Explore the very best of this spectacular sun-kissed country with our Greece escorted tours.
A holiday to Greece will reward you with world-renowned historical sights, sunshine galore and an infectious taste of laid-back Mediterranean living. From the familiar whitewashed homes of elegant Santorini to the bustling capital city of Athens, the country's stunning and diverse landscapes draw those seeking both sunshine and unforgettable experiences. Offering delicious cuisine, friendly locals and a seemingly endless coastline, it's no wonder that this generally affordable country continues to attract seasoned travellers from far and wide.
With a history dating back thousands of years, Greece has long been a haven for those with a penchant for culture and ancient history. From magnificent temples designed to please the gods to theatres constructed to entertain Ancient Greeks and Romans, there are few better places on the planet to gain a fascinating glimpse at long-gone civilisations. The country's natural attractions are equally as impressive, with dramatic volcanoes, lush forests and wildlife such as dolphins, bears and turtles lying in wait for those who venture outside of the cities.
Of course, one of the biggest attractions for many holidaymakers travelling to this radiant part of the world is its many postcard-perfect beaches just waiting to be enjoyed. While there is a plethora of sand-laden spots on the mainland, it is undoubtedly Greece's islands that offer the most spectacular sunbathing spots. Some of the best beaches can be found on Crete, the country's largest island, offering charming villages largely untouched by the hands of tourism, and Rhodes, home to an atmospheric UNESCO-listed medieval town and a number of Blue Flag beaches. Our Greek island escorted tours provide the chance to explore these world-famous islands, as well as some of the sleepier, but equally beautiful spots like Kefallonia and Syros, which both offer a tantalising slice of everyday life in the country along with their wonderfully clear waters.
For a country brimming with spectacular sights, it's hard to know where to begin. With this in mind, here is our pick of the most extraordinary sights in Greece and its islands.
Greece holidays offer a fantastic array of things to do and experience. If you're not sure where to start, here is our pick of some of the very best attractions that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
With simple but fresh, high-quality ingredients, Greek cuisine represents the ultimate in healthy home-style cooking.
Staples such as olive oil, feta, garlic, oregano and tomato are used in dishes across the country, with seasonal produce ensuring variety and fresh dishes year-round. Each part of the country has its own particular dishes, giving way to a diverse culinary experience for those visiting different regions. Among the most popular dishes are souvlaki, meat, vegetables and tzatziki wrapped in soft, fluffy pitta bread; moussaka, layers of aubergine, minced meat, cheese and potatoes; pork chops and snails marinated in vinegar.
One of the highlights of most Greek island holidays is sure to be sampling the ample fresh seafood. The opportunity to enjoy freshly caught fish in a traditional taverna overlooking the sea is definitely one that shouldn't be missed. Be it cuttlefish, octopus, mussels or calamari, you won't have to look too far to find superb, perfectly seasoned seafood dishes.
Vegetarians will also find plenty to tuck into, given that vegetables feature heavily in Greek cuisine. Casseroles, stuffed vegetables and Italian-influenced risottos are easy to find, as are Mezethes, small plates meant for sharing, and of course, fresh Greek salads.
Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate, and therefore enjoys almost year-round sunshine and relatively mild winters. This does vary by region, however, with the northern part of the country being cooler than the south. The islands rarely see temperatures of below 20°C in the summer months, and the water is warm enough to swim in from mid-May through September, while it's not unusual for the temperature in Athens to reach the high 30s in July.
This will vary depending on which part of the country you're visiting. Unsurprisingly, the Greek islands are busiest in July and August, so travellers wishing to avoid crowds may opt to travel in May, June or September instead, when the weather is still warm enough to swim. The weather on the mainland tends to be hotter and drier, so cities such as Athens are best avoided in peak summer when the temperature can reach as high as the mid-40s. While the wet season runs from October to March, the temperature remains mild, and it is rare to see long periods of rain.
Greece is often very reasonable when compared to countries in Western or Northern Europe, particularly if you are travelling during the low or shoulder seasons. Things are generally more expensive on the islands, with Mykonos and Santorini being the most expensive.
Greece is famous for its Mediterranean climate and cuisine, as well as its idyllic islands with picturesque beaches. One of the biggest draws to the country for many is the chance to discover its ancient past, with buildings, monuments and ancient ruins covering thousands of years’ worth of history.
Greek cuisine makes use of fresh, seasonal ingredients to form everything from stews to salads. Grilled meats and seafood are aplenty, and there are plenty of great local cheeses to try. With a wide variety of meat, seafood and vegetable-based dishes, most dietary requirements are very well catered for.
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