WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?
AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYSWe are delighted to have been voted at the prestigious British Travel Awards "Best Small Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe" in 2011, 2012 & 2013, as well as Runner Up for "Favourite Specialist Tour Operator" in the 2013 Telegraph Travel Awards.
EXPERT ADVICEOur team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers are here to make your holiday to the Greek islands memorable - and for the right reasons!
Imagine the Cote díAzur without high rise hotels, tightly packed rows of millionairesí yachts squeezed into glitzy marinas like so many floating caravans, traffic jams, crowds of beautiful people and hype, and you have a secret Greek Riviera that runs for 60 miles from the small village of Sivota down to the mouth of the River Acheron, the legendary Styx, entrance to Hades.
In fact the Epiros coast, although administratively and geographically part of the mainland has much more in common with the islands. The hills and mountains rising behind and the panorama of the Ionian Sea and Islands in front create an impression of being cut off from the mainland world. There is only one sizeable town, Parga and even this bustling resort has one of the most picturesque locations on the coast sitting at the head of a number of small bays, each one guarded by a headland or offshore islet. Sivota itself, is just a cluster of houses and shops at the head of a narrow inlet. The sea front has been recently pedestrianised, with a large town square or plateia.
The main village sits in a wide valley with tree clad hills on either side. A narrow road twists upwards from the roundabout, climbing a steep spur, and just beyond, overlooking the lower reaches of the creek, is one of the Ionianís finest hotels, the Agios Nikolaos. This makes the perfect base for a leisurely exploration of this fascinating region, either by sea or land.
Seasonal ferries and caiques run to Corfu, Paxos and Anti Paxos, or a motor boat can be hired to discover the innumerable little bays and islets in the vicinity. By car, the town of Ioannina, gateway to the Zagori and Pindos mountains, is a two hour drive east through fascinating countryside on relatively traffic free and well surfaced roads.
Side roads lead through fertile valleys to traditional villages, far removed from tourist development, where rush hour might consist of more donkeys than cars! One can even visit Hades from here! The Necromantion of Ephyra, standing above the modern village of Mesopotamo southeast of Parga is the legendary site from where Charon rowed departed souls across the marshy lake of Acherousa to the Styx and Acheron rivers.
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT
To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS
British Airways: details to follow
Fly Monarch: 0871 940 5040
20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.
We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.
Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.