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Growing up, I had always thought that life, as if by magic, always puts us on the right path. As I got older, however, I discovered that sometimes you have to grab the steering wheel yourself, and turn your life in the right direction.

For me, perhaps the greatest change I've had to make has been in my choice of careers. I'd studied in one field and completed my undergraduate degree, but I couldn't seem to find exactly where to go from there. Nothing felt right, so I took a long look at what I really wanted to do in life, and I decided that I wanted to work in the Mental Health field.

Unfortunately, the degree I had completed had nothing to do with this at all, and it was tough work getting a foot in the door. However, I was amazed when I finally got accepted to the Master of Counseling Psychology program. And although I was in the midst of excitement I thought: "Hey, look, life does take you where you want to go." But then I looked back on the work that I'd done to make this happen, and I realized that it was my persistence and effort that got me to this point.

It's true that life will take you to wonderful places, but if you want to get the most out of the ride, you can't just be a passenger. You've got to choose the destination yourself, buckle up and drive hard. 

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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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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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Katia

travel designer

As I was growing up, I jumped on every opportunity to create friendships without linguistic or other kinds of borders. It was never enough. 

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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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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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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

"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

"Truly amazing! Some of the hidden sites have been our favorites while in Athens. The tour allowed us not only to see interesting places and some street art, but also gave us a feel for Greek culture and the lives of the residents of each neighborhood, something we could not get simply by ourselves. Our tour guide was exceptionally kind, and engaging; we felt we were walking with a friend. It was definitely a highlight of our trip, and we are so glad we did it."

offthebeatenpath2019

"Traveling to Delphi was wonderful. But what made the experience the best part of traveling to Athens were the guides and staff of Alternative Athens-Elisavet and Tania were so great!! . Yes, it's more expensive than maybe some other touring companies, but it's entirely worth it. I hope to travel back to Greece soon and I will certainly be reaching out to Alternative Athens for another tour."

Sarah Y