Athens, Siros, Naxos and Santorini - FABULOUS
Greece | Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2022

Stan
Stan C.
Amesbury, MA | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

The trip was amazing. All of the transfers came off smoothly and the hotels were great.
The first night dinner at the Ergon was fabulous, we could not eat all of it. What an array of foods! Pavlina Snoblova <pavlina@alternative-athens.com> was a great tour guide for the Athens food tour, a real must for those seeking some authentic Greek food and coffee. We really liked Efyenyi's guided tour of the acropolis area. Being an archeologist, she had some good in-depth knowledge.
Antonio on... read more

The trip was amazing. All of the transfers came off smoothly and the hotels were great.
The first night dinner at the Ergon was fabulous, we could not eat all of it. What an array of foods! Pavlina Snoblova was a great tour guide for the Athens food tour, a real must for those seeking some authentic Greek food and coffee. We really liked Efyenyi's guided tour of the acropolis area. Being an archeologist, she had some good in-depth knowledge.
Antonio on Syros went above and beyond with his tour. It was the "white glove" treatment. I recommend him. The Akron Hotel was beautiful and the view from our window spectacular.
On to Naxos - we would have liked being closer to the beach but everything was very good. The second day was very windy so we shifted great and toured the marble city instead of Plaka Beach. Our driver spoke no English so it was a quiet ride, We toured the Kastelo and the next day on the food tour with Kyriaki we visited all but 2 of the stops we went to the day before. Glad to see our choices validated!
Then to Santorini; what a beautiful place! the room was exquisite. our favorite right after the Akron. We would recommend room 22b at the Makris Beach hotel! Bello was our tour guide for the trip to Oia, he was excellent, keep him. Our day trip on the catamaran was stunning. We were on the Time Out. The captain and crew we competent and hard working, seeing the city of Oia and the beaches from the water was a unique perspective. Snorkling was lovely as was the on-baord food. The icing on the cake was when the captain stopped the boat so we could all see the sun go down into the Agean sea. Truly memorable. The only thing I would have wanted was late check out from the Makris Beach Hotel, we could have enjoyed the beach one more time.

Hotel Reviews
Arion Syros
Hermoupolis, Syros

Fantastic! The room was incredible, a great layout with 3 windows facing the sea. Very clean and looked new. I could live there for weeks :-) The service was excellent. We loved it. Our first choice of all the hotels we stayed at.

Authenticity & Character
the breakfasts!
Location
close to town, awesome view from the windows.
Staff
Very helpful and easy to understand.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Number one on our list
Makris Beach Hotel
Kamari

Try for room 22b with the beach view terrace and private Jacuzzi! The twin rain shower it lovely, the room spacious. Loved it

Authenticity & Character
again, like new in the typical Santorini style
Location
Ten steps to the beach, can't beat it
Staff
Eleni was very nice and would have allowed late check out except the room was to be occupied by the next guests
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

What a beautiful little boutique hotel! Our room was small but delightful! The staff made us feel welcome and overall I cannot find any fault.

Authenticity & Character
Obviously the home of a wealthy person before becoming the hotel
Location
Very easy walk to everything we wanted to see in Athens
Staff
sweet and accommodating. Since we were leaving before breakfast, they made carry out bags for us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lagos Mare
Naxos

A very nice hotel but its location was not great. Surrounded on two sides bu dirt parking lot and a short walk to the beach area. The walk could be anxious with virtually no sidewalk and traffic. Oddly they had a Nespresso machine in the room with the pods but no cups, creamer or sugar. That was not a big problem as I easily went down to the breakfast area to get coffee for the room but other may not like it, Last the shower was not nearly as nice as in the other hotels. It was impossible to keep the water from soaking the floor,

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to beach, nice patio,
Staff
the staff were very accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Wow that is a small room!

Authenticity & Character
the eating area was open air and very nice
Location
If we had arrived much earlier we could have seen more. From the airport the ride seem long, to the airport, shorted. Not sure it was location or the road our driver chose.
Staff
They were nice but honestly we had little interaction
Cleanliness & Comfort
with 2 people in the room and our luggage it was cramped. Know I am accustomed to bigger hotel rooms but this was the smallest room of the week.
Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis
Harris
Harris Bitsounis
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Dear Stan,

Thank you very much for for finding the time to write this review. Your feedback is really valuable for us and of course for the future travelers. I am really happy that you had an overall amazing experience in our sunny country after all this situation with Covid and of course I will be more than happy to organize another trip to either Greece or Italy!

I wish you safe travels

Best regards,
Harris