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Greek Islands voted best

- by Jeremy Guest

Holidays in the Greek Islands offer 'The Most Alluring Island Escapes' in the world, according to a top travel advice network. The Greek Islands topped the poll in a survey by Virtuoso Life magazine on what tourists consider the top holiday destinations in the world. The Greek Islands beat the Hawaiian Islands, the Galapagos, French Polynesia and Bali as offering the best island escapes across the globe.

Even the Caribbean and the Seychelles failed to attract as many would-be tourists as did the Greek Islands. On top of that the Greek holiday island of Santorini ranked third, behind Paris and Venice as the most romantic city destination in the world, coming ahead of Rome and Florence, according to the 'Travel Dreams' survey by Virtuoso, the leading network of luxury focused travel advisers.

Responses came from nearly 14,000 readers of the network's award-winning magazine, Virtuoso Life, who were asked for their top dream holiday destinations. The Greek Isles also emerged as the top island escape for women and for single travellers aged over 50.

Sailing the Mediterranean in a private yacht also came second in the 'Top Trips of a Lifetime' section, just behind 'Taking a World Cruise' as one of the most sought-after holiday adventures, and the Mediterranean features again as top of the 'Seagoing Cruise' section.

The 'Travel Dreams' survey was conducted between January 1 and March 31, 2011, and yielded nearly 14,000 responses from magazine readers. Please visit to see the survey results featured in a recent issue of Virtuoso Life magazine.

The poll finding come as the number tourists taking Greek Island holidays in 2011 rose 9.95% on last year year's figures. The Greek holiday islands of Rhodes and Kos are leading the way with a 30% rise in arrivals this year.