NOW that the first break in the skies has finally arrived and we all rush to brush away the Winter (and Spring) blues, it’s time to look ahead to a summer break – and who better than the experts at Travel Department to turn to?

Renowned for some exceptional holiday destinations and their attention to detail, Travel Department’s experts have busied themselves putting together a dream holiday in Greece.

They’re inviting sun-neglected Irish holidaymakers to journey back in time to one of the world’s oldest cities and into the heart of ancient Greece with a wonderful five-night break to Athens.

With a history spanning more than 3,400 years, the Greek capital holds a multitude of ancient treasures and ruins which are ripe for exploration.

There’s a huge amount to see in Athens and her environs, but the Travel Department experts have wisely narrowed things down to some superb spots, giving visitors an authentic Greek experience while also letting them tick off some bucket-list dream Greek sights.

You can wander through the awe-inspiring hilltop citadel of the Acropolis to admire the incredible Parthenon and the Erechtheion Temple, stroll along the historic streets of the city’s Plaka district (known as the ‘Neighbourhood of the Gods’), check out the many pavement cafes, archaeological sites and churches, and enjoy a typical Greek meal at an atmospheric taverna.

You can also take an unforgettable day cruise to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf: Hydra, Poros and Aegina.
Athens, with its beautiful Aegean setting, is a perfect destination for lovers of history, culture and relaxation. Holidaymakers will also have two full days of leisure time to explore this beautiful city at their own pace.

As you’d expect from visiting such ancient, stunning scenery, some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces – but the views and atmosphere are easily worth it!
Prices start from €759pp for five nights including return flights from Dublin, 4-star B&B hotel accommodation, transfers, a guided city tour of Athens and day cruise to the Saronic Gulf Islands, with flight departing September 30.

To book, see https://www.traveldepartment.ie/athens-short-break-5-nights, or call 01 637 1600.