About Graham Simpson
I think I can consider myself very fortunate as over the last four and a half decades my professional life has encompassed three totally different careers – theatre, travel and football.
Starting life as an aspiring actor I trod the boards from Oxford to Edinburgh and appeared in numerous tv dramas from Z Cars to Dr Who. During this time I met and married a free-spirited Cretan girl, Yianna, and my love of Greece on two levels began. The realisation that I was never going to become a great thespian plus the arrival of two sons and a daughter prompted us to set up Simply Crete and, during the next 21 years, our tiny business metamorphosed into Simply Travel, offering holidays for the discerning traveller to off the beaten track Mediterranean destinations.
In 1999 we sold Simply and I began a sabbatical which allowed me to spend time supporting an orphanage in Tanzania and to backpack around the southern hemisphere. On my return, the chairmanship of Watford Football Club beckoned and, during my six year term, we enjoyed several cup semi-finals plus a year in the Premiership.
Having left Watford in late 2008, I now find myself totally immersed in Simpson Travel which I set up in 2002, ably supported by my two sons, Mathew and Daniel, who work full-time in the business. Our ethos at Simpson, as with Simply, remains the same – service, knowledge and a real passion for what we do.
We are committed to offering the kind of holiday that we would like to take ourselves, and we strive to build an on-going relationship with our guests that draws them back to travel with us time and again. We prefer quality to quantity, to work in harmony with local communities and to respect their culture, traditions and environment.
We have never been interested in mass tourism. Our guests are individuals and respected visitors.
Your Choice - Not Ours
Relaxation comes in many forms: for some it is simply to sit, read and laze by a pool or beach, while others find serenity in the possibility of new discoveries. We recognise that a holiday can be of the utmost luxury, minimal elegance or more traditional, carefree simplicity.
As a company we genuinely care about meeting and exceeding your expectations. Each of our travel consultants has visited all our properties - our friendly professionalism never loses sight of you, the individual, and our service is as unobtrusive as it is efficient.
Peace of MindFull protection is guaranteed when you book with us. Our holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority, under the Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 5858, and by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) under our licence number W5698. ABTA ensures its members adhere to high standards of service and business practice.