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Apr152013

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4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

Athens, Greece

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

I thought that the structure and itinerary of the tour was quite good, I just didn't enjoy this tour guide from G.O. Tours either. Lia is a 60 or 70 something year old who ruled the bus with an iron fist. She didn't smile often and behaved much like a strict headmistress telling or sometimes yelling at us to be quiet. I haven't felt like a school girl for a long time, but she certainly made us feel that way. I think the main problem was that because of her age she got tired quickly through out the long day and by the afternoon she'd be inevitably grumpy. In the morning it wasn't so bad, she just didn't smile a lot and all the information she gave us was pretty cut and dry.

Her brusque manner might just be because of the generational gap but I'd have hoped for a physically fitter guide with a younger mentality who would have been more fun and enthusiastic. Also she seemed a bit prejudiced as well, often referring to the Asians on the tour as all being Chinese and calling the african american girl in our group: a "Negro". It might have been partly from her being of an entirely different generation and a slight language barrier? However I'd expect for a tour guide's english to be current enough to know better.

Overall the places we went to see were all stunning and the tour was organized quite well. On the third day more people joined us increasing us from 15 to 30 something, making it a lot less personal.

I do wish however that I had known before hand that in a lot of Museums in Greece pictures aren't allowed. Or if the are allowed a live person may not be in the photo with an antiquity. Apparently this is disrespectful if a live person were next to an antiquity. This all seemed quite bizarre but throughout the trip we weren't allowed to take a lot of photos (with or without flash) and tripods are banned from all historical sights!

Over all a Yes, but wish I had a different guide instead of Lia where it was her first time guiding with Chat-GO Tours.

Apr142013

Tour/Activity

Athens Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Half-Day Cape Sounion Trip

Athens, Greece

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This tour is a waste of money and time!

For the City Sightseeing Tour I had originally thought I'd be able to save time and learn more with a guide, however I realized later that even with a half day on foot you'd accomplish more yourself. This is mainly because most of the City sightseeing tour is actually driving around in a cramped mini-minibus while the guide points out buildings left and right without any other information. What a waste of time!

Dmitra, our tour guide was very much into the history, she rattled off successive dates of historic events without further explanation. An example of this is when Dmitra referred to the date of the Peloponnese War without explaining why the war started or other background information. This made it harder to imagine the history of Athens and retain all the information.

The Panathenaic Stadium was no good, it was actually a 10 minute stop where we couldn't go inside and just took some photos from outside the gates. We also didn't visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier per the itinerary. For the Acropolis tour she gave us free time and told us we could meet her at the Bus at 11:15 or at the Acropolis Museum at 11:30. One couple chose to walk to the Acropolis Museum, however we didn't even get to the Acropolis Museum on time since the drive-by-shooting tour took longer. Then once there she didn't even look around for them and herded us into the Museum.

Finally for the Cape Sounion Trip, the driver forgot to pick up me and my friend at the meeting place. Once we called them they tried to blame it on us and wanted to reschedule our tour. Luckily the other girl had been wearing a hot pink dress and the guy on the phone realized that he had walked straight past us without asking us if we were there for the tour. So a very grumpy tour guide and driver circled back to pick us up then tried to make us pay because we didn't have the Viatour voucher which we had handed in for the morning tour!!

Terrible customer service and tour!

Jan072013

Tour/Activity

Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour at Adventure Park Costa Rica

Jaco, Arenal, San Jose, Puntarenas or Guanacaste

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Super nice guides and a really fun over all. Compared to zipline experiences of friends we got the best tour. The waterfall swim cinched the deal for us! Awesome Tour!

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