Greece Travel Guide

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Introducing Greece

It is very difficult for a Greece holiday to go wrong. Every corner of the destination has plenty to recommend it. It is easy to fall in love with Greece. The destination is known for over sixty inhabited islands, historic sites, idyllic beaches, tall mountains and variety of tourist attractions. Many people visit the destination to catch a ferry to the islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes and more. Take off to this exceptional destination with Flamingo assuring a holiday to cherish for lifetime. 

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

The weather in Greece varies from the mainland to the many Greek Islands. But Generally speaking the best time to visit Greece is during spring i.e. from April until mid-June and autumn i.e. September and October. During this season the weather is quite mild and the crowds are less. In July and August it is very crowded and hot especially around popular attractions and destination like Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes etc. During this time bookings are made in advance and everything is more expensive comparatively. In August most Greeks take their annual leave and majority of people are on a holiday, so popular attractions can be crowded with Greeks itself.

December to March are the coldest months there accompanied with rain and some snow. If you are more interested to explore the mainland Greece, cities like Athens, Thessalonki , the famous archeological sites like Delphi, Meteora and more then this is the best time to visit Greece. Hotels and restaurants are open in winters here and also provide services way cheaper than the actual seasonal rates. 

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History & Culture

Greece is a land synonymous with history and archaic exploration, and in that capacity is an ideal place to go on a vacation. From the Bronze Age civic establishments of Mycenae, Knossos and Santorini to the Classical giants of Athens, Sparta, Rhodes and Delphi; from the Byzantine miracles of Mystras, Monemvasia and Patmos to the cutting edge solaces and joys on offer in Athens and Thessaloniki. The sights of Ancient, Medieval and Modern Greece are basically world-class.

The term "Greece" gets it from their Roman heroes. From the eighth century BC, colonization had taken Greek-speakers everywhere throughout the Mediterranean, from the Black Sea, Turkey, to North Africa, Italy France and Spain, similar to "frogs around a lake" (Plato). 

By the fifth century BC Classical Greeks had sorted out themselves into free resident states (known as polis, from which comes our assertion "political, like, Athens, Sparta, Ephesus, Byzantion and Marseilles. Each polis had its own laws, lingo, money and government. Firmly independent, they battled among themselves for domination, and inside over various styles of constitution (eg, oppression, majority rule government, theocracy). In the fourth century BC, Macedon in the north, under its ruler Philip II and his child Alexander the Great, took brief control, however on the passing of Alexander in 323 BC, the territory split into a progression of groups under Macedonian governors. Radical, democracy system kicked the bucket right then and there, never to be reestablished.                                                                  The land-mass of Hellas turned out to be a piece of the Roman domain in the second century BC, and Greek poleis in Turkey and somewhere else pursued. The alliances and poleis kept on running themselves, however were presently under close Roman supervision. Roman development east was made less demanding by the victories of Alexander the Great, who presented Greek polis style culture, organization and urban living, similar to Afghanistan.

The Greek dialect, in any case, spread all through the Mediterranean. Greek was heard in Rome presumably more often than Latin. The gospel journalists and St Paul knew well that they would need to write in Greek on the off chance that they needed their message to spread. Romans slurped up Greek culture – writing, history, philosophy and architecture– and by making Greek a focal component of their education system guaranteed that Greek accomplishment would be given on to us today. 

By the fourth century AD plainly the Roman realm was ending up too extensive to even consider being halfway controlled. In 324 the Roman head Constantine essentially split the realm into two parts, the eastern half focused on Greek Byzantium, renamed Constantinople (presently Istanbul). At the point when the Western Roman domain fallen under the effect of Germanic intrusions in the fifth century, Constantinople turned into the new focal point of the Roman realm, known as the Byzantine realm. 

The crumple of the western realm prompted some disturbance in the east; however the Byzantines step by step recaptured authority over Greece until the slippery assault on Constantinople in 1204 by the Frankish crusaders (western Europeans). The Franks split up Greece, yet battling among them and against Serbs, Albanians and Turks left them lethally debilitated. On 29 May 1453 Constantinople tumbled to the Ottoman part of the Turkish intruders, who had been cleaning up the rest of the territories of the old Byzantine realm, and for about 400 years Greece was under Ottoman control.                                                                                                       By the nineteenth century, the empire was financially on its keep going legs, and on 25 March 1821, Greece announced its freedom. Whenever France, Britain and Russia undermined to intercede against the Turks, the Turks yielded. Greece utilized different intends to expand its domain into the Ionian islands, Thessaly, Macedon, Crete and the Aegean – an appalling development into Turkey (1919-22) fizzled – and it achieved its present arrangement in 1947. 

German control of Greece in the second world war finished in 1944, yet a rough and entangled common war on the double broke out between (extensively) socialists and western-supported government powers (1944-49), bringing about a Greek government slanted toward the west, however with critical enemy of western assessment was still in power. 

In 1967 a military junta ("the colonels") ousted the administration and finished the government. In 1974, the routine imploded, and since 1975 Greece has been a popularity based republic. It joined the EU in 1981 and received the euro in 2001. Strains with Turkey remain.



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Geography

Greece is located in south-eastern Europe, on the southern end of Balkan Peninsula lieing between 3 continents Europe, Asia and Africa. Due to numerous islands the country boasts the largest coastline in Europe which is 13,676km long. The western part of the country is blessed with mountainous steep peaks of Pindus mountains. Elevations here exceed 2,500 meters, and the mountains are punctuated by various lakes, rivers and wetlands. The highest Greek mountain is Mount Olympus standing 2,918 meters high. Moving southwest stands the huge Meteora rock formations, massive pillars of stones shaped by wind and water over thousands of years. Along the border of Bulgaria, in the far north is the heavily forested Southern Rhodope Mountain range spreading across the land. 

Greece is also home to ancient volcanoes on the islands of Kos, Methana, Milos, Proros, Nisyros and Santorini. None of the ancient volcanoes are currently active. Last recorded significant eruptions happened on the island of Nisyros in 1887/1888 and on Santorini in 1950. 

Rivers in Greece include Acheloos, Aliacmon, Evros , Pinios, Trichonis, Vegoritis and Volvi. Most of the smaller rivers dry up in the heat of summer. 

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Things to Do in Greece

"Discover this One Day Cruise from Athens to the Saronic.  The daily cruise in three magical greek islands, Hydra, Poros and Aegina, isn’t just a trip but is an experience you will never forget.
A unique experience, a unique cruise, a special day. This cruise will introduce you to the Greek sun, sea and fun, traveling to three islands in one day. Come on board for a unique experience and create unforgettable memories.
Get on board and experience the combination of Greek hospitality and multicultural co-existence. A big group of people of different nationalities, customs and cultures, along with the unique Greek hospitality and entertainment, will travel like never before. They will dance and sing together across the deep blue mediterranean waters, enjoying the sun, the tasty foods and delicacies.
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The Cosmopolitan HYDRA, with its cobblestone alleys, its unspoilt –over the centuries- unique architectural beauty, as well as the traditional means of transportation that you can find on the island, its donkeys, will make the visitors fall in love with it at first sight. Enjoying a walk and discover the historic landmarks.
The cinematic island POROS, with an insuperable natural beauty and thousands of pine trees, expanding from the steep and sandy beaches, making the romance and calmness island.
The historical AEGINA, which took its name by the beautiful nymph that, was kidnapped by Zeus. Aegina is well known across the world for the delicious pistachios, the beautiful beaches, the Temple of Aphea and St. Nektarios Monastery.
Additionality, our guests can book transportation, breakfast on board and shore excursions on the islands, with extra fees. The shore excursions are Hydra walking tour, swim escape to Agistri Island with traditional boat from Aegina and the experience of Afaia Ancient Temple and the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Nektarios on Aegina by bus.
One Day, Three Islands, 1000 Memories
A trip to the islands of pleasures"
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It is practically impossible to imagine planning any trip to the land of Greece without even the mere mention of visiting the city of Santorini. And this city most definitely deserves all the limelight it gets. Santorini is basically one of the Cyclades islands that are floating in the Aegean Sea. A volcanic eruption which originally destroyed this island in the 16th century ultimately resulted in shaping it as well. The beaches here are so unique that they consist of red, black, and white lava pebbles which make the place extremely picturesque. Adding to the natural beauty of this place is the unique architecture which will leave you mesmerized. 
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Whenever you visit any particular place, it is necessary to take in as much historical information along with the culture of the given travel destination. Taking this into consideration, every good travel itinerary consists of at least one stop at a local as well as relevant museum. In terms of Greece as a travel destination, the ideal museum to go to is the Acropolis Museum situated in the city of Athens. This is an archaeological museum which mainly exhibits the findings from the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The purpose of building this museum was to make sure that each and every rock discovered at this site can be exhibited.
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If you have ever even caught a glimpse of the famous holiday film ‘Mamma Mia’, then you would have surely felt a craving to leave behind the materialistic pleasures of the world and head off to spend a few days in a tropical paradise as shown in the movie. And the Hellenic seascape most definitely lives up to the expectations created by the film. The Hellenic seascape is one of the most popular Greek islands. Apart from this, this seascape is also said to be one most picturesque tropical spots one can find in all of our planet. Come and witness its dazzle for yourself!
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Greece obviously has tremendous natural beauty to offer, but it is also known as the pioneers of rich heritage in the entire world. And among the various kinds of art that developed in this country, divination has always been considered one of the most important ones. This is why do plan a visit to the famous oracle shrine of Delphi. This shrine stands tall and represents more than a thousand years of heritage. The location of this oracle shine is absolutely breath-taking.
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Athens is one of the most important cities of Greece and every great city comes with an even better nightlife. And especially in the case of Athens, this city can proudly boast of a vibrant nightlife. Along with having the best of clubs one could ask more, Athens has another added advantage which is its beaches. Let yourself loose at the hip parties which the clubs at its beaches host. Forget all your worries of the world and shake a leg with some great music!
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Situated in the central region of Greece, the Meteora is one of the most precipitously built and largest complexes of the Eastern Orthodox Monasteries in the guise of a rock formation. This complex consists of six such monasteries, which have been built on natural pillars and boulders which resembles hills. Such boulders also dominate the local area which add to the natural beauty of the arena. This extraordinary place has claimed the title of being one of the most visited tourist spots in all of Greece. 
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There is always a plus point of visiting a tourist destination which is situated on the brink of a massive water body, and that is exploring various kinds of watersports. The watersports in this country offer an array of options to choose from. When it comes to adventure sports, it usually happens that only adults can indulge in it. But in Greece, age is no barrier for watersports. You will undoubtedly find activities for people of all ages as well as interests. Hence don’t forget to put aside a few days solely for this purpose.
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Mar
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Istanbul (3N) - Kusadasi (1N) - Pamukkale (1N) - Cappadocia (2N) - Athens (1N) - Kalabaka
... Istanbul (3N) - Kusadasi (1N) - Pamukkale (1N) - Cappadocia (2N) - Athens (1N) - Kalabaka (1N) - Athens (2N) - Mykonos (1N) - Santorini (2N) - Athens (1N)
Price Per Adult
$ 3,550
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Athens City Breaks

4 Nights / 5 Days
Trip Type
Short Breaks
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
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  • Sep
Included Cities
Athens (4N)
... Athens (4N)
Price Per Adult
$ 570
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Best of Greece

11 Nights / 12 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Athens (4N) - Olympia (1N) - Delphi (1N) - Kalampaka (1N) - Mykonos (2N) - Santorini (2N)
... Athens (4N) - Olympia (1N) - Delphi (1N) - Kalampaka (1N) - Mykonos (2N) - Santorini (2N)
Price Per Adult
$ 1,560
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Highlights of Turkey - Greece

15 Nights / 16 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Apr
  • Aug
  • Dec
  • Feb
  • Feb
  • Jan
  • Jan
  • Jul
  • Jun
  • Mar
  • Mar
  • May
  • Nov
  • Oct
  • Sep
Included Cities
Istanbul (3N) - Cappadocia (2N) - Pamukkale (1N) - Kusadasi (2N) - Athens (3N) - Santorini
... Istanbul (3N) - Cappadocia (2N) - Pamukkale (1N) - Kusadasi (2N) - Athens (3N) - Santorini (2N) - Mykonos (2N)
Price Per Adult
$ 2,020
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