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Very grateful for our seat allocation (front of Economy). This made immigration for Lisbon and LHR very quick and easy.
Luke a great help in organising and monitoring
Usual professional performance.
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Very well looked after
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There was a bit of confusion on what was included in half board but maybe the policy changed from when we booked. We thought we could eat in the restaurants for dinner for free but it was only the buffet restaurant, the other restaurants had a supplement.
Very well organised by Elizabeth and team. Top marks
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Helping an 80-year-old and not the best with modern computer technology was excellent.
Colin and his team always assist us with our holiday and flight requirements. This trip, given the restrictions, was planned and executed perfectly due to the diligence of the staff.
I book through Ted and the team as I know the holiday will always be a success and I will be pleased
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We appreciated the call beforehand and the list of things to do which was very complicated. I will recommend you to anyone anytime
Lloyd went above and beyond arranging our holiday, as always. On top of that, he recommended Six Senses, Douro Valley which could not have been a better suggestion. It was the most perfect place in every way.
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Libby was brilliant
Simon is so helpful and always gives very good travel advice. Communication is excellent ahead of any holiday. I have been using you since 2008 and would never go anywhere else!
Thanks for all the help and advice in booking our family trip. A special thank you to Bruce and his colleagues who were just a phone call away to help with all the guidelines we faced. Our holiday was a great success.
'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.'
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.
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).
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.
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