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How far can I travel in lockdown?

Brits are eager to break free of lockdown restrictions, and new rules in action from Monday, June 1 mean English people are allowed to gather in ‘social bubbles’ of up to six people. Schools and some outdoor markets and car showrooms are also allowed to open today, while other non-essential shops are due to reopen on June 15. Express.co.uk explains the rules on travelling.

How far can I travel in lockdown?

As of Monday, June 1, lockdown measures have been eased to allow some Brits to travel as far as they like.

In England and Scotland, there is no limit on how far you can travel, but you must keep to social distancing rules.

In Wales, people are being asked to stay locally. This has been defined as about five miles (eight kilometres).

Despite no legal limit being placed on English and Scottish people, Nicola Sturgeon has strongly advised Scots to stay within five miles of their home.

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Can I travel between England and Scotland or Wales?

Each of the devolved nations is treating the rules a little differently, making travelling between them complicated.

Overnight stays aren’t permitted since you cannot enter another person’s home except when accessing their garden.

Hotels and other accommodation services are not permitted or open either.

Because of all of this, travelling between countries is near impossible.

You would need to get to your destination and back home within the day in order to stick to the rules.

Can I go on holiday in the UK?

You cannot go on holiday in the UK yet, according to the latest advice.

At the daily conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister said: “We don’t want people to stay overnight, we don’t want people to go to other households and stay there, I’m just afraid we’re not at that stage.”

You can travel as far as you like, as long as you can get home in the same day.

Staycations are off-limits for now, so you will have to wait until measures are eased to book an overnight trip to the British seaside.

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Can I use someone else’s toilet?

While the Prime Minister has said that people shouldn’t be inside other people’s homes for purposes other than accessing the garden, it seems you can go to the toilet if you absolutely must.

At Thursday’s press conference, Professor Chris Whitty stressed the importance of keeping your hands clean when meeting up with others

He said: “If someone was to go into the loo because they had to do that, it’s absolutely critical that they wipe everything down, wash their hands all the way through.”

On the other hand, the Scottish first minister said: “Don’t go indoors. Being in someone else’s house should still be avoided unless of course you are providing support to someone who is vulnerable.

“We are not putting a legal limit on how far you can travel to meet another household, but please use your good judgment.

“If the distance is so far that you would have to use someone else’s bathroom, then perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it.”

Can I see my friends and family?

Previously, people in England were allowed to meet just one person from another household.

Now, you can meet up with six people from other households at a time.

Before, the rules meant these people could only meet in public outdoor spaces.

However, from Monday, June 1, people in England can meet up with five others in a private outdoor space.

This means you can have a gathering of six people in someone’s garden, and you may carefully enter the garden through their house.

You are not allowed to stay in another person’s home or even congregate inside.

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TUI refund: Can’t get through to TUI for refund? Here’s how to apply

Holiday plans have been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic this year, and over the last few months many holidays have been cancelled. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel at the moment. So many Brits will need to rearrange or request refunds for any holidays booked over the next few months.

Due to the current circumstances thousands of customers need to reschedule their TUI holidays.

But many have been struggling to contact TUI’s customer services over the last few weeks.

TUI boss Andrew Flintham said: “We know we haven’t got it right; we’re doing everything we can to make things better and we’re sorry for the frustration felt by our customers.

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“Taking people on incredible holidays is what we do best, but we’ve struggled to get the right systems in place to support our customers now that we can’t take them on holiday, especially at the speed of change we’ve faced in recent weeks.

“We recognise the situation around travel this summer remains unclear and there’s still a lot of uncertainty around when we will all be able to travel again, and some customers may not wish to pay a final balance with so many unknowns.

“We’d like to sincerely apologise to our customers impacted by delays to refunds and the length of time it’s taken.

“We really look forward to taking people on holiday again as soon as we’re able to.”

Has my holiday been cancelled?

All TUI bookings are being continuously reviewed by the company, but at the moment only the following holidays have been formally cancelled:

  • TUI holidays travelling on or before June 30, 2020
  • TUI River Cruises sailings travelling up until and including November 25, 2020
  • TUI Lakes and Mountain holidays travelling up until and including September 30, 2020

Marella Cruises sailings on or before July 30, 2020 and all sailings detailed below

  • All sailings on Marella Celebration
  • Sailings on Marella Discovery 2 up to April 30, 2021
  • Sailings on Marella Dream up to May 4, 2021
  • Marella Discovery sailings in December 2020 and January 2021
  • Marella Explorer 2 sailings between May 5, 2021 to October 20, 2021

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How can I claim a refund from TUI?

If you booked before March 17, 2020, for a TUI or First Choice package holiday or a Marella Cruises sailing trip, and are due to travel on or before August 31, 2020, you can amend your holiday for free to any holiday which is on sale currently.

If the holiday you choose is more expensive than the original booking, you will need to pay the difference.

However similarly if your holiday is cheaper than your original booking, TUI will refund you the difference.

If you booked directly through the TUI website, or the TUI or First Choice app, you can amend your bookings via the Manage my Booking page of the site.

If you’re not happy with credit towards your next holiday, you can request a refund.

Once you have received a refund credit code, you can apply for a cash refund online.

You can access TUI’s refund request form HERE.

Web customers will receive their refund back on their original payment method, while retail customers will be contacted to process the refund.

The company has said it could take up to four weeks to process the refund.

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Google Maps: Street View spots strange figure hiding in bizarre place – where is he?

Google Maps Street View is used by people to help navigate their own country to destinations all around the world. More recently, the tool has been used to spot some strange occurrences. The tool is usually used as an online mapping service which is owned by Google.

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It offers satellite images, street maps, panoramic views of streets and route planning.

And from the hilarious to the embarrassing, the huge Google lens manages to capture it all.

Sometimes the most bizarre scenes go viral, catapulting the user to fame.

This bizarre image unfolded near North Miami Beach in Florida in the USA.

The scene unfolded in a carpark where a silver car can be seen.

Next to the silver car – which is parked in a parking spot – is a green, fenced off area.

The green fencing is made of chain links so it looks translucent.

At the back of the fenced off area is a bike along with some huge green bins.

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One of the fences is also a gate which is slightly open.

From afar, the scene looks relatively normal.

But if you look closely, you can see that a person is sitting behind the gate staring at the Google car.

The person appears to be wearing trainers, beige trousers and a sweatshirt.

It’s unclear whether it is a man or a woman sitting behind the gate.

The person seems to be sat casually on the ground with their legs crossed in front of them.

It’s not clear what the person is doing sitting on the ground next to a dumpster.

They could be the owner of the bike.

Or they could be waiting for someone to pick them up.

The strange sight was spotted by a Reddit user.

The user captioned the sight, “Guy chilling with the dumpsters.”

Interestingly, North Miami Beach used to be called Fulford-by-the-Sea in 1926.

It was renamed in 1931.

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Quarantine travel: ‘Scrap the rules!’ Travel firms warn rules must be dropped in letter

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced last week that new quarantine rules for anyone arriving into the UK will be enforced from June 8. The new rules state that anyone arriving into the UK from abroad, except from the Common Travel Area, will be subject to 14 days in quarantine. Anyone caught breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £1,000.

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But now holiday firms, travel chiefs and hotel owners are worried that the rules could have a further detrimental effect on the already battered travel and tourism industry.

Signed by more than 70 travel bosses, a letter has been written and given to the Home Secretary in a bid to scrap the rules.

The letter suggests that the move could “deter foreign visitors from travelling to the UK” and “deter UK visitors from going abroad”.

The travel firms say the sector contributed a staggering £200billion to the UK economy last year – around nine percent of the UK’s GDP – meaning that the rules could have a devastating economic impact on the country.

The letter said: “The very last thing the travel industry needs is a mandatory quarantine imposed on all arriving passengers which will deter foreign visitors from coming here, deter UK visitors from travelling abroad and, most likely, cause other countries to impose reciprocal quarantine requirements on British visitors, as France has already announced.

“Many people urged the government to impose quarantine regulations during the early phases of COVID-19.

“Instead, no action was taken and flights from infected countries were allowed to land, disgorging thousands of potentially affected passengers into the wider community.”

The letter continued: “COVID-19 is now under control and we commend the government for its handling of what was an extraordinary and unprecedented situation.

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“However, the economic cost of the government’s action is yet to be seen, apart from the early indicators which paint a grim picture.”

The letter also stated that the Government had been “woefully slow to react and has procrastinated to the point of absurdity” in offering refund credit notes in the tourism and travel industry.

The letter continued: “Unlike many businesses who can scale down their workforce very rapidly, travel companies still need to employ staff when business stops, either to cancel or rearrange existing, often complex, bookings.

“The government has done its best to suppress and control the invidious viral contagion but it should not, and must not, exceed its mandate.

“The people of this country do not wish to be prevented from travelling.

“Quite simply it is time to switch the emphasis from protection to economic recovery before it is too late.”

George Morgan-Grenville, CEO of tour operator Red Savannah said that the quarantine plans were “poorly thought-out” and detrimental to the industry.

He said: “Signatories to this letter are more used to competing ferociously but, on this issue, we are united.

“The quarantine plans are poorly thought-out, wholly detrimental to industry recovery and are more or less unworkable.”

However, the Home Office said in response that the rules are being put in place in order to avoid a second wave which could be “devastating”.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “As the world begins to emerge from what we hope is the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, we must look to the future and protect the British public by reducing the risk of cases crossing our border.

“We continue to support businesses in the tourism sector through one of the most generous economic packages provided anywhere in the world.

“However, it is right that we introduce these new measures now to keep the transmission rate down and prevent a devastating second wave.”

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UK holidays: Isle of Man kickstarts self-catering holidays – but Britons can’t return yet

UK holidays are likely to be more popular this year due to travel bans and restrictions in place across the world which include the UK’s own quarantine rules. Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that Britons can only travel abroad for “essential” purposes.

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This advice will remain in place “indefinitely”.

The UK’s own quarantine rules will be coming into play on June 8 which will see anyone arriving in the UK be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

This includes Britons returning from abroad but does not include those returning from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will be fined up to £1,000.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

The small island has had relatively few deaths compared to the rest of the UK.

In fact, the island has only had 336 cases and 24 deaths.

While it is looking likely that Britons will have to wait until July 4 to enjoy a staycation in the UK, the Isle of Man has managed to ease its lockdown rules enough to allow self-catering holiday homes to reopen.

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As well as self-catering properties being open, camping facilities also reopened a week ago on the island.

The decision was announced last week by Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK.

But before Britons get excited about the prospect of a holiday on the Isle of Man, there are still rules in place.

Travel between the Isle of Man and the UK is still prohibited.

The island is hoping that those who live on the Isle of Man will enjoy a staycation in the near future.

However, once travel restrictions are lifted, Britons may be able to visit the Isle of Man which is part of the Common Travel Area and is, therefore, exempt from the quarantine rules.

The Isle of Man has also said that those living on the island can also resume some outdoor sports.

Tennis, football and cricket but indoor venues such as gyms are remaining closed.

However, the easing of restrictions is only for “leisure and recreation” purposes.

Strict rules still remain in place for fixtures and events with fines of up to £2,500 in place for anyone breaking these rules.

However, those taking part in such sports must remain two metres apart and individuals should not share equipment.

A government spokesman said: “No element of the sport or physical activity is to involve contact.”

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Holidays: Hays Travel reveals island destinations are most popular and bookings are strong

Despite the coronavirus lockdown bringing the travel industry to its knees, various destinations around the world are getting ready to kickstart their tourism industries. Tonight, Steph McGovern presented a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘How To Go On Holiday This Summer’. During the program, Steph investigated Britons’ options for future travel this summer, whether that’s hoping to travel abroad or considering a holiday in the UK.

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Steph spoke to industry experts and insiders such as Travel expert and journalist Simon Calder and Sean Tipton from ABTA.

The experts answered some of holidaymakers’ most burning questions which included how to get refunds from package holidays and whether it is safe to go on holiday in the future.

Steph also spoke to the owners of Hays Travel about how their business has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Hays Travel bought Thomas Cook after it went into administration last year.

The husband and wife team were expecting to have a successful year in 2020.

But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the couple have been hit hard by a severe lack of bookings.

Irene Hays explained: “We acquired Thomas Cook in October of last year and we’d just reported to the Civil Aviation Authority that everything was going really well.

“So January and February which are peak months for travel we’d done so, so well, much better than our expectations.

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“Then the Costa Adeje in Tenerife was the first real tourist spot to be hit, and that happened in the third week in February.

“After that, the business fell off a cliff.”

However, there has been a light at the end of the tunnel now that lockdown has been eased.

She added: “April was particularly strong.

“We have a guy who works in the call centre, who is one of our top sellers, who sold more holidays in April this year than he did in April last year.”

Irene’s husband and co-owner of Hays Travel John, added that people are now booking holidays but not for this year.

John added: “People really want to get away… People are booking, not for this summer at the minute, but we’re doing a lot of business for this winter and 2021.

“But if summer 2020 opens I’m sure people will be anxious to get away.”

The couple explained that some of the more popular destinations that people are booking are islands.

They said that the Balearics and the Channel Islands have been among the most popular.

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Campsites reopen update: Quarantine rules do not include camping as police issue warnings

Camping is set to be the latest holiday trend this year with the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice still stating that Britons cannot travel abroad unless it is “essential”. Yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that those arriving in the UK from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of their arrival. The new rules will come into effect on June 8, with anyone caught breaking the rules facing a fine of £1,000.

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Border Force Director General Paul Lincoln said people will be asked to provide details of where they will be staying when they arrive in the UK.

The quarantine rules are being put in place in an attempt to halt a potential second wave of the deadly coronavirus.

But with the rules coming into play just before the summer holiday season, many are looking at camping and staycation options this summer.

However, despite lockdown restrictions being slowly eased camping still remains banned in the UK.

And now, the police in some regions of the country have been forced to take action.

Police in Newquay, Cornwall were forced to wake up several people in campervans.

And Dorset Police were also forced to remove people who were camping in a gazebo on a beach.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez told the BBC that the police do not want people to visit the southwest for sleepovers.

Ms Hernandez said that Cornwall and Devon had seen crowds of people arriving in campervans and caravans despite the lockdown rules remaining in place.

She said: “We are worried going into the bank holiday weekend that people are not heeding the advice about staying home.”

Government advice states that people should be staying the night at their own primary residence.

Areas of North Devon have also told campers to move on.

Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory said she had spoken to the Prime Minister’s Office and local police about the issue.

She said: “Earlier today it was brought to my attention that there were a number of caravans and campervans that were parked up and stayed overnight last night on the north coast – particularly in Perranporth.

“Let me be clear, this is not on.”

Dorset Police caught people sleeping in a gazebo on Sandbanks beach in Poole.

The campers were reportedly a group of people from London who had camped overnight.

However, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden shed some light on the subject on Wednesday after saying that he would like to get the tourism sector up and running as quickly as possible.

He said on Wednesday: “I would love to get the tourism sector up as quickly as we possibly can.

“We’ve set this very ambitious plan to try and get it up and running by the beginning of July.”

He added: “Clearly, we can only do it if it’s safe to do so because I think the worst thing for our tourism sector would be to start, then see the R rate rise out of control, see a second peak that overwhelms the NHS that we then have to slam on the brakes again.”

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Holidays 2020: Quarantine loophole exposed? This is how people could avoid UK’s new rules

British tourists hoping for a holiday in the sun this year could be sorely disappointed. Ms Patel announced yesterday that anyone arriving in the UK from abroad will face 14 days in quarantine. Anyone caught breaking the rules could be fined up to £1,000 or face deportation.

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The Home Secretary said yesterday: “This will require international arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days – that is the incubation period for the virus.

“So for people who have become infected overseas we can limit this spread of the virus.

“With far fewer people being infected in this country, any new arrivals will have a much bigger impact, potentially causing a second wave.”

The rules include Britons arriving back in the country from holiday, putting many peoples’ future holidays in jeopardy.

The only exceptions are those travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Britons now face having to take weeks off work for a weekend away.

But now a loophole has been allegedly exposed which could see people try to avoid the quarantine rules all together.

Reportedly, some travel companies have said that they are looking to exploit the new rules by flying via Dublin, accoridng to The Sun. 

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Anyone coming from Ireland is exempt from the new UK restrictions because the country is a part of the Common Travel Area.

However, Ireland also has its own 14-day quarantine rules in place.

But these rules do not count for people who are only stopping at an airport on their way into another country.

Ireland’s Health Service Executive, which manages healthcare in the country confirmed that people arriving at airports on a stopover do not need to isolate on arrival.

They said: “The only people who do not need to self-isolate are people who are… briefly stopping over at an airport on their way to another country.”

If this loophole remains open, then this leaves two ways in which travellers could avoid the UK’s 14-day quarantine rules.

A traveller could book a flight from a foreign country to Dublin with a connection on the same airline.

Or travellers could arrive in Dublin from abroad and tell the Irish government that they will be travelling to Northern Ireland via a direct bus journey.

Once in Northern Ireland, travellers are in the UK so will not need to quarantine themselves.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Anyone travelling from Ireland will be exempt.

“However, given the high levels of compliance we have seen to date, we expect that the majority of people will do the right thing and abide by these measures.”

Twitter users have taken to the site to express their outrage and disbelief at the “loophole”.

One user said: “Ridiculous, too late, too slow, should have happened two month ago and then restrictions eased at similar times in some other countries…”

Another said: “The stable door has been shut, but there’s a side door left open.”

Another tweeted: “So if we travel abroad and fly back to Dublin and then drive home to Northern Ireland are we exempt?”

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Covid-19 coronavirus: Man arrested after posting beach photos revealing he broke Hawaii lockdown

A New York tourist, who decided to go on holidays to Hawaii despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, is probably wondering why he lived by the mantra “pics or it didn’t happen”.

Because posting a string of snaps from his sunny vacation on social media has landed him out of his hotel room – and into a jail cell, according to reports.

Tarique Peters arrived from his home in the Bronx, New York, to O’ahu on Monday May 11, but instead of spending two weeks in quarantine at his hotel, the 23-year-old left his room the same day he arrived “and travelled many places using public transportation”.

According to a release from Hawaii’s governor, Peters was arrested and charged with bail set at NZ$6695.

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Greece holidays: Take the plunge in amazing Athens

THE VIBE 

On the outskirts of the Greek capital Athens, sits a majestic hotel, the Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso. 

Located on the stylish coast of Vouliagmeni, around 15 miles from the city centre, the leafy coastal suburb is packed with smart restaurants and even smarter shops. This neighbourhood is where cool Athenians go to cool off on the beaches and be seen. 

The Divani is the place for wellbeing and the hotel offers a number of beauty and health programmes; from detoxing and anti-stress, to weight loss and thalassotherapy treatments. 

It has its own private sandy beach, two outdoor pools and sprawling views of the Athenian Riviera and Saronic Gulf. 

STYLE 

This is an all-singing, all-dancing resort hotel with plenty of outdoor space, relaxing areas and dining options. 

The hotel is a mid-rise building which overlooks the pools and manicured gardens. 

Rooms are elegant but not stuffy, with muted colours, lovely deep blue and rich terracotta-toned soft furnishings, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors opening onto balconies, and marble bathrooms.

THE SPA 

The hotel’s heart is quite clearly the Spa and Thalasso Centre, one of the best spas in Greece. Its centrepiece is the thalassotherapy pool.

The spa is equipped with 25 treatment rooms, a hydromassage pool, fat-burning equipment, a doctor’s office and cryotherapy treatments. An added bonus is that the masseurs are trained physiotherapists, so they’ll be able to advise on or sort out any problems. 

FOOD AND DRINK 

This is where it gets complicated, as there are so many fabulous eateries. From casual dining at the Atlantis lounge and verandah to Anemos on the beach for Med cuisine. 

Mythos is a little more formal and romantic and the open-air deck is superb for sunset cocktails. And if you’re by the pool you don’t have to go too far as the pool bar is on a raised platform on the edge of the beach. 

BEYOND THE HOTEL… 

The Divani hotel group has two further hotels in the capital:

The Divani Palace Acropolis, near to the ancient citadel, is a unique blend of ancient and new. Beneath lies the ancient ruins of Themistoclean wall, which were discovered in the foundations during construction and incorporated into the design.

It’s also a five-minute stroll away from the Acropolis itself, and its extraordinary museum, including structures from 3000 BC. 

For cocktail hour, head to the hotel’s rooftop pool for unrivalled views over the illuminated Acropolis. 

The Divani Caravel has an imposing 471-room structure in the cityscape which may appear daunting, however once inside, it’s relaxed and friendly. 

The centrepiece is an enormous art deco chandelier in reception. Rooms have clean lines with neutral palettes and massive beds. The Caravel has also made use of its roof with panoramic views of Lycabettus Hill. The JuJu Bar and Restaurant features bright modern artwork and serves up an enticing menu of Greek dishes with a flourish. 

Nearby is the famous Syntagma Square, the city’s focal point lined with cafes overlooked by the Greek Parliament building. Just beyond it is the city’s answer to London’s Chelsea, the chic Kolonaki area, where narrow streets are lined with boutiques. 

The Byzantine and Christian Museum has an unsurpassed collection of ancient artworks, everyday objects, religious garments and icons. 

Also nearby is the impressive privately-owned Benaki Museum, with a vast, diverse collection, including Islamic, Chinese and pre-Colombian art as well as Greek artefacts dating from ancient times to the early 20th century.

THE KNOWLEDGE

Rooms at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso hotel, Athens, start at £250 a night B&B. divaniapollonhotel.com Rooms at Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, start at £200 a night B&B. divanicaravelhotel.com

Rooms at Divani Palace Acropolis hotel, Athens, start at £180 a night B&B. divaniacropolishotel.com

easyJet flies to Athens from Bristol, Gatwick. Manchester and Edinburgh. One-way fares start at £69.21 return. easyjet.com

More info at visitgreece.gr

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