Join this seven-night tour and you’ll discover three very different Greek islands – Symi and Chalki and Rhodes. The best bit? You’ll be based at the same hotel for the whole tour, so you only have to unpack once. Top highlights include an after-dark harbour cruise around Rhodes’ ancient old town, wine tasting in a local vineyard and a boat trip to Symi, one of the South Aegean Islands, where you’ll stop for a swim before touring the Monastery of Panormitis. You’ll try tasty shrimp in Symi and visit a sponge workshop to learn about the sponge-diving community there. There’s plenty of time to explore Rhodes on this tour, too, so iconic sights like the medieval Palace of the Grand Master can be taken in at your leisure.
Nature fan? You’re in for a treat on this tour. A visit to Butterfly Valley – home to a fairy tale-like forest canopy, waterfalls and tonnes of butterflies – is on the cards plus, photo-worthy Mount Filerimos, where you’ll get far-reaching views of the coastline. Keeping things authentic, on day seven, you’ll visit the whitewashed village of Lindos. Here, you can wander along the cobbled streets to the hilltop Acropolis, where the striking Temple of Athena perches. You’ll also explore some of the sleepy villages hidden away in the countryside, taste olive oil at a traditional mill and tuck into a traditional Rhodian lunch – sounds great, right?
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Go on the hunt for hidden coves, trek to mountain-top monasteries and dine in traditional seafront tavernas on our seven-night Culture Hit Crete tour. After touching down in Heraklion, you’ll tick off the city’s archaeological gems, including the Venetian Loggia – an ornate city hall – and the intricately-decorated Morosini Fountain. You’ll sip wine at the vine-covered Lyrarakis Winery, too, and marvel at the Bronze-Age ruins of Knossos, which is said to be Europe’s oldest city. Other exciting trip highlights include a boat trip to both the deserted island of Spinalonga, the last Leper colony in Europe, and the pretty seaside village of Elounda.
Think that’s everything? Think again. On day four, you’ll visit the Toplou monastery, where you can get lost exploring the ancient rooms. And when you’ve had your fill of history, relax with a raki tasting in the shaded grounds. Then on day six, it’s time to put your explorer hat back on because you’ll head to the Lassithi Plateau. Discover freshwater springs and a famous 2,400-year-old plane tree here, before walking in the fabledfootsteps of Zeus in Dikti Cave. You’ll learn how to make filo pastry – the traditional Greek way – on this tour, too. The workshop’s run by Rethymnon’s friendly local baker, Mr Giorgios. And don’t forget, you can take a piece of your trip home by picking up some local pottery in Heraklion – just head for 1886 Street.
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If you’re a history buff, our Ancient Greek Odyssey Tour is for you. From Olympia, the first city to host the Olympic Games, to Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, you’ll discover all that ancient Greece has to offer on this exciting seven-night tour. Don’t forget to pack your camera either, because your expert guide will take you to some of the best viewpoints in Greece. A top pick includes Palamidi Castle, where after climbing the 999 steps to the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. You’ll also visit the crumbling city of Epidaurus, home to a huge 4th-century open-air theatre, and the ruined city of Mycenae.
To top the lot, you’ll make tracks for tranquil Ainos National Park which is covered in black pine-trees, plus the island’s only mountain, Mount Ainos. Then, you’ll get stuck into a wine tasting session at the renowned Robola Winery and a trip to the sacred St Gerasimos Monastery. At the latter, marvel at the rainbow-hued glass and golden furniture. Finally, relax in Sami, where you can shop for handmade ceramics and artwork and snap photos of the pretty harbour, before saying goodbye to Greece.
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