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Greece Money-Saving Tips
Hanging Out at the AcropolisPlan your Acropolis visit early in the day so you can use get the most out of your money and use your ticket to visit all the other sites and museums that it is good for (Ancient and Roman Agoras, the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, and the Theater of Dionysus).
Off the Beaten PathThe general rule that areas without throngs of tourists are less expensive applies to Greece, too. After you've visited the obligatory ruins and architectural sites, take a trip to the lesser-known islands, like Sifnos, Serifos, Milos, Tinos, and Lesvos, for less expensive food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Transportation TipsThe bus system for travel between Greek cities is ideal if you'd like to see more of the terrain and save on airfare. For when you can't manage to travel by land, Olympic Air offers special "Weekendair" deals on flights to the top destination cities in Greece.
Timing is EverythingThe time of year you visit Greece directly impacts the costs you will incur. April and May are prime months to score bargains on airfare and lodging (though keep in mind that in April the waters can still be a bit chilly). September and October are also good options, as the prices begin to drop for the winter season.
Get Close to Mother NatureIf you're willing to be up close and personal with the beautiful landscapes you're probably visiting Greece to see in the first place, consider camping at the sites compiled at www.panhellenic-camping-union.gr. Reservations must be made in advance and you certainly will need to pack for this kind of lodging, but fees are nominal and the site also provides information about amenities and services in each area of the country.
Avoiding Sunstroke and DehydrationDuring summer, wear light cotton clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol consumption to avoid dehydration.
Beware of Pushy PromotersOn the more commercial islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, many tourist-oriented restaurants, bars, and clubs employ annoying promoters to lure inside unsuspecting passersby. If you are not impressed, ignore them.
NightlifeGreek nightlife starts warming up late, and many venues only begin filling up after midnight. Most bars work until 3am or later, and many dance clubs party on until sunrise.
DiningGreeks tend to dine late: Lunch can run from 2pm to 5pm and dinner from 10pm until well after midnight. However, during summer many restaurants stay open all day, so you can eat whenever it suits you.
ReligionGreeks take their religion seriously. When visiting churches, both men and women should dress appropriately: no bare chests, no bare shoulders, and no bare legs.
CruisesAthens’ port Piraeus is the homeport for short cruises round the Greek Islands. Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Corfu are ports of call for many Mediterranean and world cruises.
VisasU.S. citizens do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid through at least three months after your departure date.
Greek LanguageThe younger generation, and especially those working in tourism, speak English well, so communication is rarely a problem. Street names are posted in both Greek and Latin script, but you’ll find it personally rewarding if you learn the Greek alphabet.
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