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Phaedra

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As any child, I was full of curiosity about life. My father recalls a story during our first family visit to the Acropolis when I was around 7. We were standing next to the Parthenon and he was explaining the history of the site and the work of archaeologists. I was touching the ground while he was speaking when I suddenly asked: “Dad, if archaeologists dig to find ancient treasures, let’s dig more. Imagine what else is hidden here”. My dad laughed and said that I can collect a stone (don’t worry, it was just a gravel!) and keep it and perhaps one day I would find a very important “treasure”. 

Taking his words literally, I became a collector of all things, great and small. I was collecting things nearly from wherever I went. Be it a napkin with my best friends names on our first trip together when we turned out 18; an autograph of my favored British actor that I accidentally met in Oxford while on a day trip during my Master; a desert rose on my way to the Sahara; a polaroid picture of me and my partner in life with a stamp of ice cream on it, taken by a passenger at the Fontana Di Trevi; my mother’s favorite stamp with a purple orchid. My whole house is a collection of memories where each minor thing has its own significant story. My passion for discovering what lies beneath the obvious and collecting memories in the shape of many things kept me motivated to try and achieve what’s best for my curious soul. And this actually applies to my everyday work at Alternative Athens: from finding the missing detail in a project to the collection of the most insightful customers’ reviews on our TripAdvisor platform!

Sometimes, when I look back to my little stone from the Acropolis I see what the “treasure” my dad was referring to: collecting experiences, no matter how minor or major they seem, they all can teach you something and can be proved helpful to your life path, but most importantly they get you one step closer to “Know thyself”.

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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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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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Awards & Accolades

Testimonials

"Taking the walking and food tour with Alternative Athens was one of the highlights of a 3 day tour of Athens. It was the best introduction to the city and local neighborhoods. We had tastings of wine, cheese, meze, coffee, and chocolate in a variety of local restaurants and stores that we would not have found on our own. At each stop we were treated as VIPs. We highly recommend this tour to people who want to experience life in Athens beyond the tourist spots."

Diane B

"Our family of 4 with two boys (11 and 15) did the Myths and Mythology tour and the Acropolis Museum tour. Both were terrific -our guide was lively, entertaining, and kept the boys entertained with her stories. Breaking up the full day tour into two half days was the way to go - I think it would have been too much to cover in a day for the boys."

reemahs2015

"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