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Greece has over 6,000 islands with 15,000 miles of coastline, scattered in the Aegean and the Ionian Seas, and even though a lifetime may not be enough to visit them all, you will be able to make your own itinerary, and visit the ones that you think are the most interesting or those that suit your taste best.

There are cosmopolitan islands, with frenzied nightlife, destinations for celebrities and VIPs from all over the world.

There are small, quiet islands, where you forget the frantic rhythms of everyday life. There are earthly paradises for those interested in archaeology and architecture or for those to whom traveling means a lot more than just seeing new places; the travelers who want to get acquainted with the traditions, the customs and the natives of the country they’re visiting.

There are places for sports fans and adventurous types, and places those whose ideal vacation is lying on the sandy beaches all day long.

The sure thing is that you will feel rejuvenated after a swim or a dive in the crystal clear waters that you will find everywhere. The variety of the landscape, the secluded bays, the sandy or pebbly beaches, the green hills and the bare rocks with terrific shapes, the blue caves will reward you for the miles that you have travelled to discover them.

For the citizens who travel from the EU, no passports are required. For the non-EU subjects, a valid passport is necessary to enter in Greece.

All the citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand enjoy travel to Greece without a visa.

In the case of loss, the local police and the embassy of your home government must be contacted.

It is recommended to have a photocopy of your passport in order to get the process of replacement lost quickly.

I.D.

A passport can serve as an ID. Apart from the official identity card of your country, other forms of ID can be recognized: a driver’s license, a teacher or student identification.

Greece Pet Passport

The European pet travel scheme requires all pets traveling between EU member states to have a Pet Passport, offered from any licensed veterinarian.

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Greece is a modern and democratic country, a member of the European Community. If you are a European citizen or if you come from abroad, things will be easier for you in case of an emergency. In today’s world Greece can still be considered one of the safest countries as far as crime is concerned. Violent crime is very rare and the rate of crime in Greece is considered among the lowest in the European Union.

The health system in Greece is able to make you feel safe even if you have your baby along.

Travelers will not feel threatened traveling around the country. Particularly in the islands, villages and smaller cities, crime is almost unheard of. One can enjoy the hospitality of the local population and relax.

In large cities such as Athens or Thessaloniki, some extra attention is advised mostly for pickpockets and petty theft. Pickpockets mostly work around the train stations and bus stops.

Some advice for travelers, lock your valuables in the safes of the hotel, place your wallet, passport and other valuables in places that are hard for others to reach and enjoy your walking around the town even in the middle of the night.

Driving around Greece can be very challenging and the driver must be very careful.

With exception of the highways, which are fairly safe, one must be very cautious when driving into the less-traveled roads because of the condition of the road, the insufficient signs and the animals crossing the road.

In Greece hospitality is a legacy. The Greeks are known for it throughout the centuries, from the times of Xenios Zeus, father of the Olympian Gods whose name actually means Hospitable Zeus, to our days. You will see friendly faces everywhere, ready to help you in case of need and certainly ready to entertain you until early in the morning!

Communication won’t be a problem, as most people speak English, and you will be surprised at how many of them speak French, German or Italian. But even if they don’t, they will be willing to help, and all it takes is just a warm smile!

Don’t be surprised if someone offers you ouzo or a raki (traditional Greek aperitifs), but don’t turn it down, either.

Greece has more than 220 sunny days per year, on average. The climate is good throughout the year, but especially in summer, the sun is hot, yet the sea breeze makes it comfortable.

Greece’s main meteorological data are given below (Source: National Meteorological Service):

Health services are good; the hospitals in large cities are excellent and virtually all doctors in Greece can speak English or some other European language.

Diarrhea can be a minor problem with all travelers everywhere, so it’s wise to take along some of your favorite remedies.

For minor health problems, go first to the nearest pharmacy (farmakio), which will be marked with a green cross.

Newspapers also list the pharmacies that are open late or all night.) Pharmacists are well trained and usually speak English quite well, and many medications are available without a prescription. Just in case, ask your doctor to write you new prescriptions, using the generic-not the brand-name.

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

HELLENIC TOURISM ORGANIZATION
51 -57 PITT STREET, SYNDEY, NSW 2000
P.O.BOX R203 ROYAL EXCHANGE NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA

Tel : (00612) 92411663/4/5 -92521441
Fax : +61 2 92412499

E-mail : [email protected]

AUSTRIA

GRIECHISCHE ZENTRALE FÜR FREMDENVERKEHR

OPERNRING 8 A-1010 WIEN

Tel : (00431) 5125317, 5125318
Fax : 5139189
E-mail : [email protected]

BELGIUM

GREEK NATIONAL OFFICE OF TOURISM
Rue des Petits Carmes 6
1000 BRUSELLES, BELGIUM

Tel: +32 2 647 57 70
Fax: +32 2 545 55 89
Email: [email protected]

CANADA

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION

91 SCOLLARD STREET, 2nd FLOOR, TORONTO, ONTARIO M5R 1G4

Tel : (001416) 9682220
Fax :9686533
E-mail :[email protected]

MONTREAL – GREEK TOURISM ORGANIZATION (MONTREAL’S GREEK CONSULATE)
1170 PLACE DU FRERE ANDRE, 3RD FLOOR MONTREAL QUEBEC H3B 3C6

Tel : (001514) 8711535
Fax :8711498

CZECH REPUBLIC

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION
POD ORECHOVKOU 19 1620 00 PRAHA 6, CZ

Tel : (004202) 24311683
Fax :33343836

DENMARK

DET GRAESKE TURISTBUREAU
VESTER FARIMAGSGADE 6,2 sal DK – 1606 – KOBENHAVN V

Tel : (004533) 325332, 325368
Fax : 157376
E-mail : [email protected]

FINLAND

KREIKAN VALTION MATKAILUTOIMISTO
ISO ROOBERTINKATU 10, A3 – FIN – 00120 HELSINKI

Tel : (003589) 607113 – 607552
Fax :601313
E-mail : [email protected]

FRANCE

OFFICE NATIONAL HELLENIQUE DU TOURISME
3 AVE. DE L’ OPERA, 75001 PARIS

Tel :(00331) 42606575
Fax :42601028
E-mail :[email protected]

GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLIC

GRIECHISCHE ZENTRALE FÜR FREMDENVERKEHR
DIREKTION FÜR DEUTSCHLAND

NEUE MAINZERSTR. 22, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Tel :(004969) 236561/2/3
Fax :236576
E-mail : [email protected]

PACELLISTR, 5 80333 MUNCHEN
Tel :(004989) 222035/6
Fax :297058
E-mail : [email protected]

NEURER WALL 18, 20354 HAMBURG
Tel :(004940)-454498
Fax :(004940)-454404
E-mail :[email protected]

WITTENBERGPLATZ 3A, 10789 BERLIN
Tel :(004930) 2176262, 2176263
Fax :2177965
E-mail :[email protected]

ISRAEL

HELLENIC TOURISM ORGANIZATION

5 SHALOM ALEICHEM ST. P.O. BOX 26260 TEL AVIV 61262

Tel :(009723) 5170501, 5170351
Fax :(009273) 5170487

E-mail :[email protected]

ITALY

MILANO – ENTE NAZIONALE ELLENICO PER IL TURISMO

via LUPETTA 3, 20123 MILANO

Tel :(003902) 860470, 860477
Fax :72022589
URL :www.ente-turismoellenico.com
E-mail :[email protected]

Tel :(003906) 4744249, 4744301
Fax :4883905
URL :www.ente-turismoellenico.com
E-mail :[email protected]

JAPAN

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION

FUKUDA BLDG WEST, 5F 2-11-3 AKASAKA MINATO – KU, TOKYO 107-0052

Tel :(00813) 35055917, 35055948
Fax :35890467
INFORMATION/RECORDED MESSAGE IN JAPANESE : 35055911
URL : www.int-acc.or.jp/greece/
E-mail :[email protected]

NETHERLANDS

GRIEKSE NATIONALE ORGANIZATIE VOOR TOERISME

KERKSTAAT 61, 1017 GC AMSTERDAM

Tel :(003120) 6248786
Fax :003120-6207031
GENERAL INFORMATION NUMBER :0900/2025905
URL : www.grieksverkeersbureau.nl
E-mail :[email protected]

RUSSIA

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION

7/4 KUTUZOVSKY PR., BUILDING 6 AR. 43, MOSCOW 121248

Tel :(007095) 2433838-9
Fax :2439739
E-mail :[email protected]

SPAIN

OFICINA NACIONAL HELENICA DE TURISMO

C/ALBERTO AGUILERA 17-1, MADRID 28015

Tel :(003491) 5484890, 5484889
Fax :5428138
E-mail :[email protected]

SWEDEN

GREKISKA STATENS TURISTBYRA

APELBERGSGATAN 36,
P.O. BOX 3377
103 67 STOCKHOLM – SWEEDEN

Tel : 00468 6796580, 00468 6796480
Fax : 00468 6118802
URL : www.travelgate.net/greecegate
E-mail :[email protected]

SWITZERLAND

GRIECHISCHE ZENTRALE FÜR FREMDENVERKEHR

LOEWENSTRASSE 25 CH – 8001 ZURICH

Tel : 00411 2210105
Fax : 2120516
E-mail :[email protected]

UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION

4 CONDUIT STREET, W1S 2DJ LONDON

Tel :(Enquires & Information) 020 7495 9300
Fax :020 7287 1369
URL : www.gnto.co.uk
E-mail :[email protected]

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

GREEK NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION

OLYMPIC TOWER 645 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 903 – NEW YORK, NY 10022

Tel :(001212) 4215777
Fax :8266940
URL : www.greektourism.com
E-mail :[email protected],
[email protected]

SWEDEN

GREKISKA STATENS TURISTBYRA

APELBERGSGATAN 36,
P.O. BOX 3377
103 67 STOCKHOLM – SWEEDEN

Tel : 00468 6796580, 00468 6796480
Fax : 00468 6118802
URL : www.travelgate.net/greecegate
E-mail :[email protected]

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