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Luxury Greek Islands Holidays

The many sides of Greece

Greek Islands

Picking which Greek Island to visit is notoriously difficult, seeing as there are 6,000 to choose from.

You could go vineyard hopping in Kefalonia, look for the best party on the island in Mykonos or see the ancient ruins of Rhodes, where the steep, narrow streets fill with more donkeys than cars. Then there’s the diverse landscape of Crete, where sandy, palm-fringed beaches are backed by snow-covered mountains, and the black-sand beaches and pastel-coloured villages of romantic Santorini.

Whichever island you pick, you’re likely to find rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and lush hill landscapes thick with olive groves. And away from the coast, ancient ruins and charming traditional villages are usually peppered with whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches.

Destinations in Greek Islands
Corfu
North-easterly Corfu is practically within throwing distance of Italy’s heel – and it’s got a Venetian capital city, terracotta-topped villas and swathes of green Adriatic countryside to prove it.
Crete
Crete is the biggest Greek Island, stretching out through the Aegean Sea. It’s been popular for millennia, so you can tour everything from Bronze Age settlements to big beach resorts.
Kefalonia
Kefalonia drops anchor just west of mainland Greece, between Lefkada and Zakynthos. It’s a hilly island, so expect hilltop harbour cities, white-sand coves and a mountainous interior.
Kos
Kos offers an ever-changing landscape – from medieval harbour cities and longstanding beach resorts to Greco-Roman archaeological digs and forested valleys with peacock colonies.  
Mykonos
Mykonos is the star of the Cyclades archipelago. The island balances beach clubs, boutique hotels and chic cafés with an old-world backdrop of whitewashed windmills and Aegean-blue churches.
Rhodes
Rhodes is a king-sized island in the south-easterly Aegean. It really goes all out, serving up everything from an ancient capital and beach resorts to monastery-crowned mountains and butterfly valleys.  
Santorini
Santorini – often called Thira – is an island with volcanic good looks. Expect snow-white clifftop villages and black sandy beaches with dramatic views of the surrounding Cyclades archipelago.
Skiathos
The pine forests and pretty harbours of Skiathos lie just east of the Greek mainland. You might even recognise it – Skiathos and neighbouring Skopelos starred in the Mamma Mia! movie.
Zakynthos
Zakynthos is one of the Ionians – a chain of islands famous for their ivory-white beaches and turtle-friendly coves. Expect a combination of chic harbour towns and lively beach resorts.
Island-hopping itinerary

Mykonos, Santorini & Crete


At a glance
  • Discover three classically Greek islands
  • Sip cocktails in Little Venice, Mykonos
  • Watch Santorini‚Äôs famous sunset
  • Unwind on the sandy beaches of Crete
9 days from £1995 per person

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When to go

Greece has some of the best weather in Europe – long, dry summers with poolside-perfect temperatures that kick off as early as April and last all the way to October.  There’s little risk of rain, and as many as 12 hours of sunshine a day in midsummer. Things can get seriously hot, though, with July and August temperatures peaking in the early 30s – great for beach-lovers, although dedicated sightseers may want to pick the cooler spring or autumn months. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece. 

Tipping

In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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