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Iro

Reservations & Operations Manager Photo of Reservations & Operations Manager Iro

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

That presented a significant challenge for my mum, who was an air hostess and loved taking us traveling with her. She would tirelessly search for Greek restaurants worldwide, only to discover I wouldn't like them because they didn't serve homemade soutzoukakia!

At the age of 7, she proposed taking me to Singapore, asking if I would be willing to try other foods. I stubbornly refused, ultimately missing out on that trip.

Feeling left out when my family went without me, I decided to expand my culinary horizons. Slowly but surely, I began trying new foods, and with that, my geographical horizons expanded too!

Through this experience, I learned two valuable lessons: a) I can be very headstrong, and b) most problems have solutions.

These traits have shaped who I am today: working in operations for the travel industry and seizing every opportunity to explore new places and cuisines.

I am passionate about exploring the world and helping others find their own adventure and passions! 

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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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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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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

"We had the most amazing day in Hydra! Everything was absolutely perfect. It was so well organized and we did so much in just one day. Being the trip planner and organizer for my family it was so nice to just relax and let Alternative Athens be in charge of all the details and timing. Our guide was so sweet and had such a lovely personality. My kids all adored her and my youngest especially was so sad to leave her."

RatherBeInAlaska

"This tour is an excellent opportunity to see and learn about a different Greece than the one in most tourist books. Highly recommend."

Vincenzp

"Wonderful day with top guide Vassia. Incredible lunch at a local restaurant. Mycenae was amazing too with great guide Jenny showing us around. Luxury air-con transport with the best driver. Worth every cent we paid"

Craig P., New Zealand