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Greece

Visas
Greece is the member of European community , which means , that Greek entiry requrements are satisfy the usual requirements for all EEC countries. In order to reside up to 90 days, visas are not required from the citizens of European nations, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Slovenia , Poland ,Czech republic, Israel and Cyprus.

Getting to Greece

Greece has a big number of international airports, Olympic airport in Athens, Saloniki airport, several big airports on the islands, such Crete, Rhodes, Kerkira, Santorini. There a lot of direct flight to many European destinations, as well as to the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, many destinations in the Middle East, India, China, Thailand. There is a number of popular ferry lines: Italy- Greece- Cyprus- Israel, Greece- Turkey and between Piraeus islands. Daily train and number of buses departure from Athens to Istanbul via Saloniki, as far as trains to Moscow, via Sophia (Bulgaria), Budapest via Beograd (Serbia). Another popular way to visit Greece is to use one of ferry boats, which link Turkish Aegean ports of Izmir, Marmaris, Kusadasi and Ayvalik with Greek Islandd such Rhodes, Kos, Lesbos and others. An average price of one-way trip is valuing by the seasons between 20-30 US dollars.

Going in Greece

Greece has very good bus and train network. The Greek railroad network is competently small. The major line links Athens with Alexandropoli via Saloniki on the north, and Patras via Korinthos in the south. The bus service is much more densely than that of railway, and there are few settlements that cannot be reached by bus. A costs of inner trips are cheap, compare to Western Europe.

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece, its industrial, commercial and cultural center. The capital of Greece takes its name from the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. This is where democracy was born. In the city center of the town are two major hills, The Acropolis- an impressive monument of the ancient word, and Lycabettus hill with the picturesque chapel of Agios Giorgis. There are many archeological and historical monuments: The Olympic stadium, a lot of ancient monasteries, museums. Athens today is modern city, alive and the go. Modern, but romantic as well, wit busy streets and promenades, shops windows, as well as little alleys in quiet, peaceful neighborhoods such as Plaka and Mets.

Piraeus

Piraeus- has been the port of Athens since antiquity. The modern city, built on top of the ancient city, is a major shipping and financial center of Greece after Athens. All the ships that link the capital with island Greece and the rest of the world leave from this historic port. Piraeus is situated to the southwest of Athens, about 10 kilometers from the Omonia square in Athens. It's connected to the city busses and metro with Athens. There are no special attractions in Piraeus , except its fish restorans.

Saronic islands

A group of small but beautiful islands lies in the Saronic Gulf, to the south of Athens. All of them easily accessibly by regular to/from ferry lines from Piraeus. Aegina - famous for its pottery, is covered with pistachio trees. It's also the home to the one of antiquity's most famous temples, Aphaia. Poros- lies a bit further out, about two hours from Aegina and three hours from Piraeus. The picturesque Zoodohou Pigis monastery is worth a visit. A little fortress on the small island nearby Poros can be visited by swimming lovers. Hydra- is next on line. The island is famous for maritime tradition. The island is picturesque and beautiful, with high and colorful sea captains mansions lining the waterfront. There are narrow streets with taverns and shops. An interesting monastery on the top of the mount is worth to visit. Levadia - The capital city of Sterea Ellada of Greece. Town built amphitheatrically up the foot hills of mount Helicon, was famous in antiquity for the oracle of Trophonios Zeus and the two springs Lethe (forgetfulness) and Mnemosyne (memory), to the north of the town. Arakhova - is a mountain town hanging on the Parnassos slopes, with an intensely traditional flavor, picturesque houses, and the Byzantine monastery of Oslos Lukas. Delphi - the famous ancient town with an impressive ruins of old Delphi, with its oracle of Appolo, wonderfully preserved amphitheater, column streets and temples. Patras - the biggest town of western Greece is country's window to the Ionian Islands and Italy. It's nice squares, neoclassical buildings and the ruins of the castle on top of a hill; add charm to this working harbor city. Diakofto - a small village is the starting point for unforgettable excursion by mountain train to historic village of Kalavlita, Megalo Spialo (big cave) and an impressive monastery of Agia Lowra. The small mountain diesel trains departure number of times daily from Diakofto, up to the Vouraikos gorge, between tall, Verdant Mountains, tunnels and waterfalls. Mystra - one of the most mystical places of Greece with its castle- state, incredible churches, monasteries, places and mansions. Epidavrus - here, in the summer, during the Epidavrus festival, one can appreciate the incredible acoustics of the ancient theatre. This is one of the biggest and the most interesting ancient amphitheaters of Greece.

Olympus Mountain

In spite of the fact, that this place is homeland of an ancient Greek legend, immortal Olympic gods and heroes, Olympus stills a white spot on the Greek tourist map. Very few travelers reach this mountain region for to climb up to the Olympus. Generally, the height of the mountain is 2917 meters above sea level; the starting point of this trip is a small town of Litohoro, which has usual bus links with Larissa via Leptokaria and Saloniki from the coastal highway, some 5 km. east of the town. The major trail starts from up to height of 1100 meters, and the final inhabited point is prionia, with its small hostel and ski resort nearby. Generally, if you intend to make ski, the best way to get to the ski center is by another way, via Leptokaria, and Karia, on the southern part of the mountain. Thessalia- Meteora Thessalia is most mythical part of Greece. Olympus, home of the immortal gods and land of the centaurs is only on of the many areas, which evidence the continuity of history from Paleolithic to the present days. On the western edge of the plain of Thessaly, just as the Pindus range begins to form, one comes upon a unique phenomenon of nature- 24 perpendicular rocks on which about 600 yeas ago Byzantine monks chose to worship god and built Meteora their monastic community. How the monasteries were built on the top of these virtually inaccessible rocks is subject of fascination for travelers.

Larissa

The capital of Thessalia, an ancient town, which was inhabited since the 10th century before Christ. This is major industrial and commercial center of region. Nothing specially interesting is not situated here, but Larissa would be good place for traveling in surrounded area.

Trikkala

Trikkala is little town, which is situated some 20 kilometers south of the Meteora. Its Byzantine castle at the top of the wooded hill crowns the town. From the castle hill and the neighbor profits Elias hill (a public park) are has a marvelous view of the valley below, studded by villages, the river and surround hills.