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Homeric Tours

4.8 | Excellent
  • 80% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1969
Headquarters
  • New York, NY, United States
Trips
  • 5

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Homeric Tours Reviews & Ratings 80% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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Recommends

Unforgettable trip! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We wanted to share some of our memories from our trip 9/22/15 to 10/3/15 visiting Greece and Turkey. We started in Athens where we met Kostas Kotsanas. He greeted us and went over our itinerary with us. He helped us find the perfect things to do and eat. He made sure we know where our transfers and tours were and we never had to give anything a second thought because he was always taking great care of our group. He gave us his phone number and we felt like we can call him anytime during our trip for anything. He became more then our tour guide but a friend. Homeric was amazingly represented by Kostas!
Our hotels, The Athenian Callirhoe in Athens, San Marco Hotel in Mykonos and Xenones Filtera was just beautiful, more then we can hope for, outstanding. We left for our plane back 7:20 am and Xenones Filtera had a breakfast to go for us, just wonderful!
Thank you Homeric, we will recommend you to all my friends. It's definitely a trip we will never forget!
From your Chicago Group!
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S

Recommends

I am providing herein a summary of both the good and the bad January 2017

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Our trip to Greece was in September 2016. I am providing herein a summary of both the good and the bad. Homeric is basically a facilitator which combines tours, cruises, and flights to meet your needs. This is a good way to arrange a trip if you can’t find a prearranged trip to suit your desires. In general, they did a good job of creating the tour we wanted. And thankfully, all of our scheduled transportation to-and-from the airports and transportation for excursions showed up as planned. My biggest fear had been that they would not show up at all. Our tour consisted of the Three Day Classical Tour of Greece, the Celestyal Cruise 8-Day/7-Night cruise, the Israel extension (a few days in Jerusalem with excursions), and the Egypt extension (a few days in Cairo with excursions). We took both the extensions before the Classical Tour and cruise instead of afterwards, which I assume is more common. Jerusalem was interesting and we felt very safe walking around. We took the light-rail to the Holocaust Museum on our free day, which was pretty easy to figure out. The Wailing Wall, Old City, Bethlehem and West Bank were also interesting. Israel was OK, but not our favorite. The best part of the trip was Egypt, because it was the most different from places we have traveled before, and we have done lots of traveling. A highlight was having our photos taken on camels with the Pyramids in the background, for $5 per person negotiated in advance. (Lean back in the saddle when the camel drops to its knees). We were extremely well taken care of in Egypt, from the time we landed to the time we departed. Our local contact person and local guide were great. But you do need to book an excursion for your free day, either in advance on-line with a tour company, or contact the hotel concierge in advance who can probably help you book something, or possibly book through Homeric. Don't think you are just going to walk around in Cairo and explore on your own, you will not feel comfortable and you'll take your life in your hands just trying to cross the street due to the lack of WALK lights. Cairo is chaotic but interesting! Regarding the 3 day Classical Tour, it could have been booked as a 3 or 4 day trip. On the third day, the people who had booked the 4 day trip went merrily on their way, while those of us who took the 3 day trip were left sitting in a hotel lobby for 1/2 a day waiting for our ride to show up to take us back to Athens. And our luggage was left sitting out in the lobby unprotected while we waited. The bus trip took about 4 hours to return to Athens with no bathroom stops. By the time we arrived back in Athens it was dark outside and the day was wasted. If I had known that the return trip would be so poorly coordinated, I would have booked the 4 day trip instead, at least we would have seen something new that day. My traveling companion said that he would have just skipped doing the Classical Tour altogether because we had seen plenty of historic sites and ruins on previous travels. Regarding the cruise, everything was adequate considering the cruise is a lower cost operation. However, one piece of checked luggage (not carry-on luggage) didn’t show up at the cabin door because it contained scissors. Ship security did not notify us that they had our luggage, causing hours of concern and questions. The best food I found was from the custom omelet station located near the pool (daily), and the pasta station near the pool (the pasta station only happened one day). I will say that the Captain's Formal Dinner was just a photo-op and nothing special, and can easily be skipped. We purchased some ship excursions in advance through Homeric, some from the local Homeric rep in Athens, and some on the ship. Nobody bothered to tell us that if we had waited to buy all of the excursions on the ship we could have saved lots of money because they sell package deals on the ship. One of the excursions, “A DELECTABLE DAY IN CRETE”, which we had pre-purchased through Homeric, was cancelled due to lack of participation. Apparently, this happened because a different Crete excursion was included in the package deal which saved money, so everyone signed up for that. The available excursions from the ship could have been explained and coordinated much better by Homeric. As mentioned, the local Homeric rep in Athens, Costas Kotsanas, sold us a few excursions. He sold us the Ancient Ephesus through the Ages excursion. I specifically asked Costas if we would have time afterward to walk around the town of Kusadasi and see the local market, and he assured me that we would have plenty of time - this was completely false. The excursion wasted so much of our time visiting a carpet factory, we got back to the port after dark and too late to walk around. By the time the bus got back, the shops were void of any other tourists or local shoppers - the place was a ghost town. If you like excavated ruins, then Ephesus might be a good location to see, but only if you are willing to be screwed out of seeing anything else. Otherwise, the cruise itinerary included a lot of different ports which were enjoyable to visit. Santorini and Crete were interesting and scenic, and we were very happy for the opportunity to visit Istanbul, where we took a full day excursion. Overall, Homeric did a good job and I would be willing to use them again. However, as with everything, some things could have been done better. Keep in mind that what you consider to be interesting is partially a function of what you have seen before. For example, other travelers on our trip found excavated ruins very interesting, while we were not as impressed as we had seen similar ruins before.
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Simply Best! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Kostas is by far the most knowledgable and qualified person to tour Greece. ( and friendly too) We were with a different tour group, and soon realized HE was SIMPLY THE BEST!!!! When I return I will only join his tours, with HOMERIC.
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Recommends

Excellent March 2014

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent knowledge for Greece!!!.

A

Does Not Recommend

Best Company January 2012

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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Since 1969, Homeric Tours has provided travelers with the most fulfilling and memorable travel experiences. Depending on your interests, time and budget, our hand selected independent, semi-escorted and escorted itineraries will bring your traveling dreams to a reality. If perhaps you’re looking for a more customized experience, let one of our destination experts hand craft an itinerary to match your specific needs. Regardless of your interests, when you travel with Homeric Tours, you are in excellent hands.

Homeric Tours not only provides you with a trusted and reliable source for purchasing your travel, the level of service you will receive from us only begins during the purchasing phase. Both before and throughout your trip, you will have the security of knowing you have a partner nearby to ensure your satisfaction. Whether it is something as simple as notifying you of a schedule change on an international flight, re-routing an island hop due to weather or recommending an optional excursion when greeted at your hotel upon arrival, our travel specialists and international infrastructure are in place to ensure a seamless experience for you and your travel companions.

Our hand crafted itineraries will either be Independent Hosted, Escorted or Partially Escorted. On Independent Hosted itineraries you will be traveling mostly on your own, but have the security of our staff “behind the scenes” to ensure the itinerary runs smoothly, whereas on Escorted itineraries you will be on a motorcoach with a tour guide the entire itinerary and Partially escorted itineraries will be a mix between Escorted and Independent.

If our hand crafted itineraries do not capture specifically what you’re looking for, there is also an option to fill out a customized trip request and one of our destination specialists will reach out to you and put together an itinerary just for you. Regardless of your travel needs, you will find the utmost in experience, service and value when working with Homeric Tours.

The Perfect Trip Begins With The Perfect Plan:

Group travel is increasingly becoming a desired way for people with different affinities to experience travel together. In addition to the marvels of the particular destination itself, traveling with a group provides a moving and unique social experience that often leads to life long friendships and memories. Whether you are part of an Alumni organization, an active member of your local church, a leader in your social club, or just an enterprising traveler, Homeric Tours is here to assist you with the planning and operation of your group. Let our years of experience in logistical planning and our network of international relationships provide you and your group with an enjoyable, seamless and most importantly, memorable experience.

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Highlights

  • Visit the Monastery of St. John, which holds a priceless treasure of icons,
  • Enjoy the whitewashed houses and the picturesque windmills at Mykonos
  • 3- night cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey
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