Get Inspired / Europe / Greece Greek Islands, Greece Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Greece Greek Islands, Greece story by: House of Travel Who doesn’t dream of visiting the Greek Islands? We make lists of our favourites and plan holidays of idyllic islandhopping. There’s just something about the combination of white-washed houses, multihued fishing boats in tiny ports, hills smelling of thyme, and the legends and ancient history that is irresistible. And that’s not even mentioning the party-scene! There are nearly 2000 islands, some very popular and some still amazingly little-visited by tourists. Travel tip: a package that includes ferry rides and accommodation on the islands of your choice will take the hassle and uncertainty out of your island-hopping! Greek Islands Highlights ISLAND HOPPING – The Cyclades group, which include Mykonos and Santorini, are justifiably popular, and Crete, the largest island, is especially rich in history. If you are looking for islands with fewer tourists why not sail towards Turkey and the islands of Kos, Chios and Samos. If you’re not a party animal, Ios may not be for you but Tinos could be perfect. INDULGE IN LOCAL DELICACIES – Some of our favourite’s are Moussaka, Ouzo and Souvlaki. ZORBA – Take part in this traditional style dancing. SILVER AND TURQUOISE JEWELLERY – You will find in abundance around many stores in the Greek Islands. Great for you or a nice present for someone special back home. STAY IN A WHITE WASHED VILLAGE – Around Easter the Greeks spring to life and paint their houses white and doors blue. This is a big celebration marking the new season. Make sure you stay in a little white washed village for a truly Greek experience. WATERFRONT DELIGHTS – Stop at a waterfront Taverna for a refreshing beer and calamari fresh from the sea. Watch the fishermen land their catches on the wharf. SOUDA BAY – Many New Zealand soldiers who fought during World War II are buried here. SAMARIA GORGE – Take a car journey over the white mountains where our ancestors trekked to the south coast before they departed for Egypt. The scenery is stunning and the area thought provoking. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Classical Note to Star Voyage Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - UK & Europe Your Way Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.