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“Made our spontaneous trip to Athens very very easy!”
Review of Paul's Taxi Tours

Paul's Taxi Tours
Ranked #24 of 173 Transportation in Athens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We offer high quality Taxi-Van and Taxi services. Shore excursions, Private Tours, Transfers. Our tours are especially ideal for cruise passengers visiting Athens.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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“Made our spontaneous trip to Athens very very easy!”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

Having recently moved my family to Europe for work, we are determined to take every opportunity to visit new places, and often find ourselves booking very last-minute, short city getaways. This was the case with our recent visit to Athens.
We found Paul through TripAdvisor, and after a few quick email communications, booked the airport-to-hotel transfer (which was very friendly, efficient, comfortable, and cheaper than what the hotel was reporting as expected taxi fare from the airport!). Having been ripped off by airport taxis before (Paris or Rome, anyone?) I was happy to have a set price agreed in advance with a very reputable (thanks, TripAdvisor!) service.
In my communications with Paul I had indicated that I was interested in booking a couple of his day tours as well -but wanted to see how the airport transfer went before committing, just in case. My cautiousness was unnecessary as it turned out, because Paul's son, Dimitri, was very friendly and efficient, so before reaching the hotel we had already agreed on a half-day tour of Sounio the following day, a full day tour of Athens on the next, and return transfer back to the airport on our last day.
There were strikes in Athens for 2/3 of our stay, but Dimitri was able to circumnavigate any demonstrations and minimize the impact this had on our vacation (see one exception, below) -while also giving us some interesting insight into the political mood of the country and the economic situation from the perspective of an Athens resident. He also gave us a wealth of information on Greek history and architecture (despite not being an "official" tour guide), and was equally engaging to my two kids, aged 8 and 12.
As for the one exception: our tour to Sounio culminated in a visit to the Temple of Poseidon -which was closed due to the general strike, much to the surprise of Dimitri. While this could have been avoided altogether by him making a phone call in advance, he was very apologetic and reactive, and we were quickly able to make the best of it by turning our attention to the incredible views from Cape Sounio itself.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paul's Taxi to anyone visiting Athens -and the city itself remains a must-see in Europe, despite the recent economic woes.

Visited February 2012
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“Made our trip an excellent experience!”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

My husband, our9 month old and I had the most amazing vacation in Greece thanks to Paul and Nicos. Paul was very courteous in his emails, he was very flexible with our itinerary, even with last minute changes he was able to find us accommodations nearMeteora. Nicos was always on time, bent the schedule to keep us entertained and comfortable. We bonded very well with him, and had some Greek language and history lessons during the long drives to and from Meteora to Athens. I woulddefintely recommend the service to anyone visiting Greece.

Visited February 2012
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melbourne
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“Great way to see greece”
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We had a two-day tour with Paul Kalomaris's son Dimitri to Delphi and Meteora. The Mercedes van easily accommodated our family of five - two adults, two teenagers and an 11-year-old and all luggage. Dimitri was an excellent driver and very informative. He found the best restaurants and accommodation for the trip and took us to wonderful out of the way places we never would have found on our own such as the site of the Battle of Thermopylae. We would highly recommend the services of www.athensbytaxi.com (also known as www.greektaxi.gr) for both day tours around Athens and for more extended tours. They have a range of tours available but were also happy to create an individual trip for us, combining different elements of their tours. They were the best two days we spent in Greece.

Visited December 2011
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Prospect
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“This tour made Athens our FAVORITE stop on the cruise”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

We got off the ship a little early, and Dimitri was already there waiting for us. He discussed with us our plans for the day, giving us the opportunity to 'tweak' as we wished. Well, we simply followed his lead and it was a magnificent day. Though not a 'certified tour guide', he is extremely knowledgeable about Greek history (as well as American!) and was an absolute delight. The way he zipped us in and around the city, parking and waiting in areas that we would never have attempted on our own - well, we felt like royalty! We gave him a lot of free rein to choose the highlights, and we were never disappointed. He selected a fabulous restaurant for our lunch, and got us back to the ship on time. Athens was more than we ever expected and we really believe it was because of Dimitri. Love him!

Visited October 2011
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Welland, Canada
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“Athens and Cape Sounion - wonderful day!”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Thanks Paul!

The sights/sites that you took us (6 couples in an air conditioned and very comfortable van) were very interesting places and you gave us an amazing experience. We heard about more distant past times (the Acropolis and Parthenon - reading your website was very helpful and doing other Internet reading ahead of the visit made the time there remarkable; the Temples of Zeus (Athens) and Poseidon(Cape Sounion); and the New Acropolis Museum) and more recent (the Olympic stadium; Constitution Square; and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the changing of the guard as well as touring Athens before we drove to Cape Sounion).

The experiences the tour gave us combined several of the ship's tours into a single tour giving us great value during our stay on mainland Greece. Thank you also for your terrific commentary as we drove along - - mythology, the modern Olympics, history, economy, geography - We learned so much in a very little time - a perfect day.

I would say to everyone considering this tour -TAKE IT- you will love the day and very, very much enjoy the time with Paul. We hope to return and will definitely be asking Paul to take us on another tour!

Visited May 2011
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