3 independent reviews for Peloponnese food and wine vacation in Greece

Reviews for Peloponnese food and wine vacation in Greece

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review 14 Nov 2022

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

Tough question, but entering the temple of Apollo at Epikourios via the massive covering tent. Our guide, Bill, had provided his expertise to describe the UNESCO site prior to entry, but seeing the almost intact temple was breathtaking.

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

As our tour was late season, there were few tourists at any of the sites we visited. There are more historic sites than time available, so trust the guidance of your guide Bill to recommend a program. His knowledge of out of the way Greek tavernas is equally impressive!

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

There are obviously economic benefits to the local economy. Especially as Bill uses local tavernas in some fairly remote villages for lunches. Bill also pointed out where conservation projects were taking place as we toured the area.

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

First class. The mixture of culture and Greek cuisine proved to be exactly the kind of vacation I was looking for. I cannot praise our guide, Bill enough. His innate ability to relate the ancient stories of each site we visited, and marry them to the historic relics we were viewing, made for a compelling and memorable trip.

review 24 Aug 2022

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

The most memorable part of our vacation overall was our time spent with Bill. He is a wonderful host and his knowledge of ancient history and Greek culture is outstanding. We quickly felt like old friends rather than guests. Every day brought new adventures and we absolutely loved the lodge, aka the cabin, and its location.

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

Book early as availability is limited, and do allow Bill to help plan your daily itinerary. The area has so many options to explore and enjoy - food, culture, nature, history, scenery...

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

We dined at local tavernas and shopped locally. Our needs were few as the lodge was amply stocked for us - yoghurt, local wine, homemade honey and marmalade, home-grown olives, bread, butter, eggs & fruit. We also enjoyed herbs and fresh figs from the garden. Overall, the lodge has minimal environmental impact and focus on sustainability.

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

We had a fabulous time and it went by far too quickly. Lavender Lodge and touring with Bill exceeded all expectations and it was the highlight of our vacation. We absolutely recommend this vacation as a 'must-do'!

review 8 Jun 2019

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

Every experience we had on this magical vacation was fun and memorable. The most adventurous activity was hiking into a gorge and then entering a stream where we walked through the water into a cavernous area with stalactites and a surprise at the end!

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

Be prepared to have a variety of fun and interesting experiences where you will learn new information and skills which may in fact change your life.

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

Yes, we went to several small locations where local people benefited from our business. Recycling and composting were practiced at our lodging and on all our walks our hosts picked up trash in order to conserve the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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

This stands out as one of the best vacations we have ever had. Mainly because our hosts personalized many aspects of the vacation in order to meet our needs and wants. The itinerary was well crafted to offer a variety of activities that were well paced. For example, one day we visited archeological sites and then the following day we participated in making creams and soaps. In addition our hosts were especially thoughtful and caring and tuned in to what we might enjoy or need.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Sue and Jeff, thank you so much for this excellent review, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your vacation with us and that you were able to tune into the magic of our surroundings. It was our pleasure to show you the beautiful places and to share our experiences with you. I particularly enjoyed our workshop sessions too and Jeff's unique sense of humour! We would love to have you to stay with us again.

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