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Greece reopened to American tourists in May, and was one of the first European countries to reopen its borders.
We are happy to report that you can take a culinary vacation to Greece!
Greece had strict measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but loosened those restrictions over the summer.
Greece has announced that US travelers with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test can enter Greece without a mandatory quarantine. (You are still subject to random testing at the airport upon arrival.) You also must complete the passenger locator form.
This is all good news. Greece is prioritizing workers in the tourism business for vaccinations in order to ensure that it can reopen for tourism safely. Restaurant and cafe workers are tested regularly. Tourists arriving from countries with elevated COVID numbers will be subject to testing on arrival (even if proof of vaccination is provided).
Greece wants us back! And they are doing everything possible to ensure that tourists can return safely to Greece.
You should start planning now! Basically a whole year’s worth of travel was suspended, and much of that has been rescheduled for this year. That means that availability can be tricky, and the sooner you start planning the better.
Most of our Greek partners have indicated they are ready to welcome travelers on our culinary vacations in Greece. You will likely still need a negative COVID test to re-enter the US, even if you have been fully vaccinated, but we will include a test stop in the last days before your scheduled return in order to satisfy this requirement.
We are offering our “Worry-Free Booking Terms” for many of our Greek culinary vacations, meaning you can cancel with a full refund of your deposit up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. These trips include:
We have a number of amazing culinary vacations in Greece, so we know it can be hard to choose. Looking for a farm to table experience? Try our Farm to Beach Gourmet Getaway in Greece. It, like our best-selling Greek Cooking Odyssey culinary vacation, has the advantage of being within an easy transfer of Athens, making travel there easier.
Still, we have many other amazing options as well. Want to visit one of the world’s most iconic islands? Try our Greek Gastronomy on Santorini culinary vacation. Looking for amazing beaches and authentic Greek island life? Try our Zakynthos Island Adventure. And of course, don’t forget about cooking with celebrity chef Diane Kochilas on the “blue-zone” island of Ikaria.
You can combine any of these with our Authentic Athens culinary vacation in Greece, or just stick to the capital if you don’t want to travel to the islands.
One thing that is new this year is that we anticipate the Greek travel season will be longer. With so many people waiting so long to travel, our culinary vacations in Greece should be available well into September and October, and maybe even November.
Contact us to start planning!
By Peg Kern
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