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Private Tours in Athens:
The Benefits of Booking in Private

Private Tours in Athens: The Benefits of Booking in Private

11 March 2020

There are countless tours in Athens and things to do, whatever your interest. Nonetheless, there is only one way to make sure that you will enjoy the experience you are looking for to the fullest: through a private tour. Private tours can be fully customized to fit your own interests and schedule, and there are many more benefits that they offer. Here are the main reasons why you should book a private tour in Athens.

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Private walking tour with Greek TravelTellers - Credit: Greek TravelTellers

1. Worry-free vacations

It’s time to plan for your vacation and you have decided to come to Greece, a country with a rich history, many beautiful destinations and delicious food. However, it can get really frustrating to organize everything by yourself, in a country that you know nothing about. Where to stay, where to eat, what tours and activities you should join… there are just so many things to consider and decide for and the vast, endless information on the internet can make your job harder than easier. Vacations shouldn’t be about worry and overthinking. So, instead, let the local travel experts create a tailor-made experience in Greece just for you. Let them know when you’re coming to Greece, how many days you’re staying, what your interests are and if you have any preference in activities. Then just sit back and let them do all the work for you. All you need to do is start packing and dreaming! For instance, a private tailor-made tour in Athens can contain all parts of what Greek culture has to offer: important historical sites, eternal monuments, beautiful beaches, traditional Mediterranean food and happy moments under the sunny sky!

Private walking tour in Athens with Greek TravelTellers

2. Personalized and high-quality tours

With a highly saturated sightseeing and excursion market, there are so many tours and activities that you can find on the internet nowadays. Nothing beats, however, a personalized tour; a tour tailored to your own preferences and interests, fitting to your own schedule. The experience during the tour and its content stops being pre-determined and rehearsed and starts being creative, imaginative and closer to you! Delve deep into Greek culture with the local experts. The secret lies in the friction with the everyday lives of the locals from the neighborhoods and the local stores you will visit; the interaction with the habits and expressions of the Athenians. A personalized private tour will offer you authentic and personal experiences. A stroll through the art galleries or the city’s favorite shopping spots; a sightseeing tour of the city; a bike ride to Athens Riviera; a walk at the footsteps of Socrates; a street art tour in vibrant neighborhoods; a stroll for local tastings and stories; the exploration of historical gardens with hidden ancient ruins; an evening out with good Greek music that only natives know well. Whatever you wish to discover and experience, it is possible. Share it with the locals and start creating relationships and memories with like-minded people.

3. Flexibility and dedication

Another great thing about choosing a private tour is that you don’t fit into their schedule, they fit into yours! Flexibility is the keyword when it comes to Athens private tours. When everyone does anything possible to fit into your schedule, then the only thing that you have to do is enjoy it. Enjoy the moment as you watch the sun setting over the Sea of Piraeus from the Rock of Areopagus; the climbing on the Acropolis Hill in the afternoon, when the crowds are not there; the crystal clear waters of Cape Sounion, after you had enjoyed a private tour at the Temple of Poseidon… Close your eyes, imagine yourself there and your wish will come true. Plus, you will be introduced to a local expert team dedicated to satisfying your personal wishes and assist you in any way possible. From the very first moment of planning your visit, arriving and your private tours in Athens till you leave Greece, they will be there for you any time of the day.

The Tower of Winds in Athens

4. Utmost attention and interaction

What is the difference between a group tour and a private tour in Athens? There is a thin line, but it is essential to your experience and the interaction with the people that, in the end, it is what makes everything special and memorable. A private tour makes it easy to engage with your guide who is practically your connection to this new place and culture. When you have more people in the same tour, things could be slow (or faster than you want to), tiring, you may not like everyone in your group (not everyone is as delightful as you are) and your guide will have to stick to the preplanned route and material and not customize it according to your own interests. But if you join an Athens private tour life is easier. You choose your company, even if your company is only yourself! You form a true connection with your guide, who is no longer a guide to you, but your companion. They will personalize the tour for you and let you in their own lives and local secrets, creating a stronger bond. You will have the full attention and interaction with a new friend, not a guide, which will make your time in Athens special!

The Parthenon during sunset

5. Safety and Comfort

When it comes to taking a day trip or a half-day trip from Athens, a private tour can offer you a service of the finest quality and a journey with the highest level of comfort and safety in mind. Instead of riding a bus or a van with people you do not know, your means of transport is going to be either a luxury car or a luxury mini-van, depending on the size of your family/group. The car will be brand new (no more than 5 years old) and a professional driver will be assigned to you, which will make the trip much safer on the road. Besides the quality of the car and the professional driver, the actual perk will be the lack of other guests in the car - you and your family will be alone with your local guide! You either enjoy a meaningful interaction or, if you prefer silence, you enjoy the Greek landscapes in serenity. Private tours are paying a lot of attention to the details that will make you feel comfortable and safe.

6. Skip the lines and visit limited-access areas

We agree that skipping the lines doesn’t sound important enough, but when you arrive at the entrance of the Acropolis and you see a huge line of travelers waiting in patience under the heat of the Greek sun, you will understand how important it really is to skip the lines. You do not know how much you have to pay for the ticket; you learn from the ticket officer that there are multiple price categories and that you were entitled to a 50% discount if you had brought your student card with you; they inform you that the card machine is broken and you remember of the article you have read about the tips before traveling to Athens and that you should always carry cash with you… The tour guide comes like a wizard with the documents they have secured for you in advance. You just follow them as they skip the line (licensed guides in Greece enjoy a privileged status and their guests can skip the lines in all archaeological sites and museums) and as they show the papers to the officer and enter the site with ease. No worries, no extra thinking, no bargaining, no questions asked! Private tours can also offer you another special service that is usually not available in non-private tours: private access and exclusive visits to limited-access areas. The team of Greek TravelTellers has a network of professionals and locals who can secure visits to private establishments or restricted areas that are not visited otherwise.

7. In conclusion: private tour in Athens?

After so many benefits, there is no wonder why you should book a private tour in Athens. The birthplace of Democracy is one of the most visited places in the world. Especially in the summer season, the most famous sites, like the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, are too crowded. You need an expert guide to take care of your experience and make it meaningful and memorable. Greek cuisine is well-known for its flavors and rich traditions. However, there are countless ‘tourist traps’ in the city center that are not worth it. Instead, your local guide will take you into a gastronomical journey like no other! Athens’ center is the most touristic area, with all the landmarks located there. But there are so many more things to see and explore in this multidimensional city. If you are interested in local vibes and off the beaten path places, let your interest be known and the local team can plan a private walking tour for your tastes! Suddenly, you are no longer a tourist visiting Athens, but a part of the city, an Athenian protected by the gaze of Athena from her temple, the Parthenon. Speaking with locals you discover a new culture, a different reality from the one you know. You see so many other colors and perceptions in life. In Athens, you will realize that you can learn something new in every corner, every road. The biggest school in life is truly traveling! By traveling, you learn to value and appreciate life and what you have, you are entering and adding little worlds to your own, you become ‘richer’! And for that, you need the locals.

If Athens is not the only destination you are visiting in Greece, then have a look at our list of the most famous destinations in Greece. If you like to travel off the beaten path and enjoy immersive experiences, our team has created a list with the top alternative destinations in Greece for 2020. Food is always one of the top priorities when visiting a new culture, so make sure to join a food tour and discover Greek gastronomy.

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