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George's Taxi
Ranked #1 of 260 Tours in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: George's Taxi provides high quality service in Athens for more than 30 years.Our expert driver-guides will escort you in deluxe air-conditioned Mecedes vehicles (taxi/van/minibus).We provide private tours in and around Athens,day trips in the mainland as well as multi-day tours.You may also contact us via e-mail (only) for pre-arranged transfers from the Athens airport or Piraeus port.Please note that we do NOT accept last minute transfers via phone.
Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We used George's service from the airport and from our hotel back to the airport 5 days later and had George himself 5 days later. Turns out he used to live about 1km from where we live about 40 years ago and met his wife 500 meters from our house in Sydney back in '73.

All in all a fine transfer - he was there on time at the airport and early and waiting for the return - recommend

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We came to Athens on a cruise ship and only had a day to spend in the city. The tours on the cruise cost most than 50 euro and wouldn't take us to more than 2 destinations. We've heard about George's through trip advisor and it was the best decision! Kostas, our guide, met us by the cruise terminal and gave us an experience of a lifetime! For 9 hours he drove us around his city, showing and explaining the historical significance of each place. He spoke great English and was very knowledgable. Most importantly, he went ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure we got the best experience. He showed us the "hidden jewels" of Athens, took us to the best places to eat, and drove us to the top of the mountain for the most magnificent view. I couldn't say more to recommend this company to anyone traveling to Athens! What you get for the price you pay is simply incredible. Thank you, Kostas for sharing your passion for Athens and Greek history with us!
Alex and Kira (USA)

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I am a US travel agent and my daughter and I visited Athens on the Celebrity Equinox and we hired George for our day to see the most popular sites. We arrived at the pier and was promptly met by George holding a sign with our name on it. It was great to see a smiling face to greet us and was dressed very professionally and his taxi was very neat and clean. He took us to the Partheneon and all of the most wonderful site of Athens. He explained everything to us and had pictures of what we were to see. We purchased our Parthenon tickets and he explained to keep the tickets as they were good for other sights to see. He took us for lunch at a wonderful local place. The owner met us at the door and made us plates of several things to try plus gave us one of the freshest wonderful salads plus included a glass of wine, a diet coke, and a dessert for only 20 euros. It was a great day and will refer all of my clients visiting Athens to hire George for a wonderful day. His son Nicolas answered all of my e-mails promptly and efficiently. My daughter broke a tooth on the ship and I called George's home the night before we arrived and George was even prepared to take us to a local dentist but her tooth was better before we arrived. Very special people. Thanks George for a wonderful day.

Jean F

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

WOW! An incredible day in Athens began early as we were shuttled by port bus to the terminal. Exiting the terminal we found a few drivers but not “Billy,” our pre-arranged driver. It was 7:28 and our meeting time was 7:30. I checked my phone and sure enough I had a text from Billy that he ran into unexpected traffic and would be there by 7:35.

A very short time later Billy came running up all apologies. He confirmed we were all present, and ran back to get his Mercedes Sprinter mini-bus. We all boarded the very comfortable bus and Billy gave us the plan for the day. Our first stop was to be the Acropolis. Billy was able to drop us off at an entrance that actually “Saved” us more than half what the climb would have been if we had taken the metro or a public bus into town. He gave us a lot of information on Athens during the drive into to town, and explicit directions on buying the Acropolis entry tickets and not to lose the paper ticket as it would also be used for sights later in the day. We prepped our MP-3 players and I-Pods that we had pre-loaded with Rick Steve’s audio tour.

We followed Billy’s instructions and were quickly climbing the hill. We first saw Mars Hill, the outcropping on which the Apostle Paul preached. We next saw the Arena of Herodes, which is still used today for concerts and artistic presentations. Then we turned a corner and witnessed the magnificent Propylaea, or the “Grandest gate ever built.” Many photos were taken and we all were amazed at the incredible structure and also what a marvelous day the weather had given us. This was certainly the “Clearest” day so far. Not a cloud in the crystal blue sky. Continuing with our climb through the Propylaea, we reached the summit and beheld the Parthenon, or actually, the Temple of Athena Nike. Athens is named after the goddess Athena, the patron of the city, and goddess of wisdom.

The temple has been in the process of being rebuilt with the original stones since 2001, when it was completely disassembled. The hope of the Greek government and EU (who is footing much of the bill) is that when complete the temple will be ready to last another 2,500 years. In our photos scaffolding can be seen from some angles and I actually shot some video of a crane moving a large section of stone into position.

Not much less impressive was the Porch of the Caryatids, part of the Erechtheion. This structure was perhaps more prestigious that the Parthenon in its day. Even here, on ground with over 2,500 years of history, more recent history was made as the Greek Flag flies on the far end of the Acropolis. This flag can be seen from almost everywhere in Athens and when the Nazis occupied Athens this flag pole became the first rallying point of the resistance.

We gradually descended from the Acropolis to meet Billy at the designated 10:00 AM meeting time. This was just the right amount of time, not too little, nor too much. Next Billy drove us to the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. These are the highest historic columns in Greece, at 15 meters. A handful of columns remain, the rest having been scavenged over the centuries for “Recycling” in other buildings. The ruins only hint of what must have been an incredible structure.

After the Temple, we made a quick photo-stop at the all-marble “Modern” Olympic stadium, built in the 1800’s. This stadium, built entirely from white marble, is still used and in fact was being prepared as the finish line of the Athens marathon just two days later.

Next we climbed Lykavitros Hill, to the highest point in Athens. From here, we could take photos looking down towards the Acropolis, and got a good bird’s eye view of the sprawling city.

The Ancient Agora was the next stop on our whirlwind tour. Billy left us here for two hours, the idea being one hour to tour the Ancient Agora and another hour or so for lunch. It took almost exactly one hour to tour the Ancient Agora using Rick Steve’s audio tour. The highlights were the museum and the Temple of Hephaistos (a.k.a. the Theseion), one of the best preserved temples, being built in 450 BC. Another building just too inspiring for superlatives.

Lunch could be quite another story, but one left for telling at another time. Suffice it to say that for a very reasonable cost, all were fed with authentic Greek dishes.

Billy picked us up at 1:30 for the 15 minute drive to Syntagma Square, for the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Greek Parliament building. When we arrived, there were two guards at their post, but also about 1,000 pigeons all over the ground. We watched some people feeding the pigeons, and others letting pigeons rest of the heads, shoulders, and arms. We wisely kept our distance – although this did prompt us to think that the Parliament may be “For the birds.”

The ceremony was very interesting and caught on video. After this brief stop, as discussed during our drive, Billy split the group up. Seven of us went to the Plaka, or “Central market” for an hour or so of shopping. Five of us went to the Acropolis museum to enjoy the highlights of this truly world class museum in one hour.

At 3:30, the pick up being made at the museum, Billy began to return us to the ship. He had one question for us? Would we like to visit the best bakery in Athens for Baklava (or whatever we wanted?) It was directly on the route. All agreed, and what a great bonus stop this was. Most everyone seemed to buy something, and they even had Gelato. Outstanding Gelato – the best I’ve ever had. During the drive back to the port, Billy told us that the bakery had won the Europe-wide competition for the best Gelato. They use only natural ingredients and no preservatives.

We returned to the port and said our goodbyes to Billy, one of the greatest guides ever. This was our 16th cruise, and the 14th cruise where we arranged private tours. Out of very many private tours, Billy is in the top 5 of guides we have ever enjoyed!

1  Thank startraindd
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We used George Taxi and Limosine to take us to Sounion with our friends while in Athens this fall. Our driver was exceedingly knowledgeable, extraordinarily personable and we could not have had a better guide to the Poseidon Temple. To see it at sunset is to enjoy the rare and beautiful.

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