Doing a private tour with Greecetaxi was one of the best decisions I made on this trip, and a great experience that I'd recommend to anyone. If you're tossing up between a bus tour and this, go for Greecetaxi.
• Vasilis the driver was everything you could expect: polite; informed; happy to converse when appropriate, and also fine with periods of quiet as the countryside rolled by. The restaurant he recommended for lunch was also great.
• You can go where you want, when you want. The bus tours stop for a set period of time before moving on. I was able to wander, explore, and just sit and absorb the atmosphere of each place we visited - at my leisure. When I was ready to go, Vasilis was waiting.
• You can go where you want. Finding a bus tour that goes to all the places you want to visit may not be possible. I wanted to go to Plataea, site of a famous battle of the Greco-Persian Wars, but not commonly visited these days. We drove to this pretty obscure field in the middle of nowhere without any trouble, and again I was able to stay as long as I wanted.
• The taxi is very comfortable. Modern, air conditioned, plenty of leg room, ability to recharge your phone or laptop if you have a USB-connection cable. A great place to be as the countryside rolls by. We used both highways and winding mountain roads - and the ride was smooth throughout.
• Pickup. Vasilis picked me up right outside my hotel on a very crowded, busy street - what could be easier.
• Insider tips. Vasilis gave me various places and things worth trying that I would not otherwise have visited. For example the best pork skewers place in Athens (they were good), and the nicest coastal town on Crete to visit.
You should be aware that the driver is not a tour guide. Vasilis had good general knowledge, but in general it's up to you to educate yourself on a drive like this. I watched documentaries in the days before, read some books, used data roaming on my phone to Google information while I was at the sites, and looked up things I had questions about when I got back - which worked great for me. On top of this, places of interest like Delphi, Thermopylae etc. have informative signs, maps and information in English.
Tip - don't forget some bottles of water. There's plenty of chances to buy some along the way, but starting out and staying hydrated is a good idea.
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