Alternative Athens
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Athens, Attica, Greece

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2023

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tellst58
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jason was great! He was nice, funny and very knowledgeable about everything we visited on this tour. The whole experience was perfect.
Written 27 May 2024
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Stuart
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately it was not made clear at the time of purchase that the price paid for the tour did not include entry to the Acropolis! That highlight had to be purchased as an extra on sight at the time causing considerable concern as we missed our time slot on the tour..
Also the length of the tour was too long in the heat of the day with no rest stops or refreshment stops along the way
Written 25 May 2024
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Flyer510865
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have booked the tour and there is no communication possible . The helpline no doesnt work , emails are not reverted , whatapp is unanswerd or u acknwledged . I have booked and wasnt to ask for booking for entry tickets but no way yurl are responding . How can one trust
Written 21 May 2024
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We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. We understand the importance of clear communication, and we're truly sorry to hear about the challenges you encountered in reaching us. Our commitment to providing a seamless experience for our guests includes sending multiple reminders regarding the pre-purchase of tickets for our tours. These reminders are sent via email and text: once upon booking, again one week before, and a final reminder the day before your tour. Additionally, we pride ourselves on being available through various channels, including our helpline, email, and WhatsApp. We're concerned to hear that you had difficulty reaching us and are committed to investigating this matter further. Your experience certainly does not align with the level of service we aim to provide, as reflected in our numerous 5-star reviews. Please be assured that we will address any issues with our communication channels promptly. We value your feedback, and if you have any further concerns or questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.
Written 23 May 2024
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Litia T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our tour was wonderful. Our guide was exceptional in presenting the mythology and facts in a fun and fascinating way. Thank you Alex! I highly recommend this tour for all ages and backgrounds. This tour made our time in Athens a highlight of our European holiday 😊
Written 19 May 2024
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Abby T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent guide. Enjoyed seeing the sights in the afternoon when it was less crowded. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 15 May 2024
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amandamdew
Pickerington, OH26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This tour was awesome! Vicky was our tour guide and I swear she knew EVERYTHING about Ancient Greece, because she could answer all our questions, no matter how obscure. The Acropolis was incredible and we learned so much! It was a very cool take on history, so learn about the myths behind the history as well as what actually happened!
Written 15 May 2024
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Emily Cain
Aberdeen, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Magda was absolutely amazing!! So informative, and very cheerful despite the rainy start. The tour itself was really good, had plenty of breaks so wasn’t too strenuous. Me and my partner learnt a lot on this tour
Written 12 May 2024
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Julie R
Salt Lake City, UT94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The excursion to the Acropolis and Agora was excellent. The group was small (10), very well organized, timely and our guide was full of very interesting mythical and historical information. His correlation of myth to the culture and history was fascinating. He maneuvered us expertly through the crowds, gave us time for photos, and found us shaded spots to share his information with us.
I highly recommend this tour.
Written 10 May 2024
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mkanok
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
What a clusterf*ck! Avoid this disorganized tour operator… check out the other 1 &2 star reviews and you’ll see I wasn’t alone in a similar crappy logistics experience.

Been trying to contact the tour operator via the Viator app messaging system to no avail to get tix in advance. Tried calling their number. No one picks up… Received no night before confirmation or directions where to buy tix and what time slot to buy for…. Also which tix options to buy… omg, could u be any more murky about what I need to do as an overseas visitor who’s never been to Athens before. Can u direct me to an online purchase link? Or just offer the option to buy them for me?

Arrived at meeting point at 835am and no one knew what was up or had received my request for pre-purchasing tickets. So the guide tells me to go towards the Acropolis to buy tix and says “it’s easy…”. No map location or address.

I’ve been to 50+ countries and taken lots of tours before. Also worked in software for 20 years, so I’m not a total moron when it comes to planning trips and navigating new places. But this operator hands down sucked. And tries to put the onus on the newbies to Athens to buy tickets without clear instructions or communication or confirmation. There are tons of OTHER tour operators who I’m sure will provide a much better service level and will simply offer an option to purchase tix in advance.
Written 10 May 2024
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Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are truly sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations, as we always aim to ensure every guest has a delightful visit. We understand the importance of clear communication, which is why we send several reminders about the need to pre-purchase tickets for this tour. These reminders are always sent via email and text: once when you book your tour, again one week before, and a final reminder the day before your tour. We can't know if these messages ended up in your spam folder, or if your phone was not set to receive roaming communications at the same time. This process is part of our standard procedure, intended to ensure all our guests are well-prepared and can enjoy their experience to the fullest. Many of our guests have found this system effective, as reflected in our numerous 5-star reviews. We would greatly appreciate it if you could double-check your email and message settings and consider this information. We value your opinion and would love the opportunity to improve your perception of our service. Thank you
Written 15 May 2024
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Thomas H
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On an overcast mild morning in May we joined a group of enthusiastic adventurers at The Arch of Hadrian. After sorting out tickets which we had pre-purchased, we joined the red group and were introduced to Magda our Greek guide for the day. Her English was excellent and she had an immediately warm style. She went to great lengths to learn everybody’s name and to introduce them to the other members of the group which numbered about 10 in total from all over the world. Once the formalities were over, Magda began with an introduction to the world of Ancient Greece and the Temple of Zeus we were standing at. We then entered the acropolis at the south and less crowded entrance and began the climb with numerous stops along the way up to learn more and take plenty of photos. Once at the top, Magda gave an excellent explanation and patiently answered all questions, all in a most engaging way. We then had free time to explore for ourselves.

We then reconvened at the other, far more crowded, gate at made our way to the Agora. Once again, Magda’s knowledge was excellent as was her engaging and often amusing style. Once finished, we had free time to wander through the vast complex including the amazingly preserved Temple of Haphaestus. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and can’t thank Magda enough.
Written 9 May 2024
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