Hello! My name is Maria and I was born in Lamia, a city 15 km away from Thermopylae ("The Hot Gates"), which is a region famous for the Battle between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I (480 BC). Raised in my family's hotel, tourism became a way of life. After taking a solo backpacking trip to Europe where I visited 15 countries and more than 40 cities I knew that I want to make my passion my profession and share it with the world!
I now live in Athens which I consider uniquely beguiling, but every now and then I love to travel around the country and discover the next hidden gem that I'll share with you!
How did you get involved in travel?
"I think that growing up in my family's hotel gave me a serious form of Wanderlust. I've been listening, talking, and dreaming about travels since I have memories. So now, here I am to do what is natural for me and I'm really enjoying it. I love taking care of travelers and I like the idea that I help them bring home unforgettable emotions and memories. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"As a passionate solo traveler, I believe that the people you meet while traveling can be a major part of each and every trip you take. These people can change your trip, and sometimes even your life, in ways you could never have imagined.
I was lucky enough to realize it on the 3rd day of my Eurotrip having the most amazing time with a group of 5 people that we all had met at a hostel the previous day and we ended up hiking the Rila Mountain."
Featured trips & expertise
In seven days, it’s easy to combine Athens or other mainland sightseeing with one or more Greek isles and experiences. You can wind through the medieval ruins of Rhodes, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and cuisine of Crete, or be a sybarite as you ferry-hop the Cyclades Islands. Let this diverse collection of 7-day itineraries inspire you.
Cover a range of terrain across Greece with this athletic 10-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a day trip up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then sail to the Cyclades to hike and bike on the shore. Stop in Crete to trek the towering Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens.
Legend has it the grapes of Nemea were brought to the people by Dionysus, and you can try the "fruit of the gods" for yourself on this 10-day culinary itinerary. Tour a working Peloponnesian olive grove and learn about the oil making process, cook your own Cycladic feast on charming Tinos, visit a traditional Mykonian farm, and of course, sample the native varietals of Nemea's wineries.
Thousands of artifacts were discovered when the Athenian subway system was expanded for the Olympics in 2004, proving that this ancient city still has some secrets waiting to be told. See if you can discover some of them for yourself with this weeklong itinerary, spending seven days biking, wandering, eating, and cooking your way through Athens.
Mix well-known favorites with some smaller spots on this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Classical history in Athens and Delphi before heading out to the islands. See the pilgrimage sites on Tinos and ancient sanctuaries on Delos, then continue to Naxos to try out the island's many agricultural products and end your trip cruising through Santorini's volcanic caldera.
Recent trip reviews for Maria
The hotels Maria selected were ideal location... · Greece - Jun 10 - Jun 19, 2021
The hotels Maria selected were ideal locations within close proximity to stunning beaches. We loved Naxos and can’t wait to return.
Amazing trip to Greece with Travel 12. · Greece - Jun 6 - Jun 18, 2021
Maria, Tasos and Dimitris of Travel 12 did a fantastic job finding interesting activities for my family and taking care of all travel logistics. Maria recommended activities that appealed to both adults and the kids. We enjoyed the cultural experience of visiting the Acropolis, Meteora and Epidaurus, as well as doing active things like hiking the Imbros Gorge, sea kayaking, sea fishing and doing a Triple Bath of Peloponnese day trip. The cooking class at the Crete Botanical gardens was also... read more
Well organized trip. · Greece - Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2020
Well organized trip, thanks to Maria and Dmitri. Transports were smooth and punctual with excellent drivers. Our driver in Athens was extremely helpful. Host hotels were clean, comfortable, and accommodating. The farm tour in Megalochori was a surprise and delight and our host guides were excellent. A bit more information with regard to this farm for review purposes would be helpful. Thanks again!