Manners and Customs - Greece

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="table dancing, manners and customs, greece" alt="table dancing, manners and customs, greece" /></p> <p>No Matter where you travel, it&#8217;s always best to understand a little of the language, manners and customs of your host country in order to be polite and respectful to the locals. A few of these hints and tips may help you out as you tour through <a href="/contikipedia/articles/greece">Greece</a> while it&#8217;s also helpful to know a little <a href="/contikipedia/articles/western-european-language-basics">Greek</a>.</p> <p>Contiki&#8217;s tour managers live and work in Europe full time and are also on hand to help you out throughout your tour.</p> <ul> <li>Although you will see and hear the Greek language everywhere (still written in the same characters developed by the ancients 1000&#8217;s of years ago) nearly everyone speaks English, if they don&#8217;t, like everything else, it doesn’t matter, the locals are always friendly and ready to help.</li> <li>Greece is a country of islands and the Greeks have a deep affiliation with the sea while their economy is built on shipping and trade (made most famous by Aristotle Onassis). It&#8217;s almost impossible to get around the country without using boats and ferries, an experience that must be had.</li> <li>The Greeks have a super relaxed and casual attitude towards life. Time means very little and most of the country operates on &#8216;Greek time&#8217;.</li> <li>Family, food, and dancing are very important</li> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/tipping-europe">Tipping</a> of around 10% is considered polite</li> </ul> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=greece"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Greece &gt;</strong></a></p>