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Exploring the Acheron River – The gateway to the underworld

You don’t have to travel far in Greece to come across a link back to the country’s rich mythology. There are archaeological ruins of ancient temples, natural landmarks said to be inhabited by deities, and of course many islands, mountains and cities whose names recognise the greats of

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

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,

A stay at Villa Milos, Lefkas

It’s mid-August and the temperature is in the mid-30s. I have not been to Lefkas for many years and Sue, my wife, has never been. It was a last-minute decision to come here for a week and see what’s happening on the ground and for Sue to update our resort

The waterfalls at Nidri on the island of Lefkas

The walk to the waterfalls (kataraktes in Greek) is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. The winding road takes you through the small village of Rachi, where you could stop for refreshments at The Bridge taverna, before passing through olive groves, and lemon and

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