|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 13% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||February||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 882||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 759||From Toronto to Athens|
C$ 961 - C$ 1617
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Greece hugs the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. Its more than 2,000 islands extend into the warm waters of the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas and the Sea of Crete.
Its location between three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – and its past rulers – the ancient Greeks, the Roman and Byzantine empires and the Ottomans – have given it a fascinating heritage. Greece’s ruins are world famous – from the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens to Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus and Olympia, the sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and site of the ancient Olympics.
For bathing, basking and eating, its islands are world-famous too. There are several chains including the Argo Saronic Gulf Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Ionian Islands and the Sporades. The Cyclades are the most famous. There are 39 in total, 24 of which are inhabited. Seeing the postcard-perfect little white churches standing against azure-blue skies and even bluer, sparkling seas is reason enough to book flights to Greece.
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Typically, direct flights from Canada to Greece require about 10-11 hours of flight time. Adding a connection or leaving from another airport could add to the flight time. Passengers flying from Toronto to Athens, which is the most common route, will have a flight time of around 10h 22m. The most common departure cities include Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, and Edmonton. Guests can book flights on Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines, among others, and fly into Athens, Thessaloniki, Skyros, and Milos airports in Greece.
Direct flights to Greece from Canada are limited. Toronto offers a regular route to Athens with direct service. Passengers will also find one-stop flights (usually through NYC) out of Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa. Toronto offers a total of seven (7) daily flights with direct service, with flights available seven days a week.
When travelling over land in Greece, bus routes are the most accessible option for public transit. You can also rent a scooter, car, or motorbike to get around or travel farther distances between different cities. Most of the cities in Greece are well-primed for walking tours, with major attractions close together and main bus stop lines available near all of them, as well as at all major airports. Major departure routes are ticketed with assigned seating to minimize crowd control, while rural and island buses have standard city-style first come, first serve ticketing on the spot. The KTEL network of terminals is scattered, so passengers are encouraged to double-check their station to ensure they are headed in the right direction.
When visiting Greece, popular tourist attractions include the Acropolis, Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, and the beautiful architecture of Santorini. This country is rich with ancient historical landmarks and cultural attractions, including outdoor activities like hiking Mount Olympus. There are multiple islands to explore and sea kayaking is also a popular tourist activity, offering beautiful views of the islands and cities of Greece. Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also among the top attractions in the city. This was once where people would make pilgrimages to pay homage to the god Apollo. Today, the area features ancient ruins, a stadium, and a theater.
Canadian citizens visiting Greece are required to carry a valid passport to enter the country. All travel documents also need to be valid for a minimum three-month period beyond the intended period of your visit. Passports and travel documents more than 10 years old may not be accepted. Canadian nationals intending to stay for more than 90 days will need to apply for a Schengen visa, as well.
Greece’s Mediterranean climate allows for long, warm summers with 11 hours of sunshine per day. The hottest days are made more bearable by seasonal winds called meltemi. Winters are mild in the low areas, but the mountains are cooler and snowy. Athens averages a temperature of 10 C in January and February.
Most travellers book vacations to Greece between mid-June and the end of August when temperatures are at their hottest. Between Easter (March/April) and mid-June is also a good time to visit; the days are sunny but not too hot.
The shoulder season runs from late August to mid-October. Days are warm, resorts and attractions are open and, best of all, prices are lower.
Most of the resorts and tourist attractions close down between October and April. Unless you are in Greece for the skiing, you may find that there is little to do during these months.
Between state international, domestic and municipal airfields there are 44 airports in Greece. Travellers taking trips to Greece can get to the islands easily or from the islands back to Athens. The domestic airlines offering flights include Olympic Airlines, Sky Express and Aegean Airlines.
The rail network covers much of the mainland and links Greece with Central Europe and Turkey. There are express, regular and high-speed train services running daily. Hellenic Railways Organisation runs the rails.
There are intercity coach services on the mainland, but on the islands buses are the best way of getting about. Even the tiniest towns are linked to the bus network. KTEL runs the inter-urban busses throughout Greece.
Renting cars and mopeds is easy and relatively inexpensive.
Off the mainland, the islands are all well-connected by hydrofoils, ferries and passenger boats.