MARIA TSAMI Private tour guide in Athens, Nafplio, Olympia - Greece


Guide profile:

Dear travelers,

My name is Maria Tsami and I am a licensed tourist guide based in Athens.My passion for travelling and for the fascinating history of my country have lead me into this profession which I adore.Book me as your tourist guide and I promise to unfold the secrets of my country in the most enchanting way!

Either you have only a few hours in Athens or a few days there is so much to see and do in this historical city.

Athens offers you so many options you will never get bored!And if there is something you have seen or read about in a travel book that has attracted your attention and I may have not included in my suggestions, ask me and I 'll get you there!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Jennifer V. W.

Maria was excellent. So knowledgeable and let us move at our own pace. We would highly recommend!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

I am available for tours in Athens as well as for day trips to sites in proximity to my city.Have a look at a few suggested itineraries:

1. Four hours half day walking tour including the Acropolis , the theatre of Dionysus and the Acropolis museum.

2 .Alternativelly if you have been to the Acropolis we can visit the ancient Agora,the Pnyx,the ancient cemetary,the Roman Agora , the temple of Zeus ,and the Panathenean stadium.

3.Combine the Acropolis with the national archaeological museum in a half day tour.

4.Visit the Benaki museum and walk around the hub of modern Athens.

5.If you wish to make the most of a full day tour of Athens you may combine the Acropolis,the theatre of Dionysus , the Ancient agora ,the Roman agora the temple of Zeus and either one of the most important museums in Athens such as the Acropolis museum or the National archaeological museum.

6.If you wish you can combine the Acropolis ,the Acropolis museum and a leisurerly drive to cape Sounion.

If you have been to Athens and seen all that there are 35 different museums for you to visit

otherwise you could take a day trip to Delphi or the mythical Argolis.

Why not visit Aegina,a beautiful island only an hour away from Athens by ferry!

Transportation by tour guide:

No unless organised with a driver booked through myself at an extra cost

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

KIDS TOURS Price Per Group 200.00 Euro

Tour guide interests:

I love to travel and make friends around the world. I like to read and spend time in the nature.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Jennifer V. W. 26 Jun 2019

Maria was excellent. So knowledgeable and let us move at our own pace. We would highly recommend!

5 stars Kim C. 31 May 2019

Maria was fantastic. Really knowledgeable and fun to have a tour with.

5 stars Richard S. 03 Nov 2018

Maria spent 8 hours with us. She was prompt, polite, and extremely knowledgeable. She made the history of Athens come alive with her ability to present the past as a story peopled by individuals. She helped new visitors to Athens appreciate its contributions to civilization with her enthusiasm and energy. Please do yourself a favor and book Maria for your visit to Athens.

5 stars Richard A. 12 Oct 2018

Maria met our group of 6 at our hotel for a full day "deep dive" into the most historical sections of Athens. She organized the tour perfectly to avoid crowds, and her deep knowledge of (and passion for) Greek history brought the Agorra and the Acropolis alive for us. We particularly appreciated her perfectly curated tour of the new Acropolis museum, which added great depth to everything we'd been seeing during the day. Highly recommended - thank you, Maria, for a great day in Athens!

5 stars THOMAS M. 04 Oct 2018

We were late to our meeting at the tour location because of traffic. But I called our guide Maria and she said "No problem, I'll be waiting for you." Maria gave an excellent tour of the Acropolis, the theater of Dionysus and the Acropolis Museum. We chose a private tour with Maria because we heard that these sites can become very crowded. They do. Maria started us out early, so we were ahead of the crowds. What a great experience! Maria brought these sites to life with her amazing knowledge.

5 stars Marjorie P. 27 Sep 2018

A superb guide for our group of 9 in Athens. On a very windy day, she guided us to the Acropolis safely and found sheltered spots for talks on historical and art background of the Parthenon and other temples in the area. Great background at the temple of Zeus, Agora, Plaka, and more. Led us to highlights of the Acropolis Museum in condensed form as we were running late. Accommodated a handicapped member of party well. One of the best guides we had in 18 days of touring Italy & Adriatic.

5 stars Richard C. 25 Sep 2018

We had a wonderful day tour with Maria. She was extremely knowledgeable giving us the history of all the major sites plus we toured parts of the city that we would have never seen. Maria is an excellent guide & we highly recommend using her services.

5 stars Todd M. 27 Aug 2018

Maria was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and kept it interesting. She led us through the Plaka to the Acropolis. We couldn't have imagined going through the Acropolis and Museum without her. She painted a wonderful picture of ancient Greek history. She also provided excellent restaurant suggestions! We had a group of 9 with 5 girls aged 12-20.

5 stars Laura K. 19 Jun 2018

Maria was terrific with our family. We only gave her four hours to guide us through the National Museum and the Acropolis due to the collective attention span of our two boys (ages 12 and 15). She showed us the highlights of both, and did a tremendous job putting the artifacts and structures in their proper context. We were able to imagine the time and place in history for the sites and their surroundings. Maria is very knowledgeable, and helped us appreciate our visit to these treasures.

5 stars Phyllis H. 17 Jun 2018


Maria was lovely. Friendly and very knowledgeable.she explained and gave us a good amount of relevant information to understand a lot of history. She was very accommodating and one of the best guides we've had. It was an enjoyable day for sure .

5 stars Christina S. 13 Jun 2018

We spent a half day with Maria. She is amazing! She is full of fascinating information about the history and culture of Greece. I could have spent a couple of days with her exploring Athens. She is not only knowledgable, but also warm and kind.

My kids were tired and cranky, and she was extremely patient with them. She spent extra time with us even though she had another tour after us. We were lagging behind her usual pace, which was perhaps frustrating for her, but the tour was perfect for us

5 stars Gareth D. 25 May 2018

My wife and I had an excellent tour with Maria today of the Acropolis and Agredo. She arrived promptly and was very knowledgeable. As well as the brilliant tour she was a pleasure to spend time with and gave us some excellent suggestions of ways to spend time in Athens. We could not recommend her any more highly.

Thank you again Maria for an unforgettable experience

Paige & Gareth

5 stars Lucy H. 19 Oct 2017

Maria is fabulous! My daughter (12) and I did a 4 hour tour and really enjoyed ourselves as well as learning a huge amount. Maria pitched the tour just right and my daughter was really interested throughout, with not even one complaint of too much walking or being bored - quite an achievement! Great advice given before arrival and also suggestions on other things to do/see. Highly recommended, thank you Maria.

5 stars Gregg T. E. 15 Sep 2017

Maria was wonderfully knowledgeable and accommodating. Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed her tour, her insight--current events as well as historical context--and her sense of humor. One of the best guides we've met.

5 stars Crisitne W. 01 Sep 2017

Maria was a delight to have for our 2 day tour with her while we were in Athens. She was extremely knowledgeable of Athens history and architecture and was sensitive to our needs of having to take the tour on a somewhat slower pace. I highly recommend her and would definitely book with her again should I ever return to that area.

5 stars Julia F. 25 Aug 2017

We had a great experience. Maria is very knowledgeable and organized. She provided the best experience in just a few short hours. I left with a deep understanding of the sites. We couldn't have asked for more.

5 stars Mark W. 22 Jun 2017

Maria was such a wonderful tour guide of Athens. We had so much fun with her. I think she had as much fun with us, which made the tour so comfortable and informative.To see so much in 4 hours and not feel rushed is a credit to her ability as a tour guide. She was so warm and friendly that we feel like we now have family in Athens and will always keep in touch.

5 stars Susan B. 19 Jun 2017

Maria gave a fabulous tour of Athens to our family of 6, including 4 kids ages 6-10. She was able to keep everyone from the first graders to the adults engaged throughout the tour. We all learned a lot and got to see parts of Athens that we would have never discovered on our own. She was charming and warm and able to sense the needs of the group and pace the tour accordingly (including some well timed gelato breaks). We give her our highest recommendation.

5 stars Grant C. 20 Feb 2017

Very knowledgeable and entertaining, excellent English and also great tips on dining etc

5 stars john T. 05 Aug 2016

5 star tour We are a group of 4 ( grandparents with two grandson's 16 and 12) Maria directed the tour for the boys and she did a great job. When we got home the boys recited almost the entire tour to their parents with big smiles. Maria had a taxi pick us up at port. She listened and provided the tour we asked for. Great experience

5 stars Linda F. 09 Jul 2016

Fantastic experience! Super competent, gracious, warm. Maria's knowledge of Greek/roman history is formidable, and her presentation is easy to comprehend and absorb. Would highly recommend!!!! She is truly delightful!!!

5 stars ori K. 02 Jul 2016

We had such a wonderful time with Maria. Family of 4 with 2 pre-teens. They were engaged the entire time. Thank you MARIA!!! We miss Athens because of you

5 stars John A. 10 Apr 2016

We travelled to Greece in April and used Maria for three separate tours, Athens city, Delphi, Corinth and Mycenae.

Maria was fantastic, she organised all for us including a van with driver who was outstanding getting us to all the places safely, gave us plenty of time if we wanted to stop off at towns along the way. Her knowledge is first class and as we were travelling never stopped to keep telling ancient greek myths and stories which kept us entertained for hours.

Just book Maria !!

5 stars Howard C. 29 Oct 2015

Maria is what every guide should be! We have used guides throughout the world and our day with her was our best experience. We entered with high expectations (our children love Greek mythology) and she exceeded those expectations. She was responsive during planning, flexible in scheduling, and tailored our 8-hour tour to our family. She was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, engaged our kids, and had a perfect paced itinerary. We give her our highest recommendation!!!

5 stars Mary A. F. 16 Oct 2015

Fantastic. There aren't enough superlatives to describe Maria. A wealth of historical, archeological, mythological knowledge at her fingertips. She was charming, punctual, and always sensitive to our needs. 5 stars hardly seems like enough.

5 stars Bob S. 13 Oct 2015

A great day. Maria is a superb guide. We asked for a lot; she delivered even more including lunch at a small local spot. Great fun! Being with Maria is like being shown around by a friend who is passionate about her city & country, loves to share her vast knowledge with you; and does so in excellent English. My wife has somewhat limited mobility. Maria was very attentive to this making sure we took time to rest while she explained things. You can't go wrong hiring Maria. Very Highly Recommended

5 stars Geoffrey S. 28 Sep 2015

The perfect guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Maria and her driver met our small group of two couples at our ship. Carefully listening to what we wanted to see, she arranged a perfect itinerary including a wonderful lunch. Maria conveyed a sincere love of Greece. That, combined with her knowledge of Greek history made all of us share her enthusiasm for this beautiful country. One of our party has difficulty walking but Maria took special care to make sure that she too enjoyed our tour.

5 stars Laurie G. 04 Sep 2015

Great morning with maria. So knowledgeable and informative. Maria is also very kind. John our driver was super. Very thankful to have booked maria for our very short tour after disembarking our ship and flying out that afternoon. Would highly recommend Maria

5 stars Samir P. 08 Aug 2015

Maria provided an excellent custom tour of the Acropolis and other local sites in Athens for my family. Was very knowledgeable and knew of some other area's that weren't overly crowded. If you can book Maria for your Athens tour, definitely do!

5 stars catherine K. 25 Jul 2015

Maria is a wonderful guide. I booked this trip because I wanted my teen/adult kids to get the most of the experience and Maria surpassed my expectations. She is incredibly knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, friendly and funny. We will never forget our day in Athens and that is thanks to the context that Maria gave to every site we visited. She was also accessible to our needs for coffee, lunch etc and gave us lots of tips for our trip. Don't overthink it, if Maria is available book now!

5 stars Carmelina Z. 17 Jul 2015

Maria is a n experienced tour guide. She speaks a good English and explains every historical fact with clarity and in detail. She keeps the attention alive telling lots of interesting stories. She is very kind and patient. I highly recommend her service in Athen and the Peloponnese.

5 stars Jack M. 06 Jul 2015

Maria is an amazing, incredible guide. She is absolutely wonderful. I am a university professor and my wife is a secondary school teacher; we've been fortunate to have traveled abroad on work and vacation many times throughout Europe as well as Africa, Asia and the US. Throughout all this time, Maria is THE BEST tour guide we have ever had. She is bright, well informed, articulate, thoughtful, honest, caring and fun. Maria designed and led a fantastic, perfect full day tour for us. She's great!

5 stars Shari P. 16 Jun 2015


Maria was the absolute perfect choice for our family (my wife, myself and our 11 & 18 yo sons) as our guide through the Acropolis. She is friendly, knowledgeable and a talented storyteller. She was able to make the journey interesting and enjoyable for all. She gauged the level of our knowledge and interest and adjusted our tour accordingly. We felt as though we were seeing the Acropolis with a friend rather than someone we had just met. Outstanding!

Shari & Pat (NYC)

5 stars Martin C. 24 May 2015

Knowledge of the area is excellent, even changing the order of things so as to avoid waiting to see attractions. After the experience I am sure private tours are the way forward.

5 stars Anwar M. 03 Apr 2015

Maria is an excellent tour guide who made our trip to Athens and area one of the best. The children really enjoyed the trip as Maria kept them engaged. Maria is the best tour guide we have ever hired. You will not be disappointed!

5 stars Girish B. 22 Mar 2015

Maria was incredible with our kids. Best guide ever for traveling with kids. There were 4 of us and the trip was 1 year ago but we still fondly remember the great activities Maria planned for our kids. We all learned a great deal, went at a reasonable pace, in Athens and a long day trip. Just fantastic - thanks Maria!

5 stars Angela E. 22 Jun 2014

Money well spent! We hired Maria for our family of four (two girls, ages 10 and 9) for a tour of Athens on June 22, 2014. She met us at our hotel, the NJV Athens Plaza at Syntagma Square. We began our tour on a fun treasure hunt through the National Garden, the Temple of Zeus, the Panathaneic Stadium (Olympics), the Arch of Hadrian and ended at the Acropolis which includes the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Parthenon, and the Theatre of Dionysus. Friendly, fun, sweet, kind, highly recommend!!

5 stars Jackie T. 03 Jun 2014

We were a family of 4 adults and 1 11-year old boy. We hired Maria for two days (one full day and one half-day) to tour Athens. Maria was wonderful. She was incredibly engaging and knowledgable. She moved us along at a very comfortable pace - no small feat considering the range of ages, interests, and abilities in our group. We managed to see all of the highlights in this time range. She combined her warm and enthusiastic personality with a massive knowledge base to make this city come alive. We

5 stars Michael M. 30 Apr 2014

Maria is an excellent guide. She has a deep knowledge of all eras of Greek history, which she delivers in a fun and engaging manner when touring the wonderful sights of Greece. I strongly recommend her whether you know nothing about Greece and its history or are a Phd level Greek historian. We will certainly use her services again on our next visit to Greece.

5 stars Dan W. 25 Dec 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful tour with Maria on the 24th of December. Due to the holiday schedule for the major sites, we needed to change our original focus and Maria handled it in stride. Maria brought a wealth of knowledge and told us things that there is no way we would have gotten any other way. She was very kind and easygoing. No question was left unanswered. At the end of the tour, she even went out of her way to ensure we found our way back to the hotel. Great time.

5 stars Susan N. 18 Oct 2013

Maria is a very professional and knowledgeable guide. We had a diverse group and Maria accommodated the needs of everyone. Her grasp of both current and ancient Greek culture was very impressive. I especially enjoyed the time we spent at the Acropolis listening to the history of the Parthenon and the restoration. I would recommend Maria to anyone looking for a great guide in Greece. P.S. Her restaurant choice was outstanding.

5 stars Jeff R. 22 Jul 2013

Maria was an absolutely excellent tour guide. When we first met, she took the time the time to ask about our backgrounds and interests and kept bringing out detailed information specific to these areas during our 2 day tour. Maria was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her country, culture, and profession. She worked with our schedules and accommodated requested real-time changes gracefully and effortlessly. Maria was absolutely thoughtful and terrific! Thank You!

5 stars Tra N. 15 Jul 2013

Maria is caring, knowledgeable, kind and just simply wonderful.

5 stars caroline D. 07 Jul 2013

knowledgeable, easy going !

5 stars Paul B. 11 Jun 2013

We spent 3 days with Maria seeing the sights of Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidavros. She provided a masterful commentary on everything we saw, and was a gifted storyteller when sharing the history and myths associated with these sights. Maria was our guide and friend. We enjoyed every minute of our time with her and hope to return for more.

5 stars Bruce B. 29 May 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Maria. She lead us through a very informative tour of the Acropolis and Agora and the Acropolis museum. I don't think we would have appreciated these sites any where near as much without her excellent and knowledgeable guidance. she is a also a delightful person and we thoroughly enjoyed lunch with her at an excellent taverna she selected in the Plaka. Highly recommended!!

5 stars Bart S. 22 May 2013

Maria was such a joy, our day in Athens was one of the biggest highlights of our trip. She is so knowledgeable about the art, history and politics. She explained it so well, it was easy to understand. She is so personable, I would definitely recommend her.

5 stars Ed L. 28 Dec 2012

Maria is such a wonderful guide. From the very beginning she was deeply committed to making our first trip to Greece a success. She made a tremendous effort to organize a 2 week itinerary and find the best value hotels for us. And we were not disappointed at all with her choices. She even arranged the rental of the car for us. Above all these she definitely made a great difference to our trip with her very warm and pleasant personality, and her deep appreciation of Greek archaeology and history.

5 stars Surese J. 27 Sep 2012

Maria arrived on time and anxious to show us the amazing Acropolis and beautiful New Acropolis Museum. She was knowledgeable and professional and at our request, recommended a few restaurants. We tried tow already and they were delicious. We look forward to our tour again on 27 Sept. SJ

5 stars Mark L. 18 Aug 2012

Maria is a fantastic guide. My wife and I cannot recommend her enough! We spent a half day with Maria touring the Acropolis and surrounding area. She is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We appreciated her candid insights about the historic sights and the Greek culture. She even followed-up after the tour to recommend a few of her favorite restaurants. Thanks again Maria!

5 stars Wren T. 04 Aug 2012

Ditto on all the wonderful things that have already been said about Maria. She is wonderful! So sweet. So smart. So pretty. She is engaging and really tried to accommodate us to our needs and interests. We were at the end of a 12 day cruise and were exhausted. She found a perfect cool spot to rest our feed and have a snack. Having lived in Greece all her life you can feel her passion for her country and her knowledge is immense. Loved her! You'll be lucky if she's available. Book her if you can!

5 stars Panagiota B. 14 Jul 2012

Excellent tour. Maria was great and very patient in midst of an Athenian heat wave. She was well informed and brought the ancient world of Athens to life with her vivid stories and knowledge.

5 stars T C. 02 Jul 2012

Maria was the best tour guide we had on our 12 day Mediterranean cruise. She was very knowledgable & spoke perfect English. She had a firm grasp on history, architecture, politics, art, archeology, and anthropology. She gave us a perfect sampling of Athens culture & people including a tour of the Plaka and a delicious restaurant recommendation. Our mini-bus driver, George was great too. The bus was clean, he spoke English and provided us with cold water. I would highly recommend this tour!

5 stars James W. 23 May 2012

Maria is a gem! 500 characters are not enough. 3 delightful hours with her; like being with a long-lost friend. Unknown Soldier, Botanic Gardens, Zeus Temple, Benaki Museum (Maria's passion for this was clear), Agios Eleftherios church, and more. We found the plants that matched the Corinthian and Ionic columns; we talked history, books, current events, etc. Maria knows facts, stories, theories, artifacts, all the things that make a city come alive. Passionate, enthusiastic, fun! We love her.

5 stars Mark D. 14 Mar 2012

Maria is everything hoped for in a guide. We have had guides in the past who want to take command and run the tour their own way. Maria, by contrast, has such a sweet and gentle nature and yet such a compelling command with "story and language." Time just ran by too fast. Our large group with students and adults loved her. She is attractive and engaging. She is open and resourceful. She is fun and wonderfully anecdotal. Loved the way she solicited and responded to questions. First class!

5 stars Dave F. 18 May 2011

My wife and I spent a wonderful day in Athens with Maria. She was very flexible in taking us to all the sites that we were interested in, and her knowledge of each was fantastic. Maria's English was perfect, and she was a delight to be with. If you want to learn about the history and stories behind what remains today, Maria is a perfect choice!

5 stars julie R. 29 Sep 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Maria and recommend her 100%. She immediately made us feel relaxed and welcome as she imparted the knowledge of her city with passion and enthusiasm. She brought the history of the ruins and artefacts of the museum come alive like no guidebook could. Our family loved the tour and we learnt so much. Thank you Maria, 10 out of 10!

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