You are in for a great treat if you tour with Angelos Kokkaliaris of athenswalkingguide.com. Angelos has an M.A. degree in archeology and hopes to go on for his Ph.D. He has been guiding for over 8 years. He is incredibly knowledgeable as well as friendly and has a great sense of humor. He provides a high level of personal, very attentive service, well above and beyond the call of duty. Let Angelos know what you are interested in (whether it’s ancient or modern history, archeology, art, food, etc.) and what your knowledge level is; he will tailor your tour to your interests and needs. If you are worried about too much detail and need him to give you a high-level overview, just ask and he will accommodate. If you have issues with stairs or fatigue easily, let Angelos, know, and he will adjust accordingly.
My husband and I spent 11 days with Angelos in April 2014 touring mainland Greece as well as doing a walking tour in Athens. We were particularly interested in the history of the classical Greek period. Angelos did not disappoint.
As examples of Angelos’ high level of personal service, when we were planning our itinerary with our travel company, we expressed an interest in visiting the site of Plato’s Academy in Athens, which is off the beaten path. Angelos took it upon himself to visit the site on his own time before adding it to the itinerary.
We ate some wonderful meringue cookies that were a local specialty in Arcadia. Angelos searched the Internet for a recipe and not finding one, called a bakery and tried to coax a recipe out of them. He even took it upon himself to locate a pharmacy that was open and Sundays and bought medicine that we needed after we asked him to take us to a pharmacy on Monday morning, when we knew pharmacies would be would be open.
All in all, we would have to say that Angelos’ knowledge and personal service are the best we have ever encountered in a guide. We have done a lot of traveling with many guides in over 50 countries, and Angelos is easily the very best.
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