The FAQ section of our website is more than the usual set of “FAQs for dummies”. We hope that it has value for you and acts as your first point of contact with Greece.
The aim of these FAQs is that you take advantage of your visit to Greece and create a great itinerary avoiding the tourist traps and more importantly, “experiencing” the best this country has to offer.
We never wear black or at least not all the time like most tour agencies ask their guides/drivers to do. We want to be not to look professional.
Our cars are not black either. Most agencies have black cars to make customers feel they get the luxurious treatment. Our service to you matters most to us and we like to be clean, well dressed, even in a pair of shorts if too hot (Greece… summer?) so we meet the locals wherever we go looking just like you to do.
We are a small but very flexible private tour agency even with last minute situations. We don’t look at the clock and we don’t count money. Lunch (traditional Greek “meze”) is always included (so … no commission based stops for your lunch!) and you can have your extra drinks or snacks too as long as you are considerate and logical. Even half day tours or simple transfers will include some snacks, bottled water or homemade cookies!
No touristy stops unless you ask us too. The driver/guide will stop for a minute or two if he/she feels a rest is needed.
None of us will wait at the airport or hotel to pick you up holding up a sign with the name of our tour agency or your name! You will have a photo & name of the person meeting you and you can also tell us a bit about yourselves, if you don’t want to send a photo. We don’t like mechanical faceless methods but more human and personal ones.
Hope u r ok with our way attitude & we also hope to see u soon and let you have a “taste” of real Greece wthout the formalities but just the professionalism, the politeness and hospitality!
Top Ten Do’s
- Visit Meteora, if you have the time to do the trip to central Greece! It’s worth it. Probably the best site in Greece of Acropolis & the Parthenon!!!
- Food! Food! Food! Mediterranean food is very good; but Greek food is better! Go 4 the rose wine! but not bottled; ask 4 the house wine!
- At least once, do Greek coffee in a proper place and way! This means, not in a plastic cup and not in Starbucks like places!
- Acropolis with the crowds! Then, the next best thing, that most people don’t do, is ancient Messene, NOT ancient Mycenae!
- Ouzo, ice, water, authentic snack around 12:00 noon! and at the right place!
- Follow the locals! They know best where to eat, drink, swim, …
- Acropolis at night time! We’ll show you how to.
- Swimming is best from May to end of September.
- Grilled octopus (with Ouzo) but at places where the know how to make it non rubbery.
- Visit and stay at the (Mythical) Peloponnese region.
Why a private tour and not a tour with a bus?
The modern traveler does not travel with a bus anymore! A non private coach – mini bus tour costs less (but often not a lot less!) but you definetely get less basically due to:
- unavoidable limitations due to an endless list of possible delays
- crowds that can be “difficult”
- more driving than exploring
- faceless & mechanical services
Our drivers/guides are very knowledgeable and provide lots of extras that are not possible with group tours. Not to mention that we make most of our tours a food experience too!
Private tours are for those that … don’t want to get herded around on a bus with the masses!
Why with EUDAIMONIA and not another tour agency?
Please, read our TripAdvisor reviews carefully and you will get the message!
We are really giving ourselves to the tours and more importantly we enjoy them too.
You get more than you pay for.
We know our way around and make sure you get to see & feel all these things that most people miss out on.
We are a really private tour agency. Most agencies call their tours private and they mean … small group with other strangers around you for the next 10 hours!
We get you to meet the locals too.
Our tours are not faceless & mechanical.
You can rely on us even for issues of your holiday that are not part of our tours.
Yes! This is a problem that helps us to differentiate. It’s easy for us because we are small, private, and committed! We love what we do!
- Where you go, what you do, how you spend, whom you talk to: It all makes a difference.
- We try to get out of the tourist bubble and see how locals live.
- When we arrive in a place, we & you become part of that place.
- We avoid peak times.
- We hit museums and sights early, before crowds arrive.
- We can do all these even at high season. We know how to!
- We avoid the faceless big chains of hotels but still stay at 5 star hotels or what can be the best experience at each location even without the stars!
- We eat (very important part of all our tours) at places that even locals would like to know.
This is what you’ll discover if your read our reviews.
Top Ten Dont’s
- Don’t, spend all your time in Athens traveling to areas or sites out of the city, going back and forth.
- Don’t “waste” a week in overrated Santorini & Mykonos, just because they are the trendy thing to do!
- Don’t drink Ouzo without ice and a snack.
- Don’t eat “continental” food while in Greece! Eat … Greek! Don’t drink imported beers! Ask for the house wine!
- Don’t queue & buy your Acropolis tickets at Acropolis. Buy the 30 EUR package ticket from another site (like the Temple of Zeus).
- Don’t be afraid to socialize and be … cool.
- Don’t be a tourist! Don’t be afraid to explore and do the non touristy things.
- Don’t eat dinner late; like the Greeks do.
- Don’t do only the “ruins”. There is a lot more to do and see while in this country!
- Don’t miss the hospitality and authenticity of Greece. Look for it!
What if we are more than 3 or 4 people? Would it still be private?
As long as you are all part of the same party which means friends or family, we will still arrange your private tour (up to 8 people). If you aren’t, it won’t be a “private tour” which is not fair for you. If you are more than 8 people we can’t help you because our tours are planned and organized for small groups of related people. Please contact us and let us know your details and we get back to you asap.
The "Ugly truth" about Ouzo!
The most famous Greek drink is the Ouzo, although it is no more common to Greeks than wine or beer or Tsipouro (the next most common local drink).
So… the wrong way, that many touristy places will serve Ouzo, is neat and after food. The Ouzo is a 11:00-13:00 drink (obviously on holidays or weekends) with a snack and some more details that you can discover if you take a tour with us!
Ouzo is not about the drink and its liquorice taste. It’s about food! friends! location! and socializing!
How to create the perfect itinerary?
Of course this depends on may things like available days, budget, what you like, etc. But here are some tips for you.
- Choose a good base (hotel) in Athens so that you have easy access to the sites which are mostly within easy reach on foot or using the tube.
- If you are not a person that spends a lot of time in every site, a 3 day stay in Athens will be sufficient.
- If you like to stay & explore more, there are always the hidden gems that will make you feel less of a tourist and more of a local.
- Try to base some of your days in a region like Peloponnese which is close to Athens/airport (2 hours) and will cover all your needs: archeological sites, beautiful towns, islands, beaches & swimming, mountains, landscape, old monasteries, gorges, wineries, and of cource great non-touristy food!
- Islands? It does not have to be Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, etc. Don’t get the boat, it takes ages and you waste your holiday time. If you do want to visit the distant islands get the plane.
- Visit islands without wasting time in the Saronic gulf (south of Athens). They are great islands and some of them (Hydra & Spetses) are very cosmopolitan and amazing! Just a couple of hours away.
- Go for off season holidays. Avoid mid July to end of August to avoid the crowds & the bad service. Unless you have done your homework really well and know where to go even at high season and still enjoy the magic of Greece.
If you need help to plan your trip, we will try our best to help you out.
Should we make our own arrangements for travel insurance?
We highly recommend that all our passengers look into purchasing a travel insurance as you never know what might happen to interrupt your travel plans or even your return home/work. Your travel insurance can cover important expenses like hotel costs, medical bills, and of course flights. Should things go wrong you can end up with a very expensive holiday instead of a great holiday.
What is the meaning/definition of EUDAIMONIA (our brand)?
Happiness, welfare, the state of having a good indwelling spirit, a good genius
Greek: εὐδαιμονία [eu̯dai̯mo’níaː]), sometimes anglicized as eudaemonia or eudemonia /juːdᵻˈmoʊniə/, is a Greek word commonly translated as happiness or welfare; however, “human flourishing” has been proposed as a more accurate translation.
- That bursting feeling in your chest when you travel. When it all feels right.
- The constant change in travel often puts our senses in overdrive and the highs are higher than ever.
When is the best time to visit Greece?
Mid July to end of August is high-high season but if you know how, it can be great too. Some areas, and without missing anything of what Greece has to offer, are just fine to visit at high season.
The ideal months are May-June & September-October.
The rest of the months are great too and you will be unlucky to visit on the very few days that the weather is rainy or too cold.
Most of our tours are better the more off season you visit. Particularly, some of them are great during peak/hot time, since they take you to much cooler places.
Why you should visit Greece at least once in your lifetime?
Greece is at the top of the ultimate list of 20 countries you should visit once in your lifetime based on the listings and polls of the popular sites Lonely Planet, Telegraph, Business Insider, Thrillist, and Rough Guides.
Greece may have undergone an economic crisis recently but it still remains a premium tourist hub, which owes both to its historic cultural heritages and natural spectacles such as its beaches, mountains and islands.
Greece has been endowed with natural beauty in every possible form. The grandeur of nature’s beauty extends from the colossal Aegean to the cloud covered peak of Mt. Olympus.
The historic capital of Greece (i.e. the ever bustling city of Athens) may be the most famous place but there are plenty of other equally fabulous places to visit as well that you will need some extra help to discover and explore anxiety free. This is where Eudaimonia Private Tours comes in to make it happen.
If all the above … fails; U need to visit for the food & drink!
How intense are the walks and activities of our tours?
Most of our tours will require at least a moderate level of fitness and are suitable for active people. For example, visiting places like Delphi, Sparta/Mystras, or Mycenae all include some up hill walking. From our experience people of all ages manage with no problems. Some tours involve some extra hiking or add-ons that you can always skip.
Feel free to contact us and we would be happy to advise you further as to the suitability of each tour before booking.
How flexible are the Eudaimonia tours?
We do have set itineraries, but since we are operating only private tours, we are very flexible. At the same time we aim to make the whole experience as unhurried and relaxed as possible. We will often add extra visits or activities which are dependant on the time of the year and weather conditions. Reading out visitors reviews you will discover that some of these extras are free and happen spontaneously, again because we are not dealing with crowds and that allows us to offer the extras easily.
Are the departure dates guaranteed?
What are the minimum and maximum group sizes for any of our tours?
Are the tours suitable for people with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair?
Unfortunately the answer is no. Even the non difficult tours will require walking or hiking up hill and on uneven surfaces or getting into a relatively small boat/ferry, etc. If your situation is not exactly a disability, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to advise you further as to the suitability of each tour before booking.
How intense/difficult are the walks and activities of the tours?
What is included in the price of each tour?
Our tour leaders/guides/drivers!
You should expect someone with personality who is not only smart and love what he/she does, but also knows how to shake hands, knows how to smile, and mix facts and historical knowledge with something the big bus “scholarly type guides” sometimes forget: having fun… or the experience of a Greek coffee in a great location!
Of course, we can always arrange for you a “licensed” tour guide to walk you in the historic sites and give you all the facts.
Licensed guides may know everything about the historic site but they don’t quite get the socializing part. They just press the play button and go. For Eudaimonia (us!), the goal is to tailor your tone from mysterious to fun to highly emotional, tell great stories in a dramatic manner and be alive to the moment. This is why it is your responsibility to share your thoughts, your concerns, your wishes and desires before and during the tour. Then we know your particular areas of interest, likes/dislikes, food preferences, …
What about our cars & transportation!
We only use brand new EURO 6 cars, 2017 make! These are either large 4 door saloon/sedan vehicles for 1-3 people
or very large minivans for 3-7 people …
or smaller car for flexibility when touring in busy Athens!
What is exactly the Traditional Lunch (“meze”) that is included in all the day tours?
Meze or mezze (/ˈmɛzeɪ/, also spelled mazzeh or mazze) is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic more often than not drinks. They are small dishes, hot or cold, spicy or savory. They can be seafood dishes such as grilled octopus, along with Greek salad, garlic bread, kalamata or other types of olives, fava beans, fried vegetables, melitzanosalata (eggplant salad), taramosalata, fried crusty cheese called saganaki, and sheep, goat, or cow cheeses. The alcoholic drinks drinks are usually ouzo or tsipouro.
Meze can be a very small single dish with a drink before lunch time or a selection of larger dishes which can be the lunch itself. Of course someone can have beer or other soft drinks.
What does our "Free Consultation" include?
By booking any day or multiday trip and you are arriving at Athens city or Nafplio town, you are untitled to Free Consultation for your holiday.
You can contact us directly with your questions
We cannot promise that we will have all the answers and you can aks about traveling to any place in Greece.
We can provide some very useful and money saving advise.
We will answer all your travel questions and help build your itinerary.
Depending on the information you will provide us with, we can help with key tips, advice on scenic routes & hidden gems, etc.
We can provide help about where to stay, eat, safety@night, transport, etc.
Is Greece a safe place to travel, for solo passengers or women?
Is there free time during the tours?
Are airport or cruise ship transfers included?
Is accommodation included?
Which are the methods of payment?
You can pay using:
- Most major credit cards
- Paypal – Payments made by Paypal, are subject to an additional cost of 3.8% to 4.5% (PayPal Transaction Fee).
- Electronic Bank Transfer – bank details will be provided
- Small costs (tickets, small expenses, etc) can also be handled by cash on the day/s of the tour
What type of accommodation should you expect?
What are the age restrictions?
Is there wifi while on the vehicle?
Yes but not for you to take your work with you! The same goes for most of the places we visit like coffee shops, tavernas, sites, etc. Most of the overnight stops will also have free wi-fi internet available. You are not in Greece for using wifi while … traveling in a car!
How long should I stay in Athens?
A couple of nights (3 days) will be sufficient to see the main sites. Then, we strongly advise you to visit places and overnight out of Athens instead of touring back and forth from Athens! Even one full day (2 nights) can be enough of a stay in Athens!
Which island/s should I visit?
Those that advise you that “If you go to Greece you MUST go to Santorini or Mykonos” have … only been to Santorini and/or Mykonos in most cases!
There is at least one island that will fit best your specifications of having a great time; just do your research or contact us. Here is a very short list of island suggestions for you to google: Skiathos, Amorgos, Ios, Tinos, Hydra, Donousa, Alonissos, Skopelos, Zakynthos, Mylos.
Alternatively, just go to Hydra island or close your eyes and put your finger on the map!
What about the Peloponnese region?
Voted by Lonely Planet as the best European destination in 2016. Why? Most of the cultural sites are in the Peloponnese. The coastline is huge and amazing. The food excellent! The mountain villages unknown but you’ll simply miss out if you don’t visit and even stay a night. Very easy access to beautiful first class islands without long flights or ferry rides. Here is a list of locations to look for and base yourselves: Nafplio town, Hydra island, Ermioni town, Monemvasia, Areopoli, Oitylo, Olympia, Messene, Mystras/Sparta, Epidaurus, Dimitsana/Semnitsa. Enjoy exploring the best!
If you don’t find what you are looking for OR if a question arises while reading our FAQs, please … ask us now!
Finally, don’t forget that in Greece; hospitality, authenticity and even food sometimes, can all still be for free. But you can only find them if you don’t t look for the “free” part of them. 🙂