How to book
After selecting your Greek Sun holiday, complete the booking enquiry form on this site, telephone or visit our shop in Sevenoaks to check the availability. Having ascertained the availability of your chosen holiday, or an acceptable alternative, we will contact you by email or post with a detailed itinerary and cost. should you wish to proceed and confirm the arrangements please follow instructions that will be on the quote.
Please read the booking conditions carefully before signing the booking form. We also accept bookings from selected, independent travel agents. We do not sell holidays through the large travel agency chains.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All special requests including special in-flight meal requests, additional baggage allowance requests, special accommodation requests, executive lounge bookings, car hire reservations and pre-booked excursions from Athens must be made by you at the original time of booking your holiday. All special requests made after you receive your original written holiday confirmation may incur an administration charge.
When we are open
Our business hours are: Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00
Saturday: 09.00 - 14.00 (October, November 2, 9 & 16 in
2013 & December 24 in 2012 closed) Sunday & bank holidays: Closed
Who to speak to at Greek Sun
When telephoning us or making a personal visit to our shop, you will speak to one of the Johnston family, all of whom know the Greek Sun programme in detail. Mark and Nick Johnston have between them 74 years in the travel industry of which 65 years have been devoted to Greece.
What happens after you have booked
Upon receipt of your booking form and deposit we will write to you and confirm your holiday arrangements. We would like final payment no later than 8 weeks before departure. This final payment date will be shown on your original holiday confirmation.
What your holiday price includes
• Return air flights to Greece as described
• All airport taxes and airport service charges
• In-flight meals and/or refreshments if included on your chosen flight(s)
• All travel within Greece including flights, transfers and ferry tickets
• Accommodation and meals as specified
• Services of our agents in Greece
What your holiday price does not include
• Transport between your home and U.K. airport
• Drinks, meals (unless specified) and all other personal expenditure
• Any additional government tax levied after you have booked your holiday
• Some very minor ferry transfers where tickets cannot be booked in advance
What will be included with your tickets
Unlike many tour operators, we believe in giving you too much information rather than too little. Therefore, in addition to the usual air tickets, you will receive a detailed, personalised travel itinerary which will give you flight times, flight numbers and ferry times (if applicable). The names and telephone numbers of our agents in Greece are provided in a separate booklet that also includes other holiday information. We will also include free of charge and subject to availability a detailed map.
These vary from holiday to holiday so please contact us to check prices. We do not offer free child places.
Who looks after you in Greece
Over the past 50 years we have selected some of the best local agents to look after you in Greece. However, most Greek Sun clients are very independently minded and do not appreciate the usual hard-sell image portrayed by representatives abroad. We therefore instruct our agents to be available when needed, but otherwise remain unobtrusive. If you are expecting the red coats, singing on the bus and your hand being held for 2 weeks, you are definitely looking at the wrong brochure.
Your financial security
Oceanways Travel Services Ltd. trading as Greek Sun Holidays holds an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) No. 0011. This was the eleventh licence ever issued and there is no other company with a current, valid licence number lower than our own! This licence means that we are fully bonded and that your money is safe. You are thus assured of complete financial protection. We are also full members of ABTA (No. V219X).
It is sometimes the case that at the beginning and at the end of the season, not all facilities are operating in Greece. This may restrict your choice of places to eat, not all shops may be open, swimming pools may not be available and other facilities like watersports etc. may not be operational.
The Greek Sun ethos
Our holidays are different to holidays offered by the large, mass-market tour operators. If you have become accustomed to holidaying in hermetically sealed, home from home type environments and feel uneasy when not travelling as part of a large group of British tourists, our holidays may not suit you. We have purposely sought "off the beaten track" destinations in Greece and more often than not, that is what you will experience on one of our holidays with all the vagaries that can sometimes come attached.
A few facts of holiday life
These days, most holiday brochures have pages and pages of what to expect when travelling to a foreign country. We could easily fill three pages warning you that a donkey may bray in the field next to your accommodation, that the water for your evening shower may be only lukewarm because cloud blocked the sun's rays reaching the solar panels or that a small lizard may sneak in below your patio door during the night. The fact that you must take care whilst riding a moped seems obvious. Frankly, such advice is somewhat insulting to the intelligence of the clients who travel on our holidays and is a waste of good brochure space. However, if there is any matter that would seriously concern you on holiday, please make this clear to us at the time you make your holiday booking.
Greek domestic transport
In many cases, our holidays are dependent on local ferries, hydrofoils, catamarans and domestic air travel. Very occasionally, ferries and flights are subject to delay and cancellation and schedules have been known to change at the drop of a hat. Our holidays are planned with 50 years' knowledge of Greek ferry and flight schedules. With such experience we normally get our travel arrangements exactly right and we have remarkably few problems considering the complexity of some of our holiday itineraries, but there are occasions when even our experience is not enough to overcome high winds, broken down vessels or personnel on strike. In such circumstances one has no choice but to be flexible and patient whilst our local agents make alternative arrangements for you. If you are likely to get hot under the collar whilst awaiting a delayed ferry or if late schedule changes alter your original itinerary, maybe the remote Greek Islands are not for you! When travelling in Greece, it definitely helps to take a laid-back attitude to the occasional inadequacies you may encounter.
Our one main aim as a specialist tour operator is for you to have a great holiday. With 50 years under our belt, we think we have a proven track record in providing excellent, value for money holidays to lesser-known Greece. Why not give us a try?
IMPORTANT NOTICES Prices
Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some of the prices or details contained on this site may have changed since the brochure was printed. You will be informed of any changes to any of the relevant details within this brochure when you book either with your travel agent (selected agents only) or direct with ourselves, as part of our commitment to quality customer service.
In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we and your travel agent need to use the information you provide such as name, address, any special needs/dietary requirements etc. We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We may pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your
travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies etc. The information may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not however, pass any information onto any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this
information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons). Your data controller is Greek Sun Holidays. You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us. If you would like to see this please contact Greek Sun Holidays.
At the time of going to press, no vaccination certificates were compulsory for entry to Greece. More information on health and health care abroad is available on the NHS website. Medical treatment in Greece is expensive so please make sure you are adequately insured.
Passports & Visas
Every international passenger requires a valid passport issued by the government authority of their country. At the time of going to press, the following requirements apply to British citizens. 1. For British citizens, a standard 10 year British passport is required which must be valid for at least six months after the date of arrival back in the UK. Visitors passports are no longer issued. 2. A visa is not required to stay in Greece of up to three months duration. It is essential for non-British passport holders and non-British citizens to check requirements for entry to Greece with the passport office or the Embassy of Greece. We cannot accept responsibility for extra expenditure if you do not have the correct documents to travel.
Foreign Office Advice
The Foreign & Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit issues information about holiday destinations. This information is available on the internet under the address www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo