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THALPOS HOLIDAYS a local, full service travel agency offering quality villas, cottages and houses, many of which have private pools situated on the Sporades Islands and more recently the Ionian Islands. Established in 1992, we have been your specialist in providing all types of accommodation on these diverse and striking islands; Skopelos, Alonissos and Skiathos and now, Corfu, Lefkada, Paxos and Kefalonia. As a local operator we have in depth knowledge to provide the independent traveller with the best and largest selection of rental properties on the islands at the best value for money.

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Holidaying with us means that you have more flexibility in choosing your arrival and departure dates i.e., some of our clients prefer to holiday for 10 days instead of the usual 7 or 14 days. Although we do not offer flights we will assist you through our licensed partners in UK and other countries to find the best suitable flight at a competitive rate. We also offer full packages that include transfers, car hire and of course the full services of our representatives in each resort. The seven islands that we feature on this site, namely Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonissos which belong to the Sporades island group and Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Paxos belonging to the Ionian Island group and are strikingly beautiful, very green and verdant compared with the other Greek islands.

While the islands share a similar landscape with dense pine forests and fruit orchards, they all have their very own distinct personalities. All six islands have something to offer to the holiday maker, whether they are looking for night life, quiet beaches, water sports, mountain walks or just a hideaway from everything! OUR SERVICES Thalpos includes a full cleaning and linen change two times per week (most properties). Please see individual property listing for details on cleaning. Additional maid service can usually be arranged upon request before arrival at an extra fee. Baby cots, high chairs and extra beds can also be arranged on request as well as welcome packs, hampers, flowers, champagne, etc. Please speak directly with our office staff for prices and availability.

The Thalpos Holidays service office is located on the main harbourfront in Skopelos town. We are open daily (except Sundays), mornings and evenings for any questions, information or problems you may have. In the Ionian Islands and in Peloponnese, our local agents will be on hand to personally care for your needs. Our friendly staff can help you arrange excursions, car hire, provide tips on what to see or do and let you know of any special events that might be happening during your stay. Our goal is to give you personalised service to make your holiday in the Sporades and Ionian Islands and the Peloponnese a most memorable one.

Transfers Upon arrival to your destination island, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Paxos you will be personally met by our representative and given driving instructions to the villa. In addition to a comprehensive Thalpos Holidays villa folder in your villa, a personal villa visit can be arranged for any time during your stay to answer individual queries. Also note that an escorted transfer to your villa can be arranged in advance at an extra fee.

Please contact our office staff for further details on escorted transfers. Full arrival transfers from Skiathos and Corfu airports can be arranged, which include a greeting at the airport, taxi to the respective ports and boat or sea plane tickets to your destination island. The prices depend on mode of transportation to the islands via ferry boat, hydrofoil or seaplane. Full transfers to both the Sporades and Ionian islands can also be arranged from Athens and Thesaloniki airports which include a taxi to the nearest port of departure and boat or sea plane tickets to island of destination. Prices can be obtained from our office staff.

Who are we  ?

We are a local travel agency based on Skopelos island registered by the ministry of tourism and operating since 1992

What do we do ?

Our core business is villa holidays in the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonissos. We have recently offered villas in the Ionian islands and the Mani area in Peloponesse.

We also organize specialized holidays such as culinary, hiking, small cruises, painting and basically we are keen to organize any themed holidays for any party size. We have been organizing weddings, anniversaries and events for small and large parties in Skopelos and we can do so in Alonissos and Skiathos.

We have been working only with the better suppliers in all three islands to provide a 1st class service when it comes to hiring cars, boats, scooters, four wheel ATVs, mountain bikes. Transfers from wherever you choose to come to the Sporades islands can be handled by us with ease and efficiency. We can have someone to meet you at the port or airport, hand you the necessary tickets, meet to at your final destination and transfer you to your accommodation.

We work with small hotels and self catering apartments which we feel are a good value for money. How do we choose which properties to offer you ? We personally visit each property that we offer through our website and our main criteria are:

1. Location,

2. Comfort,

3. Facilities,

4. Value for money.

We visit each property regularly recording any problems that may arise. We employ maintenance staff to deal with nearly any need.

Emergencies ?

We have been dealing with emergencies through our “history” and always dealt with the best manner and effort to provide the best possible solution. You are not alone!

Security ?

We are following honest and ethical business practices and try to keep up our good record of happy clients. We are registered by the Greek National Tourism Agency which is part of the Ministry of Tourism and members of the regional Chamber of Commerce. As of 2011 we accept credit card payments which gives our clients the extra security they are looking for. As a requirement we accept your booking only if you agree to have travel insurance.

Why book through you and not a tour operator in my country?

Just a few reasons:

1. We believe that we give you more freedom and flexibility to choose what is best for you,

2. We are on the spot and we are able to take decisions right when needed to provide the best possible solution at any time. We are available 24hrs/day, 7days/week.

3. We do not have the “overheads” that most of the tour operators have, so many times you can find that we can be a better deal money wise.

4. We have an excellent choice of properties ranging from simple cottages to luxurious villas with private pools in beautiful locations. We don’t go by the numbers but with where we, ourselves families and friends would enjoy staying.

5. Booking through us you support a local business employing people who have chosen to make a living in those small Greek islands by offering their efforts to a sustainable small scale economy based on quality and not quantity. You also support many other small local businesses making it worth while to focus on keeping up with a good standard of living for their families and our visitors.

Apart of the economics which is important to keep us in business we are more happy to have satisfied guests who will have a great time and suggest our services to their friends. After twenty or so years in business we value your business and many of our clients have become friends, have bought property that we now rent for them and many come back year after year to the islands.

Do you sell or organize flights?

No, we do not sell flights but with the booming of internet based flight only “outlets” it is relatively easy to find and book your flight and enjoy the security provided by government bodies in your country of origin. We do have partners who carry the appropriate licenses and may issue flight tickets if you so have difficulties to book your own.

Do you sell package holidays?

We have a negative feeling about holiday packages us most of us have associated the word “package” with mass tourism and with guests that might not even know where they will be traveling up to the last minute. We do put together different services that you choose to have but only following your request.

For example as of 2013 we will be offering what we call “Cuisine Local” which combines transfers + accommodation + meals (breakfast plus one meal) and practically it is a package as it combines more than one service .

The only difference is that we are offering this with the quality that our guests will be looking for and can appreciate. English speaking ? In Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos we employ English speaking staff(their native language) and additionally between us we speak Greek, Danish, French and German.

Where can we find you locally?

In Skopelos we have our main office on the water front just on your way for Skopelos landmark, the Panagia tou Kastrou church ( Virgin Mary’s Church on the Castle). In Skiathos and Alonissos we do not have an office but we employ seasonally two experienced representatives who can be reached by phone and will meet you on arrivals/departures if you so wish and will meet you in your accommodation or elsewhere if required.

Can I book On-line?

Most of our properties give you this option as far as you have a valid debit/credit card and it is either a Visa, Mastercard or American Express. There is no surcharge paying by credit card and you may benefit by extra insurance coverage according to their policies.

How do I pay you?

You may pay us either by bank transfer in euro or by debit or credit card.

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

I can’t find availability using your booking engine …

This may happen for the following reasons:

1. The property is booked or some of the days you want to book are booked so the system is not giving you availability for the whole duration that you are looking for…

2. The property might not have on-line availability in which case you will be prompt to send a request by mail. We answer in less than 24 hours of your request. Alternatively please call us or leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

3. We might experience a “bug” in the system so please try again later.

I have many questions covering my holiday …

We are delighted to answer to any questions with regard your holiday with us!

Please call or send us any questions and requests you might have and we will answer to your remarks swiftly with professionalism and honesty. We are actually delighted to discuss with you all aspects of your stay with us down to the “micro” detail.

If we do not know something we will find out and give you an answer. We are here for you even if at the end you decide to postpone your holiday or you find that what we offer you is not what you are looking for.

If you have  any further queries please contact us at info@holidayislands.com or call us at +30.24240.29036. We will be happy to hear from you!