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“Best Family Vacation Experience”
Review of Athens Insiders

Athens Insiders
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Ancient Greek Flavors Private Food Tour
Ranked #2 of 59 Food & Drink in Athens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A different way to discover the multiple faces and the little known treasures of Greece through the eyes of a local. Filled with unique insights and sharing a never ending love for the country we live in, we are committed to revealing to you the real Greece that we admire. Providing private and tailor made travel experiences we escape from rigid itineraries, stepping out the beaten track and sharing with you amazing hidden places and first-hand insights into our country, our lifestyle and our cultural heritage. You can choose from unique themed tours or just design your unique itinerary!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 21, 2017

We worked with Athens Insiders for the first half of our two-week trip to Greece to celebrate our son's graduation, and we could not have been happier with our experience. The folks at Athens Insiders took care of everything starting at the airport when we landed. We didn't have to worry about anything! If you can, hiring this group will add so much to your vacation. The highlights:

Our first full day we had a tour of the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, a walk through Plaka neighborhood, a stroll to Monastiraki Square, and the Ancient Agora. We also rode to the Panathenaic Stadium, a trip to Lycabettus Hill to view the Acropolis from above, and ended with a view the of the parliament building, the university, the library, and ended by watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our guide for the day was Andronikos, and he was great.

The second day, we had a side trip, but Athens Insiders made sure we arrived at the Ferry with tickets in hand for the round trip. When we returned, we were met by our Host for the next five days, Yannis, and began our 5-day adventure of the mainland. We started right away with a stop at Saunio to see Poseidon's Temple, then going to Delphi for the night. Our adventures carried us to Corykeion Cave the next day, and the hike from there to Delphi (guide Nikos); followed by a tour of Delphi (guide Christina). Yiannis suggested we stop and taste some olive oil at Vassilis, and it was wonderful! Their olive oil won an international award. We then had coffee in Itea with our travel agent, Chris, of Asimina Tours, who booked our entire trip (including hiring Athens Insiders).

From there, we headed to Olympia (guide Vassilis). We had a bit of time, so Yiannis suggested we stop for lunch and a welcome break at a restaurant (Kakovatos) that was right on the beach where we enjoyed incredibly fresh seafood and greek salad, followed by a nap on the beach! Then we got on the road to Nafplio.

We started with a tour of the old city, which is so lovely, with a town square, and many shops and restaurants. The people were friendly and welcoming. This was our home base for the next few days. Our first night we splurged on dinner at 360 and enjoyed some wonderful meat!

Our next day was a tour of Epidaurus and Mycenae (guide Ilias). Then a quick gyro lunch and on to the Skouras Winery for a wine tasting. That afternoon, Yiannis took us on a tour of the Palmidi Castle, we had dinner on our own, but met up with Yiannis again to watch some football (soccer).

Our final day was departing Nafplio and heading back to Athens to continue the rest of our adventure. Yiannis pointed out Corinth and we stopped to see the canal and watched someone who was bungee jumping from the bridge. Quite thrilling.

I will say that our experience with Athens Insiders was amazing. We were taken care of from start to finish. All of our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and obviously loved their country and loved sharing their knowledge with the four of us. And a special thank you to our host, Yiannis. He was kind, patient, and always making sure we had snacks, water, etc. He was so happy to share his country with us, from the flora to the food! He knows a story about every landmark and location and was such a wealth of knowledge to us. Mostly, he became part of our family and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Robin S
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Reviewed June 19, 2017

My wife and I were on our honeymoon and had an amazing experience. We did a food tour in Athens (unfortunately don't remember our tour guide's name) and walked through the markets. Our guide showed us all the local cuisines and was very knowledgeable with all the food as he was a private chef. He also knew a lot about the history of the city.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Patrick D
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Reviewed June 17, 2017

The tour was tailored to our interests. We did 2 tours with Athens Insiders-a food tour and a tour of the Acropolis. They were both outstanding!

Angela was our charming guide for the Acropolis. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Athens. Angela was great about providing historical background during our ascent of the Acropolis, and took the time to explain the major developments over the centuries. While she was detailed and descriptive in her commentary, Angela also made it light-hearted and fun for our family so our tour felt like a conversation rather than a lecture. We're grateful for the time she spent showing us the great Acropolis!

Christo, our food guide was equally knowledgeable and incredibly enthusiastic. A chef who dabbles in leading tours, Christo walked us through traditional and modern cuisine, starting with Greek coffee and a brief history of its roots from the Bedouins. He was receptive to our questions and after getting to know our personal interests and preferences, he kindly offered to customize our experience.

Christo introduced us to many great spots off the beaten path! We went to his favorite spice shop and were introduced to a variety of Greek Mountain Herbal Teas. We also visited and gained unique local insights at small food markets before returning to some spice shops and final stops at restaurants. This was a rewarding experience and set the tone for how we approached eating and drinking the rest of our stay in Greece!

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank BibiD160
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Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

My family spent a lovely week in Athens and took several tours with Athens Insiders. We took an orientation walking tour with Yannis, a food tour with George, the Acropolis tour with Natalie, the Acropolis Museum and Sounion tour with guide Eleni and driver Dimitris, the Delphi tour with driver (another) Yannis and guide Christina, and a shopping tour with Vasilia. All of the tours were excellent. The guides were all extremely knowledgeable and engaging. George is a chef, one Yannis is a sommelier and the other Yannis is a professional photographer. They tailored the tour to our interests and made sure that we saw what we wanted. They were also fun to talk to about living in Greece. And every tour included a coffee break to refresh and socialize.

The tour company was easy to work with. From the beginning, they worked to tailor out itinerary to our interests and needs. They checked in with me on our arrival and were happy to answer any questions or provide any information/recommendations to make our stay better. We followed George's restaurant recommendations and had some excellent meals.

I will definitely use Athens Insiders on my next trip to Athens.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 760ericf
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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Eleni and George, our tour guides, were absolutely amazing. The walking tour was the best way to start off our vacation. My husband and I enjoy both food and history and this was the perfect combination. If you don't have much time in Athens and want to really see and taste the city, this is the best way to do it. I would highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Rachel T
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