Greece Cruise Guide
Greece Cruise Guide
Please find a list of frequently asked questions we receive from our clients. Whilst this is only a select amount of questions if you have any further, please contact feel free to contact and we will be happy to help.
Do I need a visa?
Greece is visa-free for citizens traveling for up to 90 days from the EU and most countries in the Americas. You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180- day period without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your trip ends and has at least two empty page.
How do I get around Greece
Close to the Athens International Airport is the port of Piraeus, which serves as the main port for ferries to the islands. Most people will start their trip in Athens and then visit the islands by plane
or ferry. Travel on the mainland is by private car with a driver or on a small group tour.
Sea sickness is generally rare on board the ferries but we do suggest you bring anti-nausea medication if you suffer from motion sickness.
While bigger hotels and many shops (especially in Athens and on more travelled islands) do accept credit cards, many restaurants and smaller businesses do not. AMEX, Discover & Diners Club cards are not generally accepted, most places will only accept Mastercard and Visa.
How much cash to bring / ATMs available?
ATMs are widely available in cities and tourist areas, but not usually in smaller villages. Please check with your bank at home for withdrawal charges. Since Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Greece you will not normally need to carry large amounts of cash. It is recommended to have some cash on you, though, for tipping and potential smaller purchases from street vendors, for example.
Tipping is not mandatory in Greece as it is in the US but it is a great way to show your appreciation for good service. As a guide we would suggest:
Transfers: Depending on the duration of the transfer 5 – 20 Euros
Private Tour: 20-40 Euro for your guide
Group Tour: 20-40 Euro for your guide
Sailing Cruises & Private Boat Charters: An average tip for a half day boat trip is 10-15 Euro and for a full day cruise 20-30 Euro for the entire crew.
On our small ship cruises the recommended gratuity is 13-15 Euro per passenger per day.
Bars & Restaurants: It is customary to leave a tip of at least 10%
Mobile Phones / Roaming cost
Please check with your home provider before you travel, whether you have international roaming provided with your plan and the cost associated with it.
Most hotels offer this as a complementary service.
Electricity / Adapters
Greece uses two plug types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Greece operates on a
230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Drinking water on the islands & Athens
Tap water is drinkable and of good quality in Athens. When you are on the islands or remote areas we recommend you drink bottled water, which is widely available.
Because Greek sewage pipes are small, they block up easily with toilet paper. That’s why you’ll see signs all over Greece requesting that you throw away (rather than flush) your toilet paper. You’ll find bins next to the toilets to dispose of the paper.
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