My name is Aristotle, and I am an archaeologist and private tourist guide, based in Athens, Greece.


Torn between my two loves: sometimes a guide…

I lead a double life: as an Archaeologist, I seek clues of the past, as a Licensed Tourist Guide, I try to infect people with my enthusiasm for all things old. History is my passion, as well as my job. I can feel it all around us and I like nothing better than to make people see the past as vividly as I can. I use every means to this end – pictures, pantomime, recordings, you name it.

Except for a brief stint at University, I’ve lived in Athens all my life and know it like the back of my hand. Its museums and sites are like a second home to me and I know most of its secret haunts and charming spots. But Greece is more than Athens and the Acropolis, though some tend to forget that. The country is full of amazing sights and natural wonders, some well-known and well-trodden and others so off the beaten path you won’t find them in any guide book.

This blog is an attempt to share with the world my passion about the history and archaeology of Greece and all the things that make this country special. It is also an attempt to help people who know nothing of my country into making the best choices in order to best enjoy their holiday, if they choose to spend it here, and provide some useful information before they arrive.


…and sometimes an archaeologist.

I’d like to fit it all in, in one go, but I’m afraid I’ll have to limit myself to posting one bit of information at a time, whenever I have time to.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I’d be very happy to answer. I have gathered several in my “FAQs” list, but I know I can’t possibly cover them all.

And, if you like what you see here and happen to find yourself bound for Greece, I’d be happy to show you around.

You may look up some of the tours I usually do in my tours page – they are just a sample because I like tailoring each tour to fit individual needs and preferences.

You may read some clients opinion about me at my reviews page.

You may contact me by e-mail arkoskinas@ymail.com or call me, at (+30)6977065160 (mobile).

If you read Greek, you may want to see my Greek blog.

14 comments on “About

  1. Hello, Aristotle! How the devil did you learn English so well? I realize you practice a lot with all the tourists, but you also write faultlessly. I share with you that passion for archaeology and I’ve already learned some things from you here. Keep the good posts coming!

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 You have created a nice spot here that I would like to discover more. I have seen rather a few of the Greek islands but it was now a long time ago and I start to long to go back. In the meantime I can enjoy your posts 🙂

  3. Thanks for a great tour today Aristotle. I have been fortunate to go on many guided tours around the world, and you are the best guide I have had the pleasure of meeting. Cheers!

    • Dear Carmen, thank you for joining my tour. As for the endless questions, I really enjoy answering them, and it makes me happy to see your article. There are a few mistakes there, sure, but, hey, if you remember that much just by listening to me once, well, I must have done something right 😉 So please, feel free to come over again and barrage me with even more questions. I’d like nothing better. All the best.

  4. Hi Aristotle,
    we wish you a Happy New Year 2016!
    Thank you for your tour in your beautiful old city. You are the best!
    Warm Regards,
    Joseph, Mary and Danica

  5. If you don’t practice archaeology then you cannot claim that you’re “split” in two parts.
    As for archaeology, I seriously doubt you’ve ever worked in the field, or published anything at all.

  6. i have question is the creatures of mythology, are they just myth or are they real because if they are real i would love to meet they alive that is if they are alive and i would love to get to know they

    • I hate to break it to you but lions with human heads (the Sphinx), half-horse half-human hybrids (centaurs), winged horses (Pegasus), birds with bronze beaks (Stymphalian birds), many-headed snakes (Hydra), three-headed dogs (Cerberus) are nothing more than the products of vivid imaginations coupled with age-long storytelling. The same applies to all the other creatures in the menagerie of ancient Greek mythology.

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