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Eleni Fotiou

My love for traveling, my curiosity, and strong motivation for research, as well as an inner quest for identity, made me study international relations and focus on the Mediterranean region. I traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. As a student, and later as a researcher and policy analyst, I participated in exchange programs, backpacking, and volunteer projects.

Writing and photography have always been the best companions in my journey and a means to better understand the world and to self-transform. Nowadays, my three kids have taken over this challenging role and guided me to find my inner “harbor” in the authenticity of the Mediterranean landscape and in simple things, as precious as an olive tree, a grapevine, and a boat sailing in calm waters.

Today, it is undoubtedly the love for our land, the Mediterranean, that made me want to share what I have seen and felt that matters in traveling; a better understanding of the world, of ourselves, exploration, in other words, the art of a meaningful life. Life is a journey anyway, in which “you hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery."

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Italy and Greece; family travel & hands on experiences; educational & sophisticated travel…but in essence, creating tailormade trips inspired by anyone willing to travel and explore our land."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I think I was always involved in travel. I always remember myself designing trips with my parents, my grandma, and later for my solo trips or with my friends and colleagues. When I became a mother, I felt I should not let my job define my life; but rather the opposite. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"The travel experience I will never forget was my road trip in the Mediterranean: from Italy to France, Spain, and Portugal, and from Greece to Egypt through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel following the literary path of historian and travel writer William Dalrymple. I relived this journey once more 7 years later in my first personal travel photography exhibition “Faces from the Mediterranean”."

Eleni is part of the following groups: Greece Travel Agents, Italy Travel Agents
Hit the trail with your family
Greek History, Nature, and Culture for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 7 Days

Take a week getting out into nature in the Peloponnesian peninsula with this itinerary designed for older kids and teenagers. Start in Athens, where you'll juxtapose Classical myths with modern street art. Then head to the historic warrior city of Sparta to explore its ancient castles before you finish your trip in the seaside city of Nafplio with a kayak tour over a sunken city.

Exploring the ruins of Olympia
Greek History, Nature, and Culture for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 10 Days

Older kids and teens can enjoy ten days of activities that will acquaint them with Greece's personality through the ages. Start in Athens with tours of ancient monuments and modern street art, then head to Nafplio to explore sprawling sanctuaries. You'll then head to Olympia to try your hand at beekeeping and archaeology before ending your trip among the sacred stones at Delphi.

Athenian activity
Greek Culture & Adventure for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 7 Days

Explore the city and countryside via engaging activities on this week-long itinerary ideal for school-aged children . Your first days will be spent in Athens, listening to stories, creating comics, and practicing your athletic skills at the home of the first modern Olympic Games. Then head to the Mani Peninsula for boat trips, bike tours, and more amid the scenic villages before you head home.

In an Athenian garden
Greek Culture & Adventure for Families: Athens & the Peloponnese - 10 Days

School-aged children can get a taste of both Classical and modern Greece with this 10-day itinerary. You'll start your trip in Athens, where treasure hunts, comic-making workshops, and an Olympic workout will help everyone get acquainted with the many facets of the country. Then head to Kalamata, home of the famous olives, for some gastronomy lessons, sea kayaking, and a chance to channel your inner archer.

Surveying Santorini
Family Highlights of Greece: Athens & Santorini - 7 Days

See some of the most popular spots in Greece with this one-week itinerary for the whole family. You'll start in Athens, where you can listen to Classical myths atop the Acropolis, practice your athleticism in the home of the first modern Olympics, and learn to cook Mediterranean-style. Then jet off to Santorini for sunset views and relaxation on the sand.

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

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

Recent trip reviews for Eleni

KimKim expertly arranged and managed our trip to Greece.
Greece | Sep 27 - Oct 12, 2022

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Richard B.
Highland Springs, VA | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

KimKim arranged and managed our trip to Greece with the utmost in customer service and professionalism. The transfers to and from airports and ferries were flawless. We were picked up on time and driven in very nice cars by friendly drivers. The hotel in Athens was small but clean and conveniently located. KimKim arranged for Christina, a lovely, bright and fun tour guide to take us through the Plaka and to see the Acropolis. We’d planned to connect ferries at Syros traveling on to Naxos the... read more

KimKim arranged and managed our trip to Greece with the utmost in customer service and professionalism. The transfers to and from airports and ferries were flawless. We were picked up on time and driven in very nice cars by friendly drivers. The hotel in Athens was small but clean and conveniently located. KimKim arranged for Christina, a lovely, bright and fun tour guide to take us through the Plaka and to see the Acropolis. We’d planned to connect ferries at Syros traveling on to Naxos the same night, but high winds shut the ferries down. KimKim contacted us about the ferries, arranged for us to stay 2 nights at a very nice and nicely located hotel in Syros and then sail on to Naxos 2 days later. The glitch was unfortunate but KimKim showed their expertise in handling the unexpected, even arranging refunds from the two missed nights at the Naxos hotel and a refund for a boat trip we’d booked. We were happy to see Syros and made the best of our day on Naxos. The room in Naxos (Cyano Suites) was spectacular but was strangely disconnected from the hotel, our only complaint. Travel to and transportation in Santorini was also seamless. The hotel, Petit Palace, was extraordinary. With a plunge pool, good food, exceptional service, jaw dropping beauty, and a fantastic catamaran trip, we couldn’t have been happier. We will definitely call on KimKim again.

Activity Reviews
Acropolis & Flavors of Athens
Athens

Christina was a smart, fun and very capable tour guide. She introduced us to Greek pies and had lots of interesting stories about Athens and Greek history.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local Transfer in Athens
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sailing Trip around Naxos & Small Cyclades islands
Naxos

Had to be cancelled because the ferries were grounded because of high wind. KimKim arranged a refund.

Local Transfer in Santorini
Santorini

On time, nice car, courteous driver.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Semi-Private Morning Catamaran Caldera Cruise
Santorini

Convenient, on time pickup, comfortable boat, good selection of snacks, lunch and drinks aboard. We didn’t swim, but several other guests did and enjoyed it. Very nice trip.

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Food
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Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Dear Richard and Kate,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for your understanding and patience when the weather spoiled our plans. Myself and our team are very happy that you had a wonderful time during this long-awaited trip and we would like to thank you for your cooperation in every step of the planning. We are looking forward to hosting you again in Greece or Italy where our team specializes and we wish you safe travels!

All the best, Eleni

Incredible honeymoon in Italy!
Italy | Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2022

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Hannah J.
South Orange, NJ | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

We couldn't be happier with our 10 day honeymoon in Italy. We felt like our trip was tailored to us completely, with our preferences for activities, culture, food, activity level, etc. taken fully into account. We were able to give feedback and change anything we wanted until we were satisfied and everything fit in our budget. The most helpful parts of booking through kimkim were 1. having all of our transportation pre-booked ahead of time which made things incredibly easy and straight... read more

We couldn't be happier with our 10 day honeymoon in Italy. We felt like our trip was tailored to us completely, with our preferences for activities, culture, food, activity level, etc. taken fully into account. We were able to give feedback and change anything we wanted until we were satisfied and everything fit in our budget. The most helpful parts of booking through kimkim were 1. having all of our transportation pre-booked ahead of time which made things incredibly easy and straight forward while traveling in a foreign country, and 2. registering for unique private and small group tours that we never would have found on our own. Our favorites were a private walking tour in Venice, a small group food tour in Florence, and a private ape callesino tour in Rome. Even when I got food poisoning halfway through the trip, the agency worked with us to help secure refunds and reschedule activities when possible. We would recommend kimkim to any of our family and friends.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Antiche Figure
Venice
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Alfieri9 Boutique Hotel
Florence
Authenticity & Character
Location
a bit far from anything we were heading out to do (30+ min walk everywhere). fine for us since we don't mind walking that much, but would have been more convenient to be closer to the main attractions.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Sosta di Ottone III - Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
Levanto
Authenticity & Character
Location
Since the area we were in was so remote, we had to take taxis to get to and from the villages, which were 50 euro per round trip plus tip, so definitely added up and was time consuming as well. However, can't give too poor a score because the view was INCREDIBLE and it felt very special/unique to be removed from the hustle and bustle.
Staff
can't say enough good things about the sweet woman running this hotel.
Cleanliness & Comfort
our favorite place we stayed in terms of beautiful bathroom, luxury, restaurant, etc.
Relais Le Clarisse
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
fantastic location in trastevere neighboorhood
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Sunset & Aperitivo Gondola Ride
Venice

Even though we arrived about 15 min late, they were so accommodating and let us on no problem. The prosecco is a special touch. this was overall a beautiful and peaceful experience, definitely essential for those visiting Venice

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Jewish History Tour
Venice

Our guide was SO knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed this tour so so much. recommend for anyone who really values history and/or wants to explore locations off the beaten path.

Quality of Experience
Florence Food Tour & Dinner
Florence

Left the tour feeling like we learned a ton about the culture and foods that are specific to Florence. The restaurants were all great and the small group atmosphere was fun.

Afternoon Florence Highlights Walking Tour
Florence

Nothing specific that could be improved upon, it was just overwhelming at times since this was our largest tour and it was very crowded in Florence, so at times it was difficult to hear. Our guide definitely did her best. Our guide for the Accademia specifically was fantastic. She was very engaging and you could tell extremely knowledgeable.

Private Transfer with a Visit to Pisa & Lucca
Italy

A very comfortable and convenient way to travel from city to city and we felt like we were able to add bonus destinations into our trip. Our driver was very nice and taught us a lot about each of the cities.

Sunset Boat Trip
Italy

So much fun! The skipper was fantastic, a true local who taught us a lot about the region. The seafood they made on board was so fresh and tasty. A very cool and beautiful way to see the villages by water.

Rome With Ape Calessino
Rome

10/10. Our tour guide was a young local who was extremely passionate about his city and the history around every corner. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the ape callesino since it was such a beautiful night out. He took a lot of cool pictures of us as well. We already sent the name of the company to friends of ours going to Rome next month and told them we highly recommend doing a tour.

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Hannah and Frank!

It was a pleasure for me to work with you and create your honeymoon in Italy!
Thank you for the very useful feedback, which helps us improve our communication and partner selection! It has been the most crowded season in all the years I travel and work in the travel sector, so I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tours even in the popular cities like Venice, Florence and Rome!
Looking forward to hosting you again in Italy or in Greece where I specialize in!

Memorable Italy and Greece
Italy | Sep 25 - Oct 4, 2021

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Shyam N.
Canada | Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

The trip to Italy and Greece is one of our most memorable trips. Eleni understood our requirements perfectly and arrange the stays, travel and other arrangements to perfection.

We were given choices of unique farm stays, borgos which we would not have found otherwise. Especially in Greece, we would have never ventured into Meteora and Zagori region without Eleni's inputs. That part of the world is magical and is one which we would have never figured out without the advice of a local... read more

The trip to Italy and Greece is one of our most memorable trips. Eleni understood our requirements perfectly and arrange the stays, travel and other arrangements to perfection.

We were given choices of unique farm stays, borgos which we would not have found otherwise. Especially in Greece, we would have never ventured into Meteora and Zagori region without Eleni's inputs. That part of the world is magical and is one which we would have never figured out without the advice of a local specialist like Eleni.

She was very patient with my multiple queries and made changes as needed.

Would love to travel to Greece and Italy again with her support.

Best wishes

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Dear Shyam,
thank you very much for your beautiful words and for the opportunity you gave me to design one of the best road trips in both Italy and Greece I have ever designed!
I am looking forward to hosting you again in Italy and Greece and I wish you safe travels!
Eleni

1 Week / 3 Cities in Greece
Greece | Jul 23 - Jul 30, 2022

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Joanna C.
Somerset, CA | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2022

Eleni did a wonderful job providing great lodging, locations, and experiences during our trip to Greece. We had a family of four with two teenagers and got to experience a little bit of everything. We had a couple hiccups with car rentals, but that didn't take away from how well organized the whole vacation was. The team was incredibly responsive during our trip 24/7 and every guide we interacted with was the best! If I ever go to Greece again, I would be happy to work with Eleni and her... read more

Eleni did a wonderful job providing great lodging, locations, and experiences during our trip to Greece. We had a family of four with two teenagers and got to experience a little bit of everything. We had a couple hiccups with car rentals, but that didn't take away from how well organized the whole vacation was. The team was incredibly responsive during our trip 24/7 and every guide we interacted with was the best! If I ever go to Greece again, I would be happy to work with Eleni and her team! Thank you for the memories.

Hotel Reviews
NLH Monastiraki
Athens

It's very close to the Plaka district and within walking distance of most shopping and restaurants. The room was pretty basic, but quiet. Really the staff was the highlight of this location. Pretty amazing customer service.

Authenticity & Character
It's a fairly basic hotel room. Not bad in any way.
Location
It doesn't have the best curb appeal in the alleys of Athens city. But inside is secure and lovely.
Staff
Staff was amazing! They recommended good places to eat and were great at making us feel at home.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Thanos Village
Gialova

Our family all loved this location. Quiet. Private. Stunning views in all directions. I enjoyed being surrounded by all the plants. Air conditioning worked well, close to beaches, shopping, and food. Loved the balcony and pool.

Authenticity & Character
The surrounding area.
Location
The ocean views and easy access to shopping.
Staff
I never saw the staff. We never needed anyone for anything.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Klymeni Traditional Homes
Nafplio

Probably one of the coolest places I've ever stayed. The homes are so neat with all the stone, marble, and wood. Beautiful views from the balconies of the castle, town, ocean, churches, and lime trees. Very magical. Our whole family loved it. Quiet, safe, peaceful, romantic, cozy, and you have easy access to anything you want to do in the area.

Authenticity & Character
The design of the villas is magical.
Location
The views are amazing!
Staff
The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable. Totally felt comfortable walking around barefoot
Activity Reviews
Private Sailing Trip to Proti Island
Greece

Captain Nikos ensured that this trip would be a favorite for the entire family! The blues of the ocean were to die for! The sea was so calm and clear. The company and snacks were awesome. We didn't even make it to Proti island... We were having way too much fun getting a customized private route through the bay. Would do again 100%

Quality of Experience
Favorite for the entire family!
Food
The coffee and peaches
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Captain Nikos was the best!
Transport
We've never been on a sailboat before. Super relaxing and fun.
Private Kalamata Food Tour
Greece

A cant-miss highlight for a trip to Kalamata! The tour combined great food, wine, coffee, company, city sights, and history with memorable local interactions. Maria was like an immediate best friend to our entire family. You could tell she was incredibly passionate about the food tour and making sure we all had a blast. I would recommend her food tour to everyone!!!

Quality of Experience
Maria was the best!
Food
All of the food was delicious. Had to pace ourselves because the is so much and you want to eat it all.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sea Kayak Above Epidaurus Sunken City
Nafplio

A wonderful combination of beauty, activity, history, fun, relaxation, good food, and good company. Kayaking on the sea was therapeutic. The water was so calm and beautiful. Very laid back. Snorkeling over the sunken city was a magical experience. Loved every minute of it!

Quality of Experience
The tropical feel and snorkeling
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guides had very different personalities and were all fun.
Transport
Easy drive in. Easy to park. Easy to find. Great location.
Epidaurus Theater and Sanctuary Guided Tour
Greece

Unless you're a big history buff... This location is just okay. We liked our guide and all, but for the amount of time it took to drive out there and then walk around in the heat... I don't know that it was worth it. Also, so much of it is covered with or surrounded by modern construction equipment.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hiking the Secret Path to Palamidi Castle
Nafplio

So we had a private guide who took us up the back way through the forest to the castle which we thought was cool until we realized we could have just driven and parked at the castle. Also, by the time we got up there, the castle was closing in 30 min so we didn't get to see a lot of it before getting kicked out. And our guide didn't really tell us anything about the castle.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The only negative was that our guide seemed really tired or out of shape and we're a pretty athletic family that wanted to get up the mountain quickly.
Transport
Horse Riding in Nafplio
Nafplio

The horseback riding would have been better if it hadn't just been around the town... I'm use to horseback riding being an opportunity to see countryside you normally wouldn't see by foot or car. Also these particular horses were difficult. They were either bitter or slow. However, our guide was terrific. The best part of the edventure was when we stopped riding horses and just hung out at his place for drinks and fruit.

Quality of Experience
Better horses and location
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was friendly and generous
Transport
Private Athens Mythology Tour for Families
Athens

The ruins took a backseat to our guide Maria who was really fun, funny, and the best part of the experience. Our family arents really big on history so we mostly just wanted to see the pantheon for photos. As cool as it was, the only negative were the crowds. We liked that our guide has photos of what the structures use to look like. :)

Quality of Experience
Maria, our guide was the highlight for sure!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Our driver to the Acropolis was awesome!
Local Sunset Dinner
Greece
Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2022

Dear Joanna,
thank you so much for the beautiful memories you shared with me and our team here in Athens. Most of all, I would like to thank you for the wealth of information in your feedback with regards to accommodations, activities, drivers and guides, because it is very important for us to know our travelers' experience and impressions. I would love to plan another trip in Greece or Italy (where I also specialize in) for your family in the near future!

Safe travels!
Eleni

Two Weeks in Italy
Italy | Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2022

Kiara
Kiara W.
Saint Andrews, SC | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

Our two weeks spent in Italy were absolutely amazing! Kim Kim and our guide Eleni handled all the details big and small from transportation, tours, and hotels. This made everything so easy knowing that everything was pre-arranged and handled for us. We highly recommend using KimKim for your travel. While in Italy the team was very responsive and kept us up to date if anything changed. The tours we had arranged were absolutely fantastic and all of our guides were wonderful and made sure we had a great time and experience.

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Thank you very much Kiara for your very kind words for me and the team. We are all very happy for your great time and the experience you lived in Italy and thankful for your amazing photos!
I am looking forward to hosting you in Italy or in Greece, where I specialize in sometime in the future!
Eleni

Eleni is amazing!!!
Italy | Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2022

triumph
triumph B.
Waterford, MI | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Eleni is amazing!!! We will defintly use her on our next rtip. The whole team is great. Great follow up. I have already recommended them to several friends

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Thank you so much Craig! Looking forward to hosting you again with new unique experiences in Italy and in Greece!

Family fun in Greece
Greece | Jun 23 - Jun 30, 2022

Kim
Kim P.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Jul 09, 2022

We had a wonderful family trip to Greece! Eleni was very helpful and responsive when booking the trip. We enjoyed all of the private tours that were booked. My family truly had an experience of a lifetime. We especially enjoyed the farm tour in Santorini (Ana did a wonderful job during our cooking class and farm to table meal) and the catamaran tour in the caldera. Petit Palace was incredible and service was excellent. The only feedback I would give is just have the travel team confirm with... read more

We had a wonderful family trip to Greece! Eleni was very helpful and responsive when booking the trip. We enjoyed all of the private tours that were booked. My family truly had an experience of a lifetime. We especially enjoyed the farm tour in Santorini (Ana did a wonderful job during our cooking class and farm to table meal) and the catamaran tour in the caldera. Petit Palace was incredible and service was excellent. The only feedback I would give is just have the travel team confirm with vendors/ restaurants when costs are included. There was a little confusion at one of the restaurants about if it was pre-paid or not. Overall a wonderful trip. Thank you!

Hotel Review
Petit Palace Suites
Santorini

Fantastic views, rooms, and service. Excellent choice

Authenticity & Character
Location
Views and location off the Main Street. Easy access
Staff
Everyone was friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Dear Kim and family, thank you so much for your nice words. Myself and the team are very happy you enjoyed your trip to Greece and everything we have planned for you. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding in the confusion that has taken place; it is not very common for travel agents to book and prepay a preset menu in the specific restaurant -being very unique and upscale-, so we had to triple check. I am wishing you safe travels and I am looking forward to plan for you another trip in Italy or Greece for you, your family and friends!

Our 12-day trip to Italy was wonderful! I rec...
Italy | Jun 20 - Jul 1, 2022

Emily
Emily V.
Montclair, CA | Reviewed on Jul 09, 2022

Our 12-day trip to Italy was wonderful! I recommend Eleni at kimkim 100%.

Our Group:
We had four kids (aged 5, 6, 7, & 8) plus two sets of parents, and three grandparents. So we had a total of 11 people. One of the adults had limited mobility in walking. The tour was very personalized to our group. There was a special focus on engaging the kids so they would enjoy the tour.

Our Specialist:
Eleni was our specialist and she really knew exactly how to plan a trip for our specific... read more

Our 12-day trip to Italy was wonderful! I recommend Eleni at kimkim 100%.

Our Group:
We had four kids (aged 5, 6, 7, & 8) plus two sets of parents, and three grandparents. So we had a total of 11 people. One of the adults had limited mobility in walking. The tour was very personalized to our group. There was a special focus on engaging the kids so they would enjoy the tour.

Our Specialist:
Eleni was our specialist and she really knew exactly how to plan a trip for our specific groups. She took into consideration our budget, our needs, and our interests. It didn't feel like a generic tour, it felt very personalized to us. She was very responsive and helpful at all times. I can't imagine a better person to plan our trip. She took care of everything.

The Hotels:
We stayed in hotels in Venice, Florence, and Rome. All three were excellent, with fantastic rooms, fantastic breakfast, and fantastic service!

The Experience:
We had a series of tour experiences in each location. Every tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful, accommodating to the needs and interests of our group, and kid-friendly. We especially loved day trips, the scavenger hunt-style tours for our kids, and the activities we had in each location: Mask making in Venice, Gelato making in Florence, and Mosaic making and pasta making in Rome. The transfers were seamless.

Overall:
Members of our group regularly looked at each other and said, "Can you believe how fantastic this tour is?!" We loved every aspect of it. The kimkim team was super responsive. When we had questions or little issues we could contact them and get help immediately. Once we got off the plane in Venice, up until the final transfers to the airport in Rome on the very last day, everything was so smooth. We were completely taken care of every step of the way, through three major cities and multiple day trips. We had no stress. The tour was the perfect pace for our group. We all loved it!!! Additionally, I priced out a 12-day Italian tour for our group through several tour companies before choosing kimkim, This tour was the best value of all those I priced out. Kimkim is now my go-to tour company.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection
Venice

This hotel had a perfect location, beautiful rooms, great air conditioning, a fantastic breakfast, and wonderful customer service. I would choose it again in a heartbeat.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Orto De' Medici
Florence

This hotel had beautiful rooms, great air conditioning, a fantastic breakfast, and wonderful customer service. It was especially meaningful that the courtyard of the hotel used to be an art school and was where famed sculptor Michelangelo met his master teacher. I would choose it again in a heartbeat.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Beyond helpful and friendly!!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Capo d'Africa - Colosseo
Rome
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 09, 2022

Dear Emily and family,

I would like to thank you for giving me this unique opportunity to plan this very special trip with your family and kids, and for your kindness, patience and engagement during the planning phase and the actual trip, which was an amazing challenge for our team to test our skills, not because of the size and the age-range of your group, but mainly because me and the team wanted to offer you a unique, kid-friendly and authentic experience in the major Italian cities... read more

Dear Emily and family,

I would like to thank you for giving me this unique opportunity to plan this very special trip with your family and kids, and for your kindness, patience and engagement during the planning phase and the actual trip, which was an amazing challenge for our team to test our skills, not because of the size and the age-range of your group, but mainly because me and the team wanted to offer you a unique, kid-friendly and authentic experience in the major Italian cities amidst the busiest tourism season in the last decade.

I am looking forward to hosting you also in Greece, where I specialize in, and I am wishing you safe travels!

An outstanding, life-changing travel experience!
Greece | Jun 25 - Jul 4, 2022

David
David D.
Saratoga Springs, NY | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

kimkim and Eleni provided our family of five with an outstanding, life-changing travel experience. We started in Athens and then drove to Kalamata with stops along the way to sightsee, eat, and swim. Our kids ages span from 17 to 6 and Eleni was able to set up an itinerary that had something for all of them to enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives. This was one of the main reasons we booked through kimkim and Eleni nailed it! The accommodations were perfectly located and made us... read more

kimkim and Eleni provided our family of five with an outstanding, life-changing travel experience. We started in Athens and then drove to Kalamata with stops along the way to sightsee, eat, and swim. Our kids ages span from 17 to 6 and Eleni was able to set up an itinerary that had something for all of them to enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives. This was one of the main reasons we booked through kimkim and Eleni nailed it! The accommodations were perfectly located and made us feel like royalty. She gave us a number of different options and advice throughout the entire process. Her recommendations for restaurants, beaches, and self-guided tours never disappointed. Besides the breathtaking locations and savory food, the highlights of our trip were the tours Eleni set up for us - The Olympic Game Workout, Athens Mythology for Families, Waterfalls & Archery at Polylimnio, and SUP & Snorkeling in Voidokilia. We would wholeheartedly recommend booking with kimkim (and Eleni) and have already told many of our friends and family! We will definitely book with them in the future!

Hotel Reviews
Athens Manor Houses
Athens

Perfect location, new, clean, friendly, with an excellent breakfast every morning. Highly recommend!

Authenticity & Character
Location
walk to everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Zoe Resort
Gialova

Great beachside location, free cabanas, beautiful grounds and pool. Very good food

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Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Perfect for a one night stop that is close to the airport, with a free shuttle!

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Activity Reviews
Olympic Athlete for a Day
Athens

Our guide and trainer was fantastic. A very cool experience

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Private Athens Mythology Tour for Families
Athens

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and great with our two younger boys. She was prepared with pictures and activities to make the site come to life!

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Private Riviera & Cape Sounio for Families
Athens

The Sea Turtle rescue tour was very interesting and all of our boys (ages 17-6) loved it. Cape Sounio was breathtaking.

Waterfalls & Archery in Polylimnio
Greece
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The guides from Explore Messinia were great!
SUP & Snorkeling in Voidokilia
Greece
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Our guide from Explore Messinia was amazing.
Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 08, 2022

Dear David and Jessica,

Thank you so much for the memories you shared with me and our team through this review! I truly believe that the Peloponnese is an amazing and life-changing place for families with kids of all ages, because of its variety of landscape, its history and mythology and amazing beaches and food.

Thank you for being conscious travelers and for raising conscious travelers, who respect the natural environment and the local communities and I am looking forward to hosting you again to show you another place of Greece or Italy, where I specialize in.

Wishing you safe travels!

Trip of a Lifetime!
Italy | Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2022

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Becky W.
King of Prussia, PA | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Eleni planned an amazing trip to Italy for my family! Everything from the planning stages to the spectacular trip start to finish was superb. The experiences were so enjoyable and engaging for the whole family (4 teenagers included)- especially the private tour guides through Rome (Giovanni and Lorenzo), Pompeii (Mina), and Naples (Frederica). Each one had great personality and local insight. We learned so much, laughed a lot, and had a ball. My favorite part was a stunning and breathtaking... read more

Eleni planned an amazing trip to Italy for my family! Everything from the planning stages to the spectacular trip start to finish was superb. The experiences were so enjoyable and engaging for the whole family (4 teenagers included)- especially the private tour guides through Rome (Giovanni and Lorenzo), Pompeii (Mina), and Naples (Frederica). Each one had great personality and local insight. We learned so much, laughed a lot, and had a ball. My favorite part was a stunning and breathtaking boat tour of the Sorrento and Amalfi Coasts with our skipper, Paolo. Another highlight was the pasta making class with our wonderful chef, Leo. Each hotel was perfect and unique with an attentive and helpful staff. Our drivers were always on time, pleasant, and had lots of local insight. We had a little mixup on our trip back but the KimKim team handled it immediately. It was so helpful to have extra people from the team available to help if we needed anything during the trip. I would not want to plan another trip without Eleni and the team. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!

Hotel Reviews
Relais Le Clarisse
Rome

Amazing hotel with lots of history, character, and charm in the Trastevere section of Rome. Staff was excellent!

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Palazzo Murrano Beach
Vico Equense

A beautiful and immaculate hotel in quaint fishing village. The hotel manager (Tomas) was so attentive, knowledgeable, and very helpful when planning our activities and meals.

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Residenza Borbonica
Naples

A perfect place to stay in Naples, right in the middle of things but on a pedestrian only street. The rooms were so unique and beautiful!

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Activity Reviews
Family-Friendly Rome By Golf Cart
Rome

Giovanni was friendly, outgoing, and clearly has a love and passion for Rome!

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Private Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Rome

We loved our tour guide, Lorenzo. We all learned so much. It was especially engaging as we got to go underground the Colosseum.

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Pasta & Gelato Or Tiramisu Making Class
Rome

We had a wonderful teacher, Leo and a fantastic experience. After learning how to make fresh pasta and gelato, we all sat down to dinner and enjoyed the finished product. Leo was fun, charismatic, and so personable.

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Guided Pompei and Wine Tasting Vesuvius
Italy

Mima was the best tour guide we could ask for, she had my teenagers thoroughly engaged and asking questions. She was funny and so knowledgeable and we all learned so much. To top it off, we headed to the beautiful winery with gorgeous views and even more delicious food and wine!

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Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
Sorrento

This was definitely the highlight of my trip. Paolo was our skipper and he was fantastic. We spent the whole day on the boat with spectacular views, spent time in Amalfi and Positano, and went swimming in the deep blue crystal clear water.

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Naples Street Food Tour
Naples

The perfect way to see and experience Naples. We all loved Frederica. She was so genuine, funny, and knowledgeable. She took us off the beaten path to see a true glimpse of Naples, old and new. The street food was delicious, especially the gelato from the chocolate store. Her love and passion for the city shines through her!

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Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

Dear Becky,
on behalf of our whole team, thank you so much for your kind words, for being a real traveler and for raising amazing kids, who impressed the guides and drivers with their behavior and respect towards history and local society!
I would also like to thank you personally for the time you dedicated in helping me visualize the right hotels, activities and travel pace for your family and I am looking forward to hosting you in Greece in the near future!
All the best
Eleni

A 5 Star Experience
Italy | Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2022

Gail
Gail B.
Waterford, MI | Reviewed on Jul 04, 2022

Eleni worked with us to create a memorable trip. She answered every question we asked and provided us with all of the assistance we needed. The KimKim team was quick to respond to our questions. During the entirety of our trip, we felt that the team was there to offer guidance and support. We are already recommending KimKim to our friends.

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Dear Gail and Craig,

It was wonderful meeting, talking to you and guiding you through Italy! I would like to thank you for your kindness and dedication in planning a great trip for you, as well as for your feedback on the F1Simulator that I have never tried and always been scared to!!! When I try it, I will have you in my mind!

Looking forward to hosting you again in Italy or in Greece!

It was a fantastic trip! Eleni is very knowle...
Greece | May 24 - Jun 4, 2022

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Aktta P.
Tiffin, OH | Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

It was a fantastic trip! Eleni is very knowledgeable

And the The team on ground was very responsive ❤️❤️

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

Thank you very much Aktta and family!
The trip we together created was indeed fantastic, very rich in experiences, kid-friendly activities and I should confess I admired your fast-pace with your very young kids!
Looking forward to hosting you in Greece or in Italy!

Italy trip
Italy | May 25 - Jun 3, 2022

Christine
Christine S.
Sunnyvale, CA | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Our trip was amazing thanks to Eleni! She made all the accommodations and thought of everything ahead of time. She is a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend her! This is our second trip with kimkim and we will continue to use them for all our needs! read more

Our trip was amazing thanks to Eleni! She made all the accommodations and thought of everything ahead of time. She is a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend her! This is our second trip with kimkim and we will continue to use them for all our needs!

Hotel Review
Aenea Superior Inn
Rome

Loved this apartment! So spacious and local to everything!

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Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Thank you Christine for the wonderful pictures and your kind words! I am sure that this trip to Italy is already part of the most beautiful family memories of your life! Looking forward to hosting you again in Italy or in Greece for a family-friendly vacation!

Local Feeling, Adventure and Ease. GREAT TRIP
Greece | Apr 29 - May 5, 2022

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gal f.
La Crescenta-Montrose, CA | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

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

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

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

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

Thank you Eleni! I wrote a review on another...
Italy | Nov 23 - Dec 1, 2021

Mary
Mary E.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Dec 09, 2021

Thank you Eleni! I wrote a review on another email for this, I hope I'm not doubling up, just wanted to make sure you saw it. Our trip was wonderful and we couldn't have done it without your help!

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Thank you Mary and Travis for giving me the chance to plan for you your honeymoon!
And thank you for posting it here as well, as I did not have the chance to read your review. I am very happy you enjoyed the trip to Italy and I will be more than happy to plan one of you future trips again to Italy or Greece!

Slow Travel Honeymoon in Italy
Italy | Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2021

Rod
Rod S.
Framingham, MA | Reviewed on Dec 04, 2021

The goal of our honeymoon was to spend 3 weeks in Italy, starting in Florence and ending on the Amalfi Coast. But we needed help to organize a trip that would ensure we could truly experience Italy, spend quality time in each location, have smooth transitions from place to place, and incorporate down time along with the activities. We called it the “Slow Travel Honeymoon in Italy” and from the first day we were in contact to the final day of our amazing trip, Kimkim did a spectacular job for... read more

The goal of our honeymoon was to spend 3 weeks in Italy, starting in Florence and ending on the Amalfi Coast. But we needed help to organize a trip that would ensure we could truly experience Italy, spend quality time in each location, have smooth transitions from place to place, and incorporate down time along with the activities. We called it the “Slow Travel Honeymoon in Italy” and from the first day we were in contact to the final day of our amazing trip, Kimkim did a spectacular job for us balancing the activities with the leisurely pace we desired.
The specific criteria, besides the start and end locations mentioned above, were 1) we preferred boutique hotels; 2) we wanted to experience the food, the culture, the wine (all of which are obvious for Italy, but still worth mentioning); 3) we wanted some tours scheduled, but mostly preferred to be self-guided with recommendations; and 4) we wanted to be worry-free with regard to transportation between venues.

Upon arrival, we were connected to the local Kimkim team via WhatsApp – this is an incredibly reassuring and comforting aspect of Kimkim. Whenever we had any sort of question or minor glitch (which were few and not worth mentioning because they did not impact our enjoyment at all) the Kimkim team was there to answer questions, clarify any planning, and resolve issues. We can’t say enough good things about their service during the trip. Kimkim provided a detailed itinerary with great information about all the places we were to visit, plus all the transfers they arranged (some via train, some private cars) with tickets, phone numbers/names of drivers, hotel addresses, etc. The itinerary was in a PDF, which we printed out and then had bound together like a booklet.

Our overall itinerary included: Florence, Cinque Terre, Sienna, Amalfi Coast, Naples

Florence – We landed in Rome and were met at the airport by our driver (Andrea), who drove the 3 hours to Florence – he was pleasant and informative throughout. Upon arrival, we spent a few days in the city before our wedding. Kimkim booked us in the Hotel Continentale, which is on the River Arno next to Ponte Vecchio and a perfect fit. In addition to the great location and extremely attentive service staff, the room was large and had a really nice romantic feel to it. Breakfast is included each day at an outdoor café a couple doors down, where you can people-watch along the Arno and really soak in that part of Florence. In addition, their spa services were outstanding – we both took advantage of several of their spa treatments, including massages. The roof deck is a great place to get a late afternoon drink, and the views of the Arno and Piazza del Signoria are awesome. After the wedding, which was in the hills of northern Florence, we were back on our Kimkim itinerary – back into the city for a couple nights to stay at the Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo, which as you might imagine is right next to the hustle and bustle of the Piazza del Duomo. This 4-Star hotel was much more of an elegant property – whereas Continentale is more modern, this hotel is in a historical structure. Its location was wonderful, the staff terrific, and included was breakfast top notch, but the room was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to Continentale – i.e. although it was perfectly fine, the room did not possess the charm and romance of the former.
Cinque Terre – we took the train from Florence to La Spezia and then a taxi to our accommodation in Levanto: La Sosta di Ottone III. This boutique hotel is set atop a hill with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and of the sea not too far in the distance. The room was comfortable and romantic. The staff were incredibly accommodating and friendly. The restaurant is not to be missed – only a few tables, and the service is top notch, with delicious food and excellent regional wines to choose from. We spent 4 days and 3 nights in the Cinque Terre region, doing day-trips to visit the five villages and we took advantage of both the trains and boats that ferry tourists between Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterossa and Corniglia. We shopped, walked, and dined along the way in perfect October weather. The one standout experience was a wine tour in Manarola (arranged by Kimkim) in which we were guided by a local winemaker, as he talked about the history of wine in Manarola, the process of winemaking, etc. He walked us through his vineyard and at the end we tasted some of his excellent local wine.

Siena – From Cinque Terra we took a private transfer back to La Spezia train station and then to Pisa, where we were picked up and driven to our accommodation in Sienna. The drive was great, through the Tuscan countryside, as our driver (Massimo) described some sites in the distance that we would eventually visit a couple days later: Monteriggioni and San Gimignano. We stayed at Il Battistero, a beautiful hotel in Piazza San Giovanni. There’s so much in Sienna to do – we wished we’d spent more time there and can’t wait to go back. Kimkim arranged two really nice tours for us here: a wine tasting at the Tuscan Wine School, where Georgia talked to us about five excellent regional wines, incorporating some points around food pairings as well. The next day, Georgia’s colleague Davide drove us on a tour through the hills of Chianti, to Monteriggioni, San Gimignano and finally to Volterra where we met Omero, an aged alabaster sculptor who exuded such warmth and charm that we still talk about him. Between San Gimignano (which is not to be missed!) and Volterra, Davide brought us to Il Castagnolino, an organic farm where they grow saffron and olives. Their olive oil is special—we brought some home. We had lunch there, prepared especially for us by the proprietor, and learned a lot about saffron. The views of the Tuscan countryside all day were breathtaking.

Amalfi – from Siena we headed south to the Amalfi coast. We had a private transfer to Florence train station, where we boarded the train for Naples. From there our driver Giuseppe (who would also drive us from Naples to Rome a few days later) delivered us on the only rainy day of our 3 weeks in Italy to our accommodation in Porto d’Amalfi – Residenza Luce, which is situated in the heart of the village. The proprietor Vincenzo was great, and immediately made us a dinner reservation at a nearby restaurant L’Abside (which happens to be owned by his sister) – dinner was fantastic, and we were given a great table by the window overlooking the piazza. Our days in Amalfi were spent walking, exploring, eating, shopping. All of it was great, and we found a particular restaurant worth mentioning simply because the food was outstanding and the owners (a husband and wife – Antonio and Adele) are just wonderful. Enoteca e Gastronomia il Protontino is a 3 minute walk from Luce, and has both great food and an amazing wine selection. We had dinner there two nights in a row, and we drank some great wines. We also purchased a mixed case of Chiantis, which Adele shipped to us within a couple weeks of our return to the States. Every single bottle so far has been outstanding.

Naples – we took a private transfer from Amalfi to Naples as our trip finally was nearing the end. Pasquale drove us out over the mountainous terrain of Amalfi on a beautiful sunny day. As we drove north through the winding roads with hairpin turns, we were greeted by the site of Vesuvius on a clear day. Even from a distance it’s an amazing and somewhat foreboding site to see – given we were heading first to Pompeii on our way to Naples. We spent 2 hours exploring Pompeii, which for anyone who is interested in history and archeology is a must-do. From there we had lunch at Cantina del Vesuvio, which is the restaurant run by the Russo family on the grounds of their vineyard. We had great food and tasted their excellent wines. From here, Pasquale drove us to our accommodation in Naples, the Caruso Place Hotel. This is a nice hotel, but the one note of caution is its location relative to the nearby street traffic and restaurant. Our particular room was street level, and we were just feet from tables of people enjoying their meals and motor scooters driving by. The staff, as with all the hotels, were great and we enjoyed massages in our room. We were met early morning of our departure by Giuseppe who safely drove us to Rome – a long drive to be sure, but easiest for us to do the roundtrip from Boston to Rome.

Covid – although the pandemic was obviously part of the experience, it didn’t deter from our enjoyment of Italy. We felt safe at all times, and appreciated the consistent safe measures taken at most restaurants and all museums we visited. Kimkim also arranged for our pre-departure Covid test, making an appointment for us in a nearby Naples location. Everything worked out great.

Summary - If you’re still reading this long review, then the last and most important point I’d like to make is that our Kimkim team, led by Eleni Fotiou (who is the best!) was great all the way. We can’t wait to plan another trip with Kimkim.

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Dec 06, 2021

Dear Rod and Francine,
creating for you a perfect honeymoon is the reason for which I am doing this job; that is helping travelers plan trips in which they create lifetime memories. I am honored to have the opportunity to do this for you, and I will be very happy to host you again in Greece or Italy.

First time touring Greece
Greece | Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2021

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Esther J.
Kensington, NY | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2021

Eleni and team did a great job coordinating a 10-12 day trip around Greece. Of course, it's impossible to see everything in Greece in this short amount of time, but she did a great job advising on what we can do for this first time around. She was flexible to adjust along our preferences and budget. The greatest surprise of this trip was being connected to her and her team upon initial arrival, where we had timely response on any questions we had. Their demeanor was service oriented, informative, and we are immensely grateful for their premium service. Totally recommend them!

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2021

Thank you very much Esther for your kind words. Thank you for trusting me and our team and we will be very happy to welcome you and Derek again and show you another part of our beautiful country!

Incredible Trip to Greece! Thanks KimKim & Eleni Fotiou!
Greece | Jun 23 - Jul 6, 2021

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David F.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2021

We were so thrilled with the advice and service provided by Eleni Fotiou in planning and executing our recent 2-week self-drive road trip to mainland Greece. Eleni spoke to us by phone to get a sense of what we were looking for (how much we wanted to drive each day, how adventurous we were, what type of hotels we liked, etc.) and she then put together an incredible and creative itinerary, including things we would never have known about. Our highlights included a self-guided Delphi tour,... read more

We were so thrilled with the advice and service provided by Eleni Fotiou in planning and executing our recent 2-week self-drive road trip to mainland Greece. Eleni spoke to us by phone to get a sense of what we were looking for (how much we wanted to drive each day, how adventurous we were, what type of hotels we liked, etc.) and she then put together an incredible and creative itinerary, including things we would never have known about. Our highlights included a self-guided Delphi tour, hikes and drives through the glorious Zagora region (which is barely even mentioned in our guide book), a fabulous guide in Olympia, a bike tour along the Peloponnesian coast through villages, staying in a fabulous stone villa in the south of Peloponnese, magnificent drives through the mountains, and two one-day trips to two magnificent small islands (Stetses and Hydra). Eleni arranged everything from the rental car to the spots where we wanted formal guides, to the hotels, and she was available throughout the entire trip to answer questions and provide timely advice. I would highly recommend Eleni to anyone visiting Greece – she knows every inch of it and is a delight to work with!

Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou
Eleni
Eleni Fotiou
Local specialist in Athens | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2021

David, "it takes two to tango"! In this case it took three! Thank you both for your dedication and your enthusiasm. It has been a pleasure working to create a trip like this for travelers like you who are real explorers. Thank you for giving me the chance to suggest routes that very few people have tried in the past. I hope to see you again soon in Greece or in Italy!