Greece is open to travelers, but should you rush to the Mediterranean shores?

One of our favorite destination’s in Europe, Greece, is now welcoming American travelers. Great news for those itching for their Europe & Mediterranean fix. But should you book your tickets for June / July or not?

I am a travel agent and my business has had 0 credit for over a year since I only sell international travel. So I am really hoping Europe opens up soon for me to begin making money. But, having said that, I would still advice people to not rush just yet. Keep in mind that these countries have not yet reached herd immunity and there could be another wave which could demand a lock down. If you are vaccinated, then the virus is not that threatening to you, but imagine being all excited to explore international shores and in the middle of your holiday you are locked up in your hotel room due to a sudden lockdown!

I used to take at least 3 international trips a year and now it’s been too long before I wish I could be on a plane to Europe. However, I would like to wait & watch. I know the Britons would flood the Greek islands come July and then I want to see how Greece handles and reacts to this sudden influx during COVID.

I have booked my tickets to Greece for September and I have some of my eager clients joining me on a small group tour where we will go exploring savor authentic culture, history, gastronomy and luxury of Greece.

Enjoy the divine landscapes of Meteora, go beyond the tourist trails in Athens to explore the secrets of the Acropolis and taste the local food scene. 

Crete is often regarded as just a big populated island, but this birthplace of Zeus, has a cluster of charming villages, farms and vineyards which makes it so diverse. Cretan cuisine is renowned both in Greece and internationally for its unique fresh ingredients and flavors and the warm hospitality is unbeatable.

No trip to Greece is complete without a visit to the picture perfect Santorini. We will have plenty of time to explore this charming island on your own and also visit some very exclusive restaurants, sights and also indulge in a private yacht sail.

Even in pre COVID years, our favorite time to visit Greece used to be September. We love shoulder seasons in any destination. Because of the coastline, Greece has a very short shoulder season, which is beginning of September when the weather is very good and not too hot, the sea is still warm and the restaurants and nightlife still open on the islands. There, we have let out the SECRET! Late May is also good, but the water temperature is still quite cold! I have been to Greece in different seasons and we love early September. This year will be especially good as the cruise crowds will not be docking at the islands, which will be a sheer bliss!

If you are looking at meeting interesting locals, know more about the Greek philosophy from a professor, learn how to cook from a local, visit charming villages and if you are lucky gatecrash a wedding too! Our clients have done that in the past and they think they got lucky, but actually we do a lot of spadework for that! Experience a new way of travel with like-minded people.

We have a small group of just 16 people departing on September 10, 2021 from USA, write to us on info@soltrips.com for more details.

Coachella in the Pandemic, are you nuts!

Not at all…… in fact, it is THE place to visit especially in these crazy times.

Here are our reasons why:

  • DESERT X 2021: The Desert X 2021 exhibition, explores the desert as both a place and idea, acknowledging the realities of people who reside here and the political, social, and cultural contexts that shape our stories.
  • YUCCA VALLEY: Exciting trails, rock climbing mecca, serene desert scenery, unique plant & wildlife, milky way filled night sky; these activities alone would take you a week to truly enjoy this fascinating place. There are trails, open jeep rides and rock climbing for all fitness levels and ages. Look at the picture below and all your worries about social distancing will fade away!
  • PALM SPRINGS: This is where 1950s celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley built sleek estates, played golf at championship courses, and wined and dined the desert night away. High-end shopping, dining, art and architecture Palm Springs is very the lesser known hideaway for the rich and famous. With day tours to Coachella and Yucca Valley, for city dwellers and families this could be a perfect base.
  • EXQUISITE STAY OPTIONS: We love boutique hotels and private villas and Palm Springs is “numero uno”! Name it and you have it, resorts with fabulous spas, golf courses, family friends hotels, you name it and they have it.
  • DESERT STAYS: This is why we would visit Palm Springs within a short proximity and without having to drive for hours, you could be in your secluded haven without masks and worries of the pandemic, just staring at the vast arid terrain with a glass of chilled sparkling wine and gourmet food prepared by top chefs…… sheer bliss! We are very proud to have a variety of options to meet all budget and group sizes.

Call us today to curate your own tour to Palm Springs. The best time to visit this area are Spring and Fall. Send us an email on info@soltrips.com

Meanwhile, mask up, stay safe and take care of yourself.