Greece tours promise ancient cities, archaeological treasures and breath-taking islands scattered in the warm clear waters of the Ionian and Aegean Seas. The country has been the setting for legendary myths and tales, including Troy and the Battle of the Spartans. East of Greece is the beautiful island of Cyprus, birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite and one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean. The island not only offers a rich history, but outstanding natural beauty and mouth-watering cuisine.
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- 8 Nights - Athens and Back
- Fly Tour from £969
As the cradle of western civilization, of democracy, philosophy, the theatre, and so much more, Greece has drawn visitors for centuries. All have extolled the purity of its skies, the overwhelming hospitality rooted in its ancient civilization and the zest for life of the Greeks themselves.
- 7 Nights - Larnaca and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,079
To uncover a more traditional side to this popular island, explore its beautiful north with us. Staying in the historic harbour town of Kyrenia, we tour the island’s intriguing capital, Nicosia, and call in at Büyük Han, a large caravanserai (roadside inn) where Silk Road travellers used to stop by.
- 8 Nights - North Cyprus and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,199
Year-round sunshine lures many visitors to Cyprus but other highlights include picturesque landscapes, ancient ruins and medieval walled towns. Discover thousands of years of history and unwind as you enjoy the facilities at your 4-star hotel on this relaxing holiday.
- 7 Nights - Corfu and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,299
Stunningly beautiful with a long and varied history, Corfu offers a perfect combination of fascinating sights and total relaxation. Join us as we explore Corfu Town’s highlights, including views of its imposing Venetian fortress.
- 7 Nights - Greece and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,499
This picturesque Greek island is home to lovely landscapes dotted with wildflowers, glorious beaches, traditional villages and ancient ruins. Explore on a range of guided walks and enjoy the comforts of a unique hotel built in the style of a Cretan village.
- 7 Nights - Athens and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,799
Discover the highlights of Greece's capital, Athens, including the iconic Acropolis, and cross the famous Corinth Canal. You'll also visit Olympia, where the Olympic Games were first played in 776 BC, and explore ancient Delphi for a further fascinating glimpse into the past.
- 7 Nights - Corfu and Back
- Fly Tour from £1,899
Compare and contrast the delights of Western Greece on a tour which takes in the idyllic island of Corfu, the mysterious mountain-top monasteries of Meteora and Zagori's traditional stone villages surrounded by nature trails and beautiful countryside.
Without question, the ancient Greeks played an important role in shaping the modern world, from philosophy to physics and mathematics. Alexander the Great shared their ideas and innovations with the East, while the Roman Empire ensured achievements were known by the West. The Greek capital of Athens is where you’ll find the UNESCO-listed Acropolis, perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city, and the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena.
Delphi’s temple of Apollo, the incredible ancient theatre of Epidaurus, and the impressive citadel of Mycenae are also archaeological treasures. Olympia hosted the first Olympic Games in 776BC, held in honour of Zeus, King of the Gods, while the Palace of Knossos on Crete is believed to have held the legendary Minotaur.
Renowned for its delicious cuisine, Greece is dotted with traditional tavernas serving local delicacies accompanied by the famous Ouzo and Muscat wine. The country’s fertile fields produce large quantities of figs, olives and tomatoes, which are incorporated into iconic recipes. You’ll enjoy an authentic taste of the Mediterranean, from colourful salads to the classic Moussaka.
Greece is a magnet for those who appreciate the great outdoors, with golden beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with fish, perfect for snorkelling. The verdant mountains, including Mount Olympus, offer endless walks, and each island has numerous trails so you can enjoy stunning views of the shimmering Aegean and Ionian Seas. Santorini is famous for its picture-postcard blue-domed churches and characteristic whitewashed buildings which cascade down the cliffside. Those seeking a more leisurely pace can browse the glamorous boutiques of fashionable Mykonos or simply shop for souvenirs in the many gift shops. At night, Mykonos comes alive with cocktail bars and Hora’s open-air cinema.
The island of Cyprus is more than just a beach destination. The breathtaking Troodos Mountains offer numerous hiking trails as well as renowned vineyards. The mild winter conditions are perfect for producing the celebrated Maratheftiko and Xynisteri wines. The island also boasts award-winning beaches and delicious cuisine, a fusion of Greek and Middle Eastern flavours, plus a host of archaeological treasures, including the undergrounds Tombs of Kings and the mosaics of Nea Paphos.
Highlights of Greece
Known as the cradle of Western Civilisation, Athens is the fascinating capital of Greece. It is centred around the magnificent Acropolis, a hilltop citadel built in the 5th-century BC. There is also the iconic Parthenon temple, as well as a host of interesting museums including the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum. The city hosted the first modern Olympic Games back in 1896, and more recently the 2004 Summer Olympics.
The beautiful city of Paphos beneath the Troodos Mountains has a stunning harbour lined with fish restaurants and little fishing boats. It became the capital under the Ptolemies and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with archaeological wonders including the underground Tombs of Kings, mosaics of Nea Paphos, and St Paul’s Pillar.
UNESCO-listed Meteora consists of 24 breathtaking Eastern Orthodox monasteries with stunning 16th-century frescoes. The first monks of Meteora created this monastic community on top of the sheer cliffs as they believed it was the perfect place to achieve peace and harmony. The rock formations and monasteries are truly sensational and remain a place of pilgrimage for Christians.
UNESCO-listed Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassos was considered the centre of the world by ancient Greeks. According to mythology, Zeus released two eagles, one from the east and one from the west to establish its centre. They met at Delphi and the spot has been marked by a sacred stone which is currently housed in the 4th-century Temple of Apollo. This incredible archaeological site has been well-preserved by historians.
Limassol is a lively city on the south coast of Cyrpus and has stunning sandy beaches. Dasoudi Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and offers an array of watersports, while Lady’s Mile Beach is popular with the locals. The beautiful old town has stunning 19th-century buildings which house lively cafes and restaurants, and Limassol Castle is where Richard the Lionheart is believed to have married Queen Berengaria. Further north is Makarios Avenue, home to exclusive shops.
Located in the Valley of the Gods, Olympia was the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Well-preserved ruins include a stadium, the setting for many of the sporting events, and magnificent temples dedicated to the Greek gods of Hera and Zeus. There is also palaestra which was part of the gymnasium in the sanctuary, and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia which houses fascinating artefacts and models of the ancient city.
The fortified Bronze Age city of Mycenae on the Argolid plain is an important archaeological site. According to Greek mythology, the city was founded by Perseus and the impressive acropolis dates back to the 13th century BCE. This is when the Mycenaean civilisation was at its peak with a lot of power and influence.
Mykonos adds a touch of glamour to the Greek islands, with its fashionable boutiques, luxury villas and lively party scene. This Cycladic island is also renowned for its whitewashed windmills high on a hill, and an array of gorgeous beaches offering a variety of watersports. Mykonos Town is the perfect place to dine with restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine, while Little Venice has rows of pretty, brightly-coloured houses.
St Hilarion, Cyprus
St Hilarion is believed to have been the inspiration for King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle and Snow White’s castle. It is located high in the Kyrenia Mountain Range overlooking the Mediterranean and Northern Cyprus. At the entrance to the castle’s upper section is a Lusignan Gate with beautiful courtyard. On the second floor is the Queen’s Window, carved in a Gothic style, and offering panoramic views.
Santorini is arguably the most famous Greek Island with it characteristic whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches and legendary sunsets over the Aegean. The capital, Thira, is perched on the top of the caldera, while the northern town of Oia is one of the best places to watch the sun set. The island has inspired artists and poets for centuries.
Rhodes is renowned for its beaches. The east coast of the island is predominantly beaches, and where you’ll find the popular holiday resorts, including Lindos, overlooked by a magnificent acropolis. The tranquil coves of Kalithea and Kolymbia provide an escape from the hustle and bustle. The island also offers ancient ruins dating back to the Trojan War and impressive Ottoman minarets, plus a beautiful harbour, once overlooked by the great colossus.