Before You Depart

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise


Our flights to Greece and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. If you are planning a connecting flight, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. Flight schedules are subject to change.

Departure Airline Airport Depart Return
2024: Apr. 8, Apr. 15, Apr. 22, May 13, May 27, Jun. 3, Jul. 1, Sep. 2, Sep. 23, Sep. 30, Oct. 14 Emirates Airlines Newark (EWR) 11:55 PM 9:20 PM
2024: Jun. 17, Aug. 5 TBA TBA TBA TBA
2024: May 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A



Airlines do not assign seats in advance for group fares – seat assignments are arranged upon check-in at the airport. smarTours is not involved with seat assignments. If you require a specific seat due to a medical condition, please obtain a doctor’s note you can present to the airline at check-in.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.


Booking your own flighs has advantages like flying from your home airport, choosing your own seats, upgrading your seats, and using and collecting airline miles.

When booking your flights, please note that the tour starts in Athens and ends in Athens. We recommend that you:

  • Fly into Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)
  • Fly out of Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH)

Some cities have multiple airports, and depending on your plans, you may wish to fly into an alternate airport.


Travelers must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders. Effective for travel in 2025, all visitors who do not require a visa to enter Europe will be required to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. The application must be completed online and there is a small fee. Once approved, an ETIAS can be used for 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Before your trip, review travel requirements and restrictions by country including passport and visa requirements. You can also learn more about passport and visa services. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.


Immunizations are not currently required, however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local health authorities for their suggestions. The CDC recommends you stay up to date on routine vaccinations, and consult your physician at least one month prior to travel. Learn more about the CDC’s destination-specific recommendations.


Expect daytime high temperatures in the 60s in April and November; 70s in May and October and 80s in September. Evenings and early mornings may be cooler.


The official currency in Greece is the Euro (€). Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Greece but smaller shops and restaurants may not accept credit card payments. ATMs are readily available throughout Greece and currency exchanges can be found in popular tourist hubs. Please be aware of any fees and check with both your bank and credit card company prior to travel. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Greece operates on 230 volts/50 Hz and uses the same plug types (C and F) that can be found throughout Europe. Please check any electronic devices you plan to bring to determine if you need an adaptor (which allows you to plug your devices into a different-shaped outlet) and/or a converter (which allows you to convert the voltage for single-voltage electronics).


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.