We booked a tour with Panos through Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic (both great resources). Our ship arrived earlier than originally thought - Panos was there to greet us. We had a sick child, so we needed to pare down our itinerary a bit, so as not to wear our son out. Panos had a wonderful vehicle with air conditioning and gave us a wonderful tour book to keep as a souvenir. What a thoughtful and professional gesture. He took us to Olympia and the ruins - due to our son's disability, handicap permit and EuroKey, he was able to pull right up to the gates to drop us off. This was extremely important for us, as the area is not very wheelchair friendly and therefore, any distance we can save on walking for our son is important for his full enjoyment rather than full exhaustion. Panos was very accommodating and conscientious about our special requests. He was full of knowledge of the area, history and was passionate about sharing local flavor with us - not just the history out of a text book.
He took us into the city area for a Gyros (at our request) and shared a quaint sidewalk cafe with us that he said was one of the best! Very good Gyros! Then a quick stop at the Olympia Stadium and then on to Agios Andreas, the beach. We love to hunt for sea glass and we had great fun searching….one of our boys thought the surf hitting the beach sounded like Rice Krispies and my husband thought it sounded like popcorn - very cool, unusual sound, we'd never heard. My Marine Biologist-want to be, son, was disappointed that he didn't find any shark's teeth, though.
We were also given a very incredible gift - homemade olive oil! We were so incredibly touched by this gift - we didn't know if we'd be able to get it home, but I made sure it made the trip with us and it is a very cherished and rationed treat - best we've ever had!
Thank you, Panos for a spectacular tour of your land and I've already recommended you to 3 other families for their trips in the next year! You were a blessing to us - thank you! God Bless you and your family!
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