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Angelos

Head of Reservations & Operations Photo of Head of Reservations & Operations Angelos

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

Starting fresh on the verge of a Greek economic crisis back in 2010, I decided to relocate to Amsterdam. A bona fide place that really gives you the opportunity to create anything from scratch. Fast forward on, I completed my studies while working and finding time to cultivate my personal interests. And although everything looked like what one can call a success story, still it didn’t feel right. 

 
After a big break off travelling, I realized my need for a different context - someplace sunnier, warmer, more spontaneous, less individualistic, and most importantly a place that I care for. It all summed up in one place and this truth was way too obvious to ignore.

Moving back to Athens after 9 years, has been the most exciting and eye-opening experience. In the city where I grew up, I found my sense of belonging and fell in love with Athens all over again.

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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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Andreas

tour Leader

I grew up in a neighbourhood called Nea Smyrni. The first settlers here were refugees from Asia Minor. People in our neighbourhood are proud of where they come from.

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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

"This tour was outstanding! Our guide, Andreas, showed us a variety of bars that we would never have found on our own. He was very open to any kinds of questions and made the tour interesting and informative at the same time. I would definitely recommend taking this tour and discovering the nightlife of Athens. The city and people have an incredible and positive energy that is very unique and worth seeing."

mullydad

"Amazing Tour! It exceeded my expectations. Our guide Demetra was wonderful and had an amazing knowledge of history, archaeology and culture; she did a great job highlighting things of importance and interest, while not bogging us down with too much detail. Our tour included a number of cultural stops (wine tasting, icon painting, Greek lesson, tanner and bellmaker visits, stops for local sweets and food, etc.) and every stop added to the richness of our trip. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Alternative Athens and Demetra!!"

Elizabeth B, TripAdvisor

"We had a great 2 hours with our tour guide, Tonia. She was very informative about the Olympic History in Greece and put us through our paces in the javelin throw, discus, long jump and shot put. We then made our way to the Olympic Stadium where we learned more about it's history and was able to run a lap. Highly recommend this tour for an out of the ordinary experience."

sbouldin