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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. I was left without a job, a car or even medical insurance, and there was little perspective of finding a new job any time soon.

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Andreas

Guide

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

guide

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain

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Vassia

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

Guide

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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Elizabeth

Guide

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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Penny

travel designer

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

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katerina

Guide

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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antigoni

guide

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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Tania

Guide

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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Ariadni

Guide

What is the difference between looking into a microscope and looking into a telescope?

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Aya

Travel Designer

If I could possibly describe my life as the title of a book, it would definitely be “A Tale of two cities”.

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Sofia

Travel Designer

Stories do not change us, they bring us one step closer to our inner self.

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Phaedra

Marketing & PR Specialist

As any child, I was full of curiosity about life.

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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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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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Nassia

Travel Designer

Some people have trouble finishing what they start; when I was younger, I was like that.

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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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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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Testimonials

"Christina took us to places one would just walk by and never know they were there. It is a great tour to see some of the unique details of Athens. Well worth the time and the cost is very reasonable."

Russell1078

"A great way to get under the skin of the city! Loved our street tour with Nikos -he's passionate and knowledgeable about the art but is also full of insight into Athens and her culture. Can't think of many tours that would engage our teenagers for three hours. Would definitely do another Alternative Athens tour with or without the family."

johnnybrighton2015

"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!"

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