Kimkim Trip Reviews for Greece

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Discover Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Santorini, and Crete - Sep 23 - Oct 07, 2021 · Greece - Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2021

Traveler: Jo W. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

This is the first time using kimkim, and I was super happy about everything they planed it for us. I've never been to Greece before, and I was determined to go multiple locations in fixed amount of time. Dimitris and his team came up the great travel plan which has nice balance of enough reserved/guided activities and free-time by our own to do things at that moments. Since we are not comfortable to drive while traveling, we asked them arranged drivers to pick us up and drive us around for 6... read more

This is the first time using kimkim, and I was super happy about everything they planed it for us. I've never been to Greece before, and I was determined to go multiple locations in fixed amount of time. Dimitris and his team came up the great travel plan which has nice balance of enough reserved/guided activities and free-time by our own to do things at that moments. Since we are not comfortable to drive while traveling, we asked them arranged drivers to pick us up and drive us around for 6 different locations and they were always on-time and every drivers are very friendly. We are very impressed about how quickly Dimitris and his team correspond when we encounter some issues while we are traveling. I definitely use kimkim again and highly recommend to anyone planning to travel in Greece.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jo , it sounds amazing 😻 you had a great time in Greece I will hope to see you again in the near future! We love our job and we try to the best we can each year!

Best wishes for the year to come:)

Dimitris

Cody

Harris is top notch · Greece - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2021

Traveler: Cody C. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

This was our first time using KimKim, and we will definitely be using it again. Harris was simply amazing. He went out of his way to accommodate all of our requests during the Greece trip. He was also incredibly patient, as we had never traveled to Greece and had many questions about the journey.

In terms of responsiveness, Harris was also very quick to answer our questions while we were planning the holiday. We wanted to make sure there was plenty of greenery and foliage during the... read more

This was our first time using KimKim, and we will definitely be using it again. Harris was simply amazing. He went out of his way to accommodate all of our requests during the Greece trip. He was also incredibly patient, as we had never traveled to Greece and had many questions about the journey.

In terms of responsiveness, Harris was also very quick to answer our questions while we were planning the holiday. We wanted to make sure there was plenty of greenery and foliage during the holiday, and Harris made it happen. He made sure to include a farm tour in our itinerary to quench our thirst for nature.

-Nilanjana and Cody

On our final day in Greece, due to weather complications, our scheduled sea cruise was canceled, but Harris was very prompt in making different plans for us that were just as exciting.

He also created a WhatsApp group that made it easier for us to stay in touch while we were in Greece.

The tours were great and very informative. The guides were friendly and helpful. The arranged transportation made our journey hassle-free.

We would definitely book a trip through Harris again in any country.

-Nilanjana & Cody

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cody & Nilanjana,

Thank you for trusting me to organize your trip to Greece. It is really important for all of us to give the best possible experience in our clients and we are all more than happy that you departed from our country with the best memories. I hope that we will organize another amazing trip to different destinations in our country in the near future.

I wish you all the best!

King regards,
Harris

Amazing Experience and Trip · Greece - Sep 18 - Oct 1, 2021

Traveler: Fernando C. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

We are back in the US and already missing Greece. We don't have enough ways to express our thanks to Maria, Harris and the staff at Travel 12 for the help in organizing our trip. This was a surprise birthday trip for my wife and she absolutely loved it! She puts it in the top 3 of our trips and we have visited more than 30 countries. Everything went perfect. Our tours and guides were amazing. All of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly and we could tell that they genuinely... read more

We are back in the US and already missing Greece. We don't have enough ways to express our thanks to Maria, Harris and the staff at Travel 12 for the help in organizing our trip. This was a surprise birthday trip for my wife and she absolutely loved it! She puts it in the top 3 of our trips and we have visited more than 30 countries. Everything went perfect. Our tours and guides were amazing. All of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly and we could tell that they genuinely loved their jobs. The Sweet Home Hotel in Athens and our hotels in Nafplio and Monemvasia were excellent. However, what really made the trip exceptional was the hospitality and friendliness of all the Greek people we came across, starting with Maria and Harris. We always felt at home, welcomed and safe. We will definitely come back to Greece to visit more of this beautiful and welcoming country.

Harris was wonderful to work with and designe... · Greece - Sep 27 - Oct 11, 2021

Traveler: patrice v. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was wonderful to work with and designed a trip that exceeded our expectations. Our activities were fun with great friendly guides, our accommodations were wonderful, and the transportation arrangements were perfect. We could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you Harris!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Patrice,

I am really happy hearing that you have enjoyed your trip to Athens and Greek islands. It is great that you shared wonderful memories and I hope that we work together in the near future for another adventure in Greece.

I wish you all the best!

King regards,
Harris

Working with Harris was an absolute delight. ... · Greece - Sep 27 - Oct 11, 2021

Traveler: Mary c. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Working with Harris was an absolute delight. I have to admit I was a little nervous using Kimkim, you hear about all of these internet scams, but I forged ahead and used the service. You can imagine my relief when we arrived in Athens and there was a driver holding a sign with my name. Then I knew we hadn’t been taken! The service we received was great, it made traveling on own a breeze. Every where we we went there was a driver waiting to take us. I will use kimkim for all of my future travels. I am delighted that I found you and I will spread the word!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mary,

Thank you very much for your kind words! I am more than happy that you left our country with the best memories and you enjoyed each part of your trip. I will me more than happy to organize a future trip for all of you in our country and discover other beautiful destinations.

I wish you safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Glorious Greece courtesy of Tasos · Greece - Aug 8 - Aug 16, 2021

Traveler: Carla W. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

What an amazing trip and an awesome service kimkim provides! Everything went so smoothly for our 8-night trip to Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. The hotels were all top-notch (Zillers, Cyano Suites, and Petit Palace Suites), our activities were fun and informative with great guides, and all of the logistics were handled so we never had to stress. Tasos was there every step of the way to provide feedback and insight based on our desires, especially as we navigated the covid landscape, and his... read more

What an amazing trip and an awesome service kimkim provides! Everything went so smoothly for our 8-night trip to Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. The hotels were all top-notch (Zillers, Cyano Suites, and Petit Palace Suites), our activities were fun and informative with great guides, and all of the logistics were handled so we never had to stress. Tasos was there every step of the way to provide feedback and insight based on our desires, especially as we navigated the covid landscape, and his team was there to help make adjustments along the way (such as helping us rent a car last minute in Naxos). Some of our favorite activities were the cooking classes, as we got to spend time making delicious food with charming hosts. The catamaran cruise also was not to be missed.

I am normally a person who does a ton of planning before I travel, but I felt totally confident putting our trip in the hands of kimkim, and they did not disappoint!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Carla,
Thank you for trusting me with planning your trip to Greece, and a big thank you on behalf of the entire team and all the guides for your kind words!
We are all very happy that the trip lived up to your expectations and that we were able to help make it smooth and memorable.
All the best,
Tasos

Natalya

Maria was very helpful and knowledgeable. · Greece - Sep 11 - Sep 25, 2021

Traveler: Natalya R. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

Maria was very helpful and knowledgeable when we were planning our trip to Greece. Greece has endless destinations! Maria helped me to pick 3 islands base on my preferences. The hotels that she picked for me were all perfect. All transfers were organized in a perfect way.
Unfortunately Maria left the company one week before my trip. But I wasn't left behind by the company. Harris greeted me instead of her. We had a small confusion with the transferrer to my first hotel, but I felt... read more

Maria was very helpful and knowledgeable when we were planning our trip to Greece. Greece has endless destinations! Maria helped me to pick 3 islands base on my preferences. The hotels that she picked for me were all perfect. All transfers were organized in a perfect way.
Unfortunately Maria left the company one week before my trip. But I wasn't left behind by the company. Harris greeted me instead of her. We had a small confusion with the transferrer to my first hotel, but I felt confident that I won't get lost. The problem was quickly resolved. Harris was available any time when I tried to contact him. The drivers appeared before me every time. I never had an opportunity to worry that I might be late or miss something. In general I am very pleased with KimKim and will recommend them to all my friends, and of course will use their services again.

Professional and a great experience. · Greece - Sep 16 - Oct 2, 2021

Traveler: Rosemary M. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

We were pleased at the transfers, ferries, and excursions planned and paid for in advance. We also were thrillwd at thw team work at kimkim and the reaponse time rhw only time we had a concern. The response rate and resolution was excellent. Would recommend to anyone.

Tasos and KimKim were great · Greece - Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Jeff P. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We thought KimKim and Tasos were great!! Tasos planned all aspects of our Greece trip (including a sailboat charter, numerous excursions, car rental and boutique hotels) and did a wonderful job. He selected boutique hotels and suggested excursions that on our own would have been difficult to find or research. We especially enjoyed the sailboat charter and the boat captain and his deckhand were great Tasos was very responsive and as questions and issues happened he and his team got... read more

We thought KimKim and Tasos were great!! Tasos planned all aspects of our Greece trip (including a sailboat charter, numerous excursions, car rental and boutique hotels) and did a wonderful job. He selected boutique hotels and suggested excursions that on our own would have been difficult to find or research. We especially enjoyed the sailboat charter and the boat captain and his deckhand were great Tasos was very responsive and as questions and issues happened he and his team got back to us immediately with feedback. We ended up asking Tasos for suggestions on where to eat and all of his choices were excellent and better than the places we picked on our own. It was especially comforting knowing Tasos and his team were available during Covid times and he assisted us in getting a second Covid test when the results of the first test were delayed. I would highly recommend using KimKim and Tasos if you are thinking of planning a trip to Greece.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jeff,
Thank you so much for your kind words! It means everything to myself and the team to know we have helped make your trip special, and I am very glad that my insights and suggestions were a good match for your interests and taste :-)
It was a real pleasure having you in Greece and I wish you safe and memorable travels!
All the best,
Tasos

Mariah

When we decided we wanted to go to Greece for...OUR HONEYMOON! · Greece - Sep 6 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Mariah S. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

When we decided we wanted to go to Greece for our honeymoon, I was pumped! Neither of us had ever been on a trip like this to a place like Greece so I was also stressing out because I had no idea how to plan what to do. That's when we found KimKim and I am so thankful that we did! From the beginning of the process, Maria was very responsive to any question or concern we had. She made multiple different trip plans to accommodate our wants and needs. Maria planned out a 9 day vacation for us to... read more

When we decided we wanted to go to Greece for our honeymoon, I was pumped! Neither of us had ever been on a trip like this to a place like Greece so I was also stressing out because I had no idea how to plan what to do. That's when we found KimKim and I am so thankful that we did! From the beginning of the process, Maria was very responsive to any question or concern we had. She made multiple different trip plans to accommodate our wants and needs. Maria planned out a 9 day vacation for us to make the most of our trip to Greece. Each day we had a detailed outline of who was picking us up at what time, where we would meet our tour guide for the day, which company we would be interacting with that day, and SO MUCH MORE! Did I mention they arranged rides to and from anything they had planned?!?! When we arrived in Greece, KimKim had also connected us with a company named Travel12 who sent us our tickets for everything while we were there. There was ONLY ONE instance where a transport that was scheduled had a little hiccup and the driver from another company didn't pick us up for a tour but within 10 MINUTES of us telling KimKim and Travel12 the issue, they had contacted the driver and he turned around to pick us up. My husband and I both agreed that anytime we go on a trip where KimKim operates, we will 100% be using them. I never want to go on a trip not planned by KimKim again!

Harris was very knowledgeable and easy to wor... · Greece - Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Irina K. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He responded quickly to our messages. We are very happy that Harris recommended Naxos for our trip! We had a great time there.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Irina,

I am more than happy that you enjoyed your trip and you loved the island of Naxos. Thank you very much for your kind words and I will be happy to organize another amazing trip to Greece in the future, including different beautiful destinations around the country.

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

Ancient Greece's Classical Sites · Greece - Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: James N. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Of course the Parthenon is most memorable and our guide (Eleni), also an archeologist, had an encyclopedic knowledge of Greek history and mythology. I really enjoyed running on the 1896 Olympic Stadium track. Thank you. Cooking class was fabulous. We loved what we cooked and the wine tasting...so much fun. Ilia and Demetri were fantastic. The tour of Delphi and our guide Penny were superb. Brava, as Penny would say. Great hotel and nice swimming in Galaxidi. The tour of Olympia was... read more

Of course the Parthenon is most memorable and our guide (Eleni), also an archeologist, had an encyclopedic knowledge of Greek history and mythology. I really enjoyed running on the 1896 Olympic Stadium track. Thank you. Cooking class was fabulous. We loved what we cooked and the wine tasting...so much fun. Ilia and Demetri were fantastic. The tour of Delphi and our guide Penny were superb. Brava, as Penny would say. Great hotel and nice swimming in Galaxidi. The tour of Olympia was too quick. Not enough time to explore. The tour of Mycenae was a bit rushed also but Theo was great. So glad we stayed in Nafplio. Seeing Prometheus Bound at Epidauros was a dream come true. It was on our bucket list. Corinth was cool - Eleusis not so much. The last day/night in Vouliagmeni was a nice touch - wonderful dinner.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jim,
Thank you so much for your kind words and comments!
I have passed on the feedback to each one of your guides and hosts and they are delighted that they helped make this trip enjoyable and memorable for the two of you! It was a great thing that you booked the trip early on so I had the flexibility to book the guides who I thought were the best match for your interests, and I am very happy it paid off.
I have also taken good note that a couple of the tours should be allowed more time, thank you for pointing this out.
I wish you the best!
Tasos

ashley

Once in a lifetime 9 day trip to - Greece · Greece - Aug 23 - Aug 31, 2021

Traveler: ashley f. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

We had a great 9 day trip. I normally dont use travel agents but this process far exceeded my expectations. Especially with covid protocols changing so often, he kept us to date and informed. It took all of the worrying out of the process.

All details very perfectly planned and thoroughly thought through. Christos’ attention to detail was amazing. All of his recommendations, planned excursion and day trips were spot on for our group. We could not have asked for a better trip.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ashley
Thank you very much for your review and kind words. It was a pleasure working with you and hope to see you again in Greece somtime in the future.
Greetings to all the group from me and the team.
Christos

Late last year we spent weeks with Chris plan... · Greece - Aug 28 - Sep 14, 2021

Traveler: Michael L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Late last year we spent weeks with Chris planning a trip to Greece - a nearly three week trip that recently ended. We spent 9 days on 'mainland' Greece, then three days each in Corfu, Naxos and Santorini. The entire trip from beginning to end was well planned and executed. Terrific driver in Greece, amazing guides at each site, in general wonderful hotels, and Chris was always available before and during the trip to answer our questions or address any concerns. I highly recommend KimKim as a way to find a local travel planner, and also highly recommend Chris.

Superior Greece Tour by KimKim · Greece - Sep 4 - Sep 17, 2021

Traveler: Ron E. - Local specialist: Seetha Ramanathan

I started working with Seetha on this trip before the pandemic shut us all down. We've communicated since the day we had to postpone it a whole year until we finally traveled to Athens, and then throughout the trip. Seetha was great to work with, and she was very flexible and patient with both us and the pandemic impact. Overall, the itinerary and the trip was superior. As with all trips, there were some hiccups that were not under either of our control. High winds postponed our Delos... read more

I started working with Seetha on this trip before the pandemic shut us all down. We've communicated since the day we had to postpone it a whole year until we finally traveled to Athens, and then throughout the trip. Seetha was great to work with, and she was very flexible and patient with both us and the pandemic impact. Overall, the itinerary and the trip was superior. As with all trips, there were some hiccups that were not under either of our control. High winds postponed our Delos excursion, the bathrooms at the Santorini villa were sub-par, and the car rental in Crete didn't work out - despite those problems, the trip was still excellent.

One of the nice things about this trip were the drivers that were arranged for us. It made the trip low stress and the drivers were excellent and very accommodating, as well as safe. Michael, in particular, who drove us to Delphi and back was terrific. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information and anecdotes on the drive that made the trip interesting and fun. It was nice to feel taken care of by the transport team. The other individuals that made this trip great were the private tour guides for the Acropolis (CiCi) and Delphi (Georgia). They were very informative and the way they presented the tour was worth the hikes that both required. Well paced, and a perspective that I don't believe we would have gotten if we did these tours by ourselves. Their education and individual work showed up on the tour and enhanced each venue.

The accommodations were in Athens, Mykonos and Crete were excellent. We're resort-y people to begin with, and starting the Island hop at Mykonian Imperial and ending it at the Blue Palace was perfect. Despite our disappointment with the bathrooms at the the villas in Santorini - I don't believe the bathrooms were safe, or well kept up for such a great location, as there was rust, loose moldings and water that could not be contained in the bath/shower areas, as well as mold - the view was spectacular and the location was perfect. The village of Megalachori was charming and we spent our free time there. A short walk, it had cafes and restaurants and shopping, and loved hanging out there. Overall, I can say that we were happy with the accommodations.

Seetha did an excellent job planning our activities. We loved everything we did. The cancelation of the Delos tour was sad, but not under any of our control. I highly recommend using Seetha to plan your trip. Other highlights besides the two big tours (Acropolis and Delphi) were the sunset cruises in Santorini and the Aegean Sea, and the food tour attached to the Acropolis tour. My personal favorite was the day at Delphi - the ruins were awesome, the views were spectacular, the tour guide (Georgia) was terrific, as well as the driver, making the tour very informative, and it was capped with lunch on the terrace overlooking the mountains and sea. Very magical way to end the trip.

Overall, this KimKim planned trip by Seetha was excellent, and I would highly recommend using her specifically for your planning. Very personable, patient and flexible. I can't have had a better experience with a travel agency or a better vacation. I hope to plan another trip with her to cover some parts of Greece that we were not able to do this trip - can't wait!

Multi-site vacation in Greece · Greece - Sep 1 - Sep 13, 2021

Traveler: John D. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was great to work with in planning a multi-site vacation in Athens and the Cyclades (Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos). The resorts were attractive and near to the beaches and shopping areas. We especially enjoyed a mountain-biking activity on Santorini and the opportunity to explore the island in more depth. Mykonos was also very memorable as our hotel enabled pre-breakfast swims in the Aegean and nighttime dinners on the beach.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

John when I read such comments it makes my work so valuable, it proves my addiction to the perfection of the quality of the travelers’ holiday during which everyone experiences days that stay in the mind and heart forever and provide force for the future life which some times is difficult.

All the best for next year, be strong, be creative and I hope to see you in Greece again at some point whenever this makes sense for you and your beloved ones ;)

Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was Great although he caused me to o... · Greece - Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2021

Traveler: REGINALD M. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was Great although he caused me to over pay for my ferry trip which should of been half the price for me and my Companion. He was more than Good. I would use and recommend. Thank you.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Reginald I am so happy to read this review I am so happy that my recommendations and planning and my partners’ work added to the success of your stay in Greece!

You’re absolutely right about the price of the ticket of the ferry trip! We always try to book the best quality instead of risking lower levels of services. You’re absolutely right and I keep this in my mind as an additional free spent just in case you decide to come to Greece again. I I hope you do so in the near future. Thank you again and I wish you a beautiful year ahead!

Tom

A Perfect Customized Vacation! · Greece - Aug 30 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Tom B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We just returned yesterday (September 16, 2021) from a fantastic 18-day vacation in Greece (Athens and Naxos with day trips to Paros, Delos, and Mykonos). kimkim provided a great platform for planning this vacation and Tasos Mylonas and the Travel12 team in Greece provided 5-star expertise, advice, recommendations, itinerary planning, flexibility in details and so much more during the planning process. In the end we had a customized vacation package (except for the international travel and ... read more

We just returned yesterday (September 16, 2021) from a fantastic 18-day vacation in Greece (Athens and Naxos with day trips to Paros, Delos, and Mykonos). kimkim provided a great platform for planning this vacation and Tasos Mylonas and the Travel12 team in Greece provided 5-star expertise, advice, recommendations, itinerary planning, flexibility in details and so much more during the planning process. In the end we had a customized vacation package (except for the international travel and travel insurance) precisely tuned to our desires and integrating Tasos' recommendations for a perfect vacation in Greece.

We approached kimkim in April 2021 to start planning this vacation after Greece announced that they would be opening up to tourism in May. They put us in contact with Tasos and he worked with us through the kimkim platform over the next few months listening to our interests, proposing itineraries, fine-tuning things, and (when all was settled) handling all the booking arrangements for our time in Greece. We really... really appreciate his patience, expertise, responsiveness, thoroughness, and friendliness.

The trip itself went spectacularly, without a hitch. One activity had to be rescheduled due to weather but we had enough flexibility in the itinerary that this presented no problem. The Travel12 team provided great support during our travels -- answering our occasional questions, providing updates, and the like.

One aspect of this trip that made it really special for us was that it included several (okay, seven!) guided tours ranging from a few hours to almost a full day. The guides were local experts who provided stories, information, and context that we would never have gotten if we had explored on our own. And, perhaps best of all, for all the tours but one, it was just the two of us and the guide! (The other tour had a total of five plus the guide.) We loved this! (We also participated in a day-long catamaran cruise on Naxos with about 20 other passengers -- this was a fun day!)

In addition to the tours, we had many full days to do our own thing (by design). Tasos provided excellent recommendations (e.g., neighborhoods of Athens, beaches of Naxos, and villages of Naxos), which we took advantage of (as time permitted) but we also did a few things completely on our own (or recommended to us by some of the people we met).

All in all, we would highly recommend kimkim and Travel12 if you are looking for a vacation customized to your interests, where you can be "on your own" but can also have the support of a great team when it's needed.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Tom,
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to write such a detailed review and share your experience!
It has been a great pleasure for myself and the team to have you in Greece and we are really happy that you enjoyed the planning process and, most importantly, the trip itself. I have passed on your praise to the team, it means a lot to each one of us to know that we helped make this trip special and worry-free.
Thank you for trusting us and safe travels!
Best,
Tasos

Athens/Naxos - Amazing Trip (September 2021) · Greece - Aug 29 - Sep 4, 2021

Traveler: Steven J. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was an excellent tour guide who organized a great week for my wife and I during our first trip to Greece. The trip was highlighted by a guided tour of some of Athens famous landmarks, a private food and wine tour throughout the streets of Naxos, and a full-day catamaran excursion around the islands.

We would strongly recommend booking with KimKim and suggest anyone interested reach out to Harris.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steven & Rachel.

I am more than happy hearing that both of you enjoyed your stay in Greece and having a wonderful overall experience. We will be glad to host you again and organize a future trip with different places and island around Greece.

Greetings from all of us!

Best regards,
Harris

First time touring Greece · Greece - Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2021

Traveler: Esther J. - Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou

Eleni and team did a great job coordinating a 10-12 day trip around Greece. Of course, it's impossible to see everything in Greece in this short amount of time, but she did a great job advising on what we can do for this first time around. She was flexible to adjust along our preferences and budget. The greatest surprise of this trip was being connected to her and her team upon initial arrival, where we had timely response on any questions we had. Their demeanor was service oriented, informative, and we are immensely grateful for their premium service. Totally recommend them!

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Eleni Fotiou, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Esther for your kind words. Thank you for trusting me and our team and we will be very happy to welcome you and Derek again and show you another part of our beautiful country!

Leticia

30th Birthday Celebration in Greece · Greece - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Leticia C. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was such an excellent specialist to work with. He was quick to respond, and was able to accommodate all of my requests even with short notice. Although Dimitris had a family emergency, he was quick to set me up with another specialist who did a fantastic job with my needs when I was abroad. HIGHLY recommend.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

So glad you had a great time ! So honestly happy to hear that ! We try to do our best despite any difficulty that may appear in our family.

Dear Leticia, All the best for the year to come !!

Perfect getaway in Greece · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Jason C. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Our trip to Greece couldn't have gone better. Beginning with the itinerary creation process, Christos was responsive, and flexible in adjusting the itinerary to meet our needs. We ultimately settled on an itinerary that was the ideal balance between beach time spent on spectacular beaches for the kids in Crete and awesome tours of the Acropolis and a Minoan Palace for the adults.

The execution by the operations team was fantastic as well. From well organized pick ups and drop offs, to the... read more

Our trip to Greece couldn't have gone better. Beginning with the itinerary creation process, Christos was responsive, and flexible in adjusting the itinerary to meet our needs. We ultimately settled on an itinerary that was the ideal balance between beach time spent on spectacular beaches for the kids in Crete and awesome tours of the Acropolis and a Minoan Palace for the adults.

The execution by the operations team was fantastic as well. From well organized pick ups and drop offs, to the responsive support we received around rental cars, they made for a smooth experience that we all look for when we're out on vacation.

All of this made for a wonderful experience, and left us talking about future trips to Greece. Thanks for the experience, Christos and team!!!

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jason
Thanl you very much for your review and your kind comments. We are all very happy that you had a nice trip in Greece and hope to see you again in the future. After Crete, the Peloponnese is waiting for you!
Christos

Best week ever! · Greece - Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021

Traveler: Brad R. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Marcus the taxi driver in santorini was HILARIOUS He taught us a lot about the country.
To briki. Pirousi were the best restaurants in fira

We felt the hotel room you picked WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! The pool the view the size. Wow! Everyone was soooo nice and the food was great!!

I would highly recommend ammoudi bay and the black beach so thank you for those recommendations

The hotel home and poetry was perfect! The breakfast was actually so fresh and delicious and HIGHLY recommended for other gluten free customers!

Thank you again!

Jeff

Chris and kimkim were great. Many questions a... · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Jeff S. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Chris and kimkim were great. Many questions and issues came up during the trip (like needing to modify our travel plans) that they were instrumental in resolving. It was like having a personal concierge. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jeff

Thank you very much for your kind words!
It was a pleasure planning your trip and I am very happy that you and Naomi had a terrific time!
I look forward to seeing you again in Greece!

Chris

Greece Trip · Greece - Aug 3 - Aug 12, 2021

Traveler: Mayur P. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was a great resource and made the process of planning the trip very smooth. He is very knowledgeable of Greece and was able to cater our experience to what our needs where for the trip. He did an awesome job!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mayur,

Thank you very much for your kind words! Me and the rest of the team are glad that the whole family enjoyed this trip we have made together and you had a great time in the Greek islands. I will be more than happy to work again together for another unique experience in Greece!

King regards,
Harris

Soooo Glad I Found KimKim! · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Naomi S. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

I am a control freak and usually plan every detail of my trips. I have very high standards and want to make the most of every minute of my vacation. But this time I was just too busy to do the research and wanted the help of a local expert. I struck gold when I found Chris! He took the time to really understand what kind of accommodations and experiences I was looking for, and after a lengthy discussion, he put together a package that looked perfect. We just got back from our 11-day trip to... read more

I am a control freak and usually plan every detail of my trips. I have very high standards and want to make the most of every minute of my vacation. But this time I was just too busy to do the research and wanted the help of a local expert. I struck gold when I found Chris! He took the time to really understand what kind of accommodations and experiences I was looking for, and after a lengthy discussion, he put together a package that looked perfect. We just got back from our 11-day trip to Greece, and it was the best vacation of my life! Every hotel he chose was special - from the Acropolis view suite in Athens, to the luxurious terrace overlooking the Caldera in Santorini, I could not have asked for more. The guides and excursions he suggested were also excellent. Impressively, when I wanted to make a change mid-trip and go to Mykonos a day early, the team had me on a new flight with everything arranged including hotel and transfers within a few hours. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to plan a luxury vacation in Greece. He really knows his stuff! And I will definitely be using KimKim to plan the vacation for the next country I want to explore.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Naomi

As you have seen, we are "control freaks" too!
That's why we try to leave nothing to chance!
I am so happy that your trip was everything you were hoping it would be!
It was a pleasure working with you, and I do look forward to hearing from you in the future if you ever get the notion to do an encore trip to Greece!
All the best,

Chris

Margo

Amazing Greece! · Greece - Jul 24 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Margo L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We had an amazing trip! Chris and his team helped us put together an experience we will never forget. They were available to help us before the trip and the whole time we were there. Everything went so smoothly and our trip was incredible. Highly recommend!

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Margo,

Thank you ever so much for your kind review,
I know how much you and your family were looking forward to this trip, and I am very happy that it was worth the wait!

As we discussed on our phone calls, Greece has many wonderful corners, and many beautiful islands, and I would love to show them to you if you ever have an itch to come back!

All the best to you and your family!

Chris

Dimitris was flexible and listened to exactly what we wanted in a vacation. · Greece - Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2021

Traveler: Ryan D. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris did an amazing job creating a wonderful experience for my wife and I. From the great hotels to the sailing tour, to the Acropolis tour. Our first hotel was 18 Grapes in Naxos and the property and staff felt like being in a family. Naxos Yachting was our sailing tour and Yanni was our Captain.
Yanni gave an amazing safety briefing and gave us an amazing experience at sea. safe and inviting. If you are looking for a tour that balances great safety with tons of relaxed fun then... read more

Dimitris did an amazing job creating a wonderful experience for my wife and I. From the great hotels to the sailing tour, to the Acropolis tour. Our first hotel was 18 Grapes in Naxos and the property and staff felt like being in a family. Naxos Yachting was our sailing tour and Yanni was our Captain.
Yanni gave an amazing safety briefing and gave us an amazing experience at sea. safe and inviting. If you are looking for a tour that balances great safety with tons of relaxed fun then Naxos Yachting is for you and your family. Our next hotel was the Saint Andrea Paros Seaside Resort. Dimitris some how got us the best room in the hotel with an amazing view of the sea. The rooms were great and beds great. The hotel property was truly elegant and the poolside bar had great service and amazing people with great stories. The hike to the top of Mount Zeus was a highlight for us and of course the food was amazing. Our final island was Sifnos and we stayed at the Windmill Bella Vista. This island is quiet and charming with only 10 taxis on the island. Rental cars were very hard to find so we toured by foot and bus. The hotel is charming and for those that want a real memory they have a hotel room in a windmill. Just make sure you don't have any disabilities before booking this room. The hotel staff was very inviting and warm. Our final destination was Athens and we had a tour guide named Dimitris as well. He was a PHD in history and he literally blew my mind with facts during our tour. I would definitely recommend a tour rather then just cruising the Acropolis. Overall our trip was seamless and easy. All taxis and flights were booked with Dimitris our kimkim rep and we never had a problem. We have already started thinking about coming back next summer. Thanks so much for the great memories Dimitris!

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Ryan,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts I am so happy you and your wife enjoyed your holiday in Greece and the itinerary and experiences we put together!

All the best for the year ahead and I will be very very happy to hear from you if you decide to visit Greece next summer:)

Best wishes,

Dimitris

Tasos and his team made our trip simply unfor... · Greece - Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2021

Traveler: Mirelly F. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos and his team made our trip simply unforgettable!! What a professional and on point team! My husband and I had a fantastic and memorable trip to the most beautiful place. All vendors were on time, the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, hotels were amazing and restaurants were the best!
Greece was such an unique place and we will use KimKim for all of our future trips.

Thank you so much!

Mirelly Friedland

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Mirelly,

Thank you so much for your kind words!
It's the most rewarding thing ever to know that we helped create an unforgettable experience for the two of you in Greece, and I will make sure to pass on the compliments to each and every driver, guide and other personnel involved, and to thank them for making is us proud once again.

I wish you the best and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Safe travels!
Tasos

Lourdes

When I was looking to book a trip to Greece, ... · Greece - Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2021

Traveler: Lourdes M. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

When I was looking to book a trip to Greece, I found KimKim and after reading rave reviews I decided to contact them. The good thing with this travel site is that they work with a local travel agency at the place you’re going. In my case I was linked to Harris from Travel 12 in Athens, we had multiple communications via emails and he planned our 9 day Greece vacation to our specifications.
The trip was great from beginning to end, everything was taken care of, from private transfers to ferry... read more

When I was looking to book a trip to Greece, I found KimKim and after reading rave reviews I decided to contact them. The good thing with this travel site is that they work with a local travel agency at the place you’re going. In my case I was linked to Harris from Travel 12 in Athens, we had multiple communications via emails and he planned our 9 day Greece vacation to our specifications.
The trip was great from beginning to end, everything was taken care of, from private transfers to ferry tickets to private tours! The whole team at Travel 12 supported us throughout the whole trip, they were always in contact with us making sure everything went smoothly as planned, and gave us suggestions for places to visit on our free time.
Our drivers were all very professional and super helpful as well.
We enjoyed every minute and every place we visited, the food, the people, the sights! The Acropolis tour and the tour to Delos Island were very memorable, and we absolutely loved the sunset sail on the Caldera! A trip we will always remember, made even better thanks to the professionals at Kimkim and Travel 12 in Athens!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lourdes,

I am really happy hearing that you enjoyed your trip and you loved the experiences in each destination. Thank you for your kind words, as it is really important for the whole team to give you a unique overall experience. I will be glad to work with you in the future and organize another unique trip in unique destination our country has to offer.

Wish you happy and safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Chris Leontopoulos was amazing!!! · Greece - Jun 13 - Jun 27, 2021

Traveler: James B. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Chris Leontopoulos was amazing in helping design the perfect vacation for our family of 5 (Myself, My wife and three high schooler aged kids). Of course Greece was amazing, Athens, Crete, and Santorini, but the level of comfort and relaxation was made possible by the highly detailed and efficient plans set up, so that we never felt out of sorts. We had a lot of free time in every location to explore also, especially on Crete. Overall Exceeded our high expectations and we were truly... read more

Chris Leontopoulos was amazing in helping design the perfect vacation for our family of 5 (Myself, My wife and three high schooler aged kids). Of course Greece was amazing, Athens, Crete, and Santorini, but the level of comfort and relaxation was made possible by the highly detailed and efficient plans set up, so that we never felt out of sorts. We had a lot of free time in every location to explore also, especially on Crete. Overall Exceeded our high expectations and we were truly delighted, and we will all remember this as one of our best family vacations ever.....maybe the best.
Would use their service for certain again.

Incredible Trip to Greece! Thanks KimKim & Eleni Fotiou! · Greece - Jun 23 - Jul 6, 2021

Traveler: David F. - Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou

We were so thrilled with the advice and service provided by Eleni Fotiou in planning and executing our recent 2-week self-drive road trip to mainland Greece. Eleni spoke to us by phone to get a sense of what we were looking for (how much we wanted to drive each day, how adventurous we were, what type of hotels we liked, etc.) and she then put together an incredible and creative itinerary, including things we would never have known about. Our highlights included a self-guided Delphi tour,... read more

We were so thrilled with the advice and service provided by Eleni Fotiou in planning and executing our recent 2-week self-drive road trip to mainland Greece. Eleni spoke to us by phone to get a sense of what we were looking for (how much we wanted to drive each day, how adventurous we were, what type of hotels we liked, etc.) and she then put together an incredible and creative itinerary, including things we would never have known about. Our highlights included a self-guided Delphi tour, hikes and drives through the glorious Zagora region (which is barely even mentioned in our guide book), a fabulous guide in Olympia, a bike tour along the Peloponnesian coast through villages, staying in a fabulous stone villa in the south of Peloponnese, magnificent drives through the mountains, and two one-day trips to two magnificent small islands (Stetses and Hydra). Eleni arranged everything from the rental car to the spots where we wanted formal guides, to the hotels, and she was available throughout the entire trip to answer questions and provide timely advice. I would highly recommend Eleni to anyone visiting Greece – she knows every inch of it and is a delight to work with!

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Eleni Fotiou, local specialist, responded to this review:

David, "it takes two to tango"! In this case it took three! Thank you both for your dedication and your enthusiasm. It has been a pleasure working to create a trip like this for travelers like you who are real explorers. Thank you for giving me the chance to suggest routes that very few people have tried in the past. I hope to see you again soon in Greece or in Italy!

Rich

Kudos to Tasos and team on our wonderful postpandemic trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 1 - Jun 25, 2021

Traveler: Rich G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We are seasoned travelers and always plan our own trips. When we decided on a spur of the moment, month-long, post-pandemic trip to Greece we put ourselves in the trusted hands of Tasos. We are so glad we did. From his smart itinerary planning to outstanding communications to flawless transfers; from the quality of local guides and tours, to the charming boutique accommodations, the whole experience was top drawer and great value for money. Working with Tasos was a great partnership. We brought our experience and enthusiasm and he took care of the details. Well done and thank you.

Sarah

Dream Vacation to Greece · Greece - Jun 16 - Jun 27, 2021

Traveler: Sarah D. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

We just returned from an amazing 12 day, 4 stop (Athens, Hydra, Crete, and Santorini) trip to Greece and couldn’t be happier with our experience. KimKim put us in touch with a fantastic travel agent named Rebecca who provided us with an itinerary filled with unexpected locations and unique adventures that we never would have found on our own. Whether it was hiking a gorge with breathtaking views, swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters, or sampling delicious local dishes, Rebecca and... read more

We just returned from an amazing 12 day, 4 stop (Athens, Hydra, Crete, and Santorini) trip to Greece and couldn’t be happier with our experience. KimKim put us in touch with a fantastic travel agent named Rebecca who provided us with an itinerary filled with unexpected locations and unique adventures that we never would have found on our own. Whether it was hiking a gorge with breathtaking views, swimming in crystal clear turquoise waters, or sampling delicious local dishes, Rebecca and her team (especially Giannis) ensured we were experiencing the beauty of Greece each day of our trip. We made the decision to travel somewhat spur of the moment due to Covid travel restrictions, so having Rebecca arrange all of the logistics (accommodations, transfers, ferry tickets, covid testing, etc.) was convenient and a huge time saver. For us, this was worth every penny as it allowed us to truly enjoy every second of our vacation. We were also provided a wealth of information about each location which allowed us the freedom to explore each place at our own pace and time frame. As first time users of KimKim, we had a wonderful experience and would definitely use this service again in the future. Additionally, we highly recommend Rebecca and her team of drivers/guides to make your trip to Greece one you’ll never forget.

A Perfect Trip to Greece! · Greece - Jun 12 - Jun 21, 2021

Traveler: Kristy T. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris created the perfect trip to Greece! It felt tailor made to my husband and me to the point my husband asked if he’d met us in person before.

We had an amazing guide for the acropolis and the tour while starting early kept us out of the heat and it felt like we had the hill to ourselves.

Naxos is a slice of heaven and Dimitris picked a perfect hotel with the best staff and location, on a beautiful beach but a 7 minutes drive to town. The Food tour was amazing there as was the... read more

Dimitris created the perfect trip to Greece! It felt tailor made to my husband and me to the point my husband asked if he’d met us in person before.

We had an amazing guide for the acropolis and the tour while starting early kept us out of the heat and it felt like we had the hill to ourselves.

Naxos is a slice of heaven and Dimitris picked a perfect hotel with the best staff and location, on a beautiful beach but a 7 minutes drive to town. The Food tour was amazing there as was the guide. You could tell the people of Naxos wanted you to love their island like them. It is a place we wouldn’t have found without Dimitris but a place we can’t wait to go back to!

Santorini was awesome and picturesque as imagined. Dimitris picked sci-fi items we loved with great operators that got us off the beaten path which was very appreciated

On top of making the perfect trip Dimitris was in touch the whole trip and helped us make last minute swaps where needed. We’ve taken safari and have not had the attention to detail and active communication to the degree we did with Dimitris and will not be going back to Greece without him!

The hotels Maria selected were ideal location... · Greece - Jun 10 - Jun 19, 2021

Traveler: Kate G. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

The hotels Maria selected were ideal locations within close proximity to stunning beaches. We loved Naxos and can’t wait to return.

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Maria Kytea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kate, Sarah and Will
Thank you for your feedback, so happy to hear you that you enjoyed the selected accommodations!

I hope to welcome you back in Greece soon! :)

Until then, I wish you all the best,
Maria

Dennis

Amazing Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2021

Traveler: Dennis J. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

We used kimkim to book our first trip to Greece and we just returned from a fantastic 10 day, 3-stop vacation which included Santorini, Naxos and Athens. All the hotel selections superbly matched our interests, the tours were great, and the complex transfers went off without a hitch (airplane, airport, ferries, tours, etc.). The tour and food recommendations were amazing, and our personal tour guide, Harris B., did a fantastic job! Harris even met us and walked us to dinner in Athens on... read more

We used kimkim to book our first trip to Greece and we just returned from a fantastic 10 day, 3-stop vacation which included Santorini, Naxos and Athens. All the hotel selections superbly matched our interests, the tours were great, and the complex transfers went off without a hitch (airplane, airport, ferries, tours, etc.). The tour and food recommendations were amazing, and our personal tour guide, Harris B., did a fantastic job! Harris even met us and walked us to dinner in Athens on our last evening...who does that? We did and saw things that would be virtually impossible without the help of a local guide. We highly recommend kimkim and will use their services on future bookings!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Todd & Claire,

I am really more than happy that you enjoyed your trip! Thank you very much for your kind words and my team and I did our best so you could enjoy a ''smooth as silk'' experience. It was great meet you also personally and for sure I am looking forward to organize another trip for you any time!

Greetings from all of us!

Best regards,
Harris

Our Adventure in Greece · Greece - Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2021

Traveler: Linda K. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos and his crew provided a wonder adventure for us in Greece. Due to Covid restrictions and concerns our trip was put off for over a year. Also due to the same concerns we upgraded our trip to basically a private tour. We were provided the same private driver for every trip while in Athens. He was timely, provided a clean neat car, had excellent English and was able to provide information on everything we asked. Our first days of our trip we stayed at Sweet Home Hotel. A very small, clean... read more

Tasos and his crew provided a wonder adventure for us in Greece. Due to Covid restrictions and concerns our trip was put off for over a year. Also due to the same concerns we upgraded our trip to basically a private tour. We were provided the same private driver for every trip while in Athens. He was timely, provided a clean neat car, had excellent English and was able to provide information on everything we asked. Our first days of our trip we stayed at Sweet Home Hotel. A very small, clean and comfortable hotel in walking distance to many things. This is a family ran establishment. Aphrodite was our hostess. She made sure we were comfortable all day every day. She and her mother provided a home cooked breakfast to order everyday. One day we even met her husband as he filled in. On our first night we had a complimentary dinner at The Ergon. What a wonderful roof top restaurant to get a taste of wonderful Greek food. The sunset view of the Acropolis Hill and Parthenon from this roof top was gorgeous. Our Private tour of the Acropolis, temple of Arthena Nike, Erextheion, and Parthenon provided a lot of history and myths. We also visited the markets, Psiri and Monastiraki neighborhoods. Add to all the history a taste of Greece and you know you have had a good day. Our location was wonderful for us to walk to several neighborhoods and get the feel of "small town" Athens. Our same driver delivered us to Kalabaka to see the UNESCO site of Meteora. We stayed at Monastiri which was a short walk to the bussel of the city. Chris was our local driver and tour guide. Chris was born and raised in Kalabaka and was able to provide a lot of information. The rock formations and Monasteries is a site you do not want to miss when visiting Greece. Then we were off to Thessaloniki. This city has so much history. Our hotel was a block from the water front in walking distance to all of Old Town. We did not get to take in all the sites because of Covid restrictions. However our guide was able to provide a lot of history. We made a morning trip to Vergina to see the UNESCO site of the royal tomb of King Philip 11, father to Alexander the Great. His tomb was found untouched. What a unique and wonderful find. Our 3rd day we had Christina as a guide on a Food and history tour. Christina was very refreshing with a lot of information. My favorite part of her tour was the coffee shop in the old Turkish baths. It was in the center of old town and from the top you had a beautiful view of old town. Due to an issue with a canceled flight from Delta Airlines we had an "emergency". With the help of the evening clerk at City Hotel and the wonderful replanning by Tasos we had an excellent one day extension to our trip and was able to stay in another neighborhood of Athens on the water. What could have been a disaster was actually turned into another adventure in Greece. I would highly recommend KimKim and their sister company in Greece travel12.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Linda,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for the detailed account of your Greece adventure. I will make sure to pass on your kind comments and praise to our drivers and guides who make us proud every time!
It has been a real pleasure having you in Greece!
All the best,
Tasos

Amazing trip to Greece with Travel 12. · Greece - Jun 6 - Jun 18, 2021

Traveler: Lana P. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

Maria, Tasos and Dimitris of Travel 12 did a fantastic job finding interesting activities for my family and taking care of all travel logistics. Maria recommended activities that appealed to both adults and the kids. We enjoyed the cultural experience of visiting the Acropolis, Meteora and Epidaurus, as well as doing active things like hiking the Imbros Gorge, sea kayaking, sea fishing and doing a Triple Bath of Peloponnese day trip. The cooking class at the Crete Botanical gardens was also... read more

Maria, Tasos and Dimitris of Travel 12 did a fantastic job finding interesting activities for my family and taking care of all travel logistics. Maria recommended activities that appealed to both adults and the kids. We enjoyed the cultural experience of visiting the Acropolis, Meteora and Epidaurus, as well as doing active things like hiking the Imbros Gorge, sea kayaking, sea fishing and doing a Triple Bath of Peloponnese day trip. The cooking class at the Crete Botanical gardens was also a hit.
Everything was fun and educational and allowed us to see different sides of Greece outside of the typical tourist postcard experience.
The team took care of all the travel logistics including inter-island transfers, tickets and tours. They reacted quickly to an unexpected railroad strike and booked us a bus transfer to avoid missing a day of our schedule. It was great for us not to worry about being stuck, and not miss valuable time. We loved our trip to Greece and are grateful to Travel 12 for making it so smooth and interesting!

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Maria Kytea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lana,

Thank you so much for your nice words!
I am very happy that you, Alexander and the kids enjoyed your trip to Greece!
I know how much you were looking forward to it, and it was a great pleasure for me to plan it for you!
I would love to hear from you again in the future if you ever get the urge to uncover more of our country!
Thank you again, and all the best to you and your entire family.

Maria

Excellence in Greece · Greece - Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2021

Traveler: Heather M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our trip planning was a breeze and our trip was infinitely better because of Tasos. He made sure we had the best guides, saw everything we wanted to see with plenty of time to explore and enjoy. We also made some last minute revisions during our trip that Tasos seemlessly worked into our trip. We are forever grateful. The next time we travel to Greece we will definitely be contacting Tasos!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Heather,
Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate your warm feedback and I will make sure to convey your message to all the guides and team members involved. I will be more than happy to help you plan the next visit whenever it's time to revisit some Classical monuments and to discover some more of them.
Till then, All the best!
Tasos

Theresa

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to T... · Greece - May 18 - May 28, 2021

Traveler: Theresa Z. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to Tasos at KimKim. Our guides in Athens, Syros and Santorini were excellent and tailored the trip to match our interests. We felt well cared for and had the time to get to enjoy the best of Greece, In Athens our driver Lambros brought us to great sightseeing locations around Athens and was so welcoming. Our other guides in Athens were extremely knowledgeable about the city and gave us a great tour of the Parthenon and the various neighborhoods... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to Tasos at KimKim. Our guides in Athens, Syros and Santorini were excellent and tailored the trip to match our interests. We felt well cared for and had the time to get to enjoy the best of Greece, In Athens our driver Lambros brought us to great sightseeing locations around Athens and was so welcoming. Our other guides in Athens were extremely knowledgeable about the city and gave us a great tour of the Parthenon and the various neighborhoods around the city. Our guides in Syros Antonio and Mario were fabulous and such a joy to be with- Mario was watching out for us on our boat trip and spotted a jellyfish before we jumped into the water! We felt very cared for. On Thira our guide Manos used my mobile phone to document our cooking classes with photos that I will always treasure! I highly recommend KimKim!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Theresa,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I will make sure to convey the details to our trusted drivers and guides both in Athens and on the islands, who made us proud once again. I am sure they will be as delighted as I am!
I have to say, since your trip came right after Greece's reopening, it feels even more special having had the opportunity to connect with you and it makes us all even happier to read that you enjoyed the trip.
All the best!
Tasos

Time of our life!!! · Greece - May 15 - May 23, 2021

Traveler: kenyon s. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

My wife and I tried this company for the first time, and we loved the professionalism, efficiency, and quality service of their agents and managers. We would definitely recommend 100x this company to individuals that are looking for the best customer service yet. We look forward doing business with them again. Definitely worth the five stars.

As for our agent Harris, all we can say is WOW! What an amazing job he did. He is extremely good at his job. He planned everything for us and made... read more

My wife and I tried this company for the first time, and we loved the professionalism, efficiency, and quality service of their agents and managers. We would definitely recommend 100x this company to individuals that are looking for the best customer service yet. We look forward doing business with them again. Definitely worth the five stars.

As for our agent Harris, all we can say is WOW! What an amazing job he did. He is extremely good at his job. He planned everything for us and made everything flow so smoothly. I will absolutely use him again and I’m very picky on that. Harris not only was available 24/7 he went out of his way to make sure we were well prepared for all of the new regulations with Covid, and to make sure my wife had the best honeymoon/birthday ever.

To summarize we went to Greece for our Honeymoon and my wife’s birthday. A 9-day trip visiting Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini in May. A trip that was planned for June 2020, but with the pandemic we had to cancel, so it was no easy task to plan a trip during this unstable time. However, Harris kept in touched with us the whole time. Giving us updates on our accommodation and the situation within Greece with the pandemic. He had to adjust our accommodation a couple of times cause of the pandemic, but the changes were well worth it. From Athens, to Mykonos, to Santorini, our accommodation was great. Especially the Celestia Grand hotel in Santorini was top notch. From the views from our villa, to the service, and management of the villas was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for a better accommodation. My wife did not want to leave, especially after finding out her favorite show and family Keeping up with the Kardashians was filmed there…lol

Harris also checked with all the authorities/regulations and made sure we had everything we needed from Covid testing to different health forms we had to fill out within a certain time frame. He always responded when I text him at literally all hours (not sure how he does this, I think he got some sort of superpower or just extremely passionate at what he does lol)

Harris did absolutely great, and we couldn’t have asked for a better planner. I highly recommend him. I also rarely write reviews, but he absolutely deserves it. With all he did, he made me look like a hero in front of my wife, but Harris was the real hero of this trip. Thanks again Harris, looking forward to meeting you next time!

The Spanns

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kenyon,

Thank you very much for your kind words! The team and I are more than happy that you enjoyed your honeymoon/birthday trip to our country. We knew that this trip was special for both of you and Safaa and I am glad that we offered you the best possible experience in Athens and the Greek islands. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing we offered our guests a unique and memorable experience!

Looking forward to organize an amazing future experience in Greece and of course meet you personally next time!

Wish you happy and safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Well organized trip. · Greece - Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2020

Traveler: John M. - Local specialist: Maria Kytea

Well organized trip, thanks to Maria and Dmitri. Transports were smooth and punctual with excellent drivers. Our driver in Athens was extremely helpful. Host hotels were clean, comfortable, and accommodating. The farm tour in Megalochori was a surprise and delight and our host guides were excellent. A bit more information with regard to this farm for review purposes would be helpful. Thanks again!

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Maria Kytea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi John,

Thank you very much for your review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Greece!
It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this memory and offer you a comfortable and safe trip.

I will share your lovely feedback with our team, guides, and drivers as well.

If you decide to visit again just let us know!

All the best,
Maria Kytea

Great time of year to visit Greece! · Greece - Jan 8 - Jan 21, 2020

Traveler: Joseph S. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

The positives - I would definitely recommend using Chris.

Very impressed with the overall trip of 2 weeks we booked with Chris at kimkim. The organization and schedule was perfect. Every driver, guide, and event was exactly on time. We did not wait on a single person over two weeks . When there was a problem once, they handled immediately. Every private tour guide was the best except for one that was just average. Our best guide was Penny at Delphi, that engaged all of us but especially... read more

The positives - I would definitely recommend using Chris.

Very impressed with the overall trip of 2 weeks we booked with Chris at kimkim. The organization and schedule was perfect. Every driver, guide, and event was exactly on time. We did not wait on a single person over two weeks . When there was a problem once, they handled immediately. Every private tour guide was the best except for one that was just average. Our best guide was Penny at Delphi, that engaged all of us but especially our daughter. The hotels were all boutique with charm and great service. Great time of year to visit Greece as all sites are empty and easy to use. Chris really created a customized trip that created awesome memories.

Changes - we drove around for 5 days and saw every part of the culture in Greece which was fantastic. I would not have gotten such a large SUV as most of the streets are narrow and tight.

I wish the hotels selected in Olympia and on Crete were up to the same standard as all the other locations. Most of the hotels here are just average. So I would just stay in the best place you can find.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Joe,

Thank you so much for your valuable input and comments, and may I say it has been a challenge and a real pleasure at the same time, organizing this trip for you, with such a special focus on archaeology and history. I truly appreciate your recommendation and I will make sure to evaluate your feedback accordignly so that we offer nothing shorter than the best, to our future travelers.

Warmest greetings from the team and myself, and looking forward to having you visit us again!
Until the next time
Best,
Chris

Doug

Our Spartan adventure · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: Doug A. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. ... read more

I don't know where to start , but wow! Harris knocked it out of the park. We have done trips with zero planning, and done trips where we tried to book all the things ourselves but this trip was nearly perfect. Harris and his group in Greece know what they are doing. They matched us with the right tour guides and hotels, planned transfers and connections perfectly. Our tour in Delphi with Penny was so informative, her ability to weave all the layers of information together was exceptional. Our Naxos food tour with Katarina was just as nice, local recipes supplied and additional places to visit for us was perfect. Thanos guided us around Santorini with a tour of the other side of the island, it was such a pleasant day, very interesting and the connections with our group to make sure we felt a connection to the island was nice. Popi was our guide on another tour of Santorini and we got to see the cave houses and a whole different perspective from her. This was not just a vacation tour but a personally selected vacation that fit our group. The interaction with Harris, questions asked and ideas that he had all made sense. The security of having local contacts and agents that have actually searched out the best local talent, from drivers to guides and hotels is worth the extra money spent. Book the trip! Thanks again, we will be back for more soon.
Doug and Dixie

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Doug,

Thank you very much for your time to write this review and of course I cannot thank you enough for your kind words. The whole team is more than happy that you enjoyed your time in our country and and we appreciate the positive feedback for our partners as they were part of a great experience for you.

Looking forward to work again together in the future so we can plan your next trip to Greece!

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

David

Normally I handle all of the details... · Greece - Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2019

Traveler: David C. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit... read more

Normally I handle all of the details for my trips. This time, however, I wanted to join friends who were already using Kimkim. WOW! I could not be happier!

Harris impressed me over and over from transportation and hotel choices to tours and guides. It quickly became obvious he knew what he was doing. In fact, you could tell Harris had hand-picked every part of the experience based on what we were interested in doing.

Our first hotel experience in Mystras was spectacular and fit perfectly for our time in Sparta. Not only was the hotel quality, but each morning at breakfast Joanna taught us more about Greek foods and especially Greek coffee.

Our guide in Delphi, Penny, was amazing! We benefited from her being born and raised there, and her knowledge of history was exactly what we wanted as we toured the "Center of the World."

The hotel in Athens was perfectly situated at the foot of the Acropolis with breathtaking views of the Parthenon. It was also within walking distance for everything we wanted to do in Athens. If I were to change anything about our time in Athens, it would be to add one more day so we could see even more.

Our time on Naxos was an opportunity to slow down the pace of the trip, and settle into Greek island life. They have a saying on the Islands - "Siga, Siga" - "slowly, slowly". The family run Adriani Hotel was a great way to begin that process. The roof top deck provided a beautiful view of the city, and the breakfasts prepared by Adriani, the hotel namesake and family matriarch, were delicious!

Our food tour on Naxos with Katerina was tasty. Born and raised on Naxos, she used her culinary education and knowledge to provide insight into it's history and the local delicacies. She even made recommendations for a drive around the island with places to see and food to taste.

When we arrived in Santorini, we were met by Papi who gave us a wonderful tour that included an an amazing winery overlooking the caldera and a walk through some of the older cities at night. It was breathtaking!

The next day we met Thanos for our walking tour of the Caldera. Thanos is a teacher, with a passionate love for the outdoors, history, and people. As we walked through the old cities around the Caldera, Thanos shared about their history, pointed out local flowers and trees (which my wife loved), and helped us understand the culture of Greece on the islands. Our time with Thanos included a private tour of a multi-generational winery which produced a wine that was internationally noted as possibly one of the best in the world. If you go to Santorini, you MUST tour with Thanos.

I have traveled and/or lived in 30 countries around the world. My experience in Greece would definitely fall in the top three places. Thanks Harris for making this experience amazing, we are not disappointed!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your kind words and I am really happy that you enjoyed your trip to our country. Also the whole team is more than happy that you had an incredible trip and you left with the best memories. Of course I would be happy to work again with you in the future and organize an other trip for you any time!

Wish you happy and safe travels!

King regards,
Harris

Two weeks in Greece....Athens, Crete, Santorini and Naxos · Greece - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2019

Traveler: David B. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

This was our first experience with kimkim and our first trip to Greece. We used kimkim for this trip because it was a ‘last minute’ decision to go and simply didn’t have the time to do all the planning ourselves. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Not only was it a big timesaver for planning, the level of service throughout was excellent, incorporating activities into the trip that we would otherwise probably would not have included. Chris from Travel12 in Athens worked with us on... read more

This was our first experience with kimkim and our first trip to Greece. We used kimkim for this trip because it was a ‘last minute’ decision to go and simply didn’t have the time to do all the planning ourselves. Overall, it was an excellent experience. Not only was it a big timesaver for planning, the level of service throughout was excellent, incorporating activities into the trip that we would otherwise probably would not have included. Chris from Travel12 in Athens worked with us on the itinerary, offering recommendations and demonstrating a real interest in finding activities aligned to our interests in hiking, sightseeing and gaining an appreciation for local culture and history. Maria, our guide for the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum in Athens was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable and provided real insight into Greek mythology and history. A highlight of our trip was hiking the Samaria Gorge on Crete. Travel12 made the arrangements for a privately guided hike with Linda. She was clearly an expert on the 16k Samaria Gorge with over 120 hikes to her credit. She guided us at a pace that suited our abilities as well as objectives for sightseeing and photography. An absolutely awesome experience! Overall, we were thrilled with the local support from Chris and his team, who were very responsive and communicated regularly to make sure the trip was unfolding according to plan. We would recommend kimkim and Chris and the Travel12 team for Greece without hesitation.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear David,
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and for your overall review.

It has been a pleasure, for myself and the team in Travel12, to guide you through the planning process as well as supporting you during your holiday in our beautiful country. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and really appreciate your positive feedback regarding our partners and local guides, for whom we always receive comments that solidify their professionalism and love for what they do.... read more

Dear David,
I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and for your overall review.

It has been a pleasure, for myself and the team in Travel12, to guide you through the planning process as well as supporting you during your holiday in our beautiful country. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and really appreciate your positive feedback regarding our partners and local guides, for whom we always receive comments that solidify their professionalism and love for what they do.

It is love too, that surrounds and defines what we do here in Travel12. Love for travelling, love for our job, love for Greece.
We are truly thankful to have had you here in Greece and we are looking forward to having you visit us again!

Sincerely,
Chris Gravas

Did some things well but some little things were not done so well · Greece - Oct 18 - Oct 30, 2019

Traveler: Sheryll K. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Did some things well but some little things weren't quite so good. To be fair this was part of a big trip and didn't pay enough attention til at the time so maybe should have picked up some things earlier. Hotels chosen were great and any activities arranged were well done. Responses were always very quick but all by email, no personal touch but that may be an age thing. I did have to ring them once as had left some jewellery behind on one of the islands but otherwise would have had no voice... read more

Did some things well but some little things weren't quite so good. To be fair this was part of a big trip and didn't pay enough attention til at the time so maybe should have picked up some things earlier. Hotels chosen were great and any activities arranged were well done. Responses were always very quick but all by email, no personal touch but that may be an age thing. I did have to ring them once as had left some jewellery behind on one of the islands but otherwise would have had no voice contact at all. They were very good at organizing my jewellery to get to me. Some more detail would have been helpful on what was needed and what to expect. Like on the boat trip did we need to bring our own towel or was one provided for swimming. I did ask, was told take a towel but one was provided. To also to be fair our previous trip we had a driver the whole time and this was a lot more hands off affair so dont want to compare or judge on that.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Sheryll,

Thank you very much for your review!

We really appreciate your feedback about this trip and we will try as a team to be better and better every day. I hope that you had a great time in Greece and you enjoyed your trip. We trying our best for your best services so you could take the best memories with you. I will be glad to build together an other trip to Greece in the future!

Best wishes,
Harris

DANIEL

Just not used to not meeting Dimitris for the... · Greece - Oct 21 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: DANIEL F. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Just not used to not meeting Dimitris for the whole trip - next time need to give me WARNING about the Hotel in Santorini being Down on the cliff - i was panic because i was not sure how to move the my 2 luggage by my self claim ing over 50 steep steps

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your review, I am glad that you enjoyed your stay in Greece and am sorry I was not able to meet you in person!

We have hundreds of travelers each month and sometimes it is challenging to meet everyone in person.

Well noted about warning of access to the specific hotel, Santorini’s caldera is amazing and this goes together with quite a few accommodations being built on the caldera cliffs.

We do provide port to hotel transfers in the islands however this is optional and up to our travelers to include it in the final itinerary.

Best wishes,
Dimitris

Greek Adventure! · Greece - Sep 26 - Oct 5, 2019

Traveler: jenean l. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Every aspect of this trip was amazing, being picked up after every plane, ferry etc was awesome! Every person we interacted with was great and super accommodating. I even forgot some clothing in Mykonos and the ladies at Portes Mykonos sent it to the hotel in Athens so I could get it when we got back there. It was great being able to use the Greek SIM card in my phone it helped out tremendously. Overall it was a great experience and I would do it again in a minute!!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Jenean,

I am more than happy that you enjoyed your trip! Thank you very much for your kind words. We did our best so you can have the best memories for Greece. Of course I would happy to organize another trip for you any time!

Greetings from all of us!

Best regards,
Harris

Ten wonderful days in Greece! · Greece - Sep 4 - Sep 13, 2019

Traveler: Tessa R. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

This is the first time I’ve booked a trip with KimKim and it wont be the last. The trip planning was so easy and having KimKim plan all the details took the stress away. Harris helped me decide on the islands we would visit and was readily available whenever I had a question. Our trip was ten days and we visited Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Paros.

I really can’t say enough good things about the Aegean Gem hotel in Kamari, Santorini. It’s such a wonderful hotel - great owner, new hotel close to... read more

This is the first time I’ve booked a trip with KimKim and it wont be the last. The trip planning was so easy and having KimKim plan all the details took the stress away. Harris helped me decide on the islands we would visit and was readily available whenever I had a question. Our trip was ten days and we visited Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Paros.

I really can’t say enough good things about the Aegean Gem hotel in Kamari, Santorini. It’s such a wonderful hotel - great owner, new hotel close to the beach, nice rooms, and amenities. Initially I was disappointed to see we weren’t staying Fira but after being there on the tour and seeing the crowds, I was happy to be on the other side of the island in a more relaxed atmosphere. The bus system seemed quite efficient in Kamari so it was very easy to travel to Fira or Oia for dinner or sightseeing. I hope to return in the future. Kostas was our guide on the Santorini Highlight tour and he was great, very friendly and knowledgeable ! I would recommend this tour if you’re in Santorini.

In Naxos we did a cooking class with the family at Basiliko Tavern and I would highly recommend this. Anna was our cooking host and she was wonderful. She took us through her family estate, we picked fresh veggies to use in our dish and she took us on a small walk around the area.

Our hotels in Santorini (Aegean Gem), and Naxos (Cyano Suites), were unforgettable. Great locations and hospitality at both. We stayed at Porto Naousa in Paros and it had a great location, and lovely patio.

I have no complaints about the trip, I would however check the transfer times for ferries as I did feel we arrived very early to wait in the street for ferry departure - even our drivers at two ports questioned why the pickups were so early. However, I do understand why some first time travellers might like to get there early.

Thanks again to Harris for organizing a wonderful trip for my mother’s 60th birthday. We hope to be back again someday. Thank you for everything, Harris and the Travel12 Team!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Tessa,

Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking time to write this review! Me and the rest of the team are very happy that you enjoyed your trip and had great time in our country. Of course I will be more than happy to organize your next trip to Greece!

Best regards,
Harris

Great Trip To Greece! · Greece - Aug 21 - Sep 6, 2019

Traveler: Kelcie M. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

It was an incredible trip and Harris & KimKim made it so easy to enjoy our vacation. We ran into a few small problems during our trip and they were always quick to respond and find a solution that would work for both us and the people we were meeting. I absolutely intend to book my next trip through them as well once I decide where I’m going!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Kelcie,

I am more than happy that you had an incredible experience from our country. As a team we did our best so you can have the best memories from Greece! I will be glad to work again with you in the future and plan an other brilliant trip to Greece any time.

Greetings from all of us!

King regards,
Harris

Awesome Athens, Naxos and Santorini · Greece - Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: Susan C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a fabulous trip to Greece from start to finish. Everything went incredibly smoothly, in fact I didn't have to get in touch with Tasos or KimKim/ Travel 12 once the entire trip. All our hotels, guides, tours and drivers were wonderful! I wish I knew how to spell all of their names but they were all so much fun as well as knowledgeable and kind. We also enjoyed all the hotels very much. Sweet Home in Athens was in a great location and had a wonderful breakfast and super comfortable... read more

We had a fabulous trip to Greece from start to finish. Everything went incredibly smoothly, in fact I didn't have to get in touch with Tasos or KimKim/ Travel 12 once the entire trip. All our hotels, guides, tours and drivers were wonderful! I wish I knew how to spell all of their names but they were all so much fun as well as knowledgeable and kind. We also enjoyed all the hotels very much. Sweet Home in Athens was in a great location and had a wonderful breakfast and super comfortable beds. We LOVED the welcome dinner at the Zillers rooftop restaurant which had amazing views of the Acropolis. The Adriani Hotel on Naxos was beautiful and also a good location within walking distance of the port and St. George's beach. We really enjoyed the food and culture tour of the island as well as the medieval hike and our driver both days (Yannis?) was awesome! Naxos is beautiful and less "touristic" than Santorini although the Volcano View Hotel is simply stunning. The views of the caldera are mesmerizing and my only regret was that we didn't spend most of the last day sitting in lounge chairs simply enjoying the view. We did enjoy the insider's food and wine tour and Anna was wonderful but I had expected/hoped to see more of the island on the tour. The sunset catamaran cruise in the caldera was fantastic with great food and people. Tasos had arranged for a birthday cake for my dad who turned 80 that day. It was unforgettable! The only small glitch was that my mom who had hip surgery a few months ago had lots of stairs to climb at the hotels on the islands which did not have elevators. But overall it was worth it and I think her strength improved with all the activity! I would enthusiastically recommend Tasos and KimKim/Travel 12 and hope that we have the opportunity to work with them again for future trips!! Thank you Tasos and team for putting together a trip that was absolutely incredible!!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Susan,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
The team, our partners, and myself, we are all excited to read your review and are extremely happy you enjoyed this experience 'from start to finish'.
I'll be happy to hear from you whenever it's time for another incredible trip to Greece!
All the best to the entire family,
Tasos

We were extremely pleased with our trip to gr... · Greece - Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Gayle R. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We were extremely pleased with our trip to greece. It was all that was promised and more. We were always picked up at the exact time that was expected. Dinner at mani mani the first night was delicious and a great way to start our holiday. The first day we tried to call about our flight e tickets early in the morning but no one was in the office so we went on our tour and figured we would call later. We were very impressed that you saw the missed call and tried many times to get to us. ... read more

We were extremely pleased with our trip to greece. It was all that was promised and more. We were always picked up at the exact time that was expected. Dinner at mani mani the first night was delicious and a great way to start our holiday. The first day we tried to call about our flight e tickets early in the morning but no one was in the office so we went on our tour and figured we would call later. We were very impressed that you saw the missed call and tried many times to get to us. We really enjoyed that each hotel was unique and different from eachother. The room in acropolis hill hotel was aLittle to small. We left the Alcnea hotel in Chania early in the morning to catch a plane and they packed us breakfast. We loved our hike in Naxos. Would just suggest that hiking shoes are recommended. Very much enjoyed the food tour also in Naxos. We loved your suggestion that we tour cape sounion the last day. It extended our vacation another day with a wonderful tour guide. We felt very well cared for. Every tour guide was professional and knowable and extremely nice. A++ I have already been recommending you and will definitely use kim kim on our future travels.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gayle,
Thank you so much for for your words and praise! It means everything to the team and myself to deliver what we have promised and more.
I am very happy you enjoyed the trip, especially since you said Greece had been on your bucket list for a long time.
I wish you all the best!
Tasos

Marlo

KimKim Travel was amazing from beginning to e... · Greece - Sep 24 - Oct 3, 2019

Traveler: Marlo M. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

KimKim Travel was amazing from beginning to end. If you want to take a major trip around the world somewhere and really experience the culture and adventure that country has to offer, this is the agency to make it happen. I truly had an amazing birthday vacation in Greece, and utilizing this company for this celebration gets 5 stars all the way. Harris was very helpful and attentive through the whole process as well as the local contacts in Greece. Would I ever use this company again -... read more

KimKim Travel was amazing from beginning to end. If you want to take a major trip around the world somewhere and really experience the culture and adventure that country has to offer, this is the agency to make it happen. I truly had an amazing birthday vacation in Greece, and utilizing this company for this celebration gets 5 stars all the way. Harris was very helpful and attentive through the whole process as well as the local contacts in Greece. Would I ever use this company again - YES!!! You cannot go wrong how everything is seamlessly planned. Thank you KimKim Travel for this Amazing Trip. I will definitely be using you once more in the near future!

**Apologies on how long it took to get me to write this review. It was back to the conundrum of work in DC. :)

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Marlo,

Thank you very much for your time to write this review! All the team is more than happy that you had the best experience from our country and of course I will be glad to work with you again in the future and organize an amazing trip to Greece.

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

Carefree travel with kimkim · Greece - Oct 9 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Janet S. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Although we are a retired couple, we recently decided that we needed to get away so that we could relax. We decided that we should go to Greece, which has been on our bucket list for a long time but we had never managed to travel there. Generally, when we travel one of us does all the planning and booking with the stress and nervousness that can cause. Because we decided on rather short notice to travel to Greece, we decided to let kimkim take the stress out of the planning and book our... read more

Although we are a retired couple, we recently decided that we needed to get away so that we could relax. We decided that we should go to Greece, which has been on our bucket list for a long time but we had never managed to travel there. Generally, when we travel one of us does all the planning and booking with the stress and nervousness that can cause. Because we decided on rather short notice to travel to Greece, we decided to let kimkim take the stress out of the planning and book our itinerary. It was absolutely the best decision we could have made. Harris was terrific at getting back to us and finalizing an itinerary that we wanted. All their recommendations of things to do were spot on and the accommodations they booked were terrific. We took kimkim's advice on which islands to visit and we appreciated that they did not have us on the move too much. They were available once we were in Greece and neither one of us had to give a thought to pick-ups, tour bookings or accommodations. Highly recommend kimkim's personal, friendly and knowledgeable service.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Janet,

I am really happy that you enjoyed your trip to Greece! Thank you for your kind words and all the team is really happy that you left from our country with the best memories. Looking forward to work again together in the future so we can plan your next trip to our sunny country!

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

I had a wonderful experience booking my trip ... · Greece - Sep 28 - Oct 6, 2019

Traveler: Randa S. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

I had a wonderful experience booking my trip to Greece with kimkim. Harris was extremely informative and helpful along the way. He answered any and all questions we had. Based on our interests and budget, Harris designed an itinerary that was perfect for me and my 3 single girl friends. The itinerary was so well organized, we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Every driver that picked us up from the airports, hotels, and ferries was on time and courteous. The tour guides on our excursions... read more

I had a wonderful experience booking my trip to Greece with kimkim. Harris was extremely informative and helpful along the way. He answered any and all questions we had. Based on our interests and budget, Harris designed an itinerary that was perfect for me and my 3 single girl friends. The itinerary was so well organized, we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Every driver that picked us up from the airports, hotels, and ferries was on time and courteous. The tour guides on our excursions were very knowledgeable and interactive and helped make our experience more enjoyable. The hotels were all conveniently located, clean, and comfortable! The beaches and mythology tour were stand outs for me on this trip along with beautiful Santorini!
I would highly recommend using kimkim to book a trip and would happily use them again.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Randa,

Thank you very mucyh for your kind words and I am more than happy that all of you enjoyed your trip to Greece. As travel12 team we want to see happy travelers with the best memories. I will be more than happy to work again with you for a future trip in our sunny country!

King regards,
Harris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2019

Traveler: Dave H. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We enjoyed our trip around Greece and the arrangements made by Travel12 were top notch. We normally make all our own arrangements but decided to try KimKim because we could customize our itinerary and let KimKim make all the detailed arrangements. It turned out to be a very good combination. The hotel locations were centrally located which we like, and the tours were all very good. The transfers to/from the airports were very convenient. That’s something we have never arranged on our own and... read more

We enjoyed our trip around Greece and the arrangements made by Travel12 were top notch. We normally make all our own arrangements but decided to try KimKim because we could customize our itinerary and let KimKim make all the detailed arrangements. It turned out to be a very good combination. The hotel locations were centrally located which we like, and the tours were all very good. The transfers to/from the airports were very convenient. That’s something we have never arranged on our own and we really appreciated the time and stress it eliminated.

The photo tour in Athens was outstanding with Spyros from Athens Insiders. I’m an amateur photographer and he helped me with several tips to improve my skills. He also took us to very interesting locations in the Plaka neighborhood that we would never have found on our own.
The food tours in Athens and Santorini were both very good. The one in Athens was more about the history of Greek food and the one in Santorini was more about their wine history. I must say we had our first and last taste of Greek coffee, but it was worth the experience.

An unexpected highlight was the small fishing village of Galaxidi near Delphi. We had a wonderful seafood dinner where the waiter said that the “fish was swimming this morning”. Thank you Tasos for booking us in Galaxidi rather than tourist filled Delphi.

We did have a couple of disappointing experiences. I think the tour company in Meteora had forgotten about us. The clerk at the hotel had to call them and they said there was a miscommunication about the starting time. The tour itself was very good, it just started an hour late. The hotel accommodation in Nafplio was on the top floor with 3 long flights of stairs that proved to be a challenge for us since we are in our 70’s. The room had very low loft pitched ceilings that made it uncomfortable to move around. However, the location was great.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Dave,
Thank you so much for your nice words!
I am very glad you enjoyed your trip and I have taken good note of your detailed feedback, for which I sincerely thank you as it helps to keep improving every day!
Looking forward to helping you plan your next visit.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 23 - Oct 3, 2019

Traveler: Tim S. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Overall I was very pleased with the trip and had many pleasant experiences. Naxos was by far the highlight of the trip. It didn't have the crowds and commercialism that were present on Santorini. It was very noticeable that the residents of Naxos smiled more and seemed happier than their Santorini counterparts. On Naxos the guide who took us on the bicycle tour deserves special mention, he was outstanding. The cooking class on Naxos also deserves special mention. In Athens the guide on... read more

Overall I was very pleased with the trip and had many pleasant experiences. Naxos was by far the highlight of the trip. It didn't have the crowds and commercialism that were present on Santorini. It was very noticeable that the residents of Naxos smiled more and seemed happier than their Santorini counterparts. On Naxos the guide who took us on the bicycle tour deserves special mention, he was outstanding. The cooking class on Naxos also deserves special mention. In Athens the guide on the photography tour went above and beyond what could ever be expected and his efforts are much appreciated. I would recommend this tour to everyone, even if they have no strong interest in photography. Finally, a constructive criticism is in order. I don't think it's in your best interests to refer customers to the Acropolis Select Suites. The facility is not up to expected standards and the food is the worst I have experienced in all my travels.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Tim
We are very happy that you enjoyed your trip in Greece.
Thank you for your compliments but also for your comments about the specific hotel, we will seriously take everything in to consideration.
Greetings form all the team!
Regards
Christos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: Patricia K. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

the guide for the food tour in Athens was awesome! Andreas Morgridge
The guide for the farm tour in Mykonos was awesome as well, as was the food and the ladies that cooked. I just can't recall their names.

The wood boat tour in Santorini was good, the swim in the hot spring area of the volcano was oversold, it was cold and difficult to navigate.
Overall the wood boat tour was good and the sunset was beautiful

I would change 2 things, it is very very confusing the ports in both Santorini... read more

the guide for the food tour in Athens was awesome! Andreas Morgridge
The guide for the farm tour in Mykonos was awesome as well, as was the food and the ladies that cooked. I just can't recall their names.

The wood boat tour in Santorini was good, the swim in the hot spring area of the volcano was oversold, it was cold and difficult to navigate.
Overall the wood boat tour was good and the sunset was beautiful

I would change 2 things, it is very very confusing the ports in both Santorini and Mykonos, and there is long wait and hard to get luggage on boat and find seats,etc. This should be discussed and be clear from the beginning, although I asked for the ferry instead of the plane to save money, I think if I understood the hours lost and we had a short tour, I would have chose the planes.
The second thing, on last leg of the trip, port at Rafina to the hotel, it was not a far walk, but with luggage, 6 hours of traveling , later at night and iffy location, and a bit up hill I would have preferred a transfer here.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Patricia
Thank you for youw review and your feedback. We are very happy that you had a nice time during your trip.
I will also want to say that we will really take into consideration your comments about the ports and Rafina: you are certainly right, that we need to find a way to explain in detail about them.
Best regards
Christos

Roger

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 11 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: Roger C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our holiday was intended to give my wife and me a first time taste of cultural Greece.
Tasos from the Travel12 team suggested a great mix of archaeological sites as well as food and wine experiences extending from Athens to islands in the Cyclades, the astounding monasteries of Meteora to the Peloponnese and then Delphi. Our drivers were excellent, punctual and always courteous and friendly. All of the guides were exceptional, Tania and Constantine of Alternative Athens, Anastasia in Mykonos,... read more

Our holiday was intended to give my wife and me a first time taste of cultural Greece.
Tasos from the Travel12 team suggested a great mix of archaeological sites as well as food and wine experiences extending from Athens to islands in the Cyclades, the astounding monasteries of Meteora to the Peloponnese and then Delphi. Our drivers were excellent, punctual and always courteous and friendly. All of the guides were exceptional, Tania and Constantine of Alternative Athens, Anastasia in Mykonos, George on Delos, Ilias with his deep knowledge of Greek history and the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Mystras as well as his home town of Nafplio. Lastly Tania of Alternative Athens led a tour of Delphi, a wonderful place.
We can recommend the wooden boat cruise in the caldera of Santorini, with a Greek BBQ dinner on board and a saxophone player entertaining us at sunset with a wonderful view of the white clifftop buildings of Oia, breathtaking!
We can also recommended a cooking class on Naxos where we picked vegetables with Jacob from the garden of his working farm and prepared stuffed tomatoes, eggplant and capsicums which we then ate with delicious white wine, nice!
The Travel12 team were always readily available with guidance and solutions to any problems that occurred. All in all a wonderful holiday experience.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Roger,
Thank you so much for your kind words! The team and I are very happy you enjoyed your trip, which was a very demanding one given the length and breadth of geographies covered.
I will be excited to help you plan your 2nd visit to Greece whenever you feel like going deeper into Greek culture and discovering more hidden treasures.
All the best!
Tasos

Post cruise travel · Greece - Sep 26 - Oct 3, 2019

Traveler: Mary M. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

We enjoyed our trip very much and found the Travel12 team very responsive. The hotels were in great locations, but the rooms were very very small...especially the bathrooms. Other than that, all great. Although the two tours we had on Santorini were repetitive, we enjoyed the guides and our fellow tourists very much. We especially liked Sophia. She was extremely well informed and personable. Thank you for our great trip.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mary
We are all very happy that you had a nice time during your trip in Greece.
I understand what you are mentioning about the hotel room and bathrooms. this is one the most difficult issues in Santorini, because of this minimalist architecture and the constraints of the traditional architecture.
Greetings from all the team here.
Best regards
Christos

Chris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2019

Traveler: Chris S. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Spent five days on a six cabin sailing vessel, traveling to the islands south of Athens. Seros, Serifos, Kythnos, Kos. Eight other tourists, plus the captain Alex, and we all got along very well. Aside from sailing, we swam in the coves, hiked the islands, and had dinner on the beach restaurants at night. Then, 3 days in Athens at a very nice apartment rental in the city, seeing the Acropolis, visiting the museums, and spending time reading in the local cafes. The local people spoke English... read more

Spent five days on a six cabin sailing vessel, traveling to the islands south of Athens. Seros, Serifos, Kythnos, Kos. Eight other tourists, plus the captain Alex, and we all got along very well. Aside from sailing, we swam in the coves, hiked the islands, and had dinner on the beach restaurants at night. Then, 3 days in Athens at a very nice apartment rental in the city, seeing the Acropolis, visiting the museums, and spending time reading in the local cafes. The local people spoke English very well, Alex spoke English well having gone to school in Wales, and most signs also had English on them.

On the Athens airport on the way back, I came across two women from my state who took a larger cruise line. After our discussion we came to the agreement that my trip- the smaller sailboat- avoids large crowds, lets you really have a unique (non packaged) experience, and was easily the better way to see Greece.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cris,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review and thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos!

Hope to see again in the future!

All the best,

Dimitris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2019

Traveler: Mike B. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

We typically are DIY travelers. For air, ground transport, hotels, and activities, I enjoy the planning process. Often, this is driven by the very specialized aviation activities I enjoy. Indeed, the first part of our trip was to Belgium for an airshow and photography activities. However, I was a little unsure of myself when it came to Greece so we decided to go with Kimkim. I was struck by the professional nature of the website.

We were then put in contact with Rebecca who did a great job... read more

We typically are DIY travelers. For air, ground transport, hotels, and activities, I enjoy the planning process. Often, this is driven by the very specialized aviation activities I enjoy. Indeed, the first part of our trip was to Belgium for an airshow and photography activities. However, I was a little unsure of myself when it came to Greece so we decided to go with Kimkim. I was struck by the professional nature of the website.

We were then put in contact with Rebecca who did a great job in tailoring an itinerary to our specific needs and interests. While more expensive than my original DIY plans, we feel that we received excellent value for that extra money. We are extremely happy that we made the choice to go with Rebecca and Kimkim.

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Rebecca Skevaki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to write such an awesome review! It was a great pleasure tailoring and running this Greece trip for you, and meeting you personally during our tour in Santorini.
Nothing gives us more satisfaction than seeing happy guests! Safe travels and hope to be able to show you more of our country next time! :-)
Wish you both all the very best.
Best Regards from Greece
Rebecca and Grecian Lux team

Bill

Even tho they were in contact with · Greece - Sep 8 - Sep 18, 2019

Traveler: Bill R. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Even tho they were in contact with us at each location when we needed some questions answered they were slow to respond. Once it was overnight to a question that required immediate attention.
Partially because I did not study locations of accommodations I was disappointed in our 3 island hotels. They were much farther from city center and in Naxos and Mykonos much farther from beach than I hoped. In Naxos the hotel was a member of small luxury hotels but obviously that hotel had not been... read more

Even tho they were in contact with us at each location when we needed some questions answered they were slow to respond. Once it was overnight to a question that required immediate attention.
Partially because I did not study locations of accommodations I was disappointed in our 3 island hotels. They were much farther from city center and in Naxos and Mykonos much farther from beach than I hoped. In Naxos the hotel was a member of small luxury hotels but obviously that hotel had not been graded lately. Our accommodations in Athens both on arrival and last night before departure were exceptional and what I had hoped for the entire trip. I thought by requesting the Grande Bretagne in Athens that Christo would know and understand what we expected. It also seemed that where we stayed in all 3 islands that our rooms were the less accessible and farthest away from all amenities. All excursions were good except out trip in Athens to Poseidon’s Temple. Driver was disinterested in us or I trip and because of bad advise we missed getting into Poseidon Temple for sunset although restaurant we ate ,at base of temple, was wonderful and we did have some outstanding sea bream. Our transfers in islands was not reliable but after calling each hotel that responded quickly. Katrina our tour guide in Naxos was exceptional and would highly recommend her also Catamaran Sunset Cruise in Santorini was good. It was getting close to end of season and after working 7 days a week since May they admitted they were about burned out. Not sure what Kimkim got as your percentage but felt considering our accommodations and seeing what they would have cost if we booked independently it seems maybe that Travel12 was probably a little high. We have booked with Keningston the last 3 years. They absolutely were much more expensive but all details were flawless and documents were sent well in advance. All that said I would use Kimkim again but would use much more due diligence on a personal basis than I did this trip. Thanks and please feel free to reach out to me if you like.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Bill
Thank you for your detailed review about the trip in Greece.
First of all, I am glad that the overall experience was good and you did have a nice time.
We will take very much into consideration your comments in our continuous effort to improve.
Regarding the hotels in particular, I would say that we should have discussed more about it at the early planing phase. It is true that the cycladic islands have some particularities that make hotel choices a quite delicate matter.
Greetings from all the team
Christos

Greek Islands · Greece - Sep 20 - Sep 30, 2019

Traveler: Thomas A. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

My wife and I had a wonderful time touring four Greek Islands. Kim Kim was extremely helpful in arranging all the ferry/boat transportation and local transfers. This made the journey very easy. This was one error on a ferry ticket time and date; as soon as I contacted the local representative, it was immediately corrected. Overall, we were very happy with the hotels that were selected for us; they all had central locations and they had amazing views.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Thomas,

Thank you very much for your kind words! Me and the rest of the team are very happy that you enjoyed your trip and had a great time in our sunny country. Of course I will be more than happy to work again together for your next visit to Greece!

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days · Greece - Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2019

Traveler: adam z. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Highlights:
Fantastic walking food tour on Naxos
Great hotel in Santorini, 5 min walk to the black sand beaches
Informative walking tour in Athens
Kimkim hooked us up with a great personal driver in Athens!

Low points:
First hotel in Athens was just ok, but it had a great view
Probably should have flown to Santorini rather than take a 5 hour ferry. With getting there early to avoid rush hour, it ends up being a 7 hour trip with a 5am wakeup. Worth the extra $

Exceptional Service: When all... read more

Highlights:
Fantastic walking food tour on Naxos
Great hotel in Santorini, 5 min walk to the black sand beaches
Informative walking tour in Athens
Kimkim hooked us up with a great personal driver in Athens!

Low points:
First hotel in Athens was just ok, but it had a great view
Probably should have flown to Santorini rather than take a 5 hour ferry. With getting there early to avoid rush hour, it ends up being a 7 hour trip with a 5am wakeup. Worth the extra $

Exceptional Service: When all of the ferries for the next day were going to be cancelled, which would have meant missing our international flight, kimkim and Harris were very proactive. They reached out to us to make sure we got on the last ferry that day and found us a fantastic hotel outside Athens.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Adam,

Thank you very much for your review!

I am really happy that you enjoyed your whole trip to Greece. We worked together on this and we made a trip tailor to your needs and preferences. Furhermore, thank you for mentionig the low point of the trip as we can keep improving. For sure I will be more than happy to organize again a trip to Greece in the future.

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days · Greece - Sep 13 - Sep 22, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca R. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

I have nothing but praise for Tasos and his team of local travel specialists who made our 30th anniversary trip to Greece a trip of a lifetime. It's not easy to put into words how incredible the trip was for us -- we have come home with fond memories of EVERY experience we had and we wish we could more easily reconnect with our guides and the locals we met during our visit. I am not exaggerating in saying every detail was taken care of for us with punctual transfers, delightful hotels, and... read more

I have nothing but praise for Tasos and his team of local travel specialists who made our 30th anniversary trip to Greece a trip of a lifetime. It's not easy to put into words how incredible the trip was for us -- we have come home with fond memories of EVERY experience we had and we wish we could more easily reconnect with our guides and the locals we met during our visit. I am not exaggerating in saying every detail was taken care of for us with punctual transfers, delightful hotels, and fantastic activity choices.

I found Tasos via the Kimkim website because I honestly didn't know where to begin in the planning process. He had high reviews so I felt he was someone I could trust -- and he didn't disappoint. You pay a premium to use Kimkim, but our experience has been that we received a premium product. I told Tasos we like to travel using guides because we don't take international trips that often and have limited time. He knew we only had 10 days to "experience" Greece -- and I wanted it to include a few islands, authentic experiences, personal guides, lots of culinary experiences, and history. Via a few email exchanges, Tasos designed a PERFECT trip to make us completely fall in love with Greece.

We spent only 24 hours in Athens, which was just enough time to take in old city Athens and see the acropolis. Our hotel, Zillers Boutique Hotel, was conveniently located -- we could see the parthenon out our window and we were close enough to walk anywhere in old city, including to see the changing of the guard at the parliament building. Our two Athens guides were wonderful. With Panos of "Athens Insiders," we toured the fish, meat, produce, spice, and olive markets. We tasted MANY delicious local specialities along the way, including a gazillion olives, raki, lamb patties, gourmet gyros, Greek coffee (once was enough), and delicious Greek pastries. It was a wonderful introduction for us. We toured the acropolis in the late afternoon/evening with Dimitri who shared his extensive knowledge of the site's extensive history.

Early the next morning we were off to an early flight to Naxos, an island I wanted to visit because of a friend's recommendation. It's a laid back island with a low population. We were lucky to get there. Thankfully, Travel12 booked a flight for us -- the ferries were not running because of high winds. We stayed outside of Naxos Town at the Iria Beach Art Hotel. While the hotel is artfully decorated and comfortable, what made it truly wonderful was its staff -- and the kittens and turtle in the garden! The staff couldn't have been sweeter. What made Naxos MOST special was Katerina of Vioma Naxos, who spent a half day with us showing us "her" Naxos. Born and raised on the island, Katarina specializes in gastronomy and cooking tours, padded with lots of extra interesting information. With her driver, Alex, she took us through the Venetian Castle, introduced us to Naxos Citron, introduced us to Nicoletta, the delightful owner of Eggares Olive Museum, drove us all the way up to the quaint village of Apiranthos where we shared a tray of local cheeses and rose at a local Taverna, and finally to dinner at her parent's house in a tiny village of 35 or so people. It was an incredibly special day -- something we'll never forget. I've already experimented with the recipes she sent me via email.

Next on the itinerary were two and a half action-packed days on Santorini, made more interesting by my husband's crippling fear of heights -- and seven cruise ships invading the island at the same time. Needless to say, we had to make a few adaptations to avoid the crowds and to avoid certain site lines (ok, MOST site lines) -- not easy when you're staying on a cliff face! Another Tasos, a wonderful member of the Argyros travel group, was our driver for the better part of our visit. Highlights of our Santorini visit included the wonderful staff at PetitPalace Hotel (especially Victoria), a fabulous anniversary dinner in Fira at a gourmet restaurant called Mylos that was arranged by Travel12, a hike that was supposed to be along the caldera from Fira to Oia that had to be severely modified, (our hiking guide, George, did a wonderful job of finding areas to explore without the cliff site lines), dinner at Penelope's in Pyrgos (one of our BEST dinners of the entire trip), a visit to both black sand beaches and the red sand beach, a wine tasting at Estate Argyros, a visit to the village of Messa Gonia (where Santorini Tasos' grandfather lived before the 1956 earthquake) and the BEST of all, a visit to the Anydro Cherry Tomato Farm where we helped cook and eat a feast of local food with sisters Anna and Irena. There wasn't much we didn't see on Santorini!

Crete was the third and final island we visited and it was my favorite. In fact, if we're lucky enough to return to Greece, I will visit a couple other islands AND Crete. We spent two nights in Archanes and two nights in Chania (a 2-hour drive between the two locations). We truly fell in love with Archanes, a small picturesque village in Heraklion. We stayed at the Kalimera Archanes Village in a small house managed by Lefteris, one of the nicest humans we've ever met while traveling. I'm sure Lefteris befriends everyone who visits his village and everyone says the same thing, but he sure made us feel special. He personally drove us up to the top of Mount Juktas, walked us around the village showing us sites including its Minoan palace ruins and a building occupied by German officers during WWII. He also introduced us to George, proprietor of Bakaliko, a restaurant in the village square, who greatly added to our enjoyment with his knowledge of local wine, olive oil, and Cretan cuisine. A highlight of our Archanes visit was a trip to the Koronekis Olive Farm where we learned more about olive oil than we ever thought possible. George, the son-in-law of the proprietor, was a fantastic educator. In addition to what we purchased on vacation, I will be ordering more products from them in the future.

On our way out of Heraklion, we visited the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archeological Museum -- two must sees if you're visiting that area of Crete. Every survey book of art history includes images of the palace and museum, including the bull fresco, the snake woman, and the octopus urns. We felt very fortunate to have Lena as our guide.

Chania was a beautiful place to end our visit -- a seaside village with lots of Venetian architecture, a slight Ottoman feel, an interesting maritime museum, and amazing restaurants -- all along the waterfront. Our hotel, the Ambassadors Residence, was AMAZING. A truly beautiful boutique hotel. We stayed in the Wood Room which was on the second floor and overlooked the harbor. Angie could not have been sweeter in welcoming us and securing our dinner reservations. We highly recommend Glossitses for a waterfront dinner. Our tour in Chania was to the Botanical Park and Gardens where we were treated to a cooking class (making briam, tzatziki, a Greek salad, and stuffed grape leaves) and a walking tour of the beautiful grounds of the garden. Learning the history of the park (formerly olive and orange groves before a devastating fire in the early 2000's) and seeing what the family has made from the ruins was very impressive.