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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 & travel advice

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Special offers in Greece

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

Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas, Santorini

5-night luxury holiday from £1,535 pp incl. flights & transfers

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June / July bookers special savings – Save up to £475pp
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Located in a privileged setting, at the northwestern edge of the whitewashed village of Oia overlooking the Aegean Sea

Rhodes

Mediterranean indulgence on Seven Seas Voyager

12-day luxury ocean cruise from £7,380 pp incl. flights

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Reduced single supplement in selected suite categories
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Sailing in all-inclusive style from Athens to Istanbul, this is your chance to explore the best of the Eastern Mediterranean, taking in ancient wonders, golden coastlines and bustling cities.

Harbour and boats in sunny day at Boka Kotor bay, Montenegro, Europe

Treasures of the Adriatic on Seven Seas Voyager

10-day luxury ocean cruise from £7,850 pp incl. flights

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Reduced single supplement in selected suite categories
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Visit Croatia, Greece, Montenegro and Turkey as you explore ancient walled cities, historic sites and picturesque ports, enjoying fabulous food and five-star service along the way.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul to Rome with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

13-day luxury ocean cruise from £8,355 pp incl. flights

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Free 3-night pre-cruise Istanbul land programme
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Enjoy an in-depth appreciation of Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Malta and Italy, taking in historic sites, captivating cities and beautiful coastlines in style aboard Seven Seas Navigator.

Top itineraries in Greece

Paros island, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Mykonos & Paros

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,590 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.

Athens, Greece

Athens & Classical Greece

7-day tailor-made tour from £1,495 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.

Santorini island, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Santorini & Crete

9-day tailor-made holiday from £1,640 pp incl. flights

Discover the scenery and stories that have set the tone for the Western world and explore some of Greece's most iconic historical sites on this eight-day fully-guided tour, starting and ending in the capital Athens.

Oia Village, Santorini, Greece

Greek Island Hopping - Mykonos & Santorini

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,585 pp incl. flights

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

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Top places to stay in Greece

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

Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas, Santorini

5-night luxury holiday from £1,535 pp incl. flights & transfers

Special
offer

June / July bookers special savings – Save up to £475pp
Book by: 21 July 2024

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 £1,770 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Premium Suite with Private Pool, Domes of Elounda

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, Crete

7-night luxury holiday from £2,340 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.

Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

7-night luxury holiday from £1,380 pp incl. flights & transfers

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Eagles Palace is an idyllic Grecian hideaway, set on a private sandy beach with a backdrop of rolling hills and cypress trees.

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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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