4 independent reviews for Greece biking vacation, Messinia

Reviews for Greece biking vacation, Messinia

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review 2 Jul 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Cycling over mountains in heavy thunderstorms

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to be physically fit and be prepared for the unexpected (e.g. encounters with stray dogs, large potholes in roads, rough tracks etc).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The vacation supported the incomes of local people. Cycling obviously lessens environmental impacts compared with touring by car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

In terms of weather, this was the most unusual week I have ever spent in Greece during the summer. There was heavy rain almost every day, with a red alert for dangerous thunderstorms for most of the time. Nevertheless, the route passed through areas of outstanding beauty and interesting Byzantine historical sites. The hired bike could have been better, but overall this was a very exhilarating vacation.

review 22 Oct 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The actual cycling was most memorable, and the beach time. It was the purpose of the trip and well recalled!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Spend extra time on the beach after your trip if you can. Kalamata or many of the other cities are very beach worthy!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Moderate. I had a wonderful vacation, but it was not without serious issues that could've been avoided if the operator was more on top of the game.

Read the operator's response here:

It is great for us to have detailed reviews like this about our cycling tours in Greece. We strive to accommodate all requests and handle any issues that arise with all our customers. All clients are important to us and we do our best to keep satisfied and value their feedback. We have offered a 10% discount on any of our cycling trips in the future for this customer due to the issues that occurred during this trip. Satisfied clients are a top priority to us and always will be. Thank you again for the feedback, we do take your input on board.

review 6 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Meeting an old woman and her goat on a back road outside Petalidi. Couldn't understand a word she said except for "kafe" but with body language I understood she was inviting us for a coffee after our ride. A great example of being able to get closer to the people in a country visited.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't go in the hot months! We were there in Late July, and were spent at the end of our ride each day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly by biking and buying from small businesses we contributed. Also interaction with the local people must have had a positive impact for both cultures.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I would use this method of travel again. Great experience in Greece!

review 27 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Visiting Koroni, Methoni and Pylos - beautiful, historic seaside towns.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to be pretty fit as there is a lot of uphill cycling! The last two days were fairly easy going as the coastal road was flat, but the first few days were very hilly and one day especially, we cycled up a mountain and down the other side.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Cycling is always environmentally friendly and the local people seemed pleased to cater for tourists in what is a very difficult economic climate.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

I would rate the vacation with 3 or 4 stars. I would only recommend the vacation to a very fit friend!

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