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Greece Tour Holidays

Take a cruise to the cradle of Western civilization, Greece, and explore this endlessly fascinating country in the company of like-minded travellers. Stand atop the Acropolis as you look out over Athens, the home of democracy, and visit Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games. Sail the Aegean Sea and experience for yourself the incomparable beauty of the Greek Islands, from the traditional whitewashed houses and churches of Santorini and tiny Delos, an important religious centre in antiquity, to cosmopolitan Mykonos and Corfu, with its fascinating blend of Venetian, French and British influences. 

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Mykonos & Delos

One of the smaller of the Cyclades islands, Mykonos is known for its sandy beaches, whitewashed windmills, reliable sunny climate and cosmopolitan nightlife. The old town is filled with boutiques and little cafes. The 1989 movie Shirley Valentine was filmed here, and the island has long been popular with British visitors. The nearby island of Delos is one of the most important archaeological and mythological sites in Greece, said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delos was a holy sanctuary and political centre, and the remains of several temples can still be seen today.

Corfu 

The Ionian island of Corfu, lying off the west coast of Greece, has long been one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. It was occupied for more than 500 years by the Venetians, and came under British rule in the 19th century, and the influence of both can still be seen in the architecture of the UNESCO-listed Old Town and the local cuisine. The Venetian Old Fortress and the villa of Mon Repos, once the summer residence of the British governors, and birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh, are among the highlights.

Crete

The largest, and most southerly, of the Greek Islands, Crete beguiles visitors with its soft, sandy beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, its craggy mountains, awe-inspiring gorges and fertile plains where orange, lemon and olive groves grow in profusion. Crete was the legendary birthplace of Zeus, king of the Greek gods and home to the Minoans, Europe’s oldest and most mysterious civilization, who had their capital at Knossos.

Rhodes

The island of Rhodes is another popular island destination. The legendary Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, may no longer stand astride the harbour, but the medieval old town remains largely intact, and the Palace of the Grand Master, originally built by the Knights of St John in the 14th century, is not to be missed. Learn about the island’s rich history in the Archaeology Museum or relax on the nearby beaches.




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