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Ina Gaydarova

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)."

Ina is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents, Greece Travel Agents
Whitewashed houses on Santorini
Discover Corfu, Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - 15 Days

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.

The Meteora at sunrise
Wonders of Mainland Greece - 5 Days

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

Sunset over Venice's Grand Canal
Honeymoon in Italy: Cortina, Venice, Cinque Terre & Lake Como - 11 Days

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.

Colorful scenery on the Red Beach, Santorini
Explore Athens & Island-Hop Around Mykonos, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

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.

Amalfi Coast at sunset
Southern Italy for Active Families: Naples, Sorrento & Amalfi Coast - 7 Days

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.

Blue Domes of Santorini
Mediterranean Coast Getaway: Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Santorini, & Crete - 10 Days

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
Italy | Sep 19 - Oct 2, 2022

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Lauri F.
Pittsburgh, PA | Reviewed on Oct 04, 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

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 for bike tours). This is my second time using Kimkim and I will be back for the next big trip.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Antiche Figure
Venice

They actually upgraded us to a junior suite at the sister hotel which was a 5 minute walk from this place. Both looked great but we stayed at the Canal Grande and loved it and the staff.

Authenticity & Character
It “fit” what we expected for Venice.
Location
Easy to get anywhere.
Staff
The staff were friendly, recommended places for dinner and made the reservations. Excellent service!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Milu Hotel
Florence

This was our favorite of all the hotels because it was full of cool art and again, the staff were fantastic.

Authenticity & Character
It was in the fashion district and had a totally cool vibe about it.
Location
It was right in the midst of everything we wanted to do and so everything was a 10 minute walk.
Staff
They were also great at finding us places for dinner and we were comfortable enough to just let them pick and make the reservation.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Palazzo Vannoni
Levanto

This was such a friendly hotel!

Authenticity & Character
Location
It was just a bit off the beach in Levanto and easy to navigate to and from. Also close to the train station.
Staff
Super helpful with directions, hiking suggestions, other activities and food!
Aenea Superior Inn
Rome

It was a convenient location and provided good access to what we needed.

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Activity Reviews
Market & Cicchetti Food Tour
Venice

Tour guide was knowledgeable, the food was amazing, and it was just us and another couple which was fun.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Bike Tour on Lido Island
Venice

Valerio took good care of us, adjusted the trip length and speed to our desired activity level, and had a ton of good info.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Afternoon Gelato Making Class
Florence

He was hysterical, and excellent teacher, and so much fun!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Chianti Wine & Olive Oil Tour from Florence
Florence

Our guide for this was so personable and the small group was easy to get to know. Loved seeing and learning about all the places we went.

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Sunset e-Bike Wine Tour
Italy

Sara and Matteo took us on an fun trip, were good at explaining the history, use of the bikes, and took lots of pictures and drone shots for us to enjoy.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Vatican Guided Tour
Rome

Really knowledgeable tour guide that made this more interesting than I expected it to be. But you can’t go to Rome and not see the Vatican. She made me glad I went.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Bike The Appian Way
Rome

I can’t believe Valentina actually got us to bike on some of those roads, but what a trip! It was a great way to see things a typical tour would not get to, she was wicked smart, and took good care of us as we went through some really busy places. We learned a lot and appreciated Rome so much more. The description mentioned a breakfast or lunch but that wasn’t actually included in the tour.

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Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Dear, Lauri and Michael!

I'm so happy to see your happy faces, having so much fun on all your tours and activities around Italy and that you were also able to spent some quality time with Connor. Thank you for sharing your photographs (my favourite part when analysing the reviews haha) and for giving us detailed comments on each experience. Every little information is well noted and valued. It looks like you made the most of it and I'm truly thankful you allowed me to be a part of it.
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Dear, Lauri and Michael!

I'm so happy to see your happy faces, having so much fun on all your tours and activities around Italy and that you were also able to spent some quality time with Connor. Thank you for sharing your photographs (my favourite part when analysing the reviews haha) and for giving us detailed comments on each experience. Every little information is well noted and valued. It looks like you made the most of it and I'm truly thankful you allowed me to be a part of it.
It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you many more smily photographs and happy moments around the world.

Take care!
Ina

Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Myk...
Italy | Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2022

Brittany
Brittany J.
Spring Valley, NV | Reviewed on Sep 30, 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

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 locations were roughly 2 days, which gave us time to experience pre-set tours, walking around the locations, eat out and allow us to have a "free day" to explore.

It was incredibly convenient to have Ina email us the itinerary prior, with all the tickets, tour info, must see hot spots, and have ALL the intricate travel taken care of. We appreciated the recommended sights to see as well as cafes/restaurants/bars to visit. We had never seen such a detailed itinerary and were very appreciative of all the insights. Car services and water taxis were very punctual (sometimes early) when picking us from the hotels and taking us to the next destination on the itinerary. How to get from point A to B to C was something we were initially stressed about. Kimkim does an excellent job at taking care of all the travel plans while you are in a foreign country. We had minimal issues with moving to and from locations due to the detailed itinerary and punctual aspect of the car services.

Restaurant reservations were even made by her after our input on food preferences.
Every now and then, we would need to reach out to kimkim on Whatapp via mobile if we were in a bind for some details, but kimkim was prompt and handled the situation without any major issues.

The only recommendation we have is to provide different options for the local tours. We overall were happy with the tours Ina set up! For example, we are very interested in Greek mythology and there was an option to do a Greek mythology based tour of the Acropolis. We did the architectural based tour which was good but would have liked to have the mythology incorporated into the tour.

Overall, this trip was incredible, and it went by so fast for how busy we kept. We took this opportunity to do as much as possible in the 2 weeks we had. Ina made sure to be very detailed in the planning.

Kimkim wiped away so much stress, made travel easier and provided an insight into the Italian and Greek culture that we would not have gathered with self-planned travel.

We can't speak highly enough of kimkim and look forward to our next adventure with these folks the next time we choose to travel internationally!

Hotel Review
Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

The Abelonas Retreat is exactly that, a sweet retreat in Santorini located just outside of Fira. The staff is very accommodating. Breakfast was included in our stay in which you could choose what you wanted the night before and pick a time for it to be delivered; between 8-10ish am. Furthermore, they set the breakfast up on your private balcony for a great start to your morning! The rooms were spacious, clean, and thankfully had AC!

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Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Dear, Brittany and Johnathon!

It was lovely to have you here in both Italy and Greece and I'm super happy that you fully enjoyed your honeymoon! Although your itinerary was quite a fast-paced one, you managed to visit many different locations and gather lots of memorable experiences. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special holiday. It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you for the feedback and suggestions. They are well noted.
I wish you both a happy life together and many more happy moments around the globe!

Take care!
Ina

Awesome 10 day Greece trip
Greece | Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022

Vijay
Vijay R.
Cupertino, CA | Reviewed on Sep 25, 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

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 answer any questions we might have had. One hiccup we had was the ferry from Athens to Mykanos was canceled due to bad weather and the ground staff responded promptly to make alternate arrangements. All the hotels were neat and located close to central streets. Kimkim took the headache of detailed planning from us and we will recommend them to our friends and ourselves use them on our next Europe adventure.

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Dear, Vijay!

Thank you so much for the kind words and the 5-star review of our services. I am very happy that although there was very little time left for the planning stage of your trip, we managed to create the best itinerary for you, Shobha and Anushka, and everything ran smoothly as promised. It was lovely working with you and I hope one day I get the chance to design another trip for your family in Greece or even Italy.

Take care!
Ina

Amazing Road Trip around Central and North Greece!
Greece | Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2022

Ronit
Ronit R.
Country Club, FL | Reviewed on Sep 20, 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

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 everybody without hesitation that you are the primary reason for our great time in Greece! You took care and paid attention to everything about our trip’s planning and even during our trip. We were in awe to experience the Greek culture and history; to explore its nature of abundant mountains, seas, and olive trees!
The places that you choose for us to go - the hotels, the guides, the island day cruise, the tours, ferry rides, and the stopping points between Athens, Nafplio, Nafpaktos, Ioannina, Corfu, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Lithochoro, and Delphi were top-notch except driving on lots of winding roads. We have recommended your name to a few other people who were in our contacts and who love to travel as well.
We shared the photos of our trip on Facebook and they were very well received. We have fond memories of the amazing food, people, nature, and attractions that we saw in Greece and were surprised that most Greeks are able to speak English as well!
We are looking forward to planning another trip with Ina and your KimKim team and we want to thank both of you again for such a great trip.

Hotel Reviews
NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Next to the Parliament Athens
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Amalia Nafplio
Nafplio
Authenticity & Character
Beautiful welcome treat in the room!
Location
Not nearby the old town
Staff
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The Lake Hotel
Ioannina
Authenticity & Character
Location
Far from the central town
Staff
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Eleals Boutique Hotel

Beautiful boutique hotel. We had a pleasure meeting with Sofia and Tasos, owners. Private Beach!

Authenticity & Character
Wonderful owners.. Fantastic Breakfast Menu
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tsikeli Hotel

Love the sauna in the room!! Beautiful breakfast buffet. We are in awe to see the views of the high cliff on the front of the hotel

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Wonderful staff!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Daios Luxury Living
Thessaloníki

The best of overall!

Authenticity & Character
We were treated very well! Beautiful welcome treat with champagne and food and farewell treat-panacotta with berries!
Location
Right across of the gulf. Great location
Staff
Extraordinary!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kastalia Boutique Hotel
Delphi
Authenticity & Character
It indicated that it is a 4 star hotel and for us is 2 star hotel. The hotel needs some improvement. We were upgraded to a larger room with the view..
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Vouliagmeni Suites
Vouliagmeni

Fantastic!

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful room with a sea view..
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private Tour of Delphi
Delphi
Quality of Experience
We were amazed with the ancient history of Delphi!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Penny is a local private tour guide and provided her tremendous knowledge about Delphi archeology.
Saronic Islands Day Cruise
Athens

Amazing cruise trip to 3 islands! Hydra is the best-car free island!

Quality of Experience
Food
Beautiful lunch presentation in VIP room of the ship.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff was very accommodating.
Transport
Round trip transfers should be by luxury black vehicle as promised and paid for.
Acropolis Afternoon Tour
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was very informative...
Meteora Sunset Tour
Meteora

We are in awe to explore the monasteries built on the top of the high cliffs. Breathtaking sunset!

Quality of Experience
History of Meteora and Byzantine Church
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The tour guide including 17 tourists were amazing! He spoke English fluently! Driver as well!
Transport
Jewish Monuments of Thessaloniki Walking Tour
Thessaloniki

We walked with Ilona Stefani, our private local tour guide where the Jews lived in the Jewish Quarter and unbelievably she was so informative about its history.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ilona Stefani is amazing! We were fortunate to her guide.
Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Thank you so much Ronit and Yossi for taking the time to comment and give us thorough feedback on your summer travel experience in Greece. Although it was a last-minute request, together we managed to create a very detailed itinerary for you. I'm glad you enjoyed each destination, despite the winding roads, haha. Given the history and connection you have with Thessaloniki, it was great to see your happy photographs in the "Daios" hotel you shared with the team while travelling. Last but not... read more

Thank you so much Ronit and Yossi for taking the time to comment and give us thorough feedback on your summer travel experience in Greece. Although it was a last-minute request, together we managed to create a very detailed itinerary for you. I'm glad you enjoyed each destination, despite the winding roads, haha. Given the history and connection you have with Thessaloniki, it was great to see your happy photographs in the "Daios" hotel you shared with the team while travelling. Last but not least, It was lovely to meet you in Athens and show you around some of my personal favourite local places. I would love to build another travel plan for you in the future.

Take care!
Ina

I am so happy that we decided to use Kim Kim!...
Greece | Aug 22 - Aug 31, 2022

Tel
Tel S.
Opelika, AL | Reviewed on Sep 05, 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

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!

Hotel Reviews
Cavos Hotel & Suites
Tinos

Super nice location and big rooms! Felt very luxurious. If you are big on cocktails however, the bar only makes a few of the common ones and they were not as good as we could find other places. However, the food and local drinks were very enjoyable! The pool is also very very nice. There is AC in the rooms, but it is only turned on when you are currently in the room. This is how it is all over Greece from our experiences.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Only giving 4 stars here because the bed was two twins pushed together and that was not ideal for our honeymoon hahaha. Also the AC situation was a shock coming from USA
Herodion Hotel
Acropolis, Athens

A very nice hotel with a great rooftop bar and beautiful greenhouse dining room.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful view of the Acropolis
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was a little small, but other than that it was a great stay.
Korali Palace Hotel
Naxos

Very nice hotel with very friendly staff and a great location. We just walked everywhere from our hotel!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Right in town, but not on too busy of a street.
Staff
I loved the staff, but I wasn’t sure were else to mention this: the reception opens at 9am, and this is a problem when your flight leaves at 8:30am and you need to check out and pay the taxes on your room. Who I think was the owner did come down and open up early for us, but we had to get one of the breakfast staff to call her and explain our situation.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Hiking and Cooking in a Traditional Naxian Village
Naxos

SPECTACULAR! This was the coolest experience. The couple was so authentic and very hospitable and friendly. Our translator was super sweet and very knowledgeable. What was so cool with to me was that the translator (as the couple speaks no English) and the couple were actually good friends. It wasn’t just a job to either of them, they all would have been enjoying each other’s company without us being there, so it was like we were invited to a friends house for a casual but fun and delicious meal.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sailing Trip around Naxos & Small Cyclades islands
Naxos
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Quality of Experience
Food
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Transport
Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 05, 2022

Dear, Tel and Jordan!

I'm so glad you both had a great time on your honeymoon in Greece! Thank you so much for taking the time and giving us thorough feedback on your favourite accommodations and experiences. This is not only helpful for us as a team but also for our future travellers.
Thank you for trusting me to build your plan from scratch and for allowing me to be a part of your special summer holiday. You are a lovely couple and I wish you a very happy long life together with many more travel memories!!!

Take care!
Ina

Perfect trip planned by an amazing company
Italy | Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2022

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steve s.
Mesa, AZ | Reviewed on Aug 09, 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

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, able to make changes with short notice. One morning we had missed our timeslot for a Colosseum tour, but our tour guide and travel agents worked together to get us there and squeeze us in, despite the usually strict time slots. Ina, our travel agent who coordinated the trip, offered to give us a tour of Athens. She was really friendly and fun to be around, and we greatly appreciated her time and knowledge of the area. Overall, we couldn't be more impressed with this company and are looking forward to future trips with them!

Hotel Review
Aenea Superior Inn
Rome

It looks unassuming from the outside, but it has a nice, quiet charm to it. The staff are all friendly and every morning you get two bags of croissants and bread rolls. The hotel is tucked away from the busy streets, but it's an easy walk to the metro and getting a taxi isn't difficult.

Authenticity & Character
It looks unassuming from the outside and blends in with the buildings next to it, which is very different from the large hotels near it, so it feels more local and authentic.
Location
Easy accessibility to popular tourist attractions and great food. If we weren't on a schedule, then we would walk everywhere.
Staff
The receptionist was very friendly and pointed out attractions and how to get to them on a map.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were kept tidy and we were given control over the air conditioning unit, which was much appreciated since we went in July and the weather was hot.
Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hello, Steve, Deb, Hannah, and Ethan!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your family trip to Italy. Our team, local partners and I, highly value your opinion and we all thank you for your positive feedback and kind words. I'm so happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and judging from the photographs you shared here, I can tell you've made some great lasting memories. You are a lovely family and I wish you happiness as well as many more beautiful pictures together from around the world.

All the best,
Ina

KimKim Rocks!
Greece | Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2022

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steve s.
Mesa, AZ | Reviewed on Aug 09, 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

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 helping to customize our trip. Given that the Greece part of our trip was going to be our two adult kids traveling out of the country on their own for the first time, we were probably a bit high maintenance with our constant questions and pestering, but Ina was extremely responsive and helpful. The icing on the cake was having our kids get to meet Ina and spend part of a day with her as their local resource and guide...they absolutely loved it! Our kids reached out to KimKim and the Travel12 team for assistance a number of times during their travels in Greece, and they were always helpful and responsive. This was our first experience with a travel service, and it was outstanding in every respect. Thank you Ina and the KimKim/Travel12 team for providing us with a great travel experience and great memories. All our best, Steve, Deb, Hannah, and Ethan.

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Hello, Steve, Deb, Hannah, and Ethan!

I'm so happy Hannah and Ethan enjoyed their first trip to Greece and also the first one on their own. We had such a lovely meetup in Athens and it was fun being their "tour guide" for the day, showing them around the sites, the neighbourhoods and some of my favourite view spots.
I wish Hannah a successful new beggining of her studies abroad and Ethan a bright future as a tech "wizard". I hope one day I get the chance to plan a summer holiday around the... read more

Hello, Steve, Deb, Hannah, and Ethan!

I'm so happy Hannah and Ethan enjoyed their first trip to Greece and also the first one on their own. We had such a lovely meetup in Athens and it was fun being their "tour guide" for the day, showing them around the sites, the neighbourhoods and some of my favourite view spots.
I wish Hannah a successful new beggining of her studies abroad and Ethan a bright future as a tech "wizard". I hope one day I get the chance to plan a summer holiday around the islands in Greece for just you and Deb! Until then take care and keep being the lovely smily family you are!

All the best,
Ina

Best trip of our lives!
Greece | Jul 24 - Aug 5, 2022

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Jeffrey O.
Chandler, AZ | Reviewed on Aug 06, 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

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 and Constantinos with Argyos (such an amazing tour and wonderful tour guides that I will always remember). Thank you KimKim for making our honeymoon seamless and unforgettable!

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 08, 2022

Jeffrey and Clare, I'm so happy you gave me the opportunity to be a part of your honeymoon in Greece! It was lovely working with you during the planning stages and also having you here, seeing your trip unfold while travelling. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my work, the team and our individual trusted partners. I wish you a happy life together and many more beautiful memories around the world.

Take Care!
Ina

Very attentive to details and understood our ...
Greece | Jun 21 - Jun 29, 2022

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Neil M.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 04, 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.

Hi Ina,

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:

Athens:

- Hotel was... read more

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.

Hi Ina,

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:

Athens:

- Hotel was fantastic and memourable...highly recommend for future bookings
- 1st dinner, though the food was fantastic, unremarkable location
- bike tour of Athens was just OK...unremarkable guide...would not recommend
- Acropolis visit was excellent, and the guide very engaging...highly recommend

Paros:

- too early of a transfer to the ferry...too much waiting
- great ferry experience
- fantastic hotel and having the two rooms was a good call
- driver on Paros was fantastic and a big personality
- 1st dinner magnificent in Naoussa (sp?)
- sunset boat trip, a highlight...great crew and highly recommended

Naxos:

- Ok hotel; probably better options to explore...would not recommend
- bike tour was great...good guide and a great way to see the island and Naxos town if you are fit enough...good choice
- probably would have preferred 3 nights in Paros vs the 3 in Naxos...but still a nice visit
- nice call on flying back

Athens Riviera:

- Ok tour from airport
- unremarkable lunch...do NOT recommend
- great hotel and location...highly recommend to complete the tour

All in all, you did a fantastic job, and I would recommend you highly. We'll be back.

Sincerely, neil

Hotel Reviews
Vouliagmeni Suites
Vouliagmeni

Greek Riviera is a must visit in a fabulous location.

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The Foundry Suites
Athens

Great location, amazing roof patio and view of the Acropolis...HIGHLY recommend.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Contaratos Beach Hotel
Naousa

Great location near Naoussa (sp?).

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Liana Beach Hotel & Spa
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Local Transfer in Paros
Paros
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner in Athens
Athens

Great food, unremarkable decor.

Quality of Experience
Food
Enjoy Athens by Bike!
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Acropolis Afternoon Tour
Athens

Must do...even with children.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local Dinner in Paros
Paros
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Sunset Boat Trip
Paros

Must do.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local Transfer in Naxos
Naxos
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Naxos Bike Tour
Naxos

Really good way to experience the island.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Riviera & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour
Athens

The drive was unremarkable with no history or guiding. BUT the hotel town made the experience memourable...must do.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
no storytelling, lunch selection was unremarkable.
Transport
Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Happy to hear you’ve reached home safely and that you and your family had a wonderful stay in Greece. Thank you so much for taking the time and giving us thorough feedback of the accommodations and activities you experienced during your summer holiday. The Travel 12 team and I, highly value your opinion and greatly appreciate your input of each individual experience you have had. We will absolutely take all of them into full consideration. It was lovely working with you! Take care!

A Fabulous trip through Italy- Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence
Italy | May 27 - Jun 5, 2022

Jennie
Jennie R.
Plantation, FL | Reviewed on Jun 17, 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

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 simple and easy to follow, and when I did have questions (for example, confusion on when we were doing a Vatican museum tour) they were responsive on Whatsapp every time.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Ca' d'Andrean
Manarola (SP)

The views were fantastic, the rain shower was lovely. We spent time on the patio each evening just watching the sunset and listening to the bells toll at the nearby church. The pillows were not very substantial, but that was the only qualm at our favorite hotel of our trip.

Tips for future travelers

You must be OK walking stairs to stay here- no elevator.

Authenticity & Character
The hotel's owner shared that this was his grandfather's house- hence "Ca". He obviously cares deeply about this place.
Location
The view.
Staff
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Casa Cappuccini
Rome

This hotel is valuable for its distance to the major sites. It was an easy walk for us to visit the Spanish steps, and from there to walk leisurely through downtown. The rooms are spartan but comfortable-and lively Rome is just outside the window!

Tips for future travelers

The restaurant just down the street vertically- Freschetta- is small, family-run, and delicious. Perfect for a first night authentic Italian meal.

Authenticity & Character
It was a bit impersonal - new people each day, breakfast across the street.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Better/more pillows needed.
Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dear, Jennie!

I’m glad you’ve reached home safely, after having gathered lots of beautiful memories from your summer holiday. Thank you so much for your 5-star rating. It was really wonderful to welcome you and Gregory to Italy and introduce you to some of our beloved destinations. I wish you many more future happy moments around the globe. Take care!
Ina

40th Birthday Celebration
Greece | May 20 - May 29, 2022

Annice
Annice K.
Hollis, NY | Reviewed on Jun 09, 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

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 warm, personable, and unique - not only did you eat the delicious Naxian food, but you were educated on the history & culture of the island while walking through living remnants; (3) The Sailing Day Cruise around Naxos and Small Cyclades Islands provided an opportunity to experience various beaches (one with a natural beauty spa), great food, and mingle with other travelers; (4) The Flying Dress Experience in Santorini with Tasos & Natassa was the climax of my trip - I felt like I was in the presence of family - such a caring, delightful team that made you feel like royalty. Regarding our accommodations (Athens Capital Center Hotel-McGallery Collection, Athens; Myconian Ambassador, Mykonos; Cyano Suites, Naxos) all were superb & highly recommended - unfortunately, I would have preferred another option than De Sol Hotel & Spa in Santorini (the room lacked luster, was presented dusty, and the beds required fitted sheets). Kudos to various transportation companies - they were timely, friendly, and very helpful. And, last but not least - thank you Travel 12 Team for coordinating last minute requests, updating me on the itinerary, and being readily accessible.

Such an amazing trip!

Hotel Review
Myconian Ambassador
Mykonos

I highly recommend The Horizon Retreat of Myconian Ambassador - the room has the best view in the hotel along with a private pool. Also, take advantage of the spa services - they were amazing!

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Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dear, Annice!

Thank you so much for your detailed review and the kind words for each and every individual trusted partner you mention. It means everything to me and the Travel12 Team to read your impression of the locations and activities you enjoyed the most. It was lovely having you and your mom in Greece, for your 40th Birthday Celebration and I’m pleased we made that special for you. I wish you have many more future happy moments around the world and why not help you plan your next trip to Italy and even back to Greece!

Greetings from the team!
Ina

Our trip was really amazing and largely becau...
Italy | May 1 - May 25, 2022

Carol
Carol A.
Casas Adobes, AZ | Reviewed on May 27, 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

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.

Hotel Review
Milu Hotel
Florence

Modern, convenient to museums and the heart of Florence, friendly staff, wonderful breakfast. All excellent.

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova
Ina
Ina Gaydarova
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dear, Carol and Virgil!

Thank you so much for your 5-star rating. I value your opinion and it means a lot to me and the Travel12 Team to read your impression of the places you visited and the experiences you had. It was really wonderful to welcome you and introduce you to some of our beloved destinations in Italy. It was a pleasure to work with you and I would love to organize another wonderful trip for you in the near future to different destinations in Italy or even Greece!

Take care!
Ina