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Simple pleasures on Ithaca

Despite its almost mythical status in Greek culture as the home of Odysseus, Ithaca is one of the lesser-visited of the Greek islands. Relatively small (around 20 miles from top to bottom and less than half a mile wide at its narrowest point) it lacks an airport

A relaxing retreat for two

Increasingly, we find ourselves living in a time-poor society. We live our lives at a fast pace, rushing from one place to another, searching for the next challenge and permanently connected to mobile technology. For many, myself included, finding a work-life balance that allows quality time to

Unique properties in Greece and Cyprus

At GIC – The Villa Collection we understand that every client is unique and that our featured villas must reflect the diverse requirements of our travellers. This is why we return to Greece and Cyprus ever year in search of new properties, selecting only those which tick

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view

Is there anything better than opening your bedroom shutters to greet the warming rays of the morning sun; to relax on your balcony listening to the sound of the sea lapping at the rocks below; to watch the comings and goings of harbour life from your poolside

No Frills or Travelling in Style?

Back in 1994 when I joined GIC The Villa Collection, or Greek Islands Club as it was known then, we prided ourselves on offering an upgraded flight service. At a time when check-in desks, seat allocation, on board meal service and a baggage allowance was the norm,

Traditional Greece meets the world…..

For the last 50 years the small Ionian island of Lefkas has been promoting the message of peace, friendship and brotherhood among nations through music and dance. For one music-filled week in August the island’s activities are centred on the tiny capital of the island where the

Villa or Hotel: which is best?

For those looking to have a break in the Mediterranean sun the choices are never as simple as they could be. Which destination? Where should we fly to/from? How many nights? What are we going to eat? And perhaps the biggest question of all: where are we

A beginner’s guide to eating Greek food

As generations of Greeks have made their homes in almost every country on earth, so the traditions of the Greek kitchen have also travelled far and wide. Even those who have never been to Greece will be familiar with many of the most popular dishes on offer.

What’s new for GIC in 2011?

A new name: Greek Islands Club has arranged villa holidays to the Greek islands for 42 years. There has, on occasion, been some confusion about the meaning of “Club”. We gave our company this name because we saw that our holidays were appealing to like-minded people, who

Relax in an airport lounge….

Organising travel plans for over 20,000 people each year, it is inevitable that we are going to have to deal with some delayed flights. From an operator’s point of view, it is good to experience a delay first hand as it can be easy to forget just