Greece Tour Holidays

Greece Escorted Tours

Why take a guided holiday to Greece?

Widely regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation, Greece is an enticing destination for culture vultures and history buffs (though if you're happier taking in beautiful landscapes and exploring new places, you won’t miss out!). An array of archaeological gems offers much insight into this country’s vast and ancient heritage, including exploration of Athens. These artefacts, a laid-back way of life, and a wealth of stunning scenery all combine to create a warm, welcoming nation that’s only too happy to share its distinctive customs and traditions with interested visitors from overseas. And as far as Greece package holidays are concerned, you can't go wrong with Travelsphere.

If you're looking for an ideal warm-weather destination, Greece is the obvious choice, and our escorted tours of Greece are undoubtedly the best way to experience all this amazing country has to offer. Our relaxed tour in Crete showcases Greece's wildflowers and nature, as well as incredible history. Our knowledgeable guides will ensure that your tours are as enlightening as they are entertaining. There’s even the option to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, where pilgrims would come to leave offerings to the gods, and the Treasury of Athenians, where these offerings were stored. However you envisioned your Greek adventure, there's a perfect Greece guided tour for you with Travelsphere.

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Featured Escorted Touring Holidays to Greece

  1. Wildflowers of Crete

    Wildflowers and nature walks are at the heart of this holiday the idyllic Greek island of Crete, which also boasts an incredible history.

    • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
    • Return flights
    • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel and 14 meals

    8 days from
    £1,299.00
    was £1,399.00
  2. Mythical Greece - Athens, Delphi & Mycenae

    Immerse yourself in the myth and legends of Ancient Greece as you visit a host of historical sites accompanied by a Local Guide.

    • Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service
    • Return flights
    • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels and 10 meals

    8 days from
    £1,499.00
    was £1,599.00

What to expect from your holiday in Europe

  1. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to Europe to highlight some of the most interesting features you’ll find on a tour with Travelsphere.

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Frequently asked questions on touring holidays in Greece

What are the best tours in Greece?

If you are looking for culture and history - Greece is the place to go - with it's ancient ruins going back 1000's of years, several of which we visit on the Mythical Greece - Athens, Dephi and Mycenae tour. But as well as its history and culture - Greece is also rightly famous for it's natural beauty - in particular on the islands. Visit one of the prettiest on our Wildflowers of Crete tour. 

What's the weather like in Greece?

Greece has a warm Mediterranean climate. We recommend checking the weather forecast a few days before you travel.

In summer, dry hot days are often relieved by stiff evening breezes, especially in the north, on the islands and in coastal areas. Athens can be stiflingly hot, with temperatures occasionally exceeding 40C in July, so visitors should allow time to acclimatise - the evenings are generally cooler, but can remain very hot during heat waves. Winters are mild in the south but much colder in the mountainous north, where it is not uncommon to see snow and temperatures plummeting to well below zero. November to March is the rainy season, most notably on the Ionian Islands.

If you are planning a beach holiday, the sea is warm enough to swim from June through September, and hardier types will also manage in May and October. Seaside hotels are generally open from Easter through to late-October, as are water sports facilities.

What's the food like in Greece?

Eating out is national pastime in Greece. For an informal snack, try an ouzeri, where you can join locals for small platters of savoury appetisers and a glass or two of aniseed-flavoured ouzo. Visit a mezedopolio to feast on a selection of tasty mezes

(Similar to Spanish tapas) which you might accompany with a flask of rakija (a potent spirit made from distilled grapes) or a carafe of hima (barrel wine).

For a more hearty meal, try a taverna, serving generous portions of traditional Greek favourites, often in a rustic (or pseudo-rustic) setting – the best ones have open log fires and stage occasionally live music. A psarotaverna is a taverna that specialises in fish and seafood. Last but not least, an estiatorio is a full blown restaurant, where service will be a little more formal and the menu will probably include a choice of both Greek and international cuisine, as well as quality bottled wines.

Greek food tends to be very simple, rarely involving sauces but with full use of local seasonal produce, olive oil and charcoal grills – just as people have been eating in outlying villages for many centuries. However, Athens and some of the more fashionable islands such as Santorini and Mykonos have seen the arrival of fusion cuisine and so-called modern taverna fare (involving lighter dishes with more subtle flavours and artistic presentation).

Restaurant hours are normally 1200-1500 for lunch and 2000-2400 for dinner. Opening hours vary according to the region and local laws – many establishments in popular holiday destinations stay open all day through the summer. Waiter service is usual.

Those with a sweet tooth should head for a zaharoplasteio (cake shop), where a vast array of syrup-drenched Turkish-inspired goodies such as baklava and slices of chocolate-coated cakes like Black Forest gateaux are displayed behind glass counters. You can choose pieces individually and then have them put in a box to take away – if it’s a gift they’ll tie it with a brightly coloured silk ribbon.

Specialities:

  • Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves).
  • Gemista (tomatoes, peppers and courgettes, stuffed with rice and oven-baked).
  • Gigantes (big butter beans baked in a rich tomato sauce with olive oil).
  • Moussaka (aubergine casserole with minced lamb, cinnamon, red wine and olive oil).
  • Calamari (deep-fried rings of squid) or htapodia (octopus).
  • Souvlaki (spit-roasted meat, generally pork or chicken).
  • Stifado (a rich beef stew with caramelised onions, cinnamon and cloves).
  • Kokkinisto (a rich stew of either beef, pork or chicken cooked with red wine and tomatoes).
  • Horiatiki (Greek salad: feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, green peppers, black Kalamata olives and fresh olive oil).

Regional Drinks

  • Krasi (wine - lefko is white, kokkino is red).
  • Retsina (wine made with pine-needle resin).
  • Ouzo (an aniseed-based clear spirit to which water is added).
  • Raki (a sharp and fiery spirit made from distilled grapes, like the Italian Grappa).
  • Metaxa (a Greek spirit, similar to brandy).
  • Greek coffee (thick and strong, and sugared according to taste).
  • Frappe (frothy iced coffee made from Nescafe and drunk through a straw).
What should I pack for a guided holiday in Greece?

Lightweight clothes (cotton is best) during summer months, including protection from the midday sun and sunglasses. Light sweaters are needed for evenings, especially on the islands. Waterproofs are advised for spring and autumn.

Winter months can be quite cold, especially in the northern mainland, so normal winter wear will be required.

What's the time zone in Greece?

Greece is GMT +2 hours.