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Christos Mylonas

When I first traveled as an adult in a Greek island in Cyclades, 24 years ago, it was an experience that changed my life. I was 18 and it was really exciting to be in charge of my holidays. Due to our lack of experience and lack of organization, a lot of things went wrong, but this did not bothered us: it was a great adventure, the greater time of our lives until then!
I've been traveling in Greece and abroad since that first experience and learn how to carefully plan my trip and how to take advantage of all the opportunities available while traveling, but also to avoid trouble.
During all those years, I have organized a lot of trips for me, my friends and collaborates. My main concern is to adapt the travel to the specific circumstances: the available time and budget is the most critical but not the only one. I always take in to consideration the number of persons in the group, their relations (friends, family or people who don't know each other very well), their interests and even their mood at the time (if possible to know that).
I generally try to find a balance between having a full program and get exhausted and also between offering a bit of excitement and taking unnecessary risks. I always try, either when I am traveling or when I organize a trip for other people, to get to know some basics about the places I visit, to understand their particularity and to communicate with local people.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I feel very confident in organizing trips in places I have already been, which includes most Greek islands and most of Greek countryside.
I have a significant experience in road trips to the mainland, in trips to the islands and city tours to Athens and a few other cities."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first trip in the Greek islands was so exciting that changed my views about holidays. Although traveling inside my country, no so far away from home, it was really exciting and adventurous. In the following years, I continue traveling in the islands, trying to be a better traveler. I start giving attention in finding the best spots, making realistic schedules, planning a good variety of activities and staying on budget.
A few years later, I started traveling in Europe, which was also very interesting and exciting. After a carefully planned road trip to Sweden and Norway which came out a great success, i understood that I was ready to move forward in traveling...
After all those years of organizing my travels and those of my friends, I got involved professionally in travel. About 6 years ago I was involved in organizing yoga retreats in Greece and recently I started to collaborate with selected travel agents offering high quality travel experiences."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It is difficult to pick one, but I will choose the one in Sweden and Norway a few years ago.
It was a great trip first of all because I had good company and good mood, but also because we had sufficient time (about 2 weeks) and budget. So we planned carefully, to find the best traveling options, the best routes, the best places to stay in order to have a consistent and realistic. And finally to find the best spot in the places visited, restaurants, museums, bars, parks ant other interesting places.
We mixed up with locals in a few occasions and live some great experiences as the Scandinavian midsummer party in the countryside or the sauna ritual.
It was a very pleasant, interesting trip, we had a great time, we met people, we understood a lot about those countries and we got better as travelers.
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Christos is part of the following groups: Greece Travel Agents
Monemvasia's Preserved Old Town
Hidden Gems of Mainland Greece - 12 Days

This dynamic road trip takes you through some of mainland Greece's best kept secrets, starting with a mythology tour of the Acropolis in Athens and a visit to the wineries in Nemea. Then head into the picturesque Peloponnese Region where you'll discover the ancient ruins in Sparta, the medicinal tales of Ascelpius, and the charms of historic Mani villages. Visit the birthplace of the Olympics in Olympia, hike to an alpine lake for a swim, and visit a family-operated olive farm to learn all about the production process and to taste different varieties.

Colorful Santorini
Discover Ancient Greece & the Cyclades - 12 Days

Enjoy some of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades on this trip, starting on the mainland with mythology tours of the Acropolis, stargazing at constellations, and walks through the Temple of Delphi. Make your way to Tinos, the hidden gem of the Aegean, where you'll enjoy visits to marble villages, an afternoon on the beach, and an art workshop, followed by the glitz of Mykonos and the ancient ruins of Delos. End your trip with historical sites in Naxos, plus gorgeous views, beaches, and a wine tasting in Santorini.

Sunset on the Amazing Island of Syros
Gastronomy and Culture of the Cyclades - 12 Days

Discover Greece's distinct culture and gastronomy, starting in Athens with a private tour of the Acropolis and a hands-on cooking class, followed by a transition to some of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Begin in Syros for food tours and explorations of medieval cities, then head to the hidden gem of Tinos for some of Greece's best cuisine, plus a visit to marble villages, an art workshop, and an afternoon swimming in the Aegean Sea. End your trip in Naxos where you'll discover ancient sites, historic streets, medieval monasteries, and, of course, delicious, locally-sourced cuisines, the pride of the Greek Islands.

View of the Acropolis Hill in Athens
Discover Greek Mythology and Archeology - 12 Days

Visit some of Greece's most important sites on this archeology and mythology tour, starting in the buzzy capital of Athens, atop the famous Acropolis Hill, and at the Temples of Delphi. Then head to the islands, stopping in Crete to explore Heraklion, Chania, and the Arkadi Monastery, followed by Mykonos and Santorini for prehistoric ruins. End your trip on the island of Delos where you'll walk the Terrace of Lions, then head back to Athens for one final day visiting the Temple of Poseidon and chasing the sunset along the Athenian Riviera.

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.

The Meteora at sunrise
Wonders of Mainland Greece - 5 Days

In just five days, this diverse itinerary takes you to some of mainland Greece's top highlights. Spend a day in Athens exploring the antiquities of the Acropolis before touring Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic seaside city of Nafplio. Then move on to the ethereal rock formations of the Meteora, a series of ancient monasteries, a family-run winery, and more! You'll hike in the hills, sample regional delicacies, sleep in a mountain lodge, and learn all about Greek history and culture before returning to Athens, where the trip starts and ends.

Recent trip reviews for Christos

magical, memorable, sweet, and lovely...
Greece | Aug 24 - Sep 16, 2022

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Shannon S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Wow...it is hard to write about all the amazing experiences we had without writing a novel. From the beginning Christos was curious and interested in knowing about us so he could really personalize the trip. He gave options, asked questions, got on the phone so we could work out some of the intricacies... attentive and genuinely curious...he wanted this trip to be magical. And it was! Other notes about Christos and travel12 (the on the ground support) were little touches like having our... read more

Wow...it is hard to write about all the amazing experiences we had without writing a novel. From the beginning Christos was curious and interested in knowing about us so he could really personalize the trip. He gave options, asked questions, got on the phone so we could work out some of the intricacies... attentive and genuinely curious...he wanted this trip to be magical. And it was! Other notes about Christos and travel12 (the on the ground support) were little touches like having our boarding passes for the following day printed at our hotels when we arrive, checking in to ask how the trip is going, and fast responses when we did have questions.

The first week of the trip was self planned. Christos coordinated a rental car and Kyros at Kosmos rental car was so easy to work with. He called me when we landed and told me exactly how to find him. It was a smooth and caring transition after a 19 hour flight. This week included Monemvasia, a full tour of the Mani peninsula, sea kayaking in Kardimyli, Mycenae, Nafplio, and so many wonderful beaches, tavernas, and new friends.

The Athens/parthenon day of the trip was interesting (hot and tiring as well but it was also August). We did the mythology tour with Eleni as a host and learned a lot, had fun seeing the sites while also learning. Christos booked us a wine tasting dinner that evening at Cinque wine bar. The wines were wonderful, the food was delicious, the parings were unique and the education about Greek wine making was fantastic. The staff were all so friendly and it was proper greek dinner (3 hours of leisurely enjoying and being with family and friends).

On to Meteora! Words lack for the absolute wonder that is Meteora. Our guide... the only one whose name I don't remember but her style and knowledge were off the charts! She was really wonderful, answered questions, gave us time where we were curious and made sure to get us to a sunset view (even skipped the crowded one and took us to a better spot). We were super hungry as the tour wrapped up so she drove us to her favorite local taverna and made sure we knew how to get to our hotel after dinner. Our hotel was sweet and a lovely picturesque spot. We were comfortable and slept so well!

Delphi...my body still feels the energy there. The tour was an evening tour which was perfect! there weren't many people, it was cooler and we had time to really take it in. We started at the museum and Marillia walked us through giving us a history lesson and answering our many questions. She was mindful to move through the museum in a way where we weren't with multiple other tours. We appreciated this for multiple reasons (covid, over stimulation, and we could actually see the pieces we were talking about). As we walked to the oracle we were really able to feel and be with the energy of the space. Marillia was also interested in the ways that energy transmits and talked about her experience of Delphi as someone who doesn't live there but goes there to work 1-2x/week. It is a place where you feel shifts in you. I had a calm and curious energy and my partner has an active/excited energy. It was really unique. The temples/ruins are stunning and the views are breathtaking. The federales hotel was a sweet little spot. The room was small but perfect for one night. the view from the balcony was amazing!

Xania was a different world. We stayed in an Airbnb in the old town center and the streets were packed with people! It was an amazing experience to walk through the town and see ruins and new buildings intermixed. The botanical gardens were absolutely amazing! We had so much fun walking through and experiencing the many plants and then a truly delicious meal. The beaches of Crete are truly unique and beautiful.

The drive from Xania to Iraklio was beautiful. We made a stop in Rythemno and then decided to keep going and find a little taverna where we could swim and get fresh fish. We were not disappointed in our stop. In Iraklio we spent a day at the castle of Knossos. Lina was a delight. She knew the rhythm of the crowds at Knossos and she moved us around the ruins so that we could really see and enjoy it fully. It was one of the most spectacular of the many ruins. I only wish we had the time to go to the other castles on Crete.

Thera...you really don't get it until you get here. Constantinos was our driver from the boat to the hotel and into Oia. He was so lovely. He told us about the geography of the area and what he fell in love with and brought him to the island. He was sweet and worked with us as we got to the hotel and had a little timing conundrum. Oia was beautiful and interesting. We were admittedly done with tourist spots at this point so we took the time to focus on gifts we wanted to get for people and enjoyed a few hours of shopping and cafes/tavernas. We watched the sunset from our hotel, Kasimatis suites. Christos did us right on this one. We were in Imerovigli, highest point, and the view was absolutely breathtaking. The waterless farming tour with Ana was an absolute highlight of the trip. She was so sweet and dedicated to what she loves. Her family, her land, and her food. She taught us about the way they do anhydrous farming. How it changes the flavors and textures of the food. And the cooking/sharing a meal portion of the day really brought the group together. Ana was really good at asking the group questions that sparked deeper conversation and created a sense of family for a day. the wineries were really interesting and the tastings were enjoyable. What I took from this day is the absolute loveliness that was Ana's love and passion.

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Greetings, Christos. The trip you arranged fo...
Greece | Sep 8 - Sep 13, 2022

Julie
Julie H.
Harrisonburg, VA | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Greetings, Christos. The trip you arranged for us through the Peloponnese was wonderful. I gave the trip 5 stars even though two nights' accommodations were less than we would have expected. The other reviewers have commented on the Bacchus and the apartment in Monemvasia. The excursions were good and the restaurant choices were all great. You all did a great job of anticipating the types of places we would like. Kostas did a fantastic job for us - both professional and fun to travel with. Thank you for great service and a fantastic trip. Julie

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dear Julie
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate all the feedback you gave us, this will be very useful for us in the future.
We are very happy that you had a nice trip and enjoyed our country!
Greetings to you and all the group form all the team.
Christos

Christi’s-Wonderful trip-very well planned fo...
Greece | Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2022

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Joy G.
Norwood, OH | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Christi’s-Wonderful trip-very well planned for our style of travel. Our guides and villa host were all fabulous. Mareo took such good care of us at the Kastro SuitesAll activities-sailing cruise,wine tasting with Bellos(couldn’t pronounce his real name)food tasting tour with Alex in Naxos.Everything went beautifully and we were always informed and had number to contact if we had questions or any issues.
Thanks for the great trip and we’ll use KimKim again read more

Christi’s-Wonderful trip-very well planned for our style of travel. Our guides and villa host were all fabulous. Mareo took such good care of us at the Kastro SuitesAll activities-sailing cruise,wine tasting with Bellos(couldn’t pronounce his real name)food tasting tour with Alex in Naxos.Everything went beautifully and we were always informed and had number to contact if we had questions or any issues.
Thanks for the great trip and we’ll use KimKim again

Hotel Reviews
Kastro Suites
Santorini
Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy to get anywhere
Staff
Amazing-friendly and helpful
Ippokampos Beachfront Hotel
Naxos

The location is great!!! Able to walk to everything-or just go to beach across street!

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Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

Great location and delicious breakfast

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Activity Reviews
Caldera Sailing Cruise
Drama
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Food
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Local Transfer in Naxos
Naxos

This was an amazing intimate food tour Alex was great and the locations and shops he took us were so informative and pleasant

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Food tour in Naxos town
Naxos

Alex was amazing…So friendly and informative..This was a very intimate experience-gave us great respect for the culture and their wonderful foods

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Acropolis & Ancient Athens Mythology Tour
Athens

No one’s fault but very crowded and hot-our guide was great and very informative!

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More shade 🤣
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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Hi Joy
Thank you for your review and your kind words about us.
We are very glad that you had a nice trip in Greece. It was also a pleasure for me planning this trip and communicating with you during all that time.
Greetings from Greece
All the best
Christos

Our trip to the Peloponnese area was fantasti...
Greece | Aug 24 - Sep 16, 2022

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Caryn A S.
Sparks, NV | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Our trip to the Peloponnese area was fantastic!! The nights staying in the castle of Monemvasia were monumental~ Thank you Cristos for setting up the lovely and interesting wine tasting at Byrons. the sea-kyacking trip was a pure delight and George and Roque were informed and skillful guides- swimming in the caves was real delight. We really enjoyed the boat and walking tour of the caves of Diros.
Each of the historical sites, restaurants and recommendations that Cristos and the KimKim... read more

Our trip to the Peloponnese area was fantastic!! The nights staying in the castle of Monemvasia were monumental~ Thank you Cristos for setting up the lovely and interesting wine tasting at Byrons. the sea-kyacking trip was a pure delight and George and Roque were informed and skillful guides- swimming in the caves was real delight. We really enjoyed the boat and walking tour of the caves of Diros.
Each of the historical sites, restaurants and recommendations that Cristos and the KimKim team made were spot on and truly enjoyed.
The personal attention to all of the details were expertly handled in swift and easy communications with KimKim and Cristos~~ I can't wait to go back to Greece~~

Hotel Review
NLH Fix Hotel - Neighborhood Lifestyle Hotels
Athens

This quiet boutique hotel was perfect. The staff were very accommodating and helpful with directions and recommendations for dining and shopping. The hotel room is modern, clean and has a fully equipped kitchenette. The lovely complimentary breakfast box delivered at my time preference was a real treat~ I will definitely recommend and stay in this hotel again~

Authenticity & Character
very nicely appointed rooms
Location
easy walk to historical sites
Staff
extremely helpful and courteous
Cleanliness & Comfort
modern, clean and nonsmoking
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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Hi Caryn
Thank you very much for your review and your kind words about us.
I am very glad that you had a great rip to our country and I very happy to hear that you are thinking to come back again.
Greetings from Greece
Christos

Greece
Greece | Sep 2 - Sep 9, 2022

Jazmine
Jazmine S.
La Mirada, CA | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

My dream place was always to go to Greece! I didn’t know how to go about planning it and it was overwhelming. I did my research and came across KimKim in November of 2021. I inquired and was talking to someone previously before I started talking to Christos. Christos was so helpful in planning my itinerary and fitting to my budget I had. When I was on the trip they made sure to communicate EVERYTHING to me. I had a mishap when I got off before my ferry they checked on me. Also communicated... read more

My dream place was always to go to Greece! I didn’t know how to go about planning it and it was overwhelming. I did my research and came across KimKim in November of 2021. I inquired and was talking to someone previously before I started talking to Christos. Christos was so helpful in planning my itinerary and fitting to my budget I had. When I was on the trip they made sure to communicate EVERYTHING to me. I had a mishap when I got off before my ferry they checked on me. Also communicated when my ferry got delay or anything I needed. I am so happy my dream trip was everything I could imagine. I can’t wait to do another planned trip with KimKim and if you are ever going to Greece go through Christos.

Hotel Reviews
NLH Monastiraki
Athens

Upon arrival room wasn’t ready which is understanding. The hotel receptionist told us to come back and when we did she told me it still wasn’t ready and kind of had an attitude. They weren’t really welcoming and when questions were asked it seem to be a bothered to them. Other than that the hotel was nice and was by everything.

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Location
Convenient
Staff
Welcoming to guests
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and spacious.
Acrogiali Beach Hotel
Mykonos

We got off on the wrong ferry and they were helpful in getting us to the hotel. Staff was so nice to my fiancé and I. They answer every question and schedule transfers for us with no hesitation. I love the hotel and access to the beach with sea view.

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Makris Beach Hotel
Kamari

One of our days got cut short in Santorini. The receptionist was waiting for us and gave us tips on the food and everything. I love how the room was close to the beach and had so many food options and stores to access.

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Activity Reviews
Acropolis Afternoon Tour
Athens

Tour guide was AMAZING! She was very clear in explaining everything and making sure to take pictures of us.

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Horseback Riding to Fokos Beach
Mykonos

Love the horse riding to the beach. I was nervous on how to ride the horse but a tutorial was given. She kept checking on us making sure we were okay and even took pictures and videos on my GoPro.

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Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

I thought we were just going on a wine tour but I was shocked to know we had a whole guided tour of everything. I was so excited while he explain everything and took us to different locations. I love the tour guide, gelato, sunset, and wine. Also met another amazing couple there.

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Dear Jazmine
Thank you for your review and the kind words about us. I am very glad that you had an amazing trip in Greece and I hope to see you again in the future.
Thank you also for your feedback about the hotels and activities, this will definitely be helpful for us.
Greetings from all the team
Christos

The trip of a lifetime
Greece | Aug 30 - Sep 10, 2022

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Katherine S.
Orlando, FL | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

This was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime, and it was all made possible by the fine work of Christos and the rest of the kimkim staff. We started planning this trip pre-Covid in 2020 and delayed it twice due to the pandemic. When we finally decided the time was right to travel in September 2022, we were amazed daily at the first-class experience that Christos had planned for us for our 12 days in Greece. From the accommodations at Home & Poetry, The New Hotel, and Zillers in... read more

This was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime, and it was all made possible by the fine work of Christos and the rest of the kimkim staff. We started planning this trip pre-Covid in 2020 and delayed it twice due to the pandemic. When we finally decided the time was right to travel in September 2022, we were amazed daily at the first-class experience that Christos had planned for us for our 12 days in Greece. From the accommodations at Home & Poetry, The New Hotel, and Zillers in Athens, to the Hotel Douplani House overlooking the rock formations in Meteora, to the amazing Villa Marandi Luxury Suites (which really lives up to its name) in Naxos, everything was perfect. All of the guides and drivers (especially Dennis of Lampros Tours) were friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable beyond belief. Everything went exactly as planned, and there was not a single glitch in anything about the trip from start to finish. Thank you, Christos and kimkim!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Dear Katherine
I would like also to thank you for your kind words about us but also for all this nice collaboration we had since your initial request, until the end of the trip..
We are very happy that you had a great holiday in our country.
Greetings form all the team
Christos

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. ...
Greece | Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2022

Anita
Anita M.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. Transfers were excellent as well as your options. read more

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. Transfers were excellent as well as your options.

Hotel Reviews
Manos Small World
Santorini island

Amazing views, staff and location!!!

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Olive Green
Heraklion

Only one night- in the heart of the action! Loved it!

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Kriti Hotel
Chania, Crete

Great hotel but needed towels for our beach day and they could not provide us any unlike the other hotels we stayed in. However still enjoyed our stay here.

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Location
Right by the water
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Acropolis Hill Hotel
Athens

Great location. Good breakfast great staff

Authenticity & Character
Location
Far from shops but awesome view of the acropolis.
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Excellent guide!!

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Private Palace of Knossos Guided Tour
Heraklion
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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Hi Anita
Thank you for your review! I am happy that everything was ok during your trip and that you liked all the hotels. It is true that a trip in August in the islands is always challenging, but hopefully everything went well!
Greeting to you and your family from me and all the team.
Christos

Christos planned a fantastic trip for us. The...
Greece | Jul 10 - Jul 19, 2022

Allison
Allison S.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Christos planned a fantastic trip for us. The hotels, tours, and activities were all excellent. We had a particularly memorable tour of the Acropolis, led by an archeologist who brought ancient Greek history to life! An incredible hike in Naxos and tour of Santorini are other highlights that were no less memorable. When we got to Greece we were connected with a local kimkim team who expertly helped us navigate the few snags, such as travel delays, we encountered on our trip. read more

Christos planned a fantastic trip for us. The hotels, tours, and activities were all excellent. We had a particularly memorable tour of the Acropolis, led by an archeologist who brought ancient Greek history to life! An incredible hike in Naxos and tour of Santorini are other highlights that were no less memorable. When we got to Greece we were connected with a local kimkim team who expertly helped us navigate the few snags, such as travel delays, we encountered on our trip.

Hotel Reviews
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

Lovely boutique hotel in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens. Spotlessly clean with comfortable pillows and mattresses. Walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Absolutely phenomenal breakfast with hot items such as omelets and sausage, as well as, Greek fruit, yogurt, pastries, etc.

Authenticity & Character
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Perfectly happy with the location. Only docking it a star, because it didn't include good views.
Staff
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Antony Suites & Residences
Naxos

Good location close to the beach and walking distance to lots of shops and restaurants. The breakfast made with local ingredients was delicious. We looked forward to it every morning! It was clean and comfortable and the staff was really friendly and accommodating.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Perfectly happy with the location. Only docking it a star, because it didn't include good views.
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Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It was a good location, within walking distance from restaurants and shops. The staff was friendly and accommodating and the breakfast was great! There was a lovely view of the sunset and caldera from the front porch. Mysteriously, they didn't have washcloths, so if that's important to you, you'll have to bring your own. :-)

Activity Reviews
Acropolis Afternoon Tour
Athens

Phenomenal tour, led by an archeologist who brought ancient Greek history to life.

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Hiking Naxos Paths
Naxos

Fun and scenic hike with a local guide.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
We really enjoyed getting to know our guide.
Transport
The driver who took us to the hike scared us with his aggressive driving and I got a little motion sickness.
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Excellent guide and delicious wine tasting!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Hi Allison
Thank you for giving the time to write this review and all the important details you mentioned because they will be useful for us and for other travelers. Thank you also for your kind words about me and the team..
We are very glad that you had a nice trip in Greece. It was also a pleasure for me planning this trip and communicating with both of you during all that time.
Greetings from Greece
All the best
Christos

Christos was a superb specialist and everythi...
Greece | Jul 3 - Jul 12, 2022

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Lea M.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Christos was a superb specialist and everything we did went off with very few changes. He did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend his services to anyone wishing to go to the Greek Islands. Highlights were The Acropolis in Athens, our cooking class and island tour on Naxos, and the Santorini sunsets!! The only thing I would add to the tour descriptions is that you should bring shoes with good grippy soles as some of the marble and stone cobbles on the streets can be slippery even... read more

Christos was a superb specialist and everything we did went off with very few changes. He did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend his services to anyone wishing to go to the Greek Islands. Highlights were The Acropolis in Athens, our cooking class and island tour on Naxos, and the Santorini sunsets!! The only thing I would add to the tour descriptions is that you should bring shoes with good grippy soles as some of the marble and stone cobbles on the streets can be slippery even when dry, and are a bit uneven. But it was a spectacular trip, and Christos kept a close eye on us to make sure we were well-taken care of!

Hotel Reviews
Adriani Hotel
Naxos Town

The family which ran the hotel were lovely, incredibly accommodating, and the breakfasts were terrific!! The room was lovely and walking-distance from the town, and beautifully maintained and very clean.

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Volcano View Hotel
Santorini

Absolutely stunning views at this hotel!! Lots of steps, but that is Santorini! Very friendly staff, incredibly helpful, would definitely stay there again.

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Activity Reviews
Acropolis Afternoon Tour
Athens

I waited 40 years to see this incredible place and was NOT disappointed. Our guide was fantastic, the views were beautiful, and the site itself was magnificent.

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Cooking Class in a Traditional Village
Naxos

This was a highlight of our entire trip! Maria and Ioannis, our hostess and host, were friendly and very welcoming, our guide Lida was fantastic, would definitely love to do this again!

Quality of Experience
Food
What can I say, the food was delicious!!
Guides, drivers and staff
Lida stayed with us the entire day, was a font of knowledge, and a charming person and guide!
Transport
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Hi Lea
Thank you for your review and your kind words about us.
We are very glad that you had a nice trip in Greece. It was also a pleasure for me planning this trip and communicating with both of you during all that time.
Greetings from Greece
All the best
Christos

Christos did an AMAZING job planning our hone...
Greece | May 26 - Jun 3, 2022

Ari
Ari S.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

Christos did an AMAZING job planning our honeymoon! It was so easy, and we just showed up and everything was already set up. Private transfers, ferries, tours, they were all ready to go from the moment we arrived without hiccups. Either he or the travel agency he contracts with were able to answer any questions we had in real time during the trip at all hours. The drivers were all so friendly and timely, the accomodations were all lovely, and the ferries were all quick and smooth. The... read more

Christos did an AMAZING job planning our honeymoon! It was so easy, and we just showed up and everything was already set up. Private transfers, ferries, tours, they were all ready to go from the moment we arrived without hiccups. Either he or the travel agency he contracts with were able to answer any questions we had in real time during the trip at all hours. The drivers were all so friendly and timely, the accomodations were all lovely, and the ferries were all quick and smooth. The recommendations were all spectacular as well. Couldn't recommend Christos more highly! He will plan you the dream vacation. Thanks so much!!!

Hotel Reviews
NLH Monastiraki
Athens

Beautiful facility, clean, and with a great location in central athens. They even let us check in early.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ippokampos Beachfront Hotel
Naxos

AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL FACILITY! All the staff worked so hard to make sure we had the best time possible.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

Great location, beautiful area, however the room had a bright orange exit light that could not be turned off right by the exit to the room and made it hard to sleep. They also gave us the wrong breakfast one day, which caused a delay in our plans for the day, unfortunately. Otherwise they were extremely helpful, even finding me an ENT on the island to see in an emergency. The staff were extremely friendly, the facility was very clean, and the location couldn't be beat.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
remove the bright orange exit light next to the door, it was extremely obnoxious
Activity Reviews
Naxos Food & Culture Tour
Naxos

This was maybe our favorite part of the whole trip. Our tour guide was so cool, took us on a wonderful trip to several amazing locations. highly highly recommend. also got to eat some amazing local cheeses and olive oils which was my personal favorite part of the day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

loved our tour guide, the locations visited, and the amazing wine

Sail the Volcano Lagoon and visit the Volcano Crater
Santorini

Beautiful ride, but kind of a packed 'sailboat' which was actually running on a motor. There were ~50 people on the boat and not many places to sit. Honestly, not sure I would recommend this. The sights were nice, and the dinner was good, but it was just so crowded on the boat and I felt like we were just being herded around.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

Hi Ari
Thank you very much for your kind review, we are very glad you had a nice time in Greece.
Greetings from all the team!
All the best
Christos

Trip was wonderful. Christos picked great hot...
Greece | Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2022

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Lisa D.
Oregon, OH | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Trip was wonderful. Christos picked great hotels with perfect locations. Drivers waiting for us made things so easy! Bike trip in Athens was very fun and we got to see so much!

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Trip was wonderful. Christos picked great hotels with perfect locations. Drivers waiting for us made things so easy! Bike trip in Athens was very fun and we got to see so much!

Hotel Reviews
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ippokampos Beachfront Hotel
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Athens Sunset Electric Bike Tour
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dear Lisa
Thank you very much for your review! We are very happy that you had a nice trip.
Greetings from Greece
Christos

Select Kimkim for your best travel experiences!
Greece | Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2022

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Peggy D.
Cape Coral, FL | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Everyone at KimKim I had opportunity to work with was FABULOUS! Wonderful accommodations in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos—we felt like royalty. Special shout-out to Jo, our guide in Athens and Will in Santorini for humor, real knowledge of respective areas and great personalities. Hope to stay in touch with both to host them in the US. And to Christos—always working with me to make trip special! Kimkim and Dubai 2024!!! read more

Everyone at KimKim I had opportunity to work with was FABULOUS! Wonderful accommodations in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos—we felt like royalty. Special shout-out to Jo, our guide in Athens and Will in Santorini for humor, real knowledge of respective areas and great personalities. Hope to stay in touch with both to host them in the US. And to Christos—always working with me to make trip special! Kimkim and Dubai 2024!!!

Hotel Reviews
The Foundry Suites
Athens

Such a unique boutique hotel with character that is beyond. Great accommodating staff! Located just on edge of nightlife and dining hub and walkable to major Athens historic sights. Try for Jo as your Tour Guide!

Tips for future travelers

There are mosquitoes in Athens so take advantage of offer for bug spray!

Authenticity & Character
Great staff and interesting room effects from piano to hundreds of books.
Location
Just steps from restaurants, clubs and great cigar shop.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Volcano View Hotel
Santorini

Views beyond belief! Everyone gets their own outdoor balcony (great for scrabble and glass of wine) and the rooms are lovely. Great pool area and breakfast cafe staffed by wonderful staff personalities. Wide assortment of food on buffet that can get you full until dinner. Easy transportation into Fira and Oei for shopping and dining.

Tips for future travelers

Only to have room for me to stay with you on my next visit.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Transportation to/from public transportation. Always looking out for guests alerting us when drivers are coming, getting reservations for restaurants, etc.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kouros Hotel & Suites
Mikonos

Great, warm staff who took care of us…especially in an emergency. Always smiling and ready to help you with anything!

Tips for future travelers

Just know you will be treated as a VIP.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Acropolis & Flavors of Athens
Athens

Our guide Jo was INCREDIBLE! so personable and knowledgeable and she felt like she was a good friend to us. You could tell she was very passionate about her job and talked about studying to be sure she was aware of the latest news and info. Really the best!

Quality of Experience
Great informational tour.
Guides, drivers and staff
Love, love, love Jo!
Transport
Be ready to walk!
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Had Will as our tour guide with another couple and he kept us laughing. Was great about pointing out unique facts of Santorini (often while singing or rhyming) and the four of us had wished he had been able to join us on wine tasting. Constantly taking pictures of us with our cameras so have great memories of the blue and white buildings and highest point of island.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Hysterical and well educated.
Transport
Great!
Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon
Santorini

Be prepared to take yourself back to the days of Abba. Natalia and Lexi were gracious hosts on the boat and Captain Yiannis made sure we saw all the red, white and black beaches plus the hot springs where we covered ourselves with mud. Cocktails were flowing and dancing on the deck while sun set was such a memory! Great food and we all bonded with one another celebrating a 25th anniversary, a couple of birthdays, and hopefully future engagements.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dear Peggy
I would like also to thank you for your kind words about us but also for all this lovely collaboration we had since your initial request, until the end of the trip..
We are very happy that you had a great holiday in our country and we hope to see you again.
Christos

We loved our family trip to Greece!
Greece | May 28 - Jun 10, 2022

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Marlena B.
Farragut, TN | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

We just got back from our 12 day trip to Greece and it was absolutely fantastic! The whole planning process was painless, the website and messaging system is very easy to navigate. Christos was our travel agent and we loved the plan he made for us. He was very attentive to details and responded quickly to messages. There were a couple small snafus during the trip (entirely my fault) and Christos and the team responded to messages right away to help us. We had good experiences with every... read more

We just got back from our 12 day trip to Greece and it was absolutely fantastic! The whole planning process was painless, the website and messaging system is very easy to navigate. Christos was our travel agent and we loved the plan he made for us. He was very attentive to details and responded quickly to messages. There were a couple small snafus during the trip (entirely my fault) and Christos and the team responded to messages right away to help us. We had good experiences with every driver and guide that was scheduled for us. Our favorite hotel that we stayed at was the Lagos Mare in Naxos and our favorite tour guide was Spiros, also in Naxos. I know it sounds over the top, but I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about our trip! Even traveling with 4 children, it was all easy and stress free.

Hotel Reviews
Athens Manor Houses
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Monastiri Guesthouse
Kalampaka - Meteora
Location
Fedriades Hotel
Delphi

The views from this hotel are absolutely breathtaking! The bathrooms were very small with no counter space and I thought the bed was so hard and uncomfortable. But honestly it may have been worth it for tbt views!

The Alex
Piraeus
Lagos Mare
Naxos

Location was great, loved tbt pool and lawn area, every staff member was exceptional!

Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini
Imerovigli

Beautiful hotel, amazing location, great breakfast. Only negative was one small bathroom in a suite for 6.

Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Great views, amazing breakfast, comfortable and clean, free shuttle to hotel.

Activity Reviews
Sail the Volcano Lagoon and visit the Volcano Crater
Santorini

This was so fun. It’s a must do in Santorini!

Food tour in Naxos town
Naxos

Favorite tour of our trip! We loved our guide Spiros and it was so fun to be led to the best food on the island while also touring a bit of the area as well.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dear Marlena.
Thank you very much for your detailed review and for your kind words. It is important for us to appreciate our efforts to make this experience the best possible. We are very happy that you had a nice time in Greece and that your family has kept good memories.
Greetings from all the team!
Christos

Trip to Athens, Meteora and Santorini
Greece | Apr 14 - Apr 22, 2022

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Gayatri Y.
Concord, MA | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

From the initial trip planning to all execution to the simplest details was taken care off very well by Christos and the team.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dear Gayatri
Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad that you had a nice trip to Greece.
Best wishes
Christos

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

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Sally M.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on May 08, 2022

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.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on May 08, 2022

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

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

Alyssa
Alyssa B.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2022

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

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.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2022

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

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

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Diana S.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

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
Delphi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Great location in town- just far enough way from the main noise side.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Honey Tasting & Private Dinner at a Farm
Olympia

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

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Private Tour of Delphi
Delphi

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.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

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

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

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ashley f.
Bloomfield, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

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

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

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Jason C.
San Carlos, CA | Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

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!!!

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

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

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

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Tim S.
Vincentown, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

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

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

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

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

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

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Patricia K.
Long Valley, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

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

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

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Mary M.
Newport Beach, CA | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2019

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

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2019

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

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

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Bill R.
Jackson, TN | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

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

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

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

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

Trip to Greece
Greece | Jul 14 - Jul 24, 2019

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Helge H.
Springfield, PA | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2019

Terrofic all around. Christos helped put a great itinerary together: It was dense and ambitious but never hurried. Precisely what we like.

The welcome dinner with great Akropolis views, great guides for mytholoy tour and kayaking...a truly outstanding experience.

Was our second Kimkim experience, after Nepal: Another winner.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Aug 01, 2019

Dear Helge
I am glad that you have a nice time and you were happy from all the arrangements.
It was nice working with you.
Thank you
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | Jun 16 - Jun 27, 2019

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Frances W.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2019

Christos arranged a wonderful itinerary for our family of four, to Athens, Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini. The accommodations were modern and hospitable, not sure we could have found them on our own! We had several terrific excursions, including a Greek history/mythology tour in Athens with Athens Insiders, a visit to a Mykonian farm with a traditional dinner afterward, a bike tour of Naxos' beautiful coastline (local guide Reno is fantastic!), and a boat tour of the caldera/volcano region in... read more

Christos arranged a wonderful itinerary for our family of four, to Athens, Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini. The accommodations were modern and hospitable, not sure we could have found them on our own! We had several terrific excursions, including a Greek history/mythology tour in Athens with Athens Insiders, a visit to a Mykonian farm with a traditional dinner afterward, a bike tour of Naxos' beautiful coastline (local guide Reno is fantastic!), and a boat tour of the caldera/volcano region in Santorini. Only caveat I would add is to be specific in your requests to the agency - e.g., hotel walkable to beach or town, etc. The Travel12 team was extraordinarily professional and responsive to all of our needs, particularly when issues cropped up with delayed planes etc as happens with travel. Much appreciation! We recommend Christos and the team without reservation.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2019

Dear Frances
Thank you very much for your review and you kind words!
I am happy that you had a nice time despite the flight problems in the beginning.
Greetings from all the team
Christos

Greek Islands
Greece | May 25 - Jun 3, 2019

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Cheryl A.
Canada | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Christos was very helpful with the planning of our trip to Greece. He was prompt with his responses and he listened and adjusted the itinerary according to our needs and requests. Everything went exactly as scheduled and when we had an issue with one of the excursions, he was understanding and did his best to handle things expeditiously. We visited Athens, Aegina, Hydra and Spetses. We thoroughly enjoyed each place, but the Hotel Rastoni in Aegina was especially beautiful. I would not hesitate to use kimkim again!

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dear Cheryl
Thank you very much for your review. I am very happy that you had a nice trip in Greece. I need to say that we had a very good communication from the beginning and we made really the good choices during the planning phase.
Hope to see you again in Greece!
Best regards
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | Jun 11 - Jun 21, 2019

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Marian (Mimi) M.
Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

The Kimkim team was amazing! The personal touch makes all the difference. We felt well cared-for and thoroughly enjoyed our adventure. Kudos to Christos, Dimitris and all the team. Thanks to my experience with Kimkim I will definitely visit Greece again!

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dear Mimi
Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your trip in Greece. It also was a pleasure to meet you and the whole family.
Looking forward to your next trip in Greece!
Greetings from all the team.
Christos

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days
Greece | May 19 - May 28, 2019

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Sue S.
Lansdale, PA | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

My family went to Athens, Mykonos and Crete in Mid May of this year. It was a fantastic trip from start to finish. Christos , I am sorry this is so late. I cant thank you enough for the terrific Itinerary you put together for us. All the Accomodations were wonderful with a special shout out to Aletro Cottage Houses. The location, pool, view, breakfast and rooms were all amazing. The owners were great and when my daughter needed something for some insect bites they quickly came to the rescue.... read more

My family went to Athens, Mykonos and Crete in Mid May of this year. It was a fantastic trip from start to finish. Christos , I am sorry this is so late. I cant thank you enough for the terrific Itinerary you put together for us. All the Accomodations were wonderful with a special shout out to Aletro Cottage Houses. The location, pool, view, breakfast and rooms were all amazing. The owners were great and when my daughter needed something for some insect bites they quickly came to the rescue.
The tours set up by Christos and all transportation were 5 star . The drivers always had water available to us and gave us lot of info. Shout out to Alternative Athens for the tours especially our Tour guide Alex on our Mythology walking tour in Athens. He was so passionate about his job!
Our boat rides between islands were fun and the views unbelievable. Just make sure you have some Euros as the internet went down on our day trip to Balos and couldn't buy food on the boat!!
KImKim was available around the clock to answer questions and were quick to answer,.
I will be using KimKim again for our next European travel!!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dear Sue
I am very happy that you had a nice time in Greece.
Thank you for your feedback and for the specific points that you are mentioning, it is very useful to us to get this kind of reviews, in order to be able to become better every year.
Greetings to you and your family from all the team here!
Regards
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 25 - Jun 8, 2019

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Heidi C.
Missouri City, TX | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

I can’t say enough about Christos, Maria, Angeliki and Dimitris and the whole travel12 team. Wow! They planned a wonderful and seamless trip for my teens and me. Anything went perfectly and if it didn’t the travel12 team make it right AND gave us something to make up for the trouble. In Skopelos our favorite island we had the team schedule us a mamma Mia tour. But on the day the tour company did not show up and didn’t have our reservation. Travel12 got right on it and got us scheduled for... read more

I can’t say enough about Christos, Maria, Angeliki and Dimitris and the whole travel12 team. Wow! They planned a wonderful and seamless trip for my teens and me. Anything went perfectly and if it didn’t the travel12 team make it right AND gave us something to make up for the trouble. In Skopelos our favorite island we had the team schedule us a mamma Mia tour. But on the day the tour company did not show up and didn’t have our reservation. Travel12 got right on it and got us scheduled for the next day. And to make up for our disappointment they scheduled a boat tour of the island. That might have ended up being one of our favorite tours! Everything was so wonderful and exactly what we wanted. We asked to be slightly immersed into Greek culture and boy to christos and travel12 deliver. We had an awesome cooking class with a Greek family on Naxos. It was just us and the family and it was wonderful!! When I go back to Greece I am contacting christos and travel12. Thank you so much!!!!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dear Heidi
Thank you very much for you kind words! We are very happy that you had nice time, enjoying an discovering some parts of Greece.
I think that this was an quite demanding trip plan, I was a little anxious about it when planning it, but it finally went well, with very little trouble.
Thank you also, for being positive and flexible during the unfortunate incidents that occurred during this trip.
Greetings from all the team and maybe see you again in Greece.
Best regards
Christos

Discover Athens, Mykonos,Santorini and Crete.
Greece | May 19 - May 31, 2019

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PADMABEN P.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

All the guides (sorry, we don't remember names) from Alternatives Athens were very good. We enjoyed the fact that all our hotels were in mid town and we were able to explore and walk everywhere in our free time.
On Delos, the sights were good but there was not enough time to explore the ruins and go to the museum. To us the organized tours were not necessary.
In Santorini the Villa was beautiful and would have been a perfect place for a relaxing vacation but for our first time in... read more

All the guides (sorry, we don't remember names) from Alternatives Athens were very good. We enjoyed the fact that all our hotels were in mid town and we were able to explore and walk everywhere in our free time.
On Delos, the sights were good but there was not enough time to explore the ruins and go to the museum. To us the organized tours were not necessary.
In Santorini the Villa was beautiful and would have been a perfect place for a relaxing vacation but for our first time in Santorini, we felt it was too remote for the schedule we had and it would have been better for us to be in a hotel in the town center. Sophia was great and did her best to make us comfortable ( the electricity kept cutting off when we got there and the safe never worked) and welcome. The guide, Costas was excellent. The CATAMARAN Sunset cruise was the best and all the crew on the boat were fantastic.
The Palace of Knossos guide was very good too.
We enjoyed the 7 villages tour in Chania and the driver/guide who took us was also very good.

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Hi Panna
Thank you very much for your detailed review. It is good to have a detailed feedback regarding the whole trip , in order to become better every time.
We are very happy that you had a nice time in Greece, hope to see you again!
Greetings to all your family from me and the whole team.
Christos

Discover Athens, Mykonos,Santorini and Crete.
Greece | May 19 - May 31, 2019

Rachna
Rachna P.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2019

We had an amazing family vacation thanks to Christos. Greece is a beautiful country and thanks to Christos and his team (Kostas, Sophie, Spiro just to mention a few) we were able to enjoy all that it had to offer. In addition to excellent tours and experiences, Christos's team went out of their way to help us to surprise and celebrate by dad for his 70th birthday in Santorini. It was a memorable experience for everyone and a fantastic vacation!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2019

Hi Rachna
Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy that you had a nice time during your holiday in Greece and hope to see you again here!
Greetings to all of you from me and all the team.
Christos

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days
Greece | May 6 - May 16, 2019

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Alexandra S.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

This is the first time we’ve used a travel agency and it was a great experience! The hotels were excellent, with the exception of the location of one hotel in Crete, close to an outdoor party area, it was noisy and bright in the room. The tours they booked for us were excellent, every guide was so knowledgeable and very engaging. Christos personally came to our hotel in Athens to hand deliver a SIM card for our phone. We had only one incident of a driver not actually waiting for us getting... read more

This is the first time we’ve used a travel agency and it was a great experience! The hotels were excellent, with the exception of the location of one hotel in Crete, close to an outdoor party area, it was noisy and bright in the room. The tours they booked for us were excellent, every guide was so knowledgeable and very engaging. Christos personally came to our hotel in Athens to hand deliver a SIM card for our phone. We had only one incident of a driver not actually waiting for us getting off the ferry in Mykonos. We called KimKim and someone was there to get us within 20 minutes. We would not hesitate to use KimKim again, a very good experience.

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

Dear Alexandra
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that you had a nice time in Greece and it was also a pleasure to meet both of you!
Thank you also for your feedback about the hotel in Crete, we need that in order to imporve ourselves.
Best regards
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 15 - May 24, 2019

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Judy M.
St Louis, MO | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2019

We had a fantastic time in Greece and thought it was a great trip. The welcome dinner at ManiMani was superb, each dish better than the one before. The tour of Santorini's farm produce and wines with Anna was terrific; our trip to Delphi with Effie was also fabulous. Another highlight of the trip was the hotel in Ornus -- it was so delightful just to be there. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it and the staff was great. We also had lovely people running the hotel in Kamari -- Mary... read more

We had a fantastic time in Greece and thought it was a great trip. The welcome dinner at ManiMani was superb, each dish better than the one before. The tour of Santorini's farm produce and wines with Anna was terrific; our trip to Delphi with Effie was also fabulous. Another highlight of the trip was the hotel in Ornus -- it was so delightful just to be there. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it and the staff was great. We also had lovely people running the hotel in Kamari -- Mary was really delightful. We had some really great guides -- Kostas was wonderful at the Acropolis and very understanding when Marvin was having his spell. I also really enjoyed the tour of Akrotiri and the Palace at Knossos, and found the guides knowledgeable and capable of handling questions. I would suggest that perhaps more time be allotted to both of those sites, however, since it was very rushed and we didn't really get to savor things. I do understand that there are so many visitors and our guides were trying to stay ahead of the crowds -- this may not be something that could be fixed during a tour in May, but I offer it just in case. The museum in Knossos was fantastic, as was the National Archaeological museum (we visited it on our own). I had been told how great the Parthenon museum was and it did not disappoint. We took the suggestion of a friend and had lunch there, overlooking the Acropolis. That was really delightful and I recommend it to others.
One complaint i have, however, was our tour in Delos. I found the guide, Athena, was not particularly responsive to the group. Her accent was such that we had a great deal of difficulty understanding her, and hearing was also a problem. I would suggest that for a group of anything over 10, Assisted Listening Devices be used. I work in an art museum and that is our policy and it really makes it a much better experience. Everyone can hear; guides don't need to raise their voices to be heard. I would suggest that a Delos visit be longer, or at least people should be told that they could take the later ferry if they wanted. Since we had someone meeting us after the tour, I didn't realize that was an option.
I don't want my review to end on an extended complaint, however, since for the most part it was a wonderful trip and we enjoyed it immensely. We found the KimKim staff, as well as some of the local agencies, very responsive and for the most part, things went smoothly and we had a terrific vacation.

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 05, 2019

Dear Judy
First of all we are very happy that you had a nice time and enjoyed your holidays.
Thank you very much for finding the time to write this review. Your feedback is really valuable for us and also for the future travelers.
We will take in to considerations all your points here, I think you are right in all of them.
Best Regards

Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 24 - Jun 2, 2019

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Kara G.
Scottsdale, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2019

We started the trip with a free day in Mykonos and spent it at the Kahlua beach club, dinner at Busulas and out at Semeli that night. The next day was a trip to Delos Island. We had the most fabulous, authentic, amazing guide named Toula. We wanted to take her home and have her be our very own Greek grandmother. Took the speed ferry to Santorini and had a hidden Gem and Wine tour hosted by Manos, another great local guide and a tour we very much loved. Our favorite activity the following day... read more

We started the trip with a free day in Mykonos and spent it at the Kahlua beach club, dinner at Busulas and out at Semeli that night. The next day was a trip to Delos Island. We had the most fabulous, authentic, amazing guide named Toula. We wanted to take her home and have her be our very own Greek grandmother. Took the speed ferry to Santorini and had a hidden Gem and Wine tour hosted by Manos, another great local guide and a tour we very much loved. Our favorite activity the following day was our Catamaran cruise hosted by Spiros & Spiros (yes two men on the same boat with the same name!). Spent the rest of the night with the locals after hours at Vineyart and enjoyed a local flight of wines. In Athens, we enjoyed a very tasty food tour and found our new love of Greek coffee + Freddos. Had a nice meal at Feedel and had our most authentic meal of the trip at "The Traditional". Stopped by Clumsies, Baba Au Rum and Noel for some cocktails along with Oinoscent wine bar to round out the trip. Had an amazing views in Meteora and could not get over the tranquility of the perfectly preserved monasteries. Overall we had zero hiccups, all of our drivers were on time, hotels reserved, tour guides punctual, and a great experience. It was a nice touch to get a welcome call once Travel 12 new we arrived. Will use this service again!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2019

Hi Kara
Thank you for your feedback and you nice words.
We are very glad that you had a nice time during your holiday in Greece.
Greetings from all the team!
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 15 - May 24, 2019

Marvin
Marvin M.
St Louis, MO | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2019

Ginger, David, and Judy will be providing their own reviews; their memory of the specifics (guides' names, in particular) is much better than mine.

I'd just like to express my thanks to KimKim and Christos for putting together such a wonderful and memorable trip. There were really no downsides. One suggestion for improvement, though, concerns the occasional lack of detail, on the schedule/ itinerary, regarding ferry transfers. It wasn't always clear where we needed to be and what to expect.... read more

Ginger, David, and Judy will be providing their own reviews; their memory of the specifics (guides' names, in particular) is much better than mine.

I'd just like to express my thanks to KimKim and Christos for putting together such a wonderful and memorable trip. There were really no downsides. One suggestion for improvement, though, concerns the occasional lack of detail, on the schedule/ itinerary, regarding ferry transfers. It wasn't always clear where we needed to be and what to expect. Again, the others will likely be providing more specifics in this regard. Also, it might have been more sensible to have us in a hotel near the airport upon our late return from Heraklion on the final night. Presumably, availability and cost dictated the decision to have us in downtown Athens, at the Pi Hotel. This, by the way, was the least impressive of our hotels, although it was certainly acceptable.

I can assure you that we'll be recommending KimKim to friends and acquaintances. Thanks again for everything!

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2019

Hi Marvin
Thank you very much for your nice words and also for your valuable feedback.
We always try to improve ourselves in all aspects and I understand that clarity on the instructions is a critical aspect.
Regarding the hotels, you are right it was mainly an availability issue.
In any case, we are glad that you had a nice time in Greece and hope to see you again!
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 15 - May 24, 2019

Ginger
Ginger M.
St Louis, MO | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2019

Great trip! It was all very memorable ,but if I have to say, the places that were most memorable: Acropolis, Delos Island, and the food/wine tasting on the farm in Santorini. On Mykonos: the Hotel Dorion was fabulous! We also loved the dinner the first night at Manimani --a splendid meal! Of our many guides, I think Effie at Delphi was the most knowledgeable. We also very much enjoyed our male guide in Santorini but I forget his name, unfortunately. Our driver in Santorini was also terrific--very friendly and eager to talk about the terrain, the architecture, the history of the island.

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2019

Dear Ginger
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that you had a nice time in Greece.
I also have to say that you have uploaded great photos!
Greetings from all the team in Greece.
Christos

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Greece
Greece | May 13 - May 18, 2019

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Beverley K.
South Africa | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2019

Christos was meticulous, responsive and patient in the planning process.
All logistics were taken care of with and all went smoothly.
It was great to have contact with him whilst in Greece and to know that he was available to assist with any queries. I would highly recommend him to plan a trip to Greece.
Thank you Christos!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 01, 2019

Dear Beverley
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy that you had a nice time in Greece, It was a really interesting process , because we designed together a very original plan, very differnet from what most people take! I hope to have you again here in Greece.
Thank you!
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 15 - May 26, 2019

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Karen S.
Washington, DC | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

I have traveled a lot internationally but this was the first trip that Christos from Kim Kim planed for me and three friends. It was the most amazing experience. The trip was planned very well and was pretty much worry free. Christos was available day and night to answer questions and help when needed. Best experience and customer service. Would recommend Christos and his company to friends and family!

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Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on May 27, 2019

Hi Karen
Thank you for your review!
I am very happy that you had a nice time in Greece and we will be waiting for you again in Greece.
Best regards
Christos

Trip to Greece
Greece | May 2 - May 8, 2019

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Lydia M.
Canada | Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Planning the trip was great! Christos gave us quite a few plans to pick from and tried to stay within our budget. We ended up picking a great package to Greece!

Our time in Athens was fantastic. We had an afternoon to check out the city. The following day, was our Mythology tour which included visits to the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, and the Agora. Our guide Marika was amazing! Very detailed tour and she stopped often to talk, so it was nice to give our legs a bit of a break. The only... read more

Planning the trip was great! Christos gave us quite a few plans to pick from and tried to stay within our budget. We ended up picking a great package to Greece!

Our time in Athens was fantastic. We had an afternoon to check out the city. The following day, was our Mythology tour which included visits to the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, and the Agora. Our guide Marika was amazing! Very detailed tour and she stopped often to talk, so it was nice to give our legs a bit of a break. The only downfall was that although our breakfast was included at the hotel, we couldn't take advantage of it because our tour started early and then our ferry was leaving early the next day before we could have breakfast.

Then we went to Milos by ferry. We were in Milos on the weekend, so most places were closed. We were close to some shops and restaurants, but a little ways from Plaka. We ended up walking from our hotel to Plaka (an hour and a half walk, one way) which was a nice walk, but a lot of the shops were closed. Our hotel there was great though! Panos brought us breakfast in our room both mornings, a very nice spread of some traditional Greek foods as well as fresh orange juice and coffee. He also picked us up and dropped us off at the port and gave us tips on where to eat and how to get there.

Ferry to Santorini was pretty rough due to the enormous waves and high winds. Most of the passengers were sick on this ride, myself included. But we had reserved a shuttle from the port to our hotel, which was very close to the beach and many restaurants and shops. Not overcrowded. Our suite there was big, with a kitchenette and living room. Breakfast was also included which we got to enjoy only one morning since we were leaving early the second morning. We had a free morning on our first day in Santorini, so we enjoyed gift shopping and walking around. In the afternoon we had a Gems of Santorini and Wine Tour. This tour was fantastic! We got picked up just steps away from our hotel, and we were just a small group (only 6 of us). Our guide Sophia talked to us about the history of the island and brought us to the popular spots (Oia, Thira, the monastery, etc) and other places she believes get overlooked. Our driver would drop us off and we would walk around the towns to see some interesting buildings, and he would pick us up at a different spot (our guide wanted to make sure we didn't see the same thing twice). Our last stop was the winery. By this time I think we were all starving (since the tour started around 3 and lasted 5 hours) so I would recommend bringing a couple of snacks. Sophia gave us the scoop on the winery and how it all began. Then we enjoyed a wine tasting along with a charcuterie board. Perfect timing, as we then went up to watch the sunset and take lots of photos. It was a great way to end our trip. We were then dropped off again near our hotel.

I have already recommended Christos to my friends and family since we had such a wonderful experience planning our trip with him, and I will continue to rave about the hard work he put in to put together the perfect plan for us.

Thank you so much for Christos and the tour guides that made this trip so memorable!

Local specialist: Christos Mylonas