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ATC STRIKE IN GREECE 08 October 2016 at 10:00

Due to planned ATC strike in Greece starting midnight tonight for 2 days, we have re-scheduled return flight KGS-MAN S5164 to leave 2 hours earlier to avoid the start of the strike.

New departure schedule from KGS is now 22:30 hours local tonight 8/10.



PHONE LINE UPGRADES 31 August 2016 at 10:00

In order to improve our service to you we are changing our ‘phone lines tomorrow, Wednesday 31st August 2016. Work is scheduled to start at 10:00 and ther may be a short interruption to our service while the change is carried out.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may result, but it will be minimal and of short duration. Our website will be unaffected and you will be able to search for, book and pay for all of your requirements online.



TRAVELLING WITH US ON A GERMANIA, SMALL PLANET OR ENTER AIR FLIGHT?

WE NOW OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY TO BOOK FLIGHT EXTRAS ON-LINE 18 May 2016 at 14.30

We are pleased to announce that Olympic Holidays are now able to offer you the opportunity to customise your flight experience by booking flight extras on-line!

With Olympic Holidays Flight Extras you can make your trip even more comfortable by reserving your choice of seat on the plane – maybe getting a little extra leg room, or perhaps a window seat or a seat in the first row. You can also save time at check-in by booking seats together and extra baggage.

* Please note however that this service is only currently available on flights booked with Germania (flight code ST), Small Planet Airlines (flight code S5) and Enter Air (flight code ENT). If you have booked with any other airline, please contact us on 020 8492 6799.

** Please also note that this service will be available for you to book a day after you have made your booking and up until 3 days before your flight departure. 



BALEARICS SUSTAINABLE TOURISM TAX 28 April 2016 at 15.30

A new Sustainable Tourism Tax will be introduced by the Balearic Government aimed at all overnight stays in Tourist Accommodation from the 1st July 2016. This will be collected at the accommodation.

The Balearic Government have advised that they shall be launching a website that will give further information about the tax and how the money is being spent and we shall add a link to this site as soon as it is available.

We understand that the tax will work out at between 1 - 2 euros per person per night (plus 10% VAT) and the amount payable will depend on the official rating of the accommodation (see table below).

Types of hotels, homes or ships

High Season (01.05 - 31.10)

Euros per person per night

5 Star, 5 Star Luxury & 4 Star Superior Hotels 2
4 Star & 3 Star Superior Hotels 1.5
1 Star, 2 Star & 3 Star Hotels 1
4 Key & 4 Key Superior Tourist Apartments 2
3 Key Superior Tourist Apartments 1.5
1, 2 & 3 Key Tourist Apartments 1
Holiday Rentals (fincas, apartments & houses) 1
Tourist Cruise Ships 1
Rural Hotels, Agro Tourism Accommodation & Inland Tourism Accommodation 1
Hostels, Lodgings, Guest Houses, Boarding Houses, Tourist Camps or Campsites 0.5
Shelters & Refuges 0.5

Other Information

  • An additional 10% VAT will be added to the amount you pay locally.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not liable to pay the tax.
  • If you stay for more than 9 days the amount you pay for each additional night is reduced by 50%.
  • If you stay between 1st November and 30th April you'll pay 50% of the amount shown.
  • The amount you'll pay is based on the official rating of the accommodation according to the local Tourist Board classification. Our own accommodation rating will give you a good idea of the standard of the accommodation and is usually similar to the official rating, but there are some small differences between ratings. By using our ratings you should be able to work out an approximate amount to pay.

When and how to pay?

It is likely that you'll be asked to pay the tax when you check in at your accommodation. The Government haven't advised how this should be paid but we would recommend that you take sufficient Euro currency to cover the cost.

Arriving before 1st July 2016

If you travel to the Balearic Islands before the 1st July but are still at the accommodation after the 1st July, it is not clear whether you will have to pay the tax or not. We recommend that you budget for this cost just in case. If the Government clarify whether or not you will be required to pay we shall update this page.

Why do I have to pay?

The tax is something that is specifically aimed at tourists. It is a cost beyond our control. It is a Government imposed tax that has to be paid when you stay in accommodation in the Balearic Islands. 

 

TURKEY UPDATE! 31 July 2015 at 10.35

A full British Passport is necessary and it must be valid for 6 months after the date of your entry into Turkey and for 60 days after the expiry of your visa. A visa is required for a visit to Turkey. Visas can be applied for online at www.evisa.gov.tr/en at a cost of US $20.00 per person or on arrival at a cost of US $20.00 per person or sterling £20.00 note per person, please note no change will be given for either method of payment. We understand from the Turkish authorities that visas on arrival are likely to be withdrawn in the future and it will in all cases be necessary to apply online before departure. Please visit the Turkish Consulate's website for further information or apply at the Turkish Foreign evisa website.



UK DRIVING LICENCE - REMOVAL OF PAPER COUNTERPART 27 April 2015 at 15.15

The DVLA has abolished the paper counterpart of driving licences from 8th June 2015. From that date the DVLA have advised that if you are hiring a vehicle and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record you will be able to do by accessing the Share Driving Licence service via the DVLA online for free.

More information can be found by clicking on the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes.



OLYMPIC HOLIDAYS MOVES TO TICKETLESS TRAVEL

Following extensive development and trials, Olympic Holidays are delighted to inform you that from now on all clients will be able to travel without tickets.

This means that, subject to payment of the balance of the price of your holiday you can simply turn up at your departure airport with your passport and any required visa for your destination and board your flight*. No more lost or delayed tickets. We do suggest that you print the Travel Itinerary we will email to you and take it to the airport with you in case there is any query at check-in.

If you have any urgent queries about Ticketless Travel, please call our Documentation Team on 020 8492 6734 option 3.

*For certain airlines you will need to check-in online before your departure date or you may be subject to a charge by the airline.