Ionian Island Holidays
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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Luxury Self-Catering And Villa Booking Company" as well as "Best Holiday Company To Hellenic Europe" for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016.
Telegraph Travel Awards Runner Up 2013
British Travel Awards Winner 2015
British Travel Awards Winner 2014
British Travel Awards Winner 2015

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Our prices are per person with no hidden extras. We include:
  • Flights with 20kg luggage allowance
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers (where applicable)
  • Car Hire (where specified)
  • Welcome Pack
Plus, we offer an additional 10% off for under 16's on most holidays!

EXPERT ADVICE

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers are here to make your holiday to the Greek islands memorable - and for the right reasons!
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Here it is easy to see the connection between myth and historical fact. It only takes five minutes on one of the many ancient paths or ‘kalderimia’, that still link the isolated communities of these majestic mountain forests, to recognise many of the herbs and plants, used medicinally by the ancients, as well as the centaurs, growing in profusion amongst the trees.

The Pelion Peninsula is unique, still largely unknown to foreign visitors, but long recognised by the Greeks as a national treasure to be appreciated and preserved. One can recognise the Pelion on the map as the long peninsula with a claw like promontory at its southern end that divides the Aegean Sea from the Pagasitic Gulf. Cut off in the North by the Pelion Massif, the only easy access by land is a narrow corridor from the great plain of Thessaly to the west at the head of the gulf through the city of Volos. The mountains, snow covered in winter (there is even a ski resort on the flanks of Mount Pelion), feed the many rivers and streams. The region is one of the most fertile and verdant in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Pelion is famous for its fruit, particularly apples. In the springtime when the blossom appears and the native chestnut, oak and beech trees are bursting into leaf, the colours and textures are simply breathtaking. In the full heat of summer the tree cover means that the temperature is at least five degrees less than out in the open.

One of the great pleasures of a holiday here is to be able to enjoy lying in the sun on a beach with the clear Aegean waters lapping at your feet, before moving to relax in the cool shade of an ancient chestnut tree. September is apple picking time, the orchards are laden with fruit of every colour, whilst the cooler nights turn the forests above into a sea of russet and gold.

The inhabitants of the Pelion, despite a long tradition of independence from the ‘mainland’, are extremely hospitable and friendly. It is the only region in Greece that remained autonomous throughout the centuries of foreign intervention. Even the usually fearless Ottomans left these mountain villages well alone.

Standing on the beach at Mylopotamos, the mouth of a narrow and precipitous ravine, one can easily understand how even the fiercest Turkish general would think twice about committing his warriors to an assault up the twisting steep and narrow trails!

By the 19th century, they had not only survived but many had become prosperous through selling their produce to the increasing population of Volos, a fastgrowing port and industrial centre at the head of the Pagasitic Gulf.

Wealthy merchants built distinctive large mansions in villages such as Vizitsa and Makrinitsa, each trying to out do their neighbour with colourful embellishments on the upper walls and ornate stained glass windows, enjoying an exclusive eagle’s eye view over the Gulf and the Thessaly Plain.

By the early years of the 20th century, roads were built up into the hills and a railway line was constructed linking Volos with the important village of Milies. Designed by an Italian engineer, Evaristo de Chirico, the narrow gauge line with its graceful viaducts and arches later figured in the work of his son, Giorgio de Chirico, the famous surrealist painter who was born in Volos. The line remains in use to this day as far as Ano Lehonia on the coast and is a deservedly popular tourist attraction.

Small family-run hotels can be found along both coastlines, taking advantage of the many coves and quiet bays, each with beaches of white pebbles or sand. There are a wide variety of tavernas and restaurants which have opened, many offering such delicacies as wild boar and desserts based on the local fruit. The infrastructure of the Pelion is improving steadily, but money exchange and ATM machines are still often hard to find outside the larger towns, so be prepared!

Perhaps the best way to explore this fascinating region is on foot, using the ‘kalderimia’ mule track network. Although by car the recently improved roads leading into the mountains are no longer a driver’s challenge. As one local put it, when asked about the road up to the apple centre of Zagora, ”Ah, it’s ok, but it’s like a politician, many twists and turns!”

The Aegean coast though rugged, has a number of delightful small villages. Some are no more than a cluster of silver roofed stone cottages above a small cove which make a perfect base for exploring gentler paths that often follow the shoreline past pristine beaches.

The Pagasitic Gulf coast is more sheltered and typically Mediterranean, with olive groves and pine trees overlooking the sand and pebble beaches. Exploring this coast by small boat is a delight or one can take a caique cruise down to the ‘claw’ of Pelion at Trikeri, with its small island and monastery.

Even in July and August, when people from Athens and Thessaloniki arrive to escape from the summer city heat, the Pelion never seems overcrowded, nor loses that sense of being a world apart. Those who live here are determined that it never will.

  • Horse back riding from Arghalasti
  • Take a ride on the mountain steam train from Ano Lehonia to Milies
  • Cruise the Pagasitic Gulf on board a gullet to beaches & Trikeri island.
  • Enjoy the magnifi cent sandy beaches on the eastern coastline
  • Take the Pelion Tour, exploring the seaside resorts and the mountain villages of Tsangarada and Milies
  • Experience the cosmopolitan city of Volos from its archaeological museum, the municipal gallery to the shops and atmospheric waterfront walks in the evenings
  • Take your own motor boat to explore the hidden beaches and islands of the Pagasitic Gulf
  • Take a guided tour walking tour from Agia Kyriaki.
  • Walk the Milies - Potistika path to enjoy views of the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitic Gulf from the peakline
  • Diving school in Trikeri
  • Take a trip to Meteora and its incredible mountain top monasteries
Flights for this season
Friday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester
SKIATHOS (JSI): for Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos and Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 10:55hrs
Dep: 12:55hrs
Arr: 15:05hrs
None Germania Airlines
ST 2610/1
South Terminal From: 26th May
To: 29th Sep
Stansted Skiathos Dep: 07:00hrs
Arr: 12:25hrs
Dep: 13:25hrs
Arr: 15:10hrs
£25.00 Thomas cook
MT 1078/9
Main Terminal From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
Manchester Skiathos Dep: 09:00hrs
Arr: 14:45hrs
Dep: 15:45hrs
Arr: 19:05hrs
£35.00 Thomas cook
MT 1194/5
T1 From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
Manchester & Stansted flights for the Pelion will now operate to Skiathos only, transfers will be arranged accordingly.
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
VOLOS (VOL): for Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Volos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 12:30hrs
Dep: 13:20hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
None Small Planet
S5 351/2
South Terminal From: 26th May
To: 29th Sep
Gatwick to Volos operates via Skiathos, Inbound flights are direct.
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
Flights for 2018
Friday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester
SKIATHOS (JSI): for Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos and Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 12:20hrs
Arr: 17:45hrs
Dep: 18:45hrs
Arr: 20:20hrs
None Thomson Airlines
TOM 4558/9
North Terminal From: 4th May
To: 18th May
London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 10:55hrs
Dep: 12:55hrs
Arr: 15:05hrs
None Germania Airlines
ST 2610/1
South Terminal From: 25th May
To: 28th Sep
Stansted Skiathos Dep: 07:00hrs
Arr: 12:25hrs
Dep: 13:25hrs
Arr: 15:10hrs
£25.00 Thomas cook
MT 7078/9
Main Terminal From: 4th May
To: 28th Sep
Manchester Skiathos Dep: 09:00hrs
Arr: 14:45hrs
Dep: 15:45hrs
Arr: 18:55hrs
£35.00 Thomas cook
MT 2164/5
T1 From: 4th May
To: 28th Sep
Manchester & Stansted flights for the Pelion will now operate to Skiathos only, transfers will be arranged accordingly.
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
VOLOS (VOL): for Pelion Peninsula
FRIDAY FLIGHT
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London Gatwick Volos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 12:30hrs
Dep: 13:20hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
None Small Planet
S5 351/2
South Terminal From: 25th May
To: 28th Sep
Gatwick to Volos operates via Skiathos, Inbound flights are direct.
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.

TRANSFERS

Friday morning flight from Gatwick
Where applicable hire cars will be waiting for you at the airport. If a hire car is not included we will transfer you to your accommodation either by minibus or taxi.

Transfer time is approximately 40 mins to 2 hours 30 mins

Friday morning flights from Stansted or Manchester
Transfer to Koukounaries by mini bus then onward sea transfer from Skiathos, Koukounaries to Platanias, Pelion by boat or sea taxi. Where applicable, hire cars will be waiting for you at the port. If a hire car is not included we will transfer you to your accommodation either by mini bus or taxi

Approx transfer time: 1 hour to 2 hours

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

Thomson Airlines: N/A
Small Planet: Email us
Germania Airlines: Visit Website
Thomas cook: n/a

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.

FLIGHT ONLY

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.

AIRPORTS ASSISTANCE

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.

Horto Villa (Triton)
HORTO VILLA (TRITON)
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
A traditional villa with its own pool in this delightful village
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Horto Villa  (Jason)
HORTO VILLA (JASON)
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
A traditional villa with its own pool in this delightful village
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Pounda Paou
POUNDA PAOU
PAOU, PELION PENINSULA
A peaceful retreat for complete relaxation in the idyllic and unique surroundings of the Pagasitic Gulf
11 room B&B pension with shared swimming pool
Villa Filira
VILLA FILIRA
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
A delightful villa set above the pretty harbour of Afissos with stunning views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Hariklo
VILLA HARIKLO
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
Stylish traditional Pelion stone villa with magical views over the gulf
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Okiroy
VILLA OKIROY
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
Gorgeous villa above Afissos with tremendous panoramic sea views
1 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Chroma Villa Orange
CHROMA VILLA ORANGE
KATO GATZEA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Agapitos Guesthouse
AGAPITOS GUESTHOUSE
MOURESI VILLAGE, PELION
Stylish and contemporary guesthouse in a glorious setting
18 Room Guesthouse with shared swimmimg pool
Chroma Villa Green
CHROMA VILLA GREEN
KATO GATZEA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Levantes Villas
LEVANTES VILLAS
KALA NERA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Pounda Paou
POUNDA PAOU
PAOU, PELION PENINSULA
A peaceful retreat for complete relaxation in the idyllic and unique surroundings of the Pagasitic Gulf
11 room B&B pension with shared swimming pool
Villa Okiroy
VILLA OKIROY
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
Gorgeous villa above Afissos with tremendous panoramic sea views
1 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Horto Villa  (Jason)
HORTO VILLA (JASON)
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
A traditional villa with its own pool in this delightful village
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Chroma Villa Orange
CHROMA VILLA ORANGE
KATO GATZEA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Horto Villa (Triton)
HORTO VILLA (TRITON)
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
A traditional villa with its own pool in this delightful village
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Chroma Villa Green
CHROMA VILLA GREEN
KATO GATZEA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Villa Hariklo
VILLA HARIKLO
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
Stylish traditional Pelion stone villa with magical views over the gulf
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Levantes Villas
LEVANTES VILLAS
KALA NERA, PELION
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool
Villa Filira
VILLA FILIRA
NEAR AFISSOS, PELION PENINSULA
A delightful villa set above the pretty harbour of Afissos with stunning views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Pounda Paou
POUNDA PAOU
PAOU, PELION PENINSULA
A peaceful retreat for complete relaxation in the idyllic and unique surroundings of the Pagasitic Gulf
11 room B&B pension with shared swimming pool
Agapitos Guesthouse
AGAPITOS GUESTHOUSE
MOURESI VILLAGE, PELION
Stylish and contemporary guesthouse in a glorious setting
18 Room Guesthouse with shared swimmimg pool