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Varalis Dimitris

I was born in 1965 in the city of Volos in Mount Pelion, Greece. I am a licensed mountain hiking guide, a ski instructor, a licensed sailing yacht and speedboat skipper, and a tour escort for all of Greece. I am an excellent communicator and teacher of Greek life and culture and work to make the wonders of my beloved country come alive to the visitors I escort. I want my guests to experience the life and spirit of Greece. I have particularly enjoyed encouraging the development of tourism in the small mountain villages of Greece and work to restore and maintain the hiking paths of my mountain, Pelion.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004-present – Hiking Program coordinator for ATTIKA REISEN, a German travel agency

2004-present – Hiking guide and tour escort throughout Greece for HELLENIC ADVENTURES, a U.S. tour operator

1997-present – Owner and operator of HELLAS SMILE CUSTOM TOURS

2004-2005 – Hiking Program coordinator for ROS HOLIDAYS, a Dutch travel agency

2001-2002 – Hiking Program coordinator for S.K.R in Pelion, a German-based travel agency

1996 – Researched, documented, and mapped the trails of Andros Island; continued to work as a specialist consultant for Anaptyxiaki Androu (Andros Development Company)

1995-1996 – Developer of tourism in Mt Pelion within the framework of ΡΑCTE, a European program for the development of soft adventure travel

EDUCATION

Sailing Yacht Skipper License (2003)
Mountain Hiking Guide License (1996)
Management and Economics School of the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa, Department of Business Administration (Bachelor’s Degree, 1993)
Speedboat Skipper License (1990)
Ski Instructor (1986)
Professional Driver’s License, Bus and Taxis (every 5 years)
Red Cross First Aid Diploma (every 2 years)

Work as a free-lance journalist and have published articles in TA NEA, Diakopes, Taxydromos, and Ethnos tis Kyriakis (Greek newspapers) and in special publications such as Exerevniste tin Ellada (Explore Greece)

Worked with a local restaurateur to develop a cooking class specific to the cuisine of Mt Pelion (Karaiskos Farm) Hobbies: Photography, Writing, Hiking, Climbing, Back-country Skiing, Sailing, Archery

Volunteer Work: General Secretary of the Union of Greek Ski Instructors and Trainers, representing Greece in the same Union for the E.U.; Greek Rescue Team (mountain rescues, earthquakes, fire); a life-long interest in the promotion the Greek outdoors