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Change Over daysWe have no fixed changeover days except in peak season. In July and August the changeover days are:
Paxos - any day from Friday to Monday
Kefalonia & Ithaca - Saturday or Sunday
Symi - Wednesday or Saturday
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Special Interest

  • Flights
  • Transfers

There is now an excellent range of flights available from the UK to the Greek islands, better than at any time in the history of leisure travel to Greece. When Travel à la carte decided ten years ago to offer complete flexibility of arrival and departure days at our villas in Greece, there was nothing like the same volume and variety of flights. Now not only can you fly to the major island airports from places as far apart as Bournemouth and Aberdeen but from some UK bases there are daily or almost daily scheduled services to hubs like Corfu and Rhodes and even to smaller airports like Kefalonia.

New services are being added all the time. This year, in a major step, BA have introduced a summer service to Corfu from London Heathrow, the first time travellers to Corfu, Paxos and Epirus have been able to fly there from the UK's main airport since the 1980s. Elsewhere, easyJet have increased their flights to Rhodes from Gatwick to a daily service from mid-July onwards, while to Kefalonia easyJet flies six days a week in peak season.

So it getting easier and easier to reach the quieter, less crowded Greek destinations which Travel à la carte specialises in. Our main island, Paxos, is now extremely well served by Corfu, as is nearby Epirus on the mainland. Symi, a couple of hours on the boat from Rhodes in the eastern Aegean, is becoming steadily less complicated to reach as the frequency and range of flights to Rhodes increase. And Kefalonia,, where until recently a few charter carriers ruled the roost, is now a much easier destination for the independent traveller to holiday in.

You will find information about all the flights to our destinations, or to the airports nearest to them, on our special information site. Just click on the Flights tab at the top and follow the links on the drop down menus. All the currently available flights from every airport in the UK, and some outside the UK, are listed there. Next to the information for each airport you will find links to the websites of the airlines that fly to your Greek destination, so all you need to do to book your flights is follow the link to the airline you want. Nowadays it is very straightforward, and very secure, to book your seats directly on line, in fact the airlines prefer you to do it that way. We will hold your accommodation for you for 48 hours to give you time to book your flights without the risk of losing your chosen villa.

Some Greek islands are difficult to get to. There are people who say the difficult ones are the best, as they are more likely to be free of mass tourism. We tend to agree. But what is certainly true is how useful, even essential at times, it is to have some expert help in trying to reach them.

The two islands in our programme which don't have their own airports are Paxos and Symi and for these onward journeys by taxi and boat are needed. We at Travel à la carte have been organising holidays for our customers on these islands for over thirty years, so we know the ropes. We know the taxi drivers and the ferry timetables, we know what to do if the wind gets up and some or all of the boats can't sail, we can usually find an alternative if a boat breaks down - as happens - or cancels its scheduled trip unexpectedly. There can be other, more minor but still worrying problems for travellers trying to make their own way to these islands. Boat companies who take bookings on line or over the phone can lose the reservation or overbook, leading to passengers either not being allowed on the boat or being bumped off at the last minute.

This might sound like scare-mongering but these things have happened more than once in recent years. If your schedule is tight and, for example, you need to get to the airport for your return flight, such unforeseen hitches can be very stressful and - sometimes - expensive.

So why not avoid the stress and take advantage of our tried and trusted transfer service? Our staff have many years of local experience, they have been arranging transfers and handling the occasional emergency for many years as well, and all this is at your service when you book with us. This is what our transfer service includes: Taxis at both ends of your journey, on arrival and departure (on Symi our accommodation is within walking distance of the port, so here we provide the luggage transfer rather than a taxi); Pre-booked sea crossings both ways; Meet & greet at the airport and at the port;

The cost of the service differs from island to island. For Paxos, the price of the full transfer is £95 per adult and £75 per child (aged 4 - 11). For children under 4, the charge is £25. For Symi, the cost is £95 per adult, £75 per child and £25 for under-5s.