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Happy Honeymooners · Greece - May 2 - May 13, 2022

Traveler: Colin M. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Our 12 day trip to Greece for our honeymoon was amazing. We loved the diversity of experiences, landscapes and sights across Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. Harris crafted an itinerary that was well-tuned to our interests and balanced our desire to explore and relax. From a mythology tour around the Acropolis to learning about (and tasting) agricultural products on Naxos and Santorini, all of the experiences Harris set up for us were excellent. During our trip, we were grateful to have... read more

Our 12 day trip to Greece for our honeymoon was amazing. We loved the diversity of experiences, landscapes and sights across Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. Harris crafted an itinerary that was well-tuned to our interests and balanced our desire to explore and relax. From a mythology tour around the Acropolis to learning about (and tasting) agricultural products on Naxos and Santorini, all of the experiences Harris set up for us were excellent. During our trip, we were grateful to have dedicated support from the kimkim team to handle shifts in our private transportation schedule, confirming dinner reservations, and responding to our questions.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Colin,

Thank you very much for your review and your kind words!

I am very happy that you enjoyed your honeymoon! It was my pleasure helping you organize an unforgettable honeymoon experience in Greece and of course I will be more than happy to organize your next beautiful adventure in Italy or Greece!

Greeting from all of us!

King regards,
Harris

Superb!! · Greece - May 1 - May 14, 2022

Traveler: Margie K. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

Not only does Kimkim provide excellent service and immediate responses to any question, they listen to the type of traveler you are and the interests you have and match their suggestions for your itinerary to that. They are worth every penny they charge and we will use them again. Perhaps our experience was due to our lead planner Chris….he is stellar and goes above and beyond ….even booking a dental appointment in a small town when a tooth issue arose. He cares that you have a remarkable... read more

Not only does Kimkim provide excellent service and immediate responses to any question, they listen to the type of traveler you are and the interests you have and match their suggestions for your itinerary to that. They are worth every penny they charge and we will use them again. Perhaps our experience was due to our lead planner Chris….he is stellar and goes above and beyond ….even booking a dental appointment in a small town when a tooth issue arose. He cares that you have a remarkable adventure and we did!
We highly recommend him and Kimkim.

Hotel Reviews

Grand Serai Congress & Spa

Ioannina

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Posh. Upscale and a breakfast that will knock your socks off.

Zagori Suites

Zagori

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Helpful staff. Lovely homemade breakfasts with goodies to go.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Margie,

Thank you for all your wonderful words and for trusting me in helping you with your travel plans. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and an honor to have also known you in person and sharing your experiences and impressions from your trip.
I am very happy that you all grasped our country's beauty with the help of our local experts and I truly hope that we get the chance to plan another trip for you, even more spectacular and immersive.

Wishing you all the best and really looking forward to seeing all of you again!

Warmest regards,
Chris

Judy

Classical Greece 2022 · Greece - May 5 - May 13, 2022

Traveler: Judy T. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Our trip to Greece was one of the best trips we have ever taken. Chris and his team provided an amazing experience. Our guides, Kiki, Penny, and Ares in Athens/Delphi and Elias in Nafplio (please forgive me if I have misspelled names) were informative, fun, and considerate. Drivers were prompt, safe and offered options for stops and other areas of interest along the way on longer trips. Constantine was particularly kind and charming. It is hard to choose a most memorable place or experience.... read more

Our trip to Greece was one of the best trips we have ever taken. Chris and his team provided an amazing experience. Our guides, Kiki, Penny, and Ares in Athens/Delphi and Elias in Nafplio (please forgive me if I have misspelled names) were informative, fun, and considerate. Drivers were prompt, safe and offered options for stops and other areas of interest along the way on longer trips. Constantine was particularly kind and charming. It is hard to choose a most memorable place or experience. The archaeological sites were those we have heard about all our lives and to see them in person was awe inspiring. The food tour was great fun and taught us so much about Greek culture and everyday life. Noble Suites in Athens was the perfect place to stay. The location was convenient and Mariane was a gracious host, always concerned for our comfort and happiness.

Memorable Greece Holiday Trip · Greece - Apr 28 - May 10, 2022

Traveler: Nancy F. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Working with kimkim, and especially Tasos allowed us to fully experience the culture and beauty of Greece. Tasos listened to what we were interested in doing, curtailed a schedule that fit those interests and made sure that we were happy with the plan. We had one issue while visiting, and it was quickly resolved. The support we received throughout the process was wonderful. No question or request felt bothersome and he guided us through the experience. I was also impressed with the... read more

Working with kimkim, and especially Tasos allowed us to fully experience the culture and beauty of Greece. Tasos listened to what we were interested in doing, curtailed a schedule that fit those interests and made sure that we were happy with the plan. We had one issue while visiting, and it was quickly resolved. The support we received throughout the process was wonderful. No question or request felt bothersome and he guided us through the experience. I was also impressed with the transfers to hotels and excursions. All of the drivers were professional, on time and shared their love of Greece. Lampros was our driver in Athens. He was exceptional! His information was interesting, he was such a gentlemen and went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable. His English was very good. One of our favorite experiences was in Nafplio when we went traveled with Dominic, the tour guide, to Nemea. While visiting the Temple of Zeus, he brought the story alive through his knowledge and passion of that time period. Then we visit wineries and finished at a local organic vinegar producer. Nickos and Maria cooked us a delicious lunch using their vinegars and local foods and vegetables from their garden. I truly appreciate that Tasos planned tours that took us off the touristy path and immersed us in the culture while trip placing us in boutique type hotels that were close to many restaurants and local markets. We hope to use kimkim in the future-Bravo!

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Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Athens

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We loved our stay at Home Sweet Home! It truly felt like home due to the owner's personal touch. She was there everyday helping with breakfast and she was helpful answering questions and guiding us to local places to eat. The breakfast was delicious and the rooms were impeccably clean. There was an elevator to help with luggage which was helpful. It was walking distance to the most of the sights in downtown Athens. Wonderful!

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Activity Reviews

Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon

Drama

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The sights that we saw were outstanding and the crew on the Catamaran were exceptional! Great music during the sunset and loved when the captain shared information of the various sights as we came upon them.

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I liked that there was a variety.
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We would rather take a taxi back since we drove to an hour to get home. There were 2 large vans and it was confusing upon leaving the catamaran as to which one we were to get on.
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Waterless Farming: an insider's food & wine tour

Santorini

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Ana was a wonderful tour guide, very knowledgable of the wine making and she made the experience so enjoyable.

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Fava beans, tomato fritters and greek salad was outstanding. For dessert we had greek yogurt with the farm made sweetened marinated cherry tomatoes!
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Enjoy Athens by Bike!

Athens

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Great way to get familiar with the city in a short amount of time.

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Soto was an amazing guide. He was passionate about Athens and biking!
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Private Riviera & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

Athens

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Cape Sounion was a beautiful place to see the sun set. We wish we could have brought a blanket and bottle of wine! Lampros made frequent stops allowing us to get out and captures some pictures at scenic spots, while sharing some information about each place. Fantastic!

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Cooking Class in a Traditional Village

Naxos

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Katerina and her mother were so welcoming! How lucky they are to live is such a scenic villiage!

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The stuffed tomatoes and peppers were outstanding! Wonderful hosts!
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Alex was great. There was a language barrier but luckily Adam came for the villages tour so that he could support and communicate more clearly. Thank you kimkim for this.
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Local Feeling, Adventure and Ease. GREAT TRIP · Greece - Apr 29 - May 5, 2022

Traveler: gal f. - Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou

No complaints! I explained the general "Feeling" I was hoping to have and experience while in Greece for a week with my preteen daughter. "Not too touristy, but not isolated. Connect with locals, eat amazing food, relax but have things to explore." Eleni came up with an itinerary on the first go round that we made only made one small adjustment to. Otherwise the trip was great. We specifically loved a full-day boat excursion on a private sailboat with a chef and stops at various caves and... read more

No complaints! I explained the general "Feeling" I was hoping to have and experience while in Greece for a week with my preteen daughter. "Not too touristy, but not isolated. Connect with locals, eat amazing food, relax but have things to explore." Eleni came up with an itinerary on the first go round that we made only made one small adjustment to. Otherwise the trip was great. We specifically loved a full-day boat excursion on a private sailboat with a chef and stops at various caves and islands, as well as the Petra farm tour in Paros run by a local family. The tour was so beautiful and then we had a family dinner with them- all made from their farm bounty. WOW. Ate at amazing restaurants, explored plenty. Any questions or issues we encountered, the KimKim team was almost immediate in their response at any hour. This process was literally so easy from start to finish. Everything was sorted, drivers, trains, airport pickups... We loved it! Only missing one star because we would have preferred a slightly different hotel setup (but also might be my fault for not being specific enough) and could have used more detailed directions with the places we were going as the islands don't have street names like the US, so it was hard to find several spots. OVERALL it was a fabulous trip! :)

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Eleni Fotiou, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gal, it was wonderful to have you and your daughter here! Thank you very much for your kind words and for sharing with us your feelings! I hope I can host you, your family and friends again in another beautiful place in Greece or in Italy! Safe travels!

Loren

We had a fabulous trip to Greece, The tours w... · Greece - Apr 24 - May 3, 2022

Traveler: Loren E. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

We had a fabulous trip to Greece, The tours we booked were wonderful. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, punctual and friendly. We loved them all!
The only thing we would have changed was the hotel choices. The rooms in the Hotel in Athens were not up to our standards. Very cramped and barely functional. The location was good and breakfast was acceptable but overall, not a great experience.
In Santorini we each had very different room qualities. Mine was gorgeous, spacious with an... read more

We had a fabulous trip to Greece, The tours we booked were wonderful. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, punctual and friendly. We loved them all!
The only thing we would have changed was the hotel choices. The rooms in the Hotel in Athens were not up to our standards. Very cramped and barely functional. The location was good and breakfast was acceptable but overall, not a great experience.
In Santorini we each had very different room qualities. Mine was gorgeous, spacious with an amazing view, but my cousin’s was a hole in the wall.
Rebecca was very helpful and really was on call 24/7 it seemed. We really appreciated it. She was able to assist us with last minute changes to our itinerary, and ensure we arrived at all our destinations.
Overall, we had an amazing trip. Would definitely use Kim Kim again, just be more careful on our hotel choices.

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Athens Starlight Hotel

Athina

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Rooms are tiny and breakfast was just ok. Beds were comfortable and the concierge was helpful, Very clean, Good location for touring the city.

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Rooms too small. Shower made the entire room wet. Floor slippery.
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Athens, Nafplio and Santorini in 10 Days · Greece - Apr 14 - Apr 23, 2022

Traveler: Shawn O. - Local specialist: Amalia Symvoulidou

Traveling abroad, whether alone or with family, requires significant planning and preparation, consuming valuable time reading travel guides and research, with the hope of making the best use of precious time off from the daily grind. This planning becomes even more challenging when you are visiting a country for the first time, and strictly basing an itinerary on the recommendations of others and a list of the most famous landmarks to visit, without the local experience and knowledge. For... read more

Traveling abroad, whether alone or with family, requires significant planning and preparation, consuming valuable time reading travel guides and research, with the hope of making the best use of precious time off from the daily grind. This planning becomes even more challenging when you are visiting a country for the first time, and strictly basing an itinerary on the recommendations of others and a list of the most famous landmarks to visit, without the local experience and knowledge. For our recent (and first) trip to Greece with the family, we chose to use KimKim (local agent - Somewhere We Know) to relieve us of the burden (and gamble) of planning ourselves. This was our first experience with KimKim, and my family and I are so thankful we did.
Throughout the planning of our trip, Amalia (our fantastic local agent - Somewhere we Know) was extremely responsive answering any and all questions (we had many) ahead of our visit to Greece. We had ten days available, and Amalia did an amazing job developing an itinerary based on our criteria exposing us to everything Greece has to offer with stays in Athens, Nafplio and Santorini. The detailed itinerary shared prior to our trip was invaluable, and we referenced it many times throughout our vacation. We started our trip in Athens, where we met our driver Thanasis who would be our transport between activities while staying in Athens and Nafplio. Thanasis offered us a warm welcome to Greece, and each ride with him was an educational driving tour of the area. Thanasis is a real pro, not only in his effortless navigation of the labyrinthian streets of Athens but sharing his knowledge and answering our questions along the way.
Our stay in Athens felt like a ‘home away from home’ at The Foundry Suites. From the attentive staff to the delicious (and fresh) baskets of food delivered to our door each morning, we were very pleased with the accommodations and the overall experience. The Foundry Suites is perfectly located and a great starting point each day in walking distance of everything Athens has to offer. The rooftop garden patio offers a beautiful view of the city, and a great spot to view the sunrise or the brightly lit Acropolis at night. We stayed in Greece for 4 days (one night returning from Nafplio and before heading to Santorini). On day 2 we had a private tour of the Acropolis Museum and Acropolis. Our guide, Xenia, was excellent and the tour was well planned and satisfyingly educational. Xenia was engaging and offered thorough explanations of key exhibits during our time at the museum. Xenia then led us up the hill to the Acropolis, suggesting spots for family pictures along the way. Many thanks to Xenia and highly recommend her as a guide for this tour.
The evening of day 2 we took a food tour of Athens starting with an olive oil tasting at Malotira. We received a quick primer on olive oil production in Greece, and the pride of those who produce it locally. Our guide selected a great variety of restaurants to sample the local fare. There is no personal description I can share that will do justice to the food in Athens, try all of it, often and anywhere you can get it. It’s all delicious. Many thanks to our guide.
From Athens we headed to Nafplio with our driver Thanasis. During our ride from Athens to Nafplio, Thanasis shared details on notable landmarks and made an unexpected stop at the man-made Corinth Canal, a truly breathtaking site to see. Nafplio is a gorgeous and quaint seaside town, and a great reprieve from the big city pace for a couple of days. Our stay at the Castellano Hotel & Suites exceeded all expectations with very spacious accommodations, located in the heart of the central square and great staff. We took two separate tours while in Nafplio, and were extremely lucky to have Vivi as our guide. We visited the Palamidi Fortress a very short ride from our hotel our first day, and a 30-40 minute ride to Epidavros on the second day in the region. Vivi gave exceptional tours of both locations, and we were very thankful to have both sites to ourselves due to overcast skies and light rain. We appreciate Vivi’s level of detail in the history shared, her patience with our two boys and obvious pride she takes in her tours.
On day 5 we traveled back to Athens for a ‘free’ day before flying to Santorini. The Athens airport is very accessible and a short ride from the downtown area. We experienced no issues on the (very short) flight to Santorini. The classic pictures of white-washed houses on the cliffs of the island did nothing to prepare us for the overwhelming beauty of Santorini, and the breathtaking views in every direction. Our stay at Abelonas Retreat in Imerovigli was fantastic, set north from the very busy center of Fira and high above the sea below. Once again, the location was perfect, allowing us to walk down to shopping and restaurants in Fira or staying ‘local’ in the quieter setting of Imerovigli and having the best meals of our stay only minutes from our hotel at Anogi (so good we ate there twice for dinner!). The couple that operate Anogia are amazing, and welcome you as if you are part of the family. While on Santorini, we took an afternoon to sunset tour with Panos and Sophia of Baikas Travel starting at the peak of the island at the Monastery in Pyrgos and ending in the gorgeous village of Oia. Panos offered great details at each stop along the way, and both Panos and Sophia were extremely helpful. With stops at the Red and Black beaches, the Monastery in Pyrgos and Oia we truly got an immersive experience to see the entire island.
Last, but by no means least, we took a day time Caldera Classic cruise along the coast of Santorini and nearby islands. We could not have asked for a better experience, and Captain Elias and crew were gracious hosts. This particular cruise is partially private, and there was only one other couple along with our family on the boat. Captain Elias made frequent stops at key points of interest around the island, and shared the history of the birth of Santorini. The crew made an amazing lunch, and we anchored in a cove to enjoy the views, the weather and the food. We were very grateful for this experience.
Prior to our departure, we had a free day on Day 9 where we took our COVID tests to return to the States (at the Central Clinic of Santorini in Fira, which took 10 minutes and very easy), take in more of the local cuisine, shop and enjoy the views. Amalia’s perfect planning gave our family an amazing, ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. Our driver Thanasis, and tour guides Xenia and Vivian made this an unforgettable memory our family will reminisce forever. Baikas Travel and Caldera allowed us to fully experience the unique island of Santorini. Many thanks again to Amalia at Somewhere we Know, and we cannot recommend using this service enough to plan your next travel experience.

Greece 12 day tour - excellent! · Greece - Apr 15 - Apr 28, 2022

Traveler: Sally M. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Christos and his team were excellent. Prompt communication, thoughtful and knowledgeable trip planning. Great relationships with hotels, tour guides and transfer companies made this trip a once in a lifetime holiday. Couldn't recommend them enough! Just book.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sally
We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Greece. Thank you very much for your kind words.
It was also a pleasure for me to work with you during all that time, form the first call we had, until this last message.
Greetings form all the team
Christos

5 great nights in Athens and the Greek Islands · Greece - Apr 19 - Apr 24, 2022

Traveler: Praveen S. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

Angela from Greece Adventure Trips organized our trip at short notice (just a few weeks). She was prompt, friendly, and figured everything out. She organized all of our travel within Greece and it went flawlessly.
Our trip started with an evening in Athens where we stayed in the Elektra Metropolis hotel (wow --- great location right in Plaka with great street walks and just 10 mins walk to the Acropolis). That evening, we did a walking tour of the Acropolis with the most amazing guide (Alex... read more

Angela from Greece Adventure Trips organized our trip at short notice (just a few weeks). She was prompt, friendly, and figured everything out. She organized all of our travel within Greece and it went flawlessly.
Our trip started with an evening in Athens where we stayed in the Elektra Metropolis hotel (wow --- great location right in Plaka with great street walks and just 10 mins walk to the Acropolis). That evening, we did a walking tour of the Acropolis with the most amazing guide (Alex --- he is a trained archaeologist and he taught us so much in just two hours, great story teller, friendly and kind -- Alex also gave us great information on what to do during the rest of our Greece trip). I think we should have spent another day in Athens but I had been insistent we should spend most of the trip in the islands. Next time!
The next morning, we took a ferry from Piraeus to Naxos. Very scenic few hours, though very crowded on the ferry because it was the easter week. On Naxos, I think we were there just about at the start of the tourist season, since many places were just opening. Our hotel 18 Grapes was a boutique resort, very laid back and luxurious. The food from the small resort restaurant was amazing --- especially the sumptious and scrumptious breakfast served with style and personal charm. We took a short taxi ride into the city to walk around, check out the stores and restaurants. On day 2, we rented electric bikes at a great place called Aurelia Bikes and biked around half the island, getting to see some of the beautiful villages in the interior. We got really lucky finding Aurelia Bikes --- they manufacture their own bikes optimized for the region. When unfortunately I got a flat tire a few miles away from the store on the way back, the owner was kind enough to come out in a truck to pick me up.
The next day we took a ferry from Naxos to Santorini. Here, Angela had booked us into the Santo Maris Luxury Suites in Oia. Ultra-fancy resort hotel and just a few minutes walk from the heart of Oia (with the beautiful views, white and blue buildings, shops and restaurants). We hadn't pre-planned this, but because it was right in the midst of easter week, the same evening the citadel of Pyrgos on Santorini had its annual celebration (which is something unique --- tens of thousands of lanterns light up this citadel on a hill) --- we got to go walk around in the midst of it and enjoy the amazing experience. The next day, we did the caldera hike from Oia to Fira (beautiful, picturesque, though in hindsight should have heeded everyone's advice to go from Fira to Oia instead).
Finally, flew out of Santorini, thru Athens, and onward. Every step of the way, things went flawlessly.
Much kudos to Angela for making great default choices for us. She did also suggest various guided activities on the islands but we decided against because we just wanted to chill and do stuff on our own. Also, our party had two vegans and two vegetarians, so we weren't entirely sure a planned culinary tour or wine-and-cheese tour would work out so well for us. But for most families or groups, that would be an added plus.
In hindsight, I think I'd have added a day in Athens. The ferry has different ticket options and I think if I'd known that, I might have picked a ticket option with more of a view). I think I'd have been a bit more prepared for how touristy Santorini is (Naxos is so laid back in comparison). But those are just minor details that would have have added at most a bit more icing to our amazing Greek vacation cake.

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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Geia sou Praveen and the rest of the family. :)

Thank you very much for your time writing a review for the services you had in Greece with us.

I am very happy that you had an overall nice experience here and I look forward to assisting you with your next trip to Greece! This time with one more day in Athens and visits to other islands and hidden gems of my country. :) And with ferry seats near windows. :)

Take care and always have fun!

My warmest greetings,
Angela

Deborah

A truly wonderful vacation in Greece! · Greece - Apr 24 - Apr 30, 2022

Traveler: Deborah N. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

My family and I decided to take a last minute trip to Greece. We worked with Angela who was absolutely amazing and planned the perfect trip for us that gave us everything we wanted to get out of the vacation. Angela worked very closely with us to completely curate the perfect vacation. We toured with very knowledgeable guides that enriched our experience and appreciation of the many ancient villages, sites and ruins that Greece had to offer. We spent a day hiking a beautiful gorge and were... read more

My family and I decided to take a last minute trip to Greece. We worked with Angela who was absolutely amazing and planned the perfect trip for us that gave us everything we wanted to get out of the vacation. Angela worked very closely with us to completely curate the perfect vacation. We toured with very knowledgeable guides that enriched our experience and appreciation of the many ancient villages, sites and ruins that Greece had to offer. We spent a day hiking a beautiful gorge and were rewarded with an amazing seafood lunch at the seaside and some time on a prisitne beach on the Libyan sea, That was followed the next day with a hunt for truffles on the mountain side with a wonderful truffle hunter, his daughter and two adoable Lagotto Romagnolos, a truffle hunting dog breed from Italy that we never knew existed. We later took our treasures to a taverna and cooked a delicious truffle pasta, toured a cave and even made some pottery.

Every detail of our trip was taken care of making it a true vacation, and one that has left us with many wonderful memories and breathtaking pictures. I would strongly recommend Angela and kimkim for anyone looking to have a memorable experience.

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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Geia sou Deborah,

Thank you for your kind words and your review.

It was my true pleasure to help you plan your family trip to Greece and I'm truly extremely happy that you had a great time here.

I hope I will have the chance to tailor a future trip to Greece for you and show you some other amazing hidden gems and some other great highlights. 🙂

Take care and safe travels!

My very best,
Angela

Alysia

10 day group tour - Athens, Naxos and Santorini · Greece - Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2022

Traveler: Alysia P. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

I would give this trip 10 out of 10 stars! This has been our favorite international trip that we have taken. We started planning in 2018 for a 2020 trip but unfortunately was pushed back due to covid. Our agent Harris has been fantastic to work with through our all of the hurdles. He was always responsive and organized the best tours, hotels and activities for us.

Our first two days were spent in Athens. The Acropolis and Ancient Athens Mythology Tour on our first day was a perfect way to... read more

I would give this trip 10 out of 10 stars! This has been our favorite international trip that we have taken. We started planning in 2018 for a 2020 trip but unfortunately was pushed back due to covid. Our agent Harris has been fantastic to work with through our all of the hurdles. He was always responsive and organized the best tours, hotels and activities for us.

Our first two days were spent in Athens. The Acropolis and Ancient Athens Mythology Tour on our first day was a perfect way to learn about the city. Athens was unique - lots of graffiti, history and crazy driving! We walked the streets of Plaka and got to experience some local cuisine and shopping. Our hotel Home and Poetry was perfect for our large group of 8. The rooms were quaint and the owner made additional recommendations for us during our stay.

I was extremely glad Harris recommended we stop on the island of Naxos for three days. This was my favorite stop. The island was lovely and so were the people!. We stayed at the cutest hotel Villa Adriana and the owners were amazing! The hotel was super clean, the rooms were beautiful and the food every morning was delicious. The hotel is a family owned business and the owner was so sweet! We even invited him to join us for dinner and drinks one night. We absolutely loved the food and culture with Vioma Greece that Harris booked for us. Our guide, Katarina, took us to an olive press to taste the amazing olive products, the village of Apeiranthos to eat at @platanos_tavern_ apiranthos where we had the same food stop as Anthony Bourdain. It was amazing!

Our second day on Naxos was spent hiking Mount Zas eating their famous doughnuts at the top. We followed the hike with a recommended stop for Pizza! We watched the sunset a Apollo's door, went to a Greek Othodox church service and finished our trip with a morning spent at one of the top 10 beaches in the world! The people on this island were truly amazing and some of the friendliest people we have met during our travels.

Our final stop was Santorini. I've been dreaming about visiting Santorini since I can remember! This volcanic island didn't disappoint. We celebrated our first night in Santorni with dinner reservations recommended by Harris at Aroma Avlis, restaurant and winery 🤤 The food and wine was mouth watering and the service was on point!

Our second day was spent with touring different parts of Santorini and taking insta worthy photos on the Santorini Highlights Tour! The well known village of Ouia is just a beautiful as it looks in the pictures. It was very crowded (lots of cruise boats) but I definitely want to go back because I didn't feel like I got to experience all the village had to offer.

Our last full day was a a sunset catamaran cruise through the caldera. Fantastic views, hot springs, delicious food and great company! We could not have planned a better trip and our entire group is ready to get another trip on the books with Harris and the KimKim travel team. I highly recommend them using them for all of your travel needs!

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Home and Poetry

Athens

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Naxos Food & Culture Tour

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alysia,

Thank you very much for your kind words! All the team is more than happy that you had a great time in our sunny country. I hope that you left Greece with the best memories and I wish that we are going to work together again in the future to organize an amazing trip.

I wish you the best!

King regards,
Harris

There are not enough positive things to say · Greece - Apr 7 - Apr 13, 2022

Traveler: Lindsay C. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

Angela was absolutely amazing. She could not have been more helpful, available, and wonderful if she tried. She went above and beyond our expectations, or even our wildest dreams to ensure that our vacation was perfect and extremely relaxing. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and attention to even the smallest details. read more

Angela was absolutely amazing. She could not have been more helpful, available, and wonderful if she tried. She went above and beyond our expectations, or even our wildest dreams to ensure that our vacation was perfect and extremely relaxing. I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and attention to even the smallest details.

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Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Athens

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Athens Highlights Mythology Tour

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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Lindsay and Deanna, geia sas!

Thank you so very much for your kind words.
I am extremely happy that you had an awesome time in Greece and that you enjoyed your time here. And that I was able to assist you with that! 🙂

Really looking forward to welcoming you in Greece in the future and assuring that you will have the most amazing time, again!

Thank you so much!

Keep safe and always have fun!

My kindest regards,
Angela

Highly recommend trip to Greece in April! · Greece - Apr 3 - Apr 11, 2022

Traveler: Nina J. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

We loved our trip to Greece! Because we do not understand the language and transportation is challenging for people unfamiliar with the area, we loved the private transportation and carefully planned excursions with incredibly knowledgable certified guides.
We especially loved the walking tour of Rethymno with a local guide who lives in and loves her town. We highly recommend walking around the Acropolis and in Delphi with private guides in April avoiding the heat and crowds.
The hand picked boutique hotels were clean, centrally located and comfortable.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Nina,

Thank you very much for your kind words and for appreciating our services. We always strive to make our travelers' trips as smooth as possible, and of course help them dive in the Greek history and culture and learn more about our country through the locals' perspective.
Your recommendations and input are most valuable and we truly hope to have you in Greece again, so that we can show you more.

All the best for you & Jane!
Kind regards,
Chris

Meg

Hiking in Delphi and Meteora · Greece - Apr 5 - Apr 7, 2022

Traveler: Meg B. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

We had a wonderful trip. We had contacted Kim Kim to plan a hiking trip to Delphi and Meteora. They were so accommodating and went out of their way to plan the trip the way we wanted and not make it the cookie cutter tourist trip. Delphi and Meteora were breath taking and we could relax knowing we were in good hands. Thank you for a wonderful trip. read more

We had a wonderful trip. We had contacted Kim Kim to plan a hiking trip to Delphi and Meteora. They were so accommodating and went out of their way to plan the trip the way we wanted and not make it the cookie cutter tourist trip. Delphi and Meteora were breath taking and we could relax knowing we were in good hands. Thank you for a wonderful trip.

Hotel Review

Dellas Boutique Hotel

Meteora, Kalambaka

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The hotel staff was very friendly and the breakfast bar was perfect before a long hike.

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Divine Delphi & Breathtaking Meteora in Two Days (DAY 2) - Return to Athens

Greece

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We love to experience hiking in whatever country we are in because you really get to see the beauty of each place. Our hiking guide was friendly, entertaining, and gave us an amazing hike to see several Monastaries and the monks cells( caves) . You cannot really appreciate the seclusion of these beautiful Monastaries from a modern road. Seeing them from the valet was breathtaking.

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The staff was so friendly. They were kind enough to get us snacks and a picnic lunch for our hike. At the end we were met at our hotel with souvenirs of Greece. It was very thoughtful. Thank you for your hospitality.
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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Meg,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for trusting us with your 2-days leg of your trip to Greece to Delphi & Meteora. It's always such a pleasure to know that our travelers had a great time, and I'm glad that my efforts helped in providing a truly immersive experience, exactly the way you wanted it.
Hoping that we will get the chance to welcome you to Greece again, I will be more than happy to arrange your whole trip next time.

Wishing you & your family all the best!

Kind regards,
Chris

Alyssa

Sit back and relax, let Kimkim do the rest · Greece - Mar 26 - Apr 2, 2022

Traveler: Alyssa B. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Amazing first time experience with Kimkim. I had travelled with a big group of 10 to three destinations within Greece (8 days 7nights, with two domestic flights; international round trip not included) and everything went smooth and as planned. There was obviously close attention to detail and communication was excellent between Kimkim and us. Would definitely book through Kimkim again for future travels! read more

Amazing first time experience with Kimkim. I had travelled with a big group of 10 to three destinations within Greece (8 days 7nights, with two domestic flights; international round trip not included) and everything went smooth and as planned. There was obviously close attention to detail and communication was excellent between Kimkim and us. Would definitely book through Kimkim again for future travels!

Hotel Review

Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Athina

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Hotel Review

Luxurious details. Favorite parts of the stay were 1) central/accessible location, 2) the breakfast buffet and, 3) the rooftop bar overlooking the Acropolis. Staff were friendly and the shower was amazing. Treadmill is available at the gym, plus spa, and small weights in your room. Very clean and modern.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Alyssa
Thank you very much for giving time to fill this review and for all the kind words about us.
I am very glad that you had a nice time in Greece and hope to see you again. Our greetings to all the group!
Christos

Awesome experience. · Greece - Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2022

Traveler: navdeep a. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

Awesome experience. We had the agency book us hotels , tour guides and transportation.Angela was very helpful. All we had to do was show up and she took care of everything. All the tour guides were very pleasant and knowledgeable. Angela was very responsive every time we reached out to her.I would definitely book again with them. Thankyou for a great memorable time in Greece. read more

Awesome experience. We had the agency book us hotels , tour guides and transportation.Angela was very helpful. All we had to do was show up and she took care of everything. All the tour guides were very pleasant and knowledgeable. Angela was very responsive every time we reached out to her.I would definitely book again with them. Thankyou for a great memorable time in Greece.

Hotel Reviews

Electra Metropolis Athens Hotel

Athens

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Hotel Review

Services was great and food and drinks were also great. Clean rooms!

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Close to all the shops and activities, restaurants.
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Perianth Hotel

Athens

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Electra Metropolis Athens Hotel

Athens

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Great hotel with amazing staff. Awesome view from the rooftop balcony.

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Activity Reviews

Plaka Sunset Walking Tour

Greece

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Our guides were great!! Very knowledgeable!!

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Guides, drivers and staff

They were great! Knowledgeable and shifted some of the tours based on what we wanted to know more about and also showed us a place for great coffee and desserts.
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Acropolis, Museum & Mythology Tour

Greece

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Kelly was amazing and knew so much and answered so many of our questions !

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Santorini Traditional Villages winter tour

Greece

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This was a fantastic tour we were able to hit all the key places in Santorini! A beautiful island and our guide and driver were great!

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Guides, drivers and staff

We went to great restaurants for food and it was fresh and yummy and authentic!
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Cape Sounio & The Athens Riviera Sunset Tour

Greece

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Great tour!

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Plaka Sunset Walking Tour

Greece

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Tour guide was great. So patient with us and very helpful.

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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Geia sou Navdeep!
Thank you very much for leaving such a great review!
I am super happy that you enjoyed your trip to Greece and that you were totally satisfied with all the services!
And I am super happy that I was a part of this memorable experience! It was a true pleasure to meet you and talk to you.
Hope our paths cross again in the future for your next awesome trip to Greece. 😊
Until then take care, have fun and safe travels!
My warmest regards,
Angela

Excellent Flexibility and thoughtfulness. · Greece - Mar 20 - Mar 27, 2022

Traveler: Diana S. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Excellent Flexibility and thoughtfulness.

Christos and his team where able to provide an experience that was both flexible, and yet well organized and thoughtful. They accommodate special request for guides in Spanish for all sites. The local guides are amazing and super knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge with our group.

The accommodations and meal recommendations are also top notch. read more

Excellent Flexibility and thoughtfulness.

Christos and his team where able to provide an experience that was both flexible, and yet well organized and thoughtful. They accommodate special request for guides in Spanish for all sites. The local guides are amazing and super knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge with our group.

The accommodations and meal recommendations are also top notch.

Hotel Review

Fedriades Hotel

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Great location in town- just far enough way from the main noise side.
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Activity Reviews

Honey Tasting & Private Dinner at a Farm

Olympia

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Great explanation of the culture in the are. The meal felt like a great hug from your grandmother.

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Private Tour of Delphi

Delphi

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Penny was AMAZING. She was really willing to answer all of our questions and her enthusiasm for the knowledge of Greek history and culture is contagious and matched the vibes of our group.

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Diana
I am very glad that you enjoyed your trip in Greece and thank you for your kind words.
It was very nice talking to you, from the first discussion until the last day of your trip!
I hope we will see you again some time in the future!
Greetings from all the team!
Christos

Our trip to Greece could not have gone any be... · Greece - Mar 16 - Mar 22, 2022

Traveler: Pawanprit S. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

Our trip to Greece could not have gone any better! Angela was helpful from beginning to end. She answered all our questions and solved any issues we may have had. She helped us pick tours that would best fit our itinerary. The guides were amazing for every tour and very knowledgeable. The transfers and drivers everywhere were great! The hotels that were chosen were fantastic! Overall a very stress free experience booking with KimKim and Angela!

Thanks
pinky read more

Our trip to Greece could not have gone any better! Angela was helpful from beginning to end. She answered all our questions and solved any issues we may have had. She helped us pick tours that would best fit our itinerary. The guides were amazing for every tour and very knowledgeable. The transfers and drivers everywhere were great! The hotels that were chosen were fantastic! Overall a very stress free experience booking with KimKim and Angela!

Thanks
pinky

Hotel Reviews

Electra Metropolis Athens Hotel

Athens

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Services was great and food and drinks were also great. Clean rooms!

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Close to all the shops and activities, restaurants.
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Perianth Hotel

Athens

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Electra Metropolis Athens Hotel

Athens

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Great hotel with amazing staff. Awesome view from the rooftop balcony.

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Activity Reviews

Plaka Sunset Walking Tour

Greece

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Activity Review

Our guides were great!! Very knowledgeable!!

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Guides, drivers and staff

They were great! Knowledgeable and shifted some of the tours based on what we wanted to know more about and also showed us a place for great coffee and desserts.
Quality of Experience

Acropolis, Museum & Mythology Tour

Greece

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Kelly was amazing and knew so much and answered so many of our questions !

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Santorini Traditional Villages winter tour

Greece

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Activity Review

This was a fantastic tour we were able to hit all the key places in Santorini! A beautiful island and our guide and driver were great!

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

We went to great restaurants for food and it was fresh and yummy and authentic!
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Cape Sounio & The Athens Riviera Sunset Tour

Greece

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Great tour!

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Plaka Sunset Walking Tour

Greece

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Tour guide was great. So patient with us and very helpful.

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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Pinky!
I am so happy that you had a great time here in Greece!

I am thrilled that I had the chance to be part of this beautiful experience for you. :)

Hope our roads meet again and that I will be able to assist with booking your next dream vacation in Greece (choosing other locations next time!).

Take care and safe travels!

Best,
Angela

Cindy

Great time in Greece · Greece - Mar 15 - Mar 22, 2022

Traveler: Cindy S. - Local specialist: Chris Gravas

We had a very good time in Greece. You had a very good schedule for us. We liked all our guides, they were very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the little stop in El Castillo. Thanks for arranging the Covid test in Archova. You were very helpful when we needed you.
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We had a very good time in Greece. You had a very good schedule for us. We liked all our guides, they were very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the little stop in El Castillo. Thanks for arranging the Covid test in Archova. You were very helpful when we needed you.
Thanks

Hotel Reviews

Achilleas hotel

Athens

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Walking distance to attractions.

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very helpful in helping us get phone to add maps to.
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Avra Hotel Rafina

Rafina, Athens

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breakfast not included. Beds are twins pushed together.

Amymone Guesthouse

Nafplio

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Really enjoyed breakfast.

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Amymone Guesthouse

Nafplio

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Really enjoyed breakfast.

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Hotel Europa

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very friendly

Ganimede Hotel

Galaxidi

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Very good breakfast

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very friendly
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Activity Reviews

Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Guided Tour

Athens

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Kiki was a great guide

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Free Day in Athens Museums

Athens

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We enjoyed the Archaeological Museum and the little cafe next to it. Also enjoyed Monastiraki market. Enjoyed the Souvlaki.

Ancient Corinth Guided Excursion (Self-Drive)

Greece

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Liked being able to see where Paul was brought before Gallio.

Nafplio Coast and Palamidi Castle Foothills Hike

Nafplio

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We enjoyed driving up to Palamidi castle.

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Visit to Epidaurus & guided tour (Self-Drive)

Greece

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The amphitheater was impressive.

Welcome to Athens!

Athens

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Guides, drivers and staff

We liked that our guides included a stop at Mars Hill.

Visit the ancient kingdom of Mycenae (Self-Drive)

Greece

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Very much enjoyed the tour seeing the lion hate and the museum. We were amazed at how long ago it all took place.

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Olympia visit & guided tour

Greece

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Guides, drivers and staff

Especially liked our guide.

Departure day

Greece

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We liked Delphi. They had a good museum.

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Chris Gravas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Cindy & Dennis,

Thank you very much for your kind words and for trusting me with planning this very special holiday for you. I am very happy that everything was just the way you wanted and that I could help with extra arrangements when needed. Your pictures look amazing!

Wishing you a smooth transition to your daily schedule and looking forward to welcoming you to Greece again soon!

Best,
Chris

Pat

Great trip to Greece on short notice!!!! · Greece - Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2022

Traveler: Pat O. - Local specialist: Angela Giannioti

We decided to go to Greece a little over a month from our travel dates and we were not sure how to book the trip or where to stay or go. We came across KimKim not knowing anything about it. I filled out the information on the website not knowing what would come from it. My wife and I were amazed at the detail that was sent back to us in less than 24 hours. They assigned a travel agent to us, Angela, and she was extremely detailed and responsive. She was able find places that met our style,... read more

We decided to go to Greece a little over a month from our travel dates and we were not sure how to book the trip or where to stay or go. We came across KimKim not knowing anything about it. I filled out the information on the website not knowing what would come from it. My wife and I were amazed at the detail that was sent back to us in less than 24 hours. They assigned a travel agent to us, Angela, and she was extremely detailed and responsive. She was able find places that met our style, budget and preferences.

All of the guides she chose were extremely professional. When we arrived we were immediately impressed with the private driver she arranged who took us straight to our perfect hotel Home Sweet Home. Alternative Athens did an incredible job taking us through the Mythology Tour and bringing it alive. It is a must do in Athens. Meteora Tours showed us the Monasteries in Meteora. With Angela’s great foresight she rented us a car to drive down to Kalamata and the Essence of Messina Guides, Fotis and George and George did an incredible job of bringing the countryside and the sea to life in with our hiking and kayaking trips. They are truly animators and Greek Ambassadors. They treated us as friends rather than clients, Their first concern was that we had a good time. As we traveled back to Athens Angela went out of her way to recommend last minute visit to Nafplio and even arranged for us to return a bit late so we could make the most out of our trip.

I cannot recommend KimKim enough for their attention to detail and concern for us to have the best trip possible. From a logistics and planning standpoint it was one of the best vacations I have ever had. Thanks Angela and thanks Kim Kim.

Hotel Review

Sweet Home Boutique Hotel

Athens

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Hotel Review

The people that run Home Sweet Home care about their customers and want you to feel like you are at home. You can taste care and the warmth they put into the breakfast to make you feel like you are important guests. Don’t miss this home away from home when you are in Athens. It is perfect for people that want to tour during the day and be “home” at night. Don’t miss the decorating touch of the old phonographs and lathe you can see through the glass floor.

Tips for future travelers

Choose this hotel because it is in the perfect location to enjoy all the key spots in Athens.

Location

You can get to all the hotspots from this location.
Cleanliness & Comfort

Plenty of hot water and rooms cleaned every day.
Staff

The staff is friendly and helpful. One staff, Dena, even found some bananas for us when she knew we would miss breakfast in the morning.
Authenticity & Character

The decorating and authenticity is excellent.
Activity Review

Hiking Kardamyli

Greece

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Activity Review

Fotis is very knowledgeable about the area and brought the countryside to life as he toured us up the mountain and down. Kardamyli has been his backyard his whole life and he has a wealth of knowledge.

Food

The food was excellent and authentic fresh Greek food. Make sure he sprinkles the oregano and sea salt on the vegetables and oil.
Guides, drivers and staff

Fotis wants us to have a good time and enjoy the area.
Quality of Experience

Fotis is a high end tour guide with his knowledge of the area and his vast experience.
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Angela Giannioti, local specialist, responded to this review:

Katrina and Pat, I am extremely happy that you had a great time in my country and that I was able to be part of it!

I am so glad that you enjoyed your tours and hotels.
It was a true pleasure to provide you with a great experience in Greece.

Wish you both all the best! You are great and extremely sweet people.

Safe travels!

Best,
Angela
P. S. Your photos are amazing!

Winter in Crete - HIGHLEY recommended! · Greece - Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2022

Traveler: Alan H. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Our trip, planned with Chris's help, was fantastic from start to finish! We asked Chris to help us plan a low key adventure on Crete. From helping us make air arrangements, to private transfers to and from our hotels, everything went smoothly. The hotels (GDM Megaron in Hiraklio and Veneto in Rethymno) were both amazing. The Megaron was close to everything we wanted to do and the view of the seaside was beautiful. The Herakleion Archaeolgical Museum and Knossos were our first big day events... read more

Our trip, planned with Chris's help, was fantastic from start to finish! We asked Chris to help us plan a low key adventure on Crete. From helping us make air arrangements, to private transfers to and from our hotels, everything went smoothly. The hotels (GDM Megaron in Hiraklio and Veneto in Rethymno) were both amazing. The Megaron was close to everything we wanted to do and the view of the seaside was beautiful. The Herakleion Archaeolgical Museum and Knossos were our first big day events and really started our Cretan adventure off wonderfully. Instead of actual guides, we chose self-guided audio tours for both and were very satisfied. We were able to go at our own pace without need of meeting up with people at specific times. Walking through the fortress to just exploring the streets and shops in Rethymno made for perfect days.
Rethymno and Chania were our main locations of adventure. The staff at the Veneto were very helpful and everything felt so safe in these uncertain pandemic times. Restaurants that are musts include Oinoa in Chania; Dounia Taverena in Keramion, which was quite an adventure to find, but well worth the beautiful drive in the countryside on narrow winding roads; and, Hasika in Rethymno for wonderful local fine dining! Looking forward to our next Kimkim guided trip!

Harris is Amazing!!! Athens and Greek Islands · Greece - Aug 25 - Sep 1, 2021

Traveler: Karyn J. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris and his team did an excellent job in making our first Greece trip memorable. His recommendations made for a stress free introduction to true Greek culture. When our first flight was cancelled, Harris was able to quickly adjust our Athens tour to accomodate our new arrival date and time. We were amazed and very much appreciative of his successful efforts. Our drivers were prompt, courteous and personable and the hotels were clean, comfortable and hospitable. And the food was Amazing of... read more

Harris and his team did an excellent job in making our first Greece trip memorable. His recommendations made for a stress free introduction to true Greek culture. When our first flight was cancelled, Harris was able to quickly adjust our Athens tour to accomodate our new arrival date and time. We were amazed and very much appreciative of his successful efforts. Our drivers were prompt, courteous and personable and the hotels were clean, comfortable and hospitable. And the food was Amazing of course!!

The KimKim team kept in touch with us and shared our itinerary every step of the way. It was similar to having our own personal assistant keeping us informed and on schedule!! I would would highly recommend using KimKim to anyone who wants to spend more time relaxing and less time stressing over trip details.

We enjoyed every minute and look forward to returning and working with Harris again. Thank you Harris, we sincerely appreciate everything that you and your team did in creating this wonderful beautiful trip of ours. Big Virtual Hugs!!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Karyn,

First of all I want to say that I am more than happy hearing that you had an amazing time in Greece and you enjoyed all the destinations you have visited. It's really important for the whole team to work and give you the best possible experience in our sunny country. I will be more than happy to work again with you in the near future and organize another wonderful trip, in different destinations this time.

I wish you all the best!

King regards,
Harris

Custom Greek Adventure…by Rebecca/Grecianlux…the very best experience! · Greece - Sep 8 - Sep 22, 2021

Traveler: Anita L. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

This review has been a long time coming. My words are not adequate to explain the exceptional job Rebecca and her Grecianlux team did planning a two week trip to Greece for my husband and myself.
I’m usually a self planner, but this 60th birthday celebration to my birthplace was too important. I wanted help from a local and chose the very best. Rebecca took my wish list and created an itinerary with experiences that could not be topped! It was truly the trip of a lifetime. She took care of... read more

This review has been a long time coming. My words are not adequate to explain the exceptional job Rebecca and her Grecianlux team did planning a two week trip to Greece for my husband and myself.
I’m usually a self planner, but this 60th birthday celebration to my birthplace was too important. I wanted help from a local and chose the very best. Rebecca took my wish list and created an itinerary with experiences that could not be topped! It was truly the trip of a lifetime. She took care of all the details- airport transfers, car rental, tickets, tours, restaurant recommendations and even Covid testing. Our hotels in Athens, Nafplio and Santorini were ideal. Each had beautiful views, excellent service and just the right distance from main tourist areas so we could enjoy quaint neighborhoods and walks.
Each driver, our greeter Theo and our fabulous tour guides were all professional and enjoyable to be with, enriching our experiences beyond measure. Our tour days were among our favorite days, including Athens Mythology tour and custom planned birthday with Babis, incredible Acropolis at sunset with Nikos, the best of Santorini with Lazarus and Anna (Akrotiri). Their historical knowledge, storytelling and love of Greece was infectious and will remain among our best memories always.
I think of Greece daily and know I will return, thanks to Rebecca and everyone with Grecianlux.

Minda

Our jam packed trip to Greece in October 2021... · Greece - Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2021

Traveler: Minda H. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

Our jam packed trip to Greece in October 2021 was everything we hoped for.
Rebecca did a great job of finding unique experiences for us. The guides throughout were very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. Our favorite memory was the trip to Meteora. The weather there was not very nice (cold, rainy and windy) but that added to the "other worldly" aspect of viewing the monasteries. We also loved Santorini in all of it's natual beauty. We still have many areas of Greece to explore and would not hesitate to use Rebecca again!

Greece · Greece - Oct 28 - Oct 31, 2021

Traveler: Holly S. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

KimKim put us in touch with Rebecca and having a knowledgeable and local agent from Greece made all the difference in the world! She put together a custom itinerary based on our schedule and interest and we literally didn’t have to do anything but enjoy our vacation! It was by far the smoothest, no stress, no hassle, incredible, beautiful trip we have experienced! Rebecca made sure every single detail (transports, transfers, location of hotel, expert guides, tickets, welcome gift, assisting... read more

KimKim put us in touch with Rebecca and having a knowledgeable and local agent from Greece made all the difference in the world! She put together a custom itinerary based on our schedule and interest and we literally didn’t have to do anything but enjoy our vacation! It was by far the smoothest, no stress, no hassle, incredible, beautiful trip we have experienced! Rebecca made sure every single detail (transports, transfers, location of hotel, expert guides, tickets, welcome gift, assisting with lost luggage, etc.) was executed! She hired the best local guides to take us to the most beautiful sites! We are forever grateful for an experience of a lifetime!

KimKim saved the day for a last minute anniversary trip! · Greece - Nov 2 - Nov 9, 2021

Traveler: Bristi C. - Local specialist: Rebecca Skevaki

KimKim saved the day and helped make a last minute anniversary trip a dream. I usually like to do all my own booking with tons of time spent on reviews etc. but I just didn't have the time (or patience) for it this time. Our local expert Rebecca was amazing, she took my direction and delivered a trip that fit our normal traveling preferences. Was super easy, responsive and provided amazing service while we were on the trip. I have recommended KimKim to a ton of friends and colleagues and will be using again! Thank you for simplifying the planning process while making it a personalized trip.

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Rebecca Skevaki, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Bristi,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us!

We take pride in knowing our customers had an enjoyable experience. On behalf us all of us at GrecianLux, we would like to thank you for sharing this great review about our company! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience.

Wishing you all the best and hope to be welcoming you again in Greece sometime in the future!

Best regards,
Rebecca

Phenomenal service for an amazing trip · Greece - Oct 10 - Oct 21, 2021

Traveler: Diego D. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

The main benefit I found working with Kim Kim, and in this specific case with Harris and the travel 12 team, was that we could just focus on enjoying our vacation, and every single detail was taken care off.

Harris was outstanding, he communicated consistently and was always super helpful with any questions or doubts we had about the trip.

We spent 12 days in Greece, Harris and Tasos worked with me to personalize the trip, they worked with our budget and we were able to do pretty much... read more

The main benefit I found working with Kim Kim, and in this specific case with Harris and the travel 12 team, was that we could just focus on enjoying our vacation, and every single detail was taken care off.

Harris was outstanding, he communicated consistently and was always super helpful with any questions or doubts we had about the trip.

We spent 12 days in Greece, Harris and Tasos worked with me to personalize the trip, they worked with our budget and we were able to do pretty much everything we wanted to do.

We went to Athens, Meteora, Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos.

Every place is beautiful and worth visiting , every tour was great, expect for the one in Delos island, but that’s because the guide was not really good or entertaining. But Delos is incredible

The island are the most famous places to visit, and they are beautiful, but if you have the opportunity to visit Meteora, you will not regret it.

That was easily the favorite part of our trip for us.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Diego,

Thank you very much for your kind words and your feedback regarding your trip to Greece. It is really helpful for the whole team to share your feedback with us, so we can be better and better every day. It was a pleasure working with you and planning a trip that both of you enjoyed. I will be glad to work with you in the future and make an unforgettable trip to other destinations in Greece.

I wish you all the best!

King regards,
Harris

Chris is amazing! A wizard! · Greece - Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2021

Traveler: Kim W. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Hello Kim Kim;Chris and fellow travelers.
Words will not convey all positive aspects of our time in Greece. This trip designed by Chris was perfection!! We spoke by phone for a few moments, he sent me some suggestions for the trip, I chose the suggestion I liked, then everything was prepared in the most professional, the most optimal plan from professional, college graduates for our guides, friendly, warm inviting. We did something different every day (9 days)• We can not thank Chris enough... read more

Hello Kim Kim;Chris and fellow travelers.
Words will not convey all positive aspects of our time in Greece. This trip designed by Chris was perfection!! We spoke by phone for a few moments, he sent me some suggestions for the trip, I chose the suggestion I liked, then everything was prepared in the most professional, the most optimal plan from professional, college graduates for our guides, friendly, warm inviting. We did something different every day (9 days)• We can not thank Chris enough for making 2 ordinary people feel like royalty. Everything was prepared in advance and everyone was expecting us
Our accommodations were absolutely amazing. All future holidays, I will use Kim Kim again and I suggest everyone should!
Kim Washington
Florida USA

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Kim and Dana 

I am very happy that your trip went off without any hitches, and I am delighted to read that you both had a great time in our fair country, and I do hope that it was everything you had been dreaming of an then some! 
I thank you both very much for your kind words on the review that you posted to kimkim, 

I am very sorry that I could not meet you during your trip, 
I was looking forward to connecting with you for a coffee or lunch while you were passing through my neck of... read more

Hello Kim and Dana 

I am very happy that your trip went off without any hitches, and I am delighted to read that you both had a great time in our fair country, and I do hope that it was everything you had been dreaming of an then some! 
I thank you both very much for your kind words on the review that you posted to kimkim, 

I am very sorry that I could not meet you during your trip, 
I was looking forward to connecting with you for a coffee or lunch while you were passing through my neck of the woods here near Delphi, 
But my work and family obligations being what they are (very unpredicatable!) I was reluctant to contact you and divert you from your planned route given that I was not sure if I could get away for a bit. 

None the less, again, it was a pleasure planning your "bucket list" trip for you, and I am very happy that you both had a great time,
As you can imagine, there are many - many more fantastic things to see and do in Greece. Many more unique historical sites on the mainland, many amazing islands to enjoy, 
When you have the inclination to explore more of our fair country, I'd love to hear from you again, and plan your encore trip! 

Till then, all the best to both of you! 

Chris

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.

Hotel Review

Ganimede Hotel

Galaxidi

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Location, comfort, and quiet. Stayed one night last August. Beautiful stroll along the water from the hotel to an amazing fresh fish dinner. Stepped out the door the next morning for an epic open water swim around the bay, the point, and the next bay. Relaxing breakfast with coffee on our private balcony overlooking the bay and town, and enjoyed a relaxing after breakfast swim. Checkout not until 12:00 so we had a super relaxing morning.

Tips for future travelers

Bring a bathing suit. Lots of locals swim in the bay right off the town's promenade. We did too. Super convenient steps right into the water.

Location

Private, yet steps to town and some wonderful restaurants.
Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Authenticity & Character

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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.

Hotel Reviews

Home and Poetry

Athens

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

We loved this hotel! It is centrally located in the Plaka District. Everything in central Athens is within easy walking distance. It is a remodeled residence and exhibits that charm. Every room is different and eclectic in its own way. Our room was not large but very comfortable and elegant. It served our needs perfectly. The rooftop restaurant provides the included breakfasts which were outstanding - from a buffet or a hot breakfast made-to-order (or both). And the view from the roof... spectacular! The staff was always very friendly and helpful.

Tips for future travelers

Let your host provide recommendations for dinner spots or help you with sightseeing recommendations. Visit the rooftop in the evening (we went up there to enjoy a "leftovers" dinner and had the patio and gorgeous view to ourselves.

Location

A couple blocks from Hadrian's Arch and an easy walk to the Acropolis and Plaka's shops and restaurants, but on a quiet side street. Doesn't get any better than this.
Cleanliness & Comfort

Very clean and well-finished (especially for an older building).
Staff

Friendly and helpful host. Breakfast staff was very friendly and skilled.
Authenticity & Character

Unique rooms. Each one different. No "lobby" which we did not miss at all.

Cyano Suites

Naxos

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

We stayed at this wonderful hotel for about 11 days in September 2021. We had a suite on the ground floor that was very convenient for comings and goings. Although it looked out on the parking lot, the view beyond -- the Agean Sea and the Potara -- was stunning. It was particularly gorgeous in the morning and at sundown. Cyano Suites is a short walk (maybe 10 minutes) from central Naxos Town -- away from the commotion but still close at hand. The suite was very modern and comfortable. The placement of the bathtub in the living room was a little "odd" (we used it only for cleaning our feet). The rest of the bathroom was behind the raised king bed (with a wonderful view out the front French doors) -- one half (the walk-in shower) on the left and the sink/toilet area on the right (we had to walk around the bed to get from one side to the other). A little funky, but we really liked it regardless. A really nice touch was the stocked refrigerator that was replenished every day (all gratis!). Highly recommended! The included breakfast was provided at the sister Adriani Hotel a few blocks away. The morning walk to breakfast wasn't as convenient as it would be if breakfast were in the same building, but the morning stroll to and from was always a nice start to the day. The breakfast itself was always spectacular! For such a small clientele the choices were overwhelming and everything was always delicious. We wanted to try some of everything, but there were always too many choices. The hot breakfast pies (both sweet and savory) were the highlight, but the breakfast desserts were a close second. The pies (and, I believe, the desserts) were all prepared on site! And there was so much more (e.g., drinks, fruit, cold cuts, cheese, cereal)! Our host (the gentleman behind the desk; sorry, I can't remember his name) was always so helpful and friendly and always anxious to serve us. After noticing that I had badly skinned my shin after climbing a rock on a catamaran sail he offered some much needed fatherly advice (I'm 68 years old and probably at least 20 years older than him) -- (paraphrasing) "We're not young anymore; we need to take care of ourselves." I needed that advice -- the fact that I was 68 and maybe shouldn't have been climbing on big rocks never crossed my mind at the time. I obviously remember his advice and won't soon, if ever, forget it. My new Dad. 😊 In its own way, the Cyano Suites was probably one of the most pleasant places we have ever stayed -- the room itself (funky or not), the view, and the included breakfast. All top notch.

Tips for future travelers

Consider an upstairs suite to possibly improve the view somewhat (albeit less convenient). If/when we return, we will choose a ground floor suite again. If you'd rather not walk a few blocks to and from breakfast, consider booking your room at the sister Adriani Hotel (where breakfast is served). The views from rooms at the Adriani Hotel may not be as spectacular as the Cyano Suites. Also, it is a short walk into town. If you want to be in the middle of the action, this is probably not the best choice, but I am sure it is quieter!

Location

For us, perfect. Quiet, but only a short walk into town. Others may prefer a location "inside" Naxos Town.
Cleanliness & Comfort

The room was alway immaculate. The comfortable bed. The generously stocked (and restocked) refrigerator.
Staff

See my review above. Also, the kitchen staff was very friendly. The chef was often there so we could compliment her on her wonderful creations.
Authenticity & Character

Very modern and unique rooms. Stunning view. Wonderful breakfasts.

Vouliagmeni Suites

Vouliagmeni

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

We stayed at this hotel for only one night (before our flight home). The Vouliagmeni Suites is a very pleasant hotel with a very helpful staff. Their Covid-19 precautions seemed to be exempliary. This included facilitating our pre-flight Covid-19 tests. Our room was very large, comfortable and had a very nice view. Unfortunately, we did not have lots of time to enjoy the hotel. We arrived early in the afternoon and had a nice afternoon snack out on the patio (we had dinner offsite), before going on an excursion down the coast and got back to the hotel quite late. Then we arose before 3 a.m. (😱) to catch our ride to the airport. We generally like to stay at more "boutique-y" hotels but this served our needs very nicely for our short stay.

Tips for future travelers

As mentioned in the review, we had a very early flight so we were not able to enjoy their complimentary breakfast. However, they offered a "box breakfast" which was ready for us when we checked out. The "breakfast" was not particularly notable (sandwich bread sandwich, fruit, and drink), but it was a nice gesture on their part.

Location

Relatively easy access to the airport (still, though, a 15-30 minute drive). Easy walk to look at Vouliagmeni Lake (which was nice). Otherwise, we would probably need a car (or other transportation) to do much exploring beyond the nearby waterfront and the residential neighborhoods.
Cleanliness & Comfort

Very large and well-appointed room. Extraordinary measures to ensure Covid-19 cleanliness. Much appreciated.
Staff

Very helpful desk staff. Pleasant waitress on the patio (where we had our afternoon snack).
Authenticity & Character

All was just fine (clean, modern, and comfortable), it's just that it was not out-of-the-ordinary enough to rate higher.
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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 fe