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Greece

Where island life meets ancient history

Greece tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Greece – both the mainland and the Greek Islands – covers a vast range of landscapes and myriad historical gems. Boasting an unrivalled legacy, the country is responsible for both drama and democracy. But, it's also a deservedly popular holiday destination, one which has lured sun worshippers and culture vultures for centuries, intoxicated by the country's unique heritage as well as the unmatched beauty of its islands.

The wonders of Ancient Greece

On the mainland, the capital Athens is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation. The 2,400-year-old Parthenon still dominates the skyline from its position on the Acropolis and the Theatre of Dionysus and Odeon of Herodes Atticus are close by.

The wonders of ancient Greece are just about visible everywhere though; the splendour of Delphi, home to the Oracle, the huge temple of Apollo, the monasteries of Meteora perched on pinnacles of rock and Mount Olympus, legendary home of the gods, stand out.

If you find yourself tired of temples, then try walking through the Mani or Arcadia Mountains on the Peloponnese peninsula. Alternatively embark on a Greek island cruise and hop from one idyllic getaway to another to see a wide variety of landscapes and a diverse selection of culturally rich sites.

The Greek Islands

Of the Greek Islands, Crete offers the best opportunities for hiking, with walks across rolling landscapes covered in wildflowers particularly pleasant and the dramatic Samaria Gorge a little tougher. The island is also home to numerous important archaeological sites at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys.

The Aegean Islands are characterised by white and blue villas; Lesbos also has beautiful beaches and therapeutic springs, Then, of the gerrner Ionian Islands, Corfu remains the most popular and developed, while Kefalonia is quieter and Ithaca, although the setting for the Odyssey, quieter still.

Over in the Cyclades you'll find a real Wexas favourite in Santorini, with its bright, white buildings and deep blue domes set against dramatic black volcanic sand. Nearby Mykonos is known for its cobbled streets and lively nightlife. Then there's the Sporades, home to the charming, unspoilt islands of Alonissos, Skiathos, Skyros and Skopelos.

Whichever you choose, let our Greece holiday specialists help you create a holiday to remember.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
3 hours

Time zone
GMT +2

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
Greek

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & Covid-19 travel advice

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Special offers in Greece

Elounda Bay Palace

Elounda Bay Palace, Crete, Greece

7-night luxury holiday from £810 pp incl. flights & transfers

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April bookings special offer – Save up to £140pp
Book by: 30 April 2021

Situated on Crete's northeast coast and set amid 20 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking beautiful Mirabello Bay, just to the south of Elounda, the Elounda Bay Palace is one of this ever-popular Greek island's leading resorts.

Thalassa Villas

St. Nicolas Bay & Thalassa Villas, Crete

7-night luxury holiday from £1,290 pp incl. flights & transfers

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Early booking discount – Save up to £330pp
Book by: 30 April 2021

Built in an enchanting location, this exclusive hotel with its strong emphasis on privacy and intimacy has its own private sandy beach and stunning infinity pool overlooking the azure Mediterranean and is just 2km from Aghios Nikolaos.

Aerial View, Eagles Palace, Greece

Eagles Palace Hotel & Villas, Halkidiki

7-night luxury holiday from £650 pp incl. flights & transfers

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Summer discount & free upgrade to Half Board at Melathron – Save up to £115pp
Book by: 30 April 2021

For a quiet, peaceful hotel in which to relax in the Grecian sun, look no further than Eagles Palace. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World since 2003, Eagles Palace is a real sanctuary, set on a private sandy beach with a backdrop of rolling hills and cypress trees.

Outdoor Pool, Eagles Villas, Halkidiki

Eagles Villas, Halkidiki

7-night luxury holiday from £1,385 pp incl. flights & transfers

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offer

Summer discount & free upgrade to Half Board – Save up to £300pp
Book by: 30 April 2021

Newly built in 2017, the five-star, boutique Eagles Villas offer private-pool luxury and breathtaking views. The exclusive, contemporary villas are set above a gorgeous private beach framed by crystal-clear ocean, with excellent dining & a serene spa.

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Top itineraries in Greece

Santorini, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Cyclades Islands

10-day tailor-made holiday from £1,405 pp incl. flights

There are very few experiences in the world quite like ‘hopping’ around the Greek islands. Whilst the Greek islands share some general characteristics, each island has its own character.

The Changing of the Guard ceremony, Athens, Greece

Athens & Classical Greece

7-day tailor-made tour from £990 pp incl. flights

From the ancient Acropolis to the Byzantine monasteries on the rocks of Meteora, there's barely a plot in Greece without a battle, myth or miracle attached to it.

Danube Express Exterior, Golden Eagle Danube Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express & Golden Eagle Danube Express: London to Istanbul via Venice

12-day luxury rail journey from £14,695 pp incl. flights

Centuries of influential empires have shaped the captivating counties of Eastern Europe, leaving a lasting impression on the cultures, languages and religions seen here today.

Oia Village, Santorini, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Mykonos & Santorini

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,075 pp incl. flights

Enjoy breakfasts and knockout views every time you wake up on this weeklong stay at two of the Greek island's most stylish hotels.

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Top places to stay in Greece

Elounda Bay Palace

Elounda Bay Palace, Crete, Greece

7-night luxury holiday from £810 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

April bookings special offer – Save up to £140pp
Book by: 30 April 2021

Situated on Crete's northeast coast and set amid 20 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking beautiful Mirabello Bay, just to the south of Elounda, the Elounda Bay Palace is one of this ever-popular Greek island's leading resorts.

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

Elounda Beach Hotel, Crete, Greece

Guide price from £1,135 pp incl. flights

Considered to be one of the finest hotels in Crete, this member of Leading Hotels of the World features a superb spa, plenty of activities and a gorgeous location amid 40 acres of landscaped gardens on the island's stunning northeast coast.

Lagonissi Resort

Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athenian Riviera, Greece

Grand & elegant resort

You don’t get much more private than that this resort, which has an entire peninsula to itself a mere 40-minute drive from the Acropolis

Domes of Elounda

Domes of Elounda, Crete, Greece

Guide price from £1,150 pp incl. flights

Domes of Elounda is an all-suite-and-villa spa resort on the island of Crete offering unrivalled peace and luxury in a truly sublime setting.

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When to go to Greece

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous."Aristotle Greece has a mild climate except in the mountainous northern interior where the winters are harsh and summers are brief. Winter temperatures average around 13° to 16°C in Athens and the south. Summers are hot and dry, with daytime temperatures rising to 30° to 38°C or more at the height of July, but the islands in particular cool appreciably in the evenings, as northerly winds (meltemi) sweep in from the sea. The best times to avoid the tourist hordes and enjoy comfortable weather are from late April to mid-June and September to mid-October. In July and August …

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