Tours By Locals
Tours By Locals
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Athens, the oldest city in Europe, is also one of its most fascinating. It is a city where travelers wander in a state of perpetual awe around the grand ruins of the classical world, while Greeks dine out until late and enjoy the city's nightlife. Take an Athens tour and see all the city's best sights and vibrant street life with a local guide who wants you to experience Athens as the Athenians do. With half-day, full-day, multi-day and out-of-town day-trips, there's something for everyone. Your private Athenian guide is happy to customize any private tour experience to suit your unique travel interests.
Athens, Attica, Greece

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2024

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Joseph S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Our cruise excursions sold out for Athens and I was recommend to Tours by Locals by my travel agent, and was not disappointed! Was looking for an itinerary that would see as many popular sites as we could and came across the Athens and Sounio Temple of Poseidon Tour. We were able to stop and explore Acropolis Hill and all the sites there, then Temple of Zeus, and then the old Olympic Stadium, and got to stop on Lycabettus Hill (highest point in Athens) for some pictures. After that we stopped for lunch (at a local Greek restaurant that was amazing) at the halfway point of our journey to Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon. Our guide was Vasilis and to say he was top notch would be an understatement. Highly recommend!!
Written 18 October 2022
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HighwayHilda
Savannah, GA74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
We arrived in Athens with very little sleep on our 11 hour flight. How wonderful to have Petros waiting for us at the airport! Since we could not check into our motel until 3:00, he gave us a good overview of the city and took us to several brief stops to take see and take pictures….nothing too intense because we were so tired…he was very flexible as far as where we went! Petros is a very good driver and the drive around the city has been one of the highlights of our trip…it takes so much skill! Petros is fluent in English, very polite, sincere and has the most immaculate Mercedes we had ever seen. We would highly recommend his “half-day airport layover” tour (toursbylocals.com). The process to book the tour was easy and reliable with great communication.
Written 23 September 2021
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Coastal27461603427
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum tour and it was worth every penny. Stelios is an amazing guide. He is an expert: very informative, friendly and with a sense of humor. He took us through all the different sites on the Acropolis and on the foot of it and helped us avoid the crowds as much as possible. The only things we skipped are the lines. We highly recommend Stelios if you are considering a guide. Don't miss also the National Archeological Museum :).
Written 13 September 2023
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Kristi F
Stillwater, MN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Markos' knowledge of Athens past and present and his ability to navigate Athens streets and crowds gave our family an amazing experience. His transportation (and fresh water throughout the day) made us comfortable. His genuine care and curiosity about Athens history and people educated us and left us wanting to know more. I highly recommend the full day to experience beyond the city center to the sea and Temple of Poseidon before the sunset crowds. You won't be disappointed!
Written 9 July 2023
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julie h
Northampton, UK164 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We were staying in Athens for my birthday treat and my husband arranged for us to have a day trip, in a private car, of the city.
Nektarios Gakis was an amazing guide. He is very knowledgable about the city’s history. We were taken to all the tourist hotspots, Acropolis, Olympic stadium, Greek and Roman agora etc. He took us to a lunchtime restaurant, that the locals use, very reasonable prices and excellent food. Be aware that you pay all the entrance fees and for the lunch, on top of the price of the guide. Nektarious advised us, that in the winter period, it is better to pay for each site individually rather than buying the “package” €30 deal.
Nektarios gave us as long as we liked at each attraction. He stays with the car and you explore the venues independently. One word of warning, it says “ light exercise” but my husband walked 11,500 steps on the day. Towards the end of the day he had to just sit on a bench.
Can’t recommend him highly enough.
Written 6 February 2020
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lk
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Greece - Acropolis Walking Tour with Panos P.

Panos was absolutely outstanding in every way. He accomodated our request to change the day of our tour because of the weather in addition to working with us to fulfill an itinerary that met our desires and needs. He was knowledgeable in nearly every area with a broad background in both archeology and history. He was just fun to be with for the full tour making certain we saw things that weren't on the original itinerary. In short - we say that anyone who books with Panos will be totally delighted.
Written 8 May 2022
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Trupti S
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our family really loved touring with Maria: we were a family group and ranged in age from 10 to 75. We did two tours: Delphi and the Acropolis over two days. She provided detailed information about the site, but as we drove to Delphi, she also shared details about the places we were passing including economy, agriculture, geography, climate, and related history/mythology. She gave us the right amount of detail to keep us engaged, to leave with new knowledge, and to appreciate Greece and its people. At the Acropolis, Maria preplanned to ensure that we did not wait in line for tickets and coordinated the time to miss big crowds as well as manage the heat ot the day, as well as accommodated a Whisper system to enable all of us to hear clearly. Thank you, Maria!

In addition to Maria, we toured with Marilina P. in Crete, and Anna K. in Santorini: all three guides were warm, professional, accommodating of our requests and the diverse needs of our group, as well as experts in history, archaeology, and mythology. I have never toured with guides when traveling before but the experience with Tours by Locals made this family travel experience well organized but also with a warmth that felt like spending a day with a local friend.

I believe that there is an application process to become a Tour by Locals guide and I appreciate the quality of the guides that belong to this network. In the future, I will always look for a Tour by Local guide to enrich our family's travel experience.
Written 14 September 2022
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Harvey Leeds
Alton, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Had a great experience with ToursbyLocal in Athens covering the Acropolis Museum and the temples. Maria S. was our guide and provided an excellent tour. Starting at the Museum we went through most, if not all, of the exhibits. Maria did a great job at each exhibit and made sure that we covered them in the right order with informative and interesting presentation of the exhibit putting the history, construction and reconstruction sequence (not to mention all of the backstories) of the Acropolis. It was very helpful to have this context prior to walking around the structures. The tour really enhanced our experience. It compared well to the Viking cruise provided excursions but having a one on one with the guide allowed us to ask a lot of questions without feeling like we were monopolizing the time. The cost was comparable to the optional excursions with the benefit of the personal attention. Highly recommend the service.
Written 7 January 2023
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PEH
Haslemere, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Antigone was just fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and delivered her tour with a big smile and was happy to answer questions on so much more including Greek culture and politics. She was able to hold the interest of our 3 teenage boys on a very hot day. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Acropolis and museum and would heartily recommend her to others.
Written 2 June 2022
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Sophie M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
I would highly recommend ToursbyLocals with Nikolaos Christianakis as a wonderful tour guide in Athens. I travelled with my family -8 in total , and we were picked up exactly on time at the location we requested. It was a perfect tour as it was an extremely hot day and the car was fully equipped with water /air conditioning and brought us to all the sights we wanted to see. Nikolaos explained all the history to our younger children and was extremely helpful and informative. Thank you Nikolaos.
Written 9 July 2022
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