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Chris Leontopoulos

Hello, my name is Chris

I am Canadian by birth, but my family’s roots can be traced centuries back to two beautiful mountain villages in Greece.
One in the shadow of Mount Olympus, and one very near Ancient Delphi on Mount Parnassos.

As a boy, when my family would visit Greece, my father would take me to see the ruins at Delphi, Olympia and other historical sites. He would fill my head with a images of how life was in ancient times, tell me stories about Socrates and Alexander the Great.
Our family moved back to Greece when I was a teenager, and I have been living in Greece all my adult life.

This was a turning point in my life. 

I was intoxicated by the landscape, the culture, the lifestyle. To this day, I am constantly reading and learning about the history of Greece, crisscrossing the mountains on my motorcycle, or sailing Poseidon’s beloved Aegean sea, eagerly uncovering new aspects of the diverse culture.

Now, as a father myself, I love taking my children to those same sites, reading with them tales of Odysseus and Jason, and inspiring them to dig into the vast wealth of the culture themselves.

​My passion for exploring Greece, for learning new things, for meeting new people, combined with my high standards for quality services, has lead me to be employed in various aspects of the travel and hospitality industry since I was a teen. From summer jobs at souvenir shops, to cooking at traditional tavernas, to reservations desks, to managing small hotels.

​So it is no accident that I created a vocation based on these experiences, becoming a Greece travel specialist.

Actually I consider myself to be somewhat of an ambassador of Greece. I am always excited for the opportunity to “show off” this stunning country to travelers from abroad.

Whether it is for a romantic honeymoon, for some fun in the sun, and especially for those who want to dig beneath the surface, and uncover the many layers of this timeless and beautiful country. 

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in all things Greek!

There are so many unique islands, so many beautiful settings and sites on the mainland, so many distinct “shades of Greece” that it could take a lifetime to explore them all! So many options for amazing and exciting activities depending on one’s interests. Then, there are so many ways of getting around, some scenic, some adventurous, some comfortable, and some not very efficient! Boats, planes, cars, trains etc. Given that most visitors only get to visit Greece once in a lifetime, and they have limited time to do so, it is essential to make the right decisions when planning.

This is where I come in.

I make a special effort to understand my client’s special interests and needs, their budgets and time constraints. I strive to make each custom trip that I design exciting, memorable, and efficient so that no time or money is wasted. After so many years of exploring Greece myself, I apply my extensive experience, my passion for the culture and history, quality services and accommodations, to suggest the best locations, activities, and accommodations for each and every traveler.

Over the past few years, I have extended my area of expertise to Italy. I’ve planned several custom trips, and I’ve had the pleasure of exploring many parts of our neighboring country myself, comparing our similarities and learning about our cultural differences. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I think that it goes back to my early love for mythology and for the Greek language.
When I first started to read the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, of Odysseus, and the labors of Hercules, I realized that the backdrop for all these amazing tales was travel and exploration.

The Odyssey begins with this phrase:
"Sing in me Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end…..he saw the town lands and learned the minds of many distant men…"

As I began to learn the Greek language at an early age, I would frequently come across the term “tetraperatos” (τετραπέρατος) and I understood it to mean someone who is very intelligent, or smart.

At a later age, when I began to dig deeper into the semantics of the language, I realized that the literal meaning of the word is “one who has seen the four corners of the world” (tetra= four, + perata= distant ends).
So the Greeks have coded into their language the concept that intelligence is a direct result of travel.

As you can understand, I was left with little choice. If I wanted to cultivate myself and broaden my horizons, reading books would not be enough.

I had to get out and explore the world! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I always like to think that the most exciting journey is the next one that is in the planning!
If I look back at my travels in Greece and abroad, I have a hard time selecting one specific trip over the other as the most unique. But I can recall highlights from many.

As a novice sailor, my first actually trip as a skipper, my wife and I chartered a boat from Athens, and on the first afternoon we dropped anchor for the night in the little gulf under Cape Sounion. It was a night with a clear sky and full moon, (planned by accident of course!) and I spent the night captivated by the spectacle of the full moon rising above and illuminating the ruins of the majestic temple of Poseidon. I don’t think that I’ll ever forget how beautiful the sight was. It was like the sea god was giving me his consent for my first trip, nodding to me that he would ensure calm seas along the way. Clearly I misinterpreted the sign, because the trip turned out to be quite an adventure in the end!

A few years earlier, I took advantage of a short hiatus between positions, and decided to “take off” on my motorcycle, to destinations unknown! Armed only with basic biking gear, a couple of changes of clothes and a map, (this was before smart phones, GPS, and Gopro cameras!). I flipped a coin to decide if I would go north or south, (it came up north) and took off! I rode for hours on end, mountain top to mountain top, tiny village to tiny village, sea side town to sea side town, only planning to get to whatever destination made sense by nightfall. I saw so many hidden corners of Greece, tasted so many local delicacies, met so many wonderful people along the way, made so many friends that I am still in touch with to this day. I still remember the sinking feeling that I had in my gut, about 10 days later as I traversed the last few miles to return to my “base” and get back to “normality”.

More recently, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling for a week on the largest full-rigged sailing cruise ship in the world, the Royal Clipper. We embarked from the port of Piraeus, with Rome as our ultimate destination. We rounded the Peloponnese, stopping at Monemvasia and Olympia. Then after a full day at sea, we reached the coast of Sicily, the town of Naxos, where we were met be a huge sign on the dock informing us that Naxos was the first Greek colony on Sicily in the 7th century BC. After a day of exploration with a rented car that took us up to Mount Etna, we sailed through the mythical straits of Scilla and Haryvdi (as Odysseus did so long ago!) and we stayed up on the deck till very late at night to see the live volcano on the isle of Stromboli as we passed it by. A puff of smoke and a bursting red hue lighting up the night sky every few minutes. Unforgettable! After exploring the stunning towns on the Amalfi coast, witnessing the amazing ruins at Pompeii, we reached Rome where we spent a couple of days taking in as many of the sites as possible, and of course enjoying the amazing food!
What made this particular trip memorable, besides the incredible cruise ship, like a setting taken out of a story book from the 1900’s, besides the amazing sites and places, was the fact that this was my first “father and son” adventure! I got to see all these things not only through my eyes, but through the wild and excited eyes of my 8 year old boy as well. A priceless experience that I wish for every parent. "

Chris is part of the following groups: Greece Travel Agents
Santorini at sunset
Gourmet Experience & Outdoor Adventure in Athens, Crete & Santorini - 12 Days

Offering the perfect balance of outdoor activities and gourmet pursuits that provide insight into Greece's history and culture, the pleasures of Athens, Crete, and Santorini await. Begin in Athens and discover the city, kayak around Cape Sounio at sunset, and hike in Parnassos National Park. Then it's off to Crete to sample local cuisine and relax on the famous pink sand beach of Elafonissi before ending the adventure with several days on Santorini.

Relax on a holiday on Oia, a Santorini Greek island
Sun and Sea in Athens, Naxos & Santorini- 11 Days

Soak up the sunshine on this 11-day luxury tour of Greece, Naxos, and Santorini. Enjoy a guided tour of Athens' ancient Acropolis, an escorted drive of the coastline, and a sunset over Cape Sounio. On Naxos, take lessons to windsurf, sail to the Small Cyclades, and catch a high-speed ferry to Santorini for a catamaran cruise over pristine waters to swim, snorkel, and lie out on the island's famous volcanic beaches.

Dinner for two on Santorini
Wine, Sun, and Romance in Athens & the Greek Islands - 13 Days

Experience the best of Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini on this romantic 13-day luxury voyage. You'll explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and sample local delicacies before being whisked away to drink red wines around Nemea and sail along the picturesque coastline of Nafplio. Then it's off to discover the beautiful beaches of Greece's islands, cruise turquoise waters on a catamaran, and cap the experience with a professional photographer documenting your sunkissed excursion around Santorini's most scenic locales.

Overlooking Oia
10 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Greece has a multitude of wonders to attract you and your family for 10 days of adventure. It's one of the sunniest places in the world, so catch some rays as you explore the cultural capital of Athens in the company of storytellers, breathe in the healing airs of Crete on easy hikes and treasure hunts, and watch the stunning sunsets of Santorini from secret spots.

Sunset shades in Santorini
14 Days in Greece - 6 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Two weeks gives you and your family plenty of time to traverse the nearly 1,000 miles of coastline that Greece has to offer. Whether you're going for a deep dive into the northern Greek mainland, island-hopping through the Cyclades, or getting cultural on Crete or in the Peloponnese, you'll find something that speaks to you.

The hills are alive with the sound of Naxos
Family Highlights of Greece: Athens, Naxos & Santorini - 10 Days

Take ten days to share some of Greek's most popular spots with your whole family on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens with some park strolls and storytelling atop the Acropolis. Then head to the Cyclades islands for some beach time and cooking classes in Naxos, followed by guided strolls to some of the best views Santorini has to offer.

Recent trip reviews for Chris

Wonderful experience. Chris did a great job p... · Greece - Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2022

Traveler: Rachel A. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Wonderful experience. Chris did a great job planning a trip for our family to Crete and understood the types of trips we like and lodging we like. Lina who gave us a tour of Knossos was excellent The hospitality at our lodgings in Archanes and Milia was superb. This is my first time using a travel agent. I usually plan all of our trips but due to my busy work schedule I used an agent for the first time which turned out to be a good thing. My husband had an injury hiking and this required a... read more

Wonderful experience. Chris did a great job planning a trip for our family to Crete and understood the types of trips we like and lodging we like. Lina who gave us a tour of Knossos was excellent The hospitality at our lodgings in Archanes and Milia was superb. This is my first time using a travel agent. I usually plan all of our trips but due to my busy work schedule I used an agent for the first time which turned out to be a good thing. My husband had an injury hiking and this required a last minute change to travel plans (we rented a car with stick and my husband is only the only person who drives stick but was unable to after his injury). Irene from the travel agency promptly helped come up with a solution. I would have spent hours on the phone trying to make changes with a language barrier but fortunately she was able to make adjustments for me with a few texts exchanged between us. It was worth the use of travel agency.

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Milia Mountain Retreat

Kissamos

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Beautiful remote location. Fantastic food. The staff is beyond great.

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Our guided tour of the acropolis and the acr... · Greece - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2022

Traveler: Dianne T. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Our guided tour of the acropolis and the acropolis museum was wonderful. Also enjoyed our time in Naxos with Speros hiking through some parts of the more remote parts of the island and seeing the marble mines. And, of course Santorini was very special even though we felt like mountain goats with all the steps. Our hotel at Above Blue Suites overlooking the caldera with our own private pool was fabulous. read more

Our guided tour of the acropolis and the acropolis museum was wonderful. Also enjoyed our time in Naxos with Speros hiking through some parts of the more remote parts of the island and seeing the marble mines. And, of course Santorini was very special even though we felt like mountain goats with all the steps. Our hotel at Above Blue Suites overlooking the caldera with our own private pool was fabulous.

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AVA Boutique Hotel

Athens

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Galaxy Hotel Naxos

Naxos

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Above Blue Suites

Santorini

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Size of the Villa and the private pool.
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Woman at front desk was very helpful.
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Location overlooking the Caldera!
Activity Reviews

Private Acropolis of Athens & the Acropolis Museum

Athens

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Very knowledgeable guide and since it was so warn out she paced the climb so it wasn’t quite so tiring. Of course the Acropolis museum was wonderful!

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Delphi Day Trip from Athens

Athens

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The Delphi experience was not something we expected. Such an interesting place.

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Our son became sick on the drive back and our driver was very kind to stop every so often.
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There was a mixup about where the guide at the museum was supposed to meet us. Just a short 15 minute delay.
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Hiking and Cooking in a Traditional Naxian Village

Naxos

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We drove to the hiking area. The path was pretty rocky and my husband fell 2 times. The statues we saw still partially buried were very neat though. Just be prepared for the steep slippery trail.

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Sailing Day Cruise around Naxos & Small Cyclades islands

Naxos

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We sailed in a catamaran around Naxos. Our teen age boys just loved it. It was the highlight of their trip.

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Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon

Santorini

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This actually turned out to be a single haul vessel. But because of that we were able to get into some more shallow areas.

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It would have been nice to have something to nibble on earlier in the trip.
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Discover Santorini

Santorini

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Could not take this tour because 3 people on our trip were I’ll.

Introduction to Greece (May 26 - June 11, 2022) · Greece - May 26 - Jun 11, 2022

Traveler: Robert B. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We used Kimkim to help us arrange a 17 day tour of Greece. (We booked the trip in early March.) We wanted to see as much as possible since it was our first trip to Greece. We did 9 cities in total, including the islands Crete (Chania and Heraklion), Santorini, and Naxos. We also visited Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, and finally Athens. The arrangements included most of the hotels, transfers, ferries, a flight, a catamaran cruise, and rental cars in two locations. And some private tours... read more

We used Kimkim to help us arrange a 17 day tour of Greece. (We booked the trip in early March.) We wanted to see as much as possible since it was our first trip to Greece. We did 9 cities in total, including the islands Crete (Chania and Heraklion), Santorini, and Naxos. We also visited Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, and finally Athens. The arrangements included most of the hotels, transfers, ferries, a flight, a catamaran cruise, and rental cars in two locations. And some private tours and activities. But there was also plenty of unplanned time. The trip was perfect and all of the arrangements were delivered exactly as described. The transfers went like clockwork It was a wonderful experience and we were glad to have visited all the locations. Our favorite spot was Chania in Crete. We enjoyed Santorini, so dramatic, but would not go back. Too crowded, especially during the day when thousands of cruise ship passengers clog the narrow streets.

Interesting how Kimkim works. They seem to fill a role as broker. Our initial telephone interview was with Brittany Pettit (based in Oregon), the Kimkim Travel Specialist assigned to us based on the online questionnaire. Our conversation was about 15 minutes. Once she got a good idea of our travel goals, she set us up with an up with an in-country travel agent. We never heard from her again, even though we tried to phone her. For us the local travel agent was Travel12 (based in Athens) and their Chris Leontopoulous who did all the heavy lifting designing the trip. Chris was great and really understood the type of trip we were after. He chose smaller boutique hotels full of charm and personality. Once all the details are agreed on, you pay Kimkim directly, so Kimkim presumably collects a commission off the top. Kimkim has a cool website where your trip plan is posted (in outline form, followed by complete detail). All arrangements are provided by links in the website trip plan. Things like ferry and flight boarding passes, and rental car vouchers. They were outstanding in every respect.

After the basic structure of the trip was set by Chris, the Travel12 team handled all the details and answered any questions during the trip. A Travel 12 team member was always available to provide a prompt reply. Our thanks to Eirini and the rest of the team. The trip plan includes so many options for things to do in each location, as well as restaurant recommendations.

When we go back to Greece (and we definitely will) we will deal directly with Travel12. They also have a very nice website. I think we definitely paid a premium dealing with Kimkim, but the success of the trip speaks for itself. Where you don't know of a reliable local in-country travel agent, Kimkim is very useful. If we go to an unknown (to us) location I will try Kimkim.

Depending on the nature of your visit, of course it is possible to do make all the arrangements yourself, and save some real money. I think the trade-off is probably time and worry. You can be so much more efficient when the critical arrangements are laid out in advance. For us, the convenience of having someone to meet us at each location was worth the expense.

Great professional organization...Chris and h... · Greece - May 25 - Jun 1, 2022

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Great professional organization...Chris and his group were a joy to work with...always kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure things kept on track...highly recommend them! read more

Great professional organization...Chris and his group were a joy to work with...always kept in contact with us throughout the trip to make sure things kept on track...highly recommend them!

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Athens Ivy Suites

Athens

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Carpe Diem Boutique Hotel

Nafplio

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Enjoy Athens by Bike!

Athens

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Great tour throughout the city...and we were able to avoid the traffic! Dimitry was an amazing guide...knowledgeable and friendly...really made sure we were all safe and taken care of.

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Private Athens Highlights Tour

Athens

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Hiking the Secret Path to Palamidi Castle

Nafplio

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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.

Greece May 2022 · Greece - Apr 30 - May 8, 2022

Traveler: Kenneth D. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Greece May 2022

Overall, the logistics were coordinated well (airport transit, ferry, flight,, tour pick-up).
Local guide for Acropolis tour was very good
Santorini Discovery tour + wine tasting was very good
Sailboat tour in Santorini was very good.

I was expecting a bit more information. The initial itinerary indicated: "... driver .... will deliver our small but useful welcome pack, including our insider's guidebook for the places you will be visiting" . This information was not received. However, I had done research on my own for activity options.

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days · Greece - Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2019

Traveler: rita s. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We loved the trip! Everything was pretty seamless except for locations for the last couple of pickups. Chris was great. Very responsive and patient with all our questions. We highly recommend him and kimKim

Overall beautiful experience · Greece - Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2019

Traveler: Kris M. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

This is our second trip with KimKim and it went well but not quite as smoothly as our first trip in Iceland.

Initially Chris (local travel group) did a great job planning the trip but I am not sure if he left the company or what happened, but it was a bit stressful to have no contact from him after multiple attempts to contact him for 2 weeks prior to our trip starting. Basically after we made the final payment, he never assisted us again. We still had questions on the final details and... read more

This is our second trip with KimKim and it went well but not quite as smoothly as our first trip in Iceland.

Initially Chris (local travel group) did a great job planning the trip but I am not sure if he left the company or what happened, but it was a bit stressful to have no contact from him after multiple attempts to contact him for 2 weeks prior to our trip starting. Basically after we made the final payment, he never assisted us again. We still had questions on the final details and wanted to add on a few excursions that he said would be no problem to do so later. Thankfully, team members at the Travel12 local company stepped in and answered all of our questions and assisted during our stay in Greece.

Extra special thank you to Dimitris for all of his assistance during the stressful time - he was excellent in answering our questions and helping us finalize items and we thank him very much.

One issue, and not certain if it is a difference in our terminology, but several times I asked if the wedding cruise we booked in Santorini was "private", and Chris assured me that it was just so (and you can see this documentation on the chat history). "Private" tour to me means just our group and no other people; however we were surprised to find that this was not the case on the cruise we booked in Santorini. The cruise was beautiful and fun; but just did not meet our expectations.

Thanks for an overall beautiful trip and experience, if not for the stressful time prior to leaving and the surprise on the "private" tour, it would have been excellent.

Trip to Greece · Greece - Aug 25 - Sep 7, 2019

Traveler: Savannah B. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Overall great experience! We were very pleased with our travel and everything was perfect! We are so thankful we used Kim Kim. Chris did a great job choosing hotels and excursions for us to do. It was everything we could have asked for! Lampros, our driver in Athens, was great! We loved getting to meet him and he provided excellent service. The staff at the Ammos Hotel went above and beyond to meet our needs. Loved every second of the trip!

My only recommendation is if anyone else is going... read more

Overall great experience! We were very pleased with our travel and everything was perfect! We are so thankful we used Kim Kim. Chris did a great job choosing hotels and excursions for us to do. It was everything we could have asked for! Lampros, our driver in Athens, was great! We loved getting to meet him and he provided excellent service. The staff at the Ammos Hotel went above and beyond to meet our needs. Loved every second of the trip!

My only recommendation is if anyone else is going to hike the Samaria Gorge, more information needs to be provided. Before the trip we were told we would have a guide and would be riding a bus. It wasn't until we were picked up by our driver at the hotel that he told us he would take us and pick us up (driver was much more preferred over a bus, but it did cause confusion!) and we did not have a guide (which was also much preferred because we were able to go at our own pace!) but still caused confusion. Also, we were unsure how the ferry tickets and entrance all worked. When we got to the top the people at the cafe told us they were the only ones that sold ferry tickets and that we couldn't buy them at the bottom. So we spent money not knowing any better. Once we got to the bottom we realized this was for a ferry off to the side and not the main ferry. It was a little sketchy so we decided to buy tickets for the main ferry and lost out on the money for the first ferry. In the end it all worked out, but a little more detail would have been preferred!

Using KimKim was definitely the best choice for us and we are so thankful for all the time and effort that Chris put in to make our vacation a once in a lifetime trip!

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Savannah
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review,
I am very - very happy that you had a terrific trip over all and that for the most part it went as planned and exceeded your expectations!
You are very right to point out the lack of detail regarding your Samaria Hike and I thank you very much for doing so. We are working with a new tour operator on Crete who does these hikes for us, and I was informed that this information would be outlined on the voucher that... read more

Hello Savannah
Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review,
I am very - very happy that you had a terrific trip over all and that for the most part it went as planned and exceeded your expectations!
You are very right to point out the lack of detail regarding your Samaria Hike and I thank you very much for doing so. We are working with a new tour operator on Crete who does these hikes for us, and I was informed that this information would be outlined on the voucher that they were to send to you. Your input will be valuable for us in order to better define the inclusions and their services moving forward.

Again, I thank you very much for taking the time to write your review, and I thank you very much for entrusting us with your special trip to Greece!
It was a pleasure planning it for you!

Chris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2019

Traveler: Lynn L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Chris was an amazing travel planner. He listened to what we were looking for in our trip to Greece and nailed it. We couldn’t have had a better time. The hotels were boutique and beautiful. Everything fell into place. Drivers were there and on time and courteous. Tours were set up for us by Chris and were outstanding! I can’t say enough about our experience. We had a blast. And I will definitely choose kimkim for our next travel!! Lots of love to your team!! Lynn

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Lynn

I am very happy that you and David 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!
Greece has many amazing islands and hidden treasures all across the mainland.
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 David.
Chris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Aug 3 - Aug 11, 2019

Traveler: Ken B. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

The guide to the eastern Peloponnese was exceptionally engaging
The Atlantis Hotel on Santorini was one of the best stays of my life
The pool side bartender at the Porto Naxos hotel was also very engaging

Rogene

Travels with Piper · Greece - Jul 2 - Jul 17, 2019

Traveler: Rogene G. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

First of all, my apologies for this delayed response. Nothing to do with our pleasure about the Greece trip. It was delightful in all respects. I am delayed in communicating because there were just a great many chores to complete on our return to Connecticut and Rhode Island.
I have just completed annotating the photos from Greece and so many great memories surfaced. I feel really fortunate to have chosen your team for this planning. Without exception the accommodations could not have... read more

First of all, my apologies for this delayed response. Nothing to do with our pleasure about the Greece trip. It was delightful in all respects. I am delayed in communicating because there were just a great many chores to complete on our return to Connecticut and Rhode Island.
I have just completed annotating the photos from Greece and so many great memories surfaced. I feel really fortunate to have chosen your team for this planning. Without exception the accommodations could not have been better. Each was different and each had a charm all its own. Beginning with the Acropolis view from our room in Athens to the center of town situation and fine staff in Nafplion to the gracious and helpful staff (and amazing breakfast choices) and beautiful location in Naxos and ending with our superb cave house on Santorini. Fantastic, all of them.
The individual guides in each location were great, perfect English speakers, interesting personalities, extremely knowledgeable about local culture and history - I could go on and on. Our driver/guide/historian on the drive from Athens to Delphi was truly memorable. I would like to give each one a special commendation! And as to the actual planning of the trip, PERFECT. My granddaughter, Piper, is a very engaging and active 12 year old and loved all the water activities - swimming at the olive grove on the way to Delphi, sea kayaking while in Nafplion, SCUBA in Naxos (this is what Piper really loved), catamaran in Santorini! I loved all the ancient history and those tour people were terrific. Can't say enough positive about the whole experience. Thank you.
Rogene Gillmor and Piper Cameron

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Rogene,

I am so happy to hear that you and Piper were able to enjoy one more fantastic trip together, and I am very happy to have had the pleasure of planning it for you!
I thank you very much for the detailed review, and I'm very glad that you liked all the suggested hotels and activities and that everything went as planned and without a hitch!
I wish you both many such exciting Grandmother and grand daughter trips together, and I would love to hear back from you in the future if you ever want to explore more of Greece!

All the best to you both!
Chris

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 20 - Jun 30, 2019

Traveler: Janelle M. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We loved our trip to Greece planned by Chris, especially our sea view hotels in both Naxos and Santorini and our hotel in Athens. We really appreciated having a driver to pick us up and drop us off at the airports, Lampros was exceptional he was professional, efficient, and well dressed. The Kimkim team was quick, professional, and responsive on WhatsApp when we had questions and or concerns. There were only a couple of hiccups: we were promised double beds in each hotel, this only happened... read more

We loved our trip to Greece planned by Chris, especially our sea view hotels in both Naxos and Santorini and our hotel in Athens. We really appreciated having a driver to pick us up and drop us off at the airports, Lampros was exceptional he was professional, efficient, and well dressed. The Kimkim team was quick, professional, and responsive on WhatsApp when we had questions and or concerns. There were only a couple of hiccups: we were promised double beds in each hotel, this only happened at Athens Gate. And at the end of our trip, we were expected to take a hotel van but we’re expecting a private driver as planned. Because of this we ended up at the airport until after midnight and only spent 3 hours at our last hotel before an early morning flight. Chris was expedient in correcting the situation though and was able to reach Lampros who coordinated our pick up that night and drop off a couple of hours later. All and all in was a great trip, and for the most part smooth sailing. We are happy with the Kimkim team and services provided and would travel with them again! Many Thanks, and warm Regards, Janelle Miconi

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 28 - Jul 6, 2019

Traveler: Cynthia M. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We had an exceptional experience in Greece! We were a group of 11, arriving in Athens and excursions to Mykonos and Santorini. Our travel to and from these islands was thoroughly enjoyable. Our hotels were exquisite, as well as our catamaran trip in Mykonos and wine tour in Santorini. Chris gave us the most memorable experience we could have imagined! Bravo Chris!
Cynthia and Grace Moriarty

suzannes holiday · Greece - Jun 1 - Jun 16, 2019

Traveler: suzanne c. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

I found Kimkim on the internt when i was looking at going to Greece for a holiday.
I dealt with Chris and he listened to what i wanted to visit and as a woman travelling on her own, safety was too of this list.
Not only did Chris put together a fantastic itinery he sent draft copy to me first to peruse, along with some excellent comments on due to his knowledge of the area.
From start to finish everything rang like clockwork, the best was having someone there to pick me up at airport or... read more

I found Kimkim on the internt when i was looking at going to Greece for a holiday.
I dealt with Chris and he listened to what i wanted to visit and as a woman travelling on her own, safety was too of this list.
Not only did Chris put together a fantastic itinery he sent draft copy to me first to peruse, along with some excellent comments on due to his knowledge of the area.
From start to finish everything rang like clockwork, the best was having someone there to pick me up at airport or cruise port do deliver me to my hotel or pick me up at hotel to take me somewhere else. Everyone was so accommodating and lovely.
I started in NZ ..Auckland 10 hour stop over at Dubai then onto Athens. From there to Crete for 4 days, awesome beaches outside my door. Then onto Sanorini for 6 days, went on day cruise to other sights around island.
On to 4 days on Naxos, such beautiful beaches, ideal to relax. Back to Athens then home.
Once again a huge thank you to Chris and his tem.
Will be referring them to all my friends and will use them .

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Suzanne

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review,
I am extremely happy that you enjoy the trip that we put together for you, and all the hotels and locations!
I'm delighted that everything went off without a hitch and that you could relax and enjoy the beautiful islands!
I look forward to planning your next trip to Greece, there are several amazing islands and wonderful hidden corners on the mainland,
I'd love to show them to you!

Chris

athens, mykonos, santorini · Greece - May 20 - May 28, 2019

Traveler: Joel A. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Chris did a great job and the trip to Greece was one of our best vacations. Everything was handled and all the staff were professional and wonderful to deal with.
I would definitely recommend kimkim to handle your travel needs.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Joel,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review!
I am delighted that you and your family had a wonderful time in Greece,
It was a pleasure to plan your trip for you!
Please give my regards to Louise,
All the best!

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 23 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Margaret r. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Our holiday inGreece was remarkable. Chris planned an interesting and outstanding itinerary and arranged great hotel accommodations as well. I especially enjoyed our suites in Athens, Rethynmo,, and Mykonos Town! The Catamaran Cruise in Santorini was delightful and so much fun. Made acqpanitiness with several other travelers . Also wanted you to know that our private drivers were all wonderful ! They were attentive to your needs and polite, and extremely knowledgeable which made our... read more

Our holiday inGreece was remarkable. Chris planned an interesting and outstanding itinerary and arranged great hotel accommodations as well. I especially enjoyed our suites in Athens, Rethynmo,, and Mykonos Town! The Catamaran Cruise in Santorini was delightful and so much fun. Made acqpanitiness with several other travelers . Also wanted you to know that our private drivers were all wonderful ! They were attentive to your needs and polite, and extremely knowledgeable which made our travel time with then educational and allowed for interesting discourse with then. My son, Kenny and I will continue to relive our fabulous holiday that Chris planned for us in such detail to assure we were able to visit all the historic places I wanted my son to see. We have many happy memories which we’ll cherish forever. Thanks again, for an exciting and wonderful experience in Greece!!!

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Margaret and Kenny
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a kind review, but most of all thank you for taking the time to meet me for coffee during you Delphi trip!
It was wonderful to meet you and Kenny after such a long time that we were in planning!
I m very happy that I had the opportunity to help you and Ken reconnect with Greece and I look forward to hearing from you again in the near future when you want to "get your Greek on" again!

All the best!

Chris

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days · Greece - May 16 - May 25, 2019

Traveler: Patrick L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

I always use local guides and drivers when I travel. This is the first time I used kimkim online without using a travel agent from where I live. I was skeptical and a bit nervous at first. It turned out to be one of the best decisions. The best things about kimkim is that its' travel agents are living in the places that you want to travel so they have the most up-to-date info of where and when to go. My local agent, Chris is very knowledgeable of Greece. He listened to my unique... read more

I always use local guides and drivers when I travel. This is the first time I used kimkim online without using a travel agent from where I live. I was skeptical and a bit nervous at first. It turned out to be one of the best decisions. The best things about kimkim is that its' travel agents are living in the places that you want to travel so they have the most up-to-date info of where and when to go. My local agent, Chris is very knowledgeable of Greece. He listened to my unique requirements and custom built an itinerary for four people in my group. We all loved the schedule and places that we visited. We visited the must see archaeological sites and enjoyed the peaceful Naxos island. Chris was able to find me rooms where I had a direct view of the sunset in Santorini and Aegean sea from my room in Naxos. Local guides for the "Taste of Athens" walking tour and Acropolis were very friendly and accommodating. Eva, the local guide for the "Taste of Athens" tour changed the itinerary throughout the day to accommodate our needs. She is the best. Chris was always in contact with us to make sure everything was ok. Although there were problems in transportation, Chris resolved the problem to my satisfaction. One suggestion for Chris is to provide acknowledgement and update to changes or requests within 24 hours. This is very important especially to clients who have never used Chris before. Overall, I am still very satisfy with the services provided by kimkim staff and Chris.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Patrick,

Thank very much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review!
The opinion of seasoned and happy travelers such as your self means a lot to us,

It was my pleasure planning this trip for you and all the crew, and I hope to hear from you again in the future if you ever want to uncover more of Greece hidden treasures. There are countless amazing islands, and many gems on the mainland, and I'd love to show them to you!

All the best,
Chris