ANNA BENAKI Private tour guide in Athens - Greece

ANNA BENAKI

Guide profile:

I was born and raised in Athens, studied at the School of Guides for three years, I have been working since 2000 and enjoy every day of it!

I love meeting new people from different places, showing them the city of athens, the cradle of civilisation and all the beauties of Greece, adopting to their needs and creating a unique, depending on their interests, program.

The languages I am licensed to guide are english, french and portuguese.

Book now and you won't regret it!

Please CONTACT me for availability BEFORE booking. Thank you!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Melissa C.

Highly recommend Anna. She was very responsive to all emails when we were setting up the trip, set a meetup location, was prompt and did an excellent job guiding three of us round all the major ancient sights of ancient Athens. She's engaging and helpful, and took some great pictures of the group with our cameras. She also gave us advice about great restaurants and other sights to see on the rest of the trip. Definitely a great guide.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

If you are on a cruise ship that docks at the port of Athens so you only have a few hours at your disposal and you want to make sure that you visit the highlights but avoid the crowds on the other hand, if you are on a business trip but want to take advantage of your free time, contact me in advance so to make the best of it.

During your staying, I will guide you at the most important monuments and museums, stroll in the old part of the town called Plaka, taste the fabulous starters and specialties of Greek cuisine at a traditional taverna and talk about history, mythology, customs and modern life so as to get the most of your staying.

I can pick you up from your hotel or your cruise ship by taxi or a mini van, drive to the center of Athens, visit the ancient marble stadium used for the first modern Olympic games in 1896 and the finish of the marathon race, see the changing of the guards at the constitution square (syntagma) in front of the parliament, the Academy of fine arts, the University of Athens, the national library, the national garden, visit the temple of Zeus, the Arch of Handrian and of course the Acropolis of Athens with the masterpiece of Greek architecture, the Parthenon.

If you are interested in art and sculpture, your day will not be complete unless you visit the new Acropolis museum with the famous gallery of the Parthenon.

If you plan to come to Greece, don't waste time! Together we can organize the tour that you had imagined...

Transportation by tour guide:

I can provide transportation either with a private vehicle if you are a party of two with an extra charge, or by taxi, or a 17-seater mini van if you are a larger group of people.

For the adventurous and lucky ones that will spend many days, I highly recommend a pleasure boat or a sailing boat so as to discover the Greek islands in a unique way.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Past and present, Acropolis, Plaka and museum Price Per Group 350.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, listening to music, dancing, reading books, cinema, theater, dining with friends or cooking at home and shopping.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Melissa C. 27 Oct 2018

Highly recommend Anna. She was very responsive to all emails when we were setting up the trip, set a meetup location, was prompt and did an excellent job guiding three of us round all the major ancient sights of ancient Athens. She's engaging and helpful, and took some great pictures of the group with our cameras. She also gave us advice about great restaurants and other sights to see on the rest of the trip. Definitely a great guide.

5 stars Walter T. 12 Sep 2018

Anna was great. She really explained the history of the Acropolis in terms we could relate to. Her insights of the history and the evolution of Athens was very interesting and yet at the same time not boring. We also asked her other questions concerning everyday Greek life and it was very informative especially concerning the fires of a month or so ago. Definitely choose Anna as your guide. We enjoyed the tour and her personality.

5 stars Esteban J. P. 21 Jun 2018

Anna is great!! Highly recommended.

She was super helpfull with everything related to the visit, and even with some other services we needed in Athens.

Don´t hesitate to book her!!

Thanks Anna.

5 stars Jeffrey M. 21 May 2018

Anna was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. Loved seeing the major sites with her as well as giving us lots of ideas for the rest of our time in Athens

5 stars Georgia W. 30 Jul 2017

Anna was our tour guide in Athens on July 28 for our family of 6 ranging in age from 66 down to 16. She was an awesome tour guide, all of us thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Athens with her. Besides hitting all the great highlights in the area, she took us to a great place for lunch as we asked for an authentic Greek dining experience. She is very knowledgeable and we had no problem understanding her English. We highly recommend her as a tour guide.

5 stars Karen V. 26 Jul 2017

Anna was incredible! She was able to get us to see all of the sites we requested...even a special request by my teenage boys to see the court "The Greek Freak" played on as a child. Ages ranged from 50 down to 14 and we all enjoyed Anna's company and knowledge. Her love of Athens is obvious and I would use her again without hesitation! As a matter of fact my parents are thinking of a trip and I strongly encouraged them to contact Anna!

5 stars John N. 25 Jul 2017

Anna was great with our family of 4. She met us at the cruise ship dock exactly as planned, and was willing to cater to however we wanted to arrange our tour sequence for the day. She was very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed all the sights and information, and loved our lunch at a local taverna where she guided us through a sampling of multiple Greek favorites. It was a great way to experience Athens in a day while on a cruise ship stop.

5 stars Jonathan N. 24 Jul 2017

Anna was very flexible, cheerful, and informative. We had a group of 6 & my wife was traveling using a knee scooter due to a broken ankle. Anna helped pick out the best way to see everything we wanted despite this difficulty. She arranged a vehicle for a portion of the trip which allowed us to get around easier & got us out of the extreme heat wave going on in July. Also arranged for her to take a lift up to the Acropolis. We enjoyed her company & information very much & recommend her to all!!

5 stars Jacqui S. 12 Jun 2017

We really enjoyed our tour with Anna. She met us at the airport and sent the day showing us the amazing sites of Athens. She and her driver made this busy , jet lagged day very easy and memorable.

5 stars Evelyn W. 08 Jun 2017

We were in Athens for 2 days and wanted to make the most of it. Having Anna as a guide was fantastic. She toured us around Plaka, the Acropolis and the the Acropolis Museum. She was a wealth of information with what we were seeing and knew so much of the Greek history and mythology behind the sites and was able to share it in a fun way that kept our two teenagers enthralled! She brought us to a great cafe and helped us plan the rest of our time efficiently so that we did not miss a thing!

5 stars roni E. 28 Mar 2017

Great experience. Anna is very friendly, knowledgeable and fluent in English.

We had a great time.

5 stars Vivie O. 15 Oct 2016

I booked this tour hoping that my two English friends would catch a glimpse of the magic of Athens and its History. I could not have made a better choice; Anna was knowledgeable and friendly, we spent nine hours with her and weren't bored or tired for a moment. Keep on with the good work Anna ,we are looking forward to our next trip together!

5 stars Wei F. W. 14 Aug 2016

Have had the most wonderful day in Athens. Anna is very knowledgeable on everything Greece and especially Athens. She is also very flexible on tailoring the tour to our interests and needs. One of the best tour guides I have ever had. Oh by the way, she is such a nice lady to hang out with that it feels like a day out with friend in Athens.

5 stars Varun S. 04 Aug 2016

It was such a pleasure to spend two days with Anna in Athens. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly but what sets her apart is that she is a great story teller. She also has a deep love for Greek history and it shows. We especially enjoyed our trip to the Ancient Agora and the Acropolis where she gave us a detailed account of the history and the artefacts and had some great tips for the best spots to take photos! She also had some lovely recommendations for restaurants and shops which

5 stars Richard S. 29 Aug 2015

Anna is fantastic! We were a group of 8 (four couples, middle-aged) and in 6 hours saw the Acropolis, Agora, toured the Plaka and visited the New Acropolis Museum. Anna met us at our hotel and took us on a wonderful journey that was fun, entertaining, informative, always professional, and perfectly paced for our group. Anna listened carefully to what we were interested in and structured the tour accordingly. Along the way we had a lovely lunch at a traditional Taverna. Thanks Anna!

5 stars Frans H. 09 Jul 2015

We enjoyed two days with Anna in Athens. Day 1 we did the standard Acropolis/ museum/plaza walking tour, which was brought to life by Anna's detailed knowledge of history, art and archaeology. Day 2 we went to Aegina, an island an hour by ferry from Athens, and spent a relaxing day discussing modern Greece with Anna. Anna was punctual, very well informed, friendly, and happy to share her views on politics and modern Greece society. We would recommend her highly

5 stars Kenneth K. 09 May 2015

Anna is a wonderful, knowledgeable and experienced guide. Lots of fun too. She listens to what you want to do or think you do and then takes you in the right direction. We are world travelers and she is super! Thanks Anna

5 stars Melanie M. 01 Aug 2014

Anna was amazing! She arrived with a clean, beautiful Mercedes van driven by the very friendly Constantine. Anna was welcoming, kind, and very personable. We laughed throughout the day and had many wonderful conversations. Anna paced the tour according to our needs and took lots of family photos for us. She has a clear and pleasant speaking voice. Her knowledge of the area was outstanding! Our children, ages 19, 17, and 10, just loved her! Thank you Anna for a wonderful day in Athens!

5 stars Hindy T. 28 Jul 2014

Anna was a wonderful tour guide. She was on time and ready to go when we got off our ship. Anna knows just how to navigate the city depending on the time of the year. Our day was super hot and she understood when it was time to move on and get in the shade! She is very knowledgeable regarding all historical sights. She took us to a lovely lunch off the touristy streets where we were able to enjoy some authentic greek food. We give Anna the highest rating!

5 stars Tammy B. 30 Nov 2013

5 stars Charlotte K. 27 Oct 2013

Anna was great!!

She knew exactly how to avoid crowds. We left early and saw the Olympic Stadium, Changing of the Guards and the Acropolis before the hugh crowds. She took us where the locals go on sunday, including a flea market, where we spent some idol time shopping. Then we went to cape sounion to see the temple of Posiedon. It was absolutely beautiful. On the way back we stopped along the coast to have lunch with the locals. We enjoyed every minute!!

I would definely recommend Anna

5 stars Florence N. 18 Oct 2013

I cannot say enough good things about our tour guide Anna Benaki. Our private tour of Athens was marvelous. Anna's knowledge of Athens and Greek history made the day a highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend using Anna to make your visit to Athens as special as ours was!

5 stars Douglas C. 01 Sep 2013

Anna is fantastic - she is an excellent English speaker and can deliver you into history, culture, and food at each turn. Don't miss her!

5 stars Marilyn L. 11 Aug 2013

Our tour with Anna was fabulous. I had a slight physical problem at first and had to go to the hospital in Athens. Anna was efficient in getting us through that part of the day so we could enjoy sightseeing the rest of the day. We had a marvelous time and Anna provided us with historical info so we could appreciate the sites even more. It was a very memorable day we will always remember.

5 stars Mary O. 29 May 2013

Christina is an excellent guide! We learned so much from her on our walk through Athens. She is very knowledgeable and great to point out good places to eat and rest along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and would highly recommend her to others.

5 stars Leslie R. 15 May 2013

Having Anna as our tour guide was the smartest thing we did in the whole trip. The morning our ship docked, she picked us up at the pier with a car and driver and got us to the Acropolis before all the tourists showed up.

Then we spent the rest of the day having a very informative, cheerful and knowledgeable new friend show us all around her beloved city.

We never could have seen so much or learned so much on our own.

I'm very glad we used her and recommend her highly.

5 stars chris S. 01 Sep 2012

Anna was in one word "Spectacular"! You would miss out if you don't use her!

5 stars Jim H. 11 Aug 2012

Anna, did a marvelous job. She organized our day such that we could do the most to avoid crowds, and then proceeded to show us a variety of sights. She was flexible, adjusting to our desires. Regardless of where we went she was knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and highly recommend her. Jim and Corina Orange, CA

5 stars Beverly W. 09 Oct 2011

Our group of 11 spent a full day in Athens with Anna. It was a wonderful day. Anna was very knowledgeable. We could have listened to her for days. After booking we shared several emails to customize our tour. She was very easy to communicate with. If Anna is available...book her...you won't regret it. Thanks Anna. Our day was perfect.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Beverly! It was my pleasure.. I'm glad you had a great time!

5 stars charlotte S. 07 Aug 2011

We were in Athens for just a half-day and wanted to get the most out of our time. We booked a tour with Anna, based on reviews on this site, and spent a few hours touring the Acropolis, Acropolis Museum and Plaka with our boys, age 10 and 12. I was worried that they boys might be bored, but Anna presented the material in a way that kept them engaged and eager to hear more. Thanks to Anna, our short visit to Athens turned into one of the major highlights of our trip!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you charlotte! you and your boys were wonderful!

5 stars DIDIER M. 04 Jul 2011

Anna est certainement une des meilleurs guides que j'ai rencontré . Grande professionnelle elle connait son pays et son histoire sur le bout des doigts. Nous avons avec ma femme et notre petite fille voyagé une petite semaine en 2011 avec elle en GRECE et ce fut une bonheur que de vivre la GRECE avec elle. Charmante ,souriante , disponible et élégante Anna est une magnifique ambassadrice de la Grèce. Attentionnée, elle saura vous conseiller le meilleur restaurant ou bar pour terminer la soirée

5 stars John F. 20 Jun 2011

We were very fortunate to have Anna as our guide. Besides being knowledgeable and professional, Anna was very accessible and easily adjusted "on the fly" to our interests.

I emailed her a few times pre-trip and she sent back great answers, making the Athens trip just that much better. Highly recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you John! It's a pleasure to have such tours..

5 stars Celia M. 17 Jun 2011

The very best tour guide!!! Anna Benaki gave us the most fantastic day of touring Athens! Her knowledge is only topped by her gracious & professional personality. She was so easy to work with—from initial contact, arranging transportation, an excellent tour to the last drop-off at our hotel. I highly recommend her services --Anna provided our party of six a day filled with easy to understand history lessons, interesting, fully-explained facts & details of all the historic and cultural sites.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Celia for the great time I had with your familly!

5 stars wellington A. 27 May 2011

We had only one full day at Athens, but Anna made it more than worthwhile. Not only she was very professional, knowledgeable and courteous, but she was also very sweet and caring, taking into consideration, at all times, my mother-in-law's mobility impairment. And she's a great photographer too!!!! I strongly recommend Anna Benaki; I would certainly choose her again in my next visit to Athens or the Greek Islands.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you again! I also learned a lot from your professional directors' eye..

5 stars Leza D. 18 May 2011

Anna was AWESOME. She showed us everything we wanted to see in Athens and then some and had a unique way of bringing ruins to life. She knows the ins and outs of the sights and the best places to eat and shop. We visited Athens for one day on a cruise and fellow passengers that took a tour through the cruise were all disappointed since by the time they arrived at the Acropolis it was overcrowded. Not us, Anna got us in and out before the crowds. A PERFECT DAY!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Leza and Richard for sharing the one day you had in Athens with me! I had great time with you.. Take care!

5 stars Tom S. 13 Sep 2010

Anna was an excellent tour guide for our recent day in Athens. She was punctual, very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful with a personal problem, and very flexible adjusting to our specific needs and interests. We would highly recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks again Tom, it was my pleasure!

5 stars Don F. 26 Aug 2010

We were a party of 6 arriving in Athens on a very busy (7 ships) hot day. Anna adjusted the itinerary to best avoid crowds and the worst heat of the day. She took particular care of one member of our group who was using a walker. As an additional bonus we received etymological instruction proving that the origins of most all words are of course ... greek. We had good fun and learned a great deal about all the sights in 5 hours. Thanks again Anna.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much Don, I enjoyed so much the company of all of you!

5 stars Jennifer K. 15 Jul 2010

Anna was excellent!

She met our wedding group of 25 people at our hotel with a new air-conditioned bus, and took us around the city for a tour. Then up the Parthenon to see the Acropolis and all the other incredible temples.

Anna has a great attitude, personality, and knowledge of the monuments and history of Greece- both ancient and current events!

I would highly recommend her to all visitors and guests of Greece.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Jennifer! You and all your guest for your wedding. I'm glad you had a good time!

5 stars Jeff K. 17 Jun 2010

Our family (including three children ages 12-16) throughly enjoyed their tour with Anna. She was excellent in taking us through the various historic sights - very well informed and easily able to communicate her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the history and structures. She was also great in tailoring the tour to our interests and taking us to more prosaic locales - the central fish and meat market, the flea market of monastrika - we would recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: I also had a great time with you and your loving family!

5 stars diana C. 10 Jun 2010

Anna Benaki

Our family of 7 had a private tour with Anna in Athens. She was awesome. SHe has a pleasant personality and disposition. She fulfilled all the requirements for the perfect tour guide--she was punctual, accomodating and very knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time and were extremely pleased with the services she provided. We highly recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: I also had great time with Diana and her family! They were very pleasant, had good sense of humour and I'm glad they had good time as I did with them...

5 stars Richard V. 06 May 2010

Anna Benaki was marvelous for our day in Athens. She tailored our tour to her lovely and ancient city so we saw all the important destinations, plus sites that 50-passenger tour busses can't get to -- like Mount Lycabettus, the highest spot in Athens with a great view of the entire city, including the Acropolis.

She knows Athens/Greek/Roman/Turkish history -- when, who and how they did it.

All in all, the best tour we took during our recent 26-day cruise of the Mediterranean and Adriatic!

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks a lot Richard for the great time we had on our full day in athens... It's nice working with people that are easy going, have good sense of humour and you feel as if you've known them for years..

5 stars John D. 12 Jan 2010

Anna was generous in her vivacity; she kept us running with high-quality visits that were arranged to nicely meet our criteria. We saw places and met people we would never have been able to find on our own. Plus, Anna was warm and personable as well as consummately professional. See her picture and efforts on our blog at www.threebridgeswest.com.

Tour Guide Comment: John and Alexandra were great to work together. I look forward to their documentary about Greece!

5 stars Jennifer B. 13 Jul 2009

Anna shared much more than the basic facts about the monuments. She talked with us about so many aspects of life in Greece such as the agricultural products, the education system, and fun places to go vacationing in the area.

Tour Guide Comment: Jennifer and her girlfriends were great! We had lots of fun even if the time was limited, I enjoyed the tour myself..

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