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Our guide was fantastic and so full of information. It was very enjoyable to travel with him. Our group was small which was great.
The tour guide was excellent. The tour company combined two tours causing an hour delay waiting for a new bus. That bus broke down outside Athens causing another hour wait for a new bus. The itinerary was fantastic and we enjoyed Greece immensely.
The guide is very fired up when it comes to Greek culture. He can go on with his blabbering and leave us with little time for sightseeing or photos.
5 stars if we leave the guide out.
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.
Generally, the trip was good. We covered a lot of territory and visited some very interesting places in Greece. The Amelia Hotels were fine, although it would be nice for Internet access to be easier. We were fortunate in having a very congenial group of people on this tour.
Our tour guide Emelios was interesting and very knowledgeable. The only problem was that, physically, he seemed to have difficulty walking much further than to the first point of interest at most of our destinations. He spent a lot of time talking at this first point (much of which could have been covered in the bus), and it appeared that he was doing this at least in part to avoid having to walk any further. This also resulted in insufficient time to visit other points of interest at the destinations, even when we were ready to push ahead on our own. He did a little better at Delphi, walking about halfway up with us. I think he would be an more effective tour guide if he took off 50 kilograms or so.
The only other complaint was the bus. It was small and cramped, with very little room between the rows of seats. This made some of the longer drives less comfortable than they needed to be.
One suggestion: Some tours use wireless microphones/headsets so guides don't have to speak LOUDLY and travelers don't have to be right next to the guide to hear. This would be a nice addition to this tour.
Wonderful trip! Great sites, fantastic, very knowledgeable tour guide and great bus driver. Accommodatiom in Nafplion was good (although unfortunately situated outside the city), the hotel in Delphi was horrible. It was sold as a 4* place but ended up being really old, smelly, dirty and worth no more than 2*. I have had better Geeek food before but wasn't expecting much on a tour like that. Overall - totally worth it, except for the accommodation in Delphi
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.
We felt extremely lucky to have our guide Stasis on this 3 day classical tour as he imparted his deep knowledge to us in a way that made these ancient sites come to life. The hotels linked with the tour, especially at Navplion, exceeded our expectations and provided excellent breakfasts. This was the first guided tour we had ever been on and we can highly recommend it.
Firstly, I would like to say that we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The Amalia hotels in Naphthlio and Delphi were excellent with the most wonderful outdoor swimming pools. We needed them for the unusually hot late September weather we encountered. Our only concern is that the tour guide (who was a lovely lady and very entertaining) made us stay in the first part of all the archaeological sites for long periods of time to hear a protracted historical explanation. No doubt the guide was highly qualified in this area and the information very detailed, however it, markedly reduced our free time to roam the site. Some of the sites we had over an hour of this mini lecturing and only 30-40 minutes left to wander around it.
Perhaps this is done deliberately to reduce the numbers of people wandering freely at any one time, however, a detailed written handout given the night or morning before the tour would be preferable for many of us. Perhaps make the lecture optional on arrival at the site. We felt a bit rude wandering off but we had to because we were either getting sunburnt, dehydrated, falling asleep or getting angry watching others freely wandering.
Unfortunately we encountered this with all our other Greek tour guides as well (went on a cruise and another bus tour) so it wasn’t limited to Chat Tours.
Excellent 3-day tour to cover the major sites of mainland Greece that we were keen to see. Right from pickup to the buses and the guide and the hotels and the food, it was the perfect way to see Greece! Rupal Majmudar, Bangalore, India
The tour was very interesting, well-organized and informative (which made it feel very exhaustive at times). We especially liked that our group was small and our fellow tour members were friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to friends and family.
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.
Shauna L H
We had a great time. The guide did an excellent job. She talked just enough to give all the necessary information but didn't spend so much time that it got boring. The itinerary was a little vague but we ended up seeing everything that was promised. The hotel accomodations were clean and very nice. All of the meal stops had good food (plenty of it). The only thing I would change is to have more free time at each site. We would get to a site and the tour guide would do some explanation and then let us explore on our own. It was usually an hour or less which wasn't quite enough time. Even withouth lingering, we were hard pressed to see everything at each site without really hurrying. We could have used about 20 minutes more of free time so we could have enjoyed the sites more. The bus did pick us up at our hotel in Athens exactly at the time promised. We had read some reviews were they didn't show up and people had to rush to the company's main office at the last minute. We did have the conceirge call and confirm the first day we were in Athens. We would highly recommend this tour. Well worth the price. The bus was clean, air-conditioned, and the bus driver actually drove well (even on narrow two-lane windy roads we felt safe).
The guide, Daphne, was terrific. Very knowlegable and passionate about Greece. An extension to Metora for a further day would have completed a great trip.