Journey into the cradle of Western civilization for an odyssey through some of the most famous historic sites in the world. From ancient fortresses atop stark cliffs overlooking the deep azure of the Aegean Sea to quaint villages with whitewashed houses nestled in the verdant hills, Adventures by Disney will show you the timeless beauty that is Greece.
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If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Greece and return to the United States.
Your passport must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details. As a general precaution, all travelers are advised to carry a photocopy of the photo/bio information page of their passport and keep it in a location separate from the passport.
Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.
If you are not a U. S. citizen, please check with the Greek Embassy or Consulate for information on documentation requirements.
You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
PLEASE NOTE: Additional charges will apply for telephone calls made to access CIBT specialists.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.
Since you will be visiting ancient areas and engaging in a moderate level of activity, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable, and you should bring at least one additional change of clothes per day. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:
• T-shirts (short and long-sleeved)
• Collared shirts or polo shirts
• Jeans, long pants, capris or khakis
• Casual dress/skirt
• Lightweight rain jacket
• Hat, visor or sunhat
• Sturdy-soled, closed-toed walking shoes
• Waterproof, sport-style sandals with backstrap
• Camera/video camera
• Small travel umbrella
• Electrical adapters/chargers
• Insect repellant
• Cell phone charger
Hairdryers are available at all hotels. However, irons and ironing boards are not available.
The regions on the tour will have mild winters with some rain and clear, sunny weather and very little rainfall in the summer. Afternoon temperatures average 80 °F (27°C) during the summer but can get up to 95°F (35 °C). They average 52 °F (11°C) in the winter. Evening temperatures can drop to the upper 40s °F (8 °C), so a light jacket is advised. The weather in the Islands is about 10-15 °F (6-8 °C) cooler than Athens and evenings can be chilly on the waterfront.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport (ATH), follow airport signage to the passport control/ immigration area. Once through passport control, you will follow additional airport signage directing you to Baggage Claim and Customs Control. After you have claimed your baggage and passed through Customs Control, you will enter into the public area of the main terminal where a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign will greet you. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation to your hotel. At the conclusion of your adventure, you will be escorted to the Heraklion International Airport for your return flight home.
Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time Arrival 1 ATH No later than 3:30 PM Departure 10 HER No later than 12:00 PM
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The unit of currency in Greece is the Euro (EUR). U.S. dollars are not accepted at hotels, shops, or restaurants, but ATM machines are available in most places along your adventure to obtain cash in the local currency. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or single-use debit cards in addition to traveler's cheques. For cash, carry mostly €1, €5 and €10 EUR, and make sure they are in good condition. Your Adventure Guides can help you with any currency issues or language barriers you may have.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, for each Adventure Guide and for each day.
Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day—$8 - $11 USD
• For a 10-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $80 - $110 USD.
• For a family of 4 for a 10-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity Per Guest/Per Adventure Guide is: $320 - $440 USD. For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $640 - $880 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars or local currency.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.
Adventures by Disney has arranged for all of your accommodation and transportation needs during your stay in Greece as specified in your trip itinerary. On this adventure, your group will travel between destinations by motor coach, high-speed ferry and plane.
If you choose to visit other sites on your own, hire a driver and car through the hotel. Please ask your Adventure Guides for any assistance regarding any transportation arrangements you may need.
The primary language spoken in Greece is Greek.
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your travel agent. If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your travel agent.
- Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded
If you are coming from the U.S., you are advised to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding travel. Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements on vaccinations for travel to Greece.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
ARRIVAL: You will fly into the Athens International Airport (ATH) on your arrival day and should arrive no later than 3:30 PM. An Adventures by Disney representative will meet you outside the customs area and escort you to your transportation to the hotel.
DEPARTURE: On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Heraklion International Airtport (HER). Departures must be no later than 12:00 PM.
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Greece, transfers are included from the Athens International Airport (ATH) in Athens to the Intercontinental Athenaeum Athens on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included from the Porto Elounda Resort to the Heraklion International Airport (HER).
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes, you may stay in Greece before or after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
The activity level for this journey is moderate, but the hot weather, particularly in summer, can make any activity seem more strenuous. This is an active journey that includes walking on uneven surfaces, up and down irregular stairs and on cobblestone streets. Activities include: swimming, dancing, hiking, exploring and museum walking. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if enjoyed separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most out of your vacation.
- What is the basis for your suggested minimum age for this trip? Expanded
Due to restrictions with this adventure, children must be at least 4 years old at the time of travel on our trip. The minimum recommended age is 6 years old. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures, and amount of physical activity (e.g., kayaking, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down stairs, and cobblestone sidewalks). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served buffet style. Some lunches and dinners are also served buffet style, while others offer a limited-choice menu. Dinners and lunches are balanced meals, usually including fish, meat and pasta or rice entrées; soup and vegetables; and desserts and fruits—along with a chance to try Greek specialties. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Greek cuisine, they are always complemented with limited American fare. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not always available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals; however, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes multiple activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and solely responsible for providing assistance. Contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group's maximum size, if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) We will attempt to rebook you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline rebooking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.