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If you want to see Greece and all of the most important sights that launched civilization this is the tour for you. The cruise was wonderful, food good and staff very friendly and efficient. The land portion takes you to all of the classic sights that represent the birthplace of modern thought and culture in the western civilization. The hotels were all wonderful and food excellent. Now for the guides - the best tour guide I have ever had took our group on the cruise portion. His name is Granville Lee-Warner and he is extremely knowledgeable of Greek history but more than that he represents the soul of the Greek people. I cannot express how well he leads you into the heart of Greece and how these people defined western civilization. The land portion of the trip was guided by Matina and she was an encyclopedia of Greek history and so fluid and helpful. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great all in one trip of Greece.
This was our 3rd trip with smarTours, and we have enjoyed every one of them. We experienced a wonderful variety of sites. There was so much to see and do on this trip. Our guides were excellent, and our tour directors, Granville and Elena, both deserve special kudos for their breadth of knowledge and for making this trip so memorable.
This was our 1st smarTours trip. Based on this excellent experience we plan to do more. There was so much to see and do! I am so glad we finally made it to Greece and the Aegean Sea. Granville Lee Warner and Elana were outstanding guides. Both Granville and Elana were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated to making our trip as enjoyable as possible. We signed up for all of the side trips and thus our days were full. Yet the pace was always just about right and our travel group really enjoyed each other’s company. Credit Granville and Elana for our learning experiences, group cohesion and many fun times.
This was our 2nd SmarTour trip and lived up to its name. The itinerary was very ambitious and not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless , despite the the amount walking/climbing , you never felt rushed and there were plenty of rest stops along the way. The amount of information and education we received on both the cruise and land tours was phenomenal due to the excellent guides we had on board and land. Granville Lee Warner was nothing less than phenomenal. His enthusiasm, compassion and breadth of knowledge were exceptional and his personality infectious. His anecdotal stories along the way were entrancing. Elena, was was a gem. Her knowledge base of archeology and Greek mythology was extensive and presented in a clear story book method that was captivating. It was Granville and Elena that made this trip as enjoyable and unforgettable as one could hope for and not to be forgotten.
Our Greece trip was our 5th with SmarTours and was fabulous throughout ! The tour directors ,Granville and Elena, were beyond superb ! Their knowledge of and passion for Greece was the glue that made our group so tight knit. We are in our 70's and the pace of this tour gave us all we wanted,physically speaking. The tour also gives you many tremendous sights and history that makes travel so worthwhile. Despite the turmoil in Syria, we always felt very safe in Greece and would urge you to make the trip.(Our trip dates were 4/30-5/10/16). Great job, SmarTours !!
I really enjoyed my tour of Greece.We were impressed with our leader and how he finagled our own little lounge to give us tour info and the speedy way he got us off the boat to have more time. It was disappointing to get to an island in tne dark. I really enjoyed Elana , She has a great personality and would love to know when she has her baby. The Mt climbing was a little rough on my knees,but I never felt rushed. I has just studied about John and Ephesus this fall so it was so meaningful to me. I was really awed. ONe highlight for me was seeing the original huge vase in the Nat. museum of one my husband had brought for me many years ago. One suggestion is to tell people the temp in the Mt is colder than Athens . Also warn them about losing day light saving.
Where do I begin? To start we had a 4 day boat cruise to Mikonos, Rhodes, Crete, Patmos, Santorini, Ephesus Turkey with our fantastic tour guide Mr. Granville Lee Warner. Granville was the super star guide. Passonate, personable and exetremly knowledgeable about Greece and its special places to visit and enjoy. The next four days was a land tour on tour buses. Out tour guide Matina and bus driver Mario were good and we survived the mountains of Delphi, Nafpaktos, Olympia and Mycenae and finally Athens. During the land tour Granville rejoined our tour and we finished off with a Metro ride in Athens with Granville. What a fabulous tour! I must thank Granville for all his hard work getting us back and forth without a hitch and fabulous stories and visits to those special places. Coach.
The trip was a great time. The guides were great, the cruise was wonderful, and the sights overwhelming. We had terrific weather, just a touch of rain. The tours showed ancient landscapes that lasted the tests of time. This was a trip I had wanted to take for years and am very happy it finally happened.
We had such a great time while in Greece. Granville was an amazing guide on the cruise portion of the trip. He is definitely an asset for SmarTours. He was like a brother who just had to share his country Greece with us that he now lives in. He did a fabulous job. Elena was equally impressive on the land portion. She was very knowledgeable and delighted in sharing her knowledge of Greece with us. I highly recommend your Spectacular Greece tour to anyone who would like to experience a quick comprehensive tour of Greece. Way to go SmarTours!
I had always hoped to visit Greece and am so glad I did it through Smartours. If it wasn't for Granville, our sea tour guide, I don't know if I'd appreciate Greece as much-he has so much passion and love for Greece, he made it an unforgettable experience. This trip was so affordable and I can't wait to go back!