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.
Featured trips & expertise
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering what it's like to travel to Greece as a family during the pandemic? Our Head of Product visited Greece with her family in August 2021. While it does require extra planning, getting in and out of the country is easy. At-home test kits are a convenient way to test the whole family and have your results on hand quickly. Alfresco dining during the summer months is a safe way to enjoy Greek food and culture. Pick up more tips from Yenyi in the trip report below.
Indulge in the best of the Mediterranean region's food and wine on this comprehensive three-week getaway. Start the trip in Athens, home to both the famed Acropolis and the bustling Varvakios Market. Spend a few days island-hopping for winery tours and some of the world's best olive oil, before catching a flight to the south of Italy. Enjoy the best of Italy's cuisine, from pizza in Naples to parmesan in Bologna as you eat and drink your way through the country.
Recent trip reviews for Christos
Once in a lifetime 9 day trip to - Greece · Greece - Aug 23 - Aug 31, 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.
Perfect getaway in Greece · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 23 - Oct 3, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 26 - Oct 2, 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
Post cruise travel · Greece - Sep 26 - Oct 3, 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.
Even tho they were in contact with · Greece - Sep 8 - Sep 18, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - Jul 14 - Jul 24, 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.
Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 16 - Jun 27, 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
Greek Islands · Greece - May 25 - Jun 3, 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!
Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 11 - Jun 21, 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!
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days · Greece - May 19 - May 28, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 25 - Jun 8, 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
Discover Athens, Mykonos,Santorini and Crete. · Greece - May 19 - May 31, 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
Discover Athens, Mykonos,Santorini and Crete. · Greece - May 19 - May 31, 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!
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days · Greece - May 6 - May 16, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 15 - May 24, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 24 - Jun 2, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 15 - May 24, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 15 - May 24, 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.
Getting Off the Beaten Path in Greece · Greece - May 13 - May 18, 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!
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 15 - May 26, 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!
Trip to Greece · Greece - May 2 - May 8, 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
Trip to Greece · Greece - Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2019
The trip was excellent! Everything was so well organized. I enjoyed all the events and the hotels. Thank you so much for a memorable trip. I will definitely use your services again.
Greece trip · Greece - Apr 4 - Apr 17, 2019
All of our drivers and Guides were Fantastic! Everything we saw is so incredible, it's hard to mention just a few!
I especially appreciated the planned tours, leaving plenty of unscheduled time for us to do things on our own. We saw such a variety of Greece, from islands to olive groves, to tannery and winery. Not the average tourists destinations. Hotel selection was amazing. I would definitely use this company for future travel.
Trip to Greece · Greece - Jan 27 - Jan 29, 2019
We had a three day tour of Greece and it was wonderful. Christos was great at putting everything together and making sure that we knew where we were going and when. He even called a couple of times during our trip to ensure that everything was going well. Our guides Theodorus (Epidaurus/Meteora) and Anastasia (Thessaloniki) were both very knowledgeable, spoke English well and enjoyable. I would definitely consider using kimkim and Christos again if we ever came back to Greece.
The best of Greece · Greece - Sep 12 - Sep 28, 2018
Thanks to kimkim and Travel12 for an exceptionally well planned and amazing vacation in Greece.
The attention to detail was most impressive.
I was a little nervous as I was traveling alone and had an ambitious schedule. Christos
ensured I was able to visit all the places I wanted to and got some time to relax and enjoy the islands. Taking my preferences into consideration.
The route was well planned and hotels selected were in close proximity to tourist attractions and pickup points for... read more
Foodie, Artist, fashion, History Lover · Greece - Sep 5 - Sep 26, 2018
Christos, my local specialist couldnt have been more responsive and communicative. It seems that he works 24/7 as he got back to me so quickly all the time! And also, very importantly, I feel we got very good value from them. All of the guides were first rate, very knowledgeable, delightful, and went the extra mile. We really enjoyed the Vintage Tour of Crete,Cretan Village Tour and Cretan Food Tour. We spent two weeks in Crete, going to Heraklion, Chania and Elounda which was perfect. We're already thinking about a return visit we liked it so much!
Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 17 - Sep 27, 2018
Christos did a super job in helping me tweak the itinerary once we had a draft and I put a lot into the 10 days there.. He was also very helpful and available when I was in Greece and had questions about anything along the way. My trip to Greece was fantastic! I learned a lot about the different islands i went to in Greece and saw a huge variation and diversity of the culture and views and other aspects of each place. I'd highly recommend Greece to anyone and also to work with Christos/Kim Kim on any itinerary plans for Greece
Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 14 - Sep 21, 2018
My trip to Greece was both fulfilling and quite enjoyable. Christos was easy to talk to and very responsive to my needs. My driver, Lampros, was professional and friendly and made a good trip even better. I would gladly book with them again.