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Greece

Visit Greece

Being one of the earliest civilizations known to human kind Greece is a country with rich history, heritage and culture. It is the place where Byzantine Empire once ruled and also great Ottoman Empire. It is also considered to be as the birth place of Democracy. Athens is the capital city of Greece. The Olympic games originated in Greece. Not only that, it was the world center for western philosophy, political science, astronomy, mathematics, major scientific studies and what not. It is also known as a Mediterranean country as it has Mediterranean Sea in the south. It is a popular destination for world tourists in that region known for its beautiful beaches, reach history and charming villages. The Greek islands are one of the most wonderful places to be explored by Cruise or Yacht. The trip of Greece will definitely be one of the most memorable to remember in one’s life.

Population & Languages

The population of Greece is around 11 million and the official language being spoken is Greek. The other popular languages are English and French.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The types of plug used are round pin with attachment, round pin with ground, Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin and “Schuko” plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts.

Geographic Location

It is located in Southern Europe bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea between Albania and Turkey. It is situated in the southern side of Balkan Peninsula. It is also bordered by Bulgaria and Macedonia in the southeast.

Climate

It has three distinct climates namely Alpine, Mediterranean and temperate climate with mild and wet winters and also hot and dry summers due to Mediterranean affect. Alpine system is seen in mountainous regions. The temperate climate is seen near border along Macedonia. Athens has both temperate and Mediterranean weather.

Customs

The Greece is a place with strong historic and cultural background. There are different traditions and customs in different parts of the Greece. The throwing back of a hand is considered to be a negative gesture here in Greece. Casual dress can be worn most of the times. Smoking is prohibited in public transport services and public buildings. Tipping 12 to 1 percent is customary in restaurants, hotels and taxis.

Attractions

* The Olympic Games in Athens (the spot of the historic 2004 Olympic Games)
* Mardi Grass Celebrations in February
* The Parthenon in Athens
* Skiing in Arahova Mountains between October and March
* Easter Celebrations
* Thessaloniki’s White Tower and country’s rich Byzantine culture
* The south of Corinth
* The beaches in Lesvos
* The wine vineyards in the countryside
* The islands near the Aegean Sea
* The wildlife preserve in Alonissos (Sporades Marine Park)
* The famous, Moni Panagia Chozoviotissa, a Byzantine monastery in Amorgos

Travel

By Air – The national airline of Greece is Olympic Airlines. Many popular airlines like British Airways and Delta Airlines operate daily flight from Athens. The biggest airport is newly constructed Athens International Airport which is located like 17 miles northeast of the city. The other international airports of Greece are Heraklion (Crete), Thessaloniki (Macedonia) and Corfu (Kerkira).

By Sea – The popular Greek ports include Corfu, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa, Patras, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes, Thessaloniki and Volos. Shipping vessels and ferryboat lines link these ports with Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Russia and Turkey. Some of the popular cruises operating in Greece are Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Festival Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Silversea and Swan Hellenic.

By Rail – If one is coming from UK, the best way is to take Eurostar train to Brussels or Paris and from there take connecting train to Greece.

Beach Vacations for Winter

Hawai,

During the winter months, finding a beach vacation

Spot can be a little difficult.  It doesn’t have
To be, below, you’ll find some resorts that
Offer a unique twist to your winter beach vacation.

Molokai Ranch and Lodge

On a white sand shore on the tiny Hawaiian island of Molokai, guests will stay in comfortable yet unique

Tents.  Each double unit canvas bungalow sits on wooden platforms, offers queen size beds in one Unit, twin beds in the other, solar powered lights, and a private bathroom with hot water showers.
The Molokai Ranch Lodge offer over 54,000 acres, including seaside cliffs with very lush valleys.  The outdoor activities here include sea

Kayaking, cultural hikes, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  For the kids, the lodge offers nature walks, horse stables, tidal pools and Hawaiian arts and crafts.

Grand Wailea Resort and Spa of Hawaii

Long ago, a big swimming pool was enough to make guests happy.  Now days, resorts compete in water
activities such as lagoons, waterfalls, water slides, and even lazy rivers.

The Grand Wailea Resort in Hawaii offers several attractions, such as the 4,580 square foot Hibiscus pool,
and the 25,700 square foot Canyon Activity pool which is great for families.

Hawaii resort

You can choose to put your frequent flier miles to good use and take a beach vacation on the island of Hawaii.  Here, you can relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, play golf, and even indulge in one of the many innovative spa treatments.
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Hawaii enjoys some of the best weather in the world – making it a great choice for your beach vacation.
The Kona Village Resort in Hawaii offers you several vacation activities that include snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, volleyball, tennis, fishing, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat tours.

Oahu beach vacation

At the Kahala Mandarin Oriental you can expect to be pampered like never before.  You can visit the spa,take scuba diving classes, or choose to swim it up with the dolphins.  The resort is conveniently
located 15 minutes away from Honolulu and Waikiki Beach.

Atlantis Resort of the Bahamas

In the amazing water fun department is the unique Atlantis Resort and Spa on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.  Along with the beach, the Atlantis has eleven swimming pools, Mayan Temple water
slides, and lazy river rides.  The Atlantis also boasts an amazing marine habitat, with exhibit lagoons that house more than 50,000 sea animals.

Virgin Islands vacation

At this vacation destination you can enjoy blue waters and sandy beaches.  The Ritz Carlton, and St. Thomas resorts offer you the best of luxury hotels during your beac h vacation in the Virgin Islands.

Luxury Beach Resort of Bermuda

Two hours away by flight from New York City, Bermuda is a quick and ideal vacation away from the East Coast.  Ariel Sands offers you 47 guest rooms with gourmet food and breathtaking views.

Romance and seclusion in Jamaica

With unique rooms and splendid views of the Caribbean, gourmet cuisine and amazing beaches, The Caves resort in Jamaica helps to set the beach vacation mood like never before.

Club Med Punta Cana

Over the last several years, the Dominican

Republic has been working very hard to establish

itself as a destination for families, with many all inclusive being built.  This location has all the perks of a tropical resort plus stand out features that include kids programs, and other attractions that make Club Med Punta Cana one of the most unique beach vacation spots in the entire world.

Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands National Park is a very unique vacation spot with white sandy beaches, and lodging in comfortable tent cottages.

As with the Molokai Ranch, guest cottages are built on platforms and designed to be both attractive and comfortable.  Each one has a sleeping area, bed linen, towels, kitchen utensils, stove, ice Cooler and even a private deck.

The Maldives

is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and (250 mi) south-west of India

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Get Away from the Winter Blues

The Maldives

is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and (250 mi) south-west of India

This chain of islands is the centrally located archipelago among the Lakshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group of islands, which are in reality the tops of a vast undersea submarine mountain range, in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. The atolls of the Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most dispersed countries in the world in geographic terms. It features 1,192 islets, of which two hundred are inhabited.  The Republic of Maldives’s capital and largest city is Malé.  It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located.

The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world.

Getting There

Malé International Airport is located on its own private island, Hulule, next to the capital      city of Malé. This landing strip of an island is the checkpoint for all international visitors.

Timing

The high season is December through April and attracts more crowds.

To get more information visit the official Maldives tourism site http://www.visitmaldives.com/en

The Maldives has been voted the world’s most romantic destination at the prestigious World Travel Awards. Also nominated were Bali, Hawaii, Mauritius, New York City, Paris, Seychelles, Tuscany, Italy and Venice. The leading resort went to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.”