Luxury Greece Holidays

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Ancient Greece was once the heart of the civilised world, an innovative producer of thinking, science and theatre. Modern Greece wears this legacy proudly, if casually, and its historic sites and ruins still draw visitors from all over the world. Add to that stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, warm people and plenty of sunshine and you have a holiday paradise. The country's capital, Athens, is a large, busy city, home to a third of the population. The museums and ancient sites are well-known, but this is also the place to discover the best of contemporary Greece. The Peloponnese is famed as the cradle of all that is mythical;this is where the gods, goddesses and creatures of Ancient Greece were conceived. On the mainland, head to Halkidiki, Greece's 'trident', for a taste of the country's rural identity. Off the mainland's rugged shores the many islands each have an atmosphere and identity of their own. Crete is the largest and is even older than the mainland, where you can visit the ruins at Knossos Palace, relax on the beach or explore peaceful villages and countryside. In Mykonos and Santorini, white washed villages tumble down the hillsides to beautiful beaches and mirror-flat cerulean seas. Rhodes too, with its beaches and excellent diving, is perfect for those wanting to spend time by the water. Experience a culture of Mediterranean ease where boats offer an alternative to cars, small restaurants serve retsina against a backdrop of fishing nets, and men cluster around harbour front bars playing dominos.

Greece with A&K
It's the type of local knowledge that tops off a glorious day. So glorious you had to tell us about it. After a hot afternoon touring Mykonos with its sun-pickled white architecture and 16th century windmills, you needed a drink. More precisely you needed a cocktail. The island was teeming but the A&K guide weaved our party through the throng towards the sunset hotspot of Little Venice, where the perfect waterfront table with the perfect sunset view had been kept free. Your sundowner was served.

Enjoy an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday in Greece - or rent one of our dreamy villas - and it's these little details that make a real difference: the freshest calamari, friendliest boat skipper, quietest viewpoint. Our multi-centre European team has spent 25 years establishing fabulous contacts and a network of superb guides whose specialist knowledge brings the wonderful history to life.

We'll show you the Acropolis of Athens, an ancient citadel and home to one of the most famous buildings in the world, the Parthenon. You can head out to the haunting Temple of Poseidon above a cyan sea at Cape Sounion, Delphi's famous oracle and the Halkidiki Peninsula, near Thessaloniki, home to UNESCO listed Mt Athos.

Or you might cross the Corinth Canal to the increasingly fashionable Peloponnese, where Nafplio's beauty is matched by the towering drama of the Mani Peninsular, and history takes the striking shape of the Theatre of Epidaurus.

When it comes to islands, you're spoilt for choice - there are at least 1,200. Crete's the largest, alive with myths and home to the ruins of the Minoan's political nerve centre, the Knossos Palace; Mykonos, washed with warm winds, attracts international A-listers, while Santorini's white houses and blue domed churches, teetering on the edge of an extinct volcanic caldera, offer widescreen panoramas.

It's familiar yet very special. Take an A&K tour in 2016 and our superb guides will further enrich the experience. You told us about the brilliant Demetra.  Every day she arrived with a new marvel for our guests: replicas of ancient coins, recordings of traditional music, mosaic making tools. As we said, it's the little details that make all the difference


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Best time to be there

The mainland and islands are very hot and dry in July and especially August, the preferred travel month for French, Italian and Spanish holiday makers, making conditions busy, hotel availability limited and the beaches crowded. May, June and September are infinitely more comfortable and generally less expensive.
Rhodes, with its refreshing westerly winds and moderate summer heat, makes it the ideal place to travel for a summer holiday or a short break in the spring or Autumn.

Fly to

Athens and Thessaloniki (British Airways); Rhodes (easyjet); Heraklion, Santorini and Mykonos (British Airways to Athens and onward with Aegean Air)

Flying time

3-4 hours

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

The Peloponnese

Nights: 9 | from £4,330pp

Visit Athens with an expert guide then travel on to Epidaurus, the ancient citadel of Mycenae and explore unspoilt seaside landscapes over 9 nights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Athens City Break

Nights: 4 | from £950pp

Get under the skin of Greece's ancient capital on a 4 day tour of Athens's markets and museums, the mighty Acropolis and the Plaka district. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Greek Island Hopping

Nights: 6 | from £2,150pp

Hop your way around the Cyclades islands, taking in the charm of Santorini, the lively town of Mykonos and the cultural gem that is the tiny, traditional... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amanzoe

Peloponnese

Aman Resorts' Greece offering is surrounded by undulating olive groves and overlooking the island of Spetses and the Argosaronic Gulf beyond. The free-standing...Find out more

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Elounda Peninsula

Crete

Accommodations at this all suite resort are fantastic. Choose between the Peninsula Collection Suites featuring one to three bedrooms set over two floors...Find out more

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Grace Mykonos

Mykonos

This exclusive 31 room boutique property in Agios Stefanos just north of Mykonos town itself is a newcomer to the island's already glittering hotel scene....Find out more

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Perivolas Traditional Houses

Oia  

Lovingly restored to reach the height of immaculate, sophisticated chic, Perivolas is a genuine one-off. Three-hundred year old caves, once home to local...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

Peloponnese

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the second property of Starwood Hotels and Resorts that operates at Costa Navarino, the new prime destination in the...Find out more

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Celebrity Cruise – Greek Isles Cruise

Nights: 9 | from £2,550pp

Discover the wonders of Ancient Greece on this sailing, which follows the picturesque coastline of Croatia before tracing a path to Athens and onwards... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Europe team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 703 or enquire online


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