Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese Guidebook
Best and worst sights, experiences and destinations:
Why: We might not have stayed in Nafplio otherwise, and it allowed us to relax by the sea, take the time for the shops and town, and be outdoors.
Anne Millhollen in Eugene, Or USA 11/07/2013
Worst: Avanti car rental, Athens
Why: We rented a mini-van, which was a piece of junk. Non-functioning windows and locks (dangerous for personal effects!), bad transmission and torn-up interior panels. Had we realized in time how bad it was we would have insisted on a different vehicle (but they probably had no other mini-vans available).
Jan Zehner in Ogden, UT USA 10/13/2013
Why: It was the most peaceful place that we visited and was economical too. We only saw some British tourists. Easeyjet has weekly flights to nearby Kalamata.
Why: The teachers were on strike and the public transportation employees went on strike in support. But hey, you can't go to Greece without visiting the Acropolis and Agora. The Hotel Pan in the Placa was a very nice place.
Jim Plasse in Blackstone, MA USA 10/02/2013
Why: The ancients traveled this far for a pilgrimage?
John Murphy in San Francisco, CA USA 08/26/2013
Why: It was a truly incredible and beautiful place and we have never seen anything like it. We didn't want to leave the slow pace there.
Christy Helmer in Athens, Oh USA 07/22/2013
Why: I bargained very hard at Punto of Istanbul Fine Rugs and Artifacts and received the lowest price I could achieve. At the very end I used your name and he gave me an additional 10% with gracious good humour. We had lunch directly across the street from the store and when we requested the bill we were informed that the owner of the store had picked up our lunch bill. They were fabulous people to deal with and a wonderful experience of shopping in Turkey.
Janet in Kingston, ON Canada 11/05/2012
Why: We have enjoyed everything in Greece, but this ancient city is so unique. I recommend climbing to the upper city early in the morning for solitude and comfort.
Tamsel Tack in Rainier, OR USA 10/05/2012
Why: We spent 5 marvelous days/4 nights at the Kalamitsi Hotel hillwalking during the morning, swimming at the beaches in the afternoon and eating their delicous homecooked meals at night. It doesn't get any better than this!
Why: We found all of the Greek people to be helpful, friendly, welcoming and proud of their beautiful country. Our second trip using Rick Steve's guide and we will go again if we can.
Ellie Stratton in Malvern, PA USA 09/28/2012
Why: Historical significance, scenic beauty, great hotel (the Acropole) and not overcrowded
Worst: Buying a phone from Wind
Why: The phone didn't work. We contacted the company and were sent email instructions in Greek! No help and now no recourse since all the documents are in Greek and our credit card company refuses to intervene. Pay through the nose and use your Iphone. At least it works.
Cheryl Foote in Albuquerque, NM USA 06/14/2012
Best: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Why: Amazing history and natural beauty; Acropolis Museum is well labeled and good layout.
Russ in Westminster, MD USA 05/28/2012
Why: In April it was full of blossoming trees which made this historic site magical and with it being an Olympic year my husband and teenage sons loved getting into Olympic spirit where it all began.
Lisa M. in Amman, Jordan 04/15/2012
Best: Rick' walking tour
Why: As always, they are concise, interesting and fun!
Worst: Effie tour guide
Why: Overpriced and underwhelming - she seemed bored, with a " been there, done that, blah, blah" approach.
Tom USA 12/05/2011
Best: Mama's House restaurant
Why: Extremely friendly and great food and lots of it.
Robert Teagardin in Vashon, WA USA 10/28/2011
Why: The history and architecture are unrivaled. We especially loved that it was lighted at night.
Cheryl Weir in Vancouver, WA USA 08/19/2011
Why: So clean. Great beaches. We could have stayed the two weeks in Hydra.
Jan Grantham in Redding, CA USA 07/26/2011
Best: Eating in Athens at your favourite dining room the Strofi Athenian Restaurant.
Why: Eating in Athens are your favourite dining room, the Strofi Athenian Restaurant with a fantastic view of the Acropolis, and you were right in saying good food at fair prices. we went to this restaurant on our last night in Athens and it was a highlight. The lamb was fabulous! and I love zucchini balls! thank you.
Worst: Part 3 map - Athens City Walking Tour
Why: see above.
Brenda Compton in Kingston, On Canada 06/23/2011
Best: Archeological sites in Delphi
Why: the lighting was magnificent for great photos, plus the feel of the place was authentic, since it was laid out so that you didn't run into hordes of tourists, they were strung out.
Kip Freytag in Shingle Springs, CA USA 06/06/2011
Why: Scenery, Staying at Gorgones Pension, or Inn, or whatever you call it, Kastania, Wild Flowers
Worst: Athens, but still not terrible.
Why: We were only there long enough to see the Acropolis, but the traffic, crowds, and seeing a lady get her purse snatched.
Dave Kendle in Lincoln, NE USA 04/14/2011
Why: Hydra did not impress. Aside from the quaint donkey transport, it is a fairly touristy town, overrun with cats.
Joan Barnes in Portland, OR USA 04/01/2011
Best: The Acropolis, National Archeaological Museum and Ancient Agora
Why: It was the first experience of our honeymoon. You had recommended going to the Acropolis in the evening and we couldn't wait for this to be the FIRST thing we saw on our honeymoon! We were in awe! It's gorgeous and utterly unfathomable! Ancient Agora was like icing on the cake. The National Museum was huge but pretty interesting. It was early and we were soaking up all things ancient!
Shannon Fonferko in Schaumburg, IL USA 03/20/2011