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Messages - Mike G

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: May 14, 2018, 03:08:13 PM »
I wonder how many Olympic clients are coming from Gatwick this year as there is no Olympic charter flight from there.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:30:59 PM »
Does anyone know if Elspeth is the Olympic rep this year? I thought she was excellent last year.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« 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
« 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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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic 2018
« on: January 27, 2018, 01:16:10 PM »
Olympic did their '12 islands of Christmas' again this year, so, not wanting to disappoint them, I shook their hand before they sobered up and clinched a great deal to KC for 10 days in October again!
We will be off to Finikounda in the Peloponese in June for the firat time, but will be on the lookout for a bargain deal to Plakias any other time.
Can't wait to get back to Greece, and Plakias especially.
I too took advantage of the seasonal offers and booked on Christmas Day. For many years Olympic's Gatwick to Heraklion charter has been on a Tuesday, leaving at around 9am. This year it is a Sat leaving after 3pm (and returning after midnight). Whereas previously I have been in Plakias in either the middle two weeks of May or the last two, I found that the first date that the charter ran was June 2.

Out of curiosity yesterday I checked  to see if the dates had been extended but could find no Olympic charter flights from LGW. On inquiring I was told that they had all sold out as they have had several group bookings.

While only the charter flights come with a transfer, they do offer transfers at extra cost for all the other flights. These are at minimal cost for north coast resorts near Heraklion, but for Plakias they offer a taxi at well over 100 per journey.

Unless Olympic put on extra charter flights a lot of customers wanting to come from LGW will be disappointed.

One good piece of news is that Olympic has increased the "free" luggage allowance to 20 kg on the charter flights, presumably because most, if not all, of the other carriers they use offer 20 kg.

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Plakias / Re: News
« on: November 28, 2017, 01:43:36 PM »
The flights to Heraklion that Olympic is offering for 2018 from LGW are at pretty anti-social times, either for arriving in Crete or UK. Having spent a long night in October at the airport waiting for the trains to start, when Olympic changed the flights at the last minute, I am reluctant to volunteer for it.
I asked Olympic why their flight times from LGW are at horrible times. For the non charter flights, easyJet offer 2 a day, one of which is at much better times IMHO. They said they would quote me for the other flight and did.

I also asked if I could buy just the accommodation from Olympic and arrange all transport myself. I was told "no" even though another member of the forum told me that Olympic have allowed this in the past.

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Plakias / Re: News
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:03:31 PM »
The flights to Heraklion that Olympic is offering for 2018 from LGW are at pretty anti-social times, either for arriving in Crete or UK. Having spent a long night in October at the airport waiting for the trains to start, when Olympic changed the flights at the last minute, I am reluctant to volunteer for it.

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Plakias / Re: Fight at the Sunbed corral
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:01:40 PM »
Paleochora appeals to much the same sort of people that like Plakias IMHO. Does anyone know if any tour operator goes there? It has the same disadvantage as Plakias in that it is a long way from the airport.

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Plakias / Re: Far end beach
« on: July 22, 2017, 02:52:10 PM »
Yes to both, at least that was the case in May.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic rep saga
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:38:08 AM »
There is a body of opinion that the 80 odd mile distance from the airports has prevented Plakias from changing for the worse over the years. I think there is truth in this.

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Plakias / Re: Rain?
« on: May 31, 2017, 02:18:02 PM »
John, I've just returned from 2 weeks in Plakias and the weather was the poorest in 13 visits. Les & Christine are threatening not to go again when I am there, as before I arrived they had a perfect week and they think I jinxed it. Still a good holiday though.

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Holiday Companies / Re: Olympic (again)
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:58:07 PM »
To confuse things Olympic has changed the layout of their website over the holiday and it takes a bit of getting used to.

re. transfers, holidays using Olympic's charter flights (e.g. Enter Air) come with a transfer. Those using easyJet, Thomson, etc generally do not, although for some destinations they offer one as an extra.

When you search online for a specific accommodation on a specific date it seems to show the cheapest price for that set of circumstances. This is not necessarily the charter flight but for some holidays it seems to be easyJet, often at what for me would be anti-social flight times. If you go into the booking process you have the option of seeing the other flight options and the price differential.

Olympic's prices have been yo-yoing around since the 2017 holidays were first offered. Before Christmas they featured an island a day for 12 days with 50pp off for that day only. For Christmas   Day they offered the 50pp for all 12.

Prices are a bit more than 2016 but with the drop in the value of the that seems fair. When you work out the cost per day it still seems a bargain in many ways.

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PlakChat / Re: What is it like in Plakias in November?
« on: November 12, 2016, 02:11:27 PM »


All of which asks the question Should the season be longer? At the moment the controlling factor appears to be the stopping of charter and low cost carrier flights to Northern Europe. I have on one occasion come back via ferry and a flight from Athens, but talking to expats , they tell me fly Crete to Athens , then change flights to UK. It works out not much dearer than direct flights and the connections are reasonable. I suspect that the lengthening of the season is a chicken/egg problem, but I would be interested in hearing other opinions...please post
I quite agree that the season should be longer and I'm sure the business owners would love it. However the trend over the last 10 or more years has been for the tour operators to shorten the season. The season in Crete (and Rhodes) is one of the longest in Greece but in some other islands it ends in mid September. While in Kos last month I was told of an ambitious plan for a new airport there and an effort to extend the season to about 8 months. I wish them luck.

I was also told a few years ago in Plakias by a resident that the weather there is often better in November than October.

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Plakias / Re: Maybe the last time?
« on: October 28, 2016, 02:16:25 PM »
Mousses was thriving in May and hopefully will be again next May.

I totally agree about the smoking. I guess with all the competition amongst the tavernas no one wants to stand out by enforcing the law. It is sad to see so many Brits behaving in an anti-social way that they would not get away with at home.

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PlakChat / Re: Olympic Holidays-Transfers 2017
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:20:04 PM »
JBMouse is right in what he says that the transfers are for their charter flights only. In the past they have sometimes extended the operation dates of the charter flights a bit later in the year, so it could be worth waiting. They did this last year at Gatwick.

Currently, the charter flights start on May 16th at Gatwick.

Olympic is well aware that holidays without transfers are very unattractive to many owing to the cost of taxis.

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