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Eleni

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

When I close my eyes, I see the blue water of the Aegean Sea. The island of Naxos has been for many years the one and only place, I truly find inner peace. The family origins and the deep love for the island have been the reasons that I spent all the summers of my childhood there. One of my earliest memories is my grandmother narrating the myth of Theseus and Ariadne. This myth takes place in Naxos, so I had great fun listening the story, while sitting on the rocks of the emblematic ancient monument of ‘’Portara’’ in the port of the island.

The admiration about the diverse history, the myths, the monuments and the local culture combined with the magnificent landscape inspired me to pursue studies in History and Archaeology. This time, in Rethimno Crete or ‘’my second home’’. Since then, I have never stopped exploring. I moved abroad, to Utrecht, Netherlands, for about two years. Living abroad introduced me to a completely new way of thinking and gave me the chance to meet people from all over the world.

Returning to Athens, after eight years away from home and the city I grew up, felt an amazing challenge. I felt the need to get to know the city deeper. In order to achieve that, I started walking around, observing the buildings, the neighbourhoods and the people.

Joining the team of Alternative Athens felt immediately the right choice for me. Besides the fact that I could spend time discussing about the city’s history and culture (which I love), I have at the same time the opportunity to meet lovely travellers from all around the world. Each one brings a new story and shares a piece of her/his culture with us. This priceless gift can never make you feel bored.

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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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Elena

Tour leader

Even in today's digital age, I believe in my role of offering a human touch, guiding visitors beyond GPS and online resources.

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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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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 perfect day. Alternative Athens is very fortunate to have such gifted guides!"

taiter – Orkney

"Our family of 4 with two boys (11 and 15) did the Myths and Mythology tour and the Acropolis Museum tour. Both were terrific -our guide was lively, entertaining, and kept the boys entertained with her stories. Breaking up the full day tour into two half days was the way to go - I think it would have been too much to cover in a day for the boys."

reemahs2015

"We had a great food tour in Athens, exploring the city and food. Our guide was a native and it was obvious he knew the food, people and city. It was a great way to introduce us to the city and sample great food."

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