For a chance to glimpse the distant past, no place on earth tops Greece. Grand European Travel guided tours of Greece put you in touch with the way civilization existed 3,000 years ago. Olympia, home of the first Olympic games in 776 B.C., launched a tradition that’s survived for millennia. Antiquity and modern life come together in the Greek metropolis of Athens. But Greek beauty stretches far beyond. Whitewashed houses and colorful balconies populate hillsides up and down the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. Within those seas can be found 200 inhabited Greek Islands, each offering Greek hospitality. Among them is the beautiful island caldera, Santorini, with its magnificent cliffs. Whatever your vision of a perfect Greek vacation package, Grand European delivers it.

Weather
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers with little rainfall. From mid-May to September, it's very hot in Athens, so pack light clothing and good sunglasses. Winters can get chilly and wet, so bring a warm jacket or coat. Spring and Autumn evenings can turn cool, so you may need a light sweater or raincoat.

Geography
Greece is a peninsular country, with an archipelago of about 2.000 islands.

Major Holidays & Events
According to Greek Law, every Sunday is a public holiday. In addition, Greek Independence Day (3/25), Assumption (8/15), Christmas (12/25), and the Monday after Easter are observed by the public as well. Notable festivals include Patras Carnival, Athens Festival, and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

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