Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to Greece Indian Embassy in Greece 3, Kleanthous Str., Athens 10674 Telephone Nos. : 00 30 210 7216227 & 30 210 7216481 Visa Process for Indians Original Passport and copies of previous visas. Greece Visa Application Form Two white background photographs Travel medical insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Greece and the entire Schengen area A cover letter mentioning all the details and itinerary of the trip Flight itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Greece Hotel Reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay Means of subsistence – Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Greece About Greece With its fascinating history, refreshing beaches and stunning scenery, Greece is no less than a magical country. It is located in southern Europe and shares its borders with countries like Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. It is the enticing beauty of Greece that allures millions of tourists from all over the world. Top Places to Visit in Greece Whenever travelling abroad, it is necessary to have a detailed itinerary and the list of places you will visit. To help you out with your vacation in Greece, here are some of the top places to visit in Greece that you must include in your itinerary: Athens: Greece’s capital city, Athens is an ancient city famed for its stunning architecture and striking historical monuments. Some of the must-visit places in Athens include Acropolis, Mount Lycabettus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, National Archaeological Museum and Ancient Agora to name a few. Santorini: A famous city where few of Bollywood songs were also shot, Santorini looks like a fairyland. Be it the colourful houses, spiral pathways, azure water and clear skies; everything is mesmerizing in Santorini. Delphi: Once home to the famous oracle, Delphi is nestled in a spectacular landscape which makes it one of the exciting places to visit in Greece. Some of the tourist attractions in Delphi are The Sacred Way, Temple of Apollo, Treasury of the Athenians, The Tholos and many others. Meteora Monasteries: Considered as the most significant places in Greece, Meteora Monasteries are located on the mountaintop of Meteora's sandstone peaks. One can hire a tour guide to trek to the monasteries safely and know the history of the place. Rhodes Town: It is divided into two towns; The Old Town and the New Town. While the former takes you on a trip to the grand past of the city, the latter one boasts of upscale shops, bistros and a happening beach. Other popular places to visit in Greece include Corfu Town, Samaria Gorge, Nafplio, Zagorohoria & the Ancient Ruins of Kassope and Nikopolis. How to Reach Greece has plenty of international airports that connect it with other places across the globe. Some of the major airports are in cities like Athens, Heraklion and Rhodes. People travelling from India can either take a direct or connecting flight from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to reach Greece. Some of the major airlines operating between the two countries include Air France, Lufthansa, Air India, British Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit this country is from late May to early October. The weather is pleasant, and the country is also not crowded. You can also enjoy swimming at the beaches and spend some quality time with your family and friends. In case you are on a budget trip, the months of March, April, May, October, and November are best as hotel prices are comparatively low. Things to Pack While the clothes and footwear that you need to pack depends on the climate conditions of the country when you plan the trip, there are some travel essentials you must not miss. Some of them are as follows: Portable Charger Packing Cubes Underwater Camera Travel documents like a travel insurance policy Mosquito Repellent Bracelets Scarfs and Stoles Activate Charcoal First Aid Kit Umbrella and Sunglasses Top Delicacies of Greece On your trip to Greece, do not miss the below-listed famous delicacies of Greece: Amygdalota: A famous almond cookie, this is the best choice to celebrate a warm gathering in Greece. Take a bite of this yummy cookie along with a hot cup of tea and you will not stop admiring its sumptuous taste. Greek Fava Dip: Prepared with yellow split peas, this dish is quite famous in Santorini. This vegetarian dish is best enjoyed with Fava dish with an extra virgin olive oil. Choriatiki: This Greek salad is prepared with tomatoes, cucumber, olive and feta cheese. This is one of the famous traditional starters in Greek cuisine. Tomatokeftedes: Another famous dish from Santorini, these are tomato fritters which are the main course vegetarian food item in the city. The fritters give a unique taste of mint, tomato and onion chunks making it a favourite of all. Moussaka: A traditional Greek dish, Moussaka is made by layering eggplant and potatoes with a spiced meat filling. The dish is then topped with a béchamel sauce giving it a delightful taste. Revani: A popular dessert relished in Greece, Revani has a unique taste with a lemony flavour. There are various restaurants across Greece, especially Athens which offer this yummy dish. Shopping List Essentials A vacation is always incomplete with shopping. Therefore, here are some of the famous markets in Greece that you must visit to get the ultimate shopping experience on your trip: Tsimiski Street: It is one of the major shopping spots in Thessaloniki. Here you can find hundreds of high-end fashion stores and boutiques selling elegant clothing and footwear. There are also shopping malls and multiplexes with facilities like bars, megastore and fitness centres as well. Ermou Street: The main shopping street in Athens, Ermou Street is known for luxurious shopping from international brands like Benetton, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Berksha. The lively street is also filled with street merchants, musicians, clowns and mimes giving the perfect dose of entertainment while shopping. Gold Street: The real name of the market is Ypapantis street which is located in Santorini. As the name suggests, this street is famous for gold jewellery and other precious materials that you can buy for your loved one. Anogia: A unique one on the list, Anogia is situated in Crete and is famous for its handicraft items. There are several shops selling stunning things like carpets, weaved and embroidered articles, boots, leather bags, ceramics and earthenware and baskets made from reed and osier. Some other shopping spots you can explore in Greece are The Mall Athens, Halidon, Leather Street, Panepistimiou and New Town of Nafplio. Top Indian Restaurants Here are the famous Indian restaurants in Greece you can visit: Indian Haveli Location: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 12, Athens 117 42, Greece Contact: +30 21 0924 4522 Jaipur Palace Santorini Location: Fira, Karteradhos 847 00, Greece Contact: +30 694 711 7453 Indian Chef Location: Athanassiou Diakou 22, Athens 117 43, Greece Contact: +30 21 0923 3585 Healthcare Centres Below are some of the healthcare centres in Greece that you can contact during a medical emergency: Alexandra General Hospital Location: Lourou, Athina 115 28, Greece Contact: +30 21 0338 1100 Patras General Hospital Location: Tsertidou 1, Patra 263 32, Greece Contact: +30 261 360 1000 Papanikolaou General Hospital Location: Agiou Stefanou 105, Exochi 570 10, Greece Contact: +30 231 330 7000 You are also advised to purchase a travel insurance policy before going on a trip abroad. A travel insurance policy will help you trace down the best nearby hospitals so that you can get the required treatment on time. Currency The official currency in Greece is Euro just like other European countries. Basics of Local Communication The official language is Greek, and it is recorded that 99 percent of the residents speak the language. However, as the tourism industry is one of the key elements of economic activity there, many people understand and speak fluent English. Here are some of common words and phrases in Greek that you can learn to communicate better with the locals. It will also help you enjoy the trip a little more and understand the culture of the country better: English Greek Hello Chaírete Good Morning Kaliméra My Name is… to ónomá mou eínai How much? póso Thank You efcharistó Help! voítheia Yes Naí No óchi I am Sorry Lypámai Goodbye Antío Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. 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