Turkey, Greece & Croatia

These Mediterranean gems offer travellers another way of life.  Toss away your Kiwi time zones and embrace a life all about food and friendships.  Expect al fresco dining every day with long lazy lunches followed by a relaxing siesta before you emerge to enjoy the cooler evening to catch up… Read the rest

A Turkish Odyssey by Peter Dunne

Having only visited Istanbul before, I was really keen to get to Turkey and visit the numerous interesting places I have read about over the years, could they all be as spectacular as they sounded? It took me two weeks to find out and yes they certainly were, read on… Read the rest


Self-Driving the Peloponnese – a very Greek holiday

The Peloponnese has so many reasons to visit it. As a family we decided it ticked all the boxes and more: History, extraordinary history, the area is filled with famous places that conjure up familiar stories. Beaches, unspoilt and quiet, snorkelling over ancient cities, turtles, swimming around shipwrecks – endless… Read the rest


Exploring unspoilt Milos

Milos is a beautiful volcanic island edged with the best beaches that Greece has to offer. It is in the far south west of the Cyclades islands and a mere 3 hour fast ferry from Athens. It is also connected via ferry to Santorini, Folegandros and Crete. One of the… Read the rest


Cruising the Greek Islands by Peter Dunne

Having not visited Greece since 1987 it was probably time for me to go back, and what better way to visit Greece than on a small ship cruise. The MS Galileo departs every Saturday from Pireaus for the Jewel of the Cyclades cruise, a great itinerary taking in Poros, Folegandros,… Read the rest


The Ionian Islands by Discover Travel

What an undiscovered secret tucked away on the West Coast of Greece. The Ionian Islands of Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada and Kefalonia are very Venetian, not surprising since they were ruled by the Venetians from the 15th Century until the French and then the British took control of them in the… Read the rest


Walking the Samaria Gorge by Discover Travel

Our walk starts with a phone call on our arrival at our hotel to ask us if we can do our Samaria Gorge walk a day early.  Apparently there are high winds forecast the following day and the gorge will be closed.  We say yes – it is after all… Read the rest


A memorable day at Gallipoli by Discover Travel

Our day started with a 5 hour transfer from Istanbul to Gallipoli.  On arrival we picked up our private war guide and started our tour at the Ecebat museum. Our guide is excellent and we soon learn about the war from the Turkish perspective which is fascinating and sad as… Read the rest


Day trip to Gallipoli by Discover Travel

Our day started with a 5 hour transfer from Istanbul to Gallipoli.  On arrival we picked up our private war guide and started our tour in the early afternoon at the Ecebat museum. Our guide is excellent and we soon learn about the war from the Turkish perspective which is… Read the rest