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Well organized - not rushed - plenty of time to explore on your own.
Hotels were good - the food was very good buffet style.
The local operator, Chat Tours, is professional and conscientious with knowledgeable guides. All the logistics and communication for our hotel pickups, tours, hotels and meals were excellently managed. The free afternoon and morning my daughter and I were able to enjoy in Delphi was a perfect mid-vacation break (12 days in Greece). Delphi has some excellent souvlaki and bakeries/cafes, as well as souvenir shops with hand-made Greek items. We hiked a lovely section of the E4 trail which is very well marked.
My trip was in two segments, the first to Delphi. Our guide, Daphne, was incredible. Not only was she knowledgeable but also very enthusiastic and helpful in getting me setup for the next day. The next day I was picked up and enjoyed a trip through the plains of Greece with another great tour guide. I had been having knee problems and was worried about climbing stairs, but we drove right up to the monasteries and I was able to climb the rest of the way with only little difficulty. The hotels on both days were very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Really fantastic to see the monastries perched up on those rocky pinacles. The tour couldn't have been any better. We loved the accommodation as well. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent trip with world class highlights at Delphi and Meteora. Expect some long drives, but scenery is beautiful and mountainous. Included is some free time to do your own thing, a well balanced tour. Guides are good, enthusiastic and well organised.
If you are still considering whether to go on this tour, do not hesitate! Delphi and Meteora are the "must see" places in Greece and indeed they are amazing, especially Meteora. Organization of the tour was perfect, hotels could not have been better each had a pool so you could cool off a bit after a long day but the best was the tour guide. Thanks to her, we got to know Greece, Greek tradition and habits much better. The trip was one of the best I had. Efharisto thank you in Greek Viator and the local agency!
We did this tour back in September, and it was very good. The guides were excellent, especially in terms of giving an overview of the history and constructions. The hotels were very good, and all in all we were able to see much more at a cheaper price than we could have arranging things on our own. We priced a few different options, and this tour was the best on paper for value for money. And now that we've done it, we agree that it was very worthwhile.
It was a first for us and we enjoyed our trip around Greece. The 1st leg of the tour from Athens to Delphi was a real treat. Our guide Evie was a 'fire-cracker' and made everyone feel welcomed and excited about the trip. Her storytelling and positivity kept us all engaged at all time. On the 2nd leg of our tour we joined a different group. Meteora was also impressive, but it was Delphi that took our breaths away also because you had to climb up the hill in the heat. Both hotels were pleasant and beds were comfortable. The only downside was the food, which was less of a greek buffet and more of a international mix of pastas and meats.
All together it was an interesting experience and one we enjoyed.
We really enjoyed these tours and had excellent guides for each. We chose the first class accommodation at both towns and it was very nice with plenty of choices for both breakfast and dinner. The only negative for this tour was the 24 hour stopover in Delphi. I was aware of this after reading previous reviews but as I wanted my husband to see the town of Delphi we had no choice. We were dropped off at the hotel in Delphi around 2.30 pm one day then picked up at 3pm the next. We had walked the streets of Delphi many times over and it was too cold to swim in the pool, so we sat for quite a few hours just waiting to get picked up. So if the weather is hot and you are happy to sit around the pool, or read a good book, this tour will suit you. If not, think twice about taking it. Check out was at 12 and our pick up time kept getting later and later. By the time we got on the bus we were pretty annoyed. Its a pity they don't have a one day tour to Meteora so you could take both tours independently and not spend a precious day of your holidays sitting around doing nothing.
We booked the first class accommodations for the tour at an extra price but everyone stayed at the same hotel with breakfast included so there was no need to pay extra. We were upset by this deceitful advertising. The tour itself was very good, especially the guide on the second two days. We had booked a 3 day tour and didn't realize that we would be dropped off at the hotel in Delphi and stay there 24 hours while we waited to be picked up by the bus for the 4 day tour to Meteora to continue our tour. We think this also could have been more clear in your advertising.
I enjoyed the tour. The monasteries at Meteora were amazing. Tour guides were knowledgeable. One thing that could've been improved was informing people if they would be joining other groups later in the tour at the start of the tour. On day 1, I was with a group of people that went to Delphi. When we got to the hotel for lunch, I was told I would be joining another group tomorrow since the group I was with would be returning to Athens. I had to ask the tour guide more questions for more info. I would appreciate this info early on so I would not be caught off caught.
We had a fantastic trip, the tour guides, hotels as well as locations are recommended for all fellow travellers. The 2 day trip option is also available, however the 3 day option is perfect for those looking for a relaxed tour with a half day break for recuperation. The guides were very informative and shared insights on Greek culture, mythology, education as well as demographics. Excellent experience!
The trip was spectacular we really enjoyed Delphi and Meteora it was well worth the money and I would recommend it to all. The only negative was been dropped at the Delphi hotel without any feel back from the guide we didnt know what was going on or what was the plan for the next day we were at a loss.
The company does a good tour but make sure you are seeing all there is to see at each site. I think there are multiple versions at the same location. Upgraded hotel in Delphi has a great location, the one at Metora is well outside town. The stops are all good for photos and the time alloted is plenty to see what there is to see.
For 6 to 8 hour journey buses r not comfortable. They are either not equipped with washrooms or don't let us use in bus. They are not luxury buses for sure. We were lucky to get good idea on day 1, however day 2 n 3 our guide didn't provide that much information. Also this trip can be done in 2 days if u don't have sufficient time. Delphi and Meteora were really beautiful. Hotels were not that great. Delphi hotel had beautiful view.
The pick-up in the Plaka was a little scrambled but the young lady who attended recovered everything by the time we arrived at the main assembly hotel. The drive out of Athens and through the agricultural countryside was less than interesting but then agriculture is agriculture the world over, really. The tour guide, a nice man who was certainly well informed, did his best to make it interesting. Only when the Parnassus loomed into vie after a couple of hours did the drive become more interesting. Actually the defect with this tour is the very extensive driving involved, not really improved by the assurances that, once the freeway is completed, it will be a lot shorter. The distances really are substantial so if you don't like long trips in bus seats that don't recline and with air conditioning systems that don't really work, think about taking this tour again. The hotels (Amalia at both Delphi and Meteora) do both the accommodation and food well, particularly at Delphi in that stunning setting. The rush and bustle at the historical sites is off-putting but that is Greece today. I dread to think what Delphi would have been like peak season. Considering the time spent in a bus seat relative to the time spent at the sites, this is a loooooong, expensive bus ride broken by short periods of attendance at the historical sites and some very comfortable rest-overs in the selected hotels.
This was a good tour, we got to see a monastary and a nunery with some amazing views. There is a number of steps one must however climb and thanks to it been quite popular there is a lot of people in a small amount of space. I am glad I did this tour, however I thought it would be more of the isolated religious areas of Meteora, but we went to the locations very close to the road instead. Be prepared to be left in Delphi without a tour guide and maybe only a few passengers all on your own as you combine with day trippers to get there. Also the bus was nearly an hour late to pick us up for the 2nd day, so be prepared to wait around a bit, as well as been very rushed when you are actually in the Delphi museum etc. The hotels we stayed in were nice, spectacular views off the hotel balcony in Delphi!
- The Good:
The sites and museum of Delphi are great and interesting.
The monasteries in Meteora were amazing.
The guides (Dorina in Delphi; Katrina in Meteora) were very knowledgeable and made the visits more interesting.
We stayed at hotel Amalia in both Delphi and Meteora. Both hotels are nice with good rooms and good food for the dinner buffet.
- The Bad:
It's a 3 day/2 night trip. We were left at the hotel at 2pm in Delphi on Day 1 and were picked up the same time on Day 2. That means you're on your own for 24 hrs. In the morning of Day 2, we took a taxi on our own to the port/town of Itea. It cost 25 euros 1 way and it was NOT worth it. Better to walk around Delphi and/or enjoy the nice swimming pool at the hotel.
The drive back from Meteora to Athens is a long one. 5 hours + another hours depending on the number of drop-offs.
Delphi and Meteora is certainly worth the visit. The tour itself would have been better if it was only a 2 day/1 night trip.
Bus transfers were a little confusing. Spend less time in Delphi and more in Meteora - had some of day 1 as free time and all morning and part afternoon of day 2 in Delphi as well.
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I felt that we had too much free and easy time e.g. the 2nd day trip to Meteora, we only departed at mid-day 1:30pm so a lot of time wasted.
Was disappointed. Not impressed with the way that the tour was conducted, nor the tour guide(s) especially the one to the Meteora. I would not recommend.
The tour was good but my main criticism was the fact that we were dumped in Delphi for 24 hours before being picked up by another tour to continue to Meteora where we only had time to see two monasteries. Also, the tour did not take. Us to the Temple of Athena at Delphi which means the tour only really takes you to half of Delphi.
A bit of a take. You travel to Delphi on 1 tour and spend that day and until 1400 hrs the next in Delphi. Then on to Meteora to overnight and the 3rd day to the monastries and back to Athens. In effect we wasted a day.
The first guide was fantastic! The second guide wasn't nearly as good, we couldn't really understand him, and he seemed constantly stressed out. On the way back, you are dropped off at your hotel. As we were traveling to Crete that night, we asked to be dropped to Piraeus as we thought the bus would pass right by. He rudely said there was no way to be dropped off there, but we passed by right where we needed to go but had to pay extra metro fare and waste an hour to get there from the center because the guide didn't feel like being helpful. The hotels were OK, the food wasn't great and the included meals are all buffets. Also none of the hotels had a double bed, just two singles stuck together, which may be an issue for you. It certainly was not comfortable. The sites are spectacular and should be done. Your call on whether the tour is the way to go. Viator wasn't the best experience for us - their customer service is pretty horrific. My advice is to find another tour.