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Reviews of Mykonos Tours
73% Recommend

3.9 out of 5
Excellent 24 Great 8 Average 0 Disappointing 0 Terrible 10
Value
3.9 Guide
3.9 Activities
3.9 Lodging
3.8 Transportation
3.8 Meals
3.8

J

Does Not Recommend

Sail in Greece SUCKS June 2019

1.0

YOLO CRUISE - Mykonos to Santorini

Here is a May 2019 review. I would not recommend this tour to anyone. Our group of 10 emailed the company post-tour explaining our dissatisfaction with the whole week, and they are taking absolutely no ownership of any issues. We asked for reimbursement/compensation. It was declined. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that because the reviews are conflicting, that they have pulled their socks up and improved recently. The more reviews I read, the more I notice many reviews are suspiciously vague and too positive. I suspect those reviews might be fake.

My main issues are with the safety and cleanliness of the boat. There are absolutely no safety briefings as you board the ship and a lot of my group did not know where the life jackets were. This became relevant when we had awful weather that was throwing the boat around as if it was nothing, breaking the anchor/chain. The crew were telling us that it was quite normal to have rough seas but if that is the case, it makes sense to prepare the group for the possibility. We had to sail for 8 hours in the night and we all had no idea what to expect or do. Things were smashing, broken glass everywhere, you could not stand or even sit without being thrown out of your seat. Communication from the crew was poor especially that night and would not have happened without our insistence.

The boat stinks. I absolutely refuse to believe that sailing boats normally smell like this. Vomit from seasickness and other human waste fermenting presumably in a septic tank is not something I had ever smelt before and hope never to smell again. This smell comes up through all the drains so it’s inescapable. The toilets were flushing with brown pooey water. Often you would find someone else’s poo in your toilet having made its way around all the pipes of the ship. It's horrifying. Oh, also I had a ‘functioning’ toilet. Half the ship did not so some of the group were literally holding in their poo until they got to land, so as not to make a big unflushable pile and make the smell worse. I didn’t know this until our final night on the boat. Many people bring the smell up when they review this tour and Sail In Greece state ‘no issues were reported by our staff’ every time. But based on what I saw, I doubt the crew are doing a daily updated check in with head office. For example: no toilet paper is allowed to go down the toilet, which is fair, but we were told the bins would be changed each day. My bin was changed once in 7 days. I doubt that if they give that few fucks about the cleanliness of the cabin bathrooms that they are doing daily quality assurance and reporting back on it. Oh and my ‘freshly made’ bed had a top blanket which had some crusty white stuff on it.

Things described on the itinerary are not likely to happen. Our itinerary described free ouzo, a night of unlimited cocktails, a private boat party with DJ. When we enquired about this, our tour guide had absolutely no idea. Because Niko was such a lovely guy I am reluctant to throw him under the bus but he is employed by the company and he should also be familiar with what has been quoted on the itinerary. Sail in Greece replied to our email saying "at no point did we say drinks are provided" but it absolutely read like that, otherwise we would not have expected it. For 10 separate people to interpret a statement the same way, you've used misleading words.

Sail In Greece have this disclaimer: ‘the itinerary is subject to change at the captains discretion or due to unforeseen circumstances’ but I think they use this to cover themselves to change things on a whim, things that are completely within their control. We are reasonable enough to understand that the weather can be unpredictable. But we lost two full days of activities and time on the islands due to a administration problems with them needing to get a new captain? It's frustrating beyond belief to be ready waiting to go and the crew can't tell you what is happening. And being stuck on the boat literally all day.

It was an absolute shitshow and if you read all that I am glad because it probably means you were quite seriously considering this trip. Don’t book with Sail In Greece.
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Operator Sail in Greece

B

Does Not Recommend

DO NOT TRAVEL WITH EF ULTIMATE BREAK May 2019

1.0

The Greek Islands

DO NOT TRAVEL WITH EF ULTIMATE BREAK. They do not value returning customers, they will not help you if your trip goes awry. I am really disappointed in this agency and how they handled my request for a partial refund for my trip due to things I missed because of their negligence. I just went on the Greek island getaway tour with them and spent $3000 to not get to visit the Parthenon and the acropolis when that was one of the most important things I was looking forward to. I tried to plan it on my own around the itinerary but was reassured we would visit it and we didn’t. Their customer service is awful and they don’t care whether you’ve been a customer for years. The whole trip was a disaster and they do not show any empathy for you. If you want to visit Greece you are better off planning it yourself. Don’t book with them. Read more

Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

J

Recommends

Such a Wonderful Company November 2018

5.0

Greek Island Hopping

This is such a professional and caring company. They are a great example why it's best to deal with real people instead of internet searches. I booked a condo on Tripadvisor for a month in Greece and found out about a week later that they had double booked and I was out of luck. But not really out of luck--a friend turned me to Wingbuddy and, considering the various curves our party of four threw at them (leaving from and returning to different cities, changing our minds, etc.), they proved to be patient, organized and reliable! They have an equally amazing partner in Greece called Courmouzis Travel. I had my passport stolen on the plane from Montreal and so was detained at the airport for a day. They did not miss a beat in providing logistics for me separate from the rest of the larger group to get me a new shuttle and ferry ticket. And when we did not like one of our accommodations, they immediately changed us the same day to a very acceptable alternative. I needed to extend my stay in Athens and they were kind enough to arrange their special pricing for me at the very nice Jason Hotel. I cannot say enough great things about them, but I do thank both Wingbuddy and Courmouzis in my most sincere way, Read more

Operator Wingbuddy

P

Does Not Recommend

BEWARE OF WINGBUDDY!!!! September 2018

1.0

Greek Island Hopping

BEWARE- WINGBUDDY WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY AND DISSAPEAR. THEY WILL NOT RESPOND TO CUSTOMERS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS!!
My parents booked a vacation to Greece through Wingbuddy and unfortunately for them, due to poor weather conditions the ferry from Santorini to Athens was not in service. When they tried to contact their service provider Wingbuddy, (whom they paid a significant premium to book through) to find out where they were going to stay the additional night in Santorini and how they were going to get home, as they needed to return to Athens to catch their flight back to Toronto, they were unable to reach a representative. Despite numerous attempts to contact the emergency line that was provided to them prior to their trip- NO ONE RESPONDED OR GOT BACK TO THEM. As you can imagine they are in quite a panic, being in an international country, unsure if there is even enough capacity to stay another night in the hotel, or if they will make it back to Athens in time to catch their flight home. They were able to get a hold of their airline, who advised them that in the event that they missed their flight, they would need to repurchase the next flight out, with an estimated cost of $2,000-$4,000 per person. WINGBUDDY IS A DISGUSTING PROVIDER. THEY TOOK THEIR MONEY WITHOUT PROVIDING A FULL SERVICE AND WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN AN EMERGENCY. I've since tried to call their office on my end, and I have not been able to get a hold of a representative, nor has anyone reached out to me/gotten back to me. Buyers, beware, WINGBUDDY IS TERRIBLE.

Additionally, they claim to set you up in 3-4.5 star hotels in Greece but this is not accurate. Completely dishonest and disgusting service.
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Operator Wingbuddy

S

Does Not Recommend

Terrible September 2018

1.0

Greek Island Escape

If I could leave zero stars I would. The ONLY thing that made this trip worth booking through affordable world was that we didn't have to worry about transportation. But wait, we did! I booked the Greece trip through them. It was 10 days from Athens, mykonos, santorini. Unfortunately two of our first days were completely travel days because our first layover was delayed which caused us to miss both flights and be stuck at both airports for 5+ hours each one. I knew ahead of time and notified affordable world because as their policy states, they can't do anything if anflight is delayed but will do their best to accommodate of we notify them ahead of time, which I did. When I did I was told to notify them when I got to next destination (Turkey). I said I wouldn't have service in Turkey and that is why I'm notifying them now. The representative ignored me and just said to see what happens. We ended up getting to our hotel at 4am when we had to be up at 6am for our tour of Athens. Our tour guide skipped several spots on the tour and left us to fend for ourselves to get back to hotel when we had no map or WiFi. Then on our ferries, I upgraded each one to VIP as I read many reviews that said to do so, and my husband and I were seated on the opposite side of the boat from each other! In what world does that make sense when you need to book it for two people on the first place that you don't even get seats next to each other on top of paying more for VIP?!?! This happened on EACH of the three ferries! Now affordable world ignores my messages and won't respond with anything other than they are sorry but it's not their fault. Please do yourself a favor and book with a more reputable company like gate 1 travel! Read more

Operator Affordable World

J

Recommends

AMAZING Spectacular Greece August 2018

5.0

Spectacular Greece with Island Cruise

This tour of Greece was AMAZING! We returned 2 weeks ago and my heart still skips a beat when I look at our pictures. Granville was personable, great at making sure we got where we needed to go, and shared stories that made the places we visited come alive. You could tell the country and people of Greece touch his heart. The local guides that met us at various points were delightful. Two in particular were Fuelia at Ephesus and Susie on the island of Patmos. The staff on the cruise ship were kind, efficient, helpful and tireless! The tour of the islands offered a postcard picture opportunity at every turn and the people of the islands were warm and welcoming. For the second half of the tour we were blessed with the WEALTH of knowledge that was Kassandra Porioti. Her vast and varied comprehension of the historical sights we visited was astounding. She knew backstories and dates like the back of her hand and as a bonus she took us to wonderfully scenic and quaint coffee stops along the way and recommended the BEST restaurants in each town.We LOVED our time in Greece, and wouldn't hesitate to go with smarTours again. In fact, even though it was our first tour, several of the people in our group had been on MANY trips with smarTours all over the world, which was a huge compliment to the standards of the company.Thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for this opportunity. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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