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Josephine

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“A wise man is one who enjoys the spectacle the world has to offer him.”

This quotation has been guiding my life for as long as I can remember. The need to shed my eyes upon everything that prevails out there has been almost agonizing. And when the present reality as it is fails to meet my expectations, I would turn to the past and its long-sunken antiquities. If they could endure for so long, so could I. Inspired by their longevity, I decided to become an archaeologist. Taking a step further, soon enough I found out that passing a lifetime stranded in one place and only, ignorant of what the world’s diversity –both old and recent- has to offer, just wasn’t an option.

And so I absorbed plenty of valuable experiences living and travelling abroad, I saw magnificent landscapes and I shared these spectacular images with the most inspiring people. The more I saw, the more I wanted to give back. To hand back the best of the things I knew about my roots, my heritage, my people – these lovely perplexed Athenians!  

Joining Alternative Athens seemed –and still is- the best of options. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, at least I was firmly aware of what I was prepared to give. As the great mythologist Joseph Campbell once said, ‘we must be willing to get rid of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us’. And so I did and I joined this big family of passionate people that will be, hopefully, getting stronger and bigger.

Being a tour leader has given me the opportunity to share the diversity and the wealth of Athens with the people I escort throughout city tours. If we understand foreign places and people, we are far more likely to be empathetic to other people’s struggles and able to tackle problems in our society and even find similarities among different nations. Learning history and being aware of our shared heritage makes it possible to celebrate diversity, model democracy, and opt for social justice, qualities that are essential for a community to survive in this ever-changing era. So, I do embrace the life waiting for me with all of its alternatives.  

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Tina

Founder

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Andreas

tour Leader

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Katia

travel designer

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Pavlina

tour leader

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Vassia

certified guide

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Niko a.k.a. Rude

tour leader

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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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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

tour leader

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katerina

tour leader

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Elizabeth

tour leader

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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

"My friends and I booked this tour last minute and Alternative Athens was extremely accommodating to fit us in.We had a GREAT experience with Andreas, who walked us through the history of Greek wine and wine making. There was plenty of wine to enjoy and a lot of delicious small plates to snack on at the cozy cafe where this all took place. I never felt like we had a tour guide just spouting off a script about wine, food, and Greece. It was more like hanging out with an old friend who is well-traveled, cultured, and extremely knowledgable. Well worth the cost!"

sighoss999

"Lena and Kristos were fantastic. They fed us lots of food and drinks. The best part, however, was the discussions we had with them. Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule a meal with a local family, or a cooking lesson, and I've never been disappointed. You'll learn so much about the culture! We spent almost four hours in their home and left with a new understanding of the Greek psyche."

jennykvb, Brooklyn, New York

"One of the best highlights of my trip! My guide was amazing, she showed me all of the Ancient Olympic workouts, and had me try each one. We then went to the Olympic Stadium, where I ran around the field. At the end she gave me a card with all of my times for each event. This was a great tour, and I highly recommend for any Olympic Fan, or individuals looking for a unique tour experience in Athens."

David M