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How to Plan a Trip to Greece: Frequently Asked Questions

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Symi Island, Greece

Symi Island, Greece

Ancient and sun-drenched, passionate and lively, Greece is a thrilling cultural treasure chest. With the wonders of nature, the pleasures of local flavors, and the spirit of the past coursing through the country, Greece is an easy place to indulge in.

Open now to American travelers with proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before arrival or a negative rapid antigen test taken up to 48 hours before entry, travel logistics are smooth and manageable.

Embrace island life, discover the charm of ruins, and travel beyond the legends with the information you need for your dream Greece trip.

Can I travel to Greece this year?

Parga, Greece

Parga, Greece

Greece is open to American travelers. Travelers can enter Greece with proof of vaccination, while unvaccinated travelers aged 12 or over must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed up to 72 hours before arrival. Movement restrictions and testing requirements are evolving to the Greek islands, and some indoor venues require proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Entry requirements are subject to change and your Zicasso travel specialist can provide updated information at the time of your inquiry.

Related: What You Need to Know About Travel to Greece in 2021 | Countries Open to American Travelers

Is a last-minute trip to Greece a good idea for 2021?

While November to March is traditionally considered the off-season for tourism, the winter and early spring might be the best time for many travelers.

For those interested in museum hopping or exploring the many ancient ruins, you may find yourself enjoying a near-exclusive visit. Enjoy excellent food and shopping year-round, particularly in Athens.

Winter and spring are also a good time to explore the mainland beyond Athens, with more destinations worth visiting than one could ever list. Your Zicasso travel specialist can suggest destinations within Greece that best match your travel preferences and interests.

How far in advance should I plan a Greece vacation?

Red Beach on Santorini Island, Greece

Getting your plans started is essential for the success of your vacation. With increased demand and the impacts of postponed trips from 2020 and 2021, booking soon will give you the best options for your accommodations and activities.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, our general advice was to book 6 to 8 months in advance. For popular islands like Santorini, with historically high demand and limited availability, planning up to 12 months in advance was our recommendation.

As we emerge from the pandemic and global travel resumes, our Greece travel specialists are ready to help you plan your trip for 2021 or 2022. Make your plans now and book when you are ready.

How can a travel specialist help me plan my trip to Greece?

Night at outdoor pool overlooking the harbor in Elounda, Crete, Greece

Elounda on the island of Crete, Greece

You can still book your next trip through Zicasso for travel in 2021 or 2022. Visiting a new country raises plenty of questions and travel after Covid-19 may be different.

“Will I need a rental vehicle in the area I plan on visiting or is the public transportation sufficient?” “How much do daily expenses actually cost?” “Are ferries on time?” “Are there safety procedures in place at my accommodations?” Your travel specialist can answer these questions and more. A travel expert can also handle any emergency that may arise during your vacation — everything from a missed flight connection to a hotel that closes unexpectedly.

If you are thinking about visiting Greece you can fill out Zicasso’s Trip Request Form to speak with a Greece travel expert.

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What should I do on my trip to Greece?

Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece

Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece

A custom Zicasso tour to Greece allows you to organize your trip however you wish and each day is tailored to how you like to travel, explore and discover. We have recommendations for all the best places to explore and the various activities you can experience in Greece. Our travel specialists have provided you a framework from which to launch your perfect trip.

Athens | Mykonos | Santorini | Naxos | Crete | Paros

  • Visit the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, and the Temple of Hephaestus
  • Uncover authentic gourmet pastries and street food
  • Witness the massive remains of the Temple of Poseidon
  • Encounter the heritage of Athens with actors disguised as mythical figures at historical sites
  • Discover ancient Delos on a full-day tour to find the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis
  • Indulge in the flavors at a Mykonos cooking class
  • Relax on famous beaches known for their powdery white sand, lazy waves and golden Mediterranean sunlight.
  • Delight in a wine-tasting tour through the historic vines
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the beautiful caldera for an unparalleled view
  • Hike from Fira to Oia for stunning views of Santorini’s azure caldera and the rugged cliffs
  • Traverse the ancient city of Akrotiri to find representations of the once-thriving Minoan port

Related: Top 6 Must-See Places in Greece | Top 7 Things to Do in Greece

When is the best time to visit Greece?

Traditional cycladic houses with flowers in foreground, Oia village, Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

The best time to visit Greece is between May and July and September to October. August is often the busiest and hottest month of the year in Greece.

You will have the best time visiting the Greek islands between June and September due to the warm summer temperatures and vibrancy for which these months are renowned. Outside of the summer months, hotels and restaurants on the islands often close down for the shoulder and winter seasons.

Related: Best Time to Visit Greece

Is Greece safe for travel?

Mother and two kids walking in a cobblestone pedestrian alley in Athens, Greecee

Athens, Greece

Greece is very safe. During your Greece tour you will find the people and the country welcoming and eager to share their culture. As anywhere, pickpocketing can be a concern, especially in larger tourist destinations like Athens. Healthwise, there are no concerns regarding the general safety of eating and drinking throughout Greece.

Which airports should I be looking at?

Aircraft approaching Corfu international airport, Corfu island, Greece

Corfu Island, Greece

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Athens. The second most accessible airport to fly in or out of in Greece is Crete’s Heraklion Airport (HER). The top active airports in Greece are:

  • Athens (ATH)
  • Heraklion (HER)
  • Thessaloniki (SKG)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Plan Your Trip to Greece?

Medieval stone courtyard in Rhodes, Greece

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes

The splendor of Greece can take you from Athenian ruins to the cliffs of Santorini, enjoying radiant beaches and indulging in medieval stone towns. Whether you wish to learn how to master Mediterranean cuisine, sail between islands or step into the myths of a labyrinth, you can find the right inspiration for your next trip with sample itineraries from our Greece Tours & Vacations. Find more helpful tips for your trip with Zicasso’s Greece Travel Guide or you can speak with a Greece travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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