GREECE

Step into the ring where Olympic athletes competed. Gaze at Meteora’s monasteries, perched atop towering rock pinnacles. Contemplate the Oracle’s insights from the grandeur of Delphi or take in a starlit drama at an ancient outdoor theatre. In the most unexpected places, you’ll encounter thought-provoking modern art, the melancholic throb of rembetika (blues songs) and collections of ancient marble sculptures dredged up from beneath the Aegean. Greece balances its past, present and future in a way managed by few other countries. The result is a nation with endless cultural pursuits.

 

Greeks are truly social beings. Their families are extended and they are quick to welcome in newcomers, whether for a coffee, a shot of ouzo, a chorus on the bouzouki or a heated debate. Greeks are passionate, if nothing else, and this passion continues to drive society forward despite the current economic turmoil. Life is lived to the fullest, even at the most difficult of times, and herein lies the secret of how a country, seemingly riddled with challenges, is full of people who remain so in love with life. 

GET INSPIRED

Island-Hop in the Cyclades

Picture-perfect views, wind mills, whitewashed houses spilling down cliffs, blue waters, sunsets on the caldera….it is simply magic!

Try the Mediterranean Diet

Horitaki, grilled cheese, grape leaves, beans in tomato sauce, fresh breads, stuffed vegetables and savory pastries with a glass of local wine.  

Rediscover Ancient History

From the Acropolis in Athens, to Delphi or Corinth, learn about the Antiquity and the mythology.

Eat with a View

Have dinner in a roof top restaurant in Athens with the Acropolis looming high above Athens.

RECOMMENDED  HOTELS

Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens

Situated in the historic center of the city, this luxury hotel, built in 1874, is 1 km from both the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and 2 km from the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Featuring courtyard views, the plush, sophisticated rooms and suites also offer marble bathrooms, minibars and flat-screen TVs, plus free Wi-Fi. Suites add antique furnishings, separate living areas and DVD players, plus 24-hour butler service. Room service is available.

Amenities include 3 restaurants, including a rooftop restaurant/bar, 4 bars and a refined cigar lounge. There’s also a fitness studio, indoor and outdoor pools, and a luxe spa.

Hotel Kivotos Mykonos

Set on a rocky hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea, this luxe hotel with a private beach is 4 km from the iconic Mykonos windmills and 17 km from the Archaeological Museum of Delos.

The airy rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and balconies. Upgraded rooms feature whirlpool tubs and sea views. Suites add sitting areas, and some have private pools. Room service is available.

A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include a refined restaurant and 2 bars, as well as a spa, a fitness center and 2 outdoor pools with hot tubs. Yoga classes take place on the beach. Cruises on a private yacht are offered for a fee.

Hotel Canaves Oia Santorini

Carved into a cliffside overlooking the Aegean Sea, this polished all-suite hotel is 10 km from the Santorini cable car and 11 km from the Museum of Prehistoric Thera.

Featuring minimalist decor, the airy suites come with free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and flat-screens with DVD players. All have minibars, balconies, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgrades have living/dining areas; some include private plunge pools. Room service is available.

Breakfast and parking are free. There’s a chic restaurant/bar and an infinity pool. Other amenities include a gym, and an open-air spa with massage services. Wine tasting and yoga are offered.

Elounda Beach 

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this chic resort is 9 km from Lake Voulismeni and 12 km from the Frourio Spinalogkas fortress ruins.

Stylish, high-end rooms, suites and villas come with free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players, as well as furnished balconies or terraces with garden or bay views. Upgraded quarters add whirlpool tubs and steam showers. Some villas have direct sea access or private heated pools.

Free full breakfast is provided on a poolside terrace in a buffet-style restaurant. There’s also several eateries and bars, plus a sandy beach, a luxe spa and sports facilities.

 

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