Private tour guide in Athens
My name is Helen Maina and I was born in Athens. I studied history and archaeology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for four years and I am an official tour guide.
I love meeting new people from different places, showing them the city of athens and the sites and museums of Greece, adopting to their needs and creating a unique, depending on their interests, program. It is my privilege to share with you what I've come to love and respect.
Eleni guided us through an amazing two hour tour of the Acropolis. She's a real expert on Greek history and I strongly recommend her.
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Liesurely to Moderate.See the main cultural and best archaeological sites of Greece. Wherever you wish to travel with me, whether on a half-day trip in Athens, a full day excursion or even a week long trip, I guarantee you will see the unspoilt Greece, the real Greece.
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.
Athens sightseeing tours
Athens city tours personalized
One day tour or more on sites around Athens (Mycenae, Delphi, Ancient Corinth, Olympia etc)
07 May 2019
Eleni guided us through an amazing two hour tour of the Acropolis. She's a real expert on Greek history and I strongly recommend her.
28 Feb 2019
Wow! Wow! Wow! We could not be more pleased with Eleni and our super driver ( I’m sorry I don’t remember his name)! They met us at the airport with out name printed out to find them. Eleni was the perfect host and guide throughout the entire tour. She and our driver were very informative and accommodating! We saw everything on our list and more! We even had time to stop by the best bacclava place ever! Highly recommend this awesome group!!
03 Oct 2018
My wife and I recently toured Athens and multiple other locations in Greece with Eleni. She was a superb tour guide in every way. Very knowledgeable, articulate, interesting, and helpful from things little to big. She helped us see much more and understand what we saw far better than we had anticipated. We wholeheartedly recommend her for a terrific Grecian holiday.
12 Sep 2018
Everything about our tour with Eleni was just perfect! From her prompt replies, to being flexible in meeting us earlier, she was wonderful to work with! She met us at our hotel and tailored our tour to our particular interests. My impression is that Eleni gave 110% in sharing the information, insights, passion and humor during our 4 hour tour! Bringing the history alive in such an enjoyable and interactive way made the experience so wonderful! Thank you Eleni! You're awesome!
23 Jun 2018
Eleni is an AMAZING tour guide! We toured Athens with her for 3 days: Firstly, her expertise. Eleni has an impressive mastery of Greek history & culture. She is literally a fountain of knowledge - never stumped by a single question! Next, her strong interpersonal skills. Eleni is kind, approachable, and easy-going, very good at tailoring her tour to different needs of group (rambunctous children & sometimes tired grandma). She's a real pro!
09 Jun 2018
Eleni was an amazing tour guide! We spent two hours with her learning a great deal about the Acropolis, Greek culture and history. Our kids even said it was their favorite part of the trip, we highly recommend!
24 Apr 2018
Helen is heroic! I've never had a better tour guide anywhere. She is extremely knowledgeable about Athens in all periods and showed me all the key sites. She also showed me places that most people would not know about, such as a perfect spot for a super picture overlooking Athens and the best place for handmade Greek sandals. On a scale of one to five stars, I give her ten!
16 Apr 2018
Excellent tour guide. We did a 5 hour tour of acropolis, acropolis museum, and the main sites in the center of Athens. Eleni met us at our hotel and we enjoyed walking around and learning about the history and the sites. It took less time to get tickets to the sites since the tour guide lines were shorter. Highly recommended. Very responsive to messages. Pleasant, fun, knowledgeable. Thank you!
15 Apr 2018
Eleni gave us (three late-20's girls, USA) a 5 hour tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum. We started our trip with the tour and Eleni helped us get acquainted with the city and start our stay.
She was great at keeping the tour moving but giving us great historical and architectural information. Not only did we learn, but we had so much fun! She spoke English better than we do :) Thanks Eleni - we will recommend you to everyone!
Anthony (. S.
31 Mar 2018
Helen was a perfect choice for our tour to ancient Corinth. Highly informative with historical & general knowledge of Greece, she was also charming, humorous, and good company. One goal was to locate the remains of Aphrodite's temple atop the Acrocorinth. Though far from normal tourist stops, Helen went above & beyond—far more than I would have expected—to make the difficult hike with us, ensuring we saw what we came to see. I give Helen, and her very safe driver Dem, my highest recommendation.
30 Mar 2018
Helen was the best. I would give her a six if I could. I booked her 10 months in advance and she answered Sooo many questions in that time, and even told us what to do the day BEFORE our day with her. We had an 8 hour walking tour and it was quite hot, but she was attentive to our needs and helped us see ALL the important places. She knows her stuff as an archeology major. We have had many private guides in other cities. Helen is at the top for sure.
21 Mar 2018
Eleni was very professional, knowledgeable, and patient when giving my husband, tired 8 month old baby and I a private tour of the Acropolis and new Acropolis museum. She made the experience of the sites worth it to actually know what we were looking at while also giving insight into the current culture. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
12 Oct 2017
Great guide. Knowledgeable, funny, easy to understand, interesting......should I go on? Would definitely use again.
29 Sep 2017
We highly recommend Eleni. She's extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional. We went on a fantastic trip to Delphi and had an wonderful tour of Athens. She is a excellent tour guide.
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14 Aug 2017
Helen was wonderful! She gave a great tour of the Acropolis and its museum in 3 hours. She was funny, knowledgeable, and explained history in a way that was easy to understand and memorable. Without her, we would not have appreciated the site nearly as much. Thanks Helen!
04 Aug 2017
Excellent experience -- Eleni was knowledgeable, fun and flexible. She handled the specific needs of our jet-lagged group with aplomb and made sure we saw all the highlights of Athens. Highly recommended.
30 Jul 2017
Helen was awesome! She's such a good guide and knows her business in Athens. We were a family of 6 people with a mixture of 2 young children and 2 grandparents and we never felt like we were pressured to move too fast. Everyone really enjoyed Helen and even my 9 year old was enthralled with the information, asking lots of questions. We hit so many spots in our half day tour. Great guide and couldn't have been happier. Go with Helen!
05 Jul 2017
Eleni was amazing! Her knowledge of Greek history, geography, mythology, and archaeology was amazing and we learned so much about how the archaeological sites were changed, used, preserved and/or abused over the year. The kids adored her. She had great lunch spots pre-arranged (all excellent) and dinner suggestions in Athens for us as well. Eleni was the perfect blend of professional and informative while also being friendly, warm, and personable. We'd gladly take her on all our trips!
13 Jun 2017
Helen was an excellent tour guide, the group managed to see everything we previously arranged to be seen, and even one site more! She was very helpful, she bought the tickets for the group without them having to wait in line, she went to the hotel to meet everybody, she did not left them to wonder through the city looking for her! Also she was all the time available on email whenever I needed some extra info before the tour day. All in all, I would recommend her to everybody! Thanks Helen!
15 Apr 2017
Helen was fabulous. My daughters were in Greece for a short visit, and she helped them make the most of it, even on Easter. She was extremely knowledgeable, and gave a very informative tour of Athens. She arranged a trip to the countryside and Delphi area, including a fabulous meal, that gave them a better feel for Greece. She helped with travel arrangements and was generally wonderful. I would definitely recommend her if you want to see the most of Athens.
02 Apr 2017
We (family of 4) had a wonderful day with Eleni. She was on time, wonderful and very knowledgeable. Within the eight hour Athens walking tour, she answered all the questions and walked us through Acropolis, visited the museum and even saw the change of guards. 5 stars and highly recommended!
13 Oct 2016
We really enjoyed our tour! Only a couple of days before we decided to book a tour we contacted Eleni through Viator. She responded quick and professional. We visited the Acropolis complex and accompanying museum. Her stories were in depth and sometimes very funny. We all had a pleasant time.
We highly recommend Eleni as a tour-guide!
24 Sep 2016
Excellent private tour!! Eleni (Helen) asked us about our interests and showed us exactly what we were most interested in seeing. She's very pleasant and knowledgeable. Best way to see Athens!! Great value!
15 Sep 2016
We had a great time on our full-day walking tour with Eleni. She is a very knowledgeable, professional tour guide. Our tour was perfectly paced; we never felt rushed or over-whelmed. She answered nearly all of our questions, and her English is excellent. Our lunch stop was terrific with a beautiful view of the Acropolis. To top it off, she knew all of the best spots to take pictures of the sites and happily took on the role of photographer for us. We would definitely recommend her to others.
31 May 2016
We did the 4 hour walking tour with Helen and she was excellent. Her English was great, her passion for sharing her knowledge was clear and she was open and friendly about Greek life now as well as in the past. Over the 4 hours we walked from our hotel at Syntagma Square, through Plaka to the Acropolis, across to Mars Hill and ending up at the Museum. Helen also covered a lot of the things we would later see on our own at the Agoras and Zeus' temple. We would definitely recommend her to others.
22 May 2016
Helen was a wonderful guide and really went the extra mile with us. When we arrived from our cruise we had tours schedule for Saturday and Sunday but were both feeling poorly with a cold. We got to see the Parthenon that day and then Helen suggested having a shorter tour Saturday so we could rest and a longer tour Sunday when we would have a driver and had rested. She was so knowledgeable and nice to us and paced the tour to our requests. She suggested a great lunch spot and we saw so much!
20 May 2016
This was our 1st visit to Athens and we had a great 1-day tour with Helen. She was knowledgeable and fun, as well as professional. She took us to a local restaurant for lunch that was just what every visitor looks for: a small hole-in-the-wall with great local food. For transport, she uses a family-run car service with nice Mercedes minivans. We also booked a transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to our cruise ship -- this arrangement worked perfectly & I would recommend it highly.
20 Oct 2015
Used Eleni as our guide for a walking tour during a one day cruise stop. She was responsive, accommodating and an excellent guide. Have already recommended her to several friends.
14 Sep 2015
Helen was an outstanding tour guide for our day in Athens. She picked us up promptly at our ship and even though we were late disembarking, she didn't shortchange us on any of the sights. She knew just when to tour sights to beat the heat and crowds. She included personal stories and myths that were interesting and added to the tour. Her English was very easy to understand. Also, the car and driver she arranged was excellent. I would highly recommend Helen.
10 May 2015
Excellent guide. With Helen and the use of a car we were able to pack in a lot of great Athens sites into a single day. She knows the city and punctuated tourist sites with a stop for great baklava and a drink at the ocean. Perfect English and knows how to judge how to pace a day. There were only 2 of us and we asked to minimize museums and maximize sites and she did just that. I highly recommend her
16 Jul 2014
Helen was truly great. I booked two tours with her - one of the historical sights of Athens itself, and one of Delphi the next day. Both were well organised; the pacing was good (not too quick or too slow), she knew the answers to virtually everything, and I could tell she paid attention to my feedback to further customise the tour as the day progressed. The car and driver she arranged were top notch as well. Probably the best tours I've had so far anywhere... would highly recommend.
25 Jun 2014
Helen was really an exceptional tour guide, showing us Athens, telling us its history and explaining the Greek mythology.
She is very knowledgeable, professional and has a very friendly character.
We would highly recommend her.
Jacques and Floryse.
06 Jul 2018
Eleni was very knowledgeable and explained everything with a delightful sense of humor. It was hot and crowded but Eleni took us to see everything while avoiding all the lines. If you have a day to spend in Athens you will be happy you chose Eleni for you guide. We are!
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