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Greece travel guide

Delve into the land of mythology, stunning ancient ruins of past civilizations, first ever Olympic Games, and a great selection of islands and beach life. Immerse yourself in Greek culture by sampling fresh local food, exploring ancient cities, and sailing along Mediterranean waters, dipping in and out of secret coves and paradise islands.
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Our favourite Greek islands

It's a mad world out there, and we could all benefit from a tahini piece of paradise now and again. Enter the Greek Islands, bobbing away in the midst of the Aegean Sea and laden with all the good things: cheese, olive oil, sun, sand and mythical legends. White-washed fishing villages and mouth-watering mezedes take centre stage 'til sundown, and then it's on to ouzo and plate-cracking parties!
Acropolis in the sunlight in Athens


Athens has seen its fair share of transformations over the years, and thanks to the 2004 Olympics, 21st-century Athens is a sight to behold - from crumbling buildings that transport you into the city's ancient past, to the heart of the capital which is packed with museums and restaurants. Make sure you check out the legend at the Parthenon temple, on top of the Acropolis. 
Harbour with boats in Mykonos


Known the world over for its hedonistic nightlife, fashionista crowds and sweeping beaches, you can easily get lost in the white-washed maze of houses in the alluring island of Mykonos. Take a dip in the azure water of the Aegean or sip on an Ouzo and watch the sunset over the iconic windmills. Don't forget to have a night out while you're there - there's a reason it's known as a major party island!
Blue and white buildings in Santorini


There's plenty of reasons travellers fall in love with the magic of Santorini - white-washed buildings and churches, unbelievable views, world-famous sunsets (top tip: watch one from Skaros in Imerovigli) , charming local villages like Fira and Oia, great seafood, and swimming spots on black-sand beaches. The island is also known for the volcanic caldera, so make sure you check that out while you're there.
Buildings in Ios at sunset


The beautiful backpacker haunt of Ios is a stomping ground for youthful fun and frolics - although in the summer it can be a booze-fuelled destination (think fire-juggling bartenders and face painting), it's still pretty easy to lose the crowds if you're looking for something more authentic. Get lost in winding streets, rent a car and drive out to the rural countryside, check out the sweeping viewpoints, or spend your days kicking back and sunbathing while sipping on some tasty Greek cocktails. 

Flights to Greece

There's only 3.5 hours between you and island hopping in paradise (if you're flying from London or Manchester, anyway). Flights from Newcastle to Athens take around 5.5 hours.
Flights to Greece
Group of people on balcony in Greece - Greek Island Hopping tour

Greek Island Hopping | 13 days

Mykonos, Santorini and Ios are at your disposal and with three nights on each, you have plenty of time to shop, dine, relax or party. There's also time for wining, dining and sightseeing in the capital, Athens, at the beginning and end of your island stay. The perfect combination of culture, relaxation and partying, Greek style!
Woman with arms outstretched overlooking greece buildings-Sailing Greece tour

Sailing Greece - Athens to Santorini | 15 days

Walk around ancient archaeological sites or tavern-lined harbours, enter a local restaurant to sample a myriad of Greece’s flavourful cuisine and wine, or stroll along the streets of whitewashed towns. After all that your feet might need a rest, so prop ‘em up on Mykonos’ beautiful beaches or while relaxing on deck.
Man and woman in water with a water pistol - Mykonos and Santorini Island Escape

Mykonos & Santorini Island Escape | 9 days

Dreaming of endless blue and white buildings, wild party nights, ancient's surely got to be Greece, right? You craved it, we delivered it, with just over a week of the best times you can possibly imagine. Start it off with historical vibes and city life in Athens, before we hit the islands for what might just be the best of your life. Water, sand, sunshine, delicious eats...this is the stuff dreams, and Instagram likes, are made of.

What's the weather like in Greece?

Greece benefits from a Mediterranean climate, with year-round sunshine, rainy winters and hot summers. The best time of year to visit is April-June or September-October, where it's still warm and sunny (in the mid-20s) but helps avoid the tourist crowds going in peak summer season. If you're looking to visit the islands, then summer officially begins in May, which is a good time to visit before the temperatures start to creep up into the 30s in July.

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