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Aya

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If I could possibly describe my life as the title of a book, it would definitely be “A Tale of Two Cities”. My parents decided to emigrate from Cairo and come to Athens, so I was born and raised within two different cultures. Living between two worlds, the traditional Egyptian culture at home and modern Greek culture in the outside world was quite challenging and interesting. But, luckily, there is something in common between my cultures that made it easy for me to stay connected: History! Imagine my bookcase: next to my little pyramid from Giza stands an owl, symbol of the goddess Athena. But cultures are not only shaped by history or food but from something equally important for me: language! I remember myself, when I was a kid, I was playing word puzzle games in my two native languages: Arabic and Greek. Everytime I found similar words I got excited. Let me share with you my favourite one: kefak ("How are you" in Arabic) but in modern Greek you can also find the word kefia (where it means mood). Fascinating, right?

Growing into adulthood, I had to find out what to do in life as the time had come to leave my beloved family house and chase my own dreams. Curious in nature, I wanted a job that could give me the chance to explore new things and always find solutions to every problem. It may sound weird that I chose to accounting as a field of study but I assure you that as an accountant I discovered not only numbers and solutions but also a new side of me. As the years passed, and although I had a secure income, life was passing by without getting the chance to live as I wanted. My mediterranean spirit couldn’t stand faceless communication, so I needed a new working environment that would allow me honest connections. Alternative Athens gave me what I’ve asked for and more. So far, I wake up every morning thinking of being part of a very positive and always helpful team in a very friendly working space. Now, all of my friends can say one thing for sure: Aya, you are exactly where you should be. As for me, at least I am happy that my “kefia” are well and my smile gets bigger day by day.

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Tina

Founder

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Elissavet

Head of Travel Design

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Andreas

Guide

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Pavlina

guide

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Vassia

Guide

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

Guide

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Elizabeth

Guide

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Penny

travel designer

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maria

guide

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katerina

Guide

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antigoni

guide

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Tania

Guide

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Ariadni

Guide

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Sofia

Travel Designer

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Phaedra

Marketing & PR Specialist

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Elli

Finance Fairy

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George

Accounting Associate

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Nassia

Travel Designer

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George

Travel Designer

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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"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

"A must do! I enjoyed this tour SO much! Our guide was really knowledgeable and kept us engaged throughout. The idea of the tour itself is really interesting and a departure from stuffy historic facts recounting. If you have the time, definitely worth the money :)"

Dalia Y

"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