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Greece and its magnificent islands have always been dreamy. Who hasn’t imagined strolling through its streets lined with whitewashed houses, relaxing on the black beach sand of Santorini, admiring the windmills of Mykonos or exploring the city of Athens with its majestic ruins and rich history?

Transat Holidays offers a multitude of vacation options so you can explore and discover Greece your way. Ask about our different packages listed on the right and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

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Seaside Package

A SUN VACATION WITH A TWIST

Are you the type of person who loves the sea, but expects more than sun and sand on holiday? A seaside vacation in Europe might be the answer you’re looking for. You can spend some time by the beach or pool, then head out to explore historic sites and local attractions. In the evenings, you’ll have a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from. The best thing about this type of vacation is that you’ll never run out of things to do or not to do.

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Itinerary in Greece

GREECE MADE EASY

If you’ve always wanted to travel to Greece, but have trouble deciding which fabulous destination you’d like to visit most, then you should consider an itinerary. Part of a collection of memorable options, each one combines a cruise or coach tour on the mainland with a stay in one or more of the most popular Greek islands. Choose the one you like best and get ready for the time of your life.


Click on the following Greece itineraries for further details.

Island Hopping

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

Can’t decide which Greek isle you’d like to visit? Then, have a look at our Island Hopping options. Since each one of these beautiful islands has its own personality, we’ve put together a wide choice of combinations so you can experience as many of them as possible. Who knows, you might want to try a different Island Hopping Package every year!

Click on the following Island Hopping offers for further details.

Coach Tour

A CAREFREE WAY TO TRAVEL

Looking for a structured, worry-free vacation where you can simply sit back and enjoy the sights? A coach tour might be the perfect choice for you. Travelling on an organized trip means you’re always in the hands of professionals. Your guide and driver take you safely to the most interesting sights, so you can focus on having a good time and experiencing the best your destination has to offer. Along the way you enjoy the companionship of group travel, quality accommodation, a certain number of meals, an exciting itinerary and some leisure time to wander off on your own, should you so desire.

À la Carte Accommodation

THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

Many of our hotels are also available à la carte, so you can extend your stay or travel somewhere else for an extra day or more. It’s an easy way for you to customize your travel plans to suit your needs.

  • Athens
  • Crete
  • Mykonos
  • Santorini
  • Rhodes
  • Paros
  • Naxos
  • Ios
  • Kos
  • Symi
  • Zakynthos
  • Corfou
  • Cefalonia

Car rentals

In Greece, Transat Holidays offers you car rentals with Sixt Holiday cars. Visit our Car rental useful information section for more information.

Why choose Transat Holidays for your Greece vacation?

  • Our Transat Holidays and TourGreece representatives are always there to greet you with a smile, assist you and tell you about interesting excursions and sites.
  • You enjoy a direct flight to Athens from Montreal or Toronto. No transfers, no worries!
  • You travel on the wings of Air Transat, named World's Best Leisure Airline in 2012, with its new totally redesigned cabin *.

Greece at a Glance

Can’t choose among our itineraries? Consult the comparison table below and get a quick glance at the various cities included in each of our packages and itineraries.

Greece Itineraries Aegean Splendour Aegean Vistas Lambda Mykonian Gem Zeta Alpha Apollo Treasures Iota Omega Adriatic Odyssey Beta Charms of Greece & Turkey Tour Fabled Places Gamma Tour Islands & Legends   Jewels of the cyclades Kappa Minos Magic Olympian Voyage Olympian Voyage - Santorini Sigma

Greece Destinations to Discover

ATHENS

Majestic and Modern. Everywhere you turn in Athens, you will be awestruck by the way the past and the present work together to create a city that is alive, bustling, and exciting. Athens, the capital city of Greece once thought to be protected by the goddess Athena, remains a magical, romantic place.

Want to travel to Athens? Consider these appealing itineraries!

CRETE

A Wondrous Isle. Zeus and his son Minos, legendary king of Crete, both sprung from this marvelous place. The ecosystem of Crete is unique, encompassing varied flora as well as animal species found only on this island. Vacationers adore its boundless beaches, numerous tavernas, and fascinating museums, and the more adventurous will try raki, a strong spirit made from grape must.

Want to travel to Crete? Consider these appealing itineraries!

DODECANESE ISLANDS

Karpathos, Kos & Symi These three islands offer a mesmerizing blend of gorgeous scenery, whitewashed houses, historic ruins and wonderful weather. Unspoiled Karpathos is home to Roman ruins, Byzantine architecture and a tranquil laid-back atmosphere. Visitors revel in its picturesque villages, excellent diving and superb windsurfing conditions. Mellow Kos boasts gorgeous beaches along with a rich history that evokes the grandeur of past civilizations. Its bustling capital, Kos Town, is packed with scores of shops, lively bars, restaurants and Greek tavernas. Tranquil Symi offers ancient monasteries, superb architecture and pristine beaches. Traditional villages, neoclassical architecture and one of the most beautiful harbours in Greece make it a wonderful choice for a relaxing vacation.
Want to travel to Dodecanese Islands? Consider these appealing itineraries!

IONIAN ISLANDS

Ionian Islands (Corfu, Cefalonia, Zakynthos). These luxuriously wooded islands are the most western European in flavour of all the Greek isles, residing approximately midway between Greece and Italy, and have been a popular vacation destination since antiquity. Corfu is probably the most well-known of all the islands, while Cefalonia, inhabited for over 50,000 years, boasts lively beach resorts and Mount Ainos National Park, and Zakynthos is a great place to rent a car and explore the island’s mountain villages, monasteries, and fabulous vistas.
Want to travel to Ionian Islands? Consider these appealing itineraries!

MYKONOS

The Quintessential Greek Island. As romantic as it gets, Mykonos is the most popular of all the Greek islands. The characteristic, dazzlingly white cube-shaped houses contrast strikingly with the intense blue and green of their wooden doors and shutters. Little winding streets, windmills, and smooth sand beaches complete the picture of the perfect island paradise.
Want to travel to Mykonos Consider these appealing itineraries!

NAXOS

The Greenest Isle. Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, has all the wonderful features of some of Greece’s most popular islands, plus even more culture, history and living traditions, it remains relatively quiet, without the crowds some of the other islands experience during high season. This Mediterranean paradise has been inhabited since 3000 BC, ruled by a number of different occupying forces, including the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire, making it an exceptionally rich sources of archeological, architectural and cultural artefacts.
Want to travel to Naxos? Consider these appealing itineraries!

PAROS & IOS

The Wonderful Cyclades. Well known for its nightlife, visitors to Ios bask in a festive atmosphere, as evident on the island’s golden beaches as it is in the nightclubs and open-air tavernas. Picturesque Paros abounds in pretty coves, miniature churches, narrow cobblestone streets and Byzantine monuments.

Want to travel to Paros & Ios? Consider these appealing itineraries!

PAROS

IOS

PATMOS & RHODES

The Dodecanese Legacy. Kos was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. The island also witnessed the march of civilization from ancient Greece to the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades and the Ottoman Empire. Patmos, where John of Patmos wrote Revelations, is a key Christian pilgrimage site and a very pleasant place to visit. Finally, majestic Rhodes, whose port was once guarded by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere enriched by an astonishing blend of ancient and modern.

Want to travel to Patmos & Rhodes? Consider these appealing itineraries!

PATMOS

RHODES

SANTORINI

Rejuvenates the Soul. It is what many of us envision when we dream of Greece, and this fashionable island frequently surpasses the fantasy. Days on the island give way to nights of dramatic sunsets enjoyed from pleasant open-air cafés. Few sights are more memorable than the dazzling whitewashed buildings that sit perched on the rim of black volcanic cliffs.

Want to travel to Santorini? Consider these appealing itineraries!

TURKEY

Land of sunshine and history, with immaculate beaches and lively, cosmopolitan cities, Turkey gracefully straddles two continents. Statues, temples, theatres, agora, churches, mosques and palaces tell the tale of its storied past and refined people. Irresistibly exotic, Turkey’s awe-inspiring, multifaceted culture impresses all visitors, yet it is also a modern country that has much in common with its European neighbours. Savour this fascinating land and its way of life, the charming mysteries of the seraglio, and all the opulence of its rich Oriental heritage.

Greece : Useful information and excursions 2013 available

To help you make the most of your holiday, Transat Holidays has arranged a varied program of exciting excursions. Consult this booklet containing information on some of the excursions available, as well as additional information on money matters, clothing suggestions, shopping and the like.

* Since April 2012, Air Transat has been redesigning its aircraft one at a time so it can carry its passengers in peak comfort. These makeovers will be completed over the next two years.

Overview


Athens and the Peloponnesus

The sprawling, modern city of Athens is built around the Acropolis ("upper city"), an imposing natural fortress selected by the city's first inhabitants, the Pelasgians, back in the Neolithic age for its strategic elevated position. The symbol of Athens since time immemorial, the Acropolis is crowned by the legendary Parthenon. In the northern part of the city, the National Archaeological Museum houses impressive collections of antiquities.

Nestled on the Peloponnesus, Greece's southernmost peninsula, connected to the mainland by the Isthmus of Corinth, is the mythical city of Mycenae, from which King Agamemnon set out to conquer Troy. Also here are Nauplia (or Nafplion), with its two museums; Epidaurus, known for its glorious theatre; Sparta, which is home to an interesting archaeological museum; Mistra (or Mystras) and its Byzantine monuments; Messenia, with its back to the slopes of Mount Taygetos and fringed with magnificent beaches; and Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games. Crete is the largest island of Greece, with which it was united in 1913. Moreover, the island is a history lesson in itself. Over the centuries, Crete's strategic yet vulnerable geographical position in the Mediterranean made it a prime target for repeated invasions, which left their mark on the island's architecture. The centre of the ancient Minoan civilization, Crete fell under the yoke of the Romans, who left behind an assortment of public and religious buildings. It then became part of the Byzantine Empire, as evidenced by the numerous chapels from the period, then fell into the hands of the Venetians in 1204 and remained so for more than 400 years. It was then absorbed into the Ottoman Empire and remained under Turkish rule for two centuries, as manifested by its houses with wooden balconies, as well as its handful of minarets and mosques.The Cyclades Consisting of 40 islands, of which 25 are inhabited, the Cyclades derive their name from the circle (kyklos) they seem to form around the sacred Isle of Delos. A group of islands scattered across the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades are one of Greece's most popular tourist destinations.

The archipelago was inhabited as early as 7000 BC and is the birthplace of the Cycladic civilization (3000 to 1000 BC), which is distinguished by particularly modern-looking, geometric-shaped idols and statues. Today, the Cycladic Islands' architecture is characterized by blue-shuttered, whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches crowned with bright-blue domes, and windmills.The Dodecanese Islands A 12-island archipelago (hence its Greek name, meaning "12 islands") located in the Aegean Sea, along the southeastern coast of Turkey, the Dodecanese notably comprise the islands of Patmos and Rhodes. The Dodecanese Islands were ceded to Greece in 1947-1948.

Patmos was made famous by St. John the Evangelist, who wrote the Apocalypse while in exile here. Chora, the island's main town, is very appealing, with its medieval-style mansions, Byzantine churches and narrow alleyways.

The largest of the Dodacanese Islands, Rhodes, has something for everyone, from lush vegetation and beautiful beaches to a rich history and impressive monuments.

Where on earth


Located in southeastern Europe, Greece occupies the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula and a series of small, paradisiacal islands. Athens and its port, Piraeus, encompass close to a third of the country's population.

Destinations


GREECE

ATHENS

Majestic and Modern. Everywhere you turn in Athens, you will be awestruck by the way the past and the present work together to create a city that is alive, bustling, and exciting. Athens, the capital city of Greece once thought to be protected by the goddess Athena, remains a magical, romantic place.

CRETE

A Wondrous Isle. Zeus and his son Minos, legendary king of Crete, both sprung from this marvelous place. The ecosystem of Crete is unique, encompassing varied flora as well as animal species found only on this island. Vacationers adore its boundless beaches, numerous tavernas, and fascinating museums, and the more adventurous will try raki, a strong spirit made from grape must.

DODECANESE ISLANDS

Karpathos, Kos & Symi These three islands offer a mesmerizing blend of gorgeous scenery, whitewashed houses, historic ruins and wonderful weather. Unspoiled Karpathos is home to Roman ruins, Byzantine architecture and a tranquil laid-back atmosphere. Visitors revel in its picturesque villages, excellent diving and superb windsurfing conditions. Mellow Kos boasts gorgeous beaches along with a rich history that evokes the grandeur of past civilizations. Its bustling capital, Kos Town, is packed with scores of shops, lively bars, restaurants and Greek tavernas. Tranquil Symi offers ancient monasteries, superb architecture and pristine beaches. Traditional villages, neoclassical architecture and one of the most beautiful harbours in Greece make it a wonderful choice for a relaxing vacation.

IONIAN ISLANDS

Ionian Islands (Corfu, Cefalonia, Zakynthos).  These luxuriously wooded islands are the most western European in flavour of all the Greek isles, residing approximately midway between Greece and Italy, and have been a popular vacation destination since antiquity. Corfu is probably the most well-known of all the islands, while Cefalonia, inhabited for over 50,000 years, boasts lively beach resorts and Mount Ainos National Park, and Zakynthos is a great place to rent a car and explore the island’s mountain villages, monasteries, and fabulous vistas.

MYKONOS

The Quintessential Greek Island. As romantic as it gets, Mykonos is the most popular of all the Greek islands. The characteristic, dazzlingly white cube-shaped houses contrast strikingly with the intense blue and green of their wooden doors and shutters. Little winding streets, windmills, and smooth sand beaches complete the picture of the perfect island paradise.

NAXOS

The Greenest Isle. Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, has all the wonderful features of some of Greece’s most popular islands, plus even more culture, history and living traditions, it remains relatively quiet, without the crowds some of the other islands experience during high season. This Mediterranean paradise has been inhabited since 3000 BC, ruled by a number of different occupying forces, including the Venetians and the Ottoman Empire, making it an exceptionally rich sources of archeological, architectural and cultural artefacts.

PAROS & IOS

The Wonderful Cyclades. Well known for its nightlife, visitors to Ios bask in a festive atmosphere, as evident on the island’s golden beaches as it is in the nightclubs and open-air tavernas. Picturesque Paros abounds in pretty coves, miniature churches, narrow cobblestone streets and Byzantine monuments.

PATMOS & RHODES

The Dodecanese Legacy. Kos was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. The island also witnessed the march of civilization from ancient Greece to the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades and the Ottoman Empire. Patmos, where John of Patmos wrote Revelations, is a key Christian pilgrimage site and a very pleasant place to visit. Finally, majestic Rhodes, whose port was once guarded by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere enriched by an astonishing blend of ancient and modern.

SANTORINI

Rejuvenates the Soul. It is what many of us envision when we dream of Greece, and this fashionable island frequently surpasses the fantasy. Days on the island give way to nights of dramatic sunsets enjoyed from pleasant open-air cafés. Few sights are more memorable than the dazzling whitewashed buildings that sit perched on the rim of black volcanic cliffs.

TURKEY

Land of sunshine and history, with immaculate beaches and lively, cosmopolitan cities, Turkey gracefully straddles two continents. Statues, temples, theatres, agora, churches, mosques and palaces tell the tale of its storied past and refined people. Irresistibly exotic, Turkey’s awe-inspiring, multifaceted culture impresses all visitors, yet it is also a modern country that has much in common with its European neighbours. Savour this fascinating land and its way of life, the charming mysteries of the seraglio, and all the opulence of its rich Oriental heritage.

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