Europe Trip Leader

Karolos Merlin

Languages Spoken: English, Greek & German

Karolos Merlin, or “Charles” as his English friends call him, has been leading treks through the Greek countryside for more than 20 years. Born to an Austrian mother and Greek father of English origin, he lived in Austria until he was 7, when his family relocated to Greece. After meeting his wife, they spent a few years traveling between Greece and Germany before settling down in Greece to raise their children. They split their time between Athens in the winter and Tinos island in the Cyclades in the summer. Karolos is fluent in Greek, German, and English and can often be found out on the trails on his mountain bike. He has a keen interest in graphic arts, digital mapping, and photography.

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Upcoming Trips with Karolos

Hiking in the Greek Isles

Sep 19 - Oct 1, 2024

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Client Testimonials

Karolos was an outstanding guide and contributed greatly to the enjoyment of our trip! He has a wonderful demeanor and flexible approach.

Dianne S.

Toronto, Canada
Hidden Villages of Northern Greece

Karolos was amazing each and every day and on each and every hike. His knowledge and experience was provided to us in many ways: leading, teaching us about the country, teaching us about the area, even the food!

James M.

Denver, CO
Hidden Villages of Northern Greece

Karolos was a superb trip leader. Very experienced and knowledgeable, he constantly did his best to make the trip not only an enjoyable but also an educational experience.

Jim C.

Greenwich, CT
Hiking in the Greek Isles

Karolos was over the top great. We thoroughly enjoyed his company and he never missed a beat in making sure everything was organized and would run perfectly. We wish he could be our guide on all trips.

Kathy G.

Seattle, WA
Greece Private Journey

Karolos’ knowledge of culture, history, and hiking trails excellent. Good sense of humor, too!

Kurt and Carol L.

Kalispell, MT
Hiking in the Greek Isles

I particularly appreciated Karolos’ awareness, perception, and adjustment to both the group interests and preferences, and also individual abilities and desires. The extra stops added to the itinerary when en route to new locations were so appreciated and really added to the trip.

Robin B.

Ottawa, Canada
Hidden Villages of Northern Greece

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