Greece Opening for Tourism Earlier than Expected

Wondering when you will be able to get your travel fix again? Well we have exciting news to share... Greece's 2020 tourism season will begin again on June 15! On this day, the country will open seasonal hotels and also welcome back flights from abroad. Initially, flights will only be accepted into Athens, with other airports, such as Santorini and Thessaloniki, opening on July 1. Restrictions banning travel to and from islands has also been lifted.
Although they are re-opening, there is a limited list of 20 approved countries that have been granted access. The list will be amended as necessary, but for now, the countries being accepted in are: CyprusIsraelGermanyChinaAustraliaJapanDenmarkAustriaBulgariaSerbiaRomaniaAlbaniaNorth MacedoniaBosnia and HerzegovinaCzech RepublicCroatiaHungaryPolandSlovakiaNorway Tourists will not be tested or required to quarantine upon arrival to the country, yet it has been advised that randomised test will be carried out to ensure the safety of touri…

Virtually Visit Some of the Most Amazing Places in Spain

Just because we can't travel the world at the moment, that isn't going to stop us from exploring some of the most breathtaking museums and landmarks from around the world. Many of Spain's most popular tourist attractions have released virtual tours for us to explore while we sit on our couch in the safety of our homes.

Here are some our favourites that we found!

The Picasso Museum, Barcelona

This extensive virtual tour gives you three options. Tour through the rooms of the collection in the museum, the courtyards, or the houses Picasso lived and worked in and the places he frequented in Barcelona.
The museum opened in 1963, and holds a broad collection of the genius artist's works, 4,251 works to be exact! The extensive collection is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces located Barcelona's La Ribera neighbourhood.
The museum really highlights the intimate relationship the 20th century artist had with Barcelona, a relationship that was shaped at a young age and…

Sicily to Pay for Tourist's Holidays

After being stuck at home for over two months now, we're all craving a summer vacation. If you've had Italy on the bucket list, it might be time to finally tick that one off... The Sicilian Government is offering to pay a portion of tourist's post COVID holidays.

An estimated €50 million (AU$84 million) has been budgeted to help lure tourists to the stunning island located just off the coast of Italy. They are offering to pay for half of tourists airfares to and from the island, along with one in three nights accommodation. To sweeten the deal even more, they are removing fees for museums and archaeological sites, letting you explore some of the richest historical sites and still have a bit of extra cash left over for another cheeky arancini.
They aim to do this by handing out vouchers through Sicily's tourism website. While they are yet to release when these will be available to the public, and whether they will be available for Australian tourists, borders and overs…

Greece's Push Towards Normality

With the European summer looming, Greece is beginning to ease its lockdown laws to begin the return to normality, or the “new normal” as the government put it. Aiming to be in a place where they can safely re-open the borders to tourists, their efforts are aimed at salvaging what is left of the year in order to keep the tourism industry alive.

Stage one of easing the lockdowns has seen the introduction of some new rules, including the mandatory use of face masks by workers, including those working in the food industry, supermarkets and grocery stores, public transport and taxis, hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres, hairdressers and beauty salons. They have also recommended that customers also oblige to wearing face masks, even recommending those working in offices, going to school or university, and those going to places of worship and churches also follow the rule.

While they have allowed for Greeks to travel within their prefecture without an excuse, there are still limits in pl…

The Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck - Malta

Unique to Malta the feast of the shipwreck of St Paul is held annually on the 10th of February. The feast celebrates the events that proceeded, and including, the shipwreck of St Paul off the shores of Malta.

Although the exact location of the shipwreck was never determined, it is said to have been on the rocks near the shore of Malta. As the story goes, St Paul was travelling to Rome as a prisoner to stand before Caesar, being trialled as a political rebel. However, the ship carrying him, and the 247 others, was caught in a violent storm, leading to it being broken up on the Maltese coast. St Paul was warned of the shipwreck beforehand by God who agreed to spare the lives of everyone on board. All managed to swim to ashore, to be greeted by the local population. While St Paul was standing by a fire, he was bitten by a poisonous snake, yet did not incur any ill effects or injuries. The Maltese took this as a sign that he was perhaps a god. Paul, however, soon shows them it was God’s p…

Our Top 40 Travel Instagram Captions

We all know how important finding that perfect Instagram caption is these days. Stumped for ideas though? Last thing you want to be doing on your perfect holiday is stressing about captions. So, here’s Greece Med’s list of top 40 travel inspired Instagram captions!

1. Anyone else need a bit of beach therapy

2. Sun 🌞 sand 🐚 sea 🌊

3. Is it even a Greece vacation without a beach pic??

4. Suns out buns out

5. Nothing gets better than this

6. All about that travel life 🌍

7. Outta here ✌

8. Anyone figured out how to bring a beach home with you yet?

9. In the mood to take a six-month-long vacation twice a year

10. Italy stole a pizza my heart 🍕

11. Blue skies and no worries

12. Holiday doesn’t count if you don’t come back with a tan

13. Vacation mode on 😎

14. I want someone to look at me the way I look at a travel brochure

15. Wanderlust lifestyle 💫

16. Mood

17. Views for days

18. Sunshine is the best medicine 🌅

19. Heaven on earth

20. Don’t worry, Beach …

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Debunking Common Travel Myths

After being in the business for over 17 years, there are a few misconceptions that the destination specialists here at Greece & Mediterranean Travel Centre have noticed thatkeep coming up time and time again. It’s time to put these ideas to rest!

1. Myth: A hotel's star rating is the most important.
While we can all appreciate how important a hotels star rating is, one thing that doesn’t seem to be completely understood is that official star rates for hotels in various Mediterranean destinations are not based on the same criteria as in Australia.  This means that often smaller boutique hotels have a lower rating, such as the 3-star Armeni Village in Santorini, simply due to them not having certain amenities. Therefore, you shouldn’t limit yourself to only looking for hotels based on ratings. This is where having specialists like us who are experts in the area come in handy, as we can recommend places you may not have found when looking by stars.
2. Myth: The best way to compare h…

A Very Special Experience Awaits You in Greece

Athens Service Centre 
Our Athens office offers 24 hours, 7days a week support to our travellers. No request is too big or too small. This is an exclusive service available to our clients only.

Your Personal Concierge
Immerse yourself in Grecian history with a private guided tour of the Acropolis or indulge in a luxury wine tasting hosted by a local sommelier and follow it with a sunset dinner on the caldera in Santorini. Our local exclusive concierge service offers you insider access to the wonders of Greece.

Only Settle for the Extraordinary 
Let us provide the local insight to upgrade a holiday from great to unforgettable. We offer our travellers the best on-the-ground information on events, tours, performances, dining destinations, and more. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, let our concierges organise a special dinner, night out, or unique experience. Whether its wedding planning or island hopping, we can take you there

Experience the Best of Greece 
With our combined experi…

Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre shows reality of DIY Travel in new video

Earlier this year, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre (GMTC) launched the #WhyIDontDIYTravel campaign alongside a competition to highlight the risks travellers face when they book holidays themselves.
The campaign has not only brought to light some of the horror stories, but it has also celebrated the type of incredible trips that can be achieved when booked through an ATAS accredited travel agent. 
The Instagram competition was a resounding success, with the overall winner scoring a holiday to Greece. 
But GMTC still wants to raise awareness. Many people are continuing to choose to book their own holidays and often facing disappointment when things aren’t as they seem or things go wrong. 
GMTC Managing Director Halina Kubica says, “Nothing can replicate the expertise of a knowledgeable travel specialist who is familiar with the locations and will make the best recommendations for the customer. If something goes wrong, travel specialists are the lifeline that can salvage a trip a…