Our guides

 

 

We are all Licensed Professional Tourist Guides

All of the Athens Walking Tours guides are licensed by the Greek Ministry of Tourism but more importantly they share one common trait among them, they love their job and do it with passion, which they regard as a mission, and do not repeat rehearsed information, but, rather, share their wealth of knowledge about Greece in the past and present with each and every one of our visitors in a friendly and informative manner. All Greek guides have to go through a rigorous training of 5 semesters and very strict examinations in order to receive their license. In addition to this all of the The Athens Walking Tours guides are also university graduates and have degrees in History, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Studies and Foreign Languages.

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Alexandra’s journey as a tour guide began when she decided to make a career change, follow her dream and study archaeology and history. She had already been teaching German as a foreign language for many years, and as much as she loved teaching and her students, the captivating charm of the ancient world never ceased to lure her. A whole new chapter opened up while long-gone civilizations and unique monuments of ancient art mesmerized her with their powerful legends. Pursuing a career as a tour guide was for Alexandra the most suitable and effective way to combine her love for history and art with her experience as a teacher and communicator.  She hopes to see you out there soon and discover together the magnificent world of ancient Greek culture!
Alexandra
 
Alexandra’s journey as a tour guide began when she decided to make a career change, follow her dream and study archaeology and history. She had already been teaching German as a foreign language for many years, and as much as she loved teaching and her students, the captivating charm of the ancient world never ceased to lure her. A whole new chapter opened up while long-gone civilizations and unique monuments of ancient art mesmerized her with their powerful legends.
 
Pursuing a career as a tour guide was for Alexandra the most suitable and effective way to combine her love for history and art with her experience as a teacher and communicator.  She hopes to see you out there soon and discover together the magnificent world of ancient Greek culture!
 
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Angela
 
Angela is an archaeologist with a passion for travelling. She comes from the picturesque island of Corfu but has been living in Athens for many years since she came here to study archaeology. 
She combined the two great loves of her life, archaeology and travel, with her exceptional charisma of passing over information and knowledge to others with a smile,  when she became a licensed tourist guide.
 
"Being a guide offers me the unique opportunity to connect myself and people travelling to Greece with the Greek people of yesterday and today.
Guiding is sharing the important stories that made Greece the country that it is today and finding common ground with people
coming from other cultures. I love Athens and it's vivid life, and I love even more showing people what it feels like to live in this great city!" 
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Annie
 
Annie is a professional licensed guide since 1997. She has worked as a guide all over Greece, but mainly on the island of Patmos, which she loves. Her favorite city though, is Athens!
 
She considers Athens, as a city full of surprises and attractions that invite you to explore them. With her warm and smooth character, she easily passes along her enthusiasm to her guests, young or old.
 
For her, walking through the city of Athens, is like a journey in time. She is a very active mother of two little children.
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Antonis, born in Thrace (Northern Greece) has a passionate interest in art and history of ancient civilizations. As an archaeologist and art historian, he has spent 8 years in Rome in order to continue his studies in Cultural Heritage Conservation: ‘’I  can say that coming to contact with the Renaissance ambiance reinforced my passion for art.’’ He considers himself lucky because living in Greece and working as a licenced Tour Guide in Athens means  a constant interaction with breathtaking landscapes and historical places. ‘’I am glad that I am able to show you the most attractive spots of my city, to help you manage your time efficiently,  and of course to share with you my expertise.Antonis
 
Antonis, born in Thrace (Northern Greece) has a passionate interest in art and history of ancient civilizations. As an archaeologist and art historian, he has spent 8 years in Rome in order to continue his studies in Cultural Heritage Conservation: ‘’I  can say that coming to contact with the Renaissance ambiance reinforced my passion for art.’’
 
He considers himself lucky because living in Greece and working as a licenced Tour Guide in Athens means  a constant interaction with breathtaking landscapes and historical places.
 
 
‘’I am glad that I am able to show you the most attractive spots of my city, to help you manage your time efficiently,  and of course to share with you my expertise.
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Aris
 
Aris was born and raised at Ioannina, Greece. He studied Archaeology in Ioannina and Berlin and has an M.A. in Classical Archaeology. He teaches pottery and arts and organizes educational programs for children and adults. He speaks Greek, English and German.
 
“Being a tourist guide was my second dream-job after being an archaeologist. My priority is to make monuments come alive through interactive tours, so that visitors can have a unique experience during a visit to a historic place or a museum.”
 
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Aristotle
 
“What inspires me the most about Athens is that, when I walk through the historical center, I feel that I am walking in the footsteps and seeing through the eyes of some of the greatest thinkers in human history”.
 
Aristotle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and participates annually in a number of excavations and surface surveys throughout Greece.
 
He works as a professional guide and lecturer (in Greek and English) and lives in Athens with his wife and two sons!
 
 
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Artemis
 
Artemis is a professional guide in three languages (Greek, English and Italian) since 2010 and has all the passion and the enthusiasm of someone that is actually in love with this job!
 
Upon meeting Artemis you will immediately realize that the profession fits her perfectly and you will feel comfortable and relaxed as she explains the history and the culture of the country she loves so greatly.
 
“I love Greece, I am proud to be Greek and I think that by becoming a tour guide I serve my country in the best way I know how”.
 
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After completing her studies in Archaeology, Katerina obtained her licence to guide from the School of Guides. She wandered all over Greece for a while, living and working in many different places. Her adventurous spirit settled down at some point, when she decided to stay in Athens. Katerina adores Athens and is very excited to meet new people: ‘’Being a guide was my dream since I was 16 years old, so now that I have fulfilled it, I am the happiest girl on earth! I cannot think of any better thing to do with my life than being a guide’’.Catherine 
 
After completing her studies in Archaeology, Katerina obtained her licence to guide from the School of Guides. She wandered all over Greece for a while, living and working in many different places. Her adventurous spirit settled down at some point, when she decided to stay in Athens.
 
Katerina adores Athens and is very excited to meet new people: ‘’Being a guide was my dream since I was 16 years old, so now that I have fulfilled it, I am the happiest girl on earth! I cannot think of any better thing to do with my life than being a guide’’.
 
 
 
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Chris 
 
Chrisoula (Chris) has studied Archaeology at the University of Athens and is a licensed guide since 2015. She speaks fluent English and Greek.  Her previous employment as an airhostess for a known airline has constituted Chrysoula as an expert οn Customer care!
 
“I love my city,its past and its present, the rich history and the hidden beauty of Athens.
And that’s why I love my job, because it gives me the chance to show all of these to people visiting Athens and at the same time to see my city through their eyes.”
 
 
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Despina
 
Despina is the founder of the Athens Walking tours and has been a professional guide since 1979. She has a background in Theology and History and speaks English and German fluently.
 
"Guiding is my passion- I can't imagine myself sitting in an office behind a desk. I love Athens and its history and I want to share my love for this city and its monuments with others."
 
It is this passion that Despina speaks of that comes out in all of her tours! 
 
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Dorina
 
"Hi! I'm Dorina, licensed tour guide since 1997. For me every guided tour is like traveling with a "time elevator"!" 
 
Dorina is a very experienced guide who brings her smile with her on every tour! She speaks fluent English and French and is the mother of two boys! 
 
 
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Effie has been a licenced tour guide since 2014. She has studied Archaeology and Art history and has worked not only in Athens but all over the country, guiding in Greek, English or French, and enjoying every single moment of it! Effie
 
Effie has been a licenced tour guide since 2014. She has studied Archaeology and Art history and has worked not only in Athens but all over the country, guiding in Greek, English or French, and enjoying every single moment of it! "Effie is my name, short for Eftychia, the greek word for happiness.
At first, being an archaeologist was the result of a long-held romantic notion of making great discoveries, solving mysteries, admiring art, storytelling and travelling. As a kid, I always had my head buried in books, lost in the realms of the enchanting ancient civilisations of the world. Certain that life ought to revolve around this love affair, I realized later the need to share my nostalgia, passion and knowledge for Greece's spirit with guests from every corner of this world. And then, my dream came true! I became a guide! 
 
Athens is simply a magical city! Let's find out together why, make wonderful memories and create a lifetime experience!"
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Ermis
 
Ermis is a licensed tourist guide since 2011, and has a background in Balkan regional studies, focusing mostly on history, political philosophy and international relations.
 
Being of mixed Greek and Japanese heritage, he has often had to operate as a sort of conduit between cultures, so as to avoid misunderstandings and family members getting "lost in the translation".
 
When he was given to the opportunity to become a professional guide, it felt rather familiar to him and he leapt at the chance. Ermis loves receiving interesting questions by guests from around the world, but hates whitewashing the answers.
 
"My name is Ermis. It translates into English as Hermes. I answer to both!" 
 
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Eli loves to explore her hometown, Athens on a bicycle and share her findings with her guests from all over the world. She speaks English, Japanese and a little bit of French. She has a bachelor in Media & Journalism and started off as a researcher for an award-winning documentary series. She has cooperated with directors at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, and her mixed roots, Greek-Japanese, eventually led her to long cultural trips with tourists to her Far-East motherland and to a peculiar sense of palate: she loves combining feta cheese with steamed rice! Soon enough Eli realized she wanted to become a guide and went back to school, this time to become a licensed tour guide. She invites you to her time travels and discovers of both the ancient and modern face of Athens, a vibrant and timeless metropolis!
 
Eli

Eli loves to explore her hometown, Athens on a bicycle and share her findings with her guests from all over the world. She speaks English, Japanese and a little bit of French. She has a bachelor in Media & Journalism and started off as a researcher for an award-winning documentary series. She has cooperated with directors at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, and her mixed roots, Greek-Japanese, eventually led her to long cultural trips with tourists to her Far-East motherland and to a peculiar sense of palate: she loves combining feta cheese with steamed rice! Soon enough Eli realized she wanted to become a guide and went back to school, this time to become a licensed tour guide. She invites you to her time travels and discovers of both the ancient and modern face of Athens, a vibrant and timeless metropolis!
 
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Eva is an archaeologist and holds a MSc in Aegean Prehistory. She is a native Athenian but has travelled all over the Greek mainland and Crete for excavations and research.
Eva
 
Eva is an archaeologist and holds a MSc in Aegean Prehistory. She is a native Athenian but has travelled all over the Greek mainland and Crete for excavations and research.
"I love it when the archaeological finds come alive through storytelling and when someone can discover new interpretations or aspects due to interaction with people from other cultural backgrounds."
She also teaches modern Greek and organises educational programs for children. She is fluent in Greek, English and German.
 
 
 
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Evita
 
Evita is a licensed tour guide since 2015. She guides in greek and english. She has a bachelor degree in Archaeology, a master's degree in Museum Studies and she has also studied Education. Her positive attitude, patience and her beautiful, warm smile are just a few of the qualities which make small children, but also grown ups especially fond of her!
 
“For me giving tours is a fascinating way to combine history and culture with interaction. " I love living in Athens and sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for the city's past and present with people from all over the world!"
 
 
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Kostas
 
Kostas has a Bachelor in Archaeology and is a licensed tourist guide since 2010. He is guiding in Greek and English.
 
"What I love about being a guide is sharing with people from different cultures the feelings of admiration and awe inspired by the city’s rich history and heritage. It is a daily challenge getting through as many cultural values which make Greece the cradle of civilization. Also, it’s really fascinating to communicate the feeling of living in the vibrant modern city of Athens."
 
 
 
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Kassandra has been a tour leader since 1990. She speaks  fluently Greek, English and French. Her true love for guiding led her to volunteering for the Municipality of Athens, giving tours all over Athens, in private museums and participating in TV lectures. She specializes in ancient history, architecture, Byzantine Athens and religious Greece. Her greatest passions are writing, piano, Cycladic art and ancient coins. ‘’I decided very early on to become a tourist guide on a cruise with my parents when I was 14 years old, so it’s ‘ancient history’ really. I was so enchanted with the guides on board, that I decided to become one. I feel really honored that I am able to show you around Athens, my beloved city.’’Kassandra
 
Kassandra has been a tour leader since 1990. She speaks  fluently Greek, English and French. Her true love for guiding led her to volunteering for the Municipality of Athens, giving tours all over Athens, in private museums and participating in TV lectures. She specializes in ancient history, architecture, Byzantine Athens and religious Greece. Her greatest passions are writing, piano, Cycladic art and ancient coins.
 
‘’I decided very early on to become a tourist guide on a cruise with my parents when I was 14 years old, so it’s ‘ancient history’ really. I was so enchanted with the guides on board, that I decided to become one. I feel really honored that I am able to show you around Athens, my beloved city.’’
 
 
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Katerina was born and raised in Piraeus, but her family comes from the northern part of Greece. She speaks English, French and Greek. After her studies in Archaeology and History (specialization in History of Art and Archaeology), she actually worked as an archaeologist, while managing educational programs relating to local history and culture. Since 2015 she has been working as a tour guide. ‘’I love meeting and interacting with new people who choose my country as their holiday destination, and sharing with them my enthusiasm for greek culture, local traditions & nature.”Katerina
 
Katerina was born and raised in Piraeus, but her family comes from the northern part of Greece. She speaks English, French and Greek. After her studies in Archaeology and History (specialization in History of Art and Archaeology), she actually worked as an archaeologist, while managing educational programs relating to local history and culture.
 
Since 2015 she has been working as a tour guide. ‘’I love meeting and interacting with new people who choose my country as their holiday destination, and sharing with them my enthusiasm for greek culture, local traditions & nature.”
 
 
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Kimon is an architect and a certified tour guide. He was still a student when a part-time job in tourism made him realize that communicating and sharing knowledge was more in line with his true nature. As a result, he graduated from the Athens Tour Guides School. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He loves talking about unknown aspects of the past, revealing the meaning of important details, and drawing surprising but well-grounded parallels between different eras. Taking long walks among ruins is his idea of fun, and happily invites you to join him. You won’t regret it!

Kimon
 
Kimon is an architect and a certified tour guide. He was still a student when a part-time job in tourism made him realize that communicating and sharing knowledge was more in line with his true nature. As a result, he graduated from the Athens Tour Guides School.
 
He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He loves talking about unknown aspects of the past, revealing the meaning of important details, and drawing surprising but well-grounded parallels between different eras. Taking long walks among ruins is his idea of fun, and happily invites you to join him. You won’t regret it!
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Sissy is an archaeologist who speaks fluently Greek, English and French. She had the chance to participate in many excavations all over Greece, not only as a student, but also as a Ministry of Culture employee.  Her love for mythology led her to conduct her doctoral studies on ancient Greek sculptures, and specifically on god Apollo! ‘’Because of this personal connection with archaeology and the ancient Greek religion, society, philosophy and the city of Athens, my tours are centered on mythology and ancient Greek philosophy, and together we will be delving into the depths of human existence, through an amazing journey in time.’’.Sissy
 
Sissy is an archaeologist who speaks fluently Greek, English and French. She had the chance to participate in many excavations all over Greece, not only as a student, but also as a Ministry of Culture employee. 
 
Her love for mythology led her to conduct her doctoral studies on ancient Greek sculptures, and specifically on god Apollo!
 
‘’Because of this personal connection with archaeology and the ancient Greek religion, society, philosophy and the city of Athens, my tours are centered on mythology and ancient Greek philosophy, and together we will be delving into the depths of human existence, through an amazing journey in time.’’.
 
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Stavroula (Stieve) was born and raised in South Africa. She has been an English teacher for 30 years, and has also studied sociology, majoring in juvenile criminology. Stavroula has been working as an official tourist guide since 1991. Her number one reason for doing this amazing job is out of love for Greece and its culture. She believes that Greece has so much to tell people, not only tales of the past but also contemporary onesStavroula

Stavroula (Stieve) was born and raised in South Africa. She has been an English teacher for 30 years, and has also studied sociology, majoring in juvenile criminology.
 
Stavroula has been working as an official tourist guide since 1991. Her number one reason for doing this amazing job is out of love for Greece and its culture. She believes that Greece has so much to tell people, not only tales of the past but also contemporary ones.
 
 
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Sophia is very experienced because she has been a tour guide since 1989. She speaks fluently English, French and Greek and she adores her job: ‘’I find it fascinating to travel and explain to people about the history and culture of my country. There is not a dull moment in this job. I still love it after so many years.’’


Sophia
 
Sophia is very experienced because she has been a tour guide since 1989. She speaks fluently English, French and Greek and she adores her job:
 
‘’I find it fascinating to travel and explain to people about the history and culture of my country. There is not a dull moment in this job. I still love it after so many years.’’

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Vasiliki
 
Vassiliki (Vicky) comes from the beautiful Aegean island of Naxos famous for its stunning marble quarries, its mountainous landscape and its traditional villages and folklore. She has been a professional guide since 2006 and she speaks English and Italian fluently.
 
"I believe that the spirit of ancient Greece still survives through the many local traditions and religious holidays that are still practiced to this day in a very similar way to that which was practiced thousands of years ago!"
 
Vassiliki is a volunteer in various ecological organizations such as MED SOS and Greenpeace. She also takes painting and sculpture lessons at the National School of Fine Arts in Athens.
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Voula
 
Voula has been a professional guide in Greek and English language since 1983. She is a lovely lady with a very sweet and motherly nature and this is reflected in the way she guides by the genuine interest she shows each and every one of her tour members and by her enthusiasm for making sure that they all enjoy the tour experience.
 
She is the mother of two teenagers and although she is very active in their extracurricular activities she still finds time for volunteer work, cooking, reading and going to the theater!
 
 
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Vicky is a PhD candidate in Ancient Numismatics and Archaeology and has already studied Archaeology and Spanish Literature. She speaks fluently Greek, English and Spanish. Vicky 
 
Vicky is a PhD candidate in Ancient Numismatics and Archaeology and has a Master in Classical Archaeology, and a degree in History & Archaeology and Spanish Literature. She speaks fluently Greek, English and Spanish.
 
"I really love meeting new people from all over the globe, either by being a guide, or by travelling, but my true passion is Archaeology. Working as a tour guide gives me this great opportunity to introduce the splendor of Greek history to our beloved visitors, walking around breathtaking landscapes where western civilization, including democracy, was born."
 
 
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Zakia studied Archaeology at the University of Athens and holds a master in Museum Studies from the same university. Walking around ancient monuments, neoclassical buildings and historical spots is a unique experience that Athens can offer. Therefore she is always more than happy to show visitors all the aspects that make Athens such a special city!Zakia
 
 
Zakia studied Archaeology at the University of Athens and holds a master in Museum Studies from the same university. Walking around ancient monuments, neoclassical buildings and historical spots is a unique experience that Athens can offer.
 
 
Therefore she is always more than happy to show visitors all the aspects that make Athens such a special city!
 
 

 

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