Experience a healthy dose of ancient history and dramatic island hopping with our hand-picked Greece holidays.

Imagine the salty skin and windswept hair that sailing from one Greek island to another brings. There’s the taste of Ouzo and Muscat wine, the delight of trying Souvlaki for the first or umpteenth time and a postcard-perfect mix of pastel villages, archaeological sites, horseshoe harbours and pocket-sized fishing villages.

Charming islands peppered with traditional tavernas, iconic hot spots filled with show-stopping hotels and mainland stays in acres of beachfront luxury are all staples of a Greece holiday. There are uninhabited corners where you can spend a sun-soaked afternoon waiting for catch-of-the-day to be served and deep beneath the sea you may be lucky enough to spot a monk seal or two.

We love holidays to Greece for the easy pace of island life, while mainland Greece is a worthy beauty contender with its treasure trove of Byzantine history and miles of soft sand and island-style vibes around the coastland of Halkidiki.

Our Personal Travel Experts know Greece really well. If you want to find out more about any of the islands or a trip to the mainland, get in touch and we’ll tailor make your perfect holiday.

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  • Island hopping

    Pair up a couple of sun-kissed destinations for different island vibes and new outlooks.

  • Layers of time

    The past never seems that far away and there are ancient ruins at nearly every turn.

  • Full-of-flavour food

    Fuel your explorations with simply, yet flavour-filled dishes created with fresh produce.

  • Coastal splendour

    Black-sand beaches, dramatic caldera cliffs and wide stretches of sand.

Greece Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Greece

Crete Holidays

Almond trees and olive groves, tiny white chapels beyond glittering seas and whispers of an ancie...

Corfu Holidays

Jagged mountains add drama to this paradisiacal island that’s encircled by cerulean waters and bo...

Halkidiki Holidays

Sacred spaces and secluded beaches; discover a sublime Mediterranean coastline feathering out fro...

Kos Holidays

A delightful Dodecanese isle, where ancient Greece collides with a modern-day hubbub and family-f...

Santorini Holidays

Perch on the edge of a volcano’s caldera and enjoy some of the most iconic views in the Med on br...

Rhodes Holidays

Walk on top of medieval walls where every ancient stone has a story and lounge on impressive beac...

Mykonos Holidays

Mykonos holidays are lobster plucked straight from the water, Champagne by the bottle and white h...

Athens Holidays

Enchanting and intriguing, steeped in history yet oh-so-current, Athens makes for a fascinating c...

Sporades Islands Holidays

A quartet of four large islands make up the Greek Sporades —Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, and Sk...

Holidays in Greece

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  • Athens
  • 4 Star

An all-white aesthetic acts as a canvas for the modern artwork and graffiti by local artists.

From £506 p/p
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  • Corfu
  • 4 Star

Geared towards families, this all-inclusive resort offers a wealth of activities, plus a great spa and beautiful Blue Flag beach.

From £988 p/p
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  • Crete
  • 5 Star

Perhaps Crete’s most famous address, Blue Palace was reimagined for 2024 yet remains gloriously and authentically Cretan.

From £1,574 p/p
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  • Halkidiki
  • 5 Star

Set on a powdery white beach, this elegant resort offers an exceptional array of inclusions.

From £1,261 p/p
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  • Kos
  • 5 Star

A one-of-a-kind boutique hotel on the island of Kos renowned for its sublime service

From £1,016 p/p
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  • Mykonos
  • 5 Star

With super-chic bungalows, elegant suites and luxurious villas, this iconic resort is a hotspot for the glitterati and sits right on the famous Psarou Beach.

From £1,154 p/p
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  • Mykonos
  • 5 Star

This sprawling waterfront resort is an excellent choice for a luxurious beach and pool break.

From £1,289 p/p
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  • Rhodes
  • 4 Star

On Rhodes’ postcard-pretty coast, this luxe hotel has had a recent revamp.

From £953 p/p
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  • Athens
  • 4.5 Star

A smattering of low-slung villas and bungalows with rustic-chic interiors, the Grecotel’s design is a nod to the Sounio landscape.

From £819 p/p
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  • Corfu
  • 5 Star

Nestled on Corfu’s laid-back east coast, Ikos Dassia offers an exceptional array of activities and superb dining under the brand’s renowned ‘Infinite Lifestyle’ concept.

From £1,400 p/p

Enjoy a mix of classic sightseeing, immersive experiences and Greek cuisine with a small escorted tour of Greece

From its famous archaeological wonders, culinary delights and charming islands peppered with beautiful beaches, to its honey farms, wineries and valleys dotted with lakes and waterfalls, Greece offers a wealth of things to see and do and a tour is an ideal way to experience it. Along with other like-minded travellers, you’ll enjoy a leisurely-paced exploration, taking in the country’s key sights with intimate group sizes and expert tour leaders. With groups no bigger than 16, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask your local guide lots of questions and gain a real sense of the destination. You can discover the stories of the ancient Greeks with tours of the museums and sites, enjoy a wine tasting trip at a family-run estate, and swim in Kaiafas Lake.

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Highlights of Corfu

Spend a memorable day exploring Corfu’s historic buildings, scenic viewpoints and boutique shops. Start off with a visit to the Kanoni Peninsula, where you can look out over the picturesque islet of Pontikonissi (known as Mouse Island) and its iconic white monastery, Panagia Vlacherna. Then it’s time to head to the capital, Kerkyra, and its charming old town with high arcade houses and Mediterranean architecture. Wander through the narrow streets to the church of St. Spyridon – the patron saint of the island – and see its soaring bell tower before visiting the beautiful Town Hall Square, Old Fortress and Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Our last stop will be the Liston – the town’s Parisian-style promenade with its many cafés and boutiques housed under the arcades – for coffee and shopping.

• Departing daily
• Operates April to October
• Private experience

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Hidden Corfu

This extensive sightseeing tour takes you away from the main tourist trail to explore Corfu’s beautiful landscapes and landmarks. We’ll pass picturesque bays as we drive along the north coast, travelling through Kalami, Kouloura, Nissaki, Barbati and Ipsos. On a clear day, you might even spot Albania. We’ll stop at stunning Paleokastritsa, where idyllic coves with soft sands and turquoise waters await. Here, there will be time to go swimming and have lunch (not included) in one of the charming Greek taverns. After time on the beach, you’ll be taken to a rocky outcrop to see the oldest inhabited monastery on the island and view its remarkable art collection. More jaw-dropping views lie in wait at the Bella Vista viewpoint, which overlooks Paleokastritsa and the sea beyond, followed by a visit to Makrades to learn about the island’s various herbs. Lastly, we’ll continue over the Troumbeta Pass to Roda Acharavi, where you can gaze out at the north, east and west coasts – the perfect end to a scenic day discovering the island.

• Departing daily
• Operates April to October
• Private experience

Good to know
Please wear respectful clothing as we will be visiting a monastery. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing swimwear with you. Lunch is not included.

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Historical Crete

Dive into Crete’s rich traditions and folklore on a trip that also introduces you to some of the island’s most striking scenery. The adventure kicks off in the charming village of Vrisses, with its backdrop of the White Mountains, where you’ll visit a family-run vineyard and learn about the wines as well as olive oil and other local products. Heading eastward through more enchanting settlements, you’ll reach Myriokefala, home to a picturesque monastery dating from the 11th century. The main draw is its ancient frescoes, only rediscovered recently during renovation work, though the cheese pies with honey from a nearby coffee shop – a local speciality – are also well worth investigating. Your next stop was one of western Crete’s most important cities during Roman times, before being destroyed in 828 AD. You’ll find traces of ancient Lappa in what is now the village of Argyroupolis, where you can enjoy lunch in one of the local taverns. On the return to Chania, there’s one last pause: the stunning Lake Kournas, in a beautiful setting backed by hills.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Lunch and drinks are not included.

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The Olive & Wine Groves of Crete

Spend a relaxing day savouring the authentic flavours of Crete, from local wines to olive oil. You’ll begin with a pilgrimage to the cave of St John the Hermit in Marathokefala, a village near Kolymbari, where the saint is believed to have lived for three years and which houses a famous healing spring. Continuing through more sleepy villages, you’ll arrive at Vouves. You’ll stop here to have a look at one of the oldest olive trees in Crete, thought to be 3,000 years old, and drop in at the olive tree museum. The award-winning Anoskeli Olive Mill & Winery is the next destination on the itinerary, where you’ll learn about different types of olive oil and the various stages of its preparation before enjoying a guided tasting. From here, you’ll head to the winery for the second part of the tour, an in-depth discovery of the five Anoskeli wines made here, including a chance to taste them. To round off the day, you’ll halt at a tavern overlooking some olive groves, where you can opt to try some typical Cretan dishes or just sip a reviving coffee.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Lunch, drinks and the entrance fee to Marathokefala cave are not included.

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Historical Rethymno

Rethymno is the focus of this enchanting day spent exploring Crete’s fascinating history and culture. Its well-preserved old town is like something from a fairytale, complete with an atmospheric old harbour lined with Venetian and Ottoman buildings, and a Venetial citadel from whose hilltop setting the views are a delight. Before you arrive, you’ll stop at Margarites, a village in the foothills of Mount Ida that’s known for its classic pottery, and in Rethymno itself, you’ll visit a bakery owned by one of the last traditional filo masters in Greece. Seeing the superfine pastry being made by hand is quite an experience, as is tasting some of the delicious sweetmeats made from it, such as baklava and kataifi. The final destination is Argiroupolis, a charming village now known for its springs and cascades, which in Roman times was the bustling city of Lappa.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Lunch and entrance fees are not included.

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Discover Knossos

Immerse yourself in the world of the ancient Minoans on a private tour of some of their most important sites. The first of these is the palace of Knossos, the ceremonial and political hub of this extraordinarily advanced Bronze Age civilisation and an archaeological site well worth lingering over. From here, you’ll be whisked in your Land Rover along a dirt road flanked by pine forests towards the summit of Giouhtas, regarded by the Minoans as a sacred mountain and where, legend has it, Zeus is buried. Along the way, you’ll have time to search for aromatic herbs, catch a glimpse of the vultures that live here, and soak up the stunning views of the vine-clad valley of Archanes. After the culture and vultures come wine and food: a tasting and tour at a local winery followed by a delicious Cretan lunch at a local tavern. Refreshed, you’ll head back through vineyards and olive groves to Heraklion Archaeological Museum to marvel at the beautifully made artefacts created by the Minoans so long ago.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know Specialist guides are available at Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum for an extra fee.

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The Landscapes Of Rethymno

If you love Rethymno’s small-town charm, you’ll be just as enchanted with the unspoiled countryside of its hinterland. It’s an area packed with fabulous scenery, glorious villages and other impressive sights that are just made for visiting in your own chauffeur-driven Land Rover. Among the many quaint villages that you’ll see en route is Giannoudi with its appealing Venetian-style architecture; Spili, whose famous lion-head fountain is fed by ice-cold water from mountain springs, and pretty Armeni, surrounded by olive, orange and avocado groves. Then there are the dramatic landscapes, from the wonderfully wild gorge of Prasses – home to rare vultures – and the equally ravishing gorge of Kourtaliotis to the picture-perfect beach at Preveli. Naturally, the day also includes a pause at a traditional tavern where you’ll have a chance to catch your breath over a lunch of Cretan cuisine at its most authentic and a glass or two of the local wine.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Discover Akrotiri & Chania

Spend a fascinating day soaking up the sights in Chania and the rugged Akrotiri peninsula. From the city’s bustling Souda port, you’ll make the short trip to the Suda Bay War Cemetary, set on a small plateau overlooking the sea. This poignant site is the last resting place of around 1,500 Commonwealth servicemen, most of whom lost their lives in the Battle of Crete in May 1941. From here, the route takes you inland to another supremely atmospheric spot, the monastery of Agia Triada Tsangarolon, built towards the end of the 17th century. It’s a tranquil and photogenic complex, with elegant Venetian-style architecture and courtyard gardens filled with bougainvillaea and oleander. Afterwards, you’ll return to Chania for the rest of the day, pausing to drink in the view across the city from the Venizelos graves, the burial place of one of Greece’s most significant politicians. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful Old Town and colourful local neighbourhoods, before finishing with dinner overlooking the historic Venetian harbour.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The entrance fee at Agia Triada is not included.

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4x4 Exploration Of Western Crete

Pilot your own jeep on a fun-filled driving adventure through some of Crete’s most stunning landscapes. With your hands on the steering wheel, you’ll cruise through a lush, steep-sided gorge to the village of Therisso at the foot of Lefka Ori, or the White Mountains. After a short briefing from your guide, you’ll head off-road and upwards along dirt tracks towards the village of Lakki, the perfect spot to pause for iced coffee, a stroll around the quiet streets and photos of the fabulous views. After that, you’ll drive on to Nea Roumata for lunch in a traditional Cretan tavern, before tackling some tricky dirt roads on the way to the mountain village of Sempronas and then picturesque Palaia Roumata, where you’ll stop again for coffee, photos and view admiring. The road back to the start point passes through the stunning Mesavlia gorge, a superb finale to a thrilling day.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You will need to bring your driving license.

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Crete Snorkelling Experience

The Chania area is blessed with some of the island’s best beaches, and those warm, crystal-clear turquoise waters make this an excellent destination for a relaxed snorkelling adventure as well. Your day begins at a dive centre where you’ll be kitted out with a shortie wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel and given some handy tips on making the most of your time in the water. Then it’s time to hop on a speedy RHIB – as in rigid-hull inflatable boat – for a 20-or-so-minute zip across the waves to your first guided snorkelling session. With superb visibility, you have a good chance of seeing starfish, sponges, crabs and an array of fish, and maybe even glimpsing an octopus. After a reviving snack, you’ll be off to the second, equally breathtaking snorkelling site for the day, where you’ll have another opportunity to discover the marine life of the Mediterranean.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll need to be able to swim, but otherwise the trip is suitable for all.

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Butterflies and Winetasting

Spend a morning visiting the butterflies of Rhodes, then settle down for lunch at the marvellous Triantafillou Estate winery. The day begins at the Valley of the Butterflies, where millions of butterflies gather in the cool shade of Rhodes’ maple trees. You’ll walk to the springs that feed the pool at the entrance to the valley, where butterflies virtually cover every centimetre of the trees. A hushed quiet is essential so as not to disturb these delicate creatures. Next, you’ll visit the Triantafillou Estate winery, considered the best on the island. You’ll have the chance to taste the different types of wine produced and enjoy a light lunch before returning to your hotel.

• Departs from selected hotels
• Operates from June to September
• Group experience

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Highlights of Rhodes

Explore the highlights of Rhodes on a morning guided group tour. The day begins in the Medieval City of Rhodes and takes in one of Europe's most perfectly preserved monuments, declared a World Heritage site. You’ll be guided along a modern part of town, past the port and the buildings that house the municipality, prefecture, theatre, and Greek Orthodox Church, before continuing onto the ancient Acropolis and Stadium for a short photo stop. The tour continues in the Medieval City, visiting Grand Masters’ Palace and walking along the famous Street of the Knights and Socrates Street. You’ll have some free time to browse the shops along Socrates Street before reconvening at the fountain in the main square for the return journey to the hotel.

• Departs Thursday
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Rhodes SUP Adventure

Test your balance and try stand-up paddleboarding in a three-hour group experience. With no previous experience necessary, stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to get out on the water. The adventure begins with a warm-up and introduction to SUP before taking you along the beautiful cliff-lined coast of Rhodes. There’s a swim and snorkel break at a secluded spot, where you can explore a sea cave.

• Daily departures
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Rhodes Sea Kayaking

Spend a full day kayaking on the Mediterranean Sea with a group. Your day begins at Kathara Beach, paddling to secluded beaches and past rock formations. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel before a picnic with your group. On the way back, savour the serenity of the environment and enjoy the big blue expanse of the crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea.

• Daily departures
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Akramitis Hike

With the help of a professional guide, join a morning hike covering 6.5 kilometres to the top of Akramtis mountain. The morning begins at Monolithos, a rural village on the island's southwest coast, ready to ascend Akramitis mountain, the second highest on the island of Rhodes. The hike starts on green slopes shaded by cypress and pine trees and overlooking the bay of Apolakia. After the first leg of the journey, you’ll walk through beautiful meadows bursting with aromatic herbs and colourful wildflowers until you reach the chapel of St John. There’s time for a quick breather before taking on the remaining ascent to conquer the peak of Akramitis, from where you’ll have a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside and islands of Halki, Tilos, Karpathos, and Alimia. Before the return journey, you’ll follow a trail descending to Sianna, a picturesque village.

• Daily departures
• Operates 20 April to 19th June and 21st September to 30th October
• Group experience

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Profitis Ilias Hike

Embark on a memorable group ascent of Profitis Ilias, Rhodes’ third highest mountain. The hike takes place in the morning between April and June and September and October and over the sunset hours between June and September. A coach brings you inland to the central-west area of Rhodes to Salakos. This agricultural village is in the foothills of Profitis Ilias and is where your hike begins. The gentle slope is well maintained and under the shade of ilex, pine and olive trees. It’s also suitable for beginner hikers. During your climb, there are far-reaching views over the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey and some nearby islands. You’ll arrive at a meadow and have the chance to see the Villa de Vecci house of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes and the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short break and a snack, you’ll start the descent back to Salakos.

• Daily departures
• Operates April to October
• Group experience

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Volcanic Island Cruise

Admire views of Santorini from a different perspective as you cruise around volcanic islands on a traditional Greek boat. First, you’ll sail to the Nea Kameni lava islet, where you’ll join a guided walking tour ascending to the crater of the still-active volcano. Enjoy the sights of Santorini from above before returning to the boat and continuing to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni, known for its hot springs. Here, you can jump off the ship into the thermal waters. Next is the traditional island of Thirassia, where the time is yours to spend as you wish. Relax at the picturesque small port or have lunch in the village of Manolas. You could also transfer to the famous town of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece. The experience concludes with a view over Santorini’s legendary sunset.

• Daily departures
• Operates from May to September
• Group experience

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Not wheelchair/pram accessible as a moderate amount of walking is involved and there are uneven surfaces. Infant seats unavailable. Life jackets are given only in case of emergency. For non-confident swimmers, floating noodles are provided.

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Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sail on a traditional Greek caique boat for dinner with a sunset view. The first stop of your adventure is the volcano of Santorini, where a guided walking tour leads you to the crater of the still-active volcano. Once on top, you can take photos and walk around the volcano’s rim. The next stop allows you to dive into hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Swim near the shore in volcanic waters and experience bathing in warm therapeutic mud. As you sail above the underwater craters from Palia Kameni, heading north to Thirasia Island, the boat will anchor close to the shore. Dinner is served on board with wine as you watch the sunset in the north cape of Santorini under the whitewashed village of Oia.

• Daily departures
• Operates from January to October
• Group experience

Good to know
Not wheelchair/pram accessible as a moderate amount of walking is involved and there are uneven surfaces. Infant seats unavailable. Life jackets are given only in case of emergency. For non-confident swimmers, floating noodles are provided.

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Santorini Wine & Sunset Experience

Sample Santorini’s viniculture by visiting two local wineries. Your tour begins with a visit to Venetsanos Winery, located in a beautiful position with incredible views over the caldera and volcanic islands. Discover its unconventional structural design, constructed from above and moving downwards, before tasting three of its exceptional wines. Continue to Koutsoyiannopoulos Wine Museum, one of the largest estates on Santorini with a long family tradition in winemaking, combining the ancient traditions of Santorini to produce some of the most highly awarded wines on the island. Refresh your palate by tasting volcanic white wines and the island’s exceptional dessert wine. The last stop is Sun Spirit Bar in Oia. Enjoy your wine in this idyllic location as you watch the sun dip behind the horizon.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates from May to October
• Group experience

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Highlights of Santorini

Spend an afternoon exploring must-see locations across Santorini. A luxury coach will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in a sweeping panorama of the island of Santorini and the deep blue hue of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain, then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a lesser visited but particularly lovely part of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere, where there are quintessential houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Take a walk to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress, exploring the medieval village's doorways, windows, alleys, and arches. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. There’s free time to swim in the sea or order lunch at a beachfront Greek taverna. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine and learn about the winemaking process in a private wine-tasting session comprising three wines made from local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous, blue-domed churches. Take a guided walk from Saint George's Church, learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past, and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once you reach the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take photos, shop, or relax over a drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before boarding the coach for a relaxing evening journey back to your hotel.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates March to December
• Group experience

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Santorini Your Way

Tailor your Santorini tour on a customisable private four-hour exploration with an expert driver-guide. Relax in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the sights and activities as you’re chauffeured to wherever you want to go on the island. Explore traditional villages and volcanic beaches and stop at prime photo spots around the island. You can even add a visit to a traditional winery to sample Santorini’s exceptional wines or explore the 3,500-year-old Minoan ruins at Akrotiri.

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Santorini Cruise, Wine and Sunset Experience

Spend a morning at sea and an afternoon experiencing Santorini’s wine culture. You’ll be collected from your hotel and embark on a catamaran cruise around the amazing Caldera of Santorini. On a morning tour, you’ll sail to volcanic islands and get the chance to swim and snorkel in deep blue waters. You’ll visit Red Beach and White Beach, stopping at the hot springs for a mud bath. Back on board, enjoy a barbeque lunch with local wine and soft drinks. Return to the port to meet your guide for the afternoon. Your first stop is Santo Wines Winery, where you’ll taste three distinctive island wines with a view of the volcano. Continue with the Wine Museum, a family-owned winery with a long heritage. The last stop will be Oia and Sun Spirit Cocktail Bar, one of the best places to watch the sunset. Enjoy this idyllic space while watching the sun melting into the sea.

• Departs Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates from May to September
• Group experience

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Get to know Greece’s heritage-rich cities, glorious islands and those all-important practicalities – such as how to get around, where to go, what to see and what to eat – when planning your perfect holiday.

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FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Between 3 and 4 hours (Corfu 3 hours 10; Rhodes and Crete 4 hours)

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Christianity (majority Greek Orthodox)

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Greek

Where is Greece?
Greece is on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula with its islands in the eastern Mediterranean. The Ionian Sea is to the left and the Aegean to the right. Officially known as the Hellenic Republic it has some 6000 islands of which over 200 are inhabited. Greece has about 9000 miles of coastline and Mount Olympus is the highest point.

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History
The influence of Greece has been felt around the northern coasts Mediterranean for thousands of years and today, the country is scattered with numerous reminders of powerful civilisations. Athens is home to the iconic Acropolis, which rises high above the city streets, and the Panathenaic Stadium, while Crete has the vast Bronze Age ruins of Knossos. Just a short boat ride from Mykonos is the fascinating island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of Greek gods Apollo and Artemis. If you’ve headed for Cape Sounio for some post-city-exploration r ‘n’ r, make time for a visit to the Temple of Poseidon, or if you’ve chosen Rhodes as your island getaway, explore the Acropolis of Lindos.

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Island hopping
Sail some of the Med’s prettiest islands on an island-hopping holiday around Greece. Hop aboard and discover swathes of golden sand, charming taverna-lined waterfronts, pocket-sized fishing villages and secret coves. Travel between the lesser-visited Sporades Islands – Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos – each with their own unique charm, or explore the vibrant hot spots of Mykonos and Santorini.

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Getting around
Most islands have a main town where you’ll find the port for passenger ferries. You can take a boat or plane from island to island. It’s also easy to get around by bus, taxi or rented car. Water taxis are common, taking you to secret coves, isolated beaches and other islands in the region.

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Diving & snorkelling
Clear warm waters and unique coral reefs make diving from the Greek Islands a popular activity. Chania on Crete is a fantastic place to see volcanic reefs and unusual marine life. Mykonos’ Paradise Point has exciting swim-throughs and extreme drop-offs and diving on both sides of Santorini uncovers several wrecks. We recommend snorkelling from the peninsula of Afionas Beach on Corfu or on the surface of Halkidiki’s crystal clear waters.

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Food & drink
Ripe cherry tomatoes, that famous Santorini salad, line-caught calamari and orange fava… on all the Greek Islands you’ll find fresh and vibrant ingredients. Put simply, you’ll never be far from delicious, fresh seafood. Dine at local waterfront tavernas, at 3am straight from a fishing boat or tucked away in one of Mykonos’ stylish restaurants. Expect romantic moonlit dining in secret caves, lobster and octopus caught in front of you, cliffside restaurants with Aegean Sea views and expansive wine lists in a country known for its vinotourism.

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