I lead a double life: as an Archaeologist, I seek clues of the past, as a Licensed Tourist Guide, I try to infect people with my enthusiasm for all things old. History is my passion, as well as my job. I can feel it all around us and I like nothing better than to make people see the past as vividly as I can. I use every means to this end - pictures, pantomime, recordings, you name it.
I was born and have lived in Athens all my life (except for a brief stint at University) and know it like the back of my hand. Its museums and sites are like a second home to me and I know most (not all, Athens is a big place) of its secret haunts and charming spots. I can show you where to do your shopping or grab a decent bite, but I’ll be brutally honest with you: history and archaeology are my strong points and I am at my best when being with people interested in what we’re seeing. So, if you’re a little bit interested in history or you’d like the antiquities of Greece explained by someone with a genuine passion for them, then I’m your man. If shopping is your thing, I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you, as I do my wife at the sales.
NOTE: Please, check with me before booking to make sure that I am available on the requested date(s). Thank you.
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
Aristotle is the best guide we have ever had. I do not make that statement lightly, as we have had many fine guides. We spent two days with Aristotle, one day in Athens and one day out. He is wonderful - hard-working, extraordinarily knowledgeable, patient, kind, funny, and dedicated to his craft. We cannot thank him enough. Guides do not get any better than Aristotle.
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
In Athens: I usually begin with a walk (or drive) around the city to get familiar with its layout. On the way I give a brief outline of Greek history and point at the most important landmarks, then on to the absolute must-see sights, the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. From there the program can be shaped to fit your tastes:
For museum lovers, I recommend several museums, each catering to a different audience: The National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki, the Cycladic, etc.
For the outdoor types, I’d suggest a visit to the temple of the Olympic Zeus, an impressive sight, or a hike up Philopappou hill, to enjoy an unobstructed view of the Acropolis and the entire city.
I take history lovers for a stroll in the heart of Ancient Athens, the Agora, where democracy was born and classics students to Plato’s Academy and the city’s ancient cemetery.
For theatre lovers, I can reserve a ticket for a performance at the ancient theatre of Herodes (no relation to the Biblical one), still in use.
For the romantic, I recommend a drive to Sounion, for a stunning sunset with a backdrop of ancient columns and the roar of the sea below.
For architects, I reserve the Modern Greek Architecture Tour, taking in the most important buildings of the 19th and 20th century in Athens. A running commentary of recent Greek history is offered, on demand.
The Jewish Tour, the Roman Tour and the Muslim Tour of Athens are also available, upon request.
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request, via reputable taxi drivers, car rental companies, or travel agencies. Limos, mini vans and coaches can also be made available.
Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:
Tour guide interests:
- Emphasis on cultural heritage.
- Student groups, incentive groups and special interest groups accommodated.
- Historical & Political perspective.
- Sights on and off the beaten path.
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!
Thanks Aristotle for the fabulous time we had with you in Athens.
We thoroughly enjoyed his stories, interesting facts and insight to ancient culture that made Acropolis and ancient Agora come alive. He kept our young kids interested right throughout and they still quote back the stories they learnt from him. He is highly knowledgable about history and stories of Greece and is a lovely person! Highly recommended!!
Tour Guide Comment:
Thank you for a great tour together. I thoroughly enjoyed the story-telling and I'm glad to hear the girls still remember my stories ;-)
Went in expecting a tour, left with an experience we will not forget anytime soon!
Right from the get go, you can tell Aris is consummately knowledgeable about the history and stories of Athens from the present time to centuries long past. He had an interesting story for every landmark and tailored our tour to the sites we were most interested about. Aris showed us locations we would never have considered seeing if we had gone without a tour and it was a terrific experience. Worth every cent!
Tour Guide Comment:
Thank you Samantha!