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Irene Lappa

Growing up as an only child, my main concern was to socialize, find the best way to communicate with other kids and thus never feel the lack of sibling(s). Luckily, my parents loved traveling and they chose road trips to introduce the world to me. Most of my childhood memories are related to meeting new friends in the most unexpected locations, playing around in every opportunity, visiting archaeological sites and museums, hiking on untrodden trails and swimming in beaches of stunning beauty.

Needless to say, the way life started for me, led me to have a great appreciation of the knowledge of different cultures and mentalities and to realize early the value of the experiences gathered on each travel.

Now, after many more travels, I consider myself a very lucky person to have the chance sharing these experiences with new friends by designing their travels.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Crete, Peloponnese, and the wine routes of Greece and Italy; elegant, cultural travels and road trips with a touch of wine and food as I think they are the basis of a place's culture."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been involved in travel, one way or another, but to be more specific, I believe it all begun when I dared to leave behind my career as an assistant director in the Greek film industry and to allow myself a re-approach.

At that point, I started from scratch. I needed to reply to myself, some critical questions with sincerity. What do I want to do? What will make me happy doing it every day? What do I know and love? Well, I answered the following: "I love traveling and I love wine. I know some things about traveling and I can certainly enjoy tasting wine." So, that was it. Next step was easy. I started my studies in both tourism and wine and while studying, I was hired from a travel agency to organize trips for independent travelers. What a revelation! I adored it!

Some years after that beginning, continuing to study wine -it's a never ending process- I feel at home. I am happy to work with the Travel 12 group, where we share the same passion for traveling and we love offering unique and lifechanging experiences."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It was on 2010 when I decided to travel on my own for the first time. After a demanding 120-day film project, where I worked hard at a crazy pace, I realized that I wanted quality time with myself to pamper me and offer me the space to listen to my needs and wants.

With that in mind, I took the ferry and drove myself to one of my favorite places in Greece, the island of Crete. The concept was, a road trip in a large island with long driving distances, without company. The act was, a two-month road trip where some wonderful things happened! I met interesting people, I discovered unique, off-the-beaten-path locations (even though I'd been in Crete many-many times) and most important, I realized two things: 1st I didn’t want to work in films any more, and 2nd I didn’t feel lonely at any time on a trip that I was traveling alone!

One year after that travel experience, I found myself in a new orbital of studies, everyday life and to conclude, in a happy place. "

Irene is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents, Greece Travel Agents
Exploring Athens By Night
Discover Food, Wine, and Culture in Greece - 12 Days

This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.

Chora, Naxos
Athens and the Cyclades for Families: Athens, Tinos, Naxos & Santorini - 14 Days

The whitewashed architecture of the Cyclades is one of the most classic Greek images. Spend two weeks amid this island chain's charms with this family-friendly itinerary full of hands-on activities for school-aged children. You'll start off with games and stories in Athens, then head to Tinos to learn about the art of marble sculpting. From there, you'll visit the villages and beaches of Naxos before you wrap up your trip along the rim of Santorini's famous caldera.

Enjoy a sunset over Santorini's crater
Athens, Santorini, & Mykonos: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 7 to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Greece trip with stops in Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 4 to 6 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Naxos, Chania, or Elounda. Get inspired with our Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos trip ideas below.

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.

Ice cream on Lake Como
14 Days in Italy - 4 Family-Friendly Itineraries

Whether you're hiding behind a Carnival mask, crafting your own gelato flavor, or cruising around Lake Como, Italy has a new experience for your family waiting around every corner. With two weeks to explore, you've got plenty of time to design your ideal itinerary. Hit all the highlights, take it easy on a road trip, go for a more active path down the coast, or slow down with a sling-bound baby with these options that will have you gesturing wildly with excitement in no time.

Monemvasia's Preserved Old Town
Hidden Gems of Mainland Greece - 12 Days

This dynamic road trip takes you through some of mainland Greece's best kept secrets, starting with a mythology tour of the Acropolis in Athens and a visit to the wineries in Nemea. Then head into the picturesque Peloponnese Region where you'll discover the ancient ruins in Sparta, the medicinal tales of Ascelpius, and the charms of historic Mani villages. Visit the birthplace of the Olympics in Olympia, hike to an alpine lake for a swim, and visit a family-operated olive farm to learn all about the production process and to taste different varieties.

Recent trip reviews for Irene

I really enjoyed using Kim Kim, they struck t...
Greece | Sep 21 - Sep 30, 2022

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Matthew M.
Alhambra, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

I really enjoyed using Kim Kim, they struck the perfect balance of giving us the skeleton of the trip without scheduling us every hour of the day. They helped us put together a great experience.

We thought we wanted to use Airbnb’s for our lodging, which I’m sure would have been fine. They convinced me however to use boutique hotels and I’m glad they did. We would have had a great trip on our own, but it was amazing because of their advice. Was definitely worth the extra money to have them... read more

I really enjoyed using Kim Kim, they struck the perfect balance of giving us the skeleton of the trip without scheduling us every hour of the day. They helped us put together a great experience.

We thought we wanted to use Airbnb’s for our lodging, which I’m sure would have been fine. They convinced me however to use boutique hotels and I’m glad they did. We would have had a great trip on our own, but it was amazing because of their advice. Was definitely worth the extra money to have them involved in the planning process.

Also, they were very responsive while on the trip, because inevitably things went wrong and they helped fix them promptly.

Will use again.

Hotel Reviews
City Hotel Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki

They went above and beyond to help us. The room was great, location was amazing.

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Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

Would definitely go back. Loved how small and intimate it felt. Great location in the city as well, close to some great restaurants and shops.

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Tsikeli Hotel

Probably our favorite hotel of our trip. Just very nice rooms and facilities. It is farther from restaurants and town center - I would recommend having a rental car if staying here.

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Rodia Boutique Hotel
Epirus

Great little hotel in small village of zagori mountain area. We loved this place. Very quaint and authentic. Only thing to be aware of is you can’t park at the hotel, have to park 500m away and hike up village road to get there. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. Would stay here again!

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Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

It’s an adequate larger hotel in Athens. We stayed here for the proximity to the airport in Athens. Nice, but won’t blow you away.

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Activity Reviews
Local Transfer in Athens
Athens

Loved lampros. He picked us up at beginning and end of trip. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and has a wonderful car for transfers.

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Thessaloniki Sunset Bike Tour
Thessaloniki

We loved this mix of activity and history. Just short enough to keep us involved, but long enough to see everything. 10/10 would highly recommend.

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Meteora Sunset Tour
Meteora

This is an adequate tour made great by the guide.

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Vikos Gorge Crossing
Zagori
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Greece
Corfu Countryside Cooking Tour
Corfu
Local specialist: Irene Lappa
Irene
Irene Lappa
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2022

Dear Matthew,
I am happy to read that you had an amazing trip! It was a great pleasure working with you on your road trip and I am so glad that you had a great experience! Thank you so much for your thorough and helpful review. It is much appreciated from the whole team and me!
I will be happy to assist you again in creating new travel adventures in the future!
I wish you happy and safe travels!
Irene

Kimkim was wonderful in planning our trip to ...
Italy | Jul 26 - Aug 7, 2022

Kimberly
Kimberly E.
White Plains, NY | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Kimkim was wonderful in planning our trip to Italy. They made a personalized trip that engaged the entire family. From our seven year old who hung on every word from our wonderful tour guide explaining about gladiators at the coliseum , to our teenagers who loved hiking the Path of the Gods, it was perfect for us. Our drivers were prompt and engaging and tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. The variety of activities meant something for everyone. read more

Kimkim was wonderful in planning our trip to Italy. They made a personalized trip that engaged the entire family. From our seven year old who hung on every word from our wonderful tour guide explaining about gladiators at the coliseum , to our teenagers who loved hiking the Path of the Gods, it was perfect for us. Our drivers were prompt and engaging and tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. The variety of activities meant something for everyone.

Local specialist: Irene Lappa
Irene
Irene Lappa
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Dear Kimberly and John,
Thank you for your kind words! I am so happy that your had a wonderful experience in Italy and that the activities meant something for everyone! Thank you again for your trust, valuable comments and for sharing your happy, family trip photos! You all look great!!
Wishing you many more wonderful & safe travels!
Irene

Our family vacation through Italy was wonderf...
Italy | Jul 26 - Aug 7, 2022

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Kimberly E.
White Plains, NY | Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Our family vacation through Italy was wonderful. With KimKim's help there was something for each member of our family. We experienced tours that engaged everyone from our seven year old, our teenagers and ourselves. The experiences were designed with each of our interests in mind and tour guides were extremely knowledgable and personable. Everything from the amazing food tour and winery to the cultural experiences were carefully planned during a busy travel season.
There was confusion over... read more

Our family vacation through Italy was wonderful. With KimKim's help there was something for each member of our family. We experienced tours that engaged everyone from our seven year old, our teenagers and ourselves. The experiences were designed with each of our interests in mind and tour guides were extremely knowledgable and personable. Everything from the amazing food tour and winery to the cultural experiences were carefully planned during a busy travel season.
There was confusion over a locale to begin one of our tours which Kim Kim quickly solved by ensuring we were able to join another tour an hour later and the problem was quickly resolved.
Our transfers went smoothly between cities and within cities and drivers were quick to explain details about locations and make suggestions on activities.
Thank you for your assistance in having a wonderful time with our family.
Kimberly & John Emmert

Hotel Review
Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection
Venice

Great hotel. Convenient location outside of the business. Comfortable beds and wonderful surprise to have a balcony overlooking the canal.

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Removed from crowds but not out of the way
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Wonderfully helpful
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Perfectly clean
Local specialist: Irene Lappa
Irene
Irene Lappa
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Dear Kimberly and John,

Thank you so much for your kind words and your valuable feedback!
I'm more than happy that the trip plan turned into a wonderful family trip, and that all family members enjoyed the tours, from your little one, to your teens to you, the parents!
It was a great pleasure working with you, and I will love assist you in planning your next expedition, to Greece this time!

All the best,
Irene

The Honeymoon of our Dreams
Greece | Jul 12 - Jul 21, 2022

Yekaterina
Yekaterina C.
Morristown, NJ | Reviewed on Jul 23, 2022

We have always wanted to go to Greece, and we thought - what better time than our honeymoon? Irene, our travel specialist, was beyond amazing. She was so kind, professional, and prompt. She discussed our interests and budget with us, and chose places we would never have even thought of ourselves. Our trip included Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. Throughout the entire experience, Irene was there every step of the way to answer any questions, and give us some recommendations. I wonder if... read more

We have always wanted to go to Greece, and we thought - what better time than our honeymoon? Irene, our travel specialist, was beyond amazing. She was so kind, professional, and prompt. She discussed our interests and budget with us, and chose places we would never have even thought of ourselves. Our trip included Athens, Mykonos, Naxos, and Santorini. Throughout the entire experience, Irene was there every step of the way to answer any questions, and give us some recommendations. I wonder if she rests, it seemed like she was available 24/7!! The itinerary she produced was so well organized (including time changes!), that we had piece of mind and got to enjoy ourselves every second of it. There was not a SINGLE DETAIL she left out. The experience was phenomenal. We WILL be coming back to Greece and we WILL be requesting Irene again!

Local specialist: Irene Lappa
Irene
Irene Lappa
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Dear Yekaterina and Matthew,
Thank you very much for your wonderful words! I'm so happy that my team's efforts and mine helped you have a phenomenal honeymoon experience!
It was my pleasure working with you and I'm grateful for your trust and the opportunity to create the plan of this special and unique trip for you. Once again, I'd like to wish you a life full of love and happiness!
I'll be happy to be your personal travel specialist for you next trip to Greece or/and perhaps Italy (!!) and assist you on creating new memorable experiences!
All the best and safe travels,
Irene