I was born in Russia, raised in Greece, but I consider myself a world citizen. Having been to 90+ countries myself, traveling has taught me how to become an ethical visitor with environmental consciousness. I would love to share my insights with those seeking to encounter the beauty of Greece and Italy with respect and consideration to nature and all its inhabitants. In my opinion, for every unique experience in the entire world, there is an equally special one to be found in those two countries alone.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in eco-tourism, healthy lifestyle, outdoor activities and road trips. If you’re into hiking, climbing, scuba diving, bike riding, nature walks or off-the-bitten path adventures, be certain that your itinerary will be enriched and fully adjusted, according to your personal preferences and fitness level. Vegans and vegetarians can turn up to me for advice on carefully chosen ethical options on accommodation, food experiences and other quests."
How did you get involved in travel?
"My passion for travelling was passed on to me by my mother, who used to take me on mini road trips after carefully reading travel booklets and searching the map routes. As soon as I came of age, around 2007, I started driving around and exploring Greece myself, as well as abroad, while also studying photography at the Technological University of Athens. It wasn’t until 2014, that my dream of travelling the world came true. I embarked on a ship around the globe for 5 amazing years. Although I am back home now, the “travel bug” is still pretty much alive inside me and I try to visit new places whenever time allows."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"It’s hard to choose just one, but I can pick a few that stand out. I will never forget the first time I travelled the full round of the world on a ship. It took 4 months, 6 continents, and many stops along the way to complete it.
Some of my favourite adventures were skydiving above the Palm Island in Dubai, jumping off the 192 m tall Sky Tower in Auckland (New Zealand), swimming with sharks in Bora Bora, climbing Mt. Olympus in Greece and free diving in the Great Barrier reef (Australia)."
Featured trips & expertise
Idyllic islands, ancient history, boating adventures, gourmet food and wine — this sweeping 15-day tour around Greece has it all! You'll start with several days exploring the beautiful island of Corfu before heading to the mainland, where you'll discover Athens on thematic tours dedicated to street food and Greek mythology. Continue to Mykonos for sailing tours around nearby islands, a visit to a traditional farm, and time to relax on the beach. The grand finale of the itinerary is a four-day stretch on Santorini, known for its dramatic volcano and world-famous sunsets. You'll see the sun go down over the sea on an afternoon sailing trip on the last day of the journey.
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.
From high in the Dolomites to the shores of Lake Como, romance is in the air on this unforgettable Italian honeymoon. In just 11 days you'll visit four of northern Italy's most spectacular locales, starting in the mountain resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo. With a private driver at your service, you can forget about the logistics and focus on making memories: touring the atmospheric canals of Venice, hiking between fishing villages in the Cinque Terre, and cruising past stately villas and stunning scenery on Lake Como.
This exciting two-week itinerary through Greece has something for everyone: ancient history, cultural experiences, outdoor adventure, world-class beaches, and gourmet food and drink. Spend the first few days sightseeing in Athens, learning about Greek antiquity at the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Then you'll head to Mykonos for relaxing beach time and a half-day cruise around nearby islands. Catch the ferry to Santorini next, exploring traditional villages and sampling locally crafted spirits — and soaking up views of truly spectacular sunsets, of course. Wrap up the trip on Crete, where you'll tour the Cave of Zeus and marvel at dramatic scenery on the drive to the legendary Elafonissi Beach, famed for its pink sands and clear blue waters.
If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.
Explore the rocky coastlines and welcoming atmosphere of the Mediterranean on this 10-day coastal getaway. Spend two nights each in the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, where colorful buildings and beaches dot the shores and regional treats like limoncello and spicy olive oil are staples of every meal. Then, catch a flight to the Greek islands, starting with Santorini, home of the quintessential blue-domed architecture, for a catamaran cruise in the caldera. End the trip in Chania on the western edge of Crete for lazy beach days and plenty of sunshine.
Recent trip reviews for Ina
Kimkim and Travel 12 exceeded expectations
Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2022
Ina and her team worked with us to set up a trip that combined history, museums, biking, hiking and some free time as our son was in the region to which we were traveling. We were able to easily see what we wanted and travel (with all the details pre-arranged) between Venice, Florence, Levanto and Rome, Italy. The planning was a great collaborative experience, the attention to detail was excellent, and the guides that they set up for us were all among the best we have had (for tours and... read more
Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Myk...
Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2022
Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
Duration: 2 weeks
Travel Agent: Ina
The two weeks that he had organized through kimkim was a terrific travel experience! We will first start of by saying that they do a wonderful job on working with a set budget. Ina was our travel agent for our excursion in Italy and the Mediterranean and was able to provide a very detailed itinerary, then amend it based on our thoughts, prioritization and budget. Each of our destination... read more
Awesome 10 day Greece trip
Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022
Ina planned our 10 day trip of Greece that included so many attractions starting with Athens, Meteora, Delphi and island hopping of Mykonos and Santorini. Her idea of setting us up with a rental car to drive from Athens to visit Meteora and Delphi was a wonderful choice. She also offered plenty of sight seeing and dining options along the way. All the ground transfers and tours at every point was smooth. I want to give a big shout out to the ground staff who was available almost 24x7 to... read more
Amazing Road Trip around Central and North Greece!
Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2022
We are so grateful for finding Ina, our local travel expert, and the KimKim Travel Management team for our amazing road trip around Central and North Greece. Our entire experience was awesome and we want to thank you and your team very much for helping us make all the arrangements within our budget. It was our first time using the travel service.
Ina and your travel management team provided us with accurate pricing of all the things that we would experience in Greece. We can tell... read more
I am so happy that we decided to use Kim Kim!...
Aug 22 - Aug 31, 2022
I am so happy that we decided to use Kim Kim! Ina and her team were prompt and very knowledgeable and helpful in the planning and the actual execution of our trip. We were in contact with her the entire trip and she continued to modify our plan according to our wishes! Loved it! Thanks Ina and KimKim! read more
Perfect trip planned by an amazing company
Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2022
Our family is usually hesitant to use travel agents, we prefer to do everything ourselves. This year though, we decided to take a chance with kimkim, and we couldn't have been more happy with the results! We had 7 perfect days in Italy and Greece, with just the right mixture of seeing as much as possible while taking days off to relax. Our tour guides were all very knowledgeable, friendly, and more than happy to customize our experience. The travel team is also very responsive and flexible,... read more
Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2022
I can't say enough about the services that we received through KimKim, and more importantly, our trip specialist Ina. My son initially found KimKim as a potential resource for a trip that we were planning to Italy and Greece. I started some dialogue with them about 4 months ahead of our travels, and we were connected with Ina as our local specialist. We gave her some general thoughts as to where and what we wanted to see and do, and she did an outstanding job in making suggestions and... read more
Best trip of our lives!
Jul 24 - Aug 5, 2022
Our honeymoon was a trip I will truly never forget! Ina and the KimKim team picked all great hotels, transfers and excursions. It is very much worth having a local person to help you book the best things as there are endless options of choices in Greece. Our favorite highlights we Super Paradise Beach in Mykonos, hiking and cooking in Naxos (Spiros with Naxos Sun was an amazing guide and we learned so much about the island), and our Santorini highlights and wine tasting excursion with Gina... read more
Very attentive to details and understood our ...
Jun 21 - Jun 29, 2022
Very attentive to details and understood our needs that were reflected in a wonderful experience.
Below may be helpful...but plse note that the constructive feedback is not a reflection of disappointment, more so a commentary to the company for future reference.
Back in Vancouver now and just reminiscing about our wonderful stay in Greece. I will absolutely do a review for you , but I thought that I should offer some constructive feedback. Below:
- Hotel was... read more
A Fabulous trip through Italy- Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence
May 27 - Jun 5, 2022
Our trip was amazing! We went to Rome, Cinque Terre, and Florence. The care, thought and planning that went into our hotel stays, activities, and private transportation was phenomenal. Ina's recommendations for site-seeing and food were spot on, our favorite moment was visiting Brac bookstore/restaurant in Florence because she wrote about it- it was a favorite experience of mine (vegetarian food in Florence!).
If you are going to Italy- Kimkim is your way to go. They made the process so... read more
40th Birthday Celebration
May 20 - May 29, 2022
40th Birthday Celebration
Ina, made planning my 40th birthday celebration with my Mom in Greece such an easy endeavor. From her attentiveness to the flawless structured personalized itinerary, this experience will be a lasting legacy. Regarding the excellent educational tours: (1) The Acropolis and Ancient Athens Mythology Tour with Anna was full of knowledge and mindfulness of various age groups & physical challenges of each participant; (2) The Food Tour in Naxos with George was very... read more
Our trip was really amazing and largely becau...
May 1 - May 25, 2022
Our trip was really amazing and largely because of the Kimkim services. The planning was perfect for us. Hotels were small and unique and so focused on customer service; planned tours and programs were excellent, perfectly matched for us; the transport to and from airports, trains and hotels was just the best. Everything hassle free. We will definitely use kimkim for planning our next trip. read more