Sunvil Holidays, has launched its 2013 'Real Greece' brochure, featuring a range of accommodation, from luxury hotels to seaside self-catering options, on lesser-known islands and off the beaten track.
New additions for this year include ‘Boutique Greece’ - historic luxury properties that have been restored, offering high standards of service and cuisine. Also new to the programme are the islands of Kalymnos and tiny Telendos in the Dodecanese, plus a new programme in Stoupa in the Peloponnese, providing access to beaches and with family-friendly bases at which to stay.
The operator's programme director Dudley der Parthog said: “Despite all the gloom and doom forecast in the media for travel to Greece in 2012, our customers reported record-breaking satisfaction levels (overall average 91%), demonstrating that traditional life continues and that the real Greece experience remains top class. We are particularly excited about our new ‘Boutique Greece’ selection where tailormade two- or three-night stays, seven-night packages or totally flexible fly/drive itineraries can be arranged.
"This year we are encouraging customers to take advantage of the late Greek Easter, which this year falls on Sunday May 5. This world-famous event is definitely worth catching and we can arrange holidays to a number of destinations, including Corfu - where celebrations include the parading of the mummified body of St Spiridon, the island's patron saint, through the streets of the old town, followed by the hurling of crockery from the upper windows of houses. Survivors can then relax and enjoy the subsequent fireworks and feasting.
"We firmly believe that Greece is set for an excellent year, partly due to pent-up demand from customers who postponed visiting in 2012. People now understand that the Euro crisis is highly unlikely to have any impact on their holiday enjoyment - and prices are more competitive than ever. In fact some holidays are considerably cheaper than last year. For example, Villa Afrodite, a four-star boutique hotel on Lemnos, now offers two weeks in peak season, reduced from £1,293 per person in 2012 to £1,113 this year - a saving of £180 per person."
As an example of 'Boutique Greece' prices, a stay at the remotely-located Kyrimai Hotel in Gerolimenas, a former 19th century warehouse, costs from £818 per person for seven nights' breakfast stay, based on two sharing, including flights and car hire.
For more information or to book call 020-8758 4747 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk