My first love was History; because if you don't understand your past how can you expect to know the future? I was born and bred in Athens, where Ι studied Archaeology and Art History. Those studies are the reason that archaeology holds a special place in my heart. During my college years I worked as a curator in the New Acropolis Museum and participated in educational programs for children.
After I graduated, I was accepted in the University of Siena, Italy, for a Master’s degree in the "Conservation and maintenance of historical, archaeological and cultural heritage". My Master’s theses were about “The Repatriation of the Elgin Marbles: European and International Law” and “Museum’s Educational Role: the Case of the National Archaeological Museum” after having my training in educational programs’ department of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, where I designed a new educational program for children. I graduated from the University of Siena after getting a scholarship.
In 2011 I returned to Greece and I worked for 3 years in excavations on an ancient settlement and its cemetery. Throughout these years I served as a guide for schools and small groups in Lamia's Archaeological Museum. My experience from Italy and Lamia led me back to Athens in 2014, after I decided to follow a training program to become a licensed tour guide.
"Tour guiding for me wasn't something that came up suddenly. It was part of my professional life for the past 7 years. Nowadays, my only commitment is to impart my knowledge and transmit my love for Greece to others."
As an archaeologist and a tour guide, I always thought of Greece as a place where anyone can embark on an adventurous, exciting and unpredictable travel back in time. Countless stories, myths and legends stretching back to the very birth of humanity were generated in this land and are waiting for you not only to discover but also be a part of them.
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
Our family of 6 had the most amazing day in Athens with Marialena - one of the highlights of our trip to Greece. With a historian, 2 architects, a teacher and 2 teenagers in our group, Marialena was able to easily accommodate all of our interests.
We had an 8 hour tour starting at the Acropolis and Museum extending through the Plaka for some shopping and ending at Syntagma Square and the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Marialena was impassioned and knowledgeable; a true gem. Highly recommen
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
Combine playful activities and educative experiences to create everlasting memories!!!
Either you are traveling alone or with your family I will make sure to have an unforgettable experience! Themed and tailor-made tours is my specialty.
It can be a one day trip to Athens, Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus, to the Saronic islands or anywhere else in Greece. Traveling in summer is a good chance to enjoy swimming to the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Aegean Sea. But don't forget...Greece is beautiful also in WINTER!!! Arrange ski excursions or outdoor activities to place that you don't believe that Greece has!
If you need a transfer by taxi or limo, or any information about Greece or any booking, do not hesitate to contact me.
I can meet you anywhere you are.!!!
Please,before booking me, send me an email so that we can arrange the appropriate schedule according to your needs!
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.
limousine service [upon request] or using a A/C car [extra charge] or an A/C bus[upon request]otherwise the tour will be done by metro or walking.
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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!
***** × 4!
"You're crazy" husband says, "you're paying someone to walk us around Athens?!" However once we were atop the Acropolis, he says "good idea Woman!"
While tourists & tour groups meandered, we received personal insight into Greek history, life & culture. Marialena's enthusiasm coupled with her knowledge & experience, left a lasting impression on us & our boys. By tailoring our tour, she kept them engaged & enabled me opportunities to photograph.
She's amazing & we each give her 5 sta