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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

Istanbul, Turkey

Italy, Turkey & Greece on Celebrity Beyond

12-day luxury ocean cruise from £3,510 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Up to 75% off 2nd guest plus $200 pp onboard spend
Book by: 14 October 2022

Discover some of the eastern Mediterranean’s most iconic ports in style, sailing between Rome, Sicily, the Greek Islands and Istanbul aboard Celebrity Beyond.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Adriatic Luxury with Silversea & the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

15-day luxury rail & cruise holiday from £10,220 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive offer – Save up to £1,820pp
Book by: 10 October 2022

This not-to-be-missed, ultra-luxury rail and cruise holiday will see you explore the Continent in consummate style, pairing a Silversea voyage with the world's most iconic train.

Rialto Bridge, Venice

Italy, Croatia & Montenegro with Celebrity

8-day cruise from £1,465 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Up to 75% off 2nd guest plus $100 pp onboard spend
Book by: 14 October 2022

This weeklong cruise is a wonderful introduction to the the historic cities and stunning coastline of the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas, sailing with Celebrity Cruises

Top itineraries in Greece

Greek fishing village Naousa, Paros island, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Mykonos & Paros

8-day tailor-made holiday from £955 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.

Oia Village, Santorini, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Mykonos & Santorini

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,290 pp incl. flights

With luxury hotel stays and a programme of included excursions, this on this weeklong trip is the ideal introduction to two spectacular Greek islands.

Monemvasia, Greece

Greece, Croatia & Italy on Seabourn Encore

8-day luxury ocean cruise from £3,495 pp incl. flights

Join Seabourn to sail a curated collection of ports that combine such headline-grabbing wonders as Venice, Athens and Dubrovnik with a selection of off-the-beaten-track gems.

Ermoupolis, Turkey

Greek & Turkish Treasures on Seabourn Encore

8-day luxury cruise

Between two city greats in Athens and Istanbul, compare the Mediterranean-chic highlights of Santorini and castle-topped Bodrum with some truly hidden gems, sailing in style with Seabourn.

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Top places to stay in Greece

Pool, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greece

Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini

7-night luxury holiday from £2,040 pp incl. flights & transfers

Located in a privileged setting, at the northwestern edge of the whitewashed village of Oia overlooking the Aegean Sea

Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

Elounda Beach Hotel, Crete

7-night luxury holiday from £1,175 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

20% Autumn discount – Save up to £255pp
Book by: 30 October 2022

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.

Domes of Elounda

Domes of Elounda, Crete, Greece

7-night luxury holiday from £1,285 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Thalassa Villas

St. Nicolas Bay & Thalassa Villas, Crete, Greece

7-night luxury holiday from £1,635 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

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Where to go in Greece

Zakynthos, Greece

Greek Islands

Serene, sun-kissed and steeped in history, the Greek Islands have long been a Wexas favourite. Whether you're a sun-worshipper or a student of the ancient world, these mesmerising islands offer the perfect summer or autumn break.

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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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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