Greece

About Conceptour

Conceptours is renowned to be one of Greece’s top Destination Management Companies specializing in the planning, creative designing and the meticulous operation for FITs, special interest groups, incentives & conference programs in Greece. They have received numerous awards of excellence from major travel trade associations (ASTA, SITE, EOT, etc.).

Founded already in 1977, Conceptours currently employs a full time multilingual staff of 15. The team looks back at decades of experience, ensuring all clients a professional and personalized service, a deep and distinctive destination knowledge, as well as long-term relationships with key players and service providers.

A separate FIT department provides personalized services to leisure travellers. The operations team has a “hands-on” approach with all FIT inquiries and maintains direct contact to their clients in order to ascertain that all is to their full satisfaction. Conceptours will give you viable suggestions that may possibly enhance a client’s requested program.

Whether you are looking at a historical tour along the ancient sites on the mainland, an island hopping tour, a well-being program including yoga and meditation, or just a relaxing beach vacation – Conceptours will be your ideal partner on the grounds.

Tourist destination highlights

• Travel back in time and explore the majestic Acropolis in Athens

• Taste Santorini’s unique wine by visiting some of the many interesting wineries of the island

• Keep the Olympic flame alive and visit the sites of ancient Olympia

• Party like a Jetsetter and enjoy the sunsets in Mykonos island

• Discover the sacred uninhabited island of Delos opposite of Mykonos

• Explore out the worldwide famous rock formations of Meteora, home of one of the largest built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries

• Get lost in a Medieval Maze in the Rhodes island in UNESCO World Heritage Palace of the Knights

• Leave your car behind by visiting tiny Hydra island, one of the most painted, romantically beautiful islands in Greece

• Find your perfect beach with 8,498 miles of coastline and each of unique unparalleled beauty

• Indulge in low key elegance by visiting the less touristy islands of Folegandros, Sifnos, Milos

• Visit with an Oracle by visiting Delphi site believing to be the cradle of the world

Conceptours

Conceptours

CONTACT INFO
Michael Argiri
46, Nikis Street
Athens 10558
Greece

+30 210 360 0812
www.conceptours.gr

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• FIT
• Family Travel
• Honeymoons
• Special Interest Small Private Groups
• Organized Tours
• Private and Semi Private Tours
• Cruises & Shore Excursions
• Culinary & Wine Tours
• Pre-set Dinners in acclaimed restaurants
• Private Yacht and Sailing Boat Rentals
• VIP tours
• Ferry and Airline bookings
• Private Villas rentals
• Car rentals

Selected Tours
Crete Tours and Excursions
Corfu Tours and Excursions
Athens Tours and Excursions
Santorini Tours and Excursions
Rhodes Tours and Excursions
Mykonos Tours and Excursions

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Greece

Destination Overview

“Greece, the birthplace of democracy, is located at the southeast end of Europe and is the southernmost country of the Balkan Peninsula, bordering the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas. Its neighbouring countries are Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania and Turkey. Despite its relative small area size, the weather in Greece varies widely between the different areas.

The northern, more mountainous regions, experience winter cold in its extreme; ice and snow become a permanent feature of the landscape and the temperatures settle on lower numbers.

The coastal areas and Greek islands experience a milder winter in terms of ice and snow, but high humidity and strong coastal winds during the winter make the cold seem very bitter. The summer is very hot and dry, which makes Greece a favourite vacation spots for sun and sea lovers.”

Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine. Being at the crossroads between east and west, Greek cuisine has been infused with the best of both worlds. Some of the most eclectic tastes from the west balance against some of the more raw and upbeat tastes from the east on Greek tables. Contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats, including poultry, rabbit and pork. Also important are olives, cheese, aubergine, courgette and yoghurt. Greek desserts are characterized by the dominant use of nuts and honey.

Greece is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and the cradle of Western culture as we know it. The first signs of inhabitancy were the Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean maritime civilisations that lived and ruled during the Bronze Age (3000-1200 BC). However, these collapsed by the 11th century BC and a ‘dark age’ followed. By 800 BC, there was a cultural and military revival and city-states like Athens and Sparta sprang onto the world map. The classical (or golden) age of Greece started soon after and gave rise to many of the world’s cultural emblems before ending with the Peloponnesian Wars (431-404 AD) in which the Athenians were vanquished by the Spartans. Alexander the Great, who marched into Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia and parts of what are now Afghanistan and India, ushered in the Macedonian empire. It ruled for three dynasties and is known as the Hellenistic period. During this time, Greek ideas and culture was amalgamated with other proud ancient cultures and a new tradition was created.

The powerful Roman empire turned its sights on Greece around 205 BC and over the next few centuries, the country came under the Romans, the illustrious Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Turks. All these influences combined to create a unique culture. A cultural revival in the late 18th century precipitated the War of Independence in 1821-29 but it was only in 1827, when Russia, France and Britain intervened that Greece became independent.

During WWI, Greek troops fought on the Allied side. Refugees from the Turkish territory of Smyrna weakened Greece’s economy. In 1936 General Metaxas was appointed as prime minister by the king and quickly established a fascist dictatorship. Despite Allied help, Greece fell to Germany in 1941. The destruction and economic problems led to a civil war that lasted until 1949. With economic help from America, Greece recovered after this and the royalists established an anti-Communist government and implemented the Certificate of Political Reliability, which remained valid until 1962. Fearing a resurgence of the left, a group of army colonels (military junta) staged a coup d’état in 1967. In 1981 Greece entered the European Community (now the EU), in 2004 the country hosted the Olympic Games.

In Greece, sea and mountain meet to dramatic effect, and everything is bathed in the bright, relentless light of the Mediterranean sun. Life here can be what you make it, either an endless party or a quiet affair. The smells of thyme and lavender, the shops tucked away on tiny island streets, the welcoming people, the undiscovered beaches, the gorgeous food, and the epic history will make you want to plan your next visit back to Greece before you’ve even left.

Parthenon – the temple and the Acropolis museum as the symbol of Athens, Greece and of Western civilization.

Meteora Monastery – part of the UNESCO World Heritage list; where bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries old monasteries, 6 of which are open to the public.

Mykonos – Greece’s most glamorous island destination. You’ll find chic boutique hotels, classy restaurants, all day beach bar restaurants with live music, and astonishing beaches all over the place.

Rhodes – the old town is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. It is enclosed by an impressive fortification system, including monumental towers and gates built by the Knights of St. John after they took control of the island in the 14th century.

Corfu – one of Greece’s top destinations sits in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the mainland. Corfu town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant Italianate architecture – ruled by the Venetians for several centuries.

Nafplion – considered as one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, rich in history as its first capital. Car free old town filled with neoclassical mansions.

Santorini – the most dramatic of all the Greek islands. It is best known for the west coast cliff top towns of Fira and Oia, its unique wines and the archaeological site of Akrotiri.

Delphi – on the Greek mainland is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was sacred to the ancients ,who came here to worship Apollo and to ask advice from the mythical Oracle.

Crete – the biggest Greek island can be a destination on its own for your entire trip to Greece. Bewitching beaches, enchanting villages, splendid food and drink, unique sites and outdoor adventures are waiting for you.

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