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Reviewed September 1, 2019

We had a wonderful day touring Athens with Panos. He was knowledgeable about the food, culture, and history of Athens. He took us to a variety of great food spots in Athens based on our interests and taste - markets, coffee shops. quick bites, and restaurants. Also, the best gelato in the city! It was one of our highlights of our trip to Greece. We highly recommend this trip with Athens Insiders.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 30, 2019

Our first full day in Greece - jet-lagged, hot, and exhausted - we opted for a private food tour in Athens. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, I should note that the only thing I like less than writing reviews (I made an account for this) is taking guided tours. Then, I met Yannis Ninos.

Yannis is a chef and food/culture enthusiast, and I'll start with the obvious. The tour itself was engaging on every level - he showed us the cultural centers, art, and markets of the city between stops on our caloric scavenger hunt. The food was perfect - everything from quiet, intimate coffee shops and fresh fruit to punch-you-in-the-palate cured meats and cheeses. You'll get the Greek classics and more - if you like to eat (a lot), you won't be disappointed in the variety or quality of the foods and establishments explored. I'd describe further, but a lot of the fun was being surprised along the way.

But, for us, Yannis made the tour. He took us through Athens in the way that someone welcomes you into their home. He was welcoming and curious, and genuinely interested in getting to know us, while also ensuring the tour aligned with our preferences. He wove in and out of conversation to point out interesting parts of the city, his favorite local graffiti, and other small points that we never would have picked up on. He is the type of person you want to get a coffee with (which luckily, we did), and his knowledge of and care for Athens and Greece will shine through regardless of the stops along the way. He is the sort of person that disarms you, makes you feel like a friend, and allows you to truly engage with and enjoy your surroundings. Honestly, he could have taken us to MacDonald's and Starbucks, and I still would have been thankful for the time we spent with him. Yannis will make your trip better.

We were sad to say goodbye, and maybe a little too aggressively got him to promise he'll take a trip of his own on the U.S. east coast and let us return the favor. We can only hope it works out.

Efcharistó, Yannis!

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank mattohlh
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Reviewed August 25, 2019 via mobile

Chef George was our personal Athens Food Tour Guide! He is an experienced Chef that is passionate about food. He took us to some fantastic restaurants and explained what makes Greek food distinct and unique. Traditional Svoulaki was a favorite for us. The Orange Pie (like a cake) was mouth-watering ~ I can’t seem to forget the orange blossom aroma and sweet citrus flavor. George is an awesome conversationalist and could talk about lots of topics (in addition to food). He does his research and he knows so much about the best places to eat in Athens. I would hire him again and again. The only bad part about this food tour was that it is over!!

Thank mmorris905
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Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and took care of all our dietary preferences. He also showed us street art that we really enjoyed. Thank you for a wonderful and delicious afternoon!

Thank Alana T
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Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Greeted by our own guide Alex who has a Masters in history, the 8am start was brilliant as we bypassed the crowd to walk straight into the Acropolis. Alex told us more about history than I had absorbed in my whole life, and brought the experience alive!

We were then introduced to Eva to commence the food tour. This tour is made for the people taking it and does not rely on relationships between guide and establishment. We not only became orientated during our first full day in Greece but we visited places that most tourists would not see. Eva asked questions at the start, to ensure that the tour would surpass our high expectations . There were many stops, however after our first stop I was wondering how things could get any better! Eva, Eva, Eva - abs fantastic from the local market to the snacks we are still enjoying days later - thank you. Great value.

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