Ancient Greece is often called 'the birthplace of western civilisation' and boasts a wealth of history, culture and architecture. At its peak, ancient Greece led the world in science, the arts and philosophy. Founder of the Olympic games and democracy, Greece's enduring legacy is clear to see and helps to shape the way we live today.
From the towering Acropolis in Athens, to the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, to the myriad Greek islands that dot the Aegean Sea. Greece has something for everyone whether philosopher, artist or fun lover.
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Greece has experienced periods of unrest in recent years, but you can travel safely if you take precautions.
The currency used in Greece is the euro. In main cities, credit and debit cards can be used, but we suggest carrying cash for the more rural destinations.
Greece is best experienced in spring and early summer (mid-April to mid-June) or autumn (September to mid-October). During this time of the year, the temperature is not as scorching and there are fewer crowds.
The tipping customs in Greece vary and, in some restaurants, the service charge is added to the bill. However, tipping does remain a common practice, especially in tourist areas.
Greece lies in Eastern European Time, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. During summer, daylight-savings is observed in Greece and time is shifted forward by one hour.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.
I thought it was very good we didn't have to worry about anything everything was in order and kept with the schedule as planned, unless we wanted to deviated from it to do somethingelse. The trip really a trip of a life time.
There was a time many years ago that I wanted to travel to Egypt and didn't because of the cost. This trip was, to me, very affordable. I think everyone should experience this trip. The tour guide was alos excellent, Sherif Mohammad.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
Dial Code: +30
Area: 131,957 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Greece is the Mediterranean Sea (at sea level) | The highest point in Greece is Mount Olympus at 2,917m high (9,570.21 ft.)
Population: 11,142,161 (2018)
Governemnt: Parliamentary republic
Officially named the Hellenic Republic, Greece was historically known as Hellas. This country is positioned in Southern Europe with a population of approximately 11 million people. The capital of Greece is Athens, which is the largest city followed by Thessaloniki.
Greece lies at the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula with the Aegean Sea to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west and the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The country's coastline is the 11th longest in the world and features many islands. Mount Olympus is the highest peak at 2,918 metres, and 80% of the country's landscape is mountainous.
Regarded as the cradle of Western civilisation, Greece is seen as the origin of democracy, political science and the Olympic Games. The country has 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which reflect Greece's rich history.
With an advanced high-income and a high standard of living, Greece is a democratic and advanced country as well as a founding member of the United Nations. It is also the largest economy in the Balkans. This popular holiday destination draws tourists from all over the world as a result of its notable cultural heritage, successful tourism industry, and appealing location.
The climate of Greece is mainly Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The more mountainous areas in the northwestern parts of Greece have an Alpine climate and experience heavy snowfall in the winter.
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