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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Richard on Today at 03:37:06 PM »
Thank you, Mike, for your reply.

The thing that really upset me was seeing very elderly people (I'm no spring chicken, but...) 'discharged', like cattle, at Gatwick at 00:30-ish, rather than mid-afternoon, and just told to get on with it. Many of them couldn't walk easily. No trains running at that time of night, no assistance from Olympic staff, what do you do? We're lucky enough to live relatively close to Gatwick, although it did incur an extra day's parking charge.

I wonder what happened to the rest? Olympic had had their money so I don't suppose that they didn't give a you know what.

I travel a lot with work, and when I had a dicky foot at Indianapolis, and then Chicago, airports, the security people couldn't have been kinder. I was trying to use my bag as a crutch - didn't want to make a fuss - but they wouldn't have any of it. They put me in an electric car and sped me through security, and ensured that BA did the same at Heathrow. What a difference from Olympic.

I know that life isn't fair, but deliberate, pre-meditated, unfairness makes my blood boil.

Richard
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Plakias / Re: Open restaurants?
« Last post by Sifi on Today at 08:14:17 AM »
Thanks for the update.

So good to hear that there is life in Plakias also during the winter-season.

 I really would love one of Sifis gyros! At the moment it seems like work has gotten in the way of my dream to visit Plakias in the wintertime. Maybe next year.
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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Mike G on February 17, 2018, 01:48:51 PM »
I had a look at Olympic a few weeks ago, can't remember which airline was on offer but the transfer was a taxi, costing, from memory, GBP150, each way, with no alternative. I booked a BA flight in the end.

I've made my own arrangements in recent years, having been completely hacked off by Olympic's couldn't give a sh#t attitude. It's possible to book a taxi for around 30% less than that - I've used Zak in Plakias and he'll do the trip for EUR105

Are Olympic laying on the 'magical mystery tour' coach transfer again? I don't trust them one little inch either way. Guides who get lost at three in the morning, flights cancelled or delayed at absurdly short notice, etc. I know that it's business and they have the market pretty much cornered, but I don't have to like it.

Rant over.

I suppose that I should try enjoy Plakias, without worrying about these people.

Cheers, Richard

Much to agree with in your "rant".

Following my flight being changed to Thomas Cook, out of interest I went on to the TC website to see how much they were currently selling my flight for. When I had made all the necessary additions for things like baggage the cost was only about 50 less than my Olympic cost.

The only reason anybody sticks with Olympic is that they can undercut the "independent" route, massively so if you are travelling singly. As you say, you have to be able to put up with the "Magical Mystery Tour" as well.
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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by conway s on February 17, 2018, 01:21:36 PM »
my wife and I will be arriving on the 10th April don't get in till 2000hrs. I have hired a car which we always do even for the 3 weeks we will be there it is cheaper than a taxi both ways. A friend of ours Barney from Dublin goes to Heraklion for the night and gets on the local bus to Rethymnon and then to Plakias. Last year at same time Olympic didn't even let Dora at her studios know about us coming. We wont arrive in Plakias until late evening this time we are waiting for a right palaver. Hey ho   Olympic wont care.
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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by JackieatUrbanAgenda on February 17, 2018, 11:06:55 AM »
Couldn't find anything with transfers included this year so have decided to use the local services with Takis. We'll get there quicker at least.

I am still expecting my flights from Bristol to be changed - mainly because they are currently extremely convenient times and Olympic always seem to change them at least twice for less convenient times. Still have saved on getting from Plymouth to Gatwick (now a 50 return to Bristol on a luxury coach rather than 180 ish on a crowded train.

Getting there should be stress free and part of the service so not sure which school of tourism Olympic subscribe to as they never seem to get it right.
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Plakias / Re: Open restaurants?
« Last post by Frank And Julie on February 16, 2018, 09:34:25 PM »
Sifi, and Throubie open all the year round only closing for a week or so for re-decorating but both open at the moment, the souvlaki restaurant on the main road is open most days, I think Mouses will open in a month and Merastri at Selia was opening Fri, Sat and Sunday not sure if they are still doing that and Taverna Mariou at Mariou is open all of the time, Stells at Lefkogeia is always open day and night, so plenty to choose from some of the smaller places have a limited "winter menu" .
Oscraco`s and the coffee shop up from Tasomanolis are open all day.
Its a great time of year to come but the town is a bit of a mess at the moment with all the pipe laying works going on, where were you planning on staying ?
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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Richard on February 16, 2018, 09:02:21 PM »
I had a look at Olympic a few weeks ago, can't remember which airline was on offer but the transfer was a taxi, costing, from memory, GBP150, each way, with no alternative. I booked a BA flight in the end.

I've made my own arrangements in recent years, having been completely hacked off by Olympic's couldn't give a sh#t attitude. It's possible to book a taxi for around 30% less than that - I've used Zak in Plakias and he'll do the trip for EUR105

Are Olympic laying on the 'magical mystery tour' coach transfer again? I don't trust them one little inch either way. Guides who get lost at three in the morning, flights cancelled or delayed at absurdly short notice, etc. I know that it's business and they have the market pretty much cornered, but I don't have to like it.

Rant over.

I suppose that I should try enjoy Plakias, without worrying about these people.

Cheers, Richard
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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« Last post by Mike G on February 16, 2018, 01:51:56 PM »
I had a call from Olympic today informing me that the Enter Air charter was cancelled and would I accept a Thomas Cook flight a day earlier with similar flight times and a transfer still included.

My room will be still be available on arrival, although quite how this will work out I'm not sure.

Seeing as the EA flight was virtually full they must be distributing the passengers between any carriers they can find.

All adds to the general air of shambles at Olympic.
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Plakias / Open restaurants?
« Last post by Sifi on February 16, 2018, 07:53:03 AM »
I`m a regular in Plakias in the summertime. I have never been there in the winter, but plan to do so this winter.
Are all the restaurants in town closed for the winter?
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Plakias / Re: Any Plakias Updates?
« Last post by Daniel on February 12, 2018, 11:21:55 AM »
Thanks for the update and the photo of what's left of Creta Mare !!

I just hope that George can get it finished and back in working order in time for our return visit in September.
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