Greece (Hellas) is an ancient country located at crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. In modern days the country borders with Albania, Skopje, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Greece boasts the longest coastline on the Mediterranean with hundreds of famous beaches and islands. The country’s population is about 10,800,000. The largest Greek city and also the capital is Athens, with a population of almost 4,000,000. Greece is the 10th member country to join the European Union 1/1/1981. The main religion is Christian Orthodox. Greece is a polynesia with more than 6,000 islands and islets, out of which only 227 are inhabited, while only 78 of those have more than 100 inhabitants. The 5 largest Greek islands are Crete (Kriti), Euboea (Evia), Lesbos (Mytilini or Lesvos) and Rhodes (Rodos), while a number of smaller islands are nonetheless famous worldwide for their history, beaches, scenery, architecture, lifestyle and more.
ADMISSION FEES for all Athens Tours & Greece Excursions
UNIFIED – COMPO TICKET (Entrance Fees) for all major sites of Athens & Acropolis.
Full Ticket: 30€ / Reduced Ticket: 15€ Valid 5 days for Acropolis of Athens, Olympieio (Temple of Zeus), Ancient Agora of Athens, Museum of the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Roman Agora of Athens, Hadrian’s Library, Archaeological Site of Lykeion, North slope of Acropolis, South Slope of Acropolis
WINTER PERIOD (1st November to 31st March) | SUMMER PERIOD (1st May- 31st October)
|Museums & Archaeological Sites||Ticket||Winter Hours||Summer Hours|
|Athens National Archaeological Museum||10 €||Monday:|
13:00 – 19:30
13:00 – 19:30
8:30 – 15:00
8:30 – 19:30
|Acropolis Museum||5 €||8:00 – 19:30||8:00 – 19:30|
|Monday: Closed||Monday: Closed|
|Acropolis of Athens||20 €||8:00 – until sunset||8:00 – until sunset|
|Ancient Agora of Athens||8 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Byzantine museum||8 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Roman Agora of Athens||6 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Kerameikos Museum||8 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Temple of Zeus||6 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Thessaloniki archaeological museum||8 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Thessaloniki with tower||4 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Marathon archaeological sites museum||6 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Nemea archaeological site museum||6 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Ancient Corinth archaeological site museum||8 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Cape Sounion||6 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Sparta archaeological site museum||2 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Mystra archaeological site museum||12 €||8:00 until sunset||8:00 until sunset|
|Delphi archaeological site museum||12 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Epidaurus archaeological site museum||12 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Meteora Monasteries||3 €||9:00 – 13:00|
15:00 – 17:00
|9:00 – 13:00|
15:00 – 17:00
|Mycenae archaeological site museum||12 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Olympia archaeological site museum||12 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Epicurius Apollo archaeological site museum||9 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|9 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Nafplion Palamidi fortress||8 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Nafplion archaeological museum||6 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Phillippi archaeological museum||6 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Knossos archaeological site||15 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Mykonos archaeological museum||4 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 19:00|
|Santorini archaeological museum||2 €||8:30 – 15:00||8:00 – 17:00|
|Acrotiri archaeological site||12 €|
Entrance for minors, under 18-years-old, is FREE to all the archaeological sites and museums in Greece.
Archaeological sites & museums will be closed at the following dates:
Christmas: December 25 + 26
New Year’s Day: January 1
Greek Independence Day: March 25
Greek Easter Day, floating date, April or May
Labor Day: May 1
Holidays and Feasts: The following is a list of official holidays, during which all departments of public services are closed:
January 1- New Year’s Day
January 6 – Epiphany.
The first day of Lent (movable) – in Greek is known as ‘Clean Monday’
March 25 – the anniversary of the revolution for freedom against the Turkish invaders.
Good Friday (movable)
Easter Sunday, Easter Monday (movable)
May 1- May Day
Of the Holy Spirit (movable)
August 15 – Dormition of Virgin Mary
October 28 – the anniversary of Greece’s refusal to submit to the Italians in 1940
December 25 – Christmas Day
Free Admission for:
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
Persons under 18
Soldiers carrying out their military service
University students from Greece and the E.U.
Reduce Admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.
The 10 most popular Greek islands are:
1. Santorini: Breathtaking volcanic views, voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world!
2. Crete: The largest Greek island, a large variety of options, wonderful old cities, great history.
3. Mykonos: Fantastic beaches, Vibrant night-life, Celebrities, wannabes and much more.
4. Hydra: One of the most historic & picturesque Greek islands with a unique architecture.
5. Kefalonia: Superb beauty with a variety of beaches and sapphire waters!
6. Paros: A classic Greek island destination within the Cyclades, great beaches, and night-life!
7. Corfu: An Ionian Sea island with influences ranging from the Venetians, French, Italian and the English.
8. Skiathos: A spectacular island in the Sporades complex, flooded with pine trees that reach the coastline.
9. Rhodes: Home to one of the seven wonders of the world – the Colossus. It is marked by the wonderful Medieval old town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
10. Ios: Great atmosphere, whitewashed houses in Hora, the island capital, “in” lifestyle and quality night-life.
MORE USEFUL INFORMATION:
Visa Requirements: Greece is part of the Schengen treaty so European Union travelers from other countries members of the treaty do not need a passport. All Citizens of European Union countries have free access. A visa is not needed for visitors from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand staying for up to three months. Visitors from all other countries have to obtain a visa from the Greek Embassy or the Consulate in their residence country. For a duration of stay longer than 3 months, they have to obtain permission from the Aliens Bureau in Athens.
Currency Regulations: The Euro is the official currency in Greece. There is free and unlimited importing of foreign currency in Greece either in traveler’s cheques or cash. But on departure, any remaining amount that is worth more than 1.760€, in any currency, has to be declared. Money can be exchanged in any bank, exchange bureaus, some travel agencies or in some hotels. Credit cards are used almost anywhere in Greece for paying hotel or restaurant bills. You can also use them to withdraw cash from ATMs. Smart card credit cards have not been introduced yet by the local banks to take into account credit card readers are not very advanced.
Electricity Supply: 220 volts a.c. at 50 Hz. The wall sockets have two or three round holes as in continental Europe.
Telephone dialing systems: Tone and Pulse, wherever the telephone sets are able to interchange between systems.
Television systems: PAL – SECAM – M.
Water Quality: Overall, the water quality is excellent. But you have to be aware that in a few regions and on certain islands, the water is not drinkable. Then, it is preferable to ask for mineral water, even for your coffee.
Communications: GSM access networks, similar to the ones in Europe, cover the whole of Greece. Mobile phones are very popular and cheap so to avoid roaming charges could purchase local prepaid SIMs to use. You can easily find a public telephone, property of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), that work with a telephone card. Cards for mobile phones and for telephone booths can be purchased from kiosks, local post offices, local OTE offices, or tourists’ shops.
Country dialing code: +30
Maps: There are a number of maps of the island on the market and most of them are provided free of charge by Hotels, and Travel Agents.
Newspapers and magazines: Most western European newspapers and magazines arrive in Athens on a daily basis and they are available in many places.
Shops opening times: Although shops are normally open from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3.30/4pm to 7.30/8pm, in some tourist areas they tend to stay open uninterruptedly from 9.30am to 7.30pm, allowing for slight variations from town to town. Large department stores are open throughout the country from 9.30am to 7.30pm.
Time zone: Greece is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the USA and Canada. Daylight saving time in Greece goes into effect each year usually from the end of March to the middle of October.
Local Currency: Euros
Post Offices: All Post Offices are open from 8am-2pm Monday to Friday.
Shopping: Greece is an interesting place to shop. Greece has at least 2000 years of manufacturing unique and skillful handicraft gold jewelry. Many shops sell classic and modern gold and silver jewelry as well as antique reproduction jewelry, in 14k and 18k with diamonds and precious stones. Antique carpets and handmade silk on silk rugs, furniture, paintings, and porcelain can also be found. Greece is also famous for the leather and fur, bottles, leather coats, fur coats, and mink. Other kinds of goods such as souvenirs, sponges, clothes, shoes, books, and more can be found in the many shops of Greece. And the traditional art workshops for the world famous handmade pottery’s ceramics.
Healthcare and Medical Assistance: Tourists requiring urgent medical care should go to the nearest hospital emergency ward (airports and many train stations also have medical teams and first aid facilities). Those with serious illnesses or allergies should always carry a special note from their physicians giving detailed information on the treatments they are following or that may be necessary. Pharmacies (ΦΑΡΜΑΚΕΙΟ), generally follow shop opening times (approx. from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday, but in large cities, many are open throughout the day. Night time service is provided on a shift basis. Business hours and night shifts are displayed outside each pharmacy and are published in local papers. It is advisable to procure a document certifying coverage by the national health care service before departure.