Most Inspirational Moment
In their own and separate ways, all of the sites we visited were extremely interesting.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Lida was excellent all round, well-prepared and enthusiastic about her subject. Gregorius was a good driver and we never felt unsafe with him.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Make sure you have stout and comfortable footwear.
We (and others) felt that the driving involved in the last visit to Meteora and back to Athens was too long a round trip including an overnight stop. While the Meteora monastery that we visited was a very interesting site, we only spent about an hour there. It is quite separate from the archaeology of the rest of the tour around ancient Greece. We would have preferred a shorter overall tour or more time spent at other sites. We were offered three optional activities - a boat trip, wine visit and olive oil visit (the latter two with lunch). We cannot see how the early evening boat trip (cancelled for lack of support) could have been fitted in, since we had no time between arrival and dinner. The others took a long time out of the middle of the day, with less than half the group participating. Dropping these and having more time at the main sites and a shorter lunch would be better. These are the sort of activities you expect on an ordinary package holiday, not a specialised tour. Overall we felt that taverna lunches were slow, rather too heavy, and took a lot of time out of the centre of the day, when we would have preferred to use the time on the site visits. The restaurant used for the evening meal at Nafplio had a poor choice of food and was expensive compared to others.