Sotiris Karkanias, Licensed Tour Guide – Historian

Sotiris Karkanias, Licensed Tour Guide – Historian
Enthusiastic for learning and guiding, Sotiris has an academic background in history and archaeology.
Sotiris has been guiding all over Greece, from Athens and Meteora in Central Greece to Thessaloniki and Ioannina in Northern Greece, bringing DGC a diversity of experience. His professional background also includes managerial positions at cultural centers and translating positions at major Greek publishing companies.Sotiris is your unique chance to discover Athens through the lens of a true blue Athenian and to find out all its secrets that only a knowledgeable, home grown professional could unfold.Sotiris will accompany you in the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, Modern Muses, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, Athens, City of Arts, From Athens to the Aegean Sea and Visions of Ancient Delphi.

“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

Kelly Bourni, Licensed Tour Guide – University Graduate

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. With almost 30 years of professional experience as a tour guide, she also has excellent people skills and a top-rate ability to enhance visitors’ experience.Kelly’s passion, enthusiasm and genuine love for sharing her knowledge of Greek culture with travelers from around the world, motivated her to join Discover Greek Culture and be part of the unique experiences it offers.

Kelly will guide visitors in the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, and From Athens to the Aegean Sea.

“DGC is about cultural experiences, not just tours, and treats its guests as visitors and not as tourists.”

Christina dePian – Children Tours Designer

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. Art, culture, and people are her passion and there is nothing more exciting for her than discovering new areas of Greek culture, especially with children.

Drawing on her extensive work experience in schools, universities, museums and cultural centers, both in Greece and abroad, Christina helped design DGC’s Young Explorers tours. One of her goals has been the devising of art activities that will help children to discover interests in arts and culture, while stimulating them to think actively and creatively. Christina trusts that information should be sought after and not imposed, calling this “an educational challenge”.

“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 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.

Years of academic research, both theoretical and in the field, as well as significant teaching experience at university level, have augmented her ability to share this expertise in ways that are both engaging and appealing—a skill she further honed through professional training as a tour guide.

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. Her motivation to join the team is a result of a shared approach to cultural tourism, which Anthi believes should be broad and inclusive—about memorable experiences and original ideas.

Anthi will lead the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, and From Athens to the Aegean Sea.

“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!”

Maria Karakasi, Historian Field Expert – Archaeologist

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.

Her passion and ability to effectively communicate her vast knowledge of both ancient and modern Greek history made her a certified tour guide. Maria became a member of Discover Greek Culture’s expert team in 2015 and invites you to discover together the wild beauty and splendor of Santorini.

Maria will accompany you in the following tours: Time-Honored Treasures of Santorini, Grace and Beauty in Wild Santorini, and The Secrets of Santorini

“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.”

Stavroula Katsogianni, Guest Host – Landscape Architect

Stavroula Katsogianni, Guest Host – Landscape Architect

Passionate about nature and public spaces, Stavroula studied agronomy and landscape architecture and has been designing green spaces for 20 years. She also teaches, writes for magazines and newspapers and dreams of green cities full of creative people.
Stavroula is Discover Greek Culture’s guest host for tours of the National Garden, where she puts her thorough knowledge and appreciation to use introducing visitors to the history and significance of what is arguably the Greek capital’s most important public park.

Stavroula will join you in Neoclassical Athens and Getting to Know the City of Athens.

“I feel that, at DGC, we are a strong team with specific quest, a group that seeks to join today with yesterday and bridge culture, environment, art and history.”

Chryssa Kontogeorgopoulou, Field Expert – Archaeologist

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.

Passionate about sharing the beauty and history of her favorite city, Chryssa has guiding tourists on intelligent itineraries through Athens for several years. Known for her poetic flair, Chryssa lives by the credo that – in the words of Melina Mercouri – ‘one cannot be a citizen of Greece without first believing in Utopia.’

Chryssa has contributed to the development of remarkable approaches to DGC’ tours, sharing her deep well of knowledge with guests in an engaging and motivating way.

“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

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 research interests that have been shifting from Byzantine to Islamic art and have even encompassed China, and with previous professional experience as a lecturing guide for the British Museum, SOAS University of London, and other educational and cultural institutions, George embarked upon designing DGC’s Byzantine- and Ottoman-themed tours and enriching them with varied and unusual content.

Planned for Athens (as a City Break) and Thessaloniki (as Half-Day and Day tours), these tours are scheduled to launch soon and will feature sites and attractions hand-picked for their artistic and architectural merit and historical importance. George’s tours are designed to not just showcase the art and culture of the respective periods, but to also highlight their influence upon the places visited and their living legacy.

“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 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.

Nicoletta helped design DGC’s archaeology–themed Athens tours and one of her main objectives was to create interesting tours that offer visitors the opportunity to discover Greece through the eyes of its people. Open for booking now, these tours are available as Half-Day, Day and City Breaks tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Greek Essentials and From Athens to the Aegean Sea.

“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

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.
Having been awarded several honors for his pursuit of research and writing, Georgios also possesses extensive hands-on archaeological experience through his participation in various projects of the National Archaeological Museum and the Foundation of the Hellenic World. Following twelve-years of experience in lecturing Ancient Greek and Byzantine culture, Georgios decided to transform his passion into a gift for travelers, providing them with unprecedented insight.

Self-commissioned to bequeath his knowledge and engage DGC’s guests with the living history and modern culture of Greece, Georgios will join you in the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, and From Athens to the Aegean Sea.

“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 Pavlikaki, Field Expert – Archaeologist

Konstantina (Nadia) Pavlikaki has an academic background in archaeology and art history and she is a fanatical and knowledgeable Athenian.

Nadia has worked for the Ministry of Culture, for private collections of art and art exhibitions, as well as 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. She looks forward to sharing her understanding and enthusiasm for Greece’s unrivaled archaeological wealth with all visitors—and to make each tour unique and memorable.

Nadia will take part in the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, From Athens to the Aegean Sea and Visions of Ancient Delphi.

“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 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.

With an extensive academic background in art history and classical archaeology, Iris provides unmatched insight into the history and culture of Athens—conveying her love and enthusiasm for the city at every step.

Iris will join visitors on the following tours: Modern Muses and Athens, City of Arts, as well as Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, and From Athens to the Aegean Sea.

“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

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.

Pavlina has worked as a contract archaeologist for the Ministry of Culture and as a teacher of English at a Public Institute of Vocational Training, which afforded her leadership and people management skills. Her enthusiasm about archaeology is inextinguishable and you will be tracing the fingerprints of Greek history in no time.

Pavlina will accompany you in the following tours: Classical Athens, Classically Greek, Neoclassical Athens, An Afternoon in Athens, Greek Essentials, Getting to Know the City of Athens, From Athens to the Aegean Sea and Visions of Ancient Delphi.

“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.”

Felicity Swaffer, Horticulturist

Felicity Swaffer, Horticulturist

Felicity is passionate about all things green. Growing up in the UK, she studied horticulture and fell in love with teaching people about the fascinating world of plants.

As an accomplished environmental psychologist, she believes that green spaces are essential in cities, as they provide space for exploration and relaxation. She is drawn to Athens, her adopted city, because of the city’s timeless parks and gardens, and the stories they tell.

Felicity will guide visitors through the National Garden on the Neoclassical Athens and Getting to Know the City of Athens tours.

“Discover Greek Culture offers something very unique – the chance to really go deep and immerse yourself in all the wonderful experiences Greece has to offer.”

Antigone Pogiatzi, Licensed Tour Guide – Art Historian

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 with passion with others.Antigone has been a licensed tour guide since 2013, drawing on her academic background in art history and archaeology and on her diverse professional experiences to help others discover and enjoy the beauty of art through the ages.

“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

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.Today, Theodora is pursuing a post-graduate degree in cultural management and works as a licensed tour guide, eager to communicate her knowledge and enthusiasm to visitors from around the world.

“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.”

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