Excellent service! Many thanks Ben
Whole holiday was amazing and everything done with Stafford was easy and stress free! Will 100% be using DialAFlight for my next holiday.
Mathew is fab!
Excellent service from Taylor. Organisation was perfect and ran smoothly as usual.
Superb in every way. Charlie Miles is brilliant
Dennis Hollands was brilliant for the second time - thank you very much. I hope DialAFlight appreciates you
Only surprise was to be bought back to England with Smart Lynx. Was confused by this fat white plane and no sign of orange. Still all was explained and both flights were on time. So no problems there.
Ivor Savage was very helpful
Gordon did all he could to get us a holiday - it made my two little grand daughters so happy after being locked up for nearly 3 years without a break .
Michael has been brilliant sorting everything out for me
There was an initial mix up with our room but we feel that was an error on the hotel's part which they sorted out in the end. Everything else was excellent and we thank Christian Burgess for his customary help and advice
Simon Pitman came to our rescue when our holiday package with another company was cancelled 4 days before we were due to go. He succeeded in securing flights and accommodation to reinstate our family holiday to Greece. Wonderful service
Maria is always excellent .. she is very accommodating, friendly and efficient. She is a credit to DialAFlight.
Fantastic. Everything we wanted and more. Couldn't have been better
Ashley was extremely efficient and professional and always got back to me quickly. Everything he organised went smoothly. This was customer service at its best.
Jim was exceptional at communicating and making sure we had everything we needed
Jim was amazing! The best holiday planned to perfection.
Very helpful for a last minute trip
Very supportive and reliable and all information was clear and truthful. Would highly recommend
Libby McGarry was always helpful and happy to answer any questions or worries. Kept in contact with me all the way through. Excellent service
Bill was fantastic yet again in helping us plan a great trip - thank you for your diligence and care.
Friendly helpful and caring
As always great service.
Eve was fabulous - she absolutely matched what I was looking for in a holiday to the resort and we had a wonderful time.
All travel arrangements went to plan and the hotel met our expectations. We had a lovely relaxing holiday and would highly recommend booking with DialAFlight to anyone!
Ryan always responds well to requests as do his team
Very knowledgeable and very personable staff. Top marks all round.
During these very difficult times we felt DialAFlight did a very good job of getting us to Kefalonia. Thank you for your service, and we will see you again
'Over there,' said our driver gesturing to a smudge of land barely discernible in the gathering dusk, 'is Ithaca: the home of brave Ulysses.'
He put the stress on 'brave' as if there might have been another Ulysses around who had less of an appetite for man-to-man combat.
Nikos, our driver, was a man of the classics, it appeared. 'According to legend, Ulysses spent ten years fighting the Trojans in the Trojan War and then it took him ten years to get home after the war.
'This journey home is the story of The Odyssey.'
We were on Kefalonia, the sixth largest of the Greek islands, which sits between Ithaca and Zakynthos - far to the south of Corfu.
Unlike Corfu and other tourist-savvy islands such as Rhodes and Crete, Kefalonia still has the look of a place surprised to find itself in the holiday business.
If Ithaca has Ulysses, Kefalonia has heroes of a more recent vintage. The island was the setting for Louis de Bernière's modern classic Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
FIT FOR THE BIG SCREEN
And, surprisingly - as Holly-wood almost never seems to shoot films in their authentic setting - this was where Penelope Cruz, Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale came to star in the film of the book when it was made here in 2001.
The locals are ambivalent about the film, as it makes narrative capital out of the two worst events to affect the island in living memory.
The ill-fated occupation by the Germans during the Second World War (which resulted in the massacre of more than 5,000 Italian troops as portrayed in Captain Corelli's Mandolin); and the terrible earthquake which destroyed large parts of the island in August 1953, killing 600 people and making thousands homeless.
Driving across the island today, however, there is little to suggest recent troubles.
Kefalonia radiates a quiet contentment, perfect for someone who has arrived, like us, searching for utter peace and quiet. What quickly endeared us to Kefalonia was that this was a 'real' place where the locals clearly have a life beyond tourism.
The capital, Argostoli, for example, is charming, with a substantial fruit market near the harbour. Of particular interest in the harbour are the turtles, who have become something of a tourist attraction. Another endearing factor, to me, is that there are few sights thought of as mandatory. Our only outing was to take a drive round the island to the harbour town of Fiskardo, 30 miles north of Argostoli.
FAVOURED BY THE STARS
It has become popular with the rich and famous as the perfect place to tie up their luxury yachts as they make their way around the Mediterranean.
We had a fabulous lunch at a harbourside restaurant where our waiter confided that Tom Hanks and his wife were on a yacht nearby and were expected to arrive for lunch imminently.
We strung out dessert as long as we possibly could, but Mr Hanks didn't put in an appearance (or perhaps he is so good at disguises that we didn't recognise him).
Fiskardo is one of the few villages on Kefalonia that were left undamaged by the 1953 earthquake: its handsome Venetian buildings are an impressive sight.
What was also impressive is that while the place is probably the nearest thing that Kefalonia has to a major resort, it didn't really feel like a tourist honey pot -it certainly wasn't crowded.
And, best of all perhaps, the excellent meal was very reasonably priced.
The island has only recently begun seeking to attract tourists and doesn't seem to have been alerted to the possibilities of ripping off visitors.
We took our trip to Fiskardo in the evening when the heat was tempered by a cooling breeze from the sea.
Close to our apartment were plenty of good tavernas and bars where we could enjoy a reasonably priced meal in the evening.
It may have taken Ulysses 20 years to return to Ithaca - we shall be heading back to Kefalonia much sooner than that.
First published in the Mail Online - April 2018
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