Cristi OrtegaUnited States
Vassilios gave us a wonderful introduction to Greece and the Peleponese in particular. He carefully planned the day with attention to avoiding the inevitable large crowds entering Olympia which made that part of the tour so much more enjoyable. We continued our tour visiting the hinterland of Katakolon. We learned about mythological, historical and modern aspects of the region, it's culture and economy. The tour ended with a memorable lunch in a village tavern. I can highly recommend Vassilios.
Carmine CostantiniUnited States
Had a wonderful tour of Olympia. Tour guide was very professional and knowledgeable of area. He also accommodated my physical requirements which made it that more enjoyable. Showed us areas not normally seen with group tours. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful day that you shared with me, showing you the more pristine and untouchable spots of our beautiful countryside, especially some out of the beaten path places that it is hard for a not local to know about!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Val for your feedback!
Vassilios could not have been a better guide for four Aussies. Highlight was sharing a drink and plate in a small village, just what we wanted. Fabulous day in Olympia.
Virginia MigliettaSouth Africa
Vassilios was a very informative and friendly guide. He was accommodating to our needs We enjoyed the tour with him Thank You Vassilios
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Virginia it was really enjoyable your company! Your lovely husband Ugo and your adorable friends John & Irene brought me some of the aura of Africa Sud into the Mediterranean.
Richard GitelsonUnited States
Vassilios was a wonderful host for our visit to Olympia. He made everything easy and gave us great flavor of this beautiful area. Unfortunately Vassilios is not allowed to tour the Olympic venue with us, that would have been a nice addition. But he did make our travel easy and even brought us to a memorable spot for lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m glad Rick that you enjoyed a beautiful day in the evergreen Olympia. As you read on restrictions on my profile, I don’t guide inside the monuments but definitely I can drive you in some amazing memorable historical spots that most professional culture guides just ignore them!
Vassilios is a terrific guide. We appreciated that he communicated with us about a specific meeting spot before we got off the ship. We are four Canadians and he was born in Canada, so we had lots to talk about. He is very knowledgeable about Olympia and the surroundings. The best part was that he took us to a wonderful local restaurant where we had the best food. He is friendly and professional. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It’s always a pleasure when I have quests from my homeland making me proud for the fortune I had to be born there! And it was really exciting to show you my Olympia and especially some small authentic parts of our local life, that the mainstream tourism just skip them. Happy Travels!
What a treasure to find Vassilios. We felt like family and he was very easy to converse with as he had spent time in Canada. He went out of his way to show us the areas we wished to see and introduced us to some wonderful Greek food and drinks. He even found us a super little beach so we could swim after our tour and lunch. Great tour and special experience..." a wonderful day. Highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your awesome comments! I’m glad that you liked Olympia and you shared with me some beautiful spots for a relax seaside time. Enjoy now your lovely Victoria! I’ll definitely come one day to guide me there!
Patrick SowadaUnited States
We had a lovely day with Vassilios. His easy going nature made it easy to relax and enjoy our day. He shared his knowledge of the area with us as well as taking us to some wonderful out of the way locations that were both beautiful and interesting. He never rushed us and was always wanting our input as to what we wanted to do. It was a perfect tour and a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure Patrick & Christine to show you some out of the beaten path places of our beautiful land and share with you your extensive travel experiences in US and abroad. As you realized, Greece and especially Olympia is a destination where you can come again and again as long as you have the proper orientation and guiding from local people to taste some more authentic experiences.
Sergio RodriguezUnited States
Olympia did not impress us as other places we have seen in this and other cruises or trips. Vassilios was a nice gentle guide and he did the best he could with what is to be seen in the area. But the people in the back of the car had a hard time hearing him; this could be easily corrected. At my request he took us to a local restaurant that was the highlight of the tour. We enjoyed sharing lunch with/talking to him. His other job is tending a family farm, so he gifted us with the farm olive oil and soap.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Definitely Sergio, you have seen so many wonders around the globe traveling for decades with your fellows from Puerto Rico, that mightly Olympia don’t impress you so much. Just I want to mention that the native land of the original Olympics is not known for the huge constructions that civilizations built sometimes related on massive slavery power, but from the inspiration of our modern society with the Olympic ideas and values.
Ellen NiermannUnited States
Vassilio was very accommodating to our ideas. Would definitely recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ellen for your fantastic comments! I appreciate that you liked to see “the back door” of museums (even the private WC!) without losing time at queue and especially this traditional seaside tavern, where just locals go, you were the sole westerners, for a delicious seafood lunch and wine.
Julie WrightUnited Kingdom
Vassilios is a charming man with a wealth of local knowledge and huge enthusiasm for the area and his customers. He is good at adapting to his clients needs and is neither too intrusive or too overpowering. We saw things we wouldn't have seen on a ship Tour as well. He was prompt, and very clear on our meeting instructions. He took time to explain things and answer questions. The little gifts at the end of the tour were thoughtful too. I'd highly recommend this tour and this guide. Thank You!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It’s very interesting to see highly traveled people like you Julie to give such a nice comments about our place and the tour we shared together. That seems that Olympia still keeps the mystery and passion that more touristic places have lost forever!
Amanda SpauldingUnited States
We absolutely loved this tour, was one of the best we have done. I highly recommend a stop at Klio's Honey Farm, and if you have time, a full Greek meal. The setting, the family, the experience was authentic; one I will not soon forget. Vassillios gave us Greek Olive Oil made from his farm, I taste tested this to the collection of different brands I have at home, by far the best (wish I could buy this online). Thank you for the great tour and hospitality, we loved it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was really challenged to serve so strict judges in culinary matters as you Amanda, but at the end I believe it was worth the effort and I hope you were compensated from the beautiful and relaxed environment of the honeyfarm and the hospitality, heartens and generosity of all of us. Think about to become our distributor in Indiana for our pure extra virgin olive oil!!! Hugs and kisses to all!
Richard StoddardUnited States
Vassilios could not have been more helpful. We spent the first 20 minutes having him act as our travel agent to give us option for the next leg of our journey.....then got back on track with a wonderful tour of the town and the historic site. His own story was worth the trip and then he topped it off by finding the most authentic meal of our trip where we loved the food and really enjoyed the kitchen tour. Then he topped it off with a short beach trip and his home grown figs and bottled Olive Oil.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard for your great review! Your comments acquire great importance for me as you are travel nomads with numerous trips in every world corner. It was my pleasure to serve you and to inform you for all amenities and facilities in the area and beyond, as I as a traveler on my own, I always search and discover unique authentic experiences that only curious locals can provide. Greetings to your adorable family and enjoy your next trips around the globe!
Simon BeckerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Simon. As you saw there are so many kids' attractions in Olympia for all ages that keeps their interest active for hours! From enjoy an awesome swim in a swallow calm sandy beach, appropriate even for infants, till a memorable interactive museum full of ancient inventions and reconstructions, that will impress even the most curious teen. The list is endless. And primarily, all safe and secure!
Kathleen M.United States
Vassilios was fabulous! He went out of his way to make our day spectacular! He is very friendly and kind. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Vassilios, my family loved every minute of our tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Kathleen! I’m always excited when I have enthusiastic guests like your adorable family who in so few time, they want to explore the countless sights and attractions of the area and especially those out of the beaten path like that amazing nunnery standing on the edge of the cliff like an eagle’s nest with the gorgeous view of the tremendous scenery of the Western Peloponnese.
Margaret (Catharine) DanielsUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Vassilios. He was genuinely interested in making sure we were getting the tour we wanted & did a wonderful job of giving us an overview of the area as well as the deep history & showing us places off the beaten path. He has a kind disposition & great company. My father has limited mobility & Vassilios made sure the tour worked for him & us. Would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to tour the area. He was fantastic!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catharine for your tremendous comments. It was a pleasure for me as well to show you our beautiful places around Olympia. Your deep knowledge of our history and culture really impressed me and I hope found myself one day in Tennessee to meet my new friends now.
Marva NovitzUnited States
We have a new friend in Greece thanks to the wonderful day we had with Vassilios. He was very patient and helpful with our mobility limitations while making sure that we did not miss anything we wanted to do. Vassilios showed us non-touristy places and experiences travelers on a tour bus could never have,along with visiting places like beautiful ancient Olympia. He is highly recommended for an outstanding time in Greece!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I was hoping to have more time to enjoy the blessed land of original Olympics that still reflect some of the magic and mystery of ancient times. That spirit has passed till nowadays to the hospitality of the wonderful people who resident in the area and produce some of the best rural products worldwide. We are very proud that we had you here and share some of our best kept secrets of our land that fortunately stay away from the crowds and only appear to initiates like you Marva & Norman!
What a wonderful glimpse of this area! Vassilios had emailed us a map of the easily found meeting location. We traveled to & from Olympia through areas that other tourists do not see, while V. explained Greek culture. Went to an uncrowded very informative museum before being dropped at the ruins with a guidebook explaining every structure. Then he took us to a little hillside chapel with a great view of the area before returning to port. V. gave us a delightful treat bag with delicious local products.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Winnie for your lovely comments. You were so lucky coming here at spring, the best season beyond compare, and you delighted the astonishing beauty of Olympia’s countryside. I wish you enjoy many travels with Mike!
Cindy GuyBreslau, ON, Canada
Olympia was an amazing site to behold. Could not believe how large the ruins in Olympia were - awe inspiring!! Vassilios was just fabulous as a guide with a thorough knowledge and totally receptive to our needs. Would certainly recommend this tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was so nice Cindy to have you here in a so majestic place like Olympia at fall, when a second spring comes after the short rainfalls of September. I’m glad also that you liked the out of the beaten path places that I shared with you and especially those hidden, almost private beaches just 10 minutes from the port.
Kenneth FischerFremont, CA, United States
Vassilios gave us a great tour of the site and a nice overview of the entire area. We really enjoyed the whole day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kenneth, I’m happy that you liked our tour. You and your family you were great companions for spent some wonderful time with you in Olympia and the surroundings. You were also witnesses how nicely the day turned after the morning storm, and how lovely and beautiful the nature of Olympia is after the rain.
Randall ShermanUnited States
Having traveled extensively all over the world, I can say that Vassilios is truly one of the most knowledgeable and personable guides that we have ever had. He went above and beyond to listen to our interests and made sure that we had a wonderful time. I highly recommend Vassilios - you will be with someone that will ensure you have a wonderful time! Thank you Vassilios!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure Randall to have with me so active and energetic guests who eager to learn and willing to feel with all of their senses the unforgettable touch of Olympia. You reached in places that very rare somebody has the opportunity and the courage to achieve like the top of Kronion hill, the first altar of Zeus. If you were not from Miami but from Northern States, I could show you to buy a cottage! Greetings to your family!
Marcia KordaUnited States
Vassilios did an excellent job guiding us through the countryside to Olympia and back to port at Katakalon. We saw many interesting things we would not otherwise have seen and were able to ask questions about what we saw and stop to inspect something more closely or take photos. His English is very good and he made every effort to accommodate our individual desires. He even gave us some of his fresh-pressed, bottled olive oil and Grecian treats for us to enjoy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marcia, it was my pleasure to have you here in Olympia and introduce you in some of our excellent spots. Even if your time was limited we were able to see some very interesting and fascinating places and realize why ancient Greeks chose Olympia for their religious and athletic center. I was impressed too, for your extensive and deep knowledge of our civilization, ancient and modern. I’m glad also that you found the information for your next port useful. Keep in touch!
Eileen G.United States
What a GREAT day! We used Vassilios for a cruise shore excursion day, and he gave us everything we were looking for, and more. Good pre-tour communication. Late model clean vehicle, comfortable enough for our party of 4 adults. Transport and introduction to Olympia, fabulous local Greek lunch by the sea, coffee at a hotel overlooking the harbor. Incredibly thoughtful gift basket with olive oil and olives from his farm. Highly recommended guide. I would use his services again, without hesitation. Thnks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eileen for your thrilling comments. I am fascinated to have so interesting guests like you. It’s like traveling by myself. So, as I have travel a little bit, not as you of course, I realize what makes the curious traveler to be excited. Some original aspects of authentic local life away from the tourist masses. I wish to had some more time to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Olympia. But as always, we have to leave something for the next time…
This was the best tour we have had using "Tours by Locals". Vassilios was warm and friendly and his family welcomed us into their home. We were on a cruise ship and the tour by Vasillios was custom designed to our needs and wants for the day. We saw and ate lots and were even given a take home pack of local and homemade goodies which we brought back to Australia. We highly recommend Vassilios and have no hesitation in using him again when we return in the near future. Greeting from Australia.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amanda, as you saw with your own eyes, Olympia is an all year round destination. Even in February is so temperate and sunny. Every season has something unique that’s worth to see and visit. And for me, every guest is also exceptional and is my pleasure to introduce him into the real life of modern Greece. Greetings to your lovely family and hope to see you back soon!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Winston for your rating. I' m glad that I spent a wonderful day with you and your friends here in Olympia in the shadow of the gods. I'm happy that you enjoyed as well, those places out of the ordinary that I showed you that the average tourist does not see.
Salim VisramToronto, M4C5L3, Canada
Vassilos handled our shore excursion with great courtesy and flexibility. Besides the archaeological sites he also took us to see the non-touristy side of Olympia which was great. Thank you Vassilos.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Salim for the great day that I spent with you and your family. I have a high regard for your deep knowledge into our culture and history but also in modern topics. I know it’s difficult in just couple hours that you had to see more, especially when you have seniors with you. I apology because I hadn’t the time to visit some really remarkable spots that were worth to see. Definitely, next time!
Nadine GenesiusUnited States
Vassilios was very knowledgeable about the area. We had a limited amount of time on shore and he was mindful of allowing us to see as much as possible. He gave a wonderful tour and we appreciated the off the beaten path sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you a lot Nadine. I wanted to show you more of our amazing and astonishing place, but at least you took an idea of our magnificent environment thus to come again soon. I wished also to had more time to explain and share with you my thoughts and knowledge on our rich heritage and history. Here every little place is full of myths and legends or remnants of the countless conquers that have passed by making exciting and fascinating roam around.
Debbie OrtegaUnited States
Vassilios was very kind, soft spoken,knowledgeable and detail oriented. He made himself available for our every need. He saved us time in line and had tickets available for our purchase. He provided a detailed book about the tour and waited for us patiently and took us anywhere we were interested. We ate at the gorgeous Kastro Beach with a spectacular view and delicious food. We appreciated Vassilios for his willingness and his passion for his local area. We enjoyed our tour tremendously.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate Debbie your kind remarks. I’m so sorry again for your short delay to find our meeting point in front of the Customs House, in the center of the port. The crowd sometimes makes hard even to see in front of our eyes. Thank you for the opportunity to realize that I had to fix the problem founding a quitter and less busy place just 100 m away. My greetings to Lou!
Gary KonopkaTampa, FL, United States
Vassillios was superb. He had intimate knowledge of the island and all its features and was proud to show them to us. His private tour to a local winery and honey farm were much appreciated. He took us places that were off the beaten path and yet showed us the Olympia sites and others. Even gave us a little gift basket to take home. You will not do better then him. He was GREAT !!,
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gary, thank you so much for your nice comments. It’s true that here in Peloponnese you can still find people and places untouchable from modern way of life. I'm pleased that you enjoyed those small gifts that come raw and untreated straight from the blessed land of Olympia. Kind Regards to Nancy and Frank!
Robert SmithMount Airy, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Vassilios was a most gracious and helpful tour guide. His tour was well organized, interesting, scenic, and informative despite the sometimes gloomy and overcast weather, which he, of course, could not control. THANKS, VASSILIOS!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: People like you Robert really inspired me. I truly enjoyed our tour. I admire your energy, spirit and sense of humor that are not always common in my job. Your knowledge and interesting about our history and culture is remarkable. I hope you’ll continue travelling with Sandy for long and I’ll promise to fix the weather if you decide to come again.
Elinor G.United States
Vassilios was wonderful. Most important for us was that he understood that my husband couldn't walk very much and he made sure we could still enjoy the tour. He is flexible, informed and helpful, and speaks fluent English. I definitely recommend him. Vassilio knew that we would not be able to visit the site because of my husband's limited walking and that one of the museums was closed so he gave us a wonderful guidebook describing the site and the exhibits.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Elinor, thank you so much for your comments. Your rating acquires great importance because you are not random tourists, but travelers who have spent less time home than on the road. I admire your courage and willing to still travel around the globe. For someone who has been tree times in China or has spent years in Africa, is a great honour a rating like this. My greetings to Rex. It was my duty to make sure that he felt comfortable and make ease his travelling around.
Lee M.United Kingdom
What a wonderful experience that was! Vassilios has excellent knowledge of the area and was able to provide us with first class service. He has a very professional manner and makes you feel very welcome and completely at ease. He listened carefully to our ideas to ensure that we got the most out of our tour. He was an excellent host who made everything that he could to ensure that we had a fantastic time. I can't recommend Vassilios highly enough - his tour was the highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m glad that you found my tour really interesting. But it’s not me. It’s the place that’s so gorgeous and delightful that remains unforgettable in your memory and brings you back again and again. I don’t exaggerate. I’ve travel a lot and it’s not easy to find places that have the mystical touch of Olympia that gives you the belief that Olympian Gods still live here through the courtesy, diligence and pride of local people.