Greece

Parthenon, Athens   Windmill on Mykonos

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Pacific World provides unrivalled local knowledge to Greece. We are objective about venues and attractions and realistic about travel times and traffic patterns. We know which vendors provide the best service as well as which ones to avoid, and we are up-to-the-minute on changes and trends. We will introduce you to hidden gems known only by locals and will secure your access to privileged private areas. We provide valuable customer service, listen carefully, inquire and anticipate your needs before offering services. We save you from all the legwork trying to find the right venue or restaurant and we suggest the right menu for you. Plus we save you the effort and time of sorting loads of invoices from different vendors and secure lower prices through volume buying power.

Having a Pacific World Greece representative onsite will help you with contingency plans and will allow for flexibility in your program something that is difficult to have when a project is managed from afar. Sometimes a smiling face and a calming voice is all that you need. Working with someone at the destination gives you both time and resources to adopt your programme to circumstantial changes. We listen to what you say and we appreciate the purpose of your programme. We ask many questions about your guests in order to really understand their culture and their needs. We are creative and we will send you interesting proposals, tailor-made to your group.

Meetings:  Organize a meeting at the world famous Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) with plenty of opportunities to watch a cultural event after a day’s hard work.

Incentive:   Take a trip to the medieval city of Naflion or a visit to the Palivos winery and sample some 20 different varieties of Greek wines and learn how to prepare some Greek delicacies.

Conference: A brand new conference centre in Athens Metropolitan Expo is waiting to host your congress on an ideal location next to the (new) Athens International Airport.

Event: Host an event at the Athens Planetarium, which is among the biggest and the best equipped digital planetariums in the world.

Greece is the beating heart of European culture, a country that welcomes you to a millennial history, stunning ancient monuments, beautiful scenery and bustling cosmopolitan cities. From classical Hellas, to Byzantium, through the Middle Ages, the Ottoman Empire and right on into the modern world, Greece has always been a place that welcomed visitors. A country with a unique capital, 9.840 islands and endless opportunities for exploration. With its famously azure Mediterranean coastline, mild climate and sunny skies, Greece is the perfect place to kick back and relax, enjoying some of its world-famous wines and cuisine.  Athens, the enchanting capital of Greece, was the birthplace of European civilization and has now become an exciting modern metropolis. Greece: the country where democracy was born and the heart of an ancient civilization. Discover Greece today, a destination of ancient customs and modern trends, a land of dreams and the gateway to fascinating experiences.

Discovering the soul of a Greece is much more than a quick tour around its monuments and sightseeing. Greece is a destination full of possibilities, easily accessible and visitor-friendly all year round, offering a mixture of modern facilities and incentive choices. Greece combines excellent conference facilities with unique museums, archaeological sites, shopping and nightlife. Since the time of ancient civilization, travelers have always found Athens’s sun-drenched coastline a particularly satisfying place to gather. Today, Athens successfully blends an ancient history with modern 21st-Century efficiency to create a mesmerizing meeting destination. The treasure of southern Europe. No other country in Europe offers such a wealth of historical sites and modern visitor facilities in one destination. Unrivalled event destinations. A meeting overlooking the Acropolis, a voyage in the Aegean, an odyssey on the ancient seas… the only limit for meetings, events and incentives in Greece is your own imagination. Athens, city of conferences. 95,000m2 of conference space; 75,000 seats; 493 Hotels; 30,000 rooms; 44 world class museums; 1,000 restaurants; 200,000 flights per year; 300 days of sunshine and a warm welcome from 4 million Athenians. Relax in a stunning environment. Pre and post meeting activities can include excursions to Europe’s most beautiful islands. Thousands of year’s of culture. Athens is one of the only places in the world where you will discover a city more than 2,500 years old integrated into a contemporary metropolis.

  • When should I travel?
Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Greece; specifically May, June, September and October. Most of the country’s tourist infrastructure goes into hibernation during winter, particularly on the islands. Some of the smaller islands close completely and some islanders head off to alternative homes on the mainland for a few months. Many hotels, seasonal cafés and restaurants close their doors from the end of November until the beginning of April; bus and ferry services are either drastically reduced or cancelled.  The cobwebs are dusted off in time for Orthodox Easter (usually around April), when the first tourists start to arrive. Conditions are perfect between Easter and mid-June, when the weather is pleasantly warm in most places; beaches and ancient sites are relatively uncrowded; public transport operates at close to full schedules; and there’s a bigger variety of accommodation options to choose from.  Mid-June to the end of August is high season. It’s party time on the islands and everything is in full swing. It’s also very hot – in July and August the mercury can soar to 40°C (over 100°F) in the shade just about anywhere in the country; the beaches are crowded; the ancient sites are swarming with tour groups; and in many places accommodation is booked solid. The high season starts to wind down in September and conditions are ideal once more until the end of October. By November the endless blue skies of summer have disappeared. November to February are the wettest months and it can get surprisingly cold. Snow is common on the mainland and in the mountains of Evia and Crete; it occasionally snows in Athens. But there are also plenty of sunny days and some visitors prefer the tranquillity that reigns at this time of year.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Crime, especially theft, is low in Greece, but unfortunately it is on the increase. The worst area is around Omonia in central Athens– keep track of your valuables here, especially on the metro and at the Sunday flea market.  If you are staying in a hotel room, and the windows and door do not lock securely, ask for your valuables to be locked in the hotel safe – hotel proprietors are happy to do this.

  • What money should I take?
The currency is the Euro (EUR). American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and other major credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are widely available in all cities and towns, on the mainland and the islands. They are generally reliable.
All major currencies are widely accepted and can be exchanged easily at banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

  • What language will they understand?
Greek (Ellenika). Most people connected with tourism, and younger generations generally speak some English, French, German or Italian.

  • How about my health?
Visitors to Greece are strongly advised to take out travel medical insurance before visiting Greece. Respective consulates and Athens-based embassies can help visitors find hospitals and doctors in Greece, should the need arise. Note that most Greek doctors speak basic English. If you plan to do any ‘extreme’ sports, such as scuba diving whilst on holiday, you should also look into extra insurance cover.

  • Public Holidays

2012
01 January New Year's Day
06 January Epiphany
25 March Independence Day
13 April Orthodox Good Friday
16 April Orthodox Easter Monday
01 May Labour Day
28 May Orthodox Whit Monday
15 August Assumption
28 October Ochi Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

2013
01 January New Year's Day
06 January Epiphany
25 March Independence Day
01 May Labour Day
03 May Orthodox Good Friday
06 May Orthodox Easter Monday
24 June Orthodox Whit Monday
15 August Assumption
28 October Ochi Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

  • Do I need a visa?
South African passport holders require a visa for Greece.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No innoculations are required for Greece.