Greece & Islands
Azure waters, achaelogical sites and wonderful islands
Greece has so much history, a vibrant, energetic culture, beautiful beaches, crystal clear blue waters and friendly and welcoming locals so it's easy to see why it has been a go-to luxury destination for holidaymakers for year after year.
The choice of where to visit in Greece may be the hardest decision you have to make about your whole luxury holiday experience! From the historic Plaka quarter in Athens where colourful antique shops, market stalls and tavernas abound, to the more modern Athens; or the beautiful and unspoilt beaches of the peninsula to the Greek Islands that individually peddle their own unique charms and attraction... there is so much to see and do that you will want to visit again and again.
Greece was 2nd in the world for Blue Flag-award beaches in 2019 with Crete and the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece having the most Blue Flags. Halkidiki is home to sparkling, crystal clear waters and offers beautiful pine forests, a rugged coastline and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Athos.
The largest island is Crete which enjoys a long summer season making it a great choice for sun-worshippers. It offers a diverse range of luxury places to stay so you will definitely find something that suits your needs - perhaps staying in a small traditional village setting or enjoying the sights and sounds of a larger, more cosmopolitan resort.
Santorini is a popular choice for couples seeking a romantic holiday destination in Greece and it boasts a wide selection of luxury boutique hotels with arched roofs and blue domes dominating the skyline. Oia has amazing views of the Caldera and a good choice of restaurants and shops which line the pedestrianised cliff-top walkway.
Skiathos is great for couples as well as families as it has over 60 sandy beaches on its 45km of coastline. Skitathos Town has a charming Old Port area but it comes alive in the evening with a buzzing nightlife vibe.
Hiring a car is a simple process and one we can help you with. It's a great way to explore Greece and allows you to reach some secluded villages and hidden gems of beaches you wouldn't otherwise see.
At Designer Travel, we can tailor-make your ideal holiday to Greece, whether you're looking to cruise the Greek islands, tour the historic highlights of Greece, take a walking holiday or simply find a stunning luxury villa where you can relax your days away, we can help. Tell us what you want and we will do the work for you! We have many experts who have been to Greece time and again so they know the country, the islands, the culture and the accommodation that would best suit your needs. Twin centre holidays are a specialty too so you don't have to confine yourself to one destination, you get to see more of this wonderful country in one trip - absolutely ideal!
- A popular holiday destination but we can still find you quiet places off the beaten track
- Find out more about the fascinating Greek history and mythology – absolutely fascinating!
- An abundance of Blue Flag beaches
- Santorini is a popular choice for couples and you’ll be treated to amazing sunsets
- Crete and Rhodes are our top recommendations for luxury family holidays to Greece
- Preveza has wonderful beaches, a lovely natural landscape and beautiful villages
- The Peloponnese is an ideal destination if you want to visit some of the finest ancient ruins Greece has to offer
- Car hire is simple and a great way to see some of the best sights
- Tailor-made and twin-centre holidays can be arranged
Flight time from London Heathrow to Athens is 3 hours 50 minutes
Time Difference: GMT +2
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
Typical of a Mediterranean climate, Greece's climate has hot and dry summers with cool winter weathers. Summers can be very hot with temperatures between 30 and 35°C in July and August.
Winters are mild in the south and cooler in the mountainous northern areas.
Rain is expected anytime from November to March.
Leisure & Activities
The Greek capital offers a wealth of archaeological sites to discover. From the Acropolis to the National Archaeological Museum, Athens is a fantastic destination to learn everything about Greek architecture. Other highlights include Plaka which is built into the hillside below the Acropolis and is Athens’ oldest residential Quarter. Nearby you can visit The Temple of Poseidon and Delphi.
Greece is part of the European wine route network and wine tourism has grown enormously in recent years. Holidays that combine wine tasting with a good standard of accommodation are becoming more available and popular.
Only 227 of the 6000 islands are actually inhabited in Greece. There’s a huge diversity of landscapes with pristine sandy beaches stretching over many miles, rugged mountain ranges, sheltered coves, volcanic soil, caves and wetlands as well as remnants from some of the oldest European civilisations.