Ionian Island Holidays
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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Villa/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company" as well as "Best Medium Holiday Company To Hellenic Europe" for five consecutive years, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, as well as Runner Up for "Favourite Specialist Tour Operator" in the 2013 Telegraph Travel Awards.
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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There is however much more to the island than its sixty eight famous magnificent sandy beaches, fantastic watersports and resorts offering a cosmopolitan and sophisticated nightlife.

The west coast, for instance is spectacular and almost undeveloped. It appeals to those who enjoy wild and lonely landscapes with hidden valleys, wooded hillsides and cliff top paths. The air is filled with the scent of aromatic herbs and the only sounds are the waves breaking far below or bells sounding from a tiny village church.

The interior is rural with olive groves, pine woods and hillsides that few explore. Small, traditional houses can be found whose architecture blends in with the classical mansions in graceful Venetian styles.

Skiathos Town itself is littered with church towers and paved alleys. During the day it is busy with the hustle and bustle of the locals, their fishing boats and the arrival of numerous ferries. At night the whole area is transformed into an array of waterfront restaurants and cafes welcoming locals and visitors alike.

The history of Skiathos is also fascinating. The Cretans were amongst the earliest settlers here and its present name may be derived from the Cretan “Skiathos” or Dionysis. The Ionians came here in the 8th century BC and must have been pleased to discover an island as green and fertile as their own!

Over the following centuries up until the birth of Christ, the island allied itself at different times with Sparta and Athens. It was during this period that Skiathos became famous for the quality of its ships, shipwrights and sailors, using timber from the magnificent pine forests that covered the island.

This tradition continued into the Byzantine era, but unfortunately the island’s reputation for the quality of its timber and boat building, as well as its natural produce, became a magnet for the pirates that terrorised the Aegean. In fact, the islanders invited the Venetians to take possession of the island and the first major fortress at Bourtzi was built by two Italian brothers. The site is now a popular and interesting cultural centre that is well worth a visit. The island changed hands regularly over the next three centuries according to the fortunes of the Ottoman and Venetian Empires.

In 1807, the first Greek Flag was designed, woven, blessed and raised at the Monastery of The Annunciation on Skiathos, the island became a special place in the history of the Greek struggle for independence.

Modern Skiathos is very much like its larger Ionian counterpart, Corfu. It has magnificent beaches, bustling resorts with a cosmopolitan and sophisticated nightlife on the one hand, but also quiet, secret valleys, wooded hillsides and cliff top paths the air filled with waves breaking far or a bell sounding the hours from a tiny village church. An island of contrast with something for everyone.

  • Visit Skiathos Town for its waterfront tavernas and bars as well as for shopping and the narrow streets of the old town
  • Enjoy any of the islands 68 beaches including 4 Blue Flag beaches
  • Visit the beautiful frescoes of the monasteries Evangelista & Kousitra and the church of Agios Nikolaos
  • The Bourtzi, a small peninsula and fort that separates Skiathos Port in two, hosting concerts and events
  • ‘Kastro’ (Castle) ancient fortress in the north of Skiathos, fantastic views and surrounding natural beauty
  • Papdiamanti’s House, Skiathos’ only museum, home of the famous Greek monk, poet and writer
  • Join in the celebrations of the Assumption of the Virgin on the 15th August
  • Take a day trip to Skopelos, Alonissos and the Marine Park
Flights for this season
Friday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick
SKIATHOS (JSI): for Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos and Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 11:00hrs
Dep: 11:50hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
None Germania Airlines
ST 2610/1
South Terminal From: 27th May
To: 30th Sep
Manchester & Stansted flights for the Pelion will now operate to Skiathos only, transfers will be arranged accordingly.
Gatwick to Skiathos outbound flights are direct, Inbound flight operates via Volos.
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 2017
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: 5th May
To: 19th May
London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 05:35hrs
Arr: 11:00hrs
Dep: 11:50hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
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
TCX 7078/9
Main Terminal From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
Manchester Skiathos Dep: 09:00hrs
Arr: 14:45hrs
Dep: 15:45hrs
Arr: 18:55hrs
£35.00 Thomas Cook
TCX 2164/5
T1 From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
Manchester & Stansted flights for the Pelion will now operate to Skiathos only, transfers will be arranged accordingly.
Gatwick to Skiathos outbound flights are direct, Inbound flight operates via Volos.
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

Hire cars will be waiting at the airport.

Approx transfer time: 10 mins to 30 mins

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
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.

Villa Amanda
VILLA AMANDA
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN
Spectacular views of Skopelos and Alonissos from this superb villa
3 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Dimitrios
VILLA DIMITRIOS
KOLIOS, SKIATHOS
Wonderfully positioned villa ideal for island exploration with fantastic views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kalypso
VILLA KALYPSO
KATSAROU, SKIATHOS
Conveniently located villa close to the beach with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kyriaki
VILLA KYRIAKI
KOLIOS, SKIATHOS
Hillside villa enjoying fantastic views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Ekavi
VILLA EKAVI
KATSAROU, SKIATHOS
A large family villa on a hillside overlooking Vassilias Bay and Skiathos town
4 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Aphroditi
VILLA APHRODITI
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN, SKIATHOS
An elegant villa in an amazing location on the water's edge
3 bedroom villa with private outdoor jacuzzi
Aegean Breeze Villa
AEGEAN BREEZE VILLA
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN, SKIATHOS
An impressive architect-designed villa enjoying sea views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Aegean Breeze Villa
AEGEAN BREEZE VILLA
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN, SKIATHOS
An impressive architect-designed villa enjoying sea views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kyriaki
VILLA KYRIAKI
KOLIOS, SKIATHOS
Hillside villa enjoying fantastic views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Kalypso
VILLA KALYPSO
KATSAROU, SKIATHOS
Conveniently located villa close to the beach with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Dimitrios
VILLA DIMITRIOS
KOLIOS, SKIATHOS
Wonderfully positioned villa ideal for island exploration with fantastic views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Amanda
VILLA AMANDA
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN
Spectacular views of Skopelos and Alonissos from this superb villa
3 bedroom villa with private pool
Villa Aphroditi
VILLA APHRODITI
NEAR SKIATHOS TOWN, SKIATHOS
An elegant villa in an amazing location on the water's edge
3 bedroom villa with private outdoor jacuzzi
Villa Ekavi
VILLA EKAVI
KATSAROU, SKIATHOS
A large family villa on a hillside overlooking Vassilias Bay and Skiathos town
4 bedroom villa with private pool