty island with chance for shopping. Aegina: The largest of the Saronic Islands, famous for BBQ sea food and pistachio nuts. Arrive back at the port in the evening and transfer to a local restaurant for sea food dinner (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After dinner transfer back and overnight in Athens Hotel.
DAY 4 – ONE DAY ARGOLIS TOUR (B/L/D)
After breakfast, pickup from the hotel for your full day tour. With an official English speaking guide depart Athens by the coastal road and stop to see the Corinth Canal. Drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Agammemnon (The leader of the Troy War). Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tomb. Lunch at a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). Continue to Nafplion and see this charming town. Drive onto and visit the 4th B.C. theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics. Return to Athens and transfer to a local restaurant for dinner (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After dinner transfer back and overnight in Athens Hotel.
DAY 5 - ATHENS KEBERANGKATAN (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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