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Nassia

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Some people have trouble finishing what they start; when I was younger, I was like that. As a teenager, I did so many things after school: piano lessons, guitar lessons, drawing lessons, even ice-skating. My friends were amazed that I was so busy, but in truth I wasn't focusing on anything in particular, including my studies. But that all changed when I joined the Erasmus Program and traveled to France to attend classes there as part of my university degree. As soon as I arrived, it felt like a whole new start, a fresh beginning. When it was time to leave France, I cried, but I told myself that I'd hold onto what I'd learned about life from that experience. I had to say goodbye to the country and to my new international friends, but I wasn't about to say goodbye to the person I'd become there, a person who had not only found a love of discovery and travel but who had also learned the discipline of finishing things.

After completing my degree and my first internship in Athens, I found a second internship in London. Leaving there at the end of my contract was even more difficult than leaving France had been, because it was now official: I wasn't a student anymore. I was out in the real world. As it turns out, however, the real world is a pretty great place, too: it took me a few months of looking, but here at Alternative Athens I found just what I was looking for, a job that lets me feel the thrill of travel, of discovery and of new friendships every day.

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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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Elissavet

Head of Travel Design

I remember when I was about 17, my friend asked me what my plans for life were. Sincerely, I had no clue. I had some scattered images in my head of how I imagine myself. Like photographs. 

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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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maria

guide

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

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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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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"I went with my husband and we had the best time! Our tour guide was amazing. The food delicious and we learned a lot about the culture and the city. I really recommend it!"

dRiverina

"Our guide was Nikos, and he made this our favorite part of visiting Athens! We talked and laughed and had a great time! We met so many amazing local people in Greece, and fell in love with it because of the people that live there! Nikos was by far our #1 favorite local! He went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Thank you, Nikos!"

Mylissa R

"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