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Elena

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My name is Elena, and I have a deep love for travelling and learning about different cultures.

One unforgettable moment in my life was my first trip abroad, which sparked my passion for exploring new places and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.

I pursued my studies at the Ionian University of Greece, where I focused on Translation and Interpreting. This allowed me to better understand how language connects people and cultures. That also marked the beginning of my journey towards becoming a bridge between different languages and cultures.

The moment I stepped into the Louvre for the first time it was then that I knew that translation was not the only thing for me and I began to dream of one day becoming a guide myself.

Now, as a tour leader, I get to pursue that dream and be the personal connection between travelers and my city.

Even in today's digital age, I believe in my role of offering a human touch, guiding visitors beyond GPS and online resources. I aim to share the heart and soul of my city.

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Tina

Founder

In 2010, the Greek crisis hit and the country went into freefall. From there begun a great and long adventure...

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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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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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Iro

Reservations & Operations Manager

As a child, my diet was limited, primarily consisting of soutzoukakia - meatballs in tomato sauce, a traditional Greek dish.

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Elissavet

Tour leader

They say the ignorance is a bliss, and I couldn’t agree more.

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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

certified guide

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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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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Maria-Katerina

Tour leader

No matter the plans made or expectations set, things seldom unfold as anticipated, and that's perfectly okay.

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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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Eleni

Tour leader

‘’We dream in colours borrowed from the sea’’

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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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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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"A great way to get under the skin of the city! Loved our street tour with Nikos -he's passionate and knowledgeable about the art but is also full of insight into Athens and her culture. Can't think of many tours that would engage our teenagers for three hours. Would definitely do another Alternative Athens tour with or without the family."

johnnybrighton2015

"We went on the LGBT Nightlife Tour and it was incredible! It is always a struggle to find the real LGBT hot spots in a new place and this tour helped us do exactly that. Marlene was incredible."

Jessica G

"My family and I joined our guide on an unforgettable night in Athens exploring the LGBT nightlife and getting to know the local community, listening to great music music, dancing, laughing and becoming friends."

NNeumann923