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Mariliza Chatzelli

My fascination with travel started when i was quite young. When I was just 11 years old, I was very fortunate to have my dad take me on trips to different parts of the world. He was the captain of a ship and it was in these trips that I became fascinated with other cultures and places. I carried this love of travel through college, into my professional life, and i still love discovering new places to this day! Lately, I 've been focusing on the many hidden gems in my home country of Greece!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Greece /mainland and islands. Historic and cultural trips, Archaeology & Spiritual, Culinary & Gastronomy, Adventure or Relaxing trips. We specialized in tailor made honeymoon, family or solo trips."

How did you get involved in travel?

"As I traveled a lot as a child, I decided to lead my career in the world of tourism.
What excites me in this job is to create unforgettable memories for each traveler to Greece!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I have one special memory that will stay with me forever!
A few years ago I was in my parent’s native island of Mitilini. During my childhood, we used to spend many summers there as a family.
I remember one summer on a warm night, we were with few friends in a local taverna in front of the beach. We were eating seafood and drinking ouzo (ouzo is the islands famous local spirit). We began singing and we were all enjoying the night, some music and the company. One of the friends was playing guitar... and suddenly I had an idea:
“Why don’t we go for a sailing under the moon light?” (It was full moon that night).
I wasn’t expecting that they would follow…but after a while we were all together in a small boat in the dark sea, sailing towards the moon light.
It was so magical! When we were under the moon, the friend with the guitar starting playing and singing and every time that I visit Mitilini, I remember that moment! That was for me an unforgettable experience!
"

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Favorite experiences

Minoan Mythology Tour for Families with transfers

Discover the ancient scenery and myths of Minos, Ariadne, Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Labyrinth on this family-friendly half-day private adventure. This unique educational activity explores the roots of the Minoan civilization with some of the most popular Greek stories and myths. It'll...

Sailing Cruise around Milos

Discover Milos' unique beauty and enjoy swimming in the sea's crystal clear turquoise-hued waters on this full-day sailing excursion. Enjoy the astonishing scenery the island offers and take photos as your guide shares historical facts and myths about the island. There will be several swimming...

Acropolis & Athens Mythology Tour

Today is your chance to discover more about the titanic history of Athens as you undertake a fascinating half-day mythology-themed walking tour through the heart of the city, visiting the Acropolis as well as many more iconic Athenian landmarks. As you go, your guide will share captivating...

Santorini Highlights with Wine

Discover Santorini's iconic sites and vistas on this half-day driving tour of the island. Along the way, learn all about the fascinating history of Santorini, including its ancient winemaking past.Your guide will collect you from either your hotel or a central point in Fira. Υou’ll stop in...

Self-Guided Antiparos Island Day-Trip

Discover the charm and beauty of Paros' classy neighbor, the island of Antiparos on a self guided tour of the island. A short ferry ride takes you to this special Cycladic island, where you can walk almost everywhere in a matter of just 10-15 minutes. Enjoy swimming, roaming, eating, and drinking...

Cooking Class in Naxos Villages

Find out all about the Greek way of life with your taste buds during this half-day hands-on cooking class! There is no better way to immerse yourself in the local traditions and cuisine than through food, as you will find out today when you experience a sensory day-in-the-life of a local family,...

Recent trip reviews for Mariliza

Amazing, Relaxing, and Memorable Triple to Greece.
Greece | Jun 30 - Jul 14, 2024

Pavan
Pavan R.
Darien, CT | Reviewed on Jul 15, 2024
This was our second trip booked with Kim Kim, and just as our first trip, it was amazing and even better. Mariliza planned a great trip for us that saw the highlights of Athens and a relaxing tour of the islands. All our hotels on the islands had amazing views from our rooms. We started in Athens, driver picked us up and took us to our hotel was at Coco Mat near Plaka, which was prime location to activities, food, shopping, and acropolis. He had given us a print out of our itinerary that was... Read more

This was our second trip booked with Kim Kim, and just as our first trip, it was amazing and even better. Mariliza planned a great trip for us that saw the highlights of Athens and a relaxing tour of the islands. All our hotels on the islands had amazing views from our rooms.

We started in Athens, driver picked us up and took us to our hotel was at Coco Mat near Plaka, which was prime location to activities, food, shopping, and acropolis. He had given us a print out of our itinerary that was a lamented booklet which was very helpful and a nice touch, we referred to the booklet many times. The mythology tour was great with our guide as we got all the highlights including the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

Next we took the ferry to Mykonos and stayed at Nimbus Hotel. This was our favorite hotel in terms of hotel staff. They were super friendly and helpful. Provided great recommendations for good food and beach clubs. We had a great time in Mykonos. We had a booked Yacht Sailing tour. This was our first time sailing. It was a good experience, but realized we are not boat people, and decided to cancel our Sail in Santorini, and Mariliza understood and issued us a refund. We instead applied that credit to a last minute Flying Dress photo shoot in Santorini that was arranged and it was an amazing experience for my wife.

Next we took ferry to Naxos. Naxos was amazing, our tour guide fore one of the days was Nasos with Naxos Tours, hes the man and very friendly. We did a Kitro tasting and Sophie was hilarious. Our room had a great view of the unfinished apollo temple and the beach. The breakfast made by the hotel owners every morning is so good. We rented a car, must have a car in Naxos, and went to the beach every day and visited some of the villages and ate delicious local food in Chalki. Nasos gave us an itinerary for day trip sightseeing which was great. Our time in Naxos was very romantic.

Last stop was Santorini. We stayed in an infinity pool suite with views of the Caldera. Since we got our beach fix on Mykonos and Naxos, we spent most of our days in the pool with the view. We visited Oia, did a self-guided hiking tour to Fira, a wine tour and island tour. Our last day was the Flying Dress photoshoot.

Overall, epic trip to Greece that we will remember. Definitely would like to go back and visit the the other islands. My wife and I have very busy work life, so we appreciate the planning of Kim Kim and just showing up for a vacation. If any hiccups, Mariliza was very prompt in her response and taking care of things.

Hotel Reviews
COCO-MAT Athens BC
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nimbus Mykonos
Mykonos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cyano Suites
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Astra Suites
Santorini
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Free afternoon in Athens
Free afternoon in Athens
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Free day in Naxos
Free day in Naxos
Naxos
Welcome to Santorini
Welcome to Santorini
Santorini
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
⛵ Sailing Cruise to Delos archaeological site & Rhenia islet
⛵ Sailing Cruise to Delos archaeological site & Rhenia islet
Mykonos
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Naxian Blend of History & Local Flavors
Naxian Blend of History & Local Flavors
Naxos

Nasos is the best

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Santorini, Semi-Private Tour
Discover Santorini, Semi-Private Tour
Santorini

The tour was fine, and our guide and driver was great. The winery stop at Art Space was mediocre. While paros gave us a good tour, the staff member at the winery was more interested in selling us art painting and wine bottles. Seemed a little too touristy. The Kitro experience in Naxos was much better and family owned.

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Flying Dress Photoshoot
Flying Dress Photoshoot
Santorini
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Transport
Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Jul 16, 2024

Dear Pavan,
Thank you for the very detailed feedback, we will take into consideration all your comments.
We are happy you had a great time, and we hope to see you again in Greece!
Until then..safe travels!
Afea Team/ Mariliza

We loved the trip! It was designed to be a fa...
Greece | Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2024

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Amy A.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2024
We loved the trip! It was designed to be a fast paced trip to see as many archeological sites as possible and I do wish we had more down time but we were designing the trip around my daughter's specific interests. Mariliza was great and with only one exception we had wonderful experiences with everyone she set us up with. Had a difficult interaction with one staff member at The Editor Hotel on day 1 but it only highlighted how amazing everyone else was that we dealt with. We had several... Read more

We loved the trip! It was designed to be a fast paced trip to see as many archeological sites as possible and I do wish we had more down time but we were designing the trip around my daughter's specific interests. Mariliza was great and with only one exception we had wonderful experiences with everyone she set us up with. Had a difficult interaction with one staff member at The Editor Hotel on day 1 but it only highlighted how amazing everyone else was that we dealt with. We had several small changes in times on ferry rides and the like but Mariliza kept in contact with us and we had no issues.

Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Jul 04, 2024

Thank you Amy! I am delighted you had a wonderful time in Greece!
We would love to see you again! :)
Best regards,
Mariliza

Exactly what we wanted........
Greece | Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2024

Helen
Helen A.
Westfield, NJ | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2024
Our trip to Greece (Athens, Mykonos & Naxos) was fantastic. Mariliza suggested and booked the perfect things for us and understood that we didn't want to be too scheduled. The trips/tours we did were: - the Acropolis/Parthenon, a sailing trip to Delos from Mykonos, a cooking class and and island tour of Naxos. It was perfect. The hotels were amazing and just right for our family of four with our two grown daughters. In Mykonos and Naxos we had 'maisonettes' which is like a small two... Read more

Our trip to Greece (Athens, Mykonos & Naxos) was fantastic. Mariliza suggested and booked the perfect things for us and understood that we didn't want to be too scheduled. The trips/tours we did were: - the Acropolis/Parthenon, a sailing trip to Delos from Mykonos, a cooking class and and island tour of Naxos. It was perfect. The hotels were amazing and just right for our family of four with our two grown daughters. In Mykonos and Naxos we had 'maisonettes' which is like a small two bedroom appt - just the right amount of privacy and togetherness. All the transfers and pick-ups were exactly on time and any changes were communicated well in advance and in multiple ways to make sure we didn't miss them! The trip was very smoothly run and everthing happened exactly as Mariliza said it would. Our local guides were also top notch and very informative - Dimitra (Acropolis), Jessie (Delos), Mrs. Vuola (cooking class) and Leonidis (Naxos island tour). We had the perfect amount of things to do/see and beach/alone time. We will definitely go back, Greece has so much to see, and we will definitely use Kim Kim for that next trip.

Hotel Reviews
Shila Athens
Athens

Beautiful little boutique hotel, exquisitely furnished and appointed. Very quiet and romantic with only a few rooms. No food amenities available within the hotel and breakfast was ordered in from outside sources for us as we had early pick-ups the two days we were there. A short walk from restaurants and tourist attractions. I wouldn't stay if I had children but perfect for couples.

Authenticity & Character
Everything in the rooms was beautiful and beautifully packaged from the coffee to the robes and the items for sale.
Location
Not to far from everything but not in the thick of it.
Staff
Very accommodating of our needs.
Cleanliness & Comfort
This is just a beautiful, unusual place. Do not stay expecting all the amenities of a big chain hotel, this is not that kinds of place. You will get individual attention for your specific needs.
Nimbus Mykonos
Mykonos

The accomodations here were top notch, very clean and comfortable. The thing that made the Nimbus great was the staff and how accomodating they were. Nothing was too much to ask. They were so nice and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Fantastically clean. Beautiful views of the bay.
Location
This hotel is not in the center of Mykonos town, it was approx 15mins by car to get there. Perfect for us as it was not in the 'thick of it'. Peaceful. Right next to a small, pretty beach (walkable).
Staff
Already said that the staff were fantastic.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Majo Suites Hotel Naxos
Naxos

Such a friendly place run by a family of very friendly people. They love to meet and talk with their guests and get to know them. Naxos is not such a touristy island and the experiences here are more about true Greek life and meeting Greek people who actually live there, whereas a lot of the Greek people we met in Mykonos were from elsewhere in Greece and were in Mykonos for the 'summer season'. Loved both experiences but quite different from each other.

Authenticity & Character
Meet Greek people who want to meet YOU in the place where they live. They are very proud of their island and it's produce.
Location
Not in the Naxos town but a short bus ride away. Easy to navigate the buses and the best way to get around without renting a car.
Staff
Fun and friendly. Genuinely concerned that you have a lovely time while at their property.
Cleanliness & Comfort
COCO-MAT Athens BC
Athens

Very comfortable big city hotel with very comfortable beds (and rooms). All the amenities you'd expect from a big city hotel and located right across from the new Acropolis Museum. Perfect spot for exploring Athens.

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Activity Reviews
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens

Dimitra was our wonderfully informative guide for this mind-blowing experience. Hellish hot so come prepared with hat, water and sunscreen and plan to take a loooooong lunch afterwards but this tour is not to be missed. So much information about one of the worlds most important sites. The beginning of so much that we now use in our own societies. Can't miss it, especially with a guide like Dimitra.

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⛵ Sailing Cruise to Delos archaeological site & Rhenia islet
⛵ Sailing Cruise to Delos archaeological site & Rhenia islet
Mykonos

Well the Mediterranean happened to be windless and calm the day we 'sailed' so we used the motor most of the time. However, we barely noticed as we made friends with the other sailors. First stop was Delos island and although we'd never heard of it before, Jessie our guide, allowed us to understand how important it was in the history of the region. Amazing island with ruins all over the place. Again very hot and not much shade so go prepared. Then we got to swim in turquoise blue clear water which was very welcome after the long hot tour of Delos. Managed to get one sail up on the way back.

Quality of Experience
Food
The dressing on the basic pasta lunch was delicious
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Beautiful boat.
🍴 Naxian Cooking Experience
🍴 Naxian Cooking Experience
Naxos

This was hilarious, so much fun. Making moussaka with the ladies from Mrs. Vuola's family and then getting a tour of their farm from the son while the moussaka was cooking. A wonderfully authentic experience topped of with eating our creations - will never buy tzatziki again, will only make it.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Lilian was lovely. Was great to connect with her and understand why a Brit chose to retire to Greece.
Transport
Naxos Highlights Tour, Yesterday & Today
Naxos Highlights Tour, Yesterday & Today
Naxos

Great experience. Leo ushered us through some of the mountain villages most tourists don't get to see. Very interesting.

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Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Jun 20, 2024

Dear Helen,
I am glad you had a great time in Greece! Thank you for the review!
We are waiting to come back and show you more beautiful spots here in Greece! :)
Warm regards,
Mariliza

Thank you Mariliza, you made the difference!
Greece | Apr 26 - May 4, 2024

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Jacqueline M.
Singapore | Reviewed on May 05, 2024

Mariliza our tour curator was amazing. She was in contact with us the entire time with reminders, checking on weather in advance ro ensure transport schedule continues.

Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on May 05, 2024

My dear Jacqueline,
I am so happy you had a great time and thank you so much for your wonderful comments ❤️
I hope you will come again to Greece, you are a lovely person and I will happy to welcome you again!
Safe travels and take care!
Best
Mariliza

Unforgettable trip to Greece
Greece | Mar 2 - Mar 10, 2024

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jennifer I.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024
Marzilla planned an unforgettable trip for my boys and myself to Greece. Our adventure began in the mountains and ended in the city. The activities and accommodations were top notch! From rafting to biking to hiking and touring…we did it all. Marzilla did an amazing job coordinating it all and the best part was that she was available to us every step of the way. If any issues came up she was easy to reach and more than willing to help us navigate our way through the trip.
I am already...
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Marzilla planned an unforgettable trip for my boys and myself to Greece. Our adventure began in the mountains and ended in the city. The activities and accommodations were top notch! From rafting to biking to hiking and touring…we did it all. Marzilla did an amazing job coordinating it all and the best part was that she was available to us every step of the way. If any issues came up she was easy to reach and more than willing to help us navigate our way through the trip.
I am already looking forward to our next adventure:)

Hotel Reviews
Kanto's Guesthouse Stemnitsa
Stemnitsa
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Electra Palace Athens
Athens
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Staff
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Enastron Guesthouse Dimitsana
Dimitsana
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Mar 14, 2024

Dear Jennifer,
thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate it!
I hope to see you again and plan for you and your family a trip to the amazing Greek islands! You need to do that too! :)
Take care!
Best regards,
Mariliza

As my five star rating indicated, the overall...
Greece | Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2023

Richard
Richard P.
The Bronx, NY | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2023
As my five star rating indicated, the overall trip was wonderful. Mariliza was prompt in letting us know of any changes in the itinerary prior to the actual trip and what alternative options were available. The only last minute change was the Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. When we learned a few days before from Mariliza that a group tour was no longer available we were given two options: a private tour at 405 USD per person or to do it alone at 230 USD per person. We thought both options... Read more

As my five star rating indicated, the overall trip was wonderful. Mariliza was prompt in letting us know of any changes in the itinerary prior to the actual trip and what alternative options were available. The only last minute change was the Samaria Gorge hike in Crete. When we learned a few days before from Mariliza that a group tour was no longer available we were given two options: a private tour at 405 USD per person or to do it alone at 230 USD per person. We thought both options were very expensive so we declined the offers and decided to go to a travel agent in Chania (Crete) and book the trip ourselves which was considerable less expensive at 53 Euros each. We were somewhat puzzled of such a huge price differential even with the understanding that all parties need to make a certain percentage of profit.

Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Nov 02, 2023

Dear Richard,
Hi! Thank you for your feedback!
Those prices that you mentioned, were for a private tour, that of course the cost is totally different from a coach/group tour.
In any case, we are happy that you enjoyed the tour in Samaria!
Take care and Safe Travels!
Best regards,
Mariliza

My recent trip to Greece with my friend, Richard
Greece | Oct 10 - Oct 24, 2023

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Helen O.
New York, NY | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023
My recent trip to Greece with my friend, Richard, was wonderful in all aspects. Mariliza devised an itinerary of really worthwhile tours, mythological & archaeological, also cultural, food & wine. The trip plan also allowed for free time so that we could further explore areas on our own. We had a fantastic guide, Magda, for our tour of the Acropolis. For Delos, we had Pantelias who was really passionate about history, mythology and culture. In Naxos, Yiota highlighted life in medieval times... Read more

My recent trip to Greece with my friend, Richard, was wonderful in all aspects. Mariliza devised an itinerary of really worthwhile tours, mythological & archaeological, also cultural, food & wine. The trip plan also allowed for free time so that we could further explore areas on our own. We had a fantastic guide, Magda, for our tour of the Acropolis. For Delos, we had Pantelias who was really passionate about history, mythology and culture. In Naxos, Yiota highlighted life in medieval times there. And on Santorini, we were fortunate to have Panos for 2 tours wherein we were able to discuss local foods and wines, and of course sample both!
All of the places (Athens, Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini, Crete) we visited had their own unique/different features and I loved them all equally.
I would like to give special mention to our driver in Athens (Pascal??) who ensured our safety and got us to our destinations stress-free. And thank you to all the other drivers who willingly shared local knowledge.
Thank you again Mariliza!

Hotel Reviews
Myconian Kyma Design Hotel
Mykonos

Beautiful hotel with wonderful amenities.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Located a short walking distance from town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Xenones Filotera
Imerovigli

The views from the hotel are spectacular!

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
SanSal Boutique Hotel
Chania

Great location, walking distance to Old Town.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Easy walking distance to attractions, restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
NLH Monastiraki
Athens

Our first room happened to be in a part of the hotel that is adjacent to a nightclub that was open until 0400. Needless to say we had a sleepless night. We were changed to another room for the following night.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location is within walking distance of attractions, restaurants, eyc
Staff
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Cyano Suites
Naxos

Located a short walking distance from town. Beautiful view from hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Family run hotel with very nice ambience.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Discover Santorini, Semi-Private Tour
Discover Santorini, Semi-Private Tour
Santorini
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit the UNESCO's archaeological site of Delos, Guided Tour
Visit the UNESCO's archaeological site of Delos, Guided Tour
Mykonos
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The Medieval Citadel, Private walking tour
The Medieval Citadel, Private walking tour
Naxos
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Greek Food & Wine Tasting
Greek Food & Wine Tasting
Santorini
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Free afternoon in Athens
Free afternoon in Athens
Athens
Quality of Experience
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Oct 31, 2023

Dear Helen,
Hi! Thank you so much for this great review and your lovely comments! The AFEA team is delighted that you had a fantastic time in Greece, and we hope to see you again in the future!
Our Best regards to Richard too! :)
Take care and Safe travels!
Mariliza

First Time In Greece!
Greece | Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2023

Heidi
Heidi B.
Wauwatosa, WI | Reviewed on Oct 08, 2023
My husband and I just got back from our 10-day trip in Greece. We started our trip by visiting Athens for a few days. Our hotel was a perfect fit. Close to a lot of things so it was easy to walk around to find places to eat and visit. It was also very clean, and the staff was super friendly.
-We did the Mythology walking tour. This was a great way to see various Greek Mythology sites and learn a little bit about their history. I would recommend this tour.
Our next island was Kefalonia.... Read more

My husband and I just got back from our 10-day trip in Greece. We started our trip by visiting Athens for a few days. Our hotel was a perfect fit. Close to a lot of things so it was easy to walk around to find places to eat and visit. It was also very clean, and the staff was super friendly.
-We did the Mythology walking tour. This was a great way to see various Greek Mythology sites and learn a little bit about their history. I would recommend this tour.

Our next island was Kefalonia. We were hesitant as we didn't know much about this island. We are SO glad we went as it was beautiful. The water was amazing. Again, our hotel was very clean and nice. We sat on both the public and private beach.
-We also did a private 1/2 day island tour. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. It was a great way to see and learn about the island.

We finished up our visit by going to Santorini. Again, we really liked out hotel the staff was very friendly, and the hotel was clean. Maybe the only down fall was it's more in the middle of the island, so it made it harder to walk to places to eat. At least a 45min walk. But we liked that it was quieter and away from the big crowds.
-We did a BBQ boat cruise to see the sunset. It was fun to see Santorini from the water. I would recommend. We booked an e-bike tour while we were there and that was probably one of our highlights of the trip also.

Probably the only down fall of our vacation was the amount of flying we had to do between locations. But that was pretty minor in order to be able to see various locations.

Overall, I would book with KimKim again! Our trip was so smooth, and we loved all the things we did. Everything was exactly like it said it would be and we never had to worry about a thing!

Hotel Reviews
Cocomat Jumelle
Athens

This is a super cute hotel with amazing staff. The hotel was clean and comfortable. It was very easy to walk around and find things around the hotel to see and do.

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White Rocks Hotel Kefalonia
Kefalonia
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Staff
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Xenones Filotera
Imerovigli
Authenticity & Character
Location
Not as easy to walk to for dinner or shopping. We had to take a taxi one night and it's pretty expensive.
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Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Oct 10, 2023

Dear Heidi,
Thank you so much for the review! We are glad that you had a wonderful time in Greece, and we hope to see you again in our beautiful country!
Take care,
AFEA Team /Mariliza

Memories of a lifetime in Greece!
Greece | Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2023

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Martha L.
| Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023
My husband and I always plan our own trips and have fun doing so. This was our 30th wedding anniversary and while I wanted some of the fun of planning the trip, I was overwhelmed with the options of traveling in Greece, and I wanted to be taken care of a bit! Mariliza was wonderful helping us plan this trip from start to finish and incredibly accommodating whenever we needed to make changes to our itinerary. She definitely had a sense of what we were looking for and found us amazing places to... Read more

My husband and I always plan our own trips and have fun doing so. This was our 30th wedding anniversary and while I wanted some of the fun of planning the trip, I was overwhelmed with the options of traveling in Greece, and I wanted to be taken care of a bit! Mariliza was wonderful helping us plan this trip from start to finish and incredibly accommodating whenever we needed to make changes to our itinerary. She definitely had a sense of what we were looking for and found us amazing places to stay and planned amazing tours! All of our accommodations were wonderful, and despite some hiccups because of the floods and high winds and the ferry strike, everything was amazing. We also want to thank Afroditi who helped us out when we were not sure about the road closures due to the floods, as well as making alternate plans during the ferry strike. Both Mariliza and Afroditi were warm and patient and were not flustered when we were flustered about needing to make last minute changes. Thank you to both of you!

Hotel Reviews
Cocomat Jumelle
Athens

The hotel is very charming and the staff were absolutely wonderful! Incredible breakfast, healthy options and delicious homemade pastries. The only thing lacking was storage space for our clothes. There was a rod with some hangers and one small drawer, but for two adults traveling for two weeks in Greece, we would have liked more storage.

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We could walk everywhere, but it was also quiet at night.
Staff
Everyone was warm and kind and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
As noted above, we would have liked more space for our clothes.
Naxos Island Escape
Naxos

A quiet and beautiful escape, away from the hustle and bustle of Naxos town, and steps away from Plaka beach, which was also quiet and peaceful. So easy to get to town with the local bus or a cab if you prefer. Absolutely incredible breakfast each day! Naxos Island escape is clearly a labor of love for Marios, who was always available and who helped us with many logistics during our stay. Highly recommend!

Authenticity & Character
Incredibly beautiful property, comfortable room.
Location
Away from the buzz of the old town, which we prefer, yet easy to get to.
Staff
Marios was a gem, so warm and lovely and full of knowledge about this beautiful island.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Tanneries Hotel & Spa
Chania

Staff were extremely accommodating, warm and kind. All rooms face the ocean and have a view to Chania old town, which is only a 20 minute walk from the hotel. The rooms are modern and well-equipped, incredibly comfortable bed and linens. Breakfast was excellent with different choices every day, and different varieties of fresh fruit juices.

Authenticity & Character
Location
The view of the sea and Chania old town was incredible.
Staff
Everyone was helpful and warm and lovely.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Incredibly clean, small and quiet hotel.
Chroma Fashion Rooms & Apartments
Athens

VERY basic hotel in a fun neighborhood outside of Athens.

Authenticity & Character
Updated air-conditioning would be nice. Our unit cycled on and off throughout the night, which kept waking us up, and also the temperature was inconsistent.
Location
We stayed here on our last night in Greece in order to avoid Monday morning traffic to the airport. It fit the bill. Cute area with lots going on and lots of good restaurants.
Staff
Lovely front desk when we arrived.
Cleanliness & Comfort
All very basic, but definitely clean. The couch in our room (maybe a sleep sofa) definitely could be replaced. We were there for so little time that it didn't matter, but if we were there for longer, it might have.
Activity Reviews
Athens Highlights Mythology Tour
Athens Highlights Mythology Tour
Athens

Wonderful tour guides, Alex (Temple of Zeus) and Maria (Acropolis)!

Quality of Experience
The beauty of the city, the history, the food... so much!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Everyone was so kind and helpful.
Transport
So glad to not have to think about this aspect of traveling. And, we did love having the opportunity to drive ourselves at times.
Free afternoon in Athens
Free afternoon in Athens
Athens

Loved wandering and eating amazing food wherever we went.

Quality of Experience
Being able to walk and wander.
Discover Divine Delphi, Overnight in Meteora
Discover Divine Delphi, Overnight in Meteora
Greece

This review is solely based on our trip to Delphi, since sadly we were not able to visit Meteora because of the floods. We will definitely have to return - we were so looking forward to Meteora, but peoples' safety is most important! Delphi was incredible and highly recommend. We drove up there ourselves, which we loved. Seeing the incredible mountains makes you understand how the ancient Greeks believed in the Gods. It felt like they were still there. We had a wonderful tour guide, who also recommended a restaurant to eat lunch in Delphi, which was delicious! (Pictures of the mountains don't do justice.)

Quality of Experience
Should not miss.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our very knowledgeable tour guide, George, was amazing!
Free day in Naxos
Free day in Naxos
Naxos

We had two free days in Naxos because sadly our all day sailing cruise was cancelled because of high winds. We rented a car and drove up into the mountains, which was absolutely incredible.

Quality of Experience
It was all amazing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Marios, the proprietor of our hotel (Naxos Island Escape) gave us amazing recommendations of where to go outside of Naxos town.
Transport
Totally fun to drive a manual transmission up into the mountains!
Welcome to Crete
Welcome to Crete
Greece

Beautiful island. Wonderful people. Incredible food.

Quality of Experience
The people, the food, the history.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Lovely cooking lesson in the mountains with our incredible guide Yannis.
Transport
Yannis was so lovely and filled with knowledge and love about the history of Crete.
Cooking Lesson in Chania, The Real Cretan Cooking Experience
Cooking Lesson in Chania, The Real Cretan Cooking Experience
Chania

So much fun. A small group tour into the white mountains of Crete. Incredibly beautiful. Wonderful tour guide (and driver) Yannis, who knows so much about Cretan history and clearly loves his home. Incredible cooking lesson using the freshest of ingredients taught by a lovely woman (whose name I sadly can't remember but she was amazing), and hosted also by her son.

Quality of Experience
Lovely hosts. Beautiful setting in the mountains. Unforgettable.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Yannis had so much to share about the history of Crete and the land and the food.
Transport
Yannis was an excellent driver!
Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Oct 17, 2023

Great photos and great memories! We are very happy you had an amazing trip, we hope to see you again in Greece! :)
Take care,
Mariliza and Afroditi

Perfect Honeymoon in Greece
Greece | Jun 27 - Jul 4, 2023

Joseph
Joseph D.
Pittsburgh, PA | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2023
Our experience working with Mariliza was amazing! She booked great experiences and accommodations for us for the entire trip. It was really nice to not have to worry about setting up really anything on our own. Mariliza really understood what we were hoping to do while on our trip, and we would not have wanted to change a thing. Santorini was such a beautiful island and Mariliza was even able to upgrade our accommodations there to a private villa, which was so beautiful. Our experience... Read more

Our experience working with Mariliza was amazing! She booked great experiences and accommodations for us for the entire trip. It was really nice to not have to worry about setting up really anything on our own. Mariliza really understood what we were hoping to do while on our trip, and we would not have wanted to change a thing. Santorini was such a beautiful island and Mariliza was even able to upgrade our accommodations there to a private villa, which was so beautiful. Our experience working with the KimKim team and Mariliza was great and I would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of planning a trip!

Hotel Reviews
Aspronisi Luxury Villa
Megalochori, Santorini

The staff here was amazing! They are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make sure you have a perfect stay. The view from the hotel pool was beautiful and did not get old to look at.

Authenticity & Character
Location
The view from the pool was amazing! Only a short walk to restaurants and grocery stores.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Blend Hotel Athens
Athens

This hotel was very centrally located to tons of restaurants, cafes and shops. It was also a pretty short walk (20 minutes) to get to historical sights like the Acropolis. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful for our first time to Greece.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens Highlights / Mythology Tour
Athens

Really awesome tour to see 3 different historical sites! We like these kinds of tours because it gives you background and history on what you are seeing rather than just taking pictures to say you were there.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunset Wine Tasting & Dine
Sunset Wine Tasting & Dine
Santorini

It was really cool to learn the history of wine making in Santorini. We had a lot of fun with our tour guide and other people on the tour with us.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
⛵ Sunset Sailing Tour & BBQ on a luxury catamaran
⛵ Sunset Sailing Tour & BBQ on a luxury catamaran
Santorini

This was the coolest experience we did in Santorini and has to be a must do for anyone traveling there. The guys working the boat were super fun and helpful. They made sure you had everything you needed. The food was also amazing.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Caldera Hike
Caldera Hike
Santorini

We were not staying near Oia or Fira so this hike was really cool to get to see both of those towns in Santorini. The hike was long, but very worth it. You get many incredible views along the way.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mariliza Chatzelli
Mariliza
Mariliza Chatzelli
Local specialist in Athens | Replied on Jul 07, 2023

Dear Joseph,
Thank you for this wonderful review! I am so happy you had a wonderful time!
I hope to welcome you again to Greece and show you other destinations of our beautiful country! :)
Safe Travels!
Mariliza