Private Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursions

With the popularity of cruises rising every year, some of the cruise ports welcome thousands of people at the same time. Since you will only be spending a few hours at each port, booking a private tour is the best way to ensure that you will see and experience as many places and things as possible, always on your own pace. Your itinerary will be flexible and we will be able to customize it further to your preferences, even that day. Private tours allow you to ask as many questions as you may have and give you a more complete inside point of view and idea, about everything that interests you. This is the best way to meet local people with great knowledge of ancient and current way of living. In order to experience a place as a traveler and not as a tourist, you should be away from the big crowds. Have someone like your guide offer you suggestions on where to eat the best food or what is the best spot to capture a "unique" photo that will stand out so much among the rest you have taken from the whole trip. Arranging a private tour is not always an expensive way to travel, but it's always the best way to contribute to the local economy and to get a lifetime's investment along with your friends and family through all the unique memories you will take back home with you. Booking a tour with us, you are never on your own!

Katakolon

Katakolon

Katakolo's port, that is recently reconstructed, is a busy port full of the cruise ships visiting the Ancient Olympia. It is an area full of history, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, and if you are visiting Katakolon on a cruise ship, we can arrange for you the perfect private customized shore excursion to the Olympic Games site, the archaeological museum or any of the many attractions of the nearby area.

Piraeus

Piraeus

Piraeus is the city port of Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens is a city with a lot of history, great architecture, old districts, some of the best museums in the world and a lot of great restaurants where someone can taste famous Greek cuisine recipes. Here you can find some of our suggestions for a private fully customizable shore excursion from Piraeus to Athens, so that you can see most of the highlights in the limited time you have available while on a cruise.

Mykonos

Mykonos

The island of Mykonos is world famous for its stunning scenic beauty comprised of windmills, sparkling bays, superb beaches, white houses and churches with their colorful blue and red domes. It's one of the very few places in Greece which combines so many contriversial aspects. Being extremely cosmopolitan, once you get to walk the alleys of Chora, you are totally fascinated by the vibes and the energy the place gives you and by the fact that until very late at night there is so much life and action going on there. Nearby, the deserted island of Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. You can explore them by selecting a tour from the following options or by asking us to customize a tour according to your special preferences and needs.

Santorini

Santorini

Santorini awaits you.

The island of diverse beauty and enchanting sunsets, the stunning view from the villages hanging of the 1000 feet cliff, the beaches of red and black sand, the volcano with the hot springs, the prehistoric city of Akrotiri and the famous wine tradition that goes back to the ancient years.

We can arrange different Santorini island tours according to your special interests and needs, during which you will discover the many attractions that the island has to offer.

Crete

Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover! For your short time you will spend there while on a cruise, here you will find some of our suggestions for to see the highlights of Crete, starting from Heraklion port. In case your cruise ship docks in another port of Crete, please contact us to customize a tour for you to your favorite destination.

Rhodes

Rhodes

Rhodes hosted in the ancient world one of Seven Wonders of the World, "The Colossus of Rhodes". These days the Colossus cannot be seen as it has been destroyed but still Rhodes is an island full of wonders. It's an island full of activities and perfectly standing medieval castles. The port is situated on a short walking distance from the Old town and a lot of people decide to take this day as a leisure day exploring on their own the old parts of Rhodes. We think that given the chance to stop at this magnificent island you should take advantage of leaving this place with a complete experience, having visited and learned as much as possible, from your local expert tour guide. Here you will find some of our suggestions for private guided tours that can be customized according to your interests and needs.

Corfu

Corfu

The greenest Ionian island Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek, was Homer’s "beautiful and rich land". Mountains dominate the northern half where the east and west coastlines can be steep and dramatic and where the island's interior is a rolling expanse of peaceful countryside. We can offer you private tours to explore the island, including transportation by a luxurious vehicle and a professional driver as well as an officially licensed tour guide that they will be at your disposal during your tours.

The greenest Ionian island Corfu, or Kerkyra in Greek, was Homer’s ‘beautiful and rich land’. Mountains dominate the northern half where the east and west coastlines can be steep and dramatic and where the island’s interior is a rolling expanse of peaceful countryside. We can offer you private tours to explore the island, including transportation by a luxurious vehicle and a professional driver as well as an officially licensed tour guide that they will be at your disposal during your tours.

Patmos

Patmos

Patmos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is mentioned in the Christian scriptural Book of Revelation. St. John was on Patmos when he was given a vision from Jesus. As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage.

Let us create a private tour for you, during which you can visit the cave where St. John is said to have received his Revelation(the Cave of the Apocalypse), as well as several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John, or fully customize a tour according to your interests.

Mytilene

Mytilene

Mytilene is a beautiful island, that combines a lot of history and diverse beauty, with a lot of famous modern life, as well as some of the best products in Greece being produced locally, such as ouzo, salted fish, olive oil and more.

If you are visiting Mytilene while on a cruise, let us create the perfect private shore excursion for you and your friends.

Gythion

Gythion

This picturesque little town is located on the south of the Peloponnese. It is also well known as the ancient port of Sparta, being so close to both Ancient Sparta and the medieval town of Mystras. On the south it is close to the Diros Caves, the castle of Monemvasia on the southeast and the unique middle age villages of Mani. Mani is a legend by itself, a peninsula that is being characterized by a very dramatic and unique landscape composed by huge rocks, big cliffs, amazing sea views from its windy roads and stone tower houses that the locals used to build to either be protected by the pirate invasions, or from each other due to the so many family vendettas.

Discover below some of the tours you can have with us, or contact us to customize a private tour for you.

Nafplion

Nafplion

This port is located on the east of the Peloponnese, right next to the picturesque and historical old city of Nafplion, which was announced to be the capital of modern Greece in 1829. The city itself is worth spending lots of time by walking around the little alleys and taking pictures of the neoclassical buildings, old and historical churches, the archeological museum and several more, as well as Sydagma square, all paved in marble. The city is built on the foothills of a larger rock, on which the spectacular Palamidi fort is built, and a shorter rock on which the citadel - Acronafplia (Acropolis of Nafplion) is built.

Since the very ancient times the whole area of Argolis has been important, with most of its settlements having being established and flourishing in the Mycenean era. Near Nafplion one can visit the ancient site of Tiryns, or Mycenae, or Epidaurus, or Nemea and farther away one can see the ruins of Ancient Corinth, as well as the Corinth Canal.

Discover below some of the tours you can have with us, or contact us to customize a private tour for you which can be a combination of more than one of the previously mentioned destinations depending on the time you have at your disposal and the points of your interest.

Monemvasia

Monemvasia

Surrounded by the teal waters of the Aegean Sea, vast, imposing, Monemvasia is an iceberg-like slab of rock, with sheer cliffs rising hundreds of metres from the sea, linked to the mainland by a single, highly defendable causeway. Monemvasia, the only still inhabited archaeological site in Greece, is a traditional medieval town inside a Venetian castle. Castles, walls, old mansions, narrow cobbled lanes, churches, low arches and vaults, coats of arms, imperial marble thrones, Byzantine icons, all give the impression of a town untouched by time.

If Monemvasia is in your cruise ship's itinerary, here you will find shore excursions to explore not only the magnificent Monemvasia, but also visit nearby places of interest.

Kavala

Kavala

For those of view that have the luck to stop at the port of Kavala, this will be a fascinating experience and will give you the chance to enjoy the beauty and unique architecture of this city that was first built on the 7th century BC as a colony of the Eretrians, therefore it was named Neapolis, meaning in Greek, new city.

The city remained important throughout the centuries and during the several occupations that Greece has gone through, something that is clear on the different architectural elements on its buildings, but one of the most important historical events about it, has been the arrival of St. Paul in 49 AD.

The name the city has today, Kavala, is either coming from the Italian word cavallo, which means horse, since the whole city is like a rider on its horse, in this case the rock of the mountain, or from the Mediterranean city of Skavalia that the barbarians destroyed and its inhabitants immigrated to Kavala.

Today the city remains very beautiful and is famous for several things, among which stands out the large amounts of fresh fish that all the boats you will see by the old port fish and the several tavernas next to the water, where someone can taste the fish and several other unique specialties.

Chios (Khios)

Chios (Khios)

A mere five miles from the Turkish coast, this Greek island in the Aegean Sea is famous for the quality of its exports, which include mastic, olives, figs and wine. Khyos contains a wealth of historical sites, including an Ottoman-period castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nea Moni, which is an 11th-century monastery built with funds donated by Constantine IX. One might also take a walk through time, exploring archaeological sites that go as far back as the Neolithic age, and continue through the Hellenistic, Roman and Ottoman ages.

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Niki's knowledge of the history there as well as how she related it to all of us was a perfect balance!
Julie
Niki knows her stuff, and she comes across as an intelligent and credible source of verified information. My wife and I used her as our group tour guide in Olympia and then again in Athens, and we were very pleased.
Tony
I definitely recommend other cruisers to book independently through Niki Vlachou.
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