|Colin Murison Small's||
with Simply Simon Holidays
HIDDEN GREECE: Greek island holidays avoiding the crowds
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The best way to avoid travel disasters is to travel with an ATOL protected company because all your money is totally protected and ideally with a company that takes a responsible attitude to travel. Hidden Greece trades under ATOL 11352 so our website is a perfect starting point.
However, strong financial protection is not the only reason for choosing Hidden Greece. Here are a few others:
1 - gain from our joint 90 years experience of Greece and unbiased first-hand knowledge of the places and accommodation we offer. We have no commitments to aircraft seats or hotel beds so have no incentive to sell you something you don't want;
2 - let us find the flights to Greece which offer the best value, most convenient schedules, and best domestic airline and ferry connections inside Greece;
3 - go straight to the destinations page if you know where you want to go; if you don't, check our "Where for What?" table; then look for the best island combinations if you want a multi-centre holiday;
4 - let us help you find the most appropriate ferries to use within Greece (we are past masters at guessing schedules before they are published); importantly this allows us to book suitable flights for you before prices go up even if ferry schedules are not yet finalised
5 - check which parts of Greece are still unspoilt (relatively Martian-free) where you can meet the Greeks and enjoy their traditional way of life. We apologise profusely to both of the people we have upset since 1998 by persisting with this deeply un-PC concept."But surely I can concoct and book my own holiday and save money?"
Well, you can; and it might (and to be honest we're not that good at spotting people who just want to pick our brains). But bear in mind a few facts before you abandon us:
1 - we have access to fares and room rates not available to you. Sometimes these are appreciably lower, especially for higher priced properties, so it does not follow you will save much, if anything, by doing your own thing;
2 - most hotel websites feature either luxury hotels (whose prices virtually guarantee you can book them safely even if they totally lack any charm) or lower graded properties whose attributes may fall well short of their website's claims. We deal with one country only and offer accommodation which is suitable for a wide range of pockets, is normally small in scale and is likely to have ambiance, friendly owners and to be set somewhere that still feels like Greece;
3 - above all, you will have that warm glow of knowing that the money you have paid is safe.
we also want to work closely with our hotel and B&B owners to their, your and our best advantage. So you will find below every property description a link to its own Greek website (if it has one!). That means you can compare what we say with what the owner himself writes, perhaps with extra pictures or more detail (e.g. a pool or air-con recently added). If your first choice doesn't quite fit the bill, just click again on destinations and browse through our many alternatives.
What our website provides1 - A description of all our destinations, divided into five regions of Greece (see our main map). On the right of each page you will find all our featured accommodation with supporting pictures.
2 - A profile of our company under the heading The Hidden Greece Concept. If you know us already you may skip this section; if you don't, you should read it to make sure our modus operandi will suit you - we treat our clients as independent adults, not sheep needing molly-coddling.
3 - A table Where for What? showing which destinations are most likely to meet your criteria for what you want to find - or avoid.
4 - A Booking Enquiry form on which you can indicate which destinations appeal to you, when you want to go, how many of you will be travelling and so on. The form will be automatically returned to us and we will check availability and contact you by e-mail or phone with a quote or some suggestions.
And what it doesn't provide
The chance to book a holiday straight off the shelf on line in three minutes flat because what we offer are not bog standard arrangements but the most flexible tailor-made holidays on the Greek market. Our formal Terms and Conditions are here, as a PDF ; these conditions (and other details which you may well find more scintillating) are also found under The Boring Details.