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Greece Packing Suggestions & Trip Preparation

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Weather in September/October

Athens: Even though late September in Athens can produce temperatures that feel like summer, the weather starts to cool off significantly in October (especially at night). The beginning of October is characterized by warm, sun-filled days with a low chance of rain and an average daily temperature of 68°F. The middle of the month sees slightly cooler days with more overcast skies (although still not many), an increased chance of rain, and an average daily temperature of 66°F.

Zakythnos & Corfu : Similar sun and temperature to Athens with the exception of occasional, passing rain. Here is a Mediterranean climate consisting of warm, comfortable days and cool evenings.

Average high: 67-73 oF

Average low: 58-63 oF

Central/Northern: Weather is mild throughout the regions where we will travel. Cool mornings will quickly dissipate once the sun comes out. The conditions can be changeable and the possibility of passing showers are typical. For the month of October, expect the average temperature to hover around 64°F with that number decreasing slightly as time goes by.

Average high: 70-73 oF

Average low: 55-58 oF


Plug Adapters

Plug Type in Greece: Type C and Type F

A basic plug adapter is all you need to bring. You will need a voltage converter if bringing your own hair dryer or hair straightener. See link below for images and more details:

https://www.adaptelec.com/Country-Specific-Answers/Electrical-Plug-Outlet-and- Voltage-Information-for-Greece


Currency

Euro (€): $1 USD = €0.89 EUR

*There is no need to exchange money before the trip. Plenty of banks, ATMs, and money changers can be found in each major city we’ll be visiting. We recommend exchanging a small amount of cash on arrival at the airport to hold you over for the first day although this is not necessary if you arrive in the morning because there will be all day to exchange money nearby the hotel.

How much money to bring: Lunches will generally range from $10.00 – $15.00 and dinners from $20.00 – $30.00. Please bring enough cash to suit your personal spending habits and have a debit/credit card as back up. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and establishments in each area we’ll be visiting. Be sure to bring enough extra cash for tipping as well (see below).

Tipping

We recommend $7.00 – $10.00 per day for our full-time guides and $2.00 – $3.00 per day for our drivers. There will be many half day and site specific guides leading us on specific tours only, and we recommend tipping these guides $5.00 – $10.00 total. Tipping for luggage porters ($1.00 per bag) and maid service ($1.00 – $2.00 per day). Overall, you should expect to tip anywhere from $150.00 – $200.00 in total

* Tipping for everything else is NOT necessary. That being said, taxi drivers, wait staff at high end establishments, or porters will not say no to a tip. But anything more than 5% to 10% would be considered extraordinary.


Visa

American citizens and residents do not need a visa to enter Greece. See below if you are a US resident of another nationality.

“Citizens of the United States with a valid US passport can travel to 26 European member countries of the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days without having to apply or obtain a Schengen visa for short-term tourism or a business trip.

However, this changes when it comes to US residents of another nationality. Non-Americans residing in the US, that wish to visit Europe, may need or not need a visa, depending on their nationality.

US residents coming from countries that have established visa-free regime with the EU do not need to obtain a visa to enter Europe.

On the other hand, US residents coming from countries that have not established a visa-free regime with the EU will have to apply for a Schengen visa in the US, in order to be able to enter any of these countries.”

Clothes

  • T-shirts (quick dry preferred)
  • Shorts (quick dry preferred)
  • Long sleeve shirts/sweatshirts
  • Light weight jacket
  • Rain jacket w/hood
  • Pants/jeans/1 dress (optional) (quick dry preferred)
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • 1 pair very comfortable sneakers/hiking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Hat/umbrella
  • Layered clothing

Documents (and backup photocopies)

  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance cards/confirmation (if you purchased)

Miscellaneous

  • Large and small Ziploc bags to protect cameras and other technology in rain
  • Camera, lenses, extra batteries, extra memory cards and related gear (tripod optional)
  • Heavy-duty one-liter capacity water bottle and/or water bladder
  • Small flashlight/headlamp
  • Earplugs (especially if sharing room)
  • Your medicine (labeled)
  • Bonine/motion sickness wristbands (for car and seasickness)
  • Plastic bags for wet clothing
  • Money belt
  • Insect repellent
  • After Bite
  • Personal contacts address list (e-mail and emergency contact info)
  • Travel towel (quick dry)
  • Anti-bacterial hand lotion
  • Small daypack
  • First aid kit including:
    • Prescription medicines
    • Anti-diarrheal
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Ace bandage
    • Pain reliever
    • Lip balm
    • Band-aids

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One Reply to “Greece Packing Suggestions & Trip Preparation”

Stephanie Buchlmayer
February 3, 2020
Looking forward to the 2020 Greece trip
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