When I was planning our trip to Greece, I had a list of places I definitely wanted to see. When I put them on the map and tried to figure out how we were going to get to all the places, I realized I was in for a challenge. Should we rent a car? Try to take public transportation? There just wasn’t an easy way to get around on our own. After a bit of research and talking to friends who had been to Greece recently, I came to the conclusion that the best, easiest, and safest way to see everything we wanted to see would be to hire a driver.
I did a LOT of research before hiring a private driver in Greece. I sent an initial email to 10-15 companies and narrowed it down to three after several emails back and forth.
Out of those three, Hellenic Private Tours stood out because they were the most organized, the most responsive, the most informative, and the most willing to make customizations to our tour. (Most companies just wanted to go to the main touristic spots near Athens.) We wanted to go off the beaten path, and they were not only willing to do that, but excited to customize our itinerary. I told them where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see and do, and they made it happen. I could just sit back and relax at that point. They took all the stress out of planning and handled everything for us, including booking all our hotel rooms.
Once we actually got on the tour we were even more impressed. Our Mercedes van was clean, spacious, air-conditioned, smoke free, and equipped with free Wi-Fi! Our driver, Alex, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. His English was excellent and he was very easy to understand. He made so many recommendations that we would never have been able to do or see if not for him. We never had to worry about a thing. Alex catered to our every need. He made sure the van was always the perfect temperature and he always had a chilled bottle of water for us. He found out we had a sweet tooth and bought us treats from local Greek bakeries every day.
As two women traveling alone, Alex made us feel VERY safe and at ease. We never had to touch our luggage, he escorted us to ATMs when we needed it, and he always had a little chat with our hotels and restaurants to make sure they took excellent care of us. We were beyond pampered. If I had the choice, I would do it 100 times over again.
Below is part 2 of our Ultimate Week in Greece Itinerary with Hellenic Private Tours. Be sure to see part 1 in Athens!
The first stop on our ultimate Greece bucket list was the ancient city of Corinth, where Apostle Paul preached to the Corinthians.
Corinth turned out to be one of my favorites out of all the archeological sites we visited.
An ancient system for transporting water perhaps??
It was one of the best preserved, and very spread out.
It really felt like you were walking in an ancient city.
Again, I just have to say I think late October is the PERFECT time to go to Greece. There was hardly a single soul at any of the sites we visited. We usually had the entire place to ourselves.
After spending a morning exploring the ancient city, our driver took us to the acropolis of Corinth.
After a quick 20-minute walk, I was all the way at the top!
The view from the top of the acropolis is stunning! That’s the Corinthian Sea, and you can the ancient city of Corinth down below. If you look really closely you can see the Temple of Apollo.
Next we stopped to see the Corinthian Canal.
Then we stopped at the remains of the port on the Corinthian Sea where Apostle Paul first arrive in Corinth.
Oh my gosh, you guys… We stopped at the most GORGEOUS beach for lunch!!!! This was another recommendation from our driver. I would’ve never, ever known about this place!!
We had lunch on the terrace overlooking the beach at Maria’s Restaurant. Seriously the cutest restaurant ever!
After lunch we spent the afternoon exploring the colorful city of Nafplio. This was another recommendation from our driver.
This is another place that would never have been on my radar had it not been for Hellenic Private Tours.
Seriously in love with this cute little town!
I would love to come back and spend more time here.
So many fun shops, restaurants, and narrow, cobblestone streets to explore!
The next day we made our way to the next archeological site I wanted to see… Delphi.
Again, thanks to our driver, we made a stop in the charming coastal town of Galaxidi along the way to stretch our legs.
How fun are these stairs??
I think Delphi might’ve been my favorite archeological site we visited! I’d highly recommend adding Delphi to your Greece itinerary, even if you just do a day trip from Athens.
We saw the Sanctuary of Athena.
The Temple of Apollo.
Treasury of the Athenians.
The theatre of Delphi… With a spectacular view!!!
Can you imagine attending a concert here?
And at the very, very top, the ancient stadium.
In Greek mythology, this was site of the Oracle of Delphi. The oracle always answered in a riddle so that her answers would always be right. For example, if an expecting mother asked the oracle if she was having a boy or a girl, the oracle would answer “Boy Not Girl”. If the mother had a boy, the oracles answer would mean “Boy, not girl”. If she had a girl, the answer would’ve meant “Boy not. Girl.”
Another site we really wanted to see was ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic games! So neat.
Stay tuned for more from Greece! Tomorrow I’m sharing three of my favorite places we visited in Greece.
Thanks for reading! xoxo
Your photos and information is wonderful. I am looking to walk the steps of Paul on our own. Do you have any suggestions?
Hi Mary! Yes you can certainly drive to the sites on your own if you rent a car. Have a great trip!
Hi Amanda, I love reading about your adventures and viewing your amazing photos. My daughter and I are planning a trip to Greece in a few months, and I’m wondering if you have any tips on cell phones. Last year in Italy we rented a MiFi – but it really didn’t work very well. We ended up stranded in a remote village outside of Rome with no cell service (so couldn’t access maps, train schedules, etc). Do you have any tips for using cell phones when abroad?
Hi Josie! I always get a local SIM card when I arrive. Make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave the US. Then when you arrive, there are usually local cell phone company kiosks in the airport after you get your luggage. They usually offer different tourists plans and are extremely affordable. They will put your new SIM card in your phone and set everything up for you. Then when you get back to the states you just put your old SIM card back in. Hope this helps! :)
Hi Amanda! I stumbled on your website, and it has been so informative, thank you! I am wondering where you stayed each night while you visited all these places. Did you camp out in one hotel and then just drive to and from each day to all these sites? Or did you keep switching hotels? Thanks!
Hi Rachel! We stayed in a different hotel every night. The tour company we hired arranged all the hotels for us. Hope this helps! :)
Hi! Your pictures and recommendations are amazing- currently planning a trip to Greece for summer 2019 and your blog has been so helpful so far! Also I would love to know what type of camera you use for your photos? I am seriously considering buying one for my travels.
Thank you so much! Here is the camera I use: Sony Point & Shoot Travel Camera. I love it and highly recommend it!
Hi Amanda, LOVE your blog and the adventures you shared! I’m in the planning stages for a group trip (10-12 of us) in September 2020. We’re looking at two weeks and adding some islands to the mix. Any thoughts on Mykonos vs. Santorini?
I was planning on going to both, but after researching, I decided to spend all our time in Santorini! They seemed very similar, but Santorini looked prettier and Mykonos seemed more like a party island. Hope this helps!!
Great pictures!! I’ll be visiting Nafplio and Galaxidi. Do you have any information on those colorful stairs in Galaxidi or what was near it? I would love to see them. Thank you!!
Hi Janet! I think the colorful stairs in Galaxidi were about right here: https://goo.gl/maps/GZjbqhA5KG22
Hope this helps! Have so much fun in Greece!!
If you had to cut the trip down to one week, what would you recommend? We’re looking at April.
Athens, Nafplio, Delphi, and Meteora for sure!
What did you plan to pack for clothing in October? I am planning now and not sure how the weather will be.
Greece looks amazing! So many interesting historical sites to visit
This was very informative and helps tremendously
I’m planning a trip with my elderly parents. How much does it cost for a 1 week private driver in a 7 seater passenger van?
Love to go Greece as well! Can I have a rough breakdown of the expenses incurred for hiring Hellenic private tours?
I am planning a last minute solo travel to Greece for a week and continuing on to Croatia. I’m still debating on if I want to take my six month old baby with me?! This will happen in the beginning of November. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Your photographs and magnificient, they make dream and I like your web site. Congratulations !
What time of year did you go to Greece? It looks like you’ve been updating your travel-logs. It looks so green, but I think it was warm while you were there?
We were there the last 2 weeks of October. We had great weather — not too hot, not too cold, and lots of sun. It also was the end of the tourist season so it wasn’t too crowded!
Your vision of Greece is a true one, one that encaptures its good life as there is good life left in Greece. The places you saw like Ancient Corinthos, Maria’s Restaurant, Tolo, the town of Nafplio, Galaxidi and Delphi are so different but wonderful in their own way.
Thank you for exploring Greece and its people and the telling of its wonderfulness. Can’t wait for your next episode
Hey, I accidently tumbled upon your website when looking for recipes. I was curious about the places you’ve visited and saw this post. I must say, the pictures are amazing. Makes me want to plan my next trip to Greece. I’ll be going through some more of your blog :)
Did you visit Santorini at all? I’d love to hear about that. My hubby and I are working on planning a trip to Greece for next Thanksgiving.
I’m enjoying your Greece posts. I hope to be able to visit there soon. Delphi is at the top of my must-see list. Thanks for the other suggestions.
Your photography is fabulous! Hey, maybe I missed it somewhere, but what ever happened to Howie, Miley, and Winnie? I miss seeing them on your blogs……it’s been a long, long time.
I loved the photography