The tour was amazing, well organised and so interesting. Our guide Stachis (spelling?) was extremely knowledgeable. He was the best ever teacher, carrying information from one day to the next - joining up the dots! He made the long journeys pass more quickly too by letting us know beforehand when and where we would be stopping, and breaking up the travel with local history and geographical information. The tour stops were well arranged giving time to stretch legs. Most of the lunch stops were good, particularly at Olympia and the Amalia hotels were excellent. Thanks to George the driver - he managed to miss the dog wandering in the road without causing us any more inconvenience than dropped books and maps. There is a BBC4 documentary by Dr Michael Scott entitled Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth, and I would recommend watching this before your trip - and again on your return. It all slots into place!
Our guide Cassandra did a great job explaining the significance of key attractions and even some “off the beaten path” attractions that most tourists wouldn’t even know to look for. She really made the trip a big success for me. She was multi-lingual, which was a great benefit to everyone. All the attractions were great, but Olympia and Delphi were without a question the best parts of the tour for me.
I stayed in the four star hotels, all of which were very nice. I would strongly recommend these accommodations over the three stars. Based on the feedback I received from fellow travelers who chose the three star hotels, the three stars were not nice and in fact one of the travelers upgraded to the four star hotel after the first night. 90% of my group stayed in the four star hotels.
The only “negative” was it is a lot of stuff packed into three days. This trip spread over four days would be perfect with more time to relax in the towns. Personally I’d rather see and do more than less, but just be prepared to be constantly on the move with a ton of driving and not a lot of R and R time. Another minor negative is that these tour companies receive kickbacks from proceeds at shops and restaurants along the way, so they’ll make a few stops in shops where you do a tour and spend 30 minutes shopping. I assume all tour groups have this, just be prepared. The only one that was a bit much was the ceramic shop outside of Mycenae. The guy used poor used car-salesman like tactics on his “discounted” replicas, which were WAY overpriced relative to other shops with similar goods. The main guy also hit on my wife, which she didn’t appreciate, nor did I since I had to hear about it on the bus the rest of the day.
It would be next to impossible to cover this much ground, learn a lot, and know where to stay without an organized tour so I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking to cover a ton of attractions over a limited amount of time.
After decades, it was great to return to see Epidaurus, Mycenae and Delphi; and to see Olympia for the first time. The new museums at the sites are excellent. The hotels and our guide Casandra were wonderful.
We had a fantastic time on this tour. The drive to Olympia and Delphi was absolutely beautiful and breath-taking! The trip was very well organized with ample time at each place. The accommodation was nice at both Olympia and Delphi. The hotel at Delphi had a lovely view! Our guide Lillian was great and had amazing knowledge of Greek history which made the visits to all the archeological sites and museums even more interesting. Our group was also really nice and we all had a fun 3 days together! We would highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Greece.
Our tour guide was excellent very knowledgeable and friendly and bus driver was very friendly and helpful. The tour was wonderful and I would recommend it and do it over again. Note prepare that the first day of the trip is full schedule. But very well planned. The only thing we felt that the Olympia accomodations may need to be updated. Bring your bathing suits both locations had beautiful pools.
This was beautiful and, most importantly, uncrowded in March. Wildflowers were everywhere. Our guide was informative. The first day was very long riding all the way to Olympia.
My wife and I really enjoyed our three day tour. A lot of travel was involved, but considering the locations visited it was worth it. Our guide Lala (sp?) was exceptional. She was a wealth of knowledge and kept the tour running smoothly without being pushy. Everything was taken care of. Day two was by far the most busy, with a long bus drive from Nafplion to Olympia (3hrs plus stops), a tour of Olympia in the heat of the day, then an even longer drive from Olympia to Delphi (4 hrs plus stops). By the time we arrived in Delphi at 8.30pm we were pretty worn out. The following day was spent in Delphi, where our tour group continued on on a longer tour in the afternoon and we traveled back to Athens via another bus. For an indepth and well run tour we would definitely recommend this.
It was a very interesting and valuable tour to cover the main historical sites of Greece. The itinerary was well planned with enough time at sites. I am disappointed by the condition of the bus and its less effective AC system. The driver and guide were very humble and caring. Tour guide carried different folder each day with some graphics and old landscape diagrams. However, the travelers were slightly fed-up with him by repeating the same stuff many times with heavy Greek accent. At various stops I saw buses operated by other companies were in much excellent shape.
On first night in Olympia although the hotel was nice and big but we were the only one staying there with no choice of menu and no desert. Second night in Delphi, the hotel and food were good. On last day, another bus was suppose to bring us back Athens; all returners waited hours at the hotel without any attention by the hotel staff not even served water.
Our guide was outstanding, and the hotels were both comfortable and relaxing. The coach journeys were as pleasant as could be expected, with a good driver. The quality of the trips round the archaeological sites was excellent, with well thought through and informative tours- considerably enhanced by the communication and enthusiasm of the guide. We wondered, however, whether there were too many visits to souvenir shops, and the time could be better spent in getting to the hotels earlier. This would have enabled us to have a little more time to relax, especially at Olympia.
Our guide, Antonio was amazingly knowledgeable, and our driver Dionysus was incredible on the winding roads. I felt very safe. However, we were on a bus where approximately 1/2 of the people were Italian, so the Guide had to repeat everything in both English and Italian. This got very tiring after some time. At the sites, he was wonderful, but because he had to repeat everything in dual languages, there was little or no time for questions. We upgraded to the "first class hotels" but the hotel in Olympia (the Amalia) was awful and not very clean. The hotel in Delphi (Amalia Delphi) was much better. Food was very good. Though the trip wasn't "perfect" the experience was definately worth it. My favorite part was Delphi which was beautiful. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is physically fit enough to walk and climb a bit.
The sites we visited on this 3-day tour are excellent and rich in history. We are glad that we went. However, the tour could be more enjoyable if the tour company takes care the following points: (1) air conditioning in the bus barely worked. Eventually, we were transferred to a different bus from another company; (2) we paid for first class accommodation in a four-star hotel at Olympia and Delphi. The hotel may be at the most 3-star; (3) Our guide's spoken English was acceptable but it was not smooth. Many times she struggled to find the correct word. As a result her lengthy description became quite uninteresting. At times she treated the group like school children. The guides in our replacement bus and the Delphi to Athens bus were excellent.
The trip was little too relaxing for me (30 years old) as Olympia and Delphi had absolutely nothing to do other than the historical sites. No wi-fi at the hotel in Olympia and in Delphi you can only use it in the lobby and only 50% of the time was working. It is just unacceptable for a 3/4 star hotel. Other than that, everything else was excellent.
The accommodations in Olympia could have been much better.
The hotel in Olympia was past its prime. The hotel in Delphi had a terrific view and was adequate. I would suggest installing a laundry facility for guests at either hotel. The guide was OK.
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