Chios, Samos, Ikaria and Fourni Flight and Travel Information

General Flight Information

Rather than restricting our holidays to certain flights on specific days, we are happy to book any available flight that suits your particular requirements, whether those might be for a departure from your local airport or for a duration other than the standard one or two week package. Supplements will apply to cover the differential in cost between your chosen flight option and the standard option upon which our brochure prices are based. As most airlines now operate “fluid pricing” policies with fares rising and falling in line with supply and demand, typical flight supplements are shown for guidance purposes only. As a general rule, supplements tend to be highest for weekend flights, especially for school holiday departures such as May and October Half Term, when demand invariably outstrips supply. We will provide a definite quote for your chosen departure date at the time of booking, and advise you of any charges that certain airlines apply for options such as checked-in baggage or in-flight meals. When we are buying flights specially for you in order to offer the most competitive fares it may sometimes be necessary for you to pay the full amount for the flight at the time of booking.

All our regular flights are day flights (unless advised otherwise at the time of booking), and are operated by reputable carriers such as Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airlines, Germania, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Turkish Airlines, Jet2, British Airways and Easyjet. We will advise the actual flight timings at the time of booking, but please note that schedules may sometimes be subject to change. We will advise you of any significant schedule changes that may occur subsequently, but please be aware that such changes are outside our control, and only constitute a ‘major change‘ under the terms of our booking conditions if the departure time of your outbound flight changes by 12 hours or more from the timings confirmed on your original confirmation invoice.

 
Flights to Chios

The brochure prices for our holidays to Chios are based on scheduled flights with Aegean Airlines from London Heathrow to Athens with connecting flights on to Chios with Olympic Air. Flight connections are available on most days but may involve a night-time flight from London to Athens to avoid the need for an overnight stop in Athens. We can also arrange flights to Athens with British Airways from Heathrow and with Easyjet from Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh, but please be aware that you would then need to reclaim your baggage at Athens Airport and check in separately for your onward flight to Chios. Please contact us for additional information.

 
 
Flights to Samos

The brochure prices for our holidays to Samos, Fourni & lkaria are based on direct charter flights from London Gatwick to Samos on Thursdays. The flight operates non-stop outbound, but the return flight makes a brief stop in Lemnos to drop off and pick up additional passengers.

There are no direct flights from any other UK airport to Samos or on any other days of the week. We can arrange flights from Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh to Athens with an onward domestic flight to Samos, but please note that connections may involve a considerable wait or an overnight flight. Please contact us for details.

 
Travel to Ikaria

Ikaria's small airport is not designed to handle jets and is only served by small aircraft on domestic routes. Our holiday prices are therefore based on the above-mentioned flights to Samos with onward ferry connections. We provide transfers by taxi or minibus between Samos ariport and the port of Karlovassi, which is a journey of just under an hour. If your flight is on time there maybe enough time at the ferry port for a meal or a snack. The ferry journey to the port of Agios Kirikos is two hours. We then provide a transfer by taxi or minibus to Armenistis, a journey of just over an hour. If you have elected to take our special rate hire car you will collect this at Agios Kirikos and we will provide you with accurate and up to date directions. In the event of changes to sailing times or adverse weather conditions it may be necessary for us to accommodate you for one night on Samos either at the start or end of your holiday.

 
Travel to Fourni

Fourni has no airport, so travel to the island involves flying to Samos and an onward ferry connection. We provide transfers by taxi or minibus between Samos airport and the port of Karlovassi, which is a journey of just under an hour. If your flight is on time there may be enough time at the ferry port for a meal or a snack. The ferry journey is an hour if there is a direct sailing or three hours if the boat goes via Ikaria. Ferry schedules vary slightly from year to year and month to month and are only normally published about a month beforehand All the accommodation on Fourni is just a few minutes on foot from the harbourside. In the event of changes to sailing times or adverse weather conditions it may be necessary for us to accommodate you for one night on Samos either at the start or end of your holiday.

 
Multi-Centre Holidays

As the most straight-forward way to reach Ikaria and Fourni is generally via Samos, our holidays on these three islands can be combined with each other. To avoid spending too much time in transit, we would advise limiting yourself to two islands and staying for one week on each, but this is entirely down to your own preferences (please note, however, that some of our properties may not accept short-stay bookings during high season).

These days, some flights operate directly (albeit infrequently) from Heraklion to Samos and Ikaria, so we can also arrange twin-centre holidays combining Samos or Ikaria with Crete. To travel between Crete and Chios requires flights via Athens; but direct fligths and ferries operate once or twice per week between Samos and Chios. Please call us for more details should this be of interest.

Wherever feasible, we will tailor your holiday to your individual preferences - just call us on 020 8847 8700 to discuss the potential options.

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