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The artistic wonders of the classical world. Combined with picture-perfect islands, beautiful beaches and sculpted landscapes

Stroll round Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities. Climb the Acropolis to the Parthenon – temple of the goddess Athena – and experience history. Then hop off – to islands surrounded by warm seas and fine sand.

To many historians, Greece was the birthplace of modern thinking, the foundation of civilisation as we know it. Certainly, the classical world is still to be found in Athens, with its world-renowned temple and sights like the stone citadel on Filopappou Hill.

But another world awaits you beyond the splendour of Athens. Talk to one of our Greece consultants, Alison Jones, and she’ll introduce you to any number of different islands – each one a gem in its own individual way.

Santorini, for example, is one of Alison’s favourite islands. Where pure relaxation is yours, simply by sitting outside a seaside taverna and watching the local fishermen landing the catch of the day. Where you can take a cable car from the harbour to visit the town of Fira – home to some of the world’s most breathtaking views. Where you can visit tiny white-washed villages clinging to the edge of the soaring caldera, overlooking the southern Aegean.

Or you might choose to hop over to Nafplio with its charming harbour, Mycenae archaeological site and atmospheric Greek theatre of Epidaurus. The ancient world is yours.

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  • What was particularly impressive was the way in which Catherine listened to what we like to do and combined all of this in a destination we would not have considered - a truly terrific effort.

    OL, Caribbean, 2014