Jeffrey MerkowUnited States
Andrew is a very nice man and a pleasant tour guide. That said, our tour came to life, thanks to the private guide that we hired to escort us through Olympia. Andrew had very little to say on our tour, and when he did, he didn't like to use the microphone that was available in the van. There were only eight of us, and yet it was difficult to hear him at the back of the van. The sites we visited were fantastic and the day was enjoyable. We wish our guide would have shared info, as we traveled.
Cindy JohnstonUnited States
Although, Andrew is not a licensed tour guide, he provided an excellent tour for the day. Very passionate about his country and traditions!
Rochelle GuessUnited States
Great tour of both history and culture. Really enjoyed the honey farm and olive grove/vineyard.
Eugene PolaskeUnited States
Just wanted to let you know that Andrew was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable of his area and accommodating. We would definitely recommend him for your tours
Darlene KernerUnited States
This is the second tour we have taken with Andrew and he out did himself. The new tour vehicle is top of the line. We highly recommend this tour.
Lenys BigaUnited States
great guide! Knowledgeable. Unfortunately cannot company you inside the ruins for tour.
Stella WangUnited States
Olympia was a must-stop during our trip. We booked this tour with Andrew who was a very nice driver and he accommodated us with extra guest from our group since he got a big van. He even gave us a bottle of home-made olive oil! However, as Andrew was a driver only, he was not able to provide guided tour and we had to walk around ourselves with our own imagination. This was a good tour if a driver is all you need.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stella, I'm very sorry that you were unaware that I am a driving guide, I have this stated on all tours. Glad you enjoyed being in our area and received at least my useful live commentary on board but unfortunately I am not licensed guide therefore I was not permitted being in the archaeological site with you. Kind regards Andrew
Terrie CliffordUnited States
Adrienne R.United States
Andrew provided a great day for us in Olympia. His bus was brand new and he was so friendly and knowledgable. The best part of the tour was our trip to a local honey farm. Such a great experience. We also stopped at a hotel to visit the beach which had a gorgeous view. Such a great day, my entire party of 10 enjoyed the experience.
Shirley WeisUnited States
Excellent guide! Very friendly, knowledgable and helpful.
Aaron LeongUnited States
Kathy GibsonUnited States
Andrew met us at our cruise ship and we had a lovely drive to Olympia, visited the site, and then to a terrific honey farm and finally a stop at the beach for photos. Andrew was very personable and flexible. My only comment, which was not his fault but mine, is that I wish I had booked a private guide at Olympia in order to better understand the history. I would certainly recommend Andrew to other visitors!
Robert E. MitchellHenderson, KY, United States
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Michelle NesterUnited States
Andrew was an absolute gem. He took us to Olympia, the beach, and a winery. It was amazing. Andrew took care of all of the arrangements, and was so kind and considerate. I would book another tour with Andrew in a heartbeat.
Peter YongUnited Kingdom
Gerald PhilsonLakelland, FL, United States
Andrew, is the King of Olympia. He is extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with, he shares our values of history which made learning about the area so great He recommended a restaurant which was a local favorite and was not crowded with tourist and the prices were very reasonable. The highlight of the day was a special trip to a family operated Bee/Honey farm where we met and spent time with a most charming family, In fact when we returned to the ship We share Andrews name with another couple
Becky M.United States
Andrew is wonderful! He drove us to Ancient Olympia, of course, and also to a lovely winery and small local bee farm. We stopped at an ornate Greek Orthodox monastery on the side of a hill, ate at a 3rd generation owned and operated restaurant, and drove through small towns. Andrew is friendly and knowledgable, I highly recommend him!!
Michelle S.Little Elm, TX, United States
Our tour with Andrew exceeded our expectations! He did a wonderful job maximizing our short time in Olympia. He is extremely knowledgeable about the sites and history of his country. We look forward to booking with him again in the future!
Lori LandryUnited States
Andrew was a complete joy! He took us to a Olympia to see the ruins, to a honey farm (which was an intimate group of 6 of us) where we tasted honey on homemade traditional Greek fried dough, and he took us an olive oil farm, where we saw the olive oil production, sampled Greek wine and food, and participated in Greek dancing. It was a wonderful day and Andrew was the perfect host. He brought us olive oil and soap that he makes as well, which was a very nice touch. It was a fabulous day!
Danielle SpanoUnited States
My family and I had a wonderful time with Andrew. He was so flexible and customized the tour exactly how we wanted it so there was a little bit of something for all four of us :) we did the most extraordinary honey tasting (who knew that could be so much fun!) which added an extra special authentic touch to our trip. I would highly recommend planning your day with Andrew, as no cruise ship excursion could ever come close to being as enjoyable!!
Julie StudinskiUnited States
Tour was great! Andrew was more than accommodating to our family. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome! Special treats to the Honey Farm and beautiful view from the Monastery. special touches with the olive oil! Would Highly recommend to anyone!! Top notch!
Emily DucatteUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Andrew! It was easy finding him when we exited the cruise ship & he was very informative about the area on the drive to Olympia and happy to answer questions. He lent us a book to help us learn about the history and went straight to the ticket window to get us tickets for entering the site & museum without waiting in line. He suggested and took us to a unique visit of a honey farm & to a resort beach with a beautiful view. At the end he gave us his own olive oil & soap!
Sue MenkesUnited States
If you're going to Olympia with cruise ship,go with Andrew,not with a huge busload of people!Highly recommend!We were 4 persons & he was very accommodating-clean comfortable air conditioned car-excellent driver & perfect English.We requested WIFI in his car & he arranged this. Also,he drove us through the little towns on the way to Olympia,something you won't get with the ship.Andrew took us up to the highest point cafe/bar for magnificent views.Port has great shopping/lots of boutiques-got us there too!!
Andrew gave us a fantastic day, in an immaculate vehicle and was so very generous with his time and friendly service. We enjoyed everything, the visit to Olympia and museum, the scenery, particularly from the eyrie overlooking the nunnery, the winery tour, and his extra visit to the orange grove with the menagerie. The whole tour was delightful. Andrew goes above and beyond to give his clients a wonderful taste of his homeland. Recommend unreservedly!
Ellen FieldsUnited States
Andrew may be the best tour guide we have ever had. I wish I could rate him with 10 stars. He knows everything and everyone in the area and took us to amazing places. He is charming, intelligent, kind and sophisticated. He makes his own olive oil and gave us a bottle to take home which we will enjoy immensely. If you want to have an amazing day in Katakolon, I urge you to contact Andrew. I will remember this day forever
Paul WaldronUnited States
Andrew was great ! His tour was wonderful. My sisters and I enjoyed meeting Andrew ( and his wife Julie ). He could not have been better. Thanks Andrew. Paul, Karen and Jeanie
Seth LabanceUnited States
Great service! Highly recommended~ Thank you!
Paul LundinUnited States
A great day. Enjoyable and knowledgeable. He had contacts everywhere we wanted to go and helped us at every stop. He knew the best way to get around and show you all that Katakolon and the area has to offer. Virgin Mary Monastery was awesome. Great company and knowledge. Would definitely book another tour with him.
Susan MelvinUnited States
Excellent time spent learning about Olympia with a 9 yr old. Andrew was patient and knowledgeable. Shelley
Carole PetersonUnited States
Andrew took us to so many beautiful places beyond the usual tourist spots. He spent so much time making certain we enjoyed every minute of our tour. Olympia is wonderful site to visit.
Robert BarrettUnited States
William RileyUnited States
Andrew was a fine tour guide. He took us to unusual places which is exactly what we wanted. Andrew was informative and knowledgeable and gave a great insight to life in Greece. We felt we were on a very personal trip, and by the end felt we had made a new friend in Andrew. The places he selected even for coffee stops and lunch were also very memorable. This is a trip we will long remember and cherish the memories. Thank you Andrew.
Richard SmithSarasota, FL, United States
Andrew was a remarkable host! His depth of local knowledge and friendliness was extraordinary! He met us on time, accommodated very wish and made our trip outstanding! If I could rate him higher, I certainly would!
Darlene KernerUnited States
Our tour was wonderful and informative. The places Andreas and Nicholoas (Spelling?) took us were exceptional! Most moving was the Monastery, the restaurant was authentic and not a tourist stop, the Olympic site book provided was so great we asked to go where we could purchase it.The icing on the cake was the local winery. The family run winery provided a great tour (Amanda was incredibly knowledgeable!)and tasting with a delightful snack. The bottle of olive oil was a personal touch. A memorable day!
Nancy ShelmonUnited States
Andrew was the best! Charming, thoughtful and courteous. We could not have had a better day. The entire tour was well planned and done totally at our pace. The local winery he took us to did one of the best presentations we have ever had and made us feel as though we were in their home. I cannot say enough positive about Andrew!!
Joanne SackeSouth Africa
Andrew was great. Drove us to Olympia but did not guide us through the site. Gave us interesting information on the area and was friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Kids enjoyed him too, English was good. A good day had.
Ashley StoneUnited States
Our stop in Olympia for the day from our cruise was our favorite of the whole vacation and we have Andrew to thank! Olympia was beautiful and the winery we went to had some amazing wines and generous snacks! Great prices to buy bottles for souvenirs too
Frank HamiltonUnited States
Jean GashHouston, TX, United States
This is my family's second tour with Andrew. We visited on the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday, so all the tourist sites were closed for the day. Rather than disappoint, Andrew brought my family back to his house for lunch made by his wife. It was a wonderful day.....my mother said it was the best tour she ever had!!!
Stephen KellyUnited States
Andrew represented Greece very well. He saw to all the details of getting us into the archaeological site, allowed us plenty of time to shop, got us to a family winery, bought us some of the best baklava we have ever had, and took us to a beautiful beach hotel where we had coffee and the whole place to ourselves because of low season. Andrew was a kind and gracious host.
Jean GashHouston, TX, United States
Andrew showed us Olympia and some lovely mountain villages, the Kremasti Monastery and took us to a great place for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. We enjoyed his friendly personalty and description of life in Greece.
Gina RobinsonSouth Africa
We had an enjoyable morning with Andrew. He first took us to Olympia, then to a private winery and lastly, we had a quick visit at a beach. He left us with a bottle of his delicious homemade olive oil which we have already sampled at home!
Scott J.United States
Andreas was a delight to ospend the day with. After touring Olympia and the Museum, Andrea drove us back thru the countryside, giving us a great look at the everyday life of the area. We toured a local family winery, complete with snacks and wine tasting. He bought us baklava at a local bakery, and shared a very local beachside restaurant with us at lunchtime. He is a native of the area, and has worked locally for a long time. A real gem and highly recommended.
Janet ElliottUnited States
This was a terrific tour and far superior than anything you could purchase on a cruise ship. Andreas, our driver, was friendly, knowledgeable, and so nice! We felt like we made a friend in Greece and also saw and did the best possible things during our ~ six hour stay in Katakolon.
Robert DillardUnited States
Andrew is a perfect host and guide, who truly cares about ensuring you get what you want from the experience. While driving we randomly mentioned wanting to eat a fig, and he's like "I think I know where a fig tree is" and proceeds to detour to a fig tree on a side road and harvests a fresh fig, all to ensure his clients get the experience they want. Apart from being very knowledgable about the area and passionate for his home, he seeks to understand your goals and make them real. I highly recommend!
Barbara KellyUnited States
Andrew coordinated a two car tour for our family group of 7 including 2 children ages 2 and 4. We were able to see villages, experience Olympia, visited a beautiful church built into the cliffs and had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Ionian Sea where we were able to get in a short swim break. We learned all about olive and pistachio growing and Andrew even shared some of his home grown olive oil! A truly enjoyable and educational tour.
James FietWeston, FL, United States
Excellent tour and guide, he showed us a beautiful small family winery, explained us local way of life, took us to the Olympia ruins, and will take you anywhere else you feel like. Very generous, we would recommend him any time.
Tim ChapmanCooperstown, NY, United States
Andrew was a treat. He arrived promptly and was always courteous and friendly. His love of the area was obvious, and because of his local knowledge we saw both the required Olympia and surrounds, but also out of the way local spots that were fabulous. He treated the kids to ice cream, and gave us some great olive oil from his own trees. Highly recommended!
Jeff KnowlesUnited States
Thank you Andrew, for a great tour of Olympia and our side trip to the beach. We had a little bit of a problem finding him parked our by the taxis as the private tours are not allowed to drive to the ship next to the tour buses. But once we found him, he very efficiently got us to our tour site and sped us through the long ticket lines. Very nice...
Suzanne PowellUnited States
We had a wonderful family outing with Andrew! He took us to Olympia, helped us enter the park quickly, and waited for us to return to the car. We stopped by his favorite place for a gyro and headed toward a local winery with great samples for the adults and the kids. We tasted some great wine and then we were on our way to the beach. VERY relaxing and one happy family. Thank you, Andrew, for a great tour. We could not have asked for a better guide or a more relaxing day in Olympia!
Tawfiq K.United States
could not find a better,more helpful,generous guide in every way!Even gifted us with a bottle of his own olive oil and some Baklava!!Excellent English.First rat win every way.
Excellent driver and really knows the area. Explains the countryside as you travel. The small family run vineyard was a highlight. Robert
Carmela MondelloUnited States
Mr Andrew welcomed my daughter , her Best Friend and myself like we were family ! His love of life , Greece,and family made our time in Olympia so very special . Besides seeing the sights . We spent a day with a wonderful human being , who definitely represented his country with all the passion that you would expect from the Greek culture. If you need a wonderful experience spend your time in Olympia with Mr. Andrew. He knows the best wine spots, shopping and places to eat!
Jim PeakerUnited States
Andrew was warm, kind & welcoming. This was our first stop on a cruise & when we met him he made us feel like family. Andrew was open to what we wanted to see & offered ideas to customize our trip - these ended up being the highlight of our tour. He was able to captivate our group, which ranged from 9 to 70+. His knowledge & passion for his country made us fall in love with both of them even more. Being that he was our first experience with Tours by Locals - he set the bar high! Jim, Denise & Jaxon
Lawrence (Mike) B.United States
Andrew was personable and very knowledgeable. He gave us an excellent tour of the area and allowed us plenty of time at Olympia. We would highly recommend using him. Thank you Andrew.
Michael TedescoUnited States
Fantastic tour. We left the ship 30 minutes early due to problems on the ship but Andrew was there waiting. His knowledge of the area around Katakolon and Olympia combined with his ability to speak English made this one of the most rewarding tours we had on our trip. Everything promised in the tour description (and much more) was provided. Andrew facilitated every aspect of the tour making our visit almost perfect. The winery visit was superb. Andrew is #1 in Katakolon & I highly recommend this tour.
Charles ZellmerAloha, OR, United States
This tour was awesome! This was our first visit to Katakolon (Olympia), and Andrew made us feel welcome and right at home. He met us at our ship terminal, and off we went to visit Ancient Olympia and the museum! After Olympia, Andrew drove us through nearby villages and we stopped by a local restaurant for a traditional Greek lunch.....the food was nothing short of superb! Andrew is a very friendly and warm person. His english is very good. We recommend Andrew highly!
June ReynoldsUnited States
This was a great trip. Andrew took us to very nice places to photograph. He also introduced us to some of the local people. He seemed to have quite a few friends and was able to get us into a number of sites that were not normally open to the public. Highly recommend. June
Kristen KhuranaUnited States
Andrew gave us a very pleasant tour in Katakolon. He is a real tour guide professional, with a very comfortable car. Andrew really took care of us in the horrible heat. I highly recommend him as a very knowledgable and considerate driver. I am a pro photographer. If you want to see photos of the many spectacular sights seen on Andrew's tour please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So nice to have you here and touring with. I really enjoyed the day with you and also the really nice photos you took. So wonderfull. Hope to meet you again sometime in a future visit!!!! Cheers Andrew
Teresa PetkerUnited States
We were very disappointed in the tour guide that was supplied to us. Andrew was not able to do it, which we understood, but if he cant, he should supply a tour guide that understands English well and can answer questions about the local area, which she could not. I think her name was Stacy. She began the tour by reading a script about Olympia...that is the last we heard of her. When I would ask her a question about the city or things to do, she would have to ask the driver. This was a disappointment.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am really sorry you were disappointed by the provided alternative guide. When i personally met you at the end of the tour i got really different impression for the provided tour. I am sure your comment would be different if i would personally be able to guide you.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: In the unusual case where a guide can't personally deliver a tour, the traveler is notified in advance and given the opportunity to cancel or accept the substitute.