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Greece Holidays

Birthplace of democracy and philosophy and enshrined in mythological mystery, Greece conjures up images of crumbling ancient ruins, whitewashed island towns, picturesque coastal villages, and aquamarine seas. Alongside its historic charm and breathtaking scenery, Greece is known for its authentic hospitality and diverse cultures which visitors can experience throughout the country. From snow-capped mountains and rolling vineyards in the north to pastel-coloured harbours and picture-perfect beaches in the south, Greece offers something for everyone.

Greece’s capital Athens effortlessly combines ancient history with contemporary creativity. The city offers classical architecture, an innovative art scene and bustling food markets, and is also the gateway to both the Attica peninsula and Greek Islands. As the preeminent power of the ancient world, Greece is home to a significant number of archaeological sites that remain open to the modern-day visitor. From the magnificent UNESCO protected Acropolis and the Monasteries of Meteora in Kalambaka to the birthplace of the Olympics - Olympia, and the home of the oracle, Delphi, the Greek Islands also boast their fair share of antique landmarks.

Elsewhere, explore the rural and remote Peloponnese which is steeped in history, mythology and culture and boasts rugged mountains framed by dense forests, azure waters and pretty coast villages making it one of the country’s most beautiful spots. One of Greece’s biggest draws however are the many islands scattered through the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas. From the spectacular sunsets overlooking the caldera in Santorini to the charming Venetian harbour towns of Crete, each island retains its own charm and character offering something for all tastes.

 

Your Holiday to Greece

Your Holiday To Greece

Greece is a unique destination that you can visit time and time again, gaining a different insight and experience with every visit. Whether travelling to Greece for the first or third time, Pettitts Travel can assist in creating the perfect tailor-made holiday to suit your requirements. We offer various styles of travel whilst in Greece to complement your needs and wants. If you enjoy to travel more independently, we can arrange a self-drive holiday which is a great option when exploring mainland Greece and the larger islands. Alternatively, if you prefer a more accompanied style of travel, we can include a private driver and guide throughout your trip. Our tailor-made holidays include accommodation, airport transfers and some sightseeing. We also have a fantastic range of local experiences available to book in Greece ranging from ouzo tasting and bee keeping in the Peloponnese to sunset cruises and cookery classes in the Greek Islands. By booking with Pettitts Travel you will be provided with round the clock support and assistance from our travel partner in Greece in addition to our UK operation.

Although all our arrangements are tailor-made, many clients find inspiration from the itineraries on our website and adapt them to fit their requirements. Our Cyclades Island Hopping trip is ideal for first time visitors who are looking to combine relaxation and culture on the Greek Isles. Classical Greece is a self-drive option which encompasses the historical highlights of mainland Greece, whereas The Spectacular Peloponnese captures the heart and soul of this beautiful and charming region. Images of Crete is a fantastic self-drive trip incorporating both sides of the island, alternatively, combine Athens and Crete on a seven-day journey. As Athens is only a four-hour flight from the UK, it is a great destination for an extended city break. Our Athens and Delphi City Break is perfect for a long weekend during any time of the year.

Places to visit in Greece

With so many places to visit and stay, Greece is the perfect destination for a relaxed beach holiday, family villa stay or extended touring holiday. The capital Athens is a melting pot of ancient ruins, contemporary culture and gastronomy. Known as the birthplace of democracy, the city certainly is a remarkable place to visit and often is a great starting point for a Greek tailor-made holiday. Here you can witness the mighty Acropolis and Parthenon which beautifully towers over the capital’s bustling old town. To the west lies the spectacular Peloponnese which is home to a dramatic coastline, dense forests, mountainous landscapes and many ancient sites including Olympia, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Other unmissable places of interest on the mainland include Delphi and Kalambaka’s Monasteries of Meteora, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Greece may however be best known for its islands, and with over 200 of these, each is so varied in character that there is something for everyone. From the sunset panoramas and volcanic vineyards of romantic Santorini and the quaint fishing villages and pastel homes of Paros to the culture and natural beauty of Crete and historical towns of Rhodes, our Greece Specialists will be delighted to assist you in choosing the perfect Greek Isle.

When to Visit greece

Generally, the best time to visit Greece is outside the busy and hot summer months of July and August. Springtime between mid-April and June and early autumn (September and October) are great times to visit where temperatures are warm and visitor numbers are much lower than the peak months. May is perhaps the ideal time to travel as the weather is settled and predictable, wildflowers are in bloom and you can enjoy the lush green landscapes. It is also the most comfortable time to go sightseeing. November to February tends to be quite cold, and whilst most of the islands shut down their restaurants and attractions, larger cities on the mainland such as Athens will remain open and are pleasantly quiet.

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Essential Information

Capital: Athens

Main Language: Greek

Time Zone: GMT + 3

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Holiday Ideas for Greece

Food of Greece

Food of Greece

Greece offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of ingredients and dishes making it one of the world’s most loved cuisines. Much like the rest of the Mediterranean, Greek food is focused on simplicity, flavours and local produce. Greece’s climate is perfect for growing olives, lemons, vegetables, fruit and wild herbs. It is also a nation of farmers who produce organic cheese and rear cattle. With hundreds of islands and no part of the Greek mainland more than 90 miles from the sea, fish is also a huge part of the cuisine. Sardines and octopus are common seafood used in Greek cooking, often simply grilled and served with lemon and a salad or vegetables. Moussaka is the national dish of Greece and other classic dishes include souvlaki (grilled meat skewers), dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), spanakopita (feta and spinach filo pie), gyros (meat and pita kebab), stifado (beef stew) and choriatiki (the traditional Greek salad). Some of Greece’s hilly terrain is also home to rolling vineyards and the country is becoming more well-known for its wine and spirits, most notably ouzo, which is an anise-flavoured liqueur.

Ancient Sites of Greece

With one of the world’s most fascinating and oldest histories, it is no surprise that Greece is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the Neolithic and Early Bronze ages to the Mycenaean and Classical periods, Greece truly offers an incredible array of historic landmarks and ancient ruins. Athens, the birthplace of democracy, claims one of the country’s most important sites – the Acropolis. Constructed in the 5th century, it houses some remarkable sights including the Parthenon, Erechtheion and Temple of Athena Nike. Further north situated on the slopes of Mount Parnassus lies the ancient site of Delphi and to the west, the Peloponnese claims Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games – as well as spectacular Mycenae and Epidaurus. The Greek Islands also boast their fair share of archaeological sites including the Minoan Palace of Knossos on Crete, the ancient amphitheater at Delos and the Temple of Apollo in Naxos.

Ancient Sites of Greece
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