Electric & Voltage
Dining & Entertainment
A passport is required but no visa is needed for tourist
or business stays of up to three months. An AIDS test is required for performing
artists and students on Greek scholarships; U.S. test results are not accepted.
For general information concerning overall entry requirements to Greece, travelers
can contact the Embassy of Greece at 2221 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008,
telephone (202) 939-5800, or the nearest Greek consulate in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,
Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, or San Francisco.
suggest that while touring or shopping you leave your passport and the bulk of
your money in the hotel; only take with you the money you intend to spend or exchange
at that particular time.
facilities are available. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the
United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance
with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. BLue Planet Journeys
offers a comprehensive trip cancelation and medical insurance. Further information
on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
international travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559. Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/.
Greece welcome all handicapped persons. Many of
the cruise ships which sail trough out the Greek islands are equipped to accommodate
the handicapped. Air transportation is also available aboard Olympic Airways to
many of Greece's largest islands. Do note, however, that access to some of the
archaeological sites throughout the country may present some difficulty.
CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATES
currency unit is the Drachma. Drachma may be obtained at any Greek bank. The rate
of exchange fluctuates a bit from day to day. Railroad stations, airports, and
mosta travel agencies and hotels also offer exchange services. Major credit cards
are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and in many shops; however, credit card
purchases will be billed at the official rate of exchange.
Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Spring is hot and autumn
long and warm.. The lowest temperatures are recorded between December and February,
and the highest in July and August. In general, Greece enjoys over 250 days of
Topography: Greece, the
southernmost extremity of the Balkan peninsula, is a mountainous, stony country
with a highly indented and crenelated coast. According to a Greek myth, when god
created the world he distributed all the available soil through a sieve and when
he had provided every country with enough of it he tossed the remaining stones
from the sieve over his shoulder-and there was Greece.More that two thirds of
the country is classified as hilly and mountainous. The Pindos range traverses
the Greek mainland from N.W. to S.E. dividing it in two. the Greek mainland coastline
is 4,000 km long while 9,841 islands, 114 of which are inhabited, add another
11,000 km of coastline. Greece is divided into ten regions of which Macedonia
is the largest with an area of 34,177 sq. km and a population of 2,263,099. the
highest Greek mountain is Mount Olympus (2,917 m.), believed to be the seat of
the 12 Gods of ancient Greek mythology. The largest river is Aliacmon (297 km.).
The largest city and capital is Athens, with a population of over 4m. Piraeus
is the main port. The second largest city, Thessaloniki, capital of Macedonia,
with a population of nearly 1 m, is an important seaport functioning as the gateway
to the Balkans and a major economic and cultural centre for the whole of northern
time differences are as follow: 2 hours ahead of GMT in winter. 3 hours ahead
of GMT in summer.
electicity supply in Greece is alternating current, 220 volts, 50 cycles.Appliances
for 110 or 120 volts may be operated by using stepdown transformers of 220/110
volts connected to each outlet, provided that these transformers have two separate
windings which will eliminate any danger of electric shock. Before taking major
American appliances (washing machines, dryers, etc.) to Greece, it is advisable
to check whether they can be adjusted to Greek conditions. Greek television systems
are PAL-SECAM-M. Therefore TV sets with the American system (NTSC) only, will
not operate in Greece. There are two different dialing systems in Greece. Tone
and pulse. Therefore telephone sets must be able to change from one system to
the ohter. Dual voltage (220/110 volts 50/60 hz) power adapters for wireless telephone
sets are required.
Greek language with a documented record spanning three and a half millennia is
a strong element of national continuity. Modern Greek derives from the same idiom
used by Homer. Greek is also the language of the Gospels. The Greek alphabet and
the Greek language have contributed much to all western languages.Today's Greeks,
however, are the only ones who ensure this linguistic continuity. In this respect
Greek is to be distinguished sharply from Latin that generated numerous neo-latin
languages from Rumanian to Portuguese before it became itself extinct.
9:00am/12:00pm Monday - Friday
and 4:00pm/8:00pm Monday - Saturday
DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT
in Greece can be described in two words: simple and great.
A restaurant (aka:
Taverna) is a wonderful place to eat, meet the locals and pass the time. When
thinking about food, remember these points:
eat late which means after 9pm. Some dont open before 11 pm!
finish eating late: not before midnight and not before 2am on weekends! In addition,
kids which play an important role in Greek society, stay up with their parents
way past normal bedtime (hurray for the kiddies!)
are many tavernas spread all over the place, from the large cities to the tiny
resorts, and in the summer, food is served outside, on tables setup for the purpose.
- Food comes in small plates; the idea being that
everyone shares in the cullinary experience.
cost for a family meal (say 4-6 people) is about DRA10000.
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