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The Greek Mainland


Jacqueline Ahmed

I have worked with Sunvil Holidays for many years and feedback has always been extremely positive. They have 48 years of creating original and innovative holidays behind them and their Chairman is one of the most respected in the travel industry.
In September 2017 they received the Sunday Times Travel Editor Award For Excellence. Their range of destinations continues to grow but the ethos and customer promise remains unaltered. This is extremely evident when you travel with them and why they have repeat clientele. Yes, much of the accommodation is still quite simple, the mattress sometimes harder than we would like and the plumbing unchanged since the days of ancient Greece , but one thing is certain Sunvil will introduce you to the real Greece and Cyprus (or many of the numerous destinations they now cover).

My daughter and I travelled to Tolon in August and Sunvil has featured this resort every year since the early days of their Greece programme in 1976. Tolon is situated in the North East corner of the Peloponnese. Two hour transfer from Kalamata Airport in a small air-conditioned coach (use this as a sight-seeing tour!). Great for families, parties of mixed ages, first time visitors to Greece and anyone with a passing interest in history and archaeology. From Tolon it is easy to visit ancient Mycenae, Argos, Corinth and the impressive amphitheatre of Epidavros (Classical plays are performed in June, July and August and the local representative can arrange transportation). Athens is easily accessible as are the isles of Hydra and Spetses.

A ten minute walk over the headland is ancient Assini, from where a fleet was launched against Troy.  Although busy at weekends and high season, largely with Athenians , Tolon has retained its charm and friendliness. We stayed in the gorgeous beach front Stella Apartments, which were spacious and well maintained by the owner who occupies the penthouse apartment.  Nothing is too much trouble and care is taken to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  Our studio was equipped with a ‘welcome pack , which was more like a weekly shop!  Wine, tea, coffee, bread, milk, biscuits, grapes, water, butter, jam and honey.

A 25 minute bus ride (hourly buses) takes you to Nafplion.  Largely Venetian it is topped by massive fortifications and is one of the most handsome towns in Greece. The narrow lanes of the old town are a mix of Venetian,  Turkish and neoclassical architecture. The busy waterfront, the shaded squares and the many fine tavernas make this historic town a magnet for Greek and foreign visitors alike.

We had a fantastic, relaxing week and took advantage of the two hours free motorboat activity, which we enjoyed so much, so we booked again to cruise around the bay and swim in the crystal clear waters.  No previous experience is required as basic boat handling instruction is given.  Beach apart, the sheer range of things you can see and do from here is enormous.

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