MEET OUR LOCAL TEAM
OVER 13 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE
Since 2008 Secret Tours have been running unique small group tours adventures which take you off-the-beaten-path. We have the same travel philosophy as we did back then but now include even more memorable experiences and exciting destinations as well as a higher quality accommodation. We all wish to offer you a full immersion into the local life….Trust the Locals!!!
ALDO: Nearly fifteen years ago Aldo decided to embark himself in the overseas job adventure and after 15 years he does not regret it at all. He says: “I know that we have the pick of the best tour itineraries because we’ve visited every country possible. I think our clients are very special too – because they seem to share our appreciation of all that’s best about Sicily and Malta.” Aldo devotes his considerable organizational and managerial skills to ensuring that Secret Italia Tours always provides the level of service that clients deserve. After so many years working overseas Aldo felt it was time to make all happening and Secret Tours represents a dream which finally came true!! Best part of the job – “Getting to know in person our guests when possible and the satisfaction of knowing that we can help people make the most of their precious holiday time.”
KATRIN: A real gem for Secret Tours with an enviable task of taking care of everything for us. Her experience in the tourist industry has given Katrin the knowledge and know-how to confidently handle everything we pass her way – she has a great sense of humor and is very passionate about Secret. Katrin has a degree in languages and has enjoyed travelling throughout Europe. She loves swimming in the sea, listening to music and reading when she has the time. She’s very sociable – making her delightful company – and has a huge amount of local information, tips and advice, that you could only get from a local! She really has a strong character which proves to be successful in managing Aldo’s madness…
OUR AMAZING TOUR DIRECTORS & GUIDES
GIUSI: If you have the pleasure of meeting Giusi, you will immediately realize that she is “an old soul” with her soft-spoken ways, calm, protective, cheerful, and serene attitude. Giusi was born and raised in Palermo where she lives. She has been working in the travel industry for many years and has been a certified tour guide since 1998. When traveling with Giusi, you will always feel pampered and taken care of, as she has a “motherly” approach with all her groups. In her own words: “I love everything about my job: culture, art, history, and of course, food! Sicily is a beautiful Island and I love being able to help people enjoy it as much as I do!”
DIANA: Diana will show you the magic of Portugal through the passion, enthusiasm and love for her country. Since early ages she showed interest for travelling throughout Europe. Once out of the Tourism University and many years of studies, Diana started working as a Local Guide and Tour Director through Portugal and Spain sharing her knowledge and passion for history, art, gastronomy and wine. Diana’s primarly concearn is to make sure everything goes smoothly so your vacation can be enjoyed to the fullest and create memories that will be cherished forever.
PAOLA: Paola has been working as a tour guide for our Puglia & Basilicata small group tour portfolio for the last 10 years making thousand of guests keep travelling with us. Becoming a professional licensed guide has always been Paola’s childhood ambition which became a reality once she obtained her license. Recently she further enhanced her studies by successfully gaining a Diploma in Languages and Literature awarded by the University of Bari and a Master in Tourism Management in Trento. Our guests deeply love Paola who would be delighted to show you the enchanting land of Puglia, through her passion, knowledge and enthusiasm, bringing to life years of history. Paola has traveled extensively throughout the world in order to learn from other countries and culture while keeping Puglia in her heart. You will fall in love with this funny and heartbreak girl!!
ISABEL: Isabel is a real find for Secret Tours Spain and has an enviable task of taking care of everything Spanish for us.She is proud to be called ‘ boquerona’ ( nickname for native people from Málaga in the South of Spain).Isabel studied English at the University of Málaga and Tourism in London and began working 19 years ago on the world of tourism doing different roles.She has been been incredibly lucky to have travelled from an early age, which has greatly influenced her passion for culture, people and discovering new places.She has always taken pleasure in working with people and is very proud as a local expert to show this beautiful part of the world that I call home.Isabel’s experience and professionalism shines through, ensuring you get great care and excellent service whilst touring in this gorgeous country.
CYNTHIA: Cynthia is our Maltese guide from the beautiful Archipelago with its hidden treasures, charm and spectacle of colors, no matter what time of the year you visit Malta. She is proud and passionate about her home Island, and rearing to go to give the visitor every possible Maltese experience!From their stone wood baking ovens, creating their crusty Maltese bread, to the spectacle of color in fireworks landing on a dry terrain in summer, to experiencing their freshly caught Mediterranean fish, with a cuisine that is a fusion, reflecting their 7000 year history, is only the start of flavoring Malta in every possible way.She is definitely in love with their sister Island Gozo, where overnight one gets a better understanding, why the saying the Island where time stood still in the year 2018, still applies. Come to the discover the tiny and picturesque islands of Malta and Gozo with our perfect guide Cynthia.
KATJA: Katja lives near the wonderful Lake Garda, the biggest lake of Italy and has been working as a tour guide for over 20 years. She loves her job and showing the attractions of this incredibly beautiful country. Her greatest passion is travelling and in her free time she loves cycling and hiking. She looks forward meeting you all in the North of Italy to tour together the fantastic scenery of the lakes!
MARIALENA: “My first love was history”..Marialena admits and continues saying “if you don’t understand your past, how can you expect to know the future?”. She was born and bred in Athens, where she studied Archaeology and Art History. Those studies were the reason that archaeology holds a special place in her heart. During her college years she worked as a curator in the New Acropolis Museum and participated in educational programs for children.After her graduation, she was accepted at the University of Siena and In 2011 she made her return to Greece where she worked for 3 years in excavations on an ancient settlement and its cemetery. Throughout these years she served as a guide for schools and small groups in Lamia’s Archaeological Museum. My experience from Italy and Lamia led me back to Athens in 2014, after I decided to follow a training program to become a licensed tour guide.
AMBRA: Ambra comes from Palermo where she completed her university degree in modern languages and history. She has always been attracted by travel industry and since early age She followed her passion for the discovery and exploration of new places that brought her travelling around the globe working in the excursion department onboard American cruise companies. After many years travelling at sea she decided to settle on the French Riviera where she worked as a maritime agent. But the call of her island was strong, and she decided to return to Sicily where her dream to become a tour guide came true. That was the goal of her life. She immediately obtained the tour guide licence and happily started to work as a tour guide since then. Along the years she realizes that She visited so many countries, but she has never seen a place like her island; in Sicily one can find a strong historical background made of a mix of cultures and powerful nature… and finally the best Mediterranean cuisine. I would not exchange Sicily with any other place in the world.It would be a pleasure to be the ambassador of Secret Tours on this amazing journey in Sicily!!See you soon