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Niko a.k.a. Rude

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It must have been at the end of middle school when I discovered graffiti, although my fascination with drawing and the arts had been with me a lot longer. My new hobby began stealing ‘precious’ time I could have used for studying for school. I realised that action had to be taken. Good art schools, great street art, late 1990s graphic design capital; United Kingdom, here I come! But that’s a long story I can tell you some other time. One thing I can tell you about that experience right now is that when I got there, I discovered that my study time had now, in fact, truly become ‘precious’.

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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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Elli

Finance Fairy

Elli doesn’t really like to talk about herself, so we’ll do it for her!

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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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Iro

Reservations & Operations Manager

As a child, my diet was limited, primarily consisting of soutzoukakia - meatballs in tomato sauce, a traditional Greek dish.

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Elissavet

Tour leader

They say the ignorance is a bliss, and I couldn’t agree more.

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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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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-Katerina

Tour leader

No matter the plans made or expectations set, things seldom unfold as anticipated, and that's perfectly okay.

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Elena

Tour leader

Even in today's digital age, I believe in my role of offering a human touch, guiding visitors beyond GPS and online resources.

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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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Eleni

Tour leader

‘’We dream in colours borrowed from the sea’’

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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

"My three kids, ages 8, 6, and 4, had a fantastic time during their "Playing Goddess Athena" activity. The activities were both engaging and educational. My kids loved it and name it as one of the highlights of our 2+ weeks in Greece. I brought a book and my husband went off to see more historical sites that wouldn't interest the children. Highly recommend."

Kristine H

"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

"Our family of four had a great time with our amazing host Lena, who hosted us in her home and taught us how to make the best Baklava I ever tasted. She was kind and patient with the kids, who enjoyed making the Baklava by themselves with some guidance from our host. While we waited for the Baklava to bake we were provided with a snack of cheese sandwiches and cookies. Also, we sampled 3 local teas and learned about their healing attributes. We really enjoyed our conversation with Lena and hearing the thoughts of local people. Lena provided us with resources for making traditional Greek cuisine that we could use at home. We really had a great experience."

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