Nice drive into the countryside. The guide in Delphi was very interesting and informative. The site and the museum were amazing. There was a good deal of walking and stairs. The museum time was well spent and not to long.
Wonderful place to explore! A long coach journey but worth it. The cost, which included lunch, we considered reasonable. Many from this tour complained and got some money back due to a guide who over talked everything and our late return to the ship. These things happen and we didn't complain.
So instead of arriving early in Athens before our cruise began, I set up a 3 day tour to Argolis, Ancient Olympia & Delphi. Frank, who I'd been in contact with was my driver & at each location, we had a separate tour guide. The guides were great! Full of information! Great thing about private tours, you can come & go as you please & change the itinerary. We made great time..
We even had time to throw in Meteora. If you're visiting & if you have time, that's definitely a place you should visit. Great views & beautiful monasteries!
Definitely recommend Hellenice Private Tours. Great guides/drivers! They also have great networking. Since we threw in Meteora last minute, we had to change our hotel. Because of their good relations w/ the hotels, we were able to get a 3 rooms last minute & canceling the reserved rooms w/o penalty.
Our tour guide gave us an excellent commentary of the history of
Delphi. The wildflowers in late March were already in flower and a highlight for me, was seeing a Rock Nuthatch using its nest in an ancient wall.
At ehe last minute we booked a private tour for Athens. I thought our other tour guides / drivers were good. This was the best as to being informative and extremly knowledgeable. I was also impress by his use of the english launague. He hot onlt showed us ALL that was to see in Athens but he went on to explain the monatary problem that Greece is experiencing, at least in his view. Very interesting. One thing he took us to wa the changing of the gard at the tomb of the unknown soilder. It was so different and a must see. After so many ruins in other cites the 'other stuff' was intresting. Again we went places that tour buses could not get into.
We wanted to experience a local greek resturant, which he took us too whch was an outdoor resturant in the Plaka area. The food wa great, the people watching was terreffic with lots of tourists and the wait staff was a riot. Another great tour with lots of memories.
We had been to Athens before, so didn't take the usual Acropolis and Athens type tours. We did want to see Delphi, so this excursion was perfect for us. Delphi is three hours away from Athens, take the excursion and avoid the risk of not making it back on the ship. The ship literally sailed just after our busload reboarded... We were the last ones on.
However, it appears that NCL is no longer offering the Delphi tour. I can no longer find the listing on their website, though it may reappear in the future.
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