Nikos & Georgia, the people behind the scenes of Evia Private Tours have travelled extensively & full time around the world for 7 years, from 2012 until 2019. This sort of road trip is called overlanding meaning self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations.
Typically, but not exclusively, it is accomplished with mechanized off-road capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping, often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and spanning international boundaries.
It was in 2017 when Nikos first coined the term Traveliving meaning the solo, long term, slow moving nomadic travelling while working out the function of time and money.
Regardless of the term you want to use, solo travelling means total freedom & an abundance of raw experiences. Yet, that independence is a mixed blessing. Solo travel can get lonely & making all your own decisions can get really tiring. More than anything else, though, there’s nobody with whom to share the experience. There’s no-one with whom to celebrate, or, in the weeks and months that follow, to look back and reminisce.
Hence, small group travel offers a relief to those issues. Suddenly, the lonely ‘I’ becomes a comforting ‘we’. The struggles of solo travel disappear and you have a few people that surround you with whom you go explore. It’s an fabulous thing, trust us! Honestly, we can evaluate it from both perspectives.
For lots of people, the definition of small group travel differs. To us, small group travel is usually anywhere between 5-10 people in a group. Usually that would be people that they know each other quite well. For others, small group travel would be a group of 10-16 people with a tour company in an organized trip.
At the end of the day, the smaller the group, the better.
Customized, Personalised & Flexible, Convenient Trips
Travel with small group tours means your trip can be customized and tweaked exactly to your liking. Small group travel means that your local travel agency will design a unique trip for you and your friends or family based on your needs and things you want to go explore on your own. You get the whole van and driver for yourself and you make the daily plan every day according to your cravings. The rest stops, the time you spent in every site and landmark, the selfies you want to take, the restaurants you want to try, the time you want to wake up are all based on your personal taste.
At the end of the day, you pay for a flexible, convenient, tailor made experience rather than an organized group tour with schedules, deadlines and a substantial number of people who share the bus, the hotel rooms & the restaurants, etc.
Sustainable and Responsible Way of Travelling
Small groups usually fit into one van, which is a lot better than ten people roaming around on their own sets of wheels or big old buses. More and more, small tour operators like Evia Private Tours are focusing on the local experience and try to monitor and minimize the human and carbon footprint while designing and offering a custom trip.
It’s always nice to know that you are supporting positive aspects of communities and you contribute the best way possible to all those global environmental challenges and issues.
Authentic Experiences & Interactions with Locals
The deeper you explore a country’s culture, the more interactions you have with the locals, the more authentic is the travel experience. After all, we are all tourists. Yet, small group travel with a tour operator who knows the region and has solid connections with the local communities and businesses, offers you the advantage of a safe deep dive into the local culture of the place you visit and an aftermath of the country’s history.
Local Private Tour Guide
One of the best benefits of small group travel is that you enjoy a local private tour guide all for yourself. Most of the times, your personal driver will also be the local guide. This guarantees an endless access to information and knowledge about the country, the culture, the daily life, the history, the local surroundings, and the list goes on. Its a whole different story to share the same guy with a group of 6-8 people rather than 15-30!!!
Personalised & Readily Available Customer Support
Whatever happens along the way, your local guide will be there for you and will have all the resources to deal with any situation. Small group trips usually have their own local private guide who is responsible for literally everything (itinerary, accommodation, personal safety, rerouting, emergencies). Most importantly, he is the ambassador of the travel agency you have booked the trip and he is there for you 24/7 working his ass for a flawless, stress free, epic trip.
Yet, he is accountable for a decent amount of people rather than a big group of diverse people with different backgrounds, nationalities, experiences, etc.
Evia Private Tours is a family owned and operated tour operator that specialises in small group tailor made trips. We love to design and offer curated itineraties and tell the story of Greece through handcrafted cultural experiences that highlight the intricacies and uniqueness of small towns and big cities.
We strive to create immersive experiences. We literally set out to change the way the country is explored.
With little more than a dream and vision, the company was built on a foundation of unwavering quality, exceptional service and unmatched creativity and has since been elevated to one of the fast growing custom trip providers in the island of Evia and beyond.
Not to mention our effortless initiatives to measure, monitor and minimise our footprint through our overall supply chain. As well as our continuous online content creation in an attempt to link the dots within the island and create a solid network of local producers and businesses who offer the best possible products and services.
Today, Evia Private Tours is a successful company offering tailor made trips, retreats, private transfers and vacation packages in Evia and beyond. Never accepting the status quo, we continue to push the envelope and catapult Greece’s tourism travel industry onto the global stage.