Greece - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour to Greece will introduce you to the country cited as the birthplace of Western civilisation, where thousands of years of history are etched into an array of archaeological gems. Beautiful beaches, a laid-back way of life and stunning scenery also add to its allure and make it an ever-popular holiday hot spot.
Its capital, Athens, is home to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the magnificent Acropolis, which towers over the city from a rocky hillside. Within the walls of this ancient citadel you’ll discover a host of treasures of immense architectural and historical significance, most notably the Parthenon. This temple was built for the goddess Athena and was decorated with elaborate marble sculptures both inside and out.
The first Olympic Games
Another must-visit is Olympia – the site of the first Olympic Games, held in 776 BC to honour the Greek god Zeus. Here you can walk through the impressive ruins of the stadium where athletes would train. Or perhaps explore the well-preserved ruins at Delphi, whose main sites date back to the 5th century BC. Considered to be the centre of the world, this was the seat of the most important oracle of ancient Greece, consulted on all important decisions.
Teachings of Hippocrates
Epidaurus, famed as a centre for healing, contained hundreds of spas, and the remains can be seen today. Its main sanctuary area, the Asklepieion, is where a variety of healing rituals based on the teachings of Hippocrates took place, and the theatre of Epidaurus, built in the 4th century BC, is a fine example of classical architecture.
Greece is home to thousands of islets and islands, with the largest being Crete. This is where you’ll find the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos, seat of the legendary King Minos. The multi-storeyed palace covered an area of 22,000 square metres, and as you witness its complex design you’ll understand why it is associated with the mythological labyrinth – the dwelling of the Minotaur.
It’s not just the innumerable historic sites that lure visitors to Greece and its islands every year. Beautiful sandy beaches boasting gently shelving azure waters, mountainous pine-scented forests, lush olive and citrus groves, friendly people and months of sunshine all play their part in making this country one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Each island has its own unique character from cosmopolitan Mykonos with its picturesque windmills to volcanic Santorini whose pretty towns and villages perch on sheer cliffs. There’s Rhodes with its medieval castles and cobbled courtyards, and the beautiful bays and charming fishing villages of Corfu.
Wherever your travels take you in Greece, a welcome as warm as the non-stop summer sun is assured. You’re sure to enjoy wonderfully fresh seasonal food too, from an abundance of seafood and tangy feta cheese to slow-cooked lamb and sizzling chicken or pork souvlaki. This Mediterranean diet, which is associated with good health, also includes plenty of vegetables, nuts, grains and olive oil. A less healthy but truly authentic way to finish your meal is with a glass of fiery, aniseed-flavoured ouzo and a resounding ‘yiamas’ or ‘cheers’ to your dining companions.
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Choosing the perfect Greek island
From tiny rocky islets to the sprawling hot spot of Crete, Greece is made up of more than 2,000 islands. A great way to discover them is on an island hopping cruise, but if you prefer to spend your week away with your feet firmly on the ground, it can be tricky picking the right island for you.
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