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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO GREECE

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies featuring holidays, tours and travel in Greece, both on the mainland and the islands.
Anenome Holidays 0870 074 5678 Specialist operator to Cyprus and parts of Greece, such as Athens, Spetses, Porto Heli, Halkidiki Santorini. Also classical tours, weddings, golf, walking etc.
Best of Greece, The 0870 442 2442 Deluxe hotels and resorts on Crete, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Rhodes, Cyprus, Haldiki & Athens. Cruises & yacht charters. Also specialise in tailor-made. Has been operating to Greece for over 30 years.
BikeGreece 0115 9830370 Bike holidays, for both leisurely and hardcore cyclists, around some of the less well-known areas around Athens.
Cachet Travel 020 8758 1818 Crete specialists offering villas, apartments and selected small hotels.
Crete Escapes 01332 880413 Small company specialising in villa rentals for North West Crete (Chania area). All villas are well equipped and the majority have a private pool. Their portfolio has grown organically from one villa (their own) in 2002 when they launched.
CV Villas 020 7563 79999 Villas, tailor-made. Big company which over three decades has expanded away from its original core business as 'Corfu Villas'
Direct Holidays 0141 559 7097 Hotels & apartments in Corfu, Kos, Athens, Zante, crete & Rhodes. A direct sell brand belonging to the MyTravel group.
Discerning Collection, The 0800 987 0424 Born from the ashes of the well-respected Tapestry Holidays, Nick and Viv Wrightman's The Discerning Collection focuses once again on boutique hotels and luxury villas in on Kefalonia and Crete.
Discover the Greek Islands 0845 2990410 Does 'what it says on the tin', specialises in holidays and flights to all the key Greek islands - Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Kos, Lesbos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos & Zante. Wide choice of apartments, hotels and villas. Part of the Freedom Travel Group.
Exodus 0208 675 5550 Mainly cycling & walking holidays
Explore! 01252 884 292 Small group exploratory tours
Exsus Travel 020 7292 5050 Luxury holidays based in Santorini or cruising the islands on crewed yachts.
Freelance Holidays 01789 297705 Character properties, villas with pools, hotels and apartments on Crete and Karpathos. Also special interests like mountain biking, whale watching, winsurfing and botany.
GIC The Villa Collection 020 8758 4758 Villa specialists with villas on Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos, Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos, Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithaca, Kefalona, Crete, the mainland (Peloponnese), and Cyprus.
Greek Sun Holidays 01732 740317 38 years experience.Apartments, hotels, archaeology, caique cruising, walking
Hidden Greece 020 7839 2553 starHidden Greece, or more fully: Colin Murison Small's Hidden Greece, specialises in small islands hidden away from the crowds, and special out-of-the-way places on the larger islands (to which Colin Murison has been taking independently-minded travellers since 1961). His programme features small scale, mainly family-run, accommodation on 35+ islands. His website is a thing of joy, and enthusiastically conveys the joys (& pitfalls) of laid-back Greek holidays in language we can all understand.
High Places 0114 279 2790 Trekking, hiking and walking holidays.
Imaginative Traveller, The 0800 316 2717 Small group regional exploratory tours, walking tours, activity
Ionian Island Holidays 020 8459 0777 A new operator (Jan 03) created by Sailing Holidays Ltd & Pama Travel, offering sailing, walking, scuba, and painting holidays in a selection of villas & small hotels in Meganisi, Lefkas, Ithaka and Kefalonia.
Islands of Greece 0845 675 2600 Specialist Greek island holiday operator, with almost 30 years experience. They started as Skiathos Travel and have expanded to cover Skiathos, Skoplelos, Alonissos, Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Crete and Milos. This season they have also taken on key staff from Laskarina (see above).
James Villa Holidays 0800 074 0122 Pound sign Villas with pools all over mainland Greece and the islands.
Mark Warner 0333 3057 130 All-inclusive family beach resorts. Strong on sailing and watersports.
Martin Randall Travel 0208 742 3355 starMulti award-winning specialist operator offering archaeology and history tours & cruises guided by top academics.
Peter Sommer Travels 01600 888 220 Pound sign starExpert-led cultural tours, and best known for their archaeological tours to Greece and Turkey by land and sea using chartered gulets (for small groups and private tours) to get about from site to site. Last year (2016) were named ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ by AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators.
Planet Holidays 0870 066 0909 Greece & Cyprus specialists (launched in 2003) with a portfolio of 160 4/5-star hotels, studios, apartments and villas with private pools. They have also introduced a dedicated weddings brochure.
Planos Holidays 01373 814200 100 properties on Paxos in the Ionion Sea ranging from fishermens' cottages to luxury villas with pools. 20 years experience
Prestige Holidays 01425 480400 Independent operator offering luxury holidays in 4/5-star hotels on Crete.
Pure Crete 020 8760 0879 Around 50 traditional, out-of-the-way farm & village houses in western Crete
Rediscover the World 08707 406 306 Independent operator offering a range of escorted tours (walking, cultural, exploratory, special interest, coach tours) plus hotels & apartments on many Greek islands and the mainland.
Saga Holidays 0800 300 500 Land-based or cruising holidays for the over 50s often featuring specialist interests such as archaeology, bird-watching, bridge, painting, botany, etc
Skyros Holidays 020 7267 4424 Holistic courses/holidays on the island of Skyros
Sunset Holidays 0870 750 0247 Thomas Cook summer sun budget brand offering apartments, studios, hotels.
Sunvil 020 8758 4758 Established since 1974. One of the best-known independent specialist operators to Greece and Cyprus offering a wide choice of islands and activities. Sunvil's founder and chairman, Noel Josephides, is a well-known and widely respected character in the UK travel industry and a champion of independent operators.
Temple World 020 8940 4114 Tailormade tours, particularly cultural, archaeological, and eco tours.
Thomas Cook 0844 879 8442 Pound sign Resort Hotels, apartments and villas across Greece including Corfu & Crete.
Thomson Holidays 0870 165 0079 Pound sign Apartments, studios, hotels, all-inclusives, golf, mountain-biking, scuba diving, walking, windsurfing.
Timetrekkers 0116 270 1644 Timetrekkers have invented a word for what they do - archaeocultural tours. Founded in 2014 by an archaeologist, Patrick Skinner, with a passion for the outdoors, they specialise in hand crafted trips combining archaeology, culture and activity, in an eclectic mix of destinations worldwide, including Greece.
Travel a la Carte 01635 863030 Quality self-catering holidays on Corfu, Paxos, Halki, Symi, & Skiathos (a couple of seasons ago they also covered Skopelos and Alonissos so their programme has shrunk a little). Also special interest breaks, eg Yoga & painting.
Travelbound 0870 900 3200 Educational tours for schools & groups and individuals, eg tailor-made battlefield tours, history, cultural, nature tours, watersports, activities
Travel Department, The 020 7099 9665 Escorted holidays with a planned itinerary and a local guide, bookable online as an "all-in" package, with departures from Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Bristol and London Heathrow.
Travel Talk 020 7183 0910 Low price (but not 'budget') guided adventure tours to Greece for the 20 to 35 age group. Travel Talk is a well-established, 'responsible tourism' operator based in Turkey with a UK presence (and a mostly UK, Australian, NZ clientele) specialising in adventure tours to countries around the Mediterranean region.
Walking Plus 020 8835 8303 Guided and independent walking holidays islands of the Cyclades.
Western & Oriental 020 3588 1690 In Greece, luxury holiday specialists, W&O, focus on the islands of Mykonos, Skiathos, Crete and Halkidiki on the mainland.
Westminster Classic Tours 020 8286 7842 Expert led, small group classical tours to archeological sites in Greece by sailing gulet.

Notes

  • White Key is an Athens-based villa company specialising in luxury villas throughout Greece. This year, 2012, was the fourth year in a row they have won Conde Naste Traveler's 'Villa Rental Specialist' award.
  • Openseas is a really useful timetable & ticketing site for the Greek ferry network, and they now have apps for iPhone and Android
  • The Peligoni Club (020 8740 3001) offers watersports & sailing holidays (their speciality), painting holidays, and relaxing family holidays based in a numbers of villas, cottages & rooms situated in one resort at the remote northern end of Zakynthos. Regular guests refer to it as a sort of large 'house party'.
  • Roger Ellman and his partner, Lina, have created a cluster of sites specialising in holidays to Greece (www.SuperbGreece.com) and in particular their own home island of Crete (www.CreteTravel.com ; www.CreteHotelsRooms.com ; www.CreteCarRental.com).

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