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Traveling to: GREECE

WHEN TO GO:

Best Weather: April – June & September
Avoid: July – August Crowds & October Storms

TIPPING:

5 – 10% Waitstaff
Round up Bartenders
Round up Taxi Drivers
€1 Parties per bag
€5/day Tour Guides

GREECE BUCKET LIST:

— Go to the Full Moon Festival
— See the Acropolis and visit the museum in Athens
— Trek through the Samariá Gorge in Crete
— Explore the Blue Caves in Zákynthos
— Visit the Palace of Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes

BEACHES TO VISIT:

— Voutoumi (Antipaxos)
— Megalos Simos (Elafonisos Island)
— Porto Limnionas (Ionian Islands)
— Sarakiniko Beach (Milos Island)
— Agrari Beach (Mykonos)

TABLE MANNERS:

— It is common to sample foods from others’ plates, but always ask first.
— Keep your knife in your right hand and fork in your left. Don’t switch.
— When finished, cross you life & fork on your plate, tines down.

MUST-EAT SPECIALTIES:

— Dolmades (Grape leaves stuffed with rice and fresh herbs)
— Avgolemono (Egg & lemon soup)
— Moussaka (Layered eggplant, minced meat, tomato and onion topped with béchamel sauce)
— Souvlaki (Grilled meat or veggies on a skewer or pita)
— Spanakopita (Spinach pie)
— Kourabiedes (Almond sugar cookies)
— Galaktoboureko (Custard wrapped in filo pastry with lemon syrup)
— Ouzo Liquor

BASIC GREEK:

— Hello (YAH-soo)
— Goodbye (AHN-dee-oh)
— Please (pah-rah-kah-LOH)
— Thank you (ef-hah-rees-TOH)
— You’re welcome (pah-rah-kah-LOH)
— Pardon me (see-GHNO-mee)
— English? (ang-glee-KAH)?
— Cheers! (yamas)!
— Yes (neh)
— No (OH-hee)

OTHER:

— Wine is often drunk at lunch and dinner.
— It is considered culturally impolite to simply nod. Say “yes,” instead.
— Acquaintances shake hands, friends and family embrace and kiss both cheeks (starting with the right)
— Greeks are very affectionate and open. It is not uncommon to be asked many personal questions.
— Haggling is expected at outdoor markets, but only say prices you are willing to pay.