Santorini, Greece

Greece Holidays

From Athens with its prized architecture and ancient legends to the Peloponnese peninsula, where soaring mountains meet lush green valleys and turquoise waters.

Greece boasts 3,000 islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas, where you can enjoy the magical beaches, delectable cuisine, crystal clear waters. Inland, pretty hilltop villages with classic white-washed houses and vibrant turquoise rooftops sit amongst quaint cobbled streets.

Parthenon, Acropolis Hill, Athens, Greece
Parthenon, Athens

Why we like Greece

We like the people, we like the culture, we like the sea and beaches, we are fascinated by its history and we particularly appreciate the food. Even the wines are getting better. With plenty of regular flights, Greece is easy to get to and there is an extraordinary range of hotels and villas on offer which will appeal to all budgets and requirements.

Paros, Greece
Paros Island, Greece

What to expect on your Greece holiday

Greece’s urban centres are home to some of the world’s most glorious and prized architecture and the setting for some of mankind’s oldest legends. On the coast, you will find bustling beaches and secluded sandy coves washed by clear turquoise waters.

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

The Peloponnese

For something different, head out to the Peloponnese to explore staggering landscapes with soaring mountains and lush green valleys. There are a number of UNESCO world heritage sites to explore, including Delphi, the spiritual centre of the Greek world and Mycenae, a late Bronze Age city with its imposing ruins.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Acropolis of Athens, Greece

Visit Athens

No trip to Greece is complete without a visit to Athens, the historical capital of Europe. With its vast collection of ancient sites, experience life amid these magnificent landmarks.

Beach, Mani, Peloponnese, Greece

Hire a Catamaran

Rent a skippered catamaran and cruise some of the islands, stopping to swim or explore.

Meteora Monastry, Trikola, Greece

Thessaly and Meteora

Visit the region of Thessaly and marvel at the remarkable Meteora monasteries built onto the vertical cliffs.

Mycenae, Greece

Birthplace of the Olympics

In the Peloponnese, discover Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the hilltop citadel of Mycenae.

Minoan Palaces in Knossos, Heraklion, Greece

Knossos

Explore the extensive ruins of Knossos, a 3,000-year-old frescoed Minoan Palace.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Alexa J £££££

  • Greece

The Alexa J is a classic schooner that has undergone a refit as a superyacht and offering the service to match with six world-class crew to look after you. A single cabin schooner, it is perfect for well-heeled families of four or a couple wanting freedom and luxury as they island-hop through the Ionian Islands.

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Villa Vager, Levidi £££££

  • Greece
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Located in the heart of the Peloponnese countryside approximately 160 kilometres from Athens, Villa Vager Levidi stands in the centre of the traditional village of Levidi at the foothills of Mount Mainalon with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding fir forests and fields. The 10 comfortable rooms are all individually decorated and range from a honeymoon suite with a beautifully designed fireplace to a cave suite with exposed stone walls and a truly romantic feel.

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Grace Hotel Auberge Resorts Santorini £££££

  • Greece
  • Boutique

Grace Santorini is a luxury boutique hotel designed to blend perfectly with its spectacular hillside setting. From every room, there are breathtaking 180-degree views of the Caldera and the wonderful Greek sunsets. Many of the suites have private plunge pools and the award-winning Santoro restaurant delivers a memorable gastronomic experience. Although close to the main town of Fira, the hotel has a quieter, exclusive setting in Imerovigli.

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Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites £££££

  • Greece
  • Boutique

Family owned and run, Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites is a unique boutique villa hotel offering 18 stylish villas and 15 suites. Situated on a hillside, overlooking the stunning Gulf of Mirabello in Crete, the combination of private villas and five-star hotel facilities creates the perfect recipe for a relaxing family escape. All villas have private swimming pools. The luxury villas have a fully equipped kitchen to cope with the demands of feeding young children at any time of the day. The two and three bedroomed pool villas have a wonderful sense of space with ensuite master bedrooms throughout. Spa villas offer a private gym, sauna and hammam.

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Amanzoe £££££

  • Greece
  • Boutique

Located in a beautiful hilltop setting, Amanzoe is surrounded by ancient olive groves with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. Each of the guest pavilions has beautiful contemporary interiors and have been cleverly designed so each sits on a different level ensuring privacy as well as maximising the magical sea views. All of the suites also have private pools plus a generous terrace area. Within the resort, there is a wonderful spa plus a fully equipped gym and 2 outdoor tennis courts plus an outdoor pool. Dining options are varied with local ingredients creating delicious Greek flavours.

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Citta dei Nicliani £££££

  • Greece
  • Boutique

Located in one of the most beautiful settings in the Mani Peninsula, Citta Dei Nicliani affords spectacular views of the surrounding olive groves and Mount Taygetus. The hotel building has been sensitively converted from a 17th-century tower house into an eight-room boutique hotel. With cobbled courtyards and stone terraces, colourful bougainvillaea, cacti, fragrant lavender bushes and terracotta urns the atmosphere and pace couldn’t be more peaceful.

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