"I enjoyed the "break" we had in Kardamyli. This morning we'll cross the causeway to tackle the massive rock that shoots straight up out of the blue-green Aegean Sea. She and the other guides at archeological sites really made Greek culture and history come alive. We have never been disappointed in our tours. There was something new and exciting every day. Tour itinerary was very good as was the execution of each day's experience. Something akin would be finding the Mona Lisa just hanging on a wall in some nondescript room of the Louvre.". Amazing tour! It is beyond incredible to visit the Acropolis, Delphi, Ancient Olympia, and all of the rest of the sites on this tour. Our guide made sure that we appreciated the complexity and extent of Greecian antiquity but also understood life in Greece today. You'll be rewarded with sweeping Aegean views and a chance to explore the ruins of the Upper Town — a living museum of Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian history. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | I was taken back by the age and size of the ruins I was seeing. A trip rich in experiences all over southern Greece. "There was something new and educational every day, so it is difficult to point to just one thing.". "It's very hard to choose our favorite "wow" moment since there were so many! Great itinerary and couldn't have asked for a sweeter, more experienced and knowledgeable guide than Ioanna. Greece surprised us at many turns. "I really enjoyed the group dinner in Nafplion at Demitria's restaurant. Hotel rooms were clean and well furnished. Dining and dancing at a Greek Taverna in Athens, with a local family was heartwarming. It was a most enjoyable experience. "Visiting Olympia, coming to realize that 2700 years ago 40,000 people would come together to enjoy the games. A good mix of ancient and current with very enjoyable cultural moments. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, or traveling to the Greek Islands, see your Rick Steves Greece guidebook. Her addition of optional stops and insistence that we see scheduled stops fully provided a comprehensive experience. It was a breathtaking sweep of a large part of Greece. It was my ninth RS tour and my husband's fifth. Boat: ½ hour. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Being able to climb to see great vistas, given how slippery the rocks were.". Hydra was a nice relaxing ending, enjoyed hike to Plaka beach led by our guide.". This tour is just a taste of what Greece has to offer and maybe Rick would expand to more of Greece.". Choosing one is very difficult but the one that is first in my sharing with. Our wonderful guide Danae shared a poem(Ithaca by C.P. 1) First and foremost I travel for food and scenery and those did not disappoint, both were incredible. Then we traveled to the mountains of the gods, and skiers, a true delight of the beauty of the country. An exhaustive and at times exhausting tour of Greece. The bus was great as was the driver George who handeled the bus beautifully as well as loading and unloading our luggage. If you've been considering Greece as a travel destination, wait no longer! I came back with great insights into Greek's past and present. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and flexible when the a mudslide change our plans. It exceeded way beyond my highest expectations. Learning to read Greek coffee grounds. We loved walking around the Acropolis, visiting the markets in Athens, walking around the first Olympics arena, staying in wonderful local hotels, and eating the best food. This is the ultimate tour of the country of Greece. I loved all the archeological sites and museums. I also loved relaxing on little Hydra, a great place to end our tour, with a gorgeous Greek sunset.". The usual excellence we've come to expect from A Rick Steves tour. Reminds me of my fiesty Grandma. I also loved Nafplio for its charm". There were more hours on the bus than we had anticipated, but then we saw a lot of Greece. The cities, food, people we met and on the tour with us were wonderful. Select a region to find the Rick Steves guidebooks, Snapshot guides, and Pocket guides — and phrase books — that can help you get the most out of every day and dollar. This was our second Rick Steves tour and the first full tour (our previous one was My Way Italy). We went to so many places that we would have never found ourselves: the great restaurant in Limini, the trout farm, Kardamyli pebble beaches, traditional Greek dancing in Lakadia and dinner with a great Greek band entertaining us in Modern Nafplio. Everyone was courteous and ready to enjoy the moment. "I thought the Greek dancing together with the Greek musicians in Naphplio was so much fun. Although the view of the Acropolis from the hotel's rooftop bar is hard to beat.". Everything exceeded my expectations: the food, the scenery, the history. He did a good job of showing both the old ancient Greece along with the Greece of today and how the Greek people live and have fun. The Artemision Jockey at the National Archaeological Museum Her knowledge, friendliness, and outgoing personality makes her outstanding. The pictures I took, over the course of almost an hour, were unbelievable. I like all the walking-- my favorite way to explore anywhere, much better than looking out a bus window! This tour far exceeded my expectations and was mostly due to a perfect combination of a great tour guide and an amazing group of tour members who made exploring Greece so much fun. Overall, this was a very successful tour experience; I would consider another Rick Steve's tour in the future. This morning we'll drive to nearby Epidavros. Jon and Corina. Hydra was beautiful as was the Greek countryside. "Seeing the Acropolis and pieces of art that are over 4000bc years old.". Totally knowledgeable about our travels. She has the perfect delivery and personality to spend two weeks with a group of diverse travelers. It’s Day 39 of my 100-day trip to Europe, and I’m here to make sure our “Rick Steves Portugal” guidebook is right up to date. What a great trip and a great experience. "Truly enjoyed the evening of folk music and dancing. We're already discussing where we'll go next w/ Rick Steves' Tours! It was jam packed with awesome activities. We'll then work our way down and tour the sleek new Acropolis Museum, custom built to showcase the amazing Parthenon sculptures. 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