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Holidays in Greece

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 thyme-scented hillsides and Minoan treasures of Crete to the golden beaches of Rhodes, the whitewashed houses and churches of Santorini and the cosmopolitan culture of Corfu.

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Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10% is usual.


Euro (EUR/€) 1€ = 100 cents.


This Mediterranean cuisine has a lot of middle-eastern influence. Moussaka (made with aubergines), souvlaki (chicken or pork kebabs in pitta bread) and grilled fish are common.


Good morning- Kalimera
Good evening- Kalispera
Goodbye- Adio
Please- Parakalo
Thank you- Efcharisto
Yes- Ne


GMT + 2 hours


230 volts, 50 Hz. 2 round pins


Summers in mainland Greece and the islands can be very hot. In the winter, the north of the mainland will cool significantly; however, the south and the islands remain mild.


When travelling to a country within Europe you can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. This entitles you to state provided medical treatment but is not a substitue for travel insurance.

Passports and visas

No visa is needed for British citizens to enter Greece. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.

Flight time

London to Athens is approx 3 hours 30 mins


Katakolon, the gateway to Olympia, where the ancient Greeks flocked every four years for more than a millennium, to celebrate the sacred games dedicated to Zeus. Perhaps visit the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which housed the gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus, recognised as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. There may also be an opportunity to see the Temple of Hera, the Prytaneion and the Philippeion


Although it is one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades, it is definitely one of the most desired destinations. It offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle, sophisticated nightlife, picturesque villages and the historic treasures of the nearby Delos.


Corfu Town is well worth a visit, which is made up in two parts, Old Town and New Town. In the Old Town you will find elegant churches of various religions and the maze of cobbled streets with the old fortress that stands proudly over looking the town, whereas the New Town holds an abundance of cosmopolitan shops.