First trip to Greece
My sister and I decided to plan a trip to Greece and it was everything we wanted it to be. We worked with Irene from Dorcas Travel to plan a itinerary for our trip and she was attentive to all of our requests. She met us at the airport when we arrived in Athens to welcome us, review our trip plan, offer additional suggestions and answer questions and checked in to see how our trip was going. All of the hotels we stayed at during our trip had great customer service, they were clean and in convenient locations. The transfers between locations were smooth and we had no difficulties. The timing of our arrival to the locations allowed us to miss the large crowds.
Our trip included Athens, Meteora, Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, Santorini and Crete.
Our Athens tour guide, Micheal, was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history and made our tour of the city, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum very enjoyable.
We then left on a 3 day private tour of the mainland, Meteora-monasteries, Delphi, Olympia and Corinth. Our tour guide Micheal was great. He made sure that we met up with each of our guides, had everything we needed and took us to lunch and dinner at great restaurants that had delicious food and allowed us to experience Greek cuisine.
We then left for Santorini. As expected, it was beautiful. Our local tour guide George made the day fun with is knowledge of the island, all of the great spots for great pictures and local wineries that did not have all the tourists. Our itinerary allowed us enough free time to explore on our own, hike the Fira to Oia trail and spend time swimming and eating in Amoudi Bay. Our last night there we did a kayak tour where we were able to see the island in a different perspective. We swam at the white beach and watch the amazing sunset from the sea.
Our visit to Crete was wonderful. We had a short stay in Heraklion and able to tour the town and eat local food. We got to explore the Minoan Palace and learn a lot of history from our tour guide and driver. The car ride was long to get to Chania, but we did get to break it up with a stop in Rethymnon.
Our excursions in Chania allowed us to have a real Cretan experience. We learned about olive oil and honey production and attended a cooking class. The locals we met during these experiences will be remembered for a life time and our tour guide Iris made it a great day. Our hike through the Samaria Gorge was breath taking. Our tour guide, Sophie, allowed us to go our pace and enjoy the scenery.
During our last day there, we took a semi private sail boat to Balos and Gramvousa. The weather was windy which made the sailing and snorkeling a little more interesting, but overall fun.
A trip of a lifetime!!!!!