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Angelos

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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.

I grew up by the sea in south Athens and, luckily, I was raised with lots of freedom and an experiential approach to life that allowed me to unfold in many ways. First it was sports, all sorts of it, ending up chasing waves in the Atlantic Ocean. Next, it was all about music, forming a band and jamming in unknown places. Later on, I discovered my affinity for arts, and the story goes on… And although a routine full of activities and a steady job at the age of 24 is seemingly great, still I felt quite confined.

Either because I love exploring the world, or simply to start fresh on the verge of a Greek economic crisis, 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 business & operations studies, while at the same time I cultivated my interest in cultural studies and philosophy.

Although my life in Amsterdam was what one can call a success story, still it didn’t feel right. After a sabbatical break, travelling around the world, 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 abroad, 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, while Alternative Athens provided the springboard to highlight my homeland’s culture and mesmerizing beauty.

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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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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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Penny

travel designer

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

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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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Aya

Travel Designer

If I could possibly describe my life as the title of a book, it would definitely be “A Tale of two cities”.

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Phaedra

Marketing & PR Specialist

As any child, I was full of curiosity about life.

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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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George

Accounting Associate

As Euclid said, the laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God. So, maybe the reason I developed an inclination to mathematics is because I was so connected to the earth since my childhood.

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Nassia

Travel Designer

Some people have trouble finishing what they start; when I was younger, I was like that.

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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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Our guide was excellent, very kind, informative and tailored our tour to the ages and experience of our group. It was a long tour, with a break for lunch, which was at the right time in the tour. He also made the museum tour interactive with truth and dare, which was fun for the teens. I highly recommend Alternative Athens. If we had more time, we would have booked additional tours with this company."

CelesteC322

"This was a great tour. Yes, you can get into all of the places/sights on your own, but the information provided by the guide is superb. I would highly recommend doing this tour. Demeter was our guide, and she was great!"

CDBrown621

"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