Check your credit cards. If you have one that does not charge an exchange fee use it. Check with your bank about making foreign transactions too. You will want to let them know you will be traveling in Greece or they may put a block on your account and give you a call at home to let you know their have been suspicious charges.
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Normally nobody would sell you anyting for USD in the Europe.
As for now Greece is located there.
My tip: take some small sum in Euro e.g. 20- 30 Euro,
normally for some absolutelly unnesessaRY tourist stuff they would
accept your credit card (Visa, masterkard).
And don't hope to see something interesting in Greece - that is really one of the most
boring country in the word : all interesting stuff about Greese one can read in wikipedia.
We have travelled extensively in Greece. We might get a few Euros for small expenses, but normally in all tourist areas plastic is very welcome and US$ can be used for tips and small purchases. It depends on exactly what you plan to do. Mostly we stayed in tourist areas and ate at restaurants that took credit cards. A couple of times our guide took us to a local deli or taverna and then it was handy to have Euros. Changing money before you go is efficient, but probably the most costly. The ship will also usually change a reasonable amount of money for you. Actually just using an ATM in Greece is probably the cheapest and easiest way.
OTOH if you plan to rent a car, or just go walking out on your own, then it will be better to have a pocket full of Euros.
And as far as attractions in Greece -- it is one of the most historical and architecturally magnificent, as well as stunningly scenic, places on Earth! The Acropolis alone is worth a special trip around the world.
ATM is the way to go, but I like to have a little for first taxi fare, etc.
BankofAmerica will deliver Euros to your door for $7.50. Great for me as I'm way out in the country, but if you live in a big city I guess you could pop in the bank. (That's pop not poop for you JH fans)
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I agree with the ATM. There are plenty of bank ATM's at the airport. When you get off the plane get 100 or so Euros. It is far easier than running to the bank and ordering Euros. If you do go to your local bank, call first and make sure they have foreign currency or you'll have to make two trips.
You have also been given good advice in notifying your bank about traveling and using your ATM/Debit card outside the U.S..
I do STRONGLY advise that you do get some Euros. Perhaps, certain tourist and port area shops will take U.S. dollars but if you are outside those areas U.S. dollars will not be easily accepted. Use your credit card for as many purchases as you can and I also suggest that it be a VISA card. The old commercials are true. "They don't take American Express". Amex is not accepted in as many places. If you use Discover then just leave it at home.
Have a great time and enjoy the beauty of Greece.
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Sergej, I have yet to find a German tourist that will treat a Southern Euorpean with respect or say anything positive about Southern Europe. This is strange as Germans are great tourists in their own country. (My experience with Germans as tourists in Southern Europe goes back 31 years and is as recent as last year.)
There are many sites in Greece. Yes, I saw the Elgin Marbles in London but I also saw a lot of archeaological sites and museums all through Greece. One of the most fascinating is the island of Delos. On the mainland, the Temple of Poseidon, Theatre at Epidaurus, and Delphi are all wonderful. Then to see Corinth and Nafplion is just wonderful. Syntagma Square with the changing of the guards is not the same as at Buckingham Palaca but is still a wonderful stop. Nothing beats the Plaka (if the Greece economy is doing well). I have been Athens when thriving (1980) and doing poorly (1982). More recently, I have been in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Enjoy Greece and all the World has to offer. Treat all people you meet with respect and they will (usually) do the same.
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What do you consider a worthwhile monument of history and architecture to visit? The castle at Disneyland???
Perhaps something like this is more of a worthwhile monument to him:
The world's largest rubber band ball was created by Joel Waul. He is the current World Record Holder according to the Guinness World Records. The ball, which previously sat under a tarp in Waul's driveway, is 9400 pounds, more than eight-feet tall, and consisting of more than 700,000 rubber bands. It set the world record on November 13, 2008 in Lauderhill, Florida. The ball is now owned by Ripley's Believe it or Not!
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