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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

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

Sivota past and present and why the Greeks keep it a secret

  Name almost anywhere in Greece and you can link to that place a rich history that goes back to the days before Alexander the Great. Thetiny village of Sivota in the north west of mainland Greece is no exception,with stories of conquest and betrayal that stretch

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

Travel to Greece

I have just returned from Corfu and Paxos . I wasn’t sure what to expect before I left England. The TV and Press were so full of what was going on in Athens that I wondered whether the islands would be different in any way. I can