Hi Kalliopi, we just wanted to tell you what a great job you did as our guide in October 2018. You were very professional, explained everything so well - we learned a lot and had a great time.
You also helped us with the organization of our business trip in advance. We really appreciate that!
Thanks from 15 German consultants
HERING SCHUPPENER, Frankfurt
After a business trip to Patras we had scheduled two half days for sightseeing in Athens and decided to work with a professional tour guide to make that more enjoyable. We decided for Kalliopi Bona and Athens Private Tours based on two favorable aspects of their website: they did not advertise on low price and their website is actually nice to look at. Both promised class to us. This assumption turned out to be absolutely right. We had two wonderful tours with Kalliopi: one covering classical Athens and one covering modern Athens. On both tours we have learned a lot, have seen and understood much more than would have possible on our own and enjoyed this wonderful city (and ourselves) immensely. If you want to get to know Athens in style, apart from large groups and with a very knowledgeable and charming guide, we can highly recommend a tour with Kalliopi Bona to you.
Gabriele + Holger Hofmann, Frankfurt, Germany
Dear Kiki - it's a pleasure telling you that I and all my friends were super happy with your guiding both days. Lots of knowledge and a very nice and interesting way to telling us. I give you our very best greetings and thankfulness.
Dag Engstrøm, Norway
Although a few weeks have passed from my visit in Athens, I wanted to say thank you very much for the private tour you gave me.
I just went today on what I wrote and learned from you and just understood how lucky I was to have this opportunity. I wish this tour could have been longer.
Stephane Cohen, Jerusalem, Israel
danke für Ihre wunderbare Führung durch Athen! Wir haben viel gelernt über die Geschichte, die Stadt und die Menschen darin und es war ein fröhlicher und entspannter Tag.
Herzliche Grüße - und frohe Weihnachten.
Ihre G. Wolf
Kiki's tour was great. Unfortunately, due to flight issues, we arrived a little late for the tour. Kiki was accommodating and urged us not to rush as we dropped our bags at the hotel. Once ready, she started our tour by having us experience the local fast food cuisine (gyros and beer), which was exactly what the five of us needed after a long, delayed flight from Canada.
In prior correspondence with Kiki, we mentioned a couple of things we wanted to see, and we asked to skip the Acropolis and Agora because we had a sixth person joining us on the following day who wanted to see those. She had no problem designing the tour to our requests. She acquainted us with the area around our hotel and covered a great number of sights and history throughout the city. She was able to adapt the tour as we were on it, to meet our needs, such as hunger, thirst, and interests. She is a great storyteller of the area and history.
This was our first tour with Kiki, however not our first private tour in a foreign country. As frequent travelers, we enjoy hiring a local for a private tour on the first day of arrival. You get to see the major sights and experience more of the local flair and culture than you would with a large tour group. Most private guides are more receptive to telling of their experiences and lives and Kiki is no exception. She was wonderful and made us feel very comfortable being on our own for the remaining three days in Athens and the remaining 10 days in Greece.
We would highly recommend Kiki.
Derrick & Linda, Canada
Just a short note of appreciation in starting our vacation out on the correct foot. As Athens was our first stop prior to commencing on a cruise for our anniversary, we had very limited time to discover Athens. Your knowledge, enthusiasm and overall grasp of the pertinent facts made our tour especially enlightening during our short stay. It was obvious that you sincerely cared in making our experience special for us on a personal level. If we do not make it back soon, we will certainly send others your way.
Mike and Diane Neumann, USA
Kiki is everything you want in a tour guide. Prior to arriving in Athens Kiki and Kalliopi were always quick to respond to my emails and answer any and all questions I had. I brought a group of 16 with me to tour Athens and Kiki's pace, knowledge, and enthusiastic professionalism was so enjoyable. She was patient with questions and helpful information requested by various members of my group. My group and I had a wonderful time, learned so much and truly felt we received the complete Athens experience.
Music & Dance Adventure Travel, Los Angeles, USA
A wonderful day at the Greek coast of Athens.
Athens, 3 German girls, outside thirty-five degrees, sightseeing? - Not at all, no enthusiasm, but booked. Then a lively tourist guide enters the hotel lobby and declared our personalized sightseeing tour today - perfect plan!
1. Bus tour, of course in an air-conditioned bus, along the coast of Athens to reach a little remote bay on the foothills of Poseidon temple. Arrived: relaxing and swimming! (Yeah that was the right program for me)
2. Just before sunset, visit of the Poseidon temple, a historically important place. We got so many information from our guide, but not like in the school, where only the guide is speaking, no, it was more or less like a comfortable conversation, but with many, many information, still kept in mind. (And the sunset was sooooooo beautiful. For photographer a must!!!)
3. Last but not least evening meal. We wanted to eat some typically Greek food, and I mean really typical. Not like Germans think what is typically for Greece. So our tour guide decided to go some kilometers ahead to reach a small tavern. (If you want to eat typically Greece food you must go into a taverna, not a restaurant!!!!) The meal: small fishes, tzatziki, baked zucchinis, baked eggplant, greek salad... DELICIOUS!!
It was a perfect day. We saw beautiful places, we got so much, but only interesting information, and more or less the main advance of our tour guide was her flexibility. She switched the program according to our entire request, without having any problems.
Kalliopi, thank you for your incredible friendliness and this unforgettable day!
Wencke Wegner, Vienna, Austria
We had a 6 hours stop in Athens on our way back from Santorini to Paris and decided to book a private tour with Athens-private tour to discover the acropolis. We really enjoyed it as we only had 2hours. Our guide Kiki gave us directions from the airport to the site and we then started the visit. We discovered the Acropolis and its history but also she explained to us what to look at from the 360 view on Athens: house of parliament, Plaka, agora... We really enjoyed our journey through ages: from ancient Greece to recent one. We could not have caught the essence of Acropolis just by ourselves. We truly recommend this experience and are already thinking of our next trip to Greece to Creta.
Alice and Sebastien Lombard, Paris, France
Auf mehr als einer Reise hat sich Frau Kalliopi Bona als kompetente und engagierte Reiseführerin erwiesen, die uns sowohl Athen als auch ganz Griechenland nahegebracht hat. Ihr Deutsch ist perfekt, sie kann anschaulich erklären und sie versteht es, ihre Begeisterung für den Gegenstand auf die Zuhörer zu übertragen. Wir können eine Reise mit ihr wärmstens empfehlen.
Rosie + Arnulf Müller, Deutschland
Just wanted to tell you again what a great job you did as our Guide. You explained everything so well and had so much information it was truly amazing!! I don't know how much of this I can remember but am trying to write down some of the facts to put with the pictures.
Jim & Betty Kaemingks, USA
Thanks so much for the tour today. We learned a lot and had a good time. Best to you.
Chad and Charlotte, USA
Hi Athenian Ladies! I would like to thank you for your kind hospitality during our visit to Greece. First of all, I would like to say that We had a great experience at the Acropolis and we enjoyed the Acropolis museum as well. Your treatment as guides was special and everything that we were looking for. Your special recommendations of restaurants and transfers were excellent. Thanks a lot. Great fun.!!!!
Teo Karagkounis, USA
My family and I (a group of 22 ) want to thank you for the wonderful tour of Athens.. You were very professional and we truly enjoyed your wonderful city and all the sites Thanks again.
Jack Grasman, USA