Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic is a country located in Western Europe. The country has land borders with Albania, Fyrom and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Corinthian and the Saronic Sea to the south.
The first evidence of human life in Greece dates back to the Paleolithic period between 120.000 - 10.000 B.C. However, it was not until the Neolithic period dated approximately 7.000 - 3.000 B.C. that Greek civilization grew and flourished. Many remains of settlements and burial chambers of this period have been discovered in Thessaly, Macedonia and the Peloponnese. The first urban centers appeared during the Bronze Age (3.000 - 1.100 B.C.). Evidence of these has been found all over modern day Greece, in North Eastern Aegean islands, the Cycladic islands, Crete and the Greek mainland.
Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of ancient Greece, generally considered the cradle of Western civilization. As such, it is the birthplace of Democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Geography, Biology, university education, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. This legacy is partly reflected in the seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Greece, ranking Greece 7th in Europe and 13th in the world. The Modern Greek state was established in 1829, following the Greek War of Independence. Nafplion became the first capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834 by John Kapodistrias.
Since 1834 Athens is the capital of Greece.
Is there both a driver and a guide?
Your English speaking driver will explain about the ancient monuments that you are about to visit, the ancient history of Greece and interesting facts about historical and modern-day Greece but is not allowed by law to accompany you into the sites. If you wish to have a professional licensed tour guide, Hellenic Private Tours will help you arrange the best licensed tour guide to be with you, at an extra cost.
What would be the pickup time?
It is better to start your tour early in the morning so we will avoid the traffic and the big tour groups. The sites open at 08:00 a.m. so the best time to start is at 07:30 a.m. but we can adjust it according to your needs.
Do you pick us up and drop us off at our hotel or cruise ship?
We pick you up and drop you off wherever requested.
How do we meet?
My associates or I will hold a sign with your name at the meeting point.
How many people can you accommodate?
We can accommodate from up to four people in our taxis and groups of up to twenty-two people in our minibuses. In case you are a group of more than twenty-two, two or more minibuses can be arranged to accommodate you.
What is the cost of a private tour?
The cost depends on the tour that you will choose and on the number of people.
Are the entrance fees and lunch cost included in the price?
Entrance fees and lunch or dinner cost are not included in the price of the chosen tour.
How do we pay, Visa, MasterCard or cash?
We prefer to be paid in cash but you can also pay either by Visa or by MasterCard plus a 4% admission to the cost of your tour.
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