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Offline Mike G

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First Choice Pull out of Plakias!
« Reply #60 on: July 14, 2004, 01:07:16 PM »
On the subject of First Choice pulling out of Plakias for 2005 it is somewhat ironical to receive via E-Mail a mailshot containing the following from them.

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SMART DEALS FROM FIRST CHOICE  
Fed up with the driving rain? Thought so! Choose one of our great
holiday
destinations below and escape to a smashing time in the sun. And why
not
let us help you out with the cost? Click on our crazy crab and you
could
win a 1,500 holiday instantly!  
A SMART DEAL EVERY TIME  
LOOK OUT FOR MORE SMART DEALS NEXT MONTH!  

Having a laugh I think!

Still no reply to my repeated E-Mail request for my deposit money back.  

Mike

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« Reply #61 on: July 14, 2004, 01:26:21 PM »
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On the subject of First Choice pulling out of Plakias for 2005 it is somewhat ironical to receive via E-Mail a mailshot containing the following from them.

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SMART DEALS FROM FIRST CHOICE  
Fed up with the driving rain? Thought so! Choose one of our great
holiday
destinations below and escape to a smashing time in the sun. And why
not
let us help you out with the cost? Click on our crazy crab and you
could
win a 1,500 holiday instantly!  
A SMART DEAL EVERY TIME  
LOOK OUT FOR MORE SMART DEALS NEXT MONTH! 

Having a laugh I think!

Still no reply to my repeated E-Mail request for my deposit money back.  

Mike
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Firstchoice-Lastchoice comes to mind.......                fraoula

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First Choice Pull out of Plakias!
« Reply #62 on: July 15, 2004, 10:54:11 AM »
Mike G,

On the subject of transfer from Heraklion Airport to Plakias.

If you don't mind "slumming it", one option is the bus.  First of all you take the airport bus into Heraklion Port.  Journey time: 20 mins.  Cost: 1/2.  Next, you take the interurban bus to Rethymno.  Journey time: 1 1/2 hrs.  Cost: 5.90.  Finally you take another interurban bus to Plakias.  Journey time: 1 hr.  Cost: 3.10.  Total estimated journey time (this includes waiting for connections):  approx. 7 1/2 hrs.  However, this method is reliable and dirt cheap.  I will be using it.  I don't know how much baggage you take with you: might be a bit of a fag if you carry a lot.  I plan to take only a rucksack.

Hope this helps.    

Noopsy
« Last Edit: July 15, 2004, 10:59:25 AM by Noopsy 500 »
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Offline Mike G

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« Reply #63 on: July 15, 2004, 01:30:57 PM »
Noopsy,

Thanks for the info. However, that would be a step too far for me!! Maybe if I was younger and took less luggage. Good luck to you though.

Anyone know how much a taxi transfer is?

Mike

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« Reply #64 on: July 15, 2004, 01:35:04 PM »
Still no commitment from FC re. getting my deposit back.

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Thank you for your email.

I am sorry to say that we are unable to assist you in this matter. We show
the booking on the reference you gave as being an active booking to the
Costa Chrisoula Apartments in Plakias. If you have a concern about your
holiday accommodation, it may be best to contact customer services on 0870
901 6522.
 

What a way to carry on!

Mike

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« Reply #65 on: July 15, 2004, 01:47:45 PM »
I think it cost us about 35 each way last year.

Susan

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« Reply #66 on: July 15, 2004, 02:03:51 PM »
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I think it cost us about 35 each way last year.

Susan
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 Are you sure Susan? I Know a couple of people who regulary go to Plakias and a taxi cost them 90 each way!!!! Were they unfortunatley stitched up? That was 2002. I'm also wondering about this for next year as I don't fancy the long coach transfer with my 5yr old child...  
      I would hire a car  but  I don't drive  

Offline Allan Barham

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« Reply #67 on: July 15, 2004, 02:12:32 PM »
Mike,

Both Finikas Travel and Anso will quote you for a taxi.  Two years ago Anso were charging 62 Euro each way.

Allan

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« Reply #68 on: July 15, 2004, 02:17:12 PM »
Taxi fair this year from Heraklion to Plakias 70Euro each way.Alianthos taxis.The same if using Airport taxi.

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« Reply #69 on: July 15, 2004, 03:05:30 PM »
Re. First Choice pulling out of Plakias for 2005, on 20/4/04 John R said:

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This is severely tempting fate, but for the past 6 years we have had zero problems with First Choice -

Nice of you to take the blame John but I still blame them. They should have decided whether to feature Plakias before they published their brochure.

Mike

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« Reply #70 on: July 15, 2004, 03:35:39 PM »
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Still no commitment from FC re. getting my deposit back.

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Thank you for your email.

, it may be best to contact customer services on 0870
901 6522.
 

What a way to carry on!

Mike
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Mike - I did it by that phone number - and it took a little persuading that, no I didn't want to go elswhere and then they agreed to a refund

John R

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« Reply #71 on: July 15, 2004, 06:38:55 PM »
Just a note re Taxis - there is a sign in the arrivals area at Heraklion, giving FIXED prices to various resorts, including Plakias.

With notable exceptions, Taxi drivers are the same the world over - so I think it's best to make the driver aware before you get into his cab that you are aware exactly what the fare should be. We've used taxis back to the airpost several times in the past, rather than suffer a long coach transfer, and found the Plakias guys fair and honest. They will give you a price up-front, and stick to it. (And turn up on time if you book them the previous day)
John - Ostraco

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« Reply #72 on: July 16, 2004, 01:25:37 AM »
taxis
no probs 65 - 70 euro one way

ask for zak at  plakias,

tell him   Roger  said helloa fro canada

yammas

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Offline Mike G

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« Reply #73 on: July 16, 2004, 02:34:18 PM »
Re. the refund of my deposit for 2005, I'll phone as John R advises. My latest E-Mail from FC was:

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Thank you for your email.

As we have no further details on this matter, please contact Customer
Services on 0870 901 6522. We are unable to offer a refund of any sort.

Regards

Internet support
First Choice Holidays
 
Mike

Offline Greecemad

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« Reply #74 on: July 16, 2004, 08:47:25 PM »
For those who don't like the sound of taking all the buses from Heraklion Airport to Plakias, but want to save some of the money, there is "in-between" solution.

1. Take a taxi from the airport to the bus station in Heraklion (make sure you ask for the bus station for Rethmynon, as there are 3 stations). It will take about 15 mins. Make sure you find out the official fare, as this is the type of journey where you are very likely to get fleeced. It should be about €5 I would have thought.

2. Take the bus to Rethymnon. These run at least every hour and often every half hour, so you won't have too long to wait. Moving cases from where the taxi driver has put them onto the bus will be 3 or 4 yards.

3. At Rethymon bus station you have a decision to make. Buses to Plakias aren't very frequent, so you either take one if there is one or get another taxi to Plakias. The bus conductors will lift your luggage out of and into the bus, and the bus station is small, so you won't have any distance to walk. The bus jouriney to Plakias is 40 minutes. About 7 or 8 years ago I shared a taxi with a couple and it was 4000 drs (€12) - this was after the last bus had gone.

Greecemad.
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