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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If you're looking out for a place to go, dance your way through this five-day Greek itinerary featuring the island filming location of Mamma Mia. After landing in Athens, head down to the slopes of Mount Pelion and then out to Skopelos island where Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried worked on the 2008 film before you return to Athens.
Sandwich a scenic island between dramatic mountain views with this 10-day itinerary. After beginning atop the Acropolis and exploring Mount Pilio, you'll set sail for Skopelos island, home to coastal forests and beaches so picturesque they were the setting for Mamma Mia. Dance your way back to the mainland to climb up to the monasteries of Meteora and Zagori mountain villages before you return to Athens to watch the sun set over the Temple of Poseidon.
Get a taste of the Greek capital with this five-day tour. You'll start off with a stroll through the Athenian food scene and digest it with a mythology tour of the Acropolis, then put your lessons into practice as you take a cooking class under the Parthenon's watchful columns.
Spend eight days trekking through the northern Greek mountains and exploring the beaches of Corfu with this itinerary. In just over a week, you'll go from the bustling capital to the historic monasteries atop the cliffs of Meteora to the hillside villages of Zagori and the rugged shores of Corfu. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy your natural surroundings along the way!
Two weeks is a great length for a Greek vacation. You'll have plenty of time to see multiple islands and historic mainland sites, taking part in cultural or outdoor activities along the way. These itineraries explore the possibilities: get active on some of the Cyclades lesser-known islands, dive into ancient mythology, enjoy a laidback beach holiday, and more.
Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.
Recent trip reviews for Christos
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.