We booked a semi private shore excursion in Athens with Yanni Tours. Yanni was prompt in replying to emails and enquiries.
The tour got a messy start. We were told to look out for
someone carrying a sign "Semi Private Excursion" when exiting the cruise terminal. However, there was none after searching around for 5 - 10 mins.
We were concerned and got another tour provider (who was meeting his cruise passengers) for help. He kindly used his mobile phone to call Yanni. And we were subsequently directed to a other group classified as " PK Travel Bus 3". And we were the last 2 persons to get into the van, as it was almost ready to leave without us. Seriously, we would have missed the whole excursion if not for the help of this kind person.
Yanni should at least have informed us (we gave our mobile tel to him, and emailed him a few days before this excursion) that we would be merged with the PK Travel group?!
The PK Travel groups were
much better organised. As we were waiting to disembark the ship, we overheard some fellow cruisers asking each other whether they belonged to PK Travel Bus 1 / 2 / 3, which were pre assigned to them beforehand. And the PK Travel guides were waiting and holding clear signs at the cruise terminal.
If we had known, we would have booked with PK Travel directly, as we saw their website as well.
Thankfully, we have a good driver, good and knowledge able guide Evangelia, and nice sights to compensate for the messy start of the tour.
Evangelia spoke very good English, was very friendly and knowledgeable on the history of the various sights we visited. It was very insightful to learn from her how the bits and pieces came together. Later, we came to know she was actually an archaeologist by training - no wonder and what a privilege to have her as our guide!
Evangelia showed us the restaurant street (as we were craving for pasta) in Plaka. She even went out of her way to walk some of the fellow tour mates to show them the ancient agora, though it was not part of the itenary. She was really excellent and we'd strongly recommend her to friends looking for a good guide in Athens n Greece.
One point to share with fellow travellers planning day excursions in Athens is to wear shoes with thicker soles and firm grip. The road up to Acropolis is very rocky and can be slippery (worn out marble slabs / stones). My driving shoes were insufficient and I suffered a minor strain on one of my toes (thankfully not serious)
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