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History:

"Whether Alexander the Great was Greek or just loved things Greek is not important. What is important is that he spread Greek ideas throughout the world in what is known as the Hellenistic Period. He was perhaps the most important single person in western civilization with the possible exception of Jesus Christ."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"No one in Greece can choose to not vote. Voting is required by law for every citizen who is 18 or older."

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Customs and Culture:

"Easter is a major religious holiday and more important than Christmas to most Greeks."

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  Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security  

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations

Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 90 days

What to Pack"If you plan to spend a lot of time on Greek waters, pack carefully. Even in the summer, sea breezes can be chilly, so take a windbreaker or sweater to wear on the boat or beach."

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Water Safety: Water is safe to drink

Currency: Euro Exchange Rate

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Athens

History:

"According to the Greek mythology, Athens was named from a competition that the goddess Athena had with Poseidon about who would become protector of the city. The myth says that Poseidon gave a spring with sea water whilst Athena offered an olive tree as she touched the ground of the sacred rock of the Acropolis. The people of Athens choose Athena as their protector and so the city was named after the goddess of wisdom. The myth is symbolic but the two Gods symbolize the strength of Athens as a city of wisdom and as a sea power."

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Mykonos

History:

"According to mythology, Hercules, in one of his twelve tasks, was fighting the Giants and, having killed them, he threw them in the sea where they petrified and turned into huge rocks, forming the island of Mykonos."

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Crete

History:

"Ancient Crete is the place where the Minoan civilization, one of the most important civilizations of the world (2600-1150 BC), started. Huge palace-states were built, such as the famous and superb palaces of Knossos Palace , Phaestos Palace and Zakros Palace , and the Minoans established a strong naval empire in the Mediterranean. This great civilization was stopped by a natural disaster: the huge waves caused by the eruption of the volcano of Santorini in 1450 BC covered the northern coasts of Crete with lava ashes. Followed by the invasion of the Achaeans and the Dorians, tribes from Northern Europe, the Minoan civilization never revived."

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