Written on: 18/09/2013
Myself and a friend went to Paxos this summer with Olympic. We stayed at Bastas and the complex was beautiful and relaxing.
Sadly the whole trip was jaded by our trip there. The flight left Gatwick on time, then we were asked to wait from 3am -6am at the port in Corfu for our rep. She arrived at 6.15am to tell us that the hydrofoil was full and we couldn't get on it at 6.30am as planned. It was not full, we watched it pull away with only a few people on-board.
They said they would put us up in a hotel until 4pm and get the next one or go on an excursion boat to Paxos which would get us in at around 2pm. We hadn't slept all night but we just wanted to get there so we got on the excursion boat at 9am. It went round the islands and was full of German tourists, no one spoke English at all - they all got off the boat to swim and we were still in our clothes from our 9.30pm flight from Gatwick.
We really didn't know what was happening. 2pm came and went and no sign of docking. We finally arrived at 5pm and were met by our lovely rep, she was very apologetic but the worst was yet to come. The port police wanted to know how we managed to get on the island via an excursion boat and not the hydrofoil? We were asked to hand over our passports to armed Police and told to wait there. They finally let us go an hour later.
A whole day of our £700 holiday gone and the offer of compensation? 25 Euros
No response to Tweets from us.
The holiday and island were lovely and I wish I could write more on that but sadly this experience ruined the whole thing.
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