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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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Angelos

Head of Reservations & Operations

Camus once mentioned that a single truth, if it is obvious, is enough to guide an existence. Although it may sound unreasonable or perhaps simplistic at first glance, for me it proved to be right.

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Pavlina

tour leader

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain

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Elli

Finance Fairy

Elli doesn’t really like to talk about herself, so we’ll do it for her!

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Vassia

tour leader

There is a book I like a lot. Its final sentence reads: “It is never too late to have a happy childhood”. 

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

tour leader

It must have been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti. 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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Elizabeth

tour leader

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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George

Travel Designer

Life should be like bungee jumping: we're meant to take leaps in our lives, moments when we choose to be daring and forget to be afraid.

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maria

tour leader

Growing up, I had always thought that life always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that...

 

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katerina

tour leader

I am a fan of poetry. Poems have the ability to paint a picture in just a few words… especially while traveling.

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antigoni

tour leader

There is a theory that claims that your name determines who you are. Antigone, the famous heroine of a Greek tragedy, defied the rules and for that she faced death.

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Tania

tour leader

I was about five, and I was taking part in a school celebration. When I stood behind the microphone, my mind went blank and my mouth went dry. Tears welled up in my eyes.

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Ariadni

tour leader

What is the difference between looking into a microscope and looking into a telescope?

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Amazing tour! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging and she made sure we had adequate water, restroom stops, time for pictures, and shade. Highly recommend Alternative Athens!"

LoveTravel732853

"Top quality guides for both the Acropolis tour and the Acropolis Museum visit. Two passionate professionals who have been able to keep the family (with kids aged 12 and 10y) tuned in for respectively 5h and 2h, both ready to take questions and reply providing context and sense."

Frank-UK

"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Athens Neighborhood tour. Our guide gave us some indepth history and interesting facts about the history and evolution of the Athenian neighborhoods. An awesome and very informative walking tour."

Promod L