Before You Leave
If you don’t already have one, get a passport. If you already have a passport, make sure it will not expire while you are overseas studying. As a precaution, it should be valid for at least six months after your travel. You should seriously consider scanning a copy of your passport and emailing it to yourself as well as someone who will NOT be traveling with you.
Students are responsible for all travel arrangements. You should buy your plane ticket as early as possible to ensure the best price. We recommend researching a few travel search engines to find the best price.
What To Pack
Power and Computers
As you probably know, voltage and outlets are different in Europe (220 Volts). You will therefore need the proper adapter to use electronics (including laptops, camera/phone chargers, shavers, etc.). If your device can run at the higher voltage (the back of the power supply will tell you how many volts it can withstand), you can use just a plug adapter; otherwise, you will need a voltage converter (sometimes called a transformer). Either can be bought at electronics or travel stores in the US or online, or at electrical and hardware stores in Europe. Carefully consider your needs for appliances when you travel in Europe, however, especially the high wattage ones. Hair dryers are a special case, as their power requirements are enormous. If you want to be a good citizen, consider leaving all hair appliances at home. Also, there is the possibility that they may get fried if you are not careful. If you can't, make sure you buy a heavy-duty converter that will handle as much as 2000 watts (2 kilowatts).
It is advisable to determine which countries you'll be traveling in and then choose the plug adapters you'll need for those specific countries.
Although it is not necessary to bring a computer for your classes, most students do. Do not have your computer shipped to you. It will be seized by customs, and then sent back after much delay and expense. Most modern laptops will automatically sense voltage changes and adapt; you may only need a plug adapter--check your owner's manual or the back of your computer or charger. Otherwise, you will need to bring an adaptor or converter, if necessary.That is applicable to all other electronic devices that you transport with you as well (cell phones and camera chargers, etc.)
Please also note that Tulane does not offer any printing for study abroad program participants.
If you want to bring a mobile phone, you should make sure it is equipped to operate on European frequencies. This is not recommended, as is it the most expensive way to communicate with the States. Ask your US phone provider what the international charges are, and carefully consider if using your US phone in Greece is an appropriate expense.
You may also consider purchasing a SIM card in Greece to insert in your U.S. phone. The main mobile phone networks in Greece, all of them accessible with monthly subscription or pay-as-you-go systems are: Vodafone; Cosmote; and, WIND.
Greece is a beautiful country and has very reliable sunny summer weather. There is no better way to appreciate that magnificent weather, the architectural beauty and the dreamy beaches than to walk around for hours!
Greece enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers. Rhodes has the longest holiday season of all the Greek Islands, and boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. In May-June the temperatures range between 75F and 86F, with most days seeing almost 12 hours of sun. The high temperatures are tempered by the strong seasonal winds that blow from the northwest, helping to keep conditions comfortable. Rainfall during the summer months is extremely rare.
So, the most important things to bring are: (1) a good pair of walking shoes (flip-flops are great for the beach, but they don't offer much support or protection on cobblestoned streets and while visiting the monuments), (2) a sweater or sweatshirt (for the windy days), and (3) sunscreen, hat and sunglasses (those are very important for such a warm climate).
All your clothes should be breathable, on hot days, it will keep you cool!
Additionally, students must bring business casual attire for legal visits and other such occasions.
You are advised not to bring travelers checks. Your ATM card should work in the ATM in the city, and Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost everywhere. Check with your bank to see what sort of foreign transaction fees, if any, are charged so you can plan accordingly. If your card does not have a “chip,” you may also want to ask your bank to replace it with one that does, as this is a common added security measure and some European card readers are only equipped to read this type of card. Please be advised that, as a security measure, you should call your credit card provider or ATM issuer to inform them of your summer itinerary.
If possible, try to travel with 50€ ‘emergency’ cash as a backup to pay for trains fares to get to the city, food in the airport, etc.
Things You Might Not Expect
Greece is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, ranking in the world's top 20 countries.
Rhodes being the most popular location for tourists, it is famous for housing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Colossus of Rhodes – a gigantic 98-foot statue of the god Helios, whose legs connected the harbor (destroyed by an earthquake).
Although service is included in the bill, people usually do leave a small tip. It is important to recognize that restaurants are less likely to be accustomed to dietary preferences or restrictions than they are in the US. By checking online for dining locales in advance and keeping grocery stores in mind you will be both happy and well-fed.
Many museums and some services (hair salons, theatres, fast food eateries, etc.) offer a small discount with a valid student ID. Please note that many such discounts also require the student to be under a certain age (usually 26).
The greatest danger to travelers in Greece is probably in the simple process of crossing the street: traffic can be bad even in smaller towns and horrendous in other Greek cities, and accident rates are high. So be extremely cautious, even when crossing with a walk light. You should remember this precaution even when in Spetses, where private cars are officially banned from the island.
Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous, so be prepared to walk among hills.
Once You Arrive
How to Get to Rhodes
Transatlantic flights to Greece typically fly into Athens. You will need to book a separate flight from Athens to Rhodes. Upon exiting the airport, you will find a taxi stand across the street. A taxi will take you to the hotel in about 20 minutes. The 2013 price of the ride was 17 EUR.
It is also possible to get to Rhodes by boat; there are daily departures from the Piraeus Port for all the Dodecanese Islands. Usually the boats travel during night and the duration of the travel can vary 13 to 17 hours; prices differ depending on the season, as well as the type of boat .
Transportation in the City
All public bus lines radiate from the center of Rhodes and reach almost every important place throughout the island. You can buy tickets from the bus station or inside the bus from the driver. The price will depend on the destination. There are 2 different bus services:
Municipal transportation company RODA (2241 0 26300-24129: Buses make routes in the center of the city, in suburbs, and in the western side of the island.
KTEL (2241 0 27706-75134): KTEL buses travel to the regions in the Eastern side of the island.
Taxis are used very often as means of transport because they are quick and normally cheap. The minimum fare for each trip is 4 EUR and between midnight and 5AM there is a double charge. It is possible to get a cab in the street or in the main plazas, but you may also call in advance (22410 69800).
As in all the Greek isles, in Rhodes there is the possibility of transportation by small boat. There are small boats that can transfer you to certain steep beaches of the island or to various smaller islands nearby.
Important Phone Numbers
Greece Travel Apps
Local Police: 100
Ambulance Service: 166
Fire Brigade: 199
Emergencies, Hospitals and Pharmacies: 14944
Tourist Information and Assistance:
Tourist police: 021/3399-7170
Tourist information official number:
210 3310392, 210 3310716
Rhodes has an opulent history and is considered one of the most important monuments of world cultural heritage and has also developed an important culture, mixing ancient and modern traditions, with a lot of impressive historical and modern monuments that you should visit.
It is a very picturesque city, with small streets and buildings of traditional architecture. As you walk around, you can admire the medieval castle, the gates, the towers, the squares, the medieval churches and the bridges. Of course, you should not miss the Castle of Knights, the old Clock and the Acropolis, in which you will see a lot of monuments such as the Temple of Zeus and Athena, the Temple of Apollo and the stadium.
During the summer, the city is full of the most varied cultural events such as concerts, tours of the town of Rhodes, free entry to museums, sports events, art exhibitions and fireworks.
Check the websites listed under the helpful links for Rhodes Tourist Information for more detailed facts.