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Greece Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Greece , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Our luxury hotels can be found in the capital city of Athens, where the Acropolis and the Parthenon should be on your list of things to see, while there are many fine museums and incredible shopping opportunities too, and from Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, you can easily enjoy it all. We also feature The Peloponnese – a large peninsula in southwest Greece connected to the mainland at two points; the Isthmus of Corinth and the Rio-Antirio Bridge – the perfect complement to bustling Athens as it boasts stunning countryside dotted with olive trees and vineyards, back-dropped by green mountains areas and unspoilt coastline. Meanwhile, Halkidiki and the gorgeous islands of Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, are perfect for a relaxing beach escape. Greece is the perfect place for some island-hopping too.

Please note that due to Greek Government changes in VAT rates, charges for restaurants, catering and transport, may be increased during 2015.

General Information
CapitalAthens
LanguageGreek
Time Difference2 hours
CurrencyEuro
Voltage220V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Greece is a sprawling country, but generally the most pleasant times to visit are the months of June and September. The hottest months are July and August when temperatures soar and the heat in cities such as Athens can be a bit uncomfortable, while coastal or island locations offer more of a breeze and the opportunity to cool off in the sea. During winter and early spring can be quite showery and windy.

In Halkidiki on the mainland, April to June and September to October are warm and dry, while temperatures in July and August can be quite high.

Between May and September the island of Crete enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with hot dry days and warm, pleasant evenings. Winters are mild, but do expect rain.

Mykonos winds help to maintain a warm and refreshing temperature on the island and from mid April to the end of October is a very pleasant time to visit.

Santorini boasts hot and dry summers, June and July peak at an average temperature of 29˚C, whereas the sea will be at its warmest from August until October.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Greece.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1355
February1349
March1646
April2029
May2521
June3011
July325
August326
September2912
October2353
November1861
December1475

Highlights+

Greek Mainland
Greece is home to some of the world's most prized architecture and on the mainland we feature Athens, which is perfect for a city break including some of the world’s most notable archaeological sites. Hotel Grande Bretagne, A Luxury Collection Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy impressive views of both the Acropolis and Parthenon without leaving the comfort of your luxury hotel. There are many fine museums too and, of course, shops, restaurants and bars.

The Peloponnese, meanwhile, is also steeped in ancient Greek history and legends with places of interest including Olympia – the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, the Medical Sanctuary of Asclepius and the Amphitheatre in Epidaurus that still hosts Greek drama performances to this day.

If you're looking for a luxury beach holiday, Halkidiki is an excellent destination. It is made up of three peninsulas – Kassandra, the busiest and the most visited, Sithonia, with its unspoilt fishing villages and rugged, pine-forested interior, and Mount Athos which is home to twenty monasteries (and can only be visited by men).

Greek Islands
Greece is the perfect place to go island hopping and there are plenty of islands to start from, each with an individual character. Crete is the largest and most diverse, with a host of historic treasures and spectacular mountain ranges, pretty Mykonos is dotted with windmills and gorgeous white-washed buildings, Santorini is raised up on an ancient volcanic crater and is a romantic destination, while Zakynthos, where we feature luxury villa resort, Porto Zante Villas and Spa, has rich flora and is an important breeding place for Loggerhead Turtles. However, all of the islands have certain things in common; the gorgeous beaches, fantastic cuisine and breathtaking seascapes.

Cuisine

Try Greek dishes including the classic dish, moussaka (minced meat and aubergines in a rich sauce), Greek salads with feta cheese, tomato and onion, kleftiko (a slow-roasted lamb dish), beef stifado (a beef, onion and tomato casserole) and souvlaki (seasoned meat and vegetables cooked on the skewer and served in a pitta bread), as well as snacks including tzatziki (a yogurt and cucumber dip), stuffed tomatoes or Greek yogurt drizzled with honey. Of course, fresh fish is often served up in the local restaurants and tavernas and is delicious. If you wish to try some Greek wine, the region beyond Sitia in Crete is covered in vineyards that produce highly commendable wines, especially whites. There are many excellent hotel restaurants; if you’re looking for gourmet Greek cuisine, restaurants include Dionyssos (named after the Greek God of Wine) at Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas, while traditional Greek tavern-style venues include the delightful Blue Door at Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.

Shopping
As well as elegant boutiques in towns including Mykonos Town, Thira in Santorini, and of course, Athens, there are many traditional shops with local items to purchase. Religious icons, sponges, olive oil-based products for the skin and hair and spices are all lovely souvenirs. For jewellery, seek out famous Greek jewellers, such as Ilias Lalaounis.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways from London Heathrow to Athens and Mykonos and from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki. Easyjet from London Gatwick to Heraklion and Kalamanta. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Athens:3 hours and 30 minutes; to Mykonos: 3 hours 45 minutes
From London Gatwick to Thessaloniki: 3 hours 15 minutes; to Heraklion: 3 hours, 55 minutes; to Kalamanta: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £55 per person, each way.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
 
Evenings Outdoors
Make the most of the warm summer nights and watch a movie at the outdoor cinema at Sani Asterias Suites, Halkidiki that is open between June and September.

Dining
Enjoy Fisherman’s Evening at the Yacht Club at Elounda Mare Relais & Château Hotel for a fantastic seafood buffet.

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