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Andreas

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I grew up in this neighborhood of Athens. It's called Nea Smyrni. The first settlers here were refugees from Asia Minor. People in our neighbourhood are proud of where they come from; they respect history because many of their grandparents or great-grandparents were lost or had to emigrate following the end of the conflict between Greece and Turkey. One of the symbols of the town is it's Sporting Club, called Panionios. I also am a huge fan of them!

At about 20 i was studying in the UK. Finishing my degree in business administration, I really didn't know what I wanted to follow. My objective goal was to stay in London and start a career there! While job hunting after I had graduated a serious family incident occurred. My beloved grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. It was a shock. I had to return to Greece to be with her for the last period of her life. That period went on for a few months, in which I was also sending cv's to many job offers in the UK. The day came that our (very much) loved grandmother, left this world. It was also my time to return to London and continue what I was doing there before I left.

It was about then, that a good friend proposed.. "Since you are here, before you go, why don't you drop your CV at Panionios. They are building a new management team and looking for staff." I did not really put much hope in it, but sent it. A couple of days before leaving, my phone rang! Panionios was going to offer me a job, a dream job for me! My first job would be somewhere I would have never dreamt of even being if it were not for my grandmother’s illness and loss. It was such a contradiction. A huge loss brought an amazing gift.

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Tina

Founder

"In 2010, the Greek crisis hit and the country went into freefall. I was left without a job, a car or even medical insurance, and there was little perspective of finding a new job any time soon."

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Elissavet

Head of Travel Design

"I remember when I was about 17, my friend asked me what my plans for life were. Sincerely, I had no clue. I had some scattered images in my head of how I imagine myself. Like photographs. The only thing in common, I remember, was that all these images were in some far lands, with unusual landscapes and distant cultures. Living abroad was something I use to fantasize a lot as a kid. It was a constant change and an excitement over new things that attracted me."

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Tania

Guide

“I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. Dressed in a traditional costume like all the other members of my “troupe”, I was waiting to recite the lines of the poem I had painstakingly learnt by heart. At last, my turn came. But when I stood behind the microphone, my mind went blank and my mouth went dry. Tears welled up in my eyes. Terrified, I glanced over at my classmates who, grouped behind the wings and dressed in their own slightly silly costumes, were waiting to act their part."

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Vassia

Guide

"There is a book I like a lot. Its final sentence reads: “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. I was in my early twenties when I read it and my childhood had been relatively happy. But I tend to take stuff written in books very seriously. Why had the author chosen to end a book about an improbable love story with this sentence?

It was around that time that I started to travel."

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

Guide

"It must have been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti, although my fascination with drawing and the arts had been with me a lot longer. My new hobby began stealing ‘precious’ time I could have used for studying for school. I realised that action had to be taken..."

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Laura

Guide

I started performing on the streets in Rome and realized very early what the audience wants to see on the streets of a city. It is not the best juggling trick or acrobatic skill. What they really wanted to see was me smiling and looking  them into their eyes - sharing playfulness.

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Elizabeth

Guide

The French poet Arthur Rimbaud once wrote that "Eternity is the sea mingled with the sun " and I guess there' s a little bit of truth of that in me.

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Penny

travel designer

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

It all started during the period when the Greek crisis reached its zenith. A combination of many fruitless attempts in the Athenian job market as well as a huge loss in my family pushed me to search for a new start point; I was dreaming of my future in an island, so I took a job in one.

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Antigoni

Guide

There is a theory that claims that your name determines

 who you are. Antigone was the heroine of a Greek tragedy

wriiten by Sofokles in 441BC.

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katerina

Guide

I am a fan of poetry. Poems have the ability to paint a picture in just a few words. But what I find remarkable is that I often find my life painted in poems…especially while traveling.

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Great tour! I booked it at the last minute and I’m so happy that happened. Tania was outstanding and I learned so much about Greek food and culture. All of the places visited were great and overall it was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend it."

Thehammer1 - USA, TripAdvisor

"Traveling to Delphi was wonderful. But what made the experience the best part of traveling to Athens were the guides and staff of Alternative Athens-Elisavet and Tania were so great!! . Yes, it's more expensive than maybe some other touring companies, but it's entirely worth it. I hope to travel back to Greece soon and I will certainly be reaching out to Alternative Athens for another tour."

Sarah Y

"My children are avid Percy Jackson fans, obsessed with Greek gods and myths, so seeing where the stories had come from was a real highlight for them. And then there were the turtles in the cemetery.... seriously!"

Claire C