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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe" and "Best Villa Holiday Company" in our respective categories. We have been winning awards for ten consecutive years from 2011 to 2020.

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)
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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Your holiday booking is financially protected through our ATOL 5853
 
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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A land so beautiful it was chosen by the Gods. Lush mountains, stunning beaches, surely we  mere mortals can only agree.

Legendary home of the centaurs, the mountains of the Pelion Peninsula are quite simply unique. Covered in forests of chestnut and beech, riven by deep gorges, and with very few settlements they might seem accessible only to intrepid explorers.

Appearances can be deceptive! Although few roads cross the central mountains, the high villages with their distinctive tall stone merchants’ houses are all connected to each other and down to the coast by a network of ancient trails known as ‘kaldermia’. One such village, Milies is still connected to the coast by a narrow-gauge railway, designed by an Italian civil engineer Evaristo de Chirico. The line crosses the many gorges via a series of graceful viaducts that formed a central feature of his son, Georgio’s famous dream-like paintings. But there is far more to  this fascinating area than wild forest and mountain.

The claw-like Pelion Peninsula forms one arm of the almost landlocked Pagasitic Gulf. This gentler landscape with its scattered fishing villages, olive groves, vineyards and excellent beaches is more typically Greek than the mountains behind. 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.

The Aegean coast of the peninsula is more spectacular. Here, steep stream-filled valleys and ravines end in treelined coves and rocky headlands, often with small villages such as Mylopotamos, perched on the steep hillsides. Some of these villages 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.

Every cove, inhabited or not, has its stretch of sand or shingle and most are connected by kaldermia that follow the coast. Perhaps the best way to explore this fascinating region is on foot, using the ‘kaldermia’ mule track network. Volos, one of the major cities and ferry ports of Greece is the gateway into The Pelion from the vast plains of Thessaly. In recent years, the city has been transformed, with new pedestrianised shopping areas, an excellent museum and one of the largest open air markets in the region.

These days the chances of meeting a centaur on a mountain path might be somewhat remote, more likely a donkey, but The Pelion with its varied landscapes, fascinating history, unique architecture and beautiful coastline is a wonderful and unspoilt holiday destination.

 

 

  • 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 for direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham

SKIATHOS (JSI): for Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos and Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 09:45hrs
Arr: 15:00hrs
Dep: 17:00hrs
Arr: 18:30hrs
None Enter Air
ENT 443/4
South Terminal From: 26th May
To: 6th Oct
Manchester Skiathos Dep: 07:30hrs
Arr: 13:20hrs
Dep: 14:20hrs
Arr: 16:05hrs
£55.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 2526/7
Terminal 2 From: 5th May
To: 29th Sep
Bristol Skiathos Dep: 06:35hrs
Arr: 12:00hrs
Dep: 13:00hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
£40.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 6558/9
Main Terminal From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
Birmingham Skiathos Dep: 07:10hrs
Arr: 12:40hrs
Dep: 13:40hrs
Arr: 15:20hrs
£55.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 7534/5
Main Terminal From: 5th May
To: 22nd Sep
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 2023

Friday departures for direct flights from London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham

SKIATHOS (JSI): for Skopelos, Alonissos, Skiathos and Pelion Peninsula
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London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 12:25hrs
Arr: 17:45hrs
Dep: 18:45hrs
Arr: 20:20hrs
£55.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 4558/9
North Terminal From: 4th May
To: 18th May
London Gatwick Skiathos Dep: 09:45hrs
Arr: 15:00hrs
Dep: 15:45hrs
Arr: 17:55hrs
None Enter Air
ENT 443/4
South Terminal From: 25th May
To: 5th Oct
Manchester Skiathos Dep: 07:40hrs
Arr: 13:25hrs
Dep: 14:25hrs
Arr: 16:15hrs
£55.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 2526/7
Terminal 2 From: 4th May
To: 28th Sep
Bristol Skiathos Dep: 06:35hrs
Arr: 12:00hrs
Dep: 13:00hrs
Arr: 14:40hrs
£40.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 6558/9
Main Terminal From: 4th May
To: 21st Sep
Birmingham Skiathos Dep: 07:10hrs
Arr: 12:40hrs
Dep: 13:40hrs
Arr: 15:20hrs
£55.00 Thomson Airlines
TOM 7534/5
Main Terminal From: 4th May
To: 21st Sep
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. In some cases you will also require the airline booking reference. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.
Please allow 24-48 hours after booking to allow your booking to be processed.

AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Please check your e-ticket for the luggage allowance that is included on your flights as this represents the actual confirmed allowance you are entitled to.

Most of our flights have checked baggage allowance of 20kg & 5kg hand baggage included.
In some cases, certain airlines may have different allowances but again, please check your e-ticket:

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.

AIRPORT 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
12 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
Agapitos Guesthouse
AGAPITOS GUESTHOUSE
MOURESI VILLAGE, PELION
Stylish and contemporary guesthouse in a glorious setting
18 Room Guesthouse with shared swimmimg pool
Levantes Villas
LEVANTES VILLAS
KALA NERA, PELION
Two, 2-bed stylishly-furnished villas in a beautiful complex near the water, with a shared pool and, new for 2019, a Personal Spa.
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool and Spa
Horto Beach Loft Apartment
HORTO BEACH LOFT APARTMENT
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
Stylish beachfront loft apartment with stunning seafront balcony
1 bedroom waterside apartment
Horto Beach Loft Apartment
HORTO BEACH LOFT APARTMENT
HORTO, PELION PENINSULA
Stylish beachfront loft apartment with stunning seafront balcony
1 bedroom waterside apartment
Pounda Paou
POUNDA PAOU
PAOU, PELION PENINSULA
A peaceful retreat for complete relaxation in the idyllic and unique surroundings of the Pagasitic Gulf
12 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
Levantes Villas
LEVANTES VILLAS
KALA NERA, PELION
Two, 2-bed stylishly-furnished villas in a beautiful complex near the water, with a shared pool and, new for 2019, a Personal Spa.
2 bedroom villa with shared swimming pool and Spa
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
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
Agapitos Guesthouse
AGAPITOS GUESTHOUSE
MOURESI VILLAGE, PELION
Stylish and contemporary guesthouse in a glorious setting
18 Room Guesthouse with shared swimmimg pool
Pounda Paou
POUNDA PAOU
PAOU, PELION PENINSULA
A peaceful retreat for complete relaxation in the idyllic and unique surroundings of the Pagasitic Gulf
12 room B&B pension with shared swimming pool