1 independent reviews for Greece small ship cruise, ancient sites of the Peloponnese

Reviews for Greece small ship cruise, ancient sites of the Peloponnese

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review 29 Oct 2016

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

It was absolutely fantastic to be able to visit so many places from the sea, going into small harbours and tying up among local fishing boats. Most visitors explore the Peloponnese by bus which involves long periods of travel, but we were never moored more than 30 minutes away from anything. The itinerary was well paced with a good mix of site visits, travel along the amazingly scenic coastline, and interesting talks about Greece, its history, customs and anything we wanted to ask about. We felt the programme just got better and better. I haven't even mentioned the excellent food on board, the opportunities to visit local bars and cafes, the outstanding group organizer (Joseph) or the equally excellent guide (Yevgenia). As for the visits - where can you even begin? The theatre at Epidaurus, the caves of Diros, Monemvasia, Olympia, Delphi, or the Corinth Canal?

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

It is a very intimate experience living with such a small group of fellow travelers and you have to be prepared to get along with others, as there is no escape for a week. We had a lovely group but I understand that not every group is the same.

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

We had one lunch in a local taverna - all the others were on board. The boat was mainly restocked at the start from its base in Piraeus, but as we had a lot of fresh fish and salad, we may have taken on local supplies during the journey, although we were not aware of this. We used local bars and cafes for drinks and coffee, but did not spend much money in the communities. The environmental impact of a small boat was probably no better than the per visitor impact of a large boat. All the visits were to areas already heavily conserved and we respected this.

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

Excellent holiday BUT our cabin was awful for pollution from the engines. We had asked for a Class A twin cabin. Ours (#9) was located right at the stern of the boat. We were never free from the noise of the diesel generator immediately below us and diesel fumes on the first two calm days with no wind to disperse them were unpleasant. On the times when we traveled at night, the additional roar, clatter and vibration coming through the structure from two 850 hp engines made sleep very difficult. And on the last night, in harbor when I thought we could at last have a peaceful rest, we were moored so close to the generator from the sister ship HarmonyG that the noise resonated against the sides of the two ships with a peak right outside our cabin. I was sorry to leave the holiday but very thankful to leave the cabin. I realize this is an old boat with a lot of character and we needed to be tolerant, but the noise was unpleasant and detracted from the experience. The message is - unless you are stone deaf or do not mind living for the duration with loud machine noises, make sure that your cabin is near the front of the boat.

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