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Alykes Tourist Train
|Teresa S 10/10|
Brilliant trip. Our guide was Lynn I think, very good value, interesting funny. Loved the museum and the little taverna. Brought some honey - very good value and loved the wine. Need I say more!
|Mark S 10/10|
Just got back from Alykes, we also had a ride on the Train and what a fab day out this was, a very good value day out for all ages
|Sue J |
We have just got back from a week in Alaykanas and the highlight of our week was a trip on the little train. Brenda is an amazing and funny guide and Spiros is so cute! His passion for the island is infectious and seeing all his hard work in the museum was amazing and very humbling. If you are going to Zante you must go on this trip. It was 12.5 euros and worth every single penny ( euro ) You can book your tickets at Jammys in Alaykaynas but we also just turned up and managed to get on. Have fun!!
|Pat M 10/10|
Thanks Brenda for a wonderfull trip.This was our second trip in two years.( Guess we didn't learn our leson the first time. ) Will there be a 3rd trip?YOU BET THERE WILL BE. Will have to de tox for the rest of the year to get ready for it. See you next year. hic
|Joyce C 10/10Hi to Spiros, Brenda, David & Lyn once again we enjoyed a wonderful trip to Pigadakia museum and of course the Kaki Rahi, the best trip and most relaxing time seeing rural Zante and of course meeting you all again|
|Jane E |
most enjoybale trip not to long. Very interesting and the wine say no more
|Janice W |
|Jules P 8/10|
Great little trip and didn't break the bank.We took a three month old and a three year old and they both found it enjoyable. Nice little stop at a taverna with really nice food!!
|Kc D 10/10|
|Colin Y 10/10|
Really enjoyed this trip! it's a must! it's not just a ride on a train, it's so interesting and fun! and my God there's not much of that in the world today. Thank you to Brenda and Spiros money well spent. Oh and by the way Brenda..... the Holy water didn't work for me i didn't wake up the next day 6 foot and Handsome Thanks again!
|John H 10/10|
One of the best trips out I have ever had in Greece! The museum is fascinating ( and amazing when you think that Spiros has done it all himself, no sponsorship or government money). The countryside is so lovely, the little church at Pigadakia is interesting and the hospitality at Spiros taverna is overwhelming (you really do have to keep refusing more wine). Spiros himself is a truly kind man, as I found out when my camera ran out of film. "No problem", he said, and when we got to the church and taverna he put me into his own car and took me up to the supermarket in the middle of the village, waited while I bought a new film then took me back to the taverna. He wouldnt even take a couple of euros for the petrol. Thats the kind of thing that just doesnt happen in the UK.
By the way, you can buy your ticket at the train/excursion office opposite Montes supermarket in Alykes main street, and I think theres another one in Alykanas main street.
|Hayley T |
Hi you used to be able to book at the Jam in bar, not sure if this has changed but im sure you can. I will probably be speaking to the lady who runs it soon so if it has changed i will keep you updated.
|Faith S |
Thanks for your help Hayley. Do you happen to know if there is somewhere in Alykanas to book the trip as I am sure we booked it from there last time. If not, it is no big deal walking up to Alykes to book.
|Hayley T |
Hi you can book the train at the station opposite the main supermarket in Alykes, youcan also book the greek nite here aswell. Hope this helps
|Faith S |
I went on the tourist train a few years ago and really enjoyed it. We are going back to Alykanas this year, but cannot remember where you book this from? Also, how do you go about booking the greek night as we did not go on it last time we were there.
|Hayley T 10/10|
Hi to everyone off the train, i cannot recommed this trip enough and the greek night, we have been numerous times as our friends work on the train and Dave works in the restaurant! It is a brilliant experiance which gets better each year. I'd love to say im going to be back next year but i am 12 weeks pregnant and am not going to be able to get over until 2009 which i am gutted about however i know our baby will love every second as my friends off the train will make every minute special as they always do. I hope you are reading this avril and i cannot wait to see you and dave again even though it is going to be a while.Take care love Hayley and lee xx
|Helen B 10/10|
This is a brilliant trip well worth the money, We happened to see the board about 10 mins before train was due but we were still able to join the trip. Very interesting seeing the history and hospitality at the taverna superb. Raisins have gone down a treat at home
|Panagiota V 10/10|
For anyone who was in Alikanas or Alykes on Wednesday 26 September they should know how much i enjoyed the train ride. We made sure everyone heard us or waved and we were very loud!!
About 17 regulars from the Iris Bar went on the train to the museum, church and the Taverna and it was the best day out EVER!!!! Nice to find out some history about the villages and the island and use one of the funniest toilets you'll use (always helps to take someone to hold it on a breezy day!!!!!! those who have visited will know what i mean!!).
You must have the Pork Souvlaki Plate at the taverna its fantastic and only 6 euro and you'll need something to absorb the wine - it does make you into a giggling, cheering, singing idiot - but thats what its all about going and having a fun time. Excellent day which must be sampled at least once or more if your liver can handle it!! Make sure you wave to the locals if they come out to wave - no-one thinks its silly!!!!
Thanks to all involved in making this a fantastic day out xx
|Louise E 10/10|
The train trip is a must for everyone, take time and find out if you are staying in alykes or alykanas about this trip its fantastic and the guides are great, brenda is really great fun and makes the trip interesting for all ages... Watch out for the village wine as per other comments it makes you become a giggling idiot or a giddy kipper!!!!!
Louise September 2007
|Karen N 10/10|
You MUST do the train ride on your first week, because :
1. It's MUCH better than you think it's going to be, and
2. You can buy a ticket for the best Greek night in town.
Watch out for the wine - it turns you into a giggling idiot.
|Karen M 10/10|
i heard about the train & it seemed to have a rather boring line up ..museums churches & tavernas but it was FANTASTIC !! Brenda was a great guide & the wine sent the parents doolally ! GOt some holy water & it was actually a great ancient museum! x
|Saz L 10/10|
Have been on the trip a few times but this year was the 1st time to the Greek Night on saturday night. What a brilliant time had by all in the party. We were all up dancing and joining in. I have been to a few Greek Nights in my time but this has got to be one of the best and I really do recomend it for people. Spiros is lovely and makes you feel very welcome. My Neices boyfriend got very taken with the red wine and was talking to a Scottish Gentleman sitting opposite us about this and the next thing we knew was that Spiros placed 2 bottles of wine in front of him to take home "on the house". This really made his day. On the way back to Alykes everyone was singing on the train and everytime we went past bars everyone was waving to us. All in all an excellent night out and would most definitley do it again.
I've been to Alykanas about 18 times but only went on this trip for the first time last year, it's a good, fun outing. Say Hi to Brenda from me!
|Sharon W 10/10|
We went on the Tourist Train twice, once for the sightseeing trip which was lovely and the museum was really interesting. Then we went to the Greek Night on the Saturday which was a hoot, lots of drinking, eating, dancing, plate-smashing, fire hopping ang general tipsy fun! We had a great time and Spiros was lovely, I have never seen someone with such a permanent smiley face!!
I would definitely do it all again, 10/10!!
|Debbie W |
Got back from Alykanas on 27th May after a wonderful week away without the kids. Went on the Trainaki with my boyfriend who hadnt been before, he pulled a face when he first got on it as he had to wave to people as we went past but he soon got the hang of it and actually enjoyed himself. We went to the taverna where we were plied with wine, well i was as he didnt drink and complained there was no orange juice....MEN!! We are hoping to go back very soon, its a good trip out and would highly recommend it.
|Debbie W |
Im back to Alykanas on the 20th May this year and i hope to be going on the 'trainaki' trip once again. I have been on it twice now and its brilliant. Last time i took my mother she fell off the train must of been all the free wine she had, so be warned!!
|Jean N 10/10|
Just read Big Ds comment about the tourist train. Strangely enough its the most popular trip in and around Alykes and Alykanas. Wheres the Virago Bar?
|Paul B 10/10|
did not get to ride the train but i know they are brill becaues my stepmum was the guide and she is brill
|Big D 1/10|
I will edit my comment here as I will not OBJECT to anyones post.
This is here for peoples opinions positive and negative and I voiced mine.
I stick by it
|Chriss & Mal |
Oh dear, what a negative comment!! Could you not see the possible interest that this excursion has for most people - the one's who like to learn a little of the history of the island and it's people?
We've been on the train a couple of times and have enjoyed the experience - Spiros is so welcoming and happy to see people it makes the day so joyous.
He's worked hard to provide something a little different for the tourists and in the process has created a lot of work for the villagers who all work, in various guises, during his Greek nights which are well worth the money and entertaining - you'd be hard put to get a night out in good old Blighty for 20 euros. I do apologise for extending the enjoyment we experienced by indulging in a 'sing-song' on the way home but surely a few high spirits are what holidays are all about - aren't they (I'm all respectable at home for the other 50 weeks of the year so surely 2 weeks off for good behaviour is in order)?
|Big D |
Sorry this so sad Its typical brits abroad territory
Lets go to Zante and go on the blackpool express
|Debs B |
Excellent trip. We booked this whilst staying in Alikanas 2 weeks ago. It was a scorching hot day. The museum was fantastic as was the church with its healing water - stinks but we tried it for sunburn. Further on we stopped at taverna and met Spiros a lovely, lovely man. Free wine started to flow and heads started getting fuzzy!! Once back on train small bottles of wine passed to the ladies however, my sister-in-law is not a wine drinker so she passed to her other half who necked it on the way back to the hotel. Once back at the hotel and 5 mins by the pool he was snoring. On waking he could'nt praise this trip enough. Thanks to Brenda for all the info. We sat at the back of the train with Brenda and as like Brenda we are all from Leicester we had a great time with her. Unfortunately for Brenda, she sat with my brother-in-law who found it difficult to talk as he constantly had the bottle of wine in his mouth. Definitely a trip not to be missed and great value for money. We were going to book the night visit as well but unfortunately as it was end of season, this had been finished. A must for next year!
|Hayley A |
This was a fantastic trip and our friends as usuall Avril, Brenda and Dave at the taverna made it extra special!!
Don't miss the Greek night it isn't like others it has live music and some excellent dancers and Spiros (Sid James Lookalike) makes the night fantastic!!!the wine is cheap and lethal!!!
The meal is lovely you start with bread and a small selection of greek dishes each include meatballs, tazeki, chesse pie and cheese!!!
Then you get a large dish of Greek salad with Feta Cheese this is one between two but really is enough!!!
The main course is chicken or stuffed tomatoes with potatoes and salad!!!
For desert you get water melon which is lovely!!
The whole meal is fantastic and the kids will love the plate smashing and the fire dancing!!!!
This trip should not be missed. On the day trip you are taken to a museum that Spiros has made himself through stuff he has collected through the years, you then go to the Taverna to taste the wine he has made himself which is fantastic. You can buy a small selection of snacks.
I would recommened this trip the staff are really friendly and you are always made to feel welcome you also visit the church opposite the taverna.
Thankyou for a fantastic time yet again and see you in May don't forget to keep our train seats for the Greek Night!!!
|Yvonne T |
This is absolutely great value for money. Last time we visited we took the train during the day but this time we did the night time trip. It was really good because you go up in day light but come back when it is getting dark. We were plied with village wine and all the ladies were given a bottle to take away. It was absolutely brilliant fun and everyone was singing and enjoying the themselves on the way back to the resort.
|Sara L |
What a great trip this was!The museum put together by Spiros is fascinating to say the least and i thought we going to go back legless when we got to his taverna we were given so much local village wine!!They even brought out grapes and raisins and chips for the kids.We went back to the greek night on the saturday which was excellent value for money.Was it just us or does anyone else think that Spiros has a look of Sid James from the carry on films!!! Great night out
|Michelle M |
If you don't book any other trip whilst in Alykanas or Alykes, make sure you book to go on the tourist train! It is well worth the 10 euro. You don't have to book it at Alykes, you can book it in Alykanas at the Jam in Music Bar. You get to see lots of things, and taste the wine thats the best bit! hehe
|Rachel B |
This was a great trip. If you are going to do this trip, make sure you book for the saturday night greek night it is fantastic and worth the money. we did not drink 7 carafes of wine ( honest)
Rache, Belinda, Matt, Ron, Chloe (8) Thomas (7)
|Paul T |
We saved the train trip for our last night in Alykes, and deffo saved the best for last. This was the highlight of our holiday. The little museum was fab, the church wonderful. and Spiros and the taverna was outstanding. Suplied with almost endless supply of wine, Spiros was a very proud and welcoming host. This trip was fab, and only 10 euros each, even at double the price it was value for money. An absolute must for any visiter to Alykes!
|Julie W |
This little train trip is well worth 10 euros. We were waving like made on the way to Spiros' museum. The stinky water in the church was good for mozzy bites and we brought a bottle to last us the week back to our apartments. We expected just a couple of free glasses of the village wine but we were plied with so much wine we were sozzled and then we were all given a little bottle each to take back. We also went on the little train Greek night which was excellent value.
loved the tour! been to alykes 5 times now but never been on the train, would defo go again.
the greek night is a must too! lovely wine! yum!
the holy water got rid of my p***kly heat & didnt get it again for the rest of the holiday!
hey julian we must have been on the same night cos i remember the 2 very drunk irish women lol one trod on my foot & nearly broke it ouch! lol
|Alan & |
This was our third holiday in Alykes but the first time we went on the tourist train. We thought it would be just round alykes and alykanas but it's not - it's brilliant and great value for money. Takes you out of the resort to a wonderful museum that Spiros has worked really hard on, a beautiful little church with healing water and across the road to a taverna where you can try Spiros' wine (which goes down really well!). Dee is very informative and we can't believe we have never been on this before. We'll be back in September 2007 and will certainly go again.
|Brian C |
Went on this back in May 06 (seems like a life time ago !), best trip out there, Sat night was a hoot, loads to drink and eat. Only bad part was some people decieded to do karaoke, could see the locals didnt like this much, nor did we either, it was a greek night after all ! Try and do this trip if you can, 20 euros a head, cant be beat !
|Angela N |
hya laura, when you arrive in alykanas find the jam-in bar and book the train there with spiros. it runs the tour twice a day and whilst on the tour you will be told about the greek night and able to book it. its on a saturday so go on the train early in your hol as it gets booked up very quickly. the best greek night on the island. enjoy!
|Angela N |
if you visit alykes or alykanas make sure you get the best value for money trip on the island. go on the little train. our guide was called averil and she was fantastic, really made it all come alove for us, and good fun too. the hospitality at spiros taverna was un-believable. came home rat a**ed. (oooops) the zakynthian evening on a saturday is the most traditional and authentic we have ever been to, and a gift at twenty euros.. do them both, the best trips on zante. love angela and david.
|Julian H |
Won a quiz at hotel and got a free trip for me and my girlfriend on the train, to visit Spiros and his many achievements (I think he's the Don Corleone of Zante). We were a bit worried about what it would be like and if our attention span would last ,but were extremely surprised! The ride was fun and we were forced by the tour guide (forget her name - Northern lass recently married) to wave at everyone on route thus earning us more free wine when we reached the taverna!! We visited a Museum that was suprisingly very interesting (all exhibits collected by Spiros over 500years, so he's old aswell ) and slapped the "Healing water" from the church at St Panteleimona all over the bits on our body that are dodgy -Too personal to elaborate further!!!! Finished of with loads of wine at Spiros's taverna and was completely wrecked by the time we got back to Alikanas - trip date 23rd May 2006 - Big hello to the two Irish women we got drunk with. - Julian and Beverley xxx
|Alan M |
We went on this trip Sept 05. Worth every penny,the 4 of us went on the evening ride,which was ideal as we missed the heat of the day.Its a realy nice trip to Spiros taverna,on the way we were well informed by Dee,she explained all about the Alykes area,also when we arrived at the museum how Spiros had spent a lot of time collecting all the items inside.The food was tasty the wine even tastier.You must book the Greek night with Dee,she realy looks after you makes sure your wine jugs are not empty for to long,excellent night out,not one complaint all night give a go. .
|Kerri A |
The train trip was one of the best €10 I spent on hols last year. It was really interesting and the rep really got everyone gripped.
Was gutted that they do a greek night on a Friday night as I would have gone but was in Zante town shopping and only stayed a week.
It's one of the must dos when you go to Alykanas!
|Sam & Peter |
the tourist train is fantastic!
|Carolyn F |
went on train a week ago and it was fab,would highly recommend it to anyone.was only 10 euros each.avril the tour guide made it all very interesting from start to finish.enjoyed the meal at the restaurant in pigadaki,and a free bottle of local wine thrown in.museum and church tour were excellent.
|Julian P |
Surprisingly, this was actually a good evening out, and the kids (including a 14 year old MTV fan) were just as surprised. The rep (can't remember her name) makes what appears to be a bland museum quite interesting and everyone loved cheering and waving at every restaurant we passed.
|Karen M |
We loved this . some lovely views as you make your way to museum and church. Tried holy water on mosquito bites, didnt work!
Also you visit Spiros's Taverna with loads of free wine and good food. Best wine I have ever tasted and you dont get headache as much after.
Also the Trainaki Greek night was brill, very authentic with all the family dancing and singing. Food great again. Wish I could have done this trip again
|Emma M |
Wow this was fantastic and I can not recomend it enough. we dd the 5.45 train as we felt it would be cooler and we would appreciate it more, but be warned, you will need to book as it is very busy!
The train journey was fantastic and the museaum stop good. You then move on to a local church and have a brief history of it, and get to use some healing waters, (not sure if it works yet.....will let you know! ) You then go to a taverna, and taste some traditional greek food and wine, before heading back to Alikanas.
The one thing that struck me about Zante is how friendly the people are. Almost everyone we passed waved and smiled at us....fantastic. What a great way to see around Alikes and Alikanas.
|John W |
Excellent more than just a kiddies ride.
|Hayley T |
hi aviril not to sure if you read this ,if you do will be over in september.
train is a must you can board it in alkannas as well
hayley and lee
|Theresa S |
great great great. the best greek night we have ever been on. the plates smashed all night
|Les K |
Went on the Train on 25th May & thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We also did the Greek Night on 28th, which was WELL worth the E20 each we paid. Going home was a riot as most of us were rather merry, as we went passed the Bars & Restaurants the people must have thought we were crazy. Thanks to Dee & Avril, would love to repeat the experience at a future date.
|Dolores I |
Can anyone tell me what time the train runs at and how long it takes . We are back in Tsilivi next week for our 3rd visit and we would like to go on the train
We really enjoyed the train journey when we went on it last May. It was better than we thought it would be. Our son who was 3 at the time thought it was great and says he wants to go on it again this year. It was nice to get out into the Greek country side to see the Greek way of life and to sample some of the free wine at Spiros` taverna in Pigadakia.
|Jane G |
My name is Jane and I worked with Dee on the train the year before last. I am in contact with Dee - if you leave your details I will pass them on to her
|John D |
it was good we loved greek night as well,sorted for dee will be back in october
|John D |
anyone know how to get in touch with dee?
Highlight of our stay in Alykes! We thought we were going on a little train trip around the town but turned out to be a lot more! An absolute must for anyone staying nearby!
|Helen P |
I can strongly recommend the blessed water in the church on this trip. After 2 1/2 years of trying everything possible to cure my daughters warts on her hands, after one dab of this unhygenic liquid, they disappeared almost over night.
|Theresa S |
We went on the train ride last june  and I was just browsing to see if it is still running because we all ages from 9-69 enjoyed it so much that we want to book for next year when we return to Alykes.I was shoked to read the comments by Daryl and let people know that I think he must of been having a very bad day, because the scenery was lovely and the folk museum looked like a folk museum was supposed to look . We just hope that we can book the evening up at the taverna next time because it was fully booked last time
the train ride was great. we all got invited to a greek night at the taverna and i was talking to Dee about getting married there. Unfortunately I lost the card she gave me.....does anyone know how to contact her?
|Jane S |
Daryl - from your comments scattered around this site you seem to have a problem. You are rude and angry about everything on the comments I have seen, what a pity, as you seem to have had such a poor holiday. Could I recommend that you visit your doctor and discuss some treatment for depression / anger, really Zakynthos wasn't that bad, and this must be one of the best local history museums anywhere in the world. What a pity for your anger and boredom to spoil such a peaceful holiday.
|Darryl G |
this trip has little or nothing to recommend about it. the museum is small and nothing of any particular interest is housed there. we were given some free wine at the taverna opposite. i've never tasted rat's p**s but would guess it was not too dissimilar from the vile concoction that violated my taste buds. this trip is thoroughly unsuitable for children since it induces nothing more than monotonous boredom. if you want to take a closer look at the island's scenery i suggest you take a window seat on the coach transfer from the airport and save yourself the unnecessary time and expence that this tedious rubbish inflicts upon you.
|Tina K |
I quite liked this trip although one of the passangers fell seriously ill and had to be taken to hospital which meant we didn't get the full tour guide through the museum which houses farm instruments etc from the past and shows you how the Greeks used to live. The guide on the 'train' gave quite a bit of interesting info as we drove along.It cost us 10 euros.
|Michelle G |
hi me and my family - hubby, daughters, 6 & 4 , and son 18 months are staying in tsilivi for 2 weeks from 13 june 04- can anyone suggest some good trips suitable for us and how to book etc
|Calvin F |
How could I get to this from Laganas?
|Theresa S |
Great journey, wonderful scenery, excellent tour guide, lovely taverna at end of journey, we can't come back in 2004, but we have booked for 2005 so that we can make it for the train journey in the evening so we can experience the night at the taverna
|Sue P |
We went on the Trainaki on the evening visit (it left Alykanas at 5pm) expecting to be gone around 2.5 hours. How wrong we were. Everybody was having such a good time at "Kakia Rahi" Taverna drinking wine and eating raisins that we didn't return until 8.45pm.
|Lulu L |
Definately worth going on. The scenary is lovely and Spirios is very sweet, as are the raisens you get to try at his taverna! PLenty of his wine to try as well. We also saw the 108 year old lady, with remarkably dark hair for a lady her age!
|Tony E |
Great little outing with the Trainaki ! Spiros is a happy man , always smiling , Dee works hard and deserves a payrise mate!
|Helen W |
You must go on this trip - well worth the money - and Dee is a lovely lady, spiros has wine to die for and we actually saw the 108 year old lady!
|Lee R |
we went on train at the end of june 2003 and for 10 euros each well worth while. a very nice tour of alykes, museum,church,and plenty of free wine with spiros.you pass a house where a 108 year old lady lives and still works.its good that olive oil!
|Miss R |
We went on this trip in may 2003. it was 10euros and lasted 2 hours. You visit a museum and a church that has built rebuilt after the 1953 earthquake. Next stop is a taverna where you will get a free glass of wine(or 2). You will learn a bit about local life and have the opportunity to buy some of that gorgeous wine.
|Alan J |
I went on the train last year.I think it was about 7 euro's and it lasted 2 hours.There are two trips a day, one at 11.00 and one at 18.00.Well worth the trip.Enjoy your hols....Alan
|Andy G |
we are going to alykanas this august.we too would like to know how much it costs,and how long the trip is. thank you very much,gill,mark
|Mark A |
My family and I are holidaying in Laganas this May and I was hoping that someone could tell us how much does it cost for the train tour and if possile can anyone give me information on the best excursions and how much they cost. Thanks.
|Sue B |
One of the most enjoyable outings of the holiday.
|Laura W |
The train takes visitors inland on a round trip to Katastari and Pigadakia and back to Alykanas/Alykes. A visit to a local museum and Taverna were included in the price with a full English commentary (thankyou Dee) on the way there and back about the island,it's history and it's customs. The museum was really interesting due to Dee's knowledge of the people of Zante and the Taverna owner( Spiros ) was very friendly...you can buy homemade wine(try it first excellent!), olive oil etc.We would highly recommend this trip for adults and children away from it all in the hills.
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