Sotiris Karkanias, Licensed Tour Guide – Historian
Enthusiastic for learning and guiding, Sotiris has an academic background in history and archaeology.
His professional background also includes managerial positions at cultural centers and translating positions at major Greek publishing companies.
“DGC really stands out by offering small group tours, enabling travelers to experience an in-depth guiding, take a closer look at the cultural heritage, and visit Greece’s off-the-beaten-track treasures!”
Kelly Bourni, Licensed Tour Guide
A graduate of the Sorbonne University of Paris and the National School of Guides, Kelly brings with her extensive knowledge of Greek destinations and their history.
“DGC is about cultural experiences, not just tours, and treats its guests as visitors and not as tourists.”
Christina dePian – Children Tours Designer
With an enviable career in education spanning no less than 25 years, Christina is a genuine artist that brings with her wide-ranging and in-depth expertise in working with children and designing educational projects.
“I believe it is paramount that visitors in Greece are properly taken care of, as we Greeks would like to be in a foreign country. Discover Greek Culture is a very good example of how this can be achieved.”
Anthi Dipla, Field Expert – Archaeologist
Anthi’s advanced academic background in art, culture and classic archaeology has afforded her in-depth knowledge of the fields Discover Greek Culture works in. Anthi worked with the team in developing interesting and unique approaches to the various destinations on DGC’s itineraries and also joins many of our tours as a field expert, sharing her expertise with guests through anecdotes and insider insight
“I want to invite visitors to fully enjoy the process, to pose questions, compare past and present, imagine, improvise, discover, and open up an active and dynamic dialogue with the past!”
Sofia Papaspyrou, Licensed Tour Guide – Archaeologist & Museologist
For Sofia, sharing her knowledge and appreciation of Greek culture is an adventure, a journey to embark upon anew with each tour, each location, and each visitor. Building on her background in archaeology and art history and her postgraduate work in museum studies, she gained valuable experience working in museums and archaeological excavations in Greece and abroad, before earning her accreditation as a licensed tour guide.
“DGC really captures the essence of the Greek spirit and offers unique experiences that include many different aspects of Greek culture in an authentic and original way. I hope to contribute my knowledge and passion, and I look forward to taking visitors on fascinating adventures through history!”
Maria Karakasi, Historian Field Expert – Archaeologist
Having graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National School of Guides, Maria brings with her extensive knowledge in the history of Santorini, Athens and Delphi.
“I find really unique the way DGC approaches its travelers and the fact that it takes into consideration their personal preferences in order to offer them one-of-a-kind experiences.”
Chryssa Kontogeorgopoulou, Field Expert – Archaeologist
With a PhD in Byzantine Studies and hands-on archaeological experience, Chryssa brings to DGC an unrivaled understanding and expertise in the rich history of Athens and the broader Attica region. Chryssa lives by the credo that – in the words of Melina Mercouri – ‘one cannot be a citizen of Greece without first believing in Utopia.’
“DGC approaches traveling as an experience, a close encounter with the true culture of Greece that goes well beyond the standard tourist fare of souvlaki-mousaka-tzatziki.”
George Manginis, Tour Designer
Passionate about art through the ages, George is a natural fit for Discover Greek Culture. Building on his academic background in archaeology and Asian art, George has taught art history and archaeology, has participated in numerous excavation projects in Europe and North Africa and has served as a consultant for prestigious cultural institutions.
“With its unique access to places and people and its focus on specialist knowledge, DGC allows entry to Greek culture, to the country’s ancient traditions and contemporary realities, for the uninitiated and the cognoscenti alike.”
Nicoletta Menti, Tour Designer
Nicoletta’s academic background in archaeology and art history as well as her extensive professional experience with one of the most acclaimed museums in Greece, afford her unique insight and knowledge of the subject matter and industry alike.
An avid traveler herself, Nicoletta is passionate about discovering different cultures and was eager to share her passion and expertise with Discover Greek Culture.
“What motivated me to join the DGC team was the company’s effort to show visitors the authentic Greece that we know and love, to help them discover the unique characteristics of this country and its people.”
Georgios Mostratos, Field Expert – Archaeologist
With a PhD from the University of Athens and a Master’s degree from King’s College London, both in classical archaeology, Georgios brings a sophisticated depth of knowledge to Discover Greek Culture’s fields.
“I am charmed by Discover Greek Culture‘s vision to “break” conventionalism in guided tours and to propose alternative ones. I would be happy to contribute to the formation of a new type of visitor who will live Greek culture for himself than a tourist who will obtain standardized feedback.”
Konstantina Pavlikaki, Field Expert – Archaeologist
Konstantina (Nadia) Pavlikaki has an academic background in archaeology and art history. Nadia has worked for the Ministry of Culture, for private collections of art and art exhibitions, as well as a leader of educational programs for children and of cultural trips in Greece and abroad. She is also a licensed professor of Spanish and passionate about the Hispanic culture, teaching at the Hellenic American University of Athens.
“The endeavor for high quality services, the exclusiveness and originality of DGC’s tours, makes them a major player in the market”
Iris Plaitakis, Visual Artist
Iris is an accomplished Visual Artist who channels her passion for Hellenic art and culture into all of her professional endeavors. In addition to her studio practice, Iris has spent the last 15 years working as an educator and onsite lecturer in major international museums, including the Acropolis Museum, The Tate Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“I hope to enrich visitors’ experience of Greece, offering them an insider’s perspective, and to convey my love and enthusiasm for the place so that they want to return”
Pavlina Raouzaiou, Field Expert – Archaeologist
An out-and-out archaeologist, Pavlina has devoted her academic career to the study of Classical Archaeology to present an original contribution to the field as well as to DGC’s guests. Knowledgeable and engaging, Pavlina embodies all the noble qualities of a tour guide along with her commitment to sharing the country’s bounties with DGC’s guests.
“The deliberately fluid and creative company culture as well as the founders’ professionalism and passion were only a few of the reasons that inspired me to join Discover Greek Culture.”
Antigone Pogiatzi, Licensed Tour Guide – Art Historian
From hands-on work in archaeological excavations to curating exhibitions and from teaching young people to working with respected museums in Cyprus and Greece, Antigone’s career has always been driven by her love for art and history—and, of course, for sharing this passionately with others.
“I appreciate that DGC works with experts from different fields. This input makes the tours both more interesting and unique; they can really fulfil the expectations of a demanding audience.”
Theodora Bekiari, Licensed Tour Guide – Archaeologist
After graduating with a BA in History and Archaeology, Theodora spent the best part of a decade working as an archaeologist, participating in excavations around Greece—including a year at the Acropolis archaeological area—before turning her focus to the interplay between ancient built heritage and the public.
“What enticed me to join DGC? The combination of professional attitude and passion… and the tours! They’re unique experiences, way beyond any run-of-the-mill tourist fare.”
Maria Kalogeri, Licensed Tour Guide – Museologist
Holding a degree in history and archaeology Maria, through the past years has gained an experience as a private tutor and a tour guide. She brings her enthusiasm and her in-depth knowledge of Greece.
“What enticed me to join DGC? My desire to make our guests cherish their memories from Greece. DGC’s touring experiences are all about creating unforgettable memories”
Alexandros Tamoglou, Licensed Tour Guide – Museologist
Alexandros has an academic background in History and Archaeology as well as in Museology and Cultural Management. He is an experienced museum educator and tour guide, bringing with him his expertise in working both with children and grown-ups.
“The network of Ph.D.- level scholars and experts, the thematic and in-depth experiences as well as the small-group private tours for the intellectually curious travellers, make DGC stand out.”
George Featham, Licensed Tour Guide – Art Historian
George sees tour guiding as a unique “coming together” of people around images, artefacts, landmarks and narratives that have something to tell us about the world and, ultimately, about ourselves.
“What excites me before every tour is the prospect of meeting new people and sharing with them the experience of an entertaining and compelling endeavour to Discover Greek Culture. I am happy to be part of the DGC team because it fosters creativity and stands out for its innovative ideas; DGC has a vision and goes for it.”