Frequently asked questions – answers

What distinguishes GSS International from other travel companies?

GSS International, design every travel suggestion, based on our personal experiences, and we continue to travel the world to ensure that our recommendations are accurate and inspired. We are discerning, we are opinionated, and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge with you. We have knowledge, relationships, and expertise, and we use it create one-of-a-kind journeys and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.

How does the planning process work?
One of our travel specialists will work closely with you to design the trip that suit perfect to your needs. Our travel specialists are experts in their field and have traveled extensively to stay up to date on our destinations, and they will offer plenty of advice and suggestions to make sure your trip is exactly right. They are passionate about travel and are dedicated to making sure that your travel experience exceeds your expectations.

Can the sample journeys on your website be altered?
Our published tours are intended to serve as a “starting point” for the trip you ultimately end up taking. These suggested itineraries are based on our own expertise and destination experience. Μost of our clients prefer to work with one of our travel experts to create an itinerary that meets their schedule, interests, and budget. Our staff is dedicated to working with you in order to ensure that the final itinerary is exactly what you wish.

What is included in the tour?
Every kind of service such as transfers, meals, private touring, international and regional flights, accommodation, and visas if required.

Will I have the same guide throughout my trip?
We use knowledgeable guides who are residents of the area they are showing you and due to this factor we will usually have a new guide for each city or region. Though your guide may change, the quality of the touring will be consistent, and you can count on the guides to always be friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. They know where to take you for the best view, which restaurants to recommend, and what time to visit a popular attraction to avoid the crowds. Our guides are pleased to answer any and all questions!

Which island would be the best for a honeymoon?
Most honeymooners choose Santorini, although Mykonos is popular too.
Is it possible to catch a ferry from Athens to Istanbul, Turkey?
There is no ferry from anywhere in Greece to Istanbul nor from the Greek mainland to Turkey. The easiest way to get to Istanbul is by plain. You can take a ferry to one of the border islands and then cross over to Turkey and then take a bus to Istanbul, but this option would take several days. On the other hand, during the summer season, there are daily boats from Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Chios and Lesvos to Turkey. The schedule is reduced in the off-season. You can also take a bus or train to Turkey but it is also a long trip.

What documents do I need to visit Greece?
Depending on your country of origin, you might need a valid passport and a Visa; If you are a EU citizen, you do not need a Visa. You just need your valid national ID card or passport. Please note that driving licences, bank, tax and other cards are not accepted as valid travel documents. If you are a non-EU citizen you will need a valid passport and depending on your country of origin, you might need a Visa. You could obtain a Visa through the Greek Consulate nearest to your residence.

Do you arrange my Visas?
It is our pleasure to arrange the necessary Visas for your travel, but it is sometimes more efficient for clients to arrange them on their own or they are issued upon arrival. Please talk to your travel specialist and be sure you understand whether we will be obtaining your Visa or if you are expected to obtain it on your own.

Is the water in Greece drinkable?
In most places the answer is yes, but if you are the type who uses bottled water at home or has a filter on your tap for drinking water then you will be happy to know that you can find bottled water everywhere. Some islands have a water-table that has been mixed with sea-water and it is not drinkable, but is fine for bathing. In those places, you will want to use bottled water.
In Athens the water is of as good or even better quality then the water that comes from your tap at home and on the islands and villages with springs you will be drinking water with the quality that you buy by the bottle at home.

General Information about Greece
Capital of Greece: Athens
Official language: Greek
The currency: Euro (€)
Climate: Mediterranean
Geography: Greece is located in south-eastern Europe
Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate)
Time Zone: Time Greece GMT +2
Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30[:de]What distinguishes GSS International from other travel companies?
GSS International, design every travel suggestion, based on our personal experiences, and we continue to travel the world to ensure that our recommendations are accurate and inspired. We are discerning, we are opinionated, and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge with you. We have knowledge, relationships, and expertise, and we use it create one-of-a-kind journeys and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.

How does the planning process work?
One of our travel specialists will work closely with you to design the trip that suit perfect to your needs. Our travel specialists are experts and have traveled extensively to stay up to date on our destinations, and they will offer plenty of advice and suggestions to make sure your trip is exactly right. They are passionate about travel and are dedicated to making sure that your travel experience exceeds your expectations.

Can the sample journeys on your website be altered?
Our published tours are intended to serve as a “starting point” for the trip you ultimately end up taking. These suggested itineraries are based on our own expertise and destination experience. Μost of our clients prefer to work with one of our travel experts to create an itinerary that meets their schedule, interests, and budget. Our staff is dedicated to working with you to ensure that the final itinerary is exactly what you want.

What is included in the tour?
Every kind of service such as transfers, meals, private touring, international and regional flights, accommodation, and visas if required.

Will I have the same guide throughout my trip?
We use knowledgeable guides who are residents of the area they are showing you and due to this factor we will usually have a new guide for each city or region. Though your guide may change, the quality of the touring will be consistent, and you can count on the guides to always be friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. They know where to take you for the best view, which restaurants to recommend, and what time to visit a popular attraction to avoid the crowds. Guides are pleased to answer any and all questions!

Which island would be the best for a honeymoon?
Most honeymooners choose Santorini, Mykonos is popular too

Is it possible to catch a ferry from Athens to Istanbul, Turkey?
There is no ferry from anywhere in Greece to Istanbul nor from the Greek mainland to Turkey. The easiest way to get to Istanbul is to fly. To take a ferry to one of the border islands and then cross over to Turkey and then take a bus would take several days. But there are daily boats in the summer from Rhodes, Kos, Samos, Chios and Lesvos to Turkey. The schedule is reduced in the off-season. You can also take a bus or train to Turkey but it is a long trip.

What documents do I need to visit Greece?
Depending on your country of origin, you might need a valid passport and a visa; If you are a EU citizen, you do not need a visa. You just need your valid national ID card or passport. Please note that driving licences,bank, tax and other cards are not accepted as valid travel documents. If you are a non-EU citizen you will need a valid passport and depending on your country of origin, you might need a visa; you could obtain a visa through the Greek Consulate nearest to your residence.

Do you arrange my visas?
It is our pleasure to arrange the necessary visas for your travel, but it is sometimes more efficient for clients to arrange them on their own or they are issued upon arrival. Please talk to your travel specialist and be sure you understand whether we will be obtaining your visa or if you are expected to obtain it on your own.

Is the water in Greece drinkable?
In most places the answer is yes but if you are the type who uses bottled water at home or has a filter on your tap for drinking water then you will be happy to know that they sell bottled water everywhere. Some islands have a water-table that has been mixed with sea-water and it does not taste very good and you will want to use bottled water there too. It is fine for bathing though. But Athens water is of as good or better quality then the water that comes from your tap at home and on the islands and villages with springs you will be drinking water of the quality that you buy by the bottle at home.

General Information about Greece?
Capital of Greece : Athens
Official language: Greek
The currency : Euro (€)
Climate: Mediterranean
Geography: Greece is located in south-eastern Europe
Population: 11.306.183 (2010 estimate)
Time Zone: Time Greece GMT +2
Calling code: The international calling code of Greece is +30