For travelers who have done this tour, can you tell me which of the stops has both the time and the facilities to do self-service or drop-off laundry (not having hotels do it at exorbitant prices)? I am trying to plan my packing and do not want to pack 14 days of clothes. I have tried the "wash in the sink" routine and find it to be a lot of trouble. In looking at the itinerary, I cannot tell which stops will have laundry facilities, hopefully about midway through the tour. I emailed Rick Steves, but the reply just said our guide will tell us, which does not help me pack. Thank you for any advice!
You might also post your question under the Rick Steves Tours part of this forum. Just a thought.
The hotel we stayed at in Monemvasia offered a reasonable laundry service. I think it cost around 10-15 euro for a large bag. We dropped it off at reception and it was returned to us folded the next day. To save precious trip time for us, that was more than worth it.
Anne, yes I recall drop-off laundry on this tour was in Monevasia. We stayed 2 nights. The group were very pleased with the service. That said, we traveled in September. It was very warm. We had light travel clothing and "sink washed" as needed. Enjoy this amazing tour!
Thank you! That is extremely helpful! Now I can look at the itinerary and plan my clothing to last until I can do laundry.
Our first and last hotel, Hera Hotel, also provided laundry services. I imagine any other hotel along the way would have recommendations, if they wouldn't do laundry as well. However, Monemvasia was good timing.
Thanks for the information. We will use this for packing for our trip next year.
Thanks for posting, I had the same question.we don’t do laundry in this sink either.
I spent a few days in Athens pre-tour and there's a coin-op laundry across the street from the Hera Hotel and a block from the Acropolis Select Hotel - the 2 hotels the tours usually use. Then I used the hotel laundry at Monemvasia, right in the middle of the tour. Perfect. I wash nothing by hand but my body and my wine glass :-)
As the previous posts said yes Monemvasia for laundry. We didn't use the service. We washed our own clothes in the sink and brought a clothesline to hang them on. Our last trip was 35 days including this tour and never once used a laundry service. This was easy for us to do and with the warm weather in September we had no problem with clothes drying. However I know its not for everyone. Enjoy Greece, it was wonderful.
Here’s a handy tip about sink laundry, forget about bringing sudsy detergent, most of the grime you will acquire is organic, sweat and such, I have been packing a ziplock of that oxygen cleaner OxyClean and it lifts out any stain, red wine you name it, plus no suds so rinsing is easy, it really works well for us. Seems safe for all fabrics as well, also the goofy mini clothesline is handier than hanging everything around the room, which I am sure service people find annoying
We, too, used the laundry service at the hotel in Monemvasia. I believe we got a clothes back that same night. It was very economical and was most welcomed as it was very hot during our tour. It was so nice to get nicely laundered clothes during the trip! All the sink and shower washing in the world doesn't compare to a washer and dryer!
In Rick’s guide book drop off laundries in central Athens are listed. We used one and our laundry was ready later the same day.
Kardamyli is the 2-night stop on the Athens & Heart of Greece tour, just before Monemvasia. I could tell that all of us travelers were getting a little clothes-worn & twitchy. On arrival night, we had arranged for a happy hour in the courtyard of the charming hotel. ALL of the balconies and terraces overlooking the courtyard were festooned and draped with freshly hand-washed and dripping wet underwear, swimsuits, and god knows what else. The decor provided some interesting commentary and comparisons over our wine, cheese and grappa. Ah, good travel times! No need to be laundry-shy!