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#21
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We used Nickos Loukas for our tour of Athens. We had a wonderful day and it was worth every penny we paid! Our driver was very knowledgeable, and at our request, to us to a fabulous local family run restaurant! I highly recommend this tour.
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#22
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Originally posted by Gracie115
We used Private Greece Tours both last September for our Athens tour and again in early May this year. Both experiences were excellent. Last year was our first visit to Athens and our driver Alex, along with our guide Villeas did a wonderful job of showing us the city. They both were very knowledgeable and made the trip so much better than if we had been on our own.

This year, since we had already been to Athens, Nikos, the owner of the company took 8 of us to Mycenae and Corinth and it was truly one of the highlights of our 11 night cruise. Mycenae was amazing. Nikos also took us to an excellent restaurant for lunch in Corinth that overlooked the sea with wonderful breezes and great food! Nikos did a wonderful job of telling us about the Greece countryside, which is also quite beautiful. If we are lucky enough to go back to Greece we will definitely contract with Private Greece Tours again, I highly recommend this company.
As Jeanne said, 8 of us spent the day touring Mycenae and Ancient Corinth. I arranged this tour based on Jeanne's recommendation from using them last year and was not disappointed. Nikos was easy to work with, his price was reasonable, and a good time was had by all. I can highly recommend using his company, whether you get him for your driver or one of the many great drivers that work for him.
#23
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If you are thinking of hiring a private tour company in Athens, my husband and I highly recommend a company called Private Greece Tours. The owner, Nikos Loukas can be reached via email at: [email protected]
We initially found this company last year and I was a little hesitant giving my credit card number because I had no idea who we were dealing with. Let me assure you, you have NO WORRIES!! Nikos does not charge anything to the card and you pay cash after the tour is over. They are a professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy company that I would highly recommend to anyone.
What I like is that you can either tell the company what you want and they will accommodate, or, you can ask them to plan a tour for you and they will build it around your wants. The owner, Nikos Loukas, takes a personal interest in each of his bookings and tries to come and meet the clients as they tour with their driver.
This May we took a second tour with Nikos’s company in Athens, with the same great driver we had last year, Alex (the Great!!). By this second tour, we really felt we were meeting a friend, certainly we were treated that way. This trip we were accompanied by our daughter and son-in-law. Alex knew exactly the best agenda to suggest, we had a great day, and the kids loved it. He timed our tour so that we got to see first hand the changing of the guards, which was a real highlight for us. He took us to a point in Athens that provided the best city look-out point with a breathtaking view of the city. We feel we have two true friends now in Athens, Nikos and Alex.
#24
Kent. England
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Joined Feb 2005
We have just returned last Saturday from our cruise and used Nikos Loukas at Private Greek Tours and cannot recommend this company enough. We had a group of 13 and Vassilis was our guide for the day.

We did all that we wanted in Athens and then on the way to Cape Sounion we visited a typical Greek Restaurant for refreshments.

We would have no hesitation in booking a tour with this Company in the future. They were true to their word in every respect.
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#25
Lafayette, LA
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Joined Feb 2012
We had a cruise stop in Athens in May. We booked the full day tour with privategreecetours.com. Nikos was very easy to book the tour with before our trip. We really enjoyed the tour. The price was very reasonable too. I would recommend emailing Nikos with the amount of time you will be in Athens and they can customize your day trip.
#26
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Joined Feb 2012
I do all kinds of research before booking excursions. If you are reading this you wont need to do the same work I did. As part of a cruise in May 2012, I contacted Nikos at http://www.privategreecetours.com/. Communications (from Canada) via email couldnt have been easier. Nikos offered one price for just my family (my wife and 19 & 13 year old kids) and another if I arranged for 10 people. It was easy to find 6 other people who wanted to join the tour via Cruise Critic. Nikos met us at the terminal and provided an excellent tour. He provided lots of personal insight and told us all we needed to know before getting to the various destinations to tour on our own. I listened in on other large group tours (as noted on other replies, the driver cannot provide the tours) and they were hearing the same information we had already heard.
Nikos is extremely proud of his country and is happy to share his passion. His insights on timing, where to go for lunch, and places to see where the large impersonal group tours cant reach made for a fantastic day. I strongly recommend using the link above and book your tour. You really wont regret it.
#27
Northern California, USA
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Joined Mar 2004
We recently returned from the Solstice cruise and used athensbytaxi for a 1/2 day tour. The company is extremely professional from making the reservation and following up promptly. Nick was the best driver who navigated Athens traffic so smoothly. He got us to the Acropolis before the crowds and we never felt rushed. Highly recommend!
#28
Orlando, FL
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Joined May 2012
What an excellent and economical way to see the city more intimately than what you can experience riding in a large ship-sponsored tour bus. http://www.*************
We were travelling with two teenage girls and besides The Acropolis, the highlight of our Athens visit was trekking to the top of The Church of St. George -Lycabettus Hill. The view is amazing!!! Paul Kalomiris, the owner of Greek Taxi Tours, is very responsive via email.
#29
Vancouver BC
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Joined Apr 2008
In May I used athensbytaxi dot com and the owner Paul, couldn't have been better. Knowledgeable, prompt and flexible. I highly recommend him!
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#30
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I had the pleasure of going on the Argolis - Full Day Tour at the end of May/12 with Private Greece Tours. Our guide for the day was Petros, and he was WONDERFUL. We went to the Corinth Canal, Ancient City of Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, as well as a couple of quick stops along the way. The day was perfect, and we all raved about it. Petros was very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable about the area. We had a lovely lunch in the beautiful town of Nafplion. I would highly recommend Private Greece Tours. I had already seen the Acropolis, so this tour getting out of the city really allowed us to see parts of Greece that most don't.
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Joined Jul 2010
My wife and I and our 4 kids (ages 9, 16, 20, and 22) did a private tour with Athens Tour Company in late May. We had an amazing time. Nikos, our driver, did a marvelous time making sure we were at the right place at the right time (e.g. we drove up to the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace with about 90 seconds to spare) and we were able to see most of the major sights in Athens. Helen, our tour guide, was also great. She was a wealth of information at all the places we toured and arranged our day so we were minimally impacts by the large tour bus crowds. I highly recommend their services.
#32
Phoenix, AZ
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Joined Mar 2009
We are thinking of getting a group together from our roll call to share an excursion in Athens. Since we don't have any idea how many people there will be, I don't have enough details yet to book anything.

Does anyone mind sharing their pricing for using Nikos? How much for how many people, assuming it was an all day tour? I don't want to bring it up until I know it is within our price range.
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12 of us on the Equinox June 1 sailing took an Athens tour with Nikos of privategreecetours.com. The price was 400 Euros.

Admission to the Acropolis and the museums is additional but we lucked out and arrived on one of the free admisiion days.

Due to a possible transportation strike our cruise itinerary was changed at the last minute and we docked in Athens 2 days earlier then scheduled.

Even before I could contact him to make sure he knew and was still available he sent an email saying he would be at the pier to meet us on the new day.
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#34
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My husband and I will be in Athens prior to our Aug. 18th departure on a cruise to Itanbul. I am in touch with Private Greece Tours and would like to share a private tour with one, maybe two other couples, so that we can hire a driver plus a guide. August is rapidly approaching so let me know if you are interested in pursuing something. Thx.
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Originally posted by eetonaee
12 of us on the Equinox June 1 sailing took an Athens tour with Nikos of privategreecetours.com. The price was 400 Euros.

Admission to the Acropolis and the museums is additional but we lucked out and arrived on one of the free admisiion days.

Due to a possible transportation strike our cruise itinerary was changed at the last minute and we docked in Athens 2 days earlier then scheduled.

Even before I could contact him to make sure he knew and was still available he sent an email saying he would be at the pier to meet us on the new day.
Thank you for this..... that is definitely doable for our group. Athens is actually my very time in Greece. I loved Italy/France/Spain and was wondering how different Greece would be. I usually try to learn a few words in the local language, but Greek has me confounded so I really need a good guide!
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OK... he is lightening fast on Email!!!

I added a link on the blog site with info about the tour he emailed me. They are saying 400 euros for 12 people which I think is a great rate. I checked out his reviews on Trip Advisor and they were awesome.

Hubby and I are two, so are there 10 others that think they may want to join? If there are lots of folks, they will do another bus; bit it is a flat 400 euros per vehicle divided by the number of participants.

I know, I know I'm a planner and we have 279 days to make a decision.

I'm going it ourselves in Dubrovnik, this is Athens so I guess this afternoon I can start planning Izmir. I would just kill me to do this out of date order!
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Originally posted by Lisah101
OK... he is lightening fast on Email!!!

I added a link on the blog site with info about the tour he emailed me. They are saying 400 euros for 12 people which I think is a great rate. I checked out his reviews on Trip Advisor and they were awesome.

Hubby and I are two, so are there 10 others that think they may want to join? If there are lots of folks, they will do another bus; bit it is a flat 400 euros per vehicle divided by the number of participants.

I know, I know I'm a planner and we have 279 days to make a decision.

I'm going it ourselves in Dubrovnik, this is Athens so I guess this afternoon I can start planning Izmir. I would just kill me to do this out of date order!
So sorry... thought I was on our roll call thread - I got too excited!
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#38
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We used Private Greece Tours while on our May Med cruise/Athens. Thanos (Tom) was our driver guide. We would recommend this company, and Tom, over and over. A fantastic day, a well educated and friendly driver, and lots of great laughs and discussion on history, and present day goings on. Tom got us to the sights in front of the crowds, escorted us into a great restaurant, left us to our own as a family, and was always waiting as soon as we were ready to move on. Thank you Nikos and Tom. Wonderful!
#39
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Full Day Athens Tour was fantastic. We had a very professional and knowledgeable guide and we toured all the sites we wanted in a safe and comfortable manner. I give this company a perfect 10 and will always recommend and will continue to use them in future trips. July 2012.
#40
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Originally posted by Blue Iguana
Full Day Athens Tour was fantastic. We had a very professional and knowledgeable guide and we toured all the sites we wanted in a safe and comfortable manner. I give this company a perfect 10 and will always recommend and will continue to use them in future trips. July 2012.
Why are all these reviews by first time posters? It is a bit of a worry.
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