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Natalie Kontou

I believe that travelling is much more than a mere relocation of our body. It can be a source of inspiration or even a life-changing experience, an opportunity to return back home as a richer person. In order to achieve this, though, one must be able to make informed decisions when shaping their own experience. Knowing the full potential of a destination - what is or isn’t available, what can or can’t be done - allows for a truly personalized experience.
This is where I come into the picture; I consider it my mission to empower my prospective guests with the insight and flexibility which I demand for myself, as a traveler at heart who loves discovering new places and meeting people; rediscovering myself and what surrounds me, appreciating life’s simple things and moments is my driving force. This is exactly what I strive to offer to anyone visiting Greece, an opportunity to discover the never-ending marvels of this country. My passion is to help them transform their dream holidays in Greece into reality!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"There are no geographical limits, as far as Greece is concerned. When it comes to activities, you just need to take the word ‘bespoke’ with its full meaning and attach it to: multi-day tours throughout Greece and the islands, cultural and historical excursions, luxury honeymoons, road trips, family vacations, hands-on craftsmanship activities, and gastronomical adventures."

How did you get involved in travel?

"As one might infer from the above, it is no surprise that I chose to study Travel and Tourism so as to acquire the tools to welcome and accommodate guests to my beloved country. Alongside with my studies I never stopped travelling around the world. Each one of my journeys changed and shaped my life and I never stopped wanting to offer similarly profound experiences to travelers visiting Greece.
After an awe-inspiring road-trip through Turkey, Syria and Jordan, with my friends (and now co-founders of Athens Insiders) we came back thinking it was a great pity that there was nothing similar available in our own country. That was it; the seed had been planted. Few months later, the determination to offer experiences beyond the well-trodden “museum-hotel-beach” path was beginning to materialize through the launching of our company.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Travelling for six months in Australia and New Zealand, on my own, has been an unforgettable experience. The distinct geology of each country, its people, and the challenge of planning the whole trip on-the-go made me realize how fulfilling travel can be. After a short while, I found myself immersed in the local community, as I started filling my time with working or volunteering in farms, a community center, a yoga retreat, and a hostel. On my way back to Greece it struck me that all that time, even though I was one, I never felt as a tourist; I consider this paradoxical realization as the most intense, unique travel experience that will follow me for the rest of my life."

Featured trips & expertise

2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Greece - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is a great length for a Greek vacation. You'll have plenty of time to see multiple islands and historic mainland sites, taking part in cultural or outdoor activities along the way. These itineraries explore the possibilities: get active on some of the Cyclades lesser-known islands, dive into ancient mythology, enjoy a laidback beach holiday, and more.

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days

Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.  

Balos lagoon on Crete
Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Greece in October: Travel Ideas, Weather, and More
Greece in October: Travel Ideas, Weather, and More

October offers the best of all worlds: Mild to warm, sunny weather, low shoulder season rates, and fewer visitors to compete with. Win-win-win. By month’s end, however, the chillier autumn has officially arrived.

Little Venice in Mykonos
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with a visit to the Acropolis and other key ancient sites around the city, viewed through the lens of Greek mythology. Then head into the islands, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Off to Santorini next for sunsets and sightseeing, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

Recent trip reviews for Natalie

family trip · Greece - Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2019

Traveler: Joan J. - Local specialist: Natalie Kontou

Natalie was exceptionally helpful in recommending tours that worked for our family. She handled all the logistics, provided the guides, transportation if needed and even met us on the last day of our trip and gave us a gift!

All of the guides were knowledgeable, friendly, professional and experienced - our favorite was the cooking class with George, but all three Yannis's were great too! Nota's guided tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum was very informative and brought a lot of... read more

Natalie was exceptionally helpful in recommending tours that worked for our family. She handled all the logistics, provided the guides, transportation if needed and even met us on the last day of our trip and gave us a gift!

All of the guides were knowledgeable, friendly, professional and experienced - our favorite was the cooking class with George, but all three Yannis's were great too! Nota's guided tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis museum was very informative and brought a lot of insight into the culture and history of Greek civilization, as well as current politics and social issues.

Thanks to all for making our trip to Athens very memorable!

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Natalie Kontou, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Joan,

Thank you so much for your lovely review.
It was so great having you and your family with us.
It was an honor for us to design and offer you customized tours and experiences for your Athens part of the trip.
We will be more than happy to have you with us again someday soon and help you discover so much more about our gastronomy, cultue and history.
There is still so much to discover!
Safe Travels
Kind regards,
Natalie