4 independent reviews for Walking holiday in the West Cyclades, Greece

Reviews for Walking holiday in the West Cyclades, Greece

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review 2 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Reaching some amazing views by walking and then having a delicious dinner at a small Taverna serving local specialities.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Get some walking practice in before you come and bring walking poles if you need them for uneven paths.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The various restaurants, hotels etc had some out-of-season income from our stay. Flying always has environmental impact but once we arrived we took buses if we could and walked to visit the islands.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was a lovely holiday and our guide Annie was very well organised and friendly whilst being flexible and relaxed which made the trip very enjoyable.

review 24 Apr 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Beautiful views. Very relaxed. Times were respected.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't pack as if you were trekking but as if you were going to walk in the park

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, just a little.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Keri, Thank you for your comments and kind words. We are delighted that overall you enjoyed our walking holiday. We really enjoyed your company and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cyclades islands. If you have any feedback on how we can improve, please do write to us directly we’d really like to know how we can improve the way we operate. We realise it is a continuous process. As you joined a small group during the out of season months it was really beneficial for the local community. Both accommodations you stayed are owned by local families who live permanently at the islands. As you experienced they only had a few other guests. All the taverns that were selected by our guide are also run by local families and are open throughout the year and not seasonally as is the case with most. Our guide introduced you to the local culture, easter celebrations and food. You were introduced to locals and you were invited to locals' easter feast and house. Regarding the environmental impact of our business we do all we can to reduce our impacts throughout the year. We do try to introduce our guests to the local biodiversity and uniqueness of the Aegean ecosystems and we believe our guides offer interesting information. We do try to walk in designated paths, collect garbage, arrange clean ups on our own or in collaboration with other local firms several times. Finally we’d like to think that we create awareness of the main environmental issues. We do report on sightings of mammals and birds and members of our team take part in NGO events and seminars every year. Creating awareness is a step but it is not enough of course. These are just a few thoughts for further discussion. We look forward to hearing from you and work on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to the Cyclades soon.

review 24 Jun 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

For me it was the opportunity to walk and see amazing landscapes, villages, remote beaches, meet unique local characters, eat delicious food, get to know the Greek culture. I wouldn't be able to experience all that on my own!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

There are many options for hikes all over the island. Get some good footwear to protect your ankles, a hat, a swimsuit and enjoy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes we stayed at a family run guesthouse, ate at local taverns, tried local products, used public transport and walked to get to places. We cleaned up a beach after having a picnic. Our guide in general provided useful information about the local flora and fauna, the culture, economy and environmental issues

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

review 20 Apr 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Hiking all over the hillsides of Sifnos on ancient trails was a terrific way to see the beauty of the countryside, enjoy the wildflowers and get a strong sense of the island’s history. The hiking was great exercise. However, I think the most memorable part will be the good company we had in Annie Antonatou, our guide and host. We learned so much from her during casual conversations about moden day Greece and traditional Greek culture as well. Because of her friendly companionship we felt relaxed and comfortable everywhere we went.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Moderate fitness level is recommended for the level of hiking. Wear good hiking boots. Bring a raincoat in springtime. Accommodation is good but basic, so bring your own hair dryer if desired, as well as toiletries .

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, most definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very interesting and enjoyable. We're very pleased with the experience.

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