Discover Greece with Thompsons Holidays: Exciting Tours and Budget-Friendly Activities  

Exploring Greece is like stepping into a world where ancient history and breathtaking landscapes coexist in perfect harmony. 

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For South African travellers who’ve booked, or are still looking to book, their holiday package to Greece with Thompsons Holidays, this guide will help you make the most of your trip. We’ll take a look at some captivating tours recommended as add-ons to your package by Thompsons Holidays and highlight a range of budget-friendly activities to enrich your Greek adventure. 

Must-See Tours with Thompsons Holidays 

1. Athens Sightseeing Including Acropolis Museum

Begin your Greek odyssey with an immersive Athens sightseeing tour. This guided tour takes you through the cradle of Western civilisation. Marvel at the Parthenon, explore the ancient Agora, and delve into rich history at the Acropolis Museum. This tour is perfect for history buffs and culture seekers eager to uncover Athens' storied past. 
Duration: Half day 

2. Athens by Night

Experience the enchanting allure of Athens after sunset. The Athens by Night tour offers a blend of culinary delights and vibrant entertainment. Wander through the city’s illuminated streets, enjoy a traditional Greek dinner, and immerse yourself in authentic local music and dance. This excursion is ideal for those looking to savour the nightlife and culinary richness of Athens. 
Duration: Night tour 

3. Cape Sounion

Just a short drive from Athens, Cape Sounion promises dramatic coastal views and historical intrigue. The tour includes a visit to the Temple of Poseidon, perched majestically on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Capture stunning photographs, listen to captivating myths, and feel the power of ancient Greek culture infused in the air. 
Duration: Half day 

4. Ancient Corinth

Venture beyond the modern city to explore the ancient marvels of Corinth. The Ancient Corinth tour takes you through ruins that tell tales of Greek mythology, early Christianity, and Roman conquest. Stroll through the remnants of temples and theatres and envision the city’s former grandeur. This tour provides a comprehensive look into Greece’s layered history. 
Duration: Half day 

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Budget-Friendly Activities in Greece 

While the guided tours offer unparalleled insights, Greece also has a wealth of affordable activities to explore on your own or with fellow travellers. 

1.Explore Plaka in Athens

Wander through Plaka, the oldest neighbourhood in Athens, known for its charming streets, neoclassical architecture, and cosy tavernas. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, sample local delicacies, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere – all for little to no cost. 

2. Visit Free Museums and Sites

Greece generously offers several free entry days to archaeological sites and museums, such as the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum. Plan your visit around these days to enjoy significant savings while indulging in Greece’s cultural heritage. 

3. Discover Local Markets

Enjoy local life by visiting bustling markets like Monastiraki Flea Market in Athens or the Central Market in Thessaloniki. Here, you can browse through unique souvenirs, local crafts, and fresh produce at budget-friendly prices. 

4. Enjoy Greece's Natural Beauty

Greece’s natural landscapes are nothing short of spectacular. Spend a day hiking Mount Olympus, relaxing on the pristine beaches of Crete, or exploring the rugged coastlines of the Peloponnese. Nature doesn’t come with a price tag, making these activities perfect for budget travellers. 

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Tips and Tricks for an Affordable Greek Holiday 

Making your holiday in Greece affordable doesn’t mean compromising on experiences. Here are some practical tips to stretch your budget further: 

1. Travel Off-Peak

Consider travelling during the shoulder seasons, such as late spring or early autumn. Not only will you enjoy fewer crowds, but flight and accommodation prices are generally lower. 

2. Use Public Transport

Greece has an efficient public transport system. Utilise buses, trams, and trains to get around cities and between destinations. It’s a cost-effective and convenient way to travel. 

3. Eat Like a Local

Dine at local tavernas and street vendors for authentic Greek cuisine at reasonable prices. Avoiding tourist hotspots can lead to delightful culinary discoveries without the hefty bill. 

4. Book in Advance

Plan ahead and book tours, accommodations, and activities in advance. Early bookings often come with discounts and ensure availability, helping you stay within budget.

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Embrace the Journey with Thompsons Holidays 

At Thompsons Holidays, we believe every traveller deserves to experience the magic of Greece without breaking the bank. By combining expert-guided tours with these budget-friendly activities and tips, you’ll enjoy a rich, fulfilling holiday in Greece that balances luxury with affordability. 

Ready to embark on your Greek adventure? For more information and to secure your spot on the tours, reach out to Thompsons Holidays today. Let us help you craft memories that will last a lifetime. 

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