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Where to go / Agios Nikolaos, Peloponnese
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:45:23 PM »
Has anyone been to Agios Nikolaos on the Mani peninsula? We have already booked for next June based on what I could find out from the internet, so any thoughts from other members would be welcomed. Agios Nikolaos sounds ideal as we like quiet, very Greek places, as Plakias was once!

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Holiday Companies / Olympic Loyalty Bonus (or not)
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:29:30 PM »
We have been considering our holiday options for 2016, Plakias? Lesvos? or Agios Nikolaos near Kalamata, Peloponnese. Price is a large consideration, so travelling with Thomas Cook again to Lesvos is out of the question as they want nearly 1000 for 1 week S/C for 2 people in late June. Plakias is an acceptable price for the same time and period, but as we will probably be there in October, two visits in 1 year could be called greedy. Agios Nikolaos is somewhere we have never visited, but the description of a small, quiet Greek fishing village, requiring a basic grasp of the language would appear to be exactly what we want. So, who goes there? Only Thomas Cook and Olympic. Thomas Cook have excelled themselves and want OVER 1000 for 1 week S/C for 2 people in late June, whereas Olympic, at a different accommodation are quoting on their website a price of 530 for the same week, but excluding transfers, which I can buy directly from the Taxi company for 100, so total 630. Good, I thought, a phone call to Olympic, let them see my numerous holidays with them each year for the past 20 years, and, hey presto, my friends and family discount (given freely for many years past) will reduce my costs some more, enough perhaps for travel insurance, or a few litres of wine with our meals out, but NO, Olympic offer loyalty points now, so how many hundreds of points do I have after all the past holidays I asked - none, nil, zero, nothing was the reply!!!! So much for Loyalty Points, perhaps there is a Trades Description breach? Olympic explained that points are only earned if the past holidays cost more than 300 per person, so there you have it, over a barrel, a bit unimpressed with Olympic, but heyho, off to Greece again.

If anyone has been to Agios Nikolaos before, any pointers would be gratefully received.

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Where to eat...or not! / To Exepoito
« on: September 25, 2015, 07:55:30 PM »
I am mystified by this name for an eatery in Plakias, it is on Trip Advisor as an excellent Gyros/Souvlaki place, so am I correct in thinking this is what I know as the Souvlaki hut directly in front of Sifi's?
Many years holidaying in Plakias, but have never tried the Souvlaki hut!!! Can anyone tell me where this 'To Exepoito' is located. The spelling is as shown on Trip Advisor so may, or may not, be correct.
Now for the good bit: only 10 days to go!!!!

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Holiday Companies / Olympic/Germania cancelled flight(s)
« on: August 26, 2015, 06:34:59 PM »
I have just had an email from Olympic about a change of flight to Iraklion on 6th. October, from Gatwick, saying Olympics' allocation of seats on the flights have been cancelled!! Good news however is that we will be (should be) on the Thomson flight scheduled out at 07.30, so we could get an extra couple of hours in Plakias before we need to eat. (hope there is enough Mythos in resort for this unplanned extra spree). Yesterdays Thomson flight used a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which would be another bonus for me, can I wish for a taxi transfer as well, or is that too much?
Can anyone shed any light on this although I will be contacting Olympic on Thursday, wondering if Germania are still in business, or have Olympic fallen out with another airline, like happened with Monarch a few years ago.
Nearly time, only a few weeks to go.............

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Plakias / The Train
« on: April 11, 2015, 12:03:48 PM »
Just a quick enquiry about the (long lost & missed) train. Does anyone know if there are any plans for it to run again this year or ever? Perhaps Dave & Les can answer that.
We are off again in June to Lesvos, and there is a train running there last year and this year between Mythimna, Petra and Anaxos, (www.villagetrain.gr) and it would be nice if our October visit to Plakias were to feature the train again.

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Holiday Companies / Olympic Price reduction
« on: April 01, 2015, 01:23:46 PM »
Maybe I should not be posting this here,as a nice quiet holiday in Plakias is what we like, but last night I was checking the Olympic prices for Plakias, and struck lucky, good timing or something, as Olympic had reduced the Costas Chrysoulla, from Gatwick, on 6th. October for 1 week to 426, incl 20kg each, transfers, everything. Needless to say I shook their hand before they sobered up, and will be back in Plakias again on 6th. October. We will be in Anaxos, Lesvos in June as well. Yoohoo!!!

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PlakChat / Sirocco Restaurant
« on: August 01, 2011, 04:52:20 PM »
Before I book to return to Plakias again can anyone who has been tp Plakias recently this year, (June/July) please tell me if the Sirocco restaurant is still operating, especially is Babis still working front of house for his Dad (Capello look alike- poor man). I had heard Babis had left for a Monastry, but, knowing the Greek way of doing things, this is often not for life!
So, is Babis there?
I would miss not being able to sit and watch the sun set behind the hill, but no doubt I could console myself with a few more drinks at the Livicon, and learn some more greek from Dionysius.

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Plakias / Gatwick to Plakias with Strategic
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:59:25 PM »
Sorry to bang on about this topic of Strategic flight times, but as I have less than 5 weeks to go, panic is setting in.
Has anyone been to Plakias (and I assume come back) with Olympic, flying from Gatwick on Strategic Airlines, leaving at the scheduled time of 11.25?
I am interested to find out if the transfers are the usual long journey with multiple drops, and what time arrival in Plakias took place. I hate rushing, and would look forward to a leisurely shower before heading out for the hot spot(s) of Plakias on my first night (always overdo it somewhat on the first night!)
Feedback please as you return would be appreciated.

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Holiday Companies / Olympic Price Hikes in 3 years
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:22:19 AM »
Post deleted for the following reason:

OLYMPIC BROCHURE CONTAINS THE WRONG PRICES! Panic over, as you were folks.

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Holiday Companies / Why so expensive in September?
« on: June 28, 2006, 05:55:59 PM »
We spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Plakias in June 2005, and were considering a return visit (rare for us) in September 2006. We have been suprised (should that be horrified) by the price Olympic and Kosmar want for 1 week on 26th. Sept. to the Kostas Chrysoulla,  700 for 2! We only paid slightly more than that for 2 weeks in June, both here and in Lefkada (Lefkas). What is the problem? Is it anything to do with ALL the forum members going out at the same time, (will there be room at the Livicon/Ostracos etc.,)(Will the Mythos supply be sufficient?) Why is it so expensive? We would like to meet up again with Babbis and his Dad from the Sirocco, and watch the sun go down over Souda Bay as we eat (and drink) our meal.
Please help an impoverished (old) couple

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Holiday Companies / Is September 26 06 a good time in Plakias?
« on: February 23, 2006, 10:09:19 PM »
We went to Plakias last June and LOVED it, just as expectedfom the posts on this forum, but now are considering a cheap return visit, if only to go to the Sirocco Taverna and continue our friendship with Babis and his father. Is this a good time to go? What abut the wind? (No,not the beans)Raki Festival? (although I love Ouzo) Will the weather be good? Do we need a swiming pool? Went to the Costas Chtysoulla last time and found it good for our needs (Close to Tavernas and Beach) Any advice apreciated, will buy youa Mythos in return for advice! Throw in a Gyros for discount info!

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Where to stay / Kostas-Chrysoulla Studios
« on: January 28, 2005, 10:03:05 PM »
Trying to book a 2 week holiday to Plakias in June 05 (because of good reports as a quiet, Cretan resort) but can anyone quickly tell me if these studios are any good? Where do I get breakfast?
Thanks

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Holiday Companies / Too Late to Book?
« on: January 27, 2005, 05:49:32 PM »
Just tried to book the Lamon Aparthotel for June 7th. with Kosmar - plane seats all gone! We like Crete, and were hoping to find a quiet Cretan village and spend 2 weeks sunbathing and eating and drinking Cretan style (not the Raki!)
Where else can we go? or who else is there that goes to Plakias? Should we go independantly and book a flight, Taxi and try to book the Lamon over the phone?
Any help appreciated.
Efharisto

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