“2024 is the year to embrace the allure of the island of Milos and the majesty of the Olympus Riviera – two new gems that will be added to the Olympic Holidays portfolio” comments Michael Vinales, MD Olympic Holidays. “
Being able to expand our offering in Greece and to continually bring new, exciting, and often ‘off the beaten track’ destinations on board is what makes Olympic Holidays the go-to operator for Greece and her islands” he continues. “Milos offers an unforgettable experience with its captivating blend of pristine beaches, rugged landscapes, and rich history whilst the Olympus Riviera is another spot just waiting to be explored. Olympic Holidays will also be expanding its Island-Hopping portfolio, with some new itineraries twinning Santorini & Milos, Athens & Poros and a multi-island hop combining Mykonos, Paros & Santorini. Cruise product, which was brand new this year is also set to expand in 2024 – more information on this to follow shortly.”
Seek solace on its secluded shores, uncover ancient myths or simply witness the mesmerising beauty of its volcanic terrain (it’s a great island for geology enthusiasts!), Milos offers a diverse range of experiences, making it a compelling destination to explore and enjoy. Spend some time discovering the island’s picturesque capital, Plaka, the colourful fishing village of Klima and the lunar-like terrain of Sarakiniko. Stroll through narrow streets, explore quaint shops and enjoy the local culture - Milos is also known for its excellent seafood and warm hospitality. Rich in history, visitors can explore ancient ruins and archaeological sites such as the ancient Roman theatre, early Christian catacombs and the site where the Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Olympic Holidays is offering 7 nights at the Goldon Milos Beach Hotel from £1,439pp based on 2 people travelling on a B&B basis in a Superior Room Inland View Or Side Sea View with flights from London Gatwick. Based on 14th June 2024 departure. www.olympicholidays.com
The Olympus Riviera
Home to the awe-inspiring Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the 12 Olympian Gods, the Olympus Riviera is best known for its natural beauty and historical significance. The region boasts picturesque beaches, lush forests, deep gorges, and crystal-clear rivers making it a paradise for nature lovers, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. Explore ancient ruins, monasteries and Byzantine churches alongside local traditions and cuisine or simply enjoy the diverse flora and fauna within the Olympus National Park - a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. If you’re feeling energetic, there are numerous hiking opportunities with well-marked trails that lead to the summit of Mount Olympus and other scenic spots. There is also fantastic mountain biking, paragliding, and water sports opportunities.
Olympic Holidays offer 7 nights from £968pp based on 2 people travelling staying at Dion Palace on a half board basis including return flights from Gatwick. Based on 2nd September 2024 departure. www.olympicholidays.com
NEW Island-Hopping Experiences
Santorini & Milos
Milos and Santorini, nestled amidst the azure waters, beckon you to experience an Aegean escapade like no other.
Santorini is famous for its sunsets, crystalline beaches, and iconic, white-washed architecture clinging to dramatic cliffs - a destination that draws people back time and time again. But beyond its aesthetic wonders, this island carries a rich history, a vibrant culinary scene, and an inviting spirit, making it a must-visit destination. Twin this with Milos, just a 2hr ferry ride away, the island boasts dramatic landscapes, serene beaches, and traditional charm. Milos stands as a hidden gem within the Cyclades archipelago. Here, the sunsets paint the sky in enchanting hues, the crystal-clear waters are perfect for cooling down, and every corner of the island is steeped history.
Olympic Holidays is offering an 11-night holiday from £1419 per person based on 2 people travelling. The package includes a 1 night stay at the 4* Aria-Lito Mansion, Santorini on a Bed & Breakfast basis, a 5 night stay at the 3* Glaronisia Hotel, Milos on a Bed & Breakfast basis and a 4 night stay at the 3* Castro Hotel And Suites, Santorini on a Bed & Breakfast basis . The package includes return flights to London Gatwick airport, baggage & all connecting transfers. Departures are available on 14th May 2024. www.olympicholidays.com
Athens & Poros
Combine bustling Athens bursting with ancient history and the charming village of Poros and its beautiful surroundings.
Begin your island hop adventure in alluring Athens, where thousands of years of history is seamlessly mixed with the fun and comfort of the 21st century. Vibrant and historic, Athens is filled with delectable restaurants, from traditional tavernas to Michelin star dining, bustling markets, welcoming bars and cafes, and picturesque parks, which sit amidst awe-inspiring ancient monuments and breath-taking vistas. Then, just 1hr ferry ride away, your adventure continues on the beautiful island Poros where, on arrival, you’ll be greeted with the bell tower of a lovely white church on a picturesque hillside of cypress trees and red-roofed houses. This lush, green island is filled with beautiful bays and lovely beaches, and covered in both pine and olive trees, and beautiful lemon groves, with a charming town and a harbour lined with friendly tavernas and bars, offering delicious delicacies.
Olympic Holidays offer a 7-night ‘Athens & Poros’ island-hopping itinerary from £1,050pp. Price includes 3 nights in Athens and 4 nights on Poros departing Summer 2024 including flights from London Gatwick and all ferries and transfers. Other regional airports are also available. Island Hopping departures are available from May – October 2024. www.olympicholidays.com
Aegean Jewels: Mykonos, Paros & Santorini
Explore these iconic and beautiful islands.
Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece and flaunts its sizzling St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza style. It is the perfect place to dance the night away at a beach party under twinkling stars. It’s a hedonistic island, offering fantastic retail therapy with the loveliest designer boutiques in the main town and superb bars, restaurants and hotels. Then why not hop on a 40min ferry to Paros, one of the best kept secrets of Greece, the island is purely Cycladic, with beautiful blue tables and seats on the walkways, white houses and the magnificent churches with blue roofs perched on top. Paros is home to 40 beaches, serene villages, countless restaurants, and trendy bars. If the nightlife is for you, you won’t be disappointed, with Paros boasting a fantastic atmosphere once the sun goes down. Away from the sea, there is a butterfly valley and mountain that offer unparalleled views of the surrounding islands. And to end the trip, head to Santorini (just under 2hrs on the ferry), renowned for spectacular sunsets, stunning beaches, and volcanic beauty - incredible Santorini curves around a giant, breath-
taking lagoon in the Cyclades Islands. If you approach Santorini from the water, it’s hard not to be awed by the sheer cliffs that soar above a turquoise sea. Imagine a relaxing get away on an island of idyllic whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, perfect blue skies, and the most incredible sunsets, and you’ll be picturing a holiday in Santorini.
Olympic Holidays offer a 9-night ‘Mykonos, Paros & Santorini) island hopping itinerary from £1,760pp. Price includes 3 nights on each island - Mykonos, Poros & Santorini as well as flights from London and all ferries and transfers, departing Summer 2024. Other regional airports are also available. Island Hopping departures are available from May – October 2024. www.olympicholidays.com