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Katia

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My love of discovery and my curious nature pushed me from a very early age on the path of travel. I first started travelling through books, articles and photos. I was fascinated when I started getting acquainted with different cultures by learning foreign languages. As I was growing up, I jumped on every opportunity to create friendships without linguistic or other kinds of borders. It was never enough. I wanted to learn more. To experience other cultures, other ways of thinking and interpreting life. The constant question I asked as a child was 'what kind of people live in that country? What do they do in their daily lives? What do they eat? How do they love?' That has always been my biggest interest in my trips. Getting to know life through local people's eyes. So I decided to share this passion for discovery with people who share my curiosity. Being a member of Alternative Athens gives me that satisfaction of conversing and meeting young and old alike, people that ask the same questions as me. It's like a never-ending invitation of friendship to the whole world. And with friendships, everyone is a winner.

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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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Angelos

Head of Reservations & Operations

Camus once mentioned that a single truth, if it is obvious, is enough to guide an existence. Although it may sound unreasonable or perhaps simplistic at first glance, for me it proved to be right.

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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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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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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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George

travel designer

Life should be like bungee jumping: we're meant to take leaps in our lives, moments when we choose to be daring and forget to be afraid.

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Josephine

tour leader

‘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!

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maria

tour leader

Growing up, I had always thought that life always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that...

 

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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

"Heleni was simply wonderful with the kids. The perfect guide. Knowledgeable, interesting, patient and fun!"

Greg

"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

"It was as if we were shown around by a resident who knew everything about the city, its architecture, people and history rather than a tour guide."

Jim H