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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
How Greece Vacations Compare with Other European Vacations
Topic: travel

A vacation to Europe is an adventure that everyone should get the chance to experience at some point in life. The history and culture that are waiting for you there will change your life. The problem is that there are so many countries in Europe, all of which have their own unique culture, history, art, and cuisine, so it can be really tough to choose exactly where you want to go. If you have several weeks off, you can afford to visit several countries, but if you have only a limited time or a limited budget to go on vacation, you might want to choose one country to visit. You should base your choice on what you want to see and do and look for choices—such as Greece vacations—that cover just about every possible vacation activity.

There are many possible things to do on European vacations: trying exotic food and wine, taking in art, learning about history, and much, much more. If you are looking to take in a lot of ancient historical sites, Greece vacations are definitely the way to go. Greece is unique because it is a country with a thriving, modern culture, though it is still completely entrenched in its rich, ancient history. If you are hoping for a beach and a resort, perhaps a country like Spain might be a good choice. Is food what draws you to Europe? You may like France, with its wine, cheese, and delicious pastries. It should be noted, however, that Greece has many beach resorts (the country is, after all, made up of several islands) and that Greece vacations also include delicious food unmatched by any other country and wine and ouzo that is produced there too. Whatever you are looking for on your European vacation, you are likely to find it in Greece.

Of course, there are many aspects of European vacations that are available in many European countries. If you are looking to take in some art on European vacations, you have many countries and many options to choose from. France vacations allow you to see famous art museums such as the Louvre, where you can see some of the most famous pieces in the world, including the Mona Lisa. Italy, too, boasts many famous art museums. Greece vacations, though, once again take the cake, as you won’t find a better combination of modern and ancient art anywhere in the world. The ancient art in Greece isn’t limited to museums either. Many ancient pieces of architecture are still standing.

A European vacation will be a fantastic experience regardless of where you choose to go. Each country has its own specialties and provides pleasant vacation options. But Greece vacations really have it all. It might seem overwhelming to decide where exactly in Europe you want to go, but with a little research and an idea of what it is you would like to see and experience, you will realize that Greece should be part of your perfect vacation plan.

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Posted by brucem231 at 4:38 AM EDT
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Discover Greece Vacations
Topic: travel

Ah, the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. Warm white sand, sunshine, and bliss. This is Greece. Although, Greece has suffered a major economic crisis, it remains one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason. Greece vacations offer a glimpse of ancient history, rich vibrant, culture, and endless sun and beauty all in one stunning locale.

On the mainland, you will find relics of an ancient civilization everywhere.  It is common to see ancient ruins alongside modern buildings. Athens is home to the Acropolis, a citadel perched high on a rocky ridge overlooking the city. Acropolis literally means “upper city”, and holds many ancient buildings including the temple to Athena, the Parthenon. Those that have not visited Greece are surprised to learn of the many temples on mountain as the Acropolis is the only one visible from ground level.  A trip to the Acropolis also affords you a wonderful view of the Plaka (old Athens) as well as a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavation close to the site. Many Greece vacations offer tours of the Acropolis, however, pedestrians are free to wander the grounds as they wish. Let the ruins take you back to an ancient time of gods and goddesses.


Tourists on Greece vacations are often drawn towards the coastlines, seeking warmth and relaxation from the beaches and the warm Mediterranean Sea. Islands such as Corfu, Mykonos, and Santorini are well-known as having some of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet. Yacht tours and cruises of the islands are abundant on Greece vacations; many people believe it is the only way to truly see the Greek Islands. It is easy to work seeing these amazing islands into your visit.  Be sure to visit during the summer or early fall as some of the smaller islands close up for the winter.

Greece vacations include some of the tastiest food on the planet. Souvlaki can be found just about anywhere, wrapped in a thick, chewy pita, and drizzled with Tzaziki sauce. Locally grown tomatoes and olives are found in every restaurant. Greek wine flows like water. A well-known Greek dish known as Saganaki, a salty, fried cheese appetizer is a must try. Saganaki is often covered in brandy and flambéed at your table.  The fire is put out with hearty squeeze of lemon.  The result?  Delectable. On Greece vacations, expect to sit for hours on verandas, sipping wine, dining and watching the world-renown sunsets.

When the sun goes down, the party begins. Most of the coastal resorts have a vibrant club scene. Mykonos is particularly known for its nightlife. Many of the bars have open porches for night-clubbers to enjoy the sunsets. Get ready for a long night because the parties tend to carry on to the early morning. Then sleep in and let the sounds of the Mediterranean surf wash over you.


Turkey neighbors Greece to the east. Excursions to Turkey are common during Greece vacations. Explore all the culture that Turkey has to offer while exploring Greece. If you venture into Turkey, be sure to take in a Turkish carpet demonstration.  The skill and history of the famous Turkish carpets is not to be missed.  In most locations, carpets can be shipped to your home free of charge.

Greece vacations are popular for very good reason, but there is only one way to truly enjoy them – don’t just read about them; book one and experience Greece first hand.

 

This guest post was written by Anya Strefeler, on behalf of HellenicHolidays.com specializes in Greece vacation packages and Turkey vacations. For more information on travel safety tips for seniors, you may visit About.com.

 

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Posted by brucem231 at 2:52 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2012 3:03 AM EDT
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Relive History with Greece Vacations
Topic: travel
Do you wish you could travel back in time? Don’t have access to a DeLorean or a reasonable supply of plutonium? Don’t worry! These days, there is another vehicle that can assist you with your time travel needs. You might have heard of it. It is called an airplane. It has the power to turn run-of-the-mill Greece vacations into a journey through ancient history

When arrive for your Greece vacations, you will indeed see many modern sights and sites. Men and women wearing jeans, people driving cars, shoppers flocking to stores with electricity and modern plumbing – but do not let these things fool you. Be assured that they are all just smoke and mirrors, and that you have indeed reversed through the space time continuum and are back in time, with the ancient Greeks. Still don’t believe me? Just take a look at the Parthenon over at the Acropolis. The massive stone columns are breathtaking, and truly more magnificent in their simplicity and precision than any modern architect could dream of building. The famous temple, built between the years of 447 BC and 432 BC, is still standing, strong and mighty. Surely it could not be more than a few years old. This must mean that you have indeed traveled back through time, making possible ancient Greece vacations.

Let us now head into the city of Athens, where we will find the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Zeus, the leader of the gods, and the ruler of Mount Olympus, is paid honor and worshipped here. The temple was built in approximately 100 AD and much of it still remains, as well as other temples and a defensive wall in the area. Above all, the spirit of ancient Greece remains here, in this cultural landmark.

Now let us continue our trip to the past to Delphi, a popular stop for ancient Greece vacations. We can visit the Tholos, a circular building surrounded by beautiful Doric columns. Once you are finished there, you can head over to Delphi’s Treasury of the Athenians, which is only a short distance away. Built in the fifth century, the building once housed sporting trophies. Though you will find it empty now, as you walk through you can still hear the victorious cries of the first Olympians, bringing home the prize for their homeland of Greece.

No ancient Greece vacations are complete without a visit to the original Olympics. Olympia, located in West Peloponnesus, was the site of the original Olympic Games in the year 776 BC. Every fourth year, an athletic competition is still held in the same location in honor of the god Zeus. We know that now, in modern times, Greek gods are generally thought of as mythological, so if games are still being held for Zeus, surely we have traveled back in time. What tradition could stand the test of time over almost three millennia? Not many.

When you arrive home from your Greece vacations, your friends might not believe that you actually traveled back in time. Your family might not believe you, and neither will your coworkers, but you know the truth. You took in the sights, the feeling, and the spirit of ancient Greece. You saw the temples, the statues, and the stone buildings with your own two eyes. You know you were there and that is all that matters.

Posted by brucem231 at 11:33 PM EDT
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
The Joy of Turkey Vacations
Topic: travel
Turkey is a place that is unique for its blend of many diverse cultures. As you travel through Turkey there is a different feel everywhere you go. It is a place marked by variances, all of which are wonderful and amazing to explore. Both visitors, and the people of Turkey never grow bored of their surroundings. Instead of going somewhere one-dimensional and common, do yourself a favor and travel to a place of depth and individuality. With travelling now an inexpensive experience, due to travel packages and discounted flights all the time, vacations and getaways to Europe are increasingly popular. However, most people seek relaxation in England and France, failing to explore the magnificent countries that lie on the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey is one of these beautiful countries, marked by closeness to the piercing blue water and sandy beaches. Due to its diversity, Turkey vacations provide visitors with the feeling they are in parts of the Middle East, Europe, and North America all at the same time, thus gaining several vacations and experiences for one price. It is almost too good to be true.

Those who have experienced Turkey vacations will attest that the Turkish Riviera will take your breath away. Water, small islands and waterside architecture are in no short supply in the beautiful land of Turkey. Above all, Turkey is a cultural destination. Those visiting on Turkey Vacations will have the experience to visit a variety of museums and cultural heritage sights, particularly in the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul. In Turkey, you will also have the pleasure of visiting city ruins and viewing other noteworthy things from Turkey’s rich history. On your vacation you will have the chance to see a myriad of gorgeous palaces as well as many religious temples. Opportunities for relaxation in Turkey are plentiful. By the seaside, beautiful beaches with perfect white sand are everywhere. The sea provides opportunities for peaceful sea excursions or exciting water sports. Retail therapy is also a relaxation method offered in the wonderful country. Istanbul is one of the greatest shopping destinations in all of Europe and should not be missed.

Cevahir Mall is one of the largest malls in the world, and the largest mall in all of Europe. Turkey vacations will allow you to stay in a beautiful seaside resort and have all the amenities to make your getaway perfect. If staying on an on-land resort is not for you, Turkey is also famous for their cruises. Turkey vacations via cruise line will allow you to travel along the gorgeous coast of Turkey, on the water, truly experiencing the Mediterranean Sea at its finest.

As more and more people realize all that Turkey vacations have to offer, tourism in Turkey has increased substantially with people visiting year round from all over the globe. Turkey vacations can serve all purposes. Whether one wants to do some individual soul searching, go on a romantic getaway, or enjoy a pleasant family vacation, Turkey offers everything needed and more to do so. 

Posted by brucem231 at 7:20 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2012 6:41 AM EDT

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