Family-owned Olympic Holidays has been arranging holidays to Greece, the Greek islands and Cyprus for more than half century.
The company is unrivalled – and recognised as the Island Specialist because the team not only know the destinations but have an inside knowledge of the hotels through building strong working relationships with hoteliers who welcome our customers back year after year.
In two, three and four-star traditional properties, also often run by families, guests tend to become great friends and that feels very special, too.
We have grown to offer even more destinations and variety but keep to our specialist ethos by introducing properties that match our customers’ demands in the Canary islands and Balearic islands, Malta and Madeira which have been carefully added to our portfolio as well as Goa and The Gambia for year-round sunshine.
Choose from classic, laid-back self-catering apartments for carefree holidays to all-inclusive resorts with everything to satisfy a multi-generational family or boutique hotels for couples and adult-only resorts with sumptuous spas and fine dining. No other family-run travel company has such a range of tempting properties, at tempting prices.
Olympic Holidays continues to be the stand-out holiday company at the British Travel Awards. For nine consecutive years, the awards have shown clear evidence of excellent service and great value for money because the votes are submitted by the public. We take great pride in being the gold award winner throughout the last decade.
Our team are passionate about travel and combine excellent service with unrivalled value for money. Customers can be confident that everyone from our customer service department, friendly holiday consultants and attentive in-resort representatives are well-informed, enthusiastic and keen to share their insider knowledge.
Tap into our expertise so you can make the most of every minute of your holiday!
Be assured that Olympic Holidays is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and holds an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) and is a member of ABTA.
04 May 23Partner News
NEW for Summer 2023 Set Sail for a Journey of a Lifetime with Olympic HolidaysExplore the beautiful Greek Islands of Santorini, Mykonos and across to the stunning shores ...Read moreNEW for Summer 2023 Set Sail for a Journey of a Lifetime with Olympic Holidays - News & announcements
Explore the beautiful Greek Islands of Santorini, Mykonos and across to the stunning shores of Turkey with Olympic Holidays as they launch inaugural cruise product.This summer, set sail for a journey of a lifetime with Olympic Holidays and one of their brand-new cruise itineraries. Twin Athens and a 3 or 4 day cruise to Greece and Turkey and discover the history of the islands, iconic landmarks, take in breath-taking landscapes, enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle and sample delectable and authentic cuisine. On the launch of the new cruise offerings, Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments ‘Following the successful launch and huge appetite we’re seeing for our Island-Hopping experiences, our two new cruise itineraries offer guests an alternative way to set sail and explore. Everything is tailormade allowing guests to set their own pace either side of the cruise. With bespoke itineraries to accommodate varying requests around length of stay and budget, all guests have the option to extend their stay in Athens or add on another island or two. Dipping our toes into the cruise market and offering this type of experience was the next logical step for us. Not only is it great to expand our portfolio but goes further to cement our place in the marketplace as the experts in creating bespoke holiday island experiences.’ The 3-day cruise starts in Athens where guests will set sail to Santorini and have the chance to explore the charming villages and take in the breath-taking views of the famous Caldera. Next, it's off to Mykonos, known for its vibrant nightlife, luxury boutiques, and historic town centre. The longer 4-day cruise will follow the same initial route but also take in Rhodes where guests can explore the island's ancient history and beautiful beaches, and visit the old town with its medieval walls, Palace of the Grandmaster, and Lindos beach. To conclude, guests on both itineraries will arrive at the hidden gem of Cesme on Turkey's Aegean coast, where they can soak up the sun on golden sandy beaches and explore the magnificent castle built by the Genoese. As the cruise heads back to Athens, there’s no doubt guests will return with unforgettable memories of this special island-hopping adventure. So, get booking, pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and indulge in the ultimate escape! Olympic Holidays www.olympicholidays.com offer a 7-night Cruise & Stay holiday from £1415 per person based on 2 people travelling. The package includes a 1-night stay at the 3* Acropolis Hill hotel, Athens on a B&B basis, a 3-night cruise from Athens to Santorini, Mykonos & Cesme on a Full Board basis and a 3 night stay at the 5* Grecotel Pallas Athena, Athens on a B&B basis. The package includes return flights to London Gatwick airport, baggage & all connecting transfers. Departures are available on 08th June 2023.
07 Mar 23Partner News
Olympic Holidays Launch NEW ‘Weddings in the Sun’ BrochureNEW for 2023 and featured in the recently launched ‘Weddings in the Sun’ brochure ...Read moreOlympic Holidays Launch NEW ‘Weddings in the Sun’ Brochure - News & announcementsNEW for 2023 and featured in the recently launched ‘Weddings in the Sun’ brochure from Olympic Holidays is the destination of Malta. Sitting proudly alongside go to favourites including Cyprus and the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Santorini & Zante, it certainly packs a punch. Malta is the ideal destination for a summer or winter sun wedding with its warm and welcoming weather, dreamy bays, cultural sites, and abundant natural wonders. On the launch of the new brochure, Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments ‘We’re incredibly proud of our new ‘Weddings in the Sun’ brochure. Not only is it packed full of ideas and inspiration for couples who are looking to head abroad to celebrate their nuptials, but this year we’ve incorporated real life wedding photography from past Olympic guests giving the brochure a much more personal feel. There is also the addition of Malta, a destination we believe is set to become as popular as Cyprus and Greece for weddings. Malta has a fascinatingly rich culture and whether you’re looking for a hotel style venue with 5-star service and views, a more rustic vineyard location set in secluded countryside or a private beach – there really is something for everyone.’ Olympic Holidays understands the huge importance of getting things just right when a customer entrusts them with taking care of their wedding and honeymoon plans and whether you’re after a sun kissed civil ceremony, symbolic or same sex marriage or a renewal of vows, Olympic Holidays’ dedicated team are the ones to turn to. With years of experience across Greece & Cyprus and numerous awards celebrating their expertise in this area, their team will ensure every detail is covered from start to finish eliminating stress and allowing the happy couple to focus on each other and celebrating in style with friends and family.
14 Jun 22NEWS
Olympic Holidays rolls out agent incentivesOlympic Holidays has launched June trade incentives including a chance to win a FAM trip to ...Read moreOlympic Holidays rolls out agent incentives - News & announcementsOlympic Holidays has launched June trade incentives including a chance to win a FAM trip to Cyprus Love 2 Shop vouchers are also for grabs for all holidays and island-hops booked this month. Ten agents (five from the North and five from the South) have a chance to win a place on the FAM to Cyprus with every booking made throughout June to any Olympic destination for 2022 or 2023. Every booking made until 30 June to any Olympic destination will be entered into a draw. Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments “We’re ramping things up this month with our ‘Islands in the Sun Booking Incentive.” As well as the ‘Islands in the Sun’ booking incentive, Olympic Holidays will be offering £10 Love 2 Shop vouchers for all 2022 bookings made
17 May 22Partner News
Island Hop Your Way to Saying… I Do – Olympic HolidaysWhether you’re looking to plan your very own Mamma Mia! style wedding, simply want ...Read moreIsland Hop Your Way to Saying… I Do – Olympic Holidays - News & announcementsWhether you’re looking to plan your very own Mamma Mia! style wedding, simply want to escape a deux or with a small number of friends and family to support you, look no further than the Greek Islands and the ‘Island Specialist’ tour operator, Olympic Holidays. Michael Vinales, Managing Director, Olympic Holidays “The Greek Islands each have their own vibe, views, charm, cuisine, jaw dropping sunsets and beaches, you really are spoilt for choice, but at the same time – where do you start trying to figure out where to go for your big day. Well, my top tip, don’t just limit yourself to one island. Variety is the spice of life and island hopping is taking off. It’s a fantastic way to combine a dream wedding and honeymoon in one fell swoop and there really is something for everyone – big, small, budget or blow out and we’re excited to be working with our trade partners to help turn dreams into reality for numerous happy couples.” Olympic Holidays are specialists in co-ordinating a wedding, honeymoon, island hop combo. Whether it’s a religious, civil, symbolic or same sex wedding, their dedicated team can help coordinate the lot. Take Santorini for example, with its Instagram worthy, archetypal properties built into the cliffs, instantly recognisable whitewashed facades, blue-domed churches and spectacular sunsets, it’s arguably one of the most romantic of all the Greek Islands and once the nuptials have taken place, is perfect to combine with an island hop over to Mykonos, Naxos or Paros. There’s also Rhodes, with its rich classical heritage, basking in over 300 days of glorious sunshine a year and just a short hop from more intimate island gems such as Karpathos, Halki, Symi and Kos. These smaller islands provide the perfect escape for newlywed couples to start their lives together and are home to all types of accommodation from self-catering apartments through to luxury retreats. If you dream of a barefoot wedding with sand between your toes, The Princess Andriana on Rhodes provides just that. Sunset weddings don’t come much better than at the Santorini Gem with magnificent views of the Santorini Caldera, a large volcanic crater off the island’s coast or the Amada Colossus on Rhodes which overlooks one of the finest beaches on the island. For charming chapel weddings, look no further than Rhodes’ very own St Sophia, perched high on a hill or Aghia Fotini at the Pyrgos restaurant on Santorini. Or, if you’re looking for a truly traditional affair, St Pauls Chapel or the Kalithea Spa in Rhodes with its beautiful gardens, mosaic and marble floors won’t disappoint. Sample Packages Rhodes & Kos: A 14-night wedding and honeymoon Island Hop package starts from £8,216 per couple including the wedding and 7 nights on an AI basis at Princess Andriana Resort & Spa and 7 nights at Ikos Aria on an AI basis. Santorini & Mykonos: A 15-night wedding and honeymoon Island Hop package starts from £8,910 per couple including the wedding at Santorini Gem, 8 nights at Cliff Side Suites on a B&B basis and 7 nights at the Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Thalassa Spa on a B&B basis. Prices above include flights, luggage, all transfers.
05 May 22Partner News
May Madness from Olympic HolidaysOlympic Holidays, the Island & Island Hopping specialists, have launched a NEW incentive for ...Read moreMay Madness from Olympic Holidays - News & announcementsOlympic Holidays, the Island & Island Hopping specialists, have launched a NEW incentive for their valued trade partners running for the whole of May where agents can earn Love2Shop vouchers with every booking made! Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments ‘May Madness is upon us and to celebrate the start of the Summer season, we’re offering agents the chance to earn themselves Love2Shop vouchers throughout the month of May! This applies to ANY 2022 or 2023 bookings across Greece, Cyprus, Canaries, Malta and Turkey and greater rewards can be had for any 4&5 star holidays, Wedding or Island Hopping packages some of which are brand new for this year and include Zante & Kefalonia, Rhodes & Halki, Malta & Gozo and our Jewel in the Crown (Pelion, Skiathos & Alonnisos).’ Olympic Holidays is offering up to £20 per booking in Love2Shop vouchers through the month of May for ANY 2022 or 2023 booking. Full T&C’s Apply*.
- Earn £10 per booking on Greece Summer Sun & Winter Sun bookings including their selection of villas
- Earn £15 per booking for ALL Cyprus, Canaries, Malta and Turkey holidays
- Earn £20 per booking for ALL 4&5 star holidays, Island Hopping and Wedding packages
- To claim your Love2shop voucher bookings must have been made between 01 31- May 2022.
- You will Earn £10 per booking on 2&3* Greece Summer Sun & Winter Sun bookings including our selection of villas. £15 per booking for ALL Cyprus, Canaries, Malta and Turkey holidays. £20 per booking for ALL 4&5* Greece holidays, Island Hopping and Wedding packages
- All claims must be received by the 8 June 2022. Email your booking reference, Abta/Agent number and your name to[email protected].
- All claimed vouchers will be sent to you week commencing 27 June 2022.
- Love2Shop Vouchers cannot to be claimed in conjunction with any other incentive.
- Check with your Head Office for eligibility. No cash alternative available and only 1 voucher per booking.
- Recipients of these vouchers will be solely responsible for any tax or national insurance payable on the value of the vouchers and Olympic Holidays will not be liable in any respect.
- This incentive can be withdrawn at any time without notice.
25 Mar 22Partner News
Olympic Holidays Launch a Handful of NEW Island-Hopping Experiences for Summer 2022Two years on from launching their inaugural Island-Hopping Experiences, Olympic Holidays, The Island Specialist, ...Read moreOlympic Holidays Launch a Handful of NEW Island-Hopping Experiences for Summer 2022 - News & announcementsTwo years on from launching their inaugural Island-Hopping Experiences, Olympic Holidays, The Island Specialist, is expanding the portfolio further to include three NEW Greek Island Hops including Zante & Kefalonia, Rhodes & Halki and the Jewel in the Crown along with their first offering for Malta & Gozo. Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments: ‘Variety is very much the spice of life this year and we’re seeing a surge in popularity for Island Hopping experiences. People are booking longer trips and as such are looking to do and see more during their time away. Island Hopping is by far the best way to do this and islands are our speciality – we truly believe there is no better way to experience a country. We have carefully curated a collection of fantastic Island Hops and Island Swaps and there is something for everyone, be that cultural, gourmet, family, off the beaten track or the ultimate in R&R. For our trusted trade partners, we continue to offer price parity, deposits for our Island-Hopping Holidays start from £200pp along with the flexibility of choosing from a variety of airlines, durations and departure airports’. Jewel in the Crown: Pelion Peninsula, Skiathos & Alonissos: Tucked away in the Pagasetic Gulf in eastern Greece, the Pelion peninsula (a new destination for Olympic Holidays this year) is characterised by sweeping mountain vistas, enchanting villages and hideaway beaches. Named after Mount Pelion, which majestically overlooks the peninsula, this locality is all about lush local charm and the splendour of the winding coastline. A relatively untouched part of Greece, this is a region in which to embark on magical forest hikes to discover monasteries and wonderful waterfalls, or meander through chocolate-box villages surrounded by olive groves, such as Makrinitsa and Milies. Continue your journey on the island of Skiathos, just 12 miles long but with more than 60 beaches. The narrow streets of the bustling old town are crammed with shops, cafes and bars and you can climb Medieval castles, stroll through forests, discover quiet sandy beaches and even take a rescued dog for a walk. And to finish, there's amazing Alonissos a true gem for those wanting to get away from it all. The island is also home to Europe’s largest marine park which protects monk seals and dolphins. Littered with beaches, many are surrounded by pine forests that cover much of the island. Price: 11-night island hopping itinerary to include 4 nights at Charloula’s Studios, Pelion, 3 nights at Alkmene Studios, Skiathos, a further 3 nights staying at Atrium of Alonissos and final night in Pelion or Skiathos from £985pp for departures Summer 2022 from Gatwick. Island hop available from May – October. Accommodation on a mix of self-catering & B&B basis, all ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and hotel included. https://www.olympicholidays.com/multi-island-hopping/jewel-in-the-crown/ Rhodes & Halki: Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, boasts stunning beaches, more than 30 with Blue Flag quality status. Delightful Old Rhodes Town has a labyrinth of narrow, cobblestoned streets, full of boutiques, bars and restaurants and you step into history as you go through one of the medieval city wall gates. One of the highlights is Street of the Knights, dating back more than 500 years to when the crusading Knights of St John ruled the city. On the other end of the scale you have Halki – a tiny island where time really has stood still and where you can truly experience “authentic Greece” with friendly locals welcoming visitors like long lost friends. Think pastel-coloured houses with red-tiled roofs cluster around a horseshoe-shaped bay. Taverna tables are sprinkled along the quayside where colourful boats bob. Highlights include remote beaches, the deserted, ghost town of Horio, monasteries, churches and chapels, wild herbs and prickly pear trees. Price: 7-night island hopping itinerary to include 4 nights in Rhodes staying at the Anixis Apartments and 3 nights in Halki at Villa Chrysodimi from £639pp for departures Summer 2022 from Gatwick. Island hop available from May – October. Accommodation on a mix of self-catering & B&B basis, all ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and hotel included. https://www.olympicholidays.com/two-island-hops/rhodes-halki/ Malta & Gozo: In the middle of the Mediterranean, these warm and welcoming islands enjoy balmy weather year round and are fascinating places to explore. The small, sparkling island of Malta packs a big punch! History lovers can trace 7,000 years of human activity and explore fascinating cultural museums and palaces. The island is also abundant in natural wonders; from the Blue Grotto caverns to the Blue Lagoon on the tiny island of Comino, hilltop villages and chic fishing harbours just waiting to be visited. Malta's sister island, Gozo offers a haven of tranquillity with the crystal clear waters being a prominent feature. Gozo is an island surrounded by myths and mystery where the shrine of Ta Pinu Church is seen by many as a modern day miracle. Legend has it that the nymph Calypos bewitched a shipwrecked Ulysses for seven years. Price: 6-night island hopping itinerary to include 3 nights in Malta staying at the Solana Hotel & Spa and 3 nights in Gozo at the Quaint Boutique Hotel Xewkija from £679pp for departures Summer 2022 from Manchester or £719pp from Gatwick (other regional airports available). Island hop available from May – October. Accommodation on a mix of self-catering & B&B basis, all ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and hotel included. https://www.olympicholidays.com/two-island-hops/malta-gozo/ Kefalonia & Zante: Touch down in Kefalonia, an island brimming with sublime beaches, endless natural beauty and opportunities for infinite adventures on land and sea. Bursting with untouched scenic beauty, it is a delightful mixture of old and new and perfect for couples and families alike. A tranquil place to start your holiday, it’s great for total relaxation or for those looking for a multitude of activities. Island hop over to Zante for golden sands, buzzing nightlife, traditional charm, beautiful countryside and romantic seclusion – Zante is the full package. Explore St Nicholas and Banana Beach, great for watersports and scuba diving, while those aiming to chill out on can enjoy the quieter Gerekas and Porto Zorro, and a boat trip to Navagio Bay, where the hulk of a wrecked ship lies on the sands is a must. Price: 7-night island hopping itinerary to include 3 nights on Kefalonia staying at Poros on the Beach and 4 nights on Zante at the Dionysis and Tonia Apartments from £555pp for departures Summer 2022 including flights from Gatwick or £659pp from Manchester (other regional airports available). Island hop available from May – October. Accommodation on a mix of self-catering & B&B basis, all ferries and private car transfers between the ferry port and hotel included. https://www.olympicholidays.com/two-island-hops/kefalonia-zante/
02 Mar 22Partner News
New Openings & Refurbishment News across Greece from Olympic Holidays Plus Sales & Incentives UpdateWith optimism high for a bumper summer of travel ahead, Olympic Holidays, the island ...Read moreNew Openings & Refurbishment News across Greece from Olympic Holidays Plus Sales & Incentives Update - News & announcementsWith optimism high for a bumper summer of travel ahead, Olympic Holidays, the island specialists have added a couple of brand-new openings to their portfolio, namely Domes Aulus Zante, a sophisticated, laid back ‘Cool Inclusive’ hotel on the doorstep of Zante’s longest beach & Domes Aulus Elounda Crete, an adults only property with stunning views of the Mirabello Gulf of Elounda and the Island of Spinalonga. There are also big changes afoot at the Alkyon Hotel, Skiathos which is undergoing a huge renovation and upgrade ready for the 2022 season. Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays comments ‘As we move into Spring, we’re excited to be ramping up our engagement and incentives for our loyal trade partners. Positivity and confidence for summer bookings has most definitely emerged recently confirming a 17-night booking to Grecotel Amirandes Boutique Resort, Crete through the trade along with a number of summer bookings made over the weekend to destinations including Zante & Santorini on the back of an agent’s Greek window display. For 2022, Olympic Holidays is continuing to offer price parity, deposits from just £89 and the flexibility of being able to choose from a variety of airlines, durations and departure airports along with new incentives for our trade partners. Just yesterday, Olympic Holidays launched a 2-month, mini campaign for four of our key hotel collections, and we will start with promoting the NEW Domes Aulus Elounda and Domes Aulus Zante along with Domes of Corfu via our trade partners, so get booking to earn those Love2Shop vouchers!’ The two 5-star Domes properties are both part of the new ‘Aulūs’ brand (pronounced Olūss). They offer signature experiences and hassle-free, Cool Inclusive convenience for couples and families a like. Expect the comfort of home, with the luxury of a curated holiday, a touch of Greek summer and unlimited food and beverage offering. And there’s more, one of the main USP’s of the brand is the ‘Cool Living Selection’ offers a hotel within the hotel concept, unlocking a world of unlimited privileges and exclusive benefits under one roof. Reserved only for those who wish for top tier accommodation, access to all areas, superior service including 24/7 access to dedicated concierge staff, a private lounge with tablets, magazines and coffee table books, and premium living. In addition to all-inclusive meals, non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages and upgraded welcome and bath amenities, you can also book a wide selection of tailor-made epicurean experiences; from mixology evenings to local cuisine explorations, and from healthy options that cater to all dietary requirements, to cool food & beverage experiences such as picnics and cooking classes. Domes Aulūs Zante by Domes Resorts (formerly Zante Beach Hotel), opens its doors to a new premium “Cool Inclusive” concept on 10th July 2022, oozing with understated comfort-luxury for the eco conscious lifestyle traveller, featuring four restaurants, bars including Adults Only plus pool & beach bars, renowned SOMA Spa and within steps of a 60m wide golden sandy natural beach with a plethora of waterfront activities to enjoy one of Greece’s best and most famous beaches. Families can take advantage of the KiEPOS kids club, operated by Worldwide Kids, a heated family friendly swimming pool and rooms which sleep up to 6 persons. For non-families, there is an entire wing dedicated to Adults Only which includes access to an Adult Only pool and bar. Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays) offer 7 nights at Domes Aulūs Zante by Domes Resorts from £1,332pp staying in a Tropical Nest on an All-Inclusive basis including flights from Gatwick, travelling July 2022. Domes Aulūs Elounda by Domes Resorts, Crete (formerly Elounda Blu Beach Hotel), opens its doors to a new Adults Only “Cool Inclusive” concept for Summer 2022 (15th June for standard rooms, with the ‘Cool Living Selection’ room types opening from 1st August), oozing with understated comfort-luxury for the eco conscious lifestyle traveller, featuring four restaurants, three bars, renowned SOMA Spa and two outdoor pools. The architecture of Domes Aulūs Elounda is complimented by natural paints and local stone specifically chosen to reflect its natural surroundings including Spinalonga itself and with a wide selection of rooms including outdoor jacuzzi, shared and private pool options, the term “comfort luxury” could not be more apt for this hotel. Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays) offer 7 nights at Domes Aulūs Elounda by Domes Resorts from £1,075pp staying in a Tropical Nest on an All-Inclusive basis including flights from Gatwick, travelling July 2022. Alkyon Hotel, Skiathos Newly renovated for 2022, the new-look Alkyon Hotel has removed everything unnecessary, combining natural materials and light with blue-green and turquoise colours to dominate the well designed and comfortable lounge areas and offering bright and spacious rooms with enviable views across the sea, creating a new contemporary 4 star hotel. Although the hotel itself has been refreshed and upgraded, the aim remains as strong as it always has for the thousands of holiday makers that have visited over the years - to offer authentic Greek hospitality, providing intuitive and memorable guest services to ensure memories that last and ensure you want to return again and again. Soak up the heat on the sun terrace around the pool in a cool waterfront location whilst the roof garden offers fantastic views of the boats to-ing and fro-ing from the harbour while lush greenery contrasts perfectly with the crisp, blue waters. Authentic Greek specialities are freshly cooked at the on-site restaurant while a snack bar offers delicious treats and refreshing drinks during the heat of the day. The bustle of Skiathos Town is just a five-minute walk away boasting shops, bars and restaurants aplenty. After dark, the town comes alive with a buzzing nightlife as the fun spills onto sidewalks. A choice of sandy and shingle beaches can be easily accessed on foot or by bus or taxi so, get out and about to discover your favourite spot. Olympic Holidays (www.olympicholidays) offer 7 nights at Alkyon Hotel from £727pp staying in a Standard Inland Pool Room on a B&B basis including flights from Gatwick, travelling June 2022.
04 Feb 22Partner News
Olympic Holidays Adds the Pelion Peninsula to its PortfolioOlympic Holidays has added the Pelion peninsula to its portfolio – tucked away in ...Read moreOlympic Holidays Adds the Pelion Peninsula to its Portfolio - News & announcementsOlympic Holidays has added the Pelion peninsula to its portfolio – tucked away in the Pagasetic Gulf in eastern Greece, the destination is characterised by sweeping mountain vistas, enchanting villages and hideaway beaches. Pelion is where the Greeks themselves go for a weekend to unwind and be close to nature. It is Greece as she used to be, as yet untouched by mass tourism and commercialisation and unaffected by foreign influence. The peacefulness and majestic beauty can't fail to enchant and will bestow a sense of calm and tranquillity on all who visit. Named after Mount Pelion, which majestically overlooks the peninsula, this locality is all about lush local charm and the splendour of the winding coastline. A relatively untouched part of Greece, this is a region in which to embark on magical forest hikes to discover monasteries and wonderful waterfalls, or meander through chocolate-box villages surrounded by olive groves, such as Makrinitsa and Milies. The Pelion Steam Train is a great way to soak up the scenery while letting the train do the work. During the warmer months, visit the beaches at Agios Ioannis and Mylopotamos – or discover your own secluded stretch of coastline for a swim. The vibe of a Pelion peninsula holiday is about the beauty of nature. For those who want a little urban buzz too, a visit to the small city of Volos is fabulous for a little shopping, waterfront eateries and day trips to tiny neighbouring islands. Elsewhere in the Pelion peninsula, discover seaside tavernas serving authentic cuisine amid a rustic atmosphere, or experience wines in local vineyards, where the vines have been nurtured by the one-of-a-kind mountain climate. And for those who enjoy the quirkier things in life, the Pelion peninsula has a Museum of Worry Beads in Portaria! For walking or mountain biking holidays, central Pelion, overflowing with natural beauty is the place to go. The hillsides are densely wooded with pine and fir, chestnut and oak among which clear springs burst out from underground - there is an ever-present shush of flowing water. Old mule tracks make useful guide paths among the forests and fruit orchards, and the views from the perilously winding mountain roads down to the coast are spectacular. It is a paradise for nature lovers and ornithologists with many unusual species to spot. In the mountains of central Pelion you will really get a feel of the authentic Greek way of life when you visit some of the hamlets accessible via narrow and twisting mountain roads. It's worth the jangled nerves from negotiating the bends for the arresting panoramic views and the delightful little towns where tavernas serve delicious traditional fare. How to Get there…Fly direct from London Gatwick to Volos (3hrs 30). Things to do…Try horseriding from Argalasti for a unique way to explore, jump on the steam train from Ano Lehonia to Milies, cruise the Pagasitikos Gulf on a gullet to remote beaches and Trikeri Island. Enjoy the magnificent sandy beaches on the eastern coastline and the mountain villages of Tsagarada and Milies among many others. Visit the city of Volos with its archaeological museum, shops and atmospheric evening waterfront walks, take a guided walking tour from Agia Kyriaki. Learn to dive in Trikeri, windsurf, sail or kayak to some otherwise unreachable places or take a trip to Meteora and be amazed by its incredible mountain top monasteries. How to get around…Buses can be taken between most villages in the Pelion peninsula and the city of Volos but given the more rural nature of the place, hiring a car is preferable and by far the best way to explore and discover the coastline and mountains on your own schedule. Why Olympic…Olympic Holidays is ABTA and ATOL protected and they offer free amendments if customers need to change a booking, deposits from just £89 and a full refund guarantee so customers can book with confidence. Where to stay… Valis Resort Hotel, Agria Overlooking the deep blue waters of the Pagasetic Gulf and with the Mountain of Centaurs in the background, Valis Resort Hotel is the perfect choice to explore the stunning villages of The Pelion Peninsula. The Valis Spa promises to help you immerse yourself in a sensual paradise with a combination of Western and Eastern treatments including detox and anti-stress massages, Hydro massage and reflexology. For the little ones, the hotel’s Kids Club offering daily activities to keep the kids entertained whilst you treat yourself to some Spa time. The hotel offers a wide range of gastronomy experiences from the traditional “Tsipouradiko”, a small restaurant serving fish enjoyed with ouzo or raki, or you may prefer to experience some local dishes and delicacies served at the Tavern Restaurant or private dining at the PrimaVista Italian inspired restaurant, without a doubt there is definitely a dining option to suit your needs. Olympic Holidays www.olympicholidays.com offer 7 nights from £540pp staying on a half board basis, including flights from London Gatwick, travelling May 2022. Hotel Katia Hotel Katia is a family run hotel near to the village square of Afissos and a short distance to Lagoudi beach. Hotel Katia offers a great base to explore the local area including Afissos itself, neighbouring villages and Mount Pelion. This family run hotel offers typical Greek charm and hospitality and is one of the reasons that so many regular customers return year after year. The guest rooms are simply decorated and include air conditioning, balcony or terrace and typical Greek breakfast including local delicacies. Hotel Katia is the perfect base to explore The Pelion Peninsula with the warmth and guidance of the owner and his family. Olympic Holidays www.olympicholidays.com offer 7 nights from £354pp staying on a B&B basis, including flights from London Gatwick, travelling May 2022. Leda Village Resort Located on the edge of the picturesque seaside village of Chorto, the Leda Village Resort offers a unique mixture of apartments and villas by the sea. The Leda Village Resort stretches an area of 30,000m2, cascading down to a sheltered beach with an amphitheatre design set amongst olive trees and lush vegetation, with magnificent views of the Pagasetic Gulf. The guest rooms are hosted in buildings built in traditional Pelion style, decorated with folklore art paintings and stained-glass fanlights, oozing with character. The resort itself offers a wide range of activities including tennis, Basketball, 5 a side football, Pilates and Greek cooking lessons as well as watersports including windsurfing and sailing. Although Chorto is a small village, there are mini markets plus cafés & tavernas by the sea, as near to untouched Greece as you can imagine. Olympic Holidays www.olympicholidays.com offer 7 nights from £429pp staying on a B&B basis, including flights from London Gatwick, travelling May 2022. Charoula’s Studios The charming family run Charoula’s studios located in the picturesque village of Platanias. The property is charming with spacious rooms, decorative gardens and swimming pool with nearest shops and bars within a few steps and only a short distance to the nearest beach. The family only has one aim and that is to ensure you have a great stay and enjoy all that Platanias and the Pelion Peninsula has to offer. Olympic Holidays www.olympicholidays.com offer 7 nights from £315pp staying on a self-catering basis, including flights from London Gatwick, travelling May 2022.
26 Jul 21NEWS
Nearly six million holidaymakers coould be affected if Spain, Greece go ‘amber plus’If Spain and Greece were to follow France onto the 'amber plus' list, it could ...Read moreNearly six million holidaymakers coould be affected if Spain, Greece go ‘amber plus’ - News & announcementsIf Spain and Greece were to follow France onto the 'amber plus' list, it could put holidays in jeopardy for nearly six million people, Labour says. There has been speculation that Greece and Spain could go amber-plus which would mean fully vaccinated holidaymakers would still have to isolate on their return, although the government hasn't officially confirmed it. France was the first country to get amber plus status over concerns about the Beta variant. Labour's shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said the government has 'failed to protect our borders, allowing Covid cases to rocket' and has 'refused to be straight with the public and give them the information they need to book travel with confidence.' Read full story
19 Jul 21NEWS
Spain, Greece could join France on ‘amber-plus’ quarantine listThere are fears other popular holiday destinations could join France on the so-called 'amber-plus' blacklist. ...Read moreSpain, Greece could join France on ‘amber-plus’ quarantine list - News & announcementsThere are fears other popular holiday destinations could join France on the so-called 'amber-plus' blacklist. The new amber-plus list could soon include Spain and Greece. That is the view of Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency. "France is one of the big three countries we visit each year and I think the concern is the Government will be looking at Spain and Greece and potentially add those to the amber plus category," Charles said. France was added as the first amber-plus country which means returning travellers will have to self-isolate even if fully-vaccinated. It could also extend to Benelux. "Luxembourg has very high incidence of the Brazilian variant, so must surely be red at least amber plus. Belgium, Netherlands and Germany must be at risk too - low incidence of variants but it could change," data analyst Tim White told the Telegraph. France has called the UK's decision baffling and 'excessive,' said France's junior European affairs minister Clement Beaune.
04 Jan 21NEWS
Olympic Holidays launches prize draw for agentsOlympic Holidays is launching a prize draw for travel agents to win a £250 Love2shop ...Read moreOlympic Holidays launches prize draw for agents - News & announcementsOlympic Holidays is launching a prize draw for travel agents to win a £250 Love2shop voucher throughout January as an incentive to book and a 'thank you' for their support. All agent bookings made between 4 and 31 January will be entered into a prize draw, with one agent and the winning booking taking home a £250 Love2shop voucher. Michael Vinales, Managing Director of Olympic Holidays said: "To celebrate our 2021 New Year 'Return to the Sun' campaign and continuing commitment to our trade partners, we're thrilled to launch this prize draw. With some great offers and deals for Summer 2021, winter and Summer 2022 ready for the taking along with Olympic's price parity, deposits from just £89 and variety of airlines, durations and departure airports, there's really no better time to get booking!" A winner will be drawn and informed via email by 5 February 2021.