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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

 

Why are all these reviews by first time posters? It is a bit of a worry.

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Why are all these reviews by first time posters? It is a bit of a worry.

Kind of agree-it is odd.. but dirtgirl certainly has more than one;)

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Why are all these reviews by first time posters? It is a bit of a worry.

 

Think you need to start at the beginning of this thread - Lois R has over 30,000 posts, I have over 3,000, many others with several hundred each. Should not be "a worry". You'll read the same high praise for these two tour companies on TripAdvisor as well. They're that good.

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Why are all these reviews by first time posters? It is a bit of a worry.

 

Zelker is correct, the entire thread is comprised mostly of comments made by multiple posters.

 

This is my first cruise in 20 years, my join date is Feb '12...I have other comments to post, haven't gotten to it, yet.

 

Just let me know, I will gladly give you anything I am able, hoping to help you in making your decisions for several med cruise ports. Our trip, including Rome and Venice, was wonderful, and we felt we hit a home run with every guide we used...how fortunate was that? I hope yours will be fantastic, as well. Have fun!

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Zelker is correct, the entire thread is comprised mostly of comments made by multiple posters.

 

This is my first cruise in 20 years, my join date is Feb '12...I have other comments to post, haven't gotten to it, yet.

 

Just let me know, I will gladly give you anything I am able, hoping to help you in making your decisions for several med cruise ports. Our trip, including Rome and Venice, was wonderful, and we felt we hit a home run with every guide we used...how fortunate was that? I hope yours will be fantastic, as well. Have fun!

 

Rwethereyet.

 

Good to hear. I am just paranoid after another thread where one time posters (on here and Trip Advisor) raved on about a guy in Alaska who turned out to be a charlatan. Don't mind me. :o

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This is not my first post but we used Private Greece Tours last November and can assure you Nikos Loukas is one of the the best tour guides we ever had! There were 10 of us and did a full day Athens taxi tour, pick up and retun to port.

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Well I'm one of the ones who posted earlier raving about Private Greece Tours and Nikos, it's owner. I'm just under 4000 posts now so not a newbie. This is a great company to work with. We've hired them twice and could not have been happier with their service. Just wish I was heading back again soon!!!:)

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One thing I've noticed in the last year or two on this site is that "savvy" tour operators will actively solicit returning passengers to write a review of their services here on CC. Often they will even provide a link to a thread such as this one, since by CC rules no one can start a thread with an unsolicited tour review; it must be in response to a query.

 

Because of this, you'll get some folks joining CC just to post a good review of their tour. I'm not fond of this practice myself (would rather see unsolicited reviews) as it tends to give a sense of prominence to the couple of companies that use this practice, whether or not they are the best....

 

It is what it is, but it's best to be aware of it.

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One thing I've noticed in the last year or two on this site is that "savvy" tour operators will actively solicit returning passengers to write a review of their services here on CC. Often they will even provide a link to a thread such as this one, since by CC rules no one can start a thread with an unsolicited tour review; it must be in response to a query.

 

Because of this, you'll get some folks joining CC just to post a good review of their tour. I'm not fond of this practice myself (would rather see unsolicited reviews) as it tends to give a sense of prominence to the couple of companies that use this practice, whether or not they are the best....

 

It is what it is, but it's best to be aware of it.

 

 

Well you're right they do that, most of these companies are small without large amounts of money to spend on advertising and the internet is one way to spread the word. I suspect that if a company were providing bad service you would find people spreading that word too. I,for one, am very glad to be able to read of other people's experiences with tours/hotels/guides both here and on Trip Advisor, being able to do that has GREATLY enhanced my experience on my trips.....I haven't picked a bad tour/hotel/guide since reading this information.

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One thing I've noticed in the last year or two on this site is that "savvy" tour operators will actively solicit returning passengers to write a review of their services here on CC. Often they will even provide a link to a thread such as this one, since by CC rules no one can start a thread with an unsolicited tour review; it must be in response to a query.

 

Because of this, you'll get some folks joining CC just to post a good review of their tour. I'm not fond of this practice myself (would rather see unsolicited reviews) as it tends to give a sense of prominence to the couple of companies that use this practice, whether or not they are the best....

 

It is what it is, but it's best to be aware of it.

 

I agree with Gracie - these are small companies who bend over backwards to make sure their clients have a wonderful time. If it helps them to post a review, I'm happy to do it. But believe me, if I had less than the experience I was expecting, I would not hesitate to post that too. I find nothing wrong with a company owner asking people to spread the word....I think most people will agree that there is nothing better than word of mouth advertising.

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Well you're right they do that, most of these companies are small without large amounts of money to spend on advertising and the internet is one way to spread the word. I suspect that if a company were providing bad service you would find people spreading that word too. I,for one, am very glad to be able to read of other people's experiences with tours/hotels/guides both here and on Trip Advisor, being able to do that has GREATLY enhanced my experience on my trips.....I haven't picked a bad tour/hotel/guide since reading this information.

 

I agree with Gracie - these are small companies who bend over backwards to make sure their clients have a wonderful time. If it helps them to post a review, I'm happy to do it. But believe me, if I had less than the experience I was expecting, I would not hesitate to post that too. I find nothing wrong with a company owner asking people to spread the word....I think most people will agree that there is nothing better than word of mouth advertising.

 

I am not saying the practice is right or wrong -- clearly CC allows it, so it's not up to me to make a determination.

 

However, I think it's also fair that readers be aware the feedback given isn't necessarily as spontaneous as a casual reader might think. Several times people have expressed surprise when they've been contacted by a guide or agency after the fact and asked (at times a bit aggressively, and I've had that experience personally) to write a review on CC.

 

I notice you both mention the word "advertising" in your responses. To me, there is a difference between advertising and a true, spontaneous and glowing report that is unsolicited. The latter, when I can distinguish them, will point me to the guides that I'd want to hire.

 

YMMV.

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