Alternative Athens started in 2013 with just one aim: To show travelers the genuine side of Greece, away from easy tourist stereotypes. Since then, we’ve put together a range of local experiences and tours that show you interesting places less frequented by tourists, where you can get a real understanding of the country, its capital and the local way of life here.
Our tours are unique, but it’s our people who make them truly unforgettable. That’s why we pick our guides very carefully and according to two criteria: how well they know their city, and how friendly and open they are to the world. After all, it’s the encounters you make on your trip which create the best memories to take home.
We’re a small, local company with a global way of looking at things, so we’re very excited that we’ve been featured in the international press in a number of articles that described us as, among other things, an innovative company helping to change the face of Athens. We’re also very proud to have earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year we’ve been in business.
We love what we do; we love meeting people, exchanging ideas and – because this is what travelling is really all about – sharing all we can about our country and our culture.
We design and operate all of our tours and activities ourselves. We’re not resellers of tours, like most other tour companies are.
We craft all our tours based on what we really like and want to share about our country, not based on market research or marketing hype.
Our guides work exclusively for Alternative Athens, which means they share our way of thinking and our ideas about how people can travel differently.
We love innovating and offering different, genuine experiences. We’re the first in Athens to create a Mythology tour, a Street Art tour, a Greek Designers Shopping tour, an LGBTQ tour and a Meals with Locals activity.
We like to think of our customers as guests: we’re here to offer them an opportunity to discover Athens and Greece in an honest and friendly, yet highly professional, way.
Travelling with Alternative Athens means travelling in a way that respects and benefits the local people, their culture and the environment.
We craft our tours and experiences with the aim of encouraging real-life interactions which help people from different cultures understand each other and the world we all live in.
"My family and I joined Marlene on an unforgettable night in Athens exploring the LGBT nightlife and getting to know the local community, listening to great music music, dancing, laughing and becoming friends."
"Lena and Kristos were fantastic. They fed us lots of food and drinks. The best part, however, was the discussions we had with them. Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule a meal with a local family, or a cooking lesson, and I've never been disappointed. You'll learn so much about the culture! We spent almost four hours in their home and left with a new understanding of the Greek psyche."
"Our guide Nadia was amazing. Her narrative was engaging, and she made sure everything we saw came alive. Going through these sites without her storytelling would not have been even 5% as much fun."