Greece

Discovering the Greatness of Greece

Most people in Britain think that Greece is hot, dry and full of cats. The latter is certainly true but mainland Greece in April is awash with colour, benign with its heat and still a couple of months from being arid. 

Discovering the Greatness of Greece

Springtime Splendour of Crete

After an early start from Gatwick Airport we met up with our ever-helpful leader Kath and travelled comfortably to Kastelli. We were last there 23 years ago with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, but that was in July when the weather was hot and the grass was brown.

Springtime Splendour of Crete

Walking in Crete

We would just like to say how much we enjoyed our “Spring in Crete” holiday, from which we returned last week. Our leader, Kath, was excellent: she led some delightful walks, was knowledgeable about the flora, led us to (many!) delightful tavernas, and was always attentive to the needs of the party. 

Walking in Crete

Rewarding walking in Northern Greece

Journalist Alexandra Topping loved her recent walking holiday in the wild Zagori region of Northern Greece. In a most evocative article for The Guardian, she describes it as “the perfect Greek holiday”. We agree – our tour to Epirus and the Pindhos Mountains is based in the same area, and is one of our most popular Greek destinations.
 

Rewarding walking in Northern Greece

A Cretan Christmas

Christmas in Crete sounded idyllic, in marked contrast to the previous winters in England. In the weeks before the flight the weather reports from Crete recorded temperatures in the high teens and no mention of rain. 

A Cretan Christmas
Peter TaylorRhodes, Greece, Europe

Walking in Greece: Christmas in Rhodes

If you want to escape the UK weather, “Christmas-hype” and crowded shops then this is the holiday for you. As well as easy walking, you can sample empty beaches, the quiet Old Town of Rhodes or the Acropolis at Lindos. 

Peter TaylorRhodes, Greece, Europe
Walking in Greece: Christmas in Rhodes

Pelion and the Sporades

Having sampled Crete, Patmos and Samos in previous years with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, in 2008 we booked the Pelion and the Sporades holiday, only having to cancel it at the last moment due to my illness. February this year took us to Cuba with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, and we were determined to complete our 2008 plans by booking the Greek holiday again this year for September 13th.

Pelion and the Sporades
John AshleyGreece, Europe

A Cretan Christmas

Yasas!

26 degrees, blue skies, not a drop of rain – that’s the way to spend Christmas.  I was assured the weather was not typical for December, but I didn’t miss the odd rainy day. 

John AshleyGreece, Europe
A Cretan Christmas
David CannellGreece, Europe, 15400

A Classic Greek Journey

I have not written a ‘blog’ before but, with this being my first Ramblers holiday, and with some gentle coaxing from our walk leader, maybe now is the time to ‘break my duck’.

David CannellGreece, Europe, 15400
A Classic Greek Journey
David CannellGreece, Europe, 15400

A Classic Greek Journey

I have not written a ‘blog’ before but, with this being my first Ramblers holiday, and with some gentle coaxing from our walk leader, maybe now is the time to ‘break my duck’.

David CannellGreece, Europe, 15400
A Classic Greek Journey

Karpenissi: Walking in Greece

Forests of fir trees, snow capped mountain tops, bubbling streams, and crackling log fires. Am I in Switzerland, Austria, perhaps the Italian Alps? No, I’m in Greece!, Karpenissi to be exact, located approximately 4 hours north of Athens, on the southern slopes of Mount Tymfristos.

Karpenissi: Walking in Greece

Secrets of Southern Evia

Excitement and anticipation of our holiday was tempered somewhat by the ongoing BA strikes but, due to the excellence of the Ramblers Worldwide Holidays organisational team, and some last minute arrangements by our leader, Hugh, all went well and our flight, bus journey and ferry connection were re-arranged with the minimum of fuss.

Secrets of Southern Evia

Crete

A first trip to Crete… and what a magical place. Chania is the perfect Mediterranean port. Where else would you walk around the harbour or an old town and actually think that EVERY restaurant deserved a visit; so friendly, and the ones we ate in served some of the best holiday food ever.

Crete

Samos

THURSDAY: Arrived in Samos at 6:45am after an overnight flight from Heathrow, and after a hearty breakfast sleep was in order for the morning. Late afternoon we gathered for our first formal meeting with Angela Brown, our leader. 

Samos