There is now an
excellent range of flights available from the UK to the Greek islands, better
than at any time in the history of leisure travel to Greece. When Travel à la
carte decided ten years ago to offer complete flexibility of arrival and departure
days at our villas in Greece, there was nothing like the same volume and variety
of flights. Now not only can you fly to the major island airports from places
as far apart as Bournemouth and Aberdeen but from some UK bases there are daily
or almost daily scheduled services to hubs like Corfu and Rhodes and even to
smaller airports like Kefalonia.
New services are
being added all the time. This year, in a major step, BA have introduced a summer
service to Corfu from London Heathrow, the first time travellers to Corfu, Paxos
and Epirus have been able to fly there from the UK's main airport since the
1980s. Elsewhere, easyJet have increased their flights to Rhodes from Gatwick
to a daily service from mid-July onwards, while to Kefalonia easyJet flies six
days a week in peak season.
So it getting easier
and easier to reach the quieter, less crowded Greek destinations which Travel
à la carte specialises in. Our main island, Paxos, is now extremely well served
by Corfu, as is nearby Epirus on the mainland. Symi, a couple of hours on the
boat from Rhodes in the eastern Aegean, is becoming steadily less complicated
to reach as the frequency and range of flights to Rhodes increase. And Kefalonia,,
where until recently a few charter carriers ruled the roost, is now a much easier
destination for the independent traveller to holiday in.
You will find information
about all the flights to our destinations, or to the airports nearest to them,
on our special information site. Just
click on the Flights tab at the top and follow the links on the drop down menus.
All the currently available flights from every airport in the UK, and some outside
the UK, are listed there. Next to the information for each airport you will
find links to the websites of the airlines that fly to your Greek destination,
so all you need to do to book your flights is follow the link to the airline
you want. Nowadays it is very straightforward, and very secure, to book your
seats directly on line, in fact the airlines prefer you to do it that way. We
will hold your accommodation for you for 48 hours to give you time to book your
flights without the risk of losing your chosen villa.
Some Greek islands
are difficult to get to. There are people who say the difficult ones are the
best, as they are more likely to be free of mass tourism. We tend to agree.
But what is certainly true is how useful, even essential at times, it is to
have some expert help in trying to reach them.
The two islands
in our programme which don't have their own airports are Paxos and Symi and
for these onward journeys by taxi and boat are needed. We at Travel à la carte
have been organising holidays for our customers on these islands for over thirty
years, so we know the ropes. We know the taxi drivers and the ferry timetables,
we know what to do if the wind gets up and some or all of the boats can't sail,
we can usually find an alternative if a boat breaks down - as happens - or cancels
its scheduled trip unexpectedly. There can be other, more minor but still worrying
problems for travellers trying to make their own way to these islands. Boat
companies who take bookings on line or over the phone can lose the reservation
or overbook, leading to passengers either not being allowed on the boat or being
bumped off at the last minute.
This might sound
like scare-mongering but these things have happened more than once in recent
years. If your schedule is tight and, for example, you need to get to the airport
for your return flight, such unforeseen hitches can be very stressful and -
sometimes - expensive.
So why not avoid
the stress and take advantage of our tried and trusted transfer service? Our
staff have many years of local experience, they have been arranging transfers
and handling the occasional emergency for many years as well, and all this is
at your service when you book with us. This is what our transfer service includes:
Taxis at both ends of your journey, on arrival and departure (on Symi our accommodation
is within walking distance of the port, so here we provide the luggage transfer
rather than a taxi); Pre-booked sea crossings both ways; Meet & greet at the
airport and at the port;
The cost of the
service differs from island to island. For Paxos, the price of the full transfer
is £95 per adult and £75 per child (aged 4 - 11). For children under 4, the
charge is £25. For Symi, the cost is £95 per adult, £75 per child and £25 for under-5s.