I would definitely recommend this trip. To start off we booked the tour to start at 1:30, however with the size of our cruise ship, we didn’t make it to the meeting spot until 3:30! They were very understanding and waited on us. So if you’re on a large cruise ship, plan accordingly! The lines to the cable car are huge and I do not recommend the stairs! It’s 400 meters up and has over 300+ steps. My son and I took the steps while the wife and in-laws took the cable car. Wow! It’s a hike. You can also ride donkeys up the hill, but I don’t recommend that either. Do a Google search about the donkeys and you’ll see they don’t treat them right. Overworked, saddle sores, and in some cases they have spinal injuries. On our walk up you can see they look exhausted and I did not see them give them water. They stop them short of the water and turn them around. Oh, and their poop is all the way up. It’s all you smell and the wind will blow up the dried poo all over you. Anyways, enough on that. I just wanted you to be aware of that. I felt really bad for them. Once we met our driver Karametos Aris, he spoke good English and we had no problem communicating. He picked us up in a very nice Mercedes van with good A/C and dark tinted windows. He took us to all the popular spots and we were able to see just about the whole island in our now shortened time frame. We literally went to all sides of the island. He even took us to a small roadside shop where I could buy wine and their “moonshine” for a cheaper rate than in the tourist areas. If you want to see all the spots of the island, in luxury, in the amount of time you have, take this tour. You won’t be able to see it all on foot!
Again, Karametos made the trip a heck of a lot better than I expected. Your tour guid can make it or break it and he definitely made it!