We have been to Athens, the Acropolis, and the Acropolis Museum several times before, but this time we took a tour with Onoufrios. It was fantastic. He does a wonderful job conveying the historical,
Archaeological, and linguistic importance of everything we saw. We loved It and couldn’t recommend him more. Will definitely be back to hire him for other tours.
Four of us booked Onoufrios for a 3 day tour of Athens and surrounding areas. He is extremely knowledgeable and truly a fun person to spend time with. Be sure to book the Corinth Canal day which included super driver, George. He treated us like royalty! Look no further. This is the guide that you want. Check out Onoufrios' website.
We hired Onoufrios for a private 1/2 day tour of the Acropolis and surrounding areas. He met us on time, and did an amazing job of keeping us away from the crowds while we toured. He was knowledgeable but more importantly, he was personable and so enthusiastic. Not only did he give us an excellent tour, he also suggested restaurants and other places to visit. Highly recommend!!
Onoufrious' expert commentary made our day in Athens as much about the people of ancient Greece as the architecture. He had a special way of conveying visual details to help us understand and retain the historical timelines. We also did his Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio Private Tour, which augmented and reinforced what we learned in Athens. Since we had heard numerous times "This is a replica--the original is in Athens", we squeezed the National Archaeological Museum Private Tour in on our last day. He found many interesting artifacts in a rather stody museum. Highly recommended.
1. My name is Onoufrios Dovletis and I'm an Official Tour Guide licensed by the Greek Ministry of Tourism.
2. 'Onoufrios' (in Greek Ονούφριος) actually is Ancient Egyptian and means 'he who is always good' (let's hope I can live up to that!).
It appears in several languages, such as Humphrey in English (who would have thought...), Onofre in Spanish etc.
3. A native Greek, I was born in 1985 in Thessaloniki, MACEDONIA, northern Greece
(NOT to be confused with the Slavic country that is wrongfully using the Greek name Macedonia and has NO connection to Greece and its history).
4. Athens has been my home since 1995, and what better place to study History and Archaeology, right?
As a student, I used to study in the site of the Agora and take part in excavations in Plaka.
5. My interest in languages also led me to extensive Translation Studies (Athens) with a Master's in Translation.
Overall I’ve studied Greek (Modern, Ancient), Latin, English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Turkish, Russian and Arabic (don't worry, I don't really speak all of them).
I love etymology so during my tours you will see that it is 'all Grεεk' to you!
6. I have a great passion for the arts so I’ve also taken Writing and Acting classes (Athens, London, New York).
I have acted in the theatre in Athens and New York, and in films in Greece and the UK. That means I definitely know my cinema!
So far I've published two poetry collections titled Ένας νέος δίχως νέα (=A young man with no news) and Θάνατος στην Ελλάδα (=Death in/to Greece).
7. And now the 'serious' stuff:
As someone who takes guiding seriously and has a profound love for Greece, I enjoy giving tours to people who are genuinely interested to learn and want to have a nice time.
If you are not interested in art, history, local culture, politics (this is the country where that word came from after all) or if you are looking for a shopping/eating tour, I am definitely (not probably) not the right guide for you.