How do you find out more or make a booking?

We hope that our website has given you a clear picture of the type of holidays, service and properties we offer but we are always happy to answer any detailed and specific questions you may have. Our friendly team has first-hand experience of all our locations and if there is anything they can't answer personally they will certainly know a man who can! Please telephone us on 020 8847 8700.

Our office hours are: Monday to Friday 0900 - 1730 and Saturday 0930 - 1330. 

When you have decided on your preferred dates and location, just telephone us and we will make the necessary reservations, subject of course to availability. In order to confirm the booking we require a deposit of £150 per person or the full balance if you are booking within 10 weeks of travel. If your booking involves flights where the most advantageous air fares are tied to advance purchase conditions, the full cost of the flight will be payable at the time of booking in addition to the standard deposit.

We accept most types of debit and credit cards. Regrettably, in order to keep the price of our holidays competitive, we have to pass on credit card processing charges, so a 2.5% fee will be added for payments made by Visa or Mastercard and a 3.0% fee for payments made by American Express. There is no charge for payment made by debit card.

We have allocations on many of the properties listed in this brochure, so we can often confirm availability instantly. However, some of the smaller hotels, apartments and individual villas work on a request basis, which means that we will need to re-confirm the availability when you come to make a booking. To request accommodation, we need to take your full details, including a debit or credit card number as a guarantee for your deposit, and will confirm the booking back to you as soon as we receive confirmation from our suppliers, which is usually within 24 hours.

We are also happy to accept bookings via independent travel agents.

What happens next?

Once we have taken your deposit we will issue a confirmation/ invoice by email (or by post on request), which you should check thoroughly as soon as you receive it. If there are any errors or omissions please advise us immediately, as any changes made at a later date will incur amendment fees. Your confirmation acts both as your contract and final invoice, so you should make a diary note of the date that your balance is due.

Tickets/travel documents will be dispatched to you by electronic mail (or by post on request) approximately 14 days before you travel.

What is included in our prices?

What extras are added to your invoice?

What costs are you responsible for?

What about children and infants?

Children from the age of 2 years onwards require their own flight seat and the majority of leisure airlines now charge the same airfares regardless of age. Most hotels, however, offer special rates for children provided they share a room with two adults. As discounts and qualifying ages vary from hotel to hotel, please contact us for a quote. The prices of our villas and other self-catering properties are based on the overall occupancy; children over 2 count towards their occupancy and are charged accordingly.

Infants under 2 pay just £75 and in many cases this charge includes the provision of cots, high chairs and car seats. Please indicate clearly at the time of booking if any of these are required or if you are planning to bring your own. Infants are not entitled to a flight seat.

Can you choose a multi-centre holiday?

Any of the properties in our Samos, Ikaria and Fourni programme can be combined with each other in a multi-centre holiday, subject to certain minimum-stay requirements and suitable ferry connections. Please contact us for further information and a quote.

Can you choose a longer stay?

It is sometimes possible for us to arrange a stay in excess of two weeks but this is very much subject to flight availability and will attract a flight supplement. Please ask us for availability and a quotation.

Are there any properties available for single travellers?

We are able to accommodate single travellers in many of our self-catering studios and hotels. All our rooms are either twins or doubles capable of sleeping at least two people so there will be an under-occupancy supplement. In some properties at certain times of the year the supplement may be minimal so please ask us for a quotation.

What if you have any special requests or medical problems

Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking and whilst we will endeavour, wherever possible, to meet or pass on to suppliers any reasonable special requests we cannot always guarantee that they will be fulfilled. If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday, it is vital that you tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen accommodation.

Travel & Medical Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have Travel and Medical Insurance before embarking on any of our holidays. This can be purchased from a number of reputable companies who must comply with the latest legislation relating to the sale of insurance. Please ensure that your policy choice has adequate medical cover, including the cost of repatriation in the event of serious illness or accident and covers you for any of the activities you plan to engage in whilst on holiday.

Can you make a booking for the following year?

As many of our properties are so unique to avoid disappointing our regular customers we have initiated a pre-booking system to allow repeat bookings for 2011. We hold the property that you occupied for the same period the following year until one week after you return from holiday. You can confirm the property by paying the normal deposit either by credit or debit card or by cheque. This is on the understanding that if you are unhappy with the up to date price once the new brochure is released we will refund the deposit or transfer your booking to another property of your choice, subject of course to availability. We are also more than happy to take advance booking from new clients or for a change of property on the same understanding but you should bear in mind that as per the above the previous year's guests have the first option until a week after their return.

When is the best time to travel?

The following average daytime temperatures (in centigrade) are to be taken only as a guide as weather patterns everywhere over the past few years have become more and more unpredictable:
May               23C
June              26C
July               29C
August          29C
September     26C
October         22C

What should you expect from your surroundings?

Our locations and properties are all chosen to give you a relaxing but authentically Greek holiday. Many of our properties are in beautiful rural areas where it is likely that you will experience the sight and sounds of some local wildlife or farm animals. In many of our locations you will exist in close proximity with the local population so their way of life should be not only observed and enjoyed but also respected.

It should also be remembered that, although we make every effort to provide all the facilities you would expect from your holiday, you are on a Mediterranean island and it is possible that from time to time, especially in high summer, you may experience such things as a temporary power cut or water shortage.

In the low season and on Public Holidays some of the public facilities may not be available and during local festivals villages which are normally peaceful may be transformed.

Sadly there are no seasonal building restrictions in Greece and we have no control over such matters but we will endeavour to keep track of any planned long-term construction and withdraw any properties likely to be adversely affected. Any short term local 'DIY' activities are however totally beyond our control.

What should you expect from your accommodation?

Our properties are chosen primarily for their location and appeal and although they are all of a good standard they are not necessarily luxurious. Our self-catering properties are all equipped with linen and towels, which are normally changed twice a week, and maid service is provided a minimum of twice a week, often more frequently. Beach towels are provided courtesy of Cachet Travel in all self-catering properties on Samos but will not be changed during your stay.

All our self-catering properties are equipped with sufficient crockery, cutlery and glassware for the maximum occupancy and utensils suitable for preparing simple meals. Kitchen facilities in Greece do not normally include ovens, washing machines or dishwashers but there are some exceptions (especially in the individual villas) and details are given in the property descriptions. Irons, ironing boards and hairdryers are also not the norm.

For apartments without air conditioning we are able to provide fans if you request this at the time of booking. In some apartments where air conditioning is provided there is a small local charge (usually between 6 and 8 euros per unit per day), please check at the time of booking. There is also often a local charge for the use of safety deposit boxes.

Many of our properties have solar power so water may be tepid rather than piping hot especially in the early mornings and at night time but most have electrical back-up for use during cloudy spells.

When satellite televisions are provided it should be noted that the only English speaking channels available are normally only one or two news channels and an international sports channel so it is not possible to view any of your normal programmes or even British sporting events.

Our brochure is prepared and photographs taken well in advance so some of the decor and facilities may be updated. It is also impossible to describe and photograph each individual apartment so whilst all the main facilities will be common the layout and furnishings may differ slightly.

Maintenance and repairs may need to be undertaken from time to time in order to keep properties to up the standards we require, and our staff make health, safety and quality control checks. You, however, are responsible for any breakages or damages caused by you or any member of your party during your stay in your accommodation. It is your responsibility to either put things right or advise our local representative so that they can replace things and recharge you before your departure.

Hotel accommodation in the Greece is generally of a good standard, but naturally the level of service in the smaller, rural establishments tends to be more laid-back and informal than in the larger hotels, and the range of facilities will be more limited. Some hotels make additional charges for the use of safety deposit boxes and sports or spa facilities.

What local support is there?

We have our own representative on Samos. They will meet you and ensure that you are transferred to your accommodation as efficiently as possible. They will visit you once or twice during your stay, if you so wish, and offer any friendly advice and guidance that you may need to make the most of your stay. Should you encounter any difficulties they are just a telephone call away and have all the local contacts needed to solve most problems. They will also prepare a detailed information book to familiarise you with your property and the surrounding areas.

We do not employ our own representative on Ikaria or Fourni, but our local agent can be contacted by telephone or visited in their offices in Armenistis.

What passport, visa and health requirements are there?

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a current passport valid for travel to Greece and a visa should you require one. British citizens need a full 10-year passport valid for the duration of their holiday. Please note children under the age of 16 including infants who are not already included in their parent's passport will require their own passport. We suggest that the passport's validity extends for six months longer then your planned return date. You must check passport and visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of the country you are travelling to.

At the time of going to press British Citizens travelling to Greece do not require a Visa. If you do not hold a British passport it is vital that you check current entry requirements with your own Consulate or the Greek Embassy.

Always check with your doctor as to which inoculations and health requirements are advisable or necessary for your holiday well before you travel. Information on health is contained in the Department of Health leaflet available from most Post Offices.

Foreign Office Travel advice is readily available from the Travel Advice Unit, 1 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HE. Telephone 020 7238 4503, fax 020 7238 4545. Also this information is displayed on BBC2 (Ceefax). Travel advice is also available on the internet at www.fco.gov.uk

Transfers

Transfers are provided – usually by taxi or minibus – from and to Samos airport, unless a hire car is included. For holidays in Ikaria or Fourni, your ferry crossings are also included. Depending on the most suitable schedule, these depart from Samos Town or Karlovassi.

The approximate driving/transfer times from Samos Airport are as follows:

Pythagorio 20 mins
Samos Town 25 mins
Kerveli 30 mins
Kokkari 40 mins
Agios Konstantinos 45 mins
Karlovassi 50 mins
Balos & Ormos 1 hour
Votsalakia & Limnionas 1 hour 15 mins
Agios Kirikos to Armenistis 1 hour 15 mins

What else is there to consider?

Our Booking Conditions are clearly laid out and you should read them carefully before making your booking. They should answer many of your remaining queries but please don’t forget we are approachable and available on 020 8847 8700.

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