3 independent reviews for Archaeological tour of The Peloponnese

Reviews for Archaeological tour of The Peloponnese

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review 2 Sep 2022

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

Wonderful travels in Greece with Bill Ö My partner and I experienced a wonderful stay and archaeological tour in Greece with Bill- Historian extraordinaire! We have spent 2 months hiking, journeying and living Greece and all its wonders and our 10 days spent at Bill's lovely Lavender Lodge and tour through the steps of the ancients was a highlight...and fantastic! Bill is an engaging, gregarious and caring host who assisted us in every way he could to make our trip through the Pelopponese incredible. We highly recommend anyone out there with an adventurous spirit who wishes to experience the real Greece - take a tour with Bill!

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

Have fun

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

Yes alway good to support the locals on the peloponnese as they donít get tourists like the islands and to me its the real ???? Greece

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

An unbeatable vacation canít wait to go back and experience more

review 18 May 2022

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

The country itself. The western Peloponnese is incredibly beautiful and unspoilt. Mountains everywhere, clear fresh, crisp spring air, an abundance of wildflowers, the verdant greenery of early May, the little red-roofed villages clinging to the hillsides, the dramatic winding roads, the crystal sea, the amazing antiquities. What's not to love? Each day was memorable and exciting. It's impossible to pick a favourite.

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

The lodge is extremely comfortable and well equipped (I have rarely slept in a more comfortable bed) but access to it is down a rather narrow, steep path. If you have mobility problems be aware of this. Walking poles will also be helpful on some of the more uneven sites. Make sure they're collapsible for packing in your suitcase - I realised too late that mine were not! A flower and bird book would also be useful. Perhaps these could be supplied in the lodge?

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

One of the most attractive parts of the vacation for me was the way in which William interacted with local people wherever we went, speaking in fluent Greek. On one occasion a carafe of wine appeared on the table, courtesy of someone with whom he'd just had a conversation! We ate in local tavernas, often off the tourist track. I felt I was seeing the country from the inside with a guide who was as 'local' as any foreigner could be. Even though of necessity we drove everywhere, I felt that had we not done so I wouldn't have been able to visit these places, meet these friendly people, and eat and shop where I did. All the fresh produce amply supplied at the lodge was local.

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

Excellent in every way. In addition to the things listed above, William was a marvellous host and guide, and I really enjoyed his company and our wide ranging discussions. I am in my late 70s and he went out of his way to make everything safe, comfortable and enjoyable, setting a manageable itinerary and pace. I can't recommend this vacation highly enough.

review 20 May 2019

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

In the 3 days of my stay, Bill took me to a wonderful variety of archaeological sites and his knowledge, easy manner and organisation enhanced all of these trips. My most memorable part was the trip to Epidauros and Mycenae, which superlatives cannot describe.

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

Lavender lodge is extremely well-appointed, very comfortable and has superb panoramic views, but don't forget this is Greece and if you want English breakfast tea, as I do, you should bring it with you ! As for the sites, Bill knows them well and will take you round the easiest routes. However, there is still some rugged terrain involved, so bring sturdy footwear.

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

Bill and Tamara have, I discovered, used local builders and materials in the development of their facility. The food I ate was either grown by them or sourced locally and the whole facility is geared, it appears to me, to eco-friendly production and recycling...... for example: my eggshells went in their composter; power is in part solar and all cleaning products are eco- friendly. Clear advice was given as to which local Tavernas and shops to use. their approach certainly met all my requirements and standards for eco-friendly tourism.

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

Highly enjoyable, instructive and gave me real motivation to return at some point for a longer stay.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Derek for your review. We agree that the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidauros are totally breathtaking and monumental even in their state of antiquity. Rest assured, we will definitely be providing English breakfast teas to go along with our home grown herbal tea range in the future ! Glad you used our new composter, the garden will greatly appreciate it! We very much look forward to hosting a tour for you again next year.

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