MEET THE TEAM
Annie AntonatouHOLIDAY ADVISOR & WALKING GUIDE
Annie was born in Athens on 31st August 1973. She started her career in the world of marketing and publishing but soon her love for the outdoors brought her together with the rest of the Nofootprint team. In 2006, they launched successfully an eco-sailing business around the Greek islands. Nofootprint eco-walking holidays is their latest project.
She has been working as a guide and living in the islands for almost 14 years, meaning that you will benefit from her expert advice prior to your holiday and will learn a lot about your chosen region’s history, natural beauty and, of course, the local culture. When you contact our office, she will be very happy to help you choose the walking holiday that is right for you, help you with your travel arrangements and answer all your questions.
She is a keen hiker and mountaineer and has been guiding travellers around the traditional paths of the Greek islands for the last 8 years. She speaks fluently English and basic Italian and French.
She is also a certified Day Skipper (RYA) and has sailed around 15,000 miles in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. She’s also a PADI certified Diving Instructor (Open Water Diver Instructor & EFR First Aid Instructor).
Nikos BoutsinisWALKING GUIDE
Nikos has 20 years of experience in the hotel and travel industry in Greece and abroad, and holds a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management from the Oxford Brookes University. Having worked for the leading travel and hotel companies, he has gained extensive knowledge of the needs of the modern traveler.
Having a passion for nature, he decided to take his experience of bespoke travel experiences to the great outdoors. Having lived and travelled all over mainland and island Greece, he moved to Santorini where he founded Santorini Walking Tours. He is dedicated to offering personalized services and an experiential approach, blending sophistication with intimacy.
He speaks fluent Greek, English and basic German, and is willing to go the extra mile in order to offer an experience that will exceed your expectations.
Daphne KalafatiWALKING GUIDE
Daphne studied photography and education and then followed a Masters degree in Art Therapy in Argentina. Combining both disciplines she travelled around the world giving workshops of participatory video to children. Today she lives and works in Athens, continues her teaching practices while directing her own documentary films.
Daphne’s love for the mountains has followed her since a very young age. She started climbing on the Greek mountains and then continued her mountaineering career in the Alps. The climax came when she travelled to the Andes where she spent almost a year walking in several national parks. Today, back in Greece, she has re-discovered the Greek islands through their traditional paths that she started exploring in 2008.
Daphne looks forward to guiding you around the undiscovered paths of the islands of the Aegean and Ionian seas.
Yiannis KonstantakisMOUNTAIN GUIDE
Yiannis has been wandering in the mountains since a very young age. He shared his first experiences with his parents who loved mountains as well as the sea. Since then he hasn’t stopped exploring and enjoying nature in various ways.
He has climbed for many years in the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas, Caucasus, Scotland and of course all over Greece. In 2010, he became a mountaineering and climbing instructor and nowadays he is an HMGA mountain and ski guide.
At the same time being near the sea was evenly important, so Yiannis enjoys sailing and sea kayaking and has worked as a sea kayak guide in the Cyclades. He has studied Electronics Engineering and has worked for many years in Geophysical Surveys.
Arianna MasselouWALKING GUIDE
After many years of experience in the cinema industry as a successful marketer, her love for nature and the art of taiji convinced her to change her life. She moved to a small rural village in Andros, the greenest Cycladic island, known for its magic energy!
Hiking was her hobby since she was studying in France, so she soon explored (and is still exploring) inch by inch the andriotic land, wandering the old routes, discovering and “feeling” this peculiar countryside, studying its history and culture through books and getting closer to the locals.
In 2011, she and a few friends with the same attitude towards life, decided to make up a team that would introduce the “alternative” Andros to travelers. So they created Trekking Andros. Their aim is to offer real alternative tourism services, with activities that animate and enrich with new experiences the mind, body and soul of the visitor!
She speaks French, English, she worships the God Sun, and she live with 11 cats…
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu
Melita LazaratouWALKING GUIDE & ENVIRONMENTALIST
Melita your guide is an environmentalist and also an animal activist. She has a passion about wildlife and a deep knowledge of the Cretan flora and fauna. Melita has been working as an eco tourist guide for many years now for worldwide tour operators. Apart from the culture and history of the island, she’ll introduce you to the rich flora and the rare animals of the island… such as the local wild goat, Kri kri, the Cretan tree frog, the Cretan Golden eagle to name a few...
Melita finally wishes to give you a hands-on experience of typical Cretan daily life and a feel for the “magic” and “spirit” of the island, its people and its amazing culture. You cannot leave without exploring inland, the mountainous villages and agricultural way of life and tasting the local olive oil, wine and local delicacies!
Dimitra ChristidiWalking Guide & Biologist
Her upbringing within the busy city landscape, lead her to seek out a connection with nature more profound and authentic. That’s how she decided to start studying animals and their behaviour. As a natural consequence, she completed her studies in Biology and graduated from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, with an orientation towards the fields of Ecology and Zoology.
During her studies, she offered her help to many environmental NGOs, both in Greece and abroad. She studied in detail all the aspects of Greek nature, learning about the various species one can encounter in this polymorphic land. She has participated in field monitoring of many species, having a keen interest in cetaceans and birds.
Nowadays, she collaborates professionally with the Greek wildlife charity Callisto, that protects big land mammals like wolves and bears. Apart from field monitoring, she also offers environmental education for children of various ages.
She finally works as a walking and birdwatching guide and she is very keen to guide you around the natural and cultural wonders of our country.
Christina KotridiArcheologist Guide
Christina was born one day in January 1984, out of the blue, 3,5 months earlier than expected. She couldn’t wait to see the sky, explore the hidden beauty of things and unearth (or experience) life’s small or big discoveries.
She satisfied her thirst for learning about remains of the past by studying Archaeology in the University of Athens. During the summer she took part in archeological excavations on the archeological sites of Epidaurus, Marathon, Acropolis. Meanwhile she shared her passion for the past with other young, little hearts by designing cultural educational programs for schools and by being their tour guide at school excursions. Around that time she joined a big excavation program all around the prefecture of Corinth, as the government constructed the main Peloponnese railway network. Under the sky, inside the ground, for 6 years she discovered great findings such as ancient houses, graves containing offerings from beloved ones, Greek pottery and many other things that are still in her heart and dreams.
How can one describe the smell of the ground? How can one describe the moment you touch an object for the first time after thousand years, something that was hidden by the time and the ground and now it’s in front of your eyes? How can one describe the feeling of walking at the same old road where people walked thousand of years ago? How can one describe the moment that you discover a tomb? After hours of hard work, you hold now at your shaking hands offerings that reflect the honor and the love for the deceased. In a way, love is still there… and this is one’s chance to realise that time does not exist…
Chantel Kyriakopoulou-BeuvinkHOLIDAY ADVISOR & WALKING GUIDE
Chantel has had a passion for nature, especially wild flowers, ever since she can remember. She was born and raised in The Netherlands where she studied International Agricultural Trade (BSc) at the International Agricultural College Larenstein and Agricultural & Environmental Economics (MSc) at Wageningen University. Her year long relationship with Greece started when she met her Greek husband Kyriakos.
After a career in The Netherlands as an EU Regulation expert at the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Fisheries and later as a Consultant of Environmental Management she started her “second life” in Greece in 2006. She has worked in nature conservation as a Coordinator of Corporate Partnership for the Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece and as a volunteer for WWF Hellas. Since 2009 she has been working as a naturalist tour guide. She is the founder of Natural Greece and our Holiday Advisor.
She speaks fluently German, English, Dutch and Greek, intermediary Spanish and basic French.