About Greek Islands

Island hopping is synonymous with Greece. The islands are scattered in the Ionian and Aegean Seas and are linked by a fairly decent ferry network. Some islands also have a small airport with flights being less than an hour in duration from Athens.

The Ionian, in western Greece, is slightly cut off from the rest of the island groups but there is plenty of variety within this area to make a memorable holiday. Popular Corfu  can be combined with quieter Paxos; stunning Lefkada with Cephalonia.

Lying off the Athenian mainland are the Saronic Islands, Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses -  ideal if you wish to have an island base from which to explore the Greek mainland.

The Cyclades, so called as they form a circle around the sacred island of Delos, are spread over a vast area from Andros in the north to Santorini in the south. The latter is one of the most well known Greek islands and with its whitewashed houses & striking churches atop a black volcanic cliff, it is also one of the most dramatic.

Mykonos has a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere yet there are smaller, quieter, off the beaten track places to be found on the island; Naxos (one of our favourites) is surprisingly green (the Cyclades landscapes tend to be fairly barren); Milos - another stunning island with unusual beaches & striking rock formations.

The Dodecanese (12 islands) further to the east has several big hitters - Rhodes and Kos; Patmos where St John wrote his Book of Revelation; pretty Leros and quaint Symi. These islands once lay on a popular trading route so their harbours are pretty spectacular.

Who can forget Crete -  the largest island, almost a country in its own right. There's plenty to explore here: archaeological sites, gorges, mountains and fabulous beaches, but if you want to mix it up a bit you could combine a stay here with a few days on Santorini.

Island hopping is often regarded as being the domain of the truly independent traveller, however cancelled ferries, missed connections and a lack of accommodation (especially in high season), can often thwart the best laid plans. That's where we can help. We can smooth the way for your island hopping experience by pre-booking ferries, accommodation, transfers, even sightseeing tours to help you get the most out of your holiday.

 

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