Athens is a tough spot for Canadians but Christina and Mike made it bearable. She knew where to go at what times to keep us away from the crowds and as much as possible - the heat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So sorry , I feel that your daughter loosing her iphone in the last half hour of the tour and all the tears she shed didn’t leave you the best memories of Athens! I hope she gets soon a new one! Christina
Yolana OdendaalSouth Africa
Ann TurkUnited States
Christina was knowledgeable, professional, thorough, personable,and outgoing. We enjoyed every minute with her. She paced the tour to suit everyone in the tour, ages 13-72. Thankfully, she knew all the shadiest places on a hot day.
Heidi CanarelliHenderson, NV, United States
Christine was terrific. We were a large family group ranging in age from 5 to 73. She read all of our requirements perfectly. She made the tour interesting for everyone. She knew exactly how to pace the tour. Her English is fantastic, her energy level is boundless, and she was attuned to what everyone would want. I would recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Heidi for your kind words! It was a pleasure meeting you all!!!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Brett SmithBelton, SC, United States
Christina created a wonderful itinerary for us and was very eager to accommodate our pace and interest level. The trip to the Parthenon museum was one of our highlights and she did a fantastic job with it. She also made wonderful shuttle arrangements from/to our cruise ship. I would highly recommend her!
Deborah TapleyUnited States
Christina was a wonderful guide. Extremely knowledgeable, flexible and provided a well organized tour. She made great suggestions on the order of the tour as well as food venues. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words! Enjoy the rest of your cruise!! You are the perfect aunts!!
Kendra DrozdUnited States
We had an amazing tour by Christina throughout Athens. She definitely knows the ins and outs of all of the sights and how to beat the crowds and avoid lines! Our kids were on day 7 of a busy sightseeing trip and she was able to customize the tour on the spot to accommodate their weariness without missing anything!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy you enjoyed it!!!
Peter PearceUnited States
Cristina was a wonderful guide. She adapted easily to our time change needs and rearranged her itinerary to avoid high crowd times. She is very personable and noticeably took a caring interest in our enjoyment and comfort during the tour. Her subject knowledge was very deep, making us wish we had days not hours of her company.
Kathleen M.United States
Christina is professional and super knowledgeable. I actually got the time mixed up and was a half hour late meeting her. She was waiting for my family and rearranged the tour to avoid the crowds to which I was very grateful. The only thing we did not like about this tour was the fact it seemed routine. Myself and my family felt like Christina was just going through the motions of a tour she had done over and over. Between giving us information she seemed more interested in talking with the driver.
Michael AlperUnited States
We would have Christina guide us anywhere. Her assets include fluent English, high level scholarship, delightful personality, and totaling accommodating. We sincerely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot!!! It was a great day for me too!! I learned so many things and I loved our last venue!! Enjoy your dinner!!!!
Colin WrightUnited States
Christina was awesome. This is the second time that we have toured with her. We had five kids with us. She was patient and knew exactly what to do to keep them entertained. Intelligent and a pleasure to be with.
Terry JohnsonUnited States
Excellent guide. Went over and beyond what might be expected. Would heartily recommend her to anyone and everyone. Best, Terry Johnson
George MolyneuxToronto, ON, Canada
Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable - excellent English and empathetic to my wife's limited walking ability. Highly recommend Christina.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much! It was a pleasure!
Ferdinand MedinaVigan, ILOCOS SUR, Philippines
Our tour was not so effeciently planned. We lost two of our companions along the way.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals are committed to quality customer experiences and take all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve tour experiences and have attempted to clarify what could have been done to make this tour experience better; however, we have been unable to confirm any further feedback in this case. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further concerns.
Wayne RenkenUnited States
Susan HsiUnited States
Judith SpakUnited States
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that will be traveling to Athens. Christina is very knowledgeable about all of the artifacts in Athens. I would most definitely recommend her to be a tour agent. I would also recommend "Tours By Locals" to anyone traveling abroad.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for all your good words!! Christina
Eduardo AizaUnited States
Tammy VandewayUnited States
Christina was absolutely AWESOME!!! She knew so much and had so much history and planned the day perfectly!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our day with her and would highly recommend her to anybody.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words! I' m very happy you enjoyed it it! Perhaps we"ll meet again!
Daniel DingerUnited States
Christina provided an excellent opportunity for my group to learn about Ancient and modern Athens. Her patience and understanding was greatly appreciated.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, it was a pleasure!
Robert McDowellUnited States
Christina was the perfect guide for our group of 6 people visiting Athens. She is extremely knowledgeable on Greek history and tailored our tour to make the most of our time, both on the tour and with suggestions for our free time after the tour. Highly recommend Christina for anyone visiting Athens.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot!!!
Otto HenrikssonUnited States
Christina was very personable, very knowledgeable of Greek history and importantly, prompt. She did a great job navigating us thru Athens traffic to avoid much of the crowds and make it an enjoyable day, even better than we anticipated. In addition to seeing the usual sites, we had a very relaxing Greek lunch. We would recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!
Deno BarrogaUnited States
Christina is AWESOME and she showed me many beautiful sites in Greece. She is FIERCE, FABULOUS and FEROCIOUS (all good compliments for those that are not familiar with the linguo). The city of Greece is full of gorgeosity! It is absolutely stunning. Thanks Christina for making my trip to Greece a memorable one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The best linguist I've ever met!!! I learned and love all your new words!!!Thanks for all of them!!!
Richard GrauUnited States
Christina met us at the cruise terminal with her driver and spent the day showing us beautiful and historic Athens. She was personable, friendly, fluent in English, knowledgeable of ancient and current history, culture and politics of Athens and Greece. For a respite during tour, she took us to a traditional Athens restaurant, frequented by locals. Her flexibility and efficiency in setting up our personalized tour; maximized our time in Athens. We highly recommend Christina as a tour guide.
Martha K.United States
Christina has an encyclopedic knowledge of Greek and Mediterranean history and culture, and her warm, outgoing personality makes her a splendid and delightful guide and companion. Our whirlwind day in Athens included the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, walks in the Plaka, a bit of shopping (our request) and a delicious lunch at one of her favorite, casual restaurants in the city. She brought the ancient artifacts and treasures to life through stories and anecdotes. We loved our day with her!
Alice HarkerUnited States
Christine gave us a wonderful tour. She was very helpful in slowing down the pace. The reason for this vacation was my sisters 70th birthday and her goal was to climb up to the Acropolis. Christine did a great job of making sure we had plenty of time to climb up over the uneven stone steps. We saw the Changing Of The Guard at the Presidents Mansion. We were able to get up close and have our pictures taken with them. AWESOME! You just don't get that on a big tour bus. The whole tour was amazing.
Larry KohnUnited States
Christina was outstanding in every regard. She was very well informed, personable, flexible, kept us ahead of the crowds, took us to a really neat and authentic restaurant, and added much value to our entire Athens' experience in every way. We've used guides in a number of areas of the world and would place Christina among the very best. We will use her again. Larry
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much!!!
John M.Plymouth, MN, United States
Christina was excellent and extremely efficient. Our group of 7 all really enjoyed spending the day with her. She was very accommodating and easy to understand. Best of all, she was able to keep us ahead of the crowds which made our major stops very enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Happy you' ve enjoyed it!
Walt DakuOlney, MD, United States
Christina was fabulous. She was well educated on Greek history and mythology. We enjoyed having her as our guide and providing options to our party when there were situations that could not be avoided. I would highly recommend Christina to anyone visiting Athens. She was also accommodating when visiting the Aegina Island. She is also a licensed guide and is able to take visitors into the museums.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Next time you come and we have a lovely weather you know where we will go!!
Christina is a fantastic guide. Her knowledge of the different stages of the history of Greece/Athens was amazing. Christina had some personal family issues while taking our tour but she didn't let it effect our day at all. We had a couple join our tour that was interested in seeing some churches which wasn't part of our schedule, however Christina accommodated their request. I would highly recommend Christina she is very professional.
Daniel PrattUnited States
Christina was a wonderful guide. We had only a brief time in Athens and thousands of years of history... and wanted to experience and learn as much as possible. She facilitated helping us make the best use of our time. We saw much more than people on the ship who took conventional shore excursions and learned so much more: 1st, she was profoundly knowledgable and 2nd, we had her to ourselves so that we could ask the in-depth questions. She is personable, interesting, and an excellent communicator.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for all your kind words!!
Donald DeathUnited States
This was a very interesting day. Our first time in Athens, so much to absorb!!!. Christina did a great job and provided an itinerary that met our interests really well. Thanks
Martin RyderUnited States
Christina is an excellent guide. Not only is she informed about Greek history, she is also personable and very helpful to the first time Greece visitor. She was engaging, informative and knowledgeable about current events, best things to do while visiting, We highly recommend her to anyone who wants a friendly, knowledgeable and thoughtful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for your kind words!!!
Catherine Zurncapistrano beach, CA, United States
Christina was exceptional in how she explained the ancient ruins of Athens and the stories behind the different areas. Her way of explaining everything was very helpful and easy to understand. I liked that she customized the tour to my husband's mobility needs and then accompanied me as I shopped. I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting Athens. Her fee included a driver which was very nice to shorten up some of the walks and gave us time to wander about without worrying about trekking back.
Elizabeth LangUnited States
Christina is a great guide. Athens was so big, so crowded, so hot, yet, she moved us seamlessly through the masses, finding the best spots to stop, rest, learn, before moving on. She is extremely knowlegeable about Greek history so she was a great asset during our visit to the Parthenon and the museum. She kept our diverse group, 12 people, 21-81 years old, engaged, interested, and staying together. I recommend her to anyone interested in Greek history and culture. She was attentive to all our needs.
Juline KosmickiUnited States
Christina was an excellent guide for our tour of Athens. We were a group of ten and she made sure we were all involved and that we could all hear her. She accommodated individual needs for how strenuous the tour was. Christina has amazing knowledge of Athens and its history and kept it interesting and fun. She took us to some places that most tours don't go such as the changing of the guards. We all loved her tour! Thanks, Christina!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You ' re welcome!
Cynthia WalawanderUnited States
The tours we took with Christina were superb! We toured Athens and Aegina Island. Our ages ranged from 20 to 54 and Christina was able to easily span our interests and conversations. Christina gave us much background on history of Greece. We laughed, stretched our culinary tastes, freshest pistachios ever, kept us going, yet was relaxed enough pace that we were able to take the time to really enjoy the sites! Would highly recommend Christina K!
Robert QuinnAnderson, SC, United States
Christina was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable when she showed us the beautiful city of Athens. She patiently answered our many questions and carefully planned our day so that we minimized the crowds that are part of each of Athens historic and cultural sights. Thank you, Christina. You made our day in Athens very special.
Christina was a great guide and our family really enjoyed all the vast knowledge she shared with us about all the sites we visited in Athens. It really helped impove our experience and understanding of these sites. We also really enjoed the lunch, the food and conversation were awesome. Standing offer for Christina to visit us in Canada anytie. I would highly recommend Christina to anyone visiting Athens!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot! Perhaps You ' ll see me in Canada!
Frank HamiltonUnited States
Excellent guide and tailored our tour to our interests and timetable.
Thomas SydlowskiUnited States
What we loved about Chrstina was 1. She was always ahead of the large tour groups, 2. She was very accommodating to what we wanted to do and see, 3. She was very knowledgable and informative, 4. She moved along at a nice place to allow us to see all that we wanted, and, 5. She was very pleasant and someone that you enjoyed spending the day. I would highly recommend Christina and I know that you will enjoy your day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for all the good words! It was a pleasure!
Nathaniel FickUnited States
Toursbylocal Christina is magical ~ each of the two days with her exceeded all expectations. Her deep knowledge of Greek history, mythology, art and architecture, war, societies of the time, and culture filled us with a longing to read more and return to Greece. How we wish we had done this years ago. Simply outstanding!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I ' m waiting you to come back with the entire company! I'll have a big bus this time!!!
Daniel LiebschutzUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Margaret WergleyUnited States
Christina was incredibly knowledgeable. She was very accommodating and took us wherever we wanted to go. Friendly and sensitive to our needs. We enjoyed our tour immensely. That's is so much for making our first visit to Athens such a special one. We highly recommend Christina!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you girls! Enjoy the rest of your stay!!
Gerald KnappCarmichael, CA, United States
Christina was punctual, very knowledgeable, She was a pleasure to spend the day with. We highly recommend her, a very pleasant, engaging lady, who modified the tour to meet our physical needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Christina is a marvelous guide. She is was knowledgeable and very entertaining. See you again soon!
Scott MarkstromUnited States
Christina was a perfect guide in Athens. She met us when and where agreed. She was able to read our group to know when to speed up and when to slow down. She was able to answer every question we threw at her and she left us with so much information, I don't think we will recall everything. She worked with our group to ensure everybody had their needs met and all 10 of us had nothing but great words to say about Christina. Book her with confidence. Christina, thanks for everything!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're more than welcome!
Karla WesterfieldUnited States
Christina was very knowledgeable and a wonderful guide! We enjoyed our days with her in Athens.
On our second day we visited Acropolis and the Acropolis museum. It was very interesting. Christina explained "everything" in a nice and understandable way. Very nice and good guide!
We had a very nice customised tour driving around Athens and Pireus and visting and walking around the habours. Christina was nice and friendly and competent.
Cathy WrightUnited States
Excellent tour guide--Christina is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She was prompt and waiting for us at the ship terminal. She has been providing tours for over 20 years and knows the city of Athens intimately, thus enabling her to direct the bus driver on routes to avoid due to citizen demonstrations or traffic congestion. Christina was flexible on the itinerary and willing to direct us wherever we wanted, allowing time in the areas we wanted. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and recommend her.
Derek LloydUnited Kingdom
An excellent guide who is flexible, knowledgeable and friendly. Christina can combine anything for your tour she was very helpful and was happy to adjust to our whims throughout the day, highly recommended!
Molly C.Evanston, IL, United States
Christina took us everywhere she possibly could in our short time in Athens (one day). Even to the President's palace for changing of the guard. Extremely knowledgeable about Ancient Greece and mythology. My grandson was enthralled, as he is very interested in this topic. Had a great time lunching with the typical Athenian, and not at a tourist restaurant. Only drawback: a large city bus, instead of a large van for 5 persons. This made going through some streets impossible we ended up walking more.
Christina was a fantastic guide. She obviously loves the city of Athens and her enthusiasm is backed up by her vast knowledge of the city and surrounds. We had great fun. Her English was excellent. Thanks for a great day Christina. Chris & Andy (South Australia)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for the feedback and your good words!
Rita C.United States
Christina was great. Her knowledge of the history is most impressive. She was able to help us see and feel the life of a time long ago. We had an amazing day with her would recommend her without reservations. Thank you for a very special adventure in Athens!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You're more than welcome!!
Judith MillsapsUnited States
Christina was so expereinced and incredibly talented in tell us about the history in Athens. She created a tour specific to our needs and interests…which was especially wonderful since we ranged in age from 19 to 79. She packed so much into the day that we certainly got our money's worth from the tour. She was willing to guide us the entire day but also allow us some "alone time" to shop independently. I would highly recommend Christina you will NOT be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good words! It was a pleasure!!
Steven GustavesonSalt Lake City, UT, United States
Christina knows her subject matter, she is a master when it comes to Greek History, Archaeology, and Art. She is a licensed guide and can go into the historic sites with you where unlicensed guides are not allowed to go. She knows how to get around crowds, demonstrations and other problems which might arise. She got us through the Acropolis before the large tour groups arrived. Leaving I noticed the line was a mile long. She is worth the extra money for a day in Athens, I can't believe how much we saw.
Bradley GutkinUnited States
Christina was unbelievable - very Knowledgeable and informative,very easy to get along with and great with kids. I would highly recommend her for anyone. We were a party of 15 and she handled us easily and was very patient and adapted to what was best overall for all of us.
David MarpleUnited States
Simply put, we had a wonderful day with Christina K. during our visit to Athens in 2012. Christina was everything we were hoping for - an excellent guide, truly knowledgeable of her city/history and a wonderful person as well! She made our one day in Athens perfect and went the extra-mile in so many ways. Our day with Christina remains one of the top highlights of our 2-week family trip to Europe! She completely deserves five stars. Many thanks, the Marple Family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good words!Au revoir!
Margaret MillerUnited States
Christina was great. Wonderful personality and has her degree in tourism as some guides do not. It is well worth the money to pay to have a trained guide. She took us all over by car and foot and was willing to change based on our needs.. She is the perfect guide and I highly recommend her..
Walter [Woody] GarnseyUnited States
Christina was terrific. She is has a deep understanding about the history of the Grecian world and its art and architecture. She is an exceptional communicator and a lovely person. We could not recommend her more highly.
Michelle R.United States
Christina was fantastic. Athens was swarming with cruise ship passengers (like ourselves) and yet she managed to keep us out of the crowds all day. We had a very comprehensive one day visit to Athens, learned SO much, and yet felt relaxed at a comfortable pace. Christina directed us to a lovely, non-touristy taverna for lunch, which was outstanding. We can't say enough about what a great experience we had with Christina and ToursByLocals. We highly recommend her to everyone!
Patricia A.United States
Christina and I had a fabulous day in Athens. She accommodated my request to walk and we set off by foot. Christina is very knowledgeable regarding Athens' landmarks and Greek history. She presents information in a clear and concise way. I saw everything I wanted and more. Christina was friendly, personable and went out of her way to assure a good visit for me. She even helped me get to a beach for a swim the next day which I yearned to do. Christina's English is excellent. She was a wonderful companion!!