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Tasos Mylonas

Traveling is a very personal matter! Following masses and ticking checklists has never been my cup of tea! As founder & director of travel12, I see every client as a unique personality who is looking for a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, in their own very personal way.

I strive to design and deliver coherent and authentic experiences, tailored to the needs and preferences of the traveler. Remember, travelers are like days. No two are the same!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I am passionate about sharing true, meaningful experiences with people from all over the world. Traveling is all about living like a local, acting like a local, seeing things through the eyes of the locals.
History, culture, tradition, art, natural elements, food & wine production, gastronomy, cities & villages: experiencing different aspects of the locals' everyday life is what brings people closer, what makes understanding possible and what helps create unique and memorable traveling experiences.
I have traveled across Greece by car, boat, train and plane. I am still missing a few corners that I am looking forward to discover! "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Traveling has been in my heart since I was a kid! As I grew older, I started realizing that the more of the world you see the more there is yet to discover...

I have been looking for ways to experience the destinations I visited in an authentic way, to 'become a local' for a few days, to live the destination rather than just visit!
Finally, I decided to leave behind my career in consulting and banking to embark in a new journey: offering unique experience in Greece to travelers from all over the world. The joy in their faces is my best reward!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My trip to Cuba!
When my wife and I took the plane for Cuba, we could not imagine that on the last of our trip, while walking on the 'Malecon', we would feel so much at home!
It 's all about meeting local people, wandering around, learning about their culture, picking fruit from the trees, tasting local recipes, participating at local events!
I still remember that day in Trinidad, inside a merchant's house, when we talked for hours like old friends..."

Tasos is part of the following groups: Italy Travel Agents, Greece Travel Agents
Explore the Vatican City with your little one
Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Naples - 14 Days

Take two weeks to explore Rome and some of Italy's most popular coastal cities with this itinerary designed to make traveling with babies and toddlers simple. Private tours to Roman highlights like the Vatican, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill will make sure you can move at your own pace before you head to the coast. In Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, plentiful free time allows for maximum flexibility and time to lounge on the famous beaches. Finish your trip in Naples, where everyone can enjoy making pizza and exploring the ruins of Pompeii.

Balloon over Chianti
Veneto and Tuscany for Active Families: Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Siena & Florence - 14 Days

Families with teens who want to get out and explore (and find the perfect backdrop for their photos) should give this two-week itinerary through the Veneto and Tuscany a try. You'll start in Venice, where you can explore secret passages, craft your own masks, and paddle a gondola. Then head to Verona and Lake Garda, biking through both urban and natural attractions. Wrap up in the Tuscan cities of Siena and Florence with a hot air balloon ride, gelato-making, and more.

Exploring Cinque Terre
Family Road Trip: Northern Lakes, Tuscany & Italian Riviera - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring northern Italy at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary that allows you to choose the stops. You'll start off in the northern lakes, with Lake Como and Lake Garda offering boat tours past villas and amusement parks alike. Then make your way into Tuscany, where you'll ride a horse-drawn wagon through the countryside and explore the medieval walled city of Siena and famous art of Florence. Finish your trip in the Italian Riviera and colorful five villages of Cinque Terre.

Take a peek at Rome
Leisurely Italy With Small Children: Rome, Sorrento & Naples - 10 Days

Parents who want to travel with small children without disrupting their fellow explorers can turn to this 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Rome's archaeological and religious sites on private tours, with plenty of time to relax in the parks, then head to Sorrento for some time on the beach and boat cruises. Wrap up the trip in Naples with a pizza-making class and visit the islands of Ischia and Procida before you head home.

Pose in front of the iconic Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence
Family-Friendly Highlights of Italy: Venice, Florence, Rome & Naples - 14 Days

With two full weeks, your family can embrace what Italy has to offer on this tour, focused on kids aged 5-12. You'll craft Carnival masks and follow engaging clues through the canals of Venice, then experience the Renaissance arts of Florence. Tour ancient sites, extensive art collections, and fruit-filled markets in Rome before you end your trip in Naples, home of both ancient Pompeii and some of the best pizza you can find.

Recent trip reviews for Tasos

Ancient Greece's Classical Sites · Greece - Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: James N. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Of course the Parthenon is most memorable and our guide (Eleni), also an archeologist, had an encyclopedic knowledge of Greek history and mythology. I really enjoyed running on the 1896 Olympic Stadium track. Thank you. Cooking class was fabulous. We loved what we cooked and the wine tasting...so much fun. Ilia and Demetri were fantastic. The tour of Delphi and our guide Penny were superb. Brava, as Penny would say. Great hotel and nice swimming in Galaxidi. The tour of Olympia was... read more

Of course the Parthenon is most memorable and our guide (Eleni), also an archeologist, had an encyclopedic knowledge of Greek history and mythology. I really enjoyed running on the 1896 Olympic Stadium track. Thank you. Cooking class was fabulous. We loved what we cooked and the wine tasting...so much fun. Ilia and Demetri were fantastic. The tour of Delphi and our guide Penny were superb. Brava, as Penny would say. Great hotel and nice swimming in Galaxidi. The tour of Olympia was too quick. Not enough time to explore. The tour of Mycenae was a bit rushed also but Theo was great. So glad we stayed in Nafplio. Seeing Prometheus Bound at Epidauros was a dream come true. It was on our bucket list. Corinth was cool - Eleusis not so much. The last day/night in Vouliagmeni was a nice touch - wonderful dinner.

Tom

A Perfect Customized Vacation! · Greece - Aug 30 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Tom B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We just returned yesterday (September 16, 2021) from a fantastic 18-day vacation in Greece (Athens and Naxos with day trips to Paros, Delos, and Mykonos). kimkim provided a great platform for planning this vacation and Tasos Mylonas and the Travel12 team in Greece provided 5-star expertise, advice, recommendations, itinerary planning, flexibility in details and so much more during the planning process. In the end we had a customized vacation package (except for the international travel and ... read more

We just returned yesterday (September 16, 2021) from a fantastic 18-day vacation in Greece (Athens and Naxos with day trips to Paros, Delos, and Mykonos). kimkim provided a great platform for planning this vacation and Tasos Mylonas and the Travel12 team in Greece provided 5-star expertise, advice, recommendations, itinerary planning, flexibility in details and so much more during the planning process. In the end we had a customized vacation package (except for the international travel and travel insurance) precisely tuned to our desires and integrating Tasos' recommendations for a perfect vacation in Greece.

We approached kimkim in April 2021 to start planning this vacation after Greece announced that they would be opening up to tourism in May. They put us in contact with Tasos and he worked with us through the kimkim platform over the next few months listening to our interests, proposing itineraries, fine-tuning things, and (when all was settled) handling all the booking arrangements for our time in Greece. We really... really appreciate his patience, expertise, responsiveness, thoroughness, and friendliness.

The trip itself went spectacularly, without a hitch. One activity had to be rescheduled due to weather but we had enough flexibility in the itinerary that this presented no problem. The Travel12 team provided great support during our travels -- answering our occasional questions, providing updates, and the like.

One aspect of this trip that made it really special for us was that it included several (okay, seven!) guided tours ranging from a few hours to almost a full day. The guides were local experts who provided stories, information, and context that we would never have gotten if we had explored on our own. And, perhaps best of all, for all the tours but one, it was just the two of us and the guide! (The other tour had a total of five plus the guide.) We loved this! (We also participated in a day-long catamaran cruise on Naxos with about 20 other passengers -- this was a fun day!)

In addition to the tours, we had many full days to do our own thing (by design). Tasos provided excellent recommendations (e.g., neighborhoods of Athens, beaches of Naxos, and villages of Naxos), which we took advantage of (as time permitted) but we also did a few things completely on our own (or recommended to us by some of the people we met).

All in all, we would highly recommend kimkim and Travel12 if you are looking for a vacation customized to your interests, where you can be "on your own" but can also have the support of a great team when it's needed.

It really was an amazing honeymoon in Italy! · Italy - Jul 31 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: Phoebe P. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The best part of our 14 day vacation was the choice of hotels. Our first two nights at Posta Di Veccia were a perfect way to start the trip. We relaxed the first day at the hotel right on the sea, and then spent the next day touring Rome with a great guide. The second hotel was Il Pelicano, which we also loved. At both hotels we had really nice rooms with amazing views and felt really welcomed and well taken care of by the staff. The food and location was amazing at Il Pelicano on a beautiful... read more

The best part of our 14 day vacation was the choice of hotels. Our first two nights at Posta Di Veccia were a perfect way to start the trip. We relaxed the first day at the hotel right on the sea, and then spent the next day touring Rome with a great guide. The second hotel was Il Pelicano, which we also loved. At both hotels we had really nice rooms with amazing views and felt really welcomed and well taken care of by the staff. The food and location was amazing at Il Pelicano on a beautiful little island that we toured in our convertible. We went to Elba Island next and we were schedule to stay at Villa Ottone for 4 nights, but we stayed there only one night and moved to our next hotel 3 days early. Unfortunately Villa Ottone was listed as a 5 star hotel, but it was mire like 2 star. We really did not like it there even though they did try there best to make us happy. Luckily kim kim was able to change our itinerary and it worked out beautifully staying at Castello di Velona for 6 nights! We loved this hotel so much and felt like a prince and princess living in a castle! Each day we would drive up to a half out to different hilltop towns to walk around and have lunch and then we’d come back to the hotel to lounge in the thermal water in the afternoon. My favorite hilltop town was Montalcino, and it was only 15 minutes away. The last 3 nights were in Florence, at Villa Cora. This was a stunningly beautiful hotel and they gave us a beautiful room on the top floor with a balcony overlooking the city and the sunset. We loved exploring Florence and then relaxing at the pool in the afternoons because it was so hot. Our last night we went to the Four Seasons for their tasting menu and it was such a beautiful night with a really cool dj playing during our dinner. We loved this trip so much. It was the most romantic honeymoon I could have imagined! Thank you Tasos and team!!!!!

Tasos and his team made our trip simply unfor... · Greece - Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2021

Traveler: Mirelly F. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos and his team made our trip simply unforgettable!! What a professional and on point team! My husband and I had a fantastic and memorable trip to the most beautiful place. All vendors were on time, the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, hotels were amazing and restaurants were the best!
Greece was such an unique place and we will use KimKim for all of our future trips.

Thank you so much!

Mirelly Friedland

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Mirelly,

Thank you so much for your kind words!
It's the most rewarding thing ever to know that we helped create an unforgettable experience for the two of you in Greece, and I will make sure to pass on the compliments to each and every driver, guide and other personnel involved, and to thank them for making is us proud once again.

I wish you the best and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Safe travels!
Tasos

Rich

Kudos to Tasos and team on our wonderful postpandemic trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 1 - Jun 25, 2021

Traveler: Rich G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We are seasoned travelers and always plan our own trips. When we decided on a spur of the moment, month-long, post-pandemic trip to Greece we put ourselves in the trusted hands of Tasos. We are so glad we did. From his smart itinerary planning to outstanding communications to flawless transfers; from the quality of local guides and tours, to the charming boutique accommodations, the whole experience was top drawer and great value for money. Working with Tasos was a great partnership. We brought our experience and enthusiasm and he took care of the details. Well done and thank you.

Our Adventure in Greece · Greece - Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2021

Traveler: Linda K. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos and his crew provided a wonder adventure for us in Greece. Due to Covid restrictions and concerns our trip was put off for over a year. Also due to the same concerns we upgraded our trip to basically a private tour. We were provided the same private driver for every trip while in Athens. He was timely, provided a clean neat car, had excellent English and was able to provide information on everything we asked. Our first days of our trip we stayed at Sweet Home Hotel. A very small, clean... read more

Tasos and his crew provided a wonder adventure for us in Greece. Due to Covid restrictions and concerns our trip was put off for over a year. Also due to the same concerns we upgraded our trip to basically a private tour. We were provided the same private driver for every trip while in Athens. He was timely, provided a clean neat car, had excellent English and was able to provide information on everything we asked. Our first days of our trip we stayed at Sweet Home Hotel. A very small, clean and comfortable hotel in walking distance to many things. This is a family ran establishment. Aphrodite was our hostess. She made sure we were comfortable all day every day. She and her mother provided a home cooked breakfast to order everyday. One day we even met her husband as he filled in. On our first night we had a complimentary dinner at The Ergon. What a wonderful roof top restaurant to get a taste of wonderful Greek food. The sunset view of the Acropolis Hill and Parthenon from this roof top was gorgeous. Our Private tour of the Acropolis, temple of Arthena Nike, Erextheion, and Parthenon provided a lot of history and myths. We also visited the markets, Psiri and Monastiraki neighborhoods. Add to all the history a taste of Greece and you know you have had a good day. Our location was wonderful for us to walk to several neighborhoods and get the feel of "small town" Athens. Our same driver delivered us to Kalabaka to see the UNESCO site of Meteora. We stayed at Monastiri which was a short walk to the bussel of the city. Chris was our local driver and tour guide. Chris was born and raised in Kalabaka and was able to provide a lot of information. The rock formations and Monasteries is a site you do not want to miss when visiting Greece. Then we were off to Thessaloniki. This city has so much history. Our hotel was a block from the water front in walking distance to all of Old Town. We did not get to take in all the sites because of Covid restrictions. However our guide was able to provide a lot of history. We made a morning trip to Vergina to see the UNESCO site of the royal tomb of King Philip 11, father to Alexander the Great. His tomb was found untouched. What a unique and wonderful find. Our 3rd day we had Christina as a guide on a Food and history tour. Christina was very refreshing with a lot of information. My favorite part of her tour was the coffee shop in the old Turkish baths. It was in the center of old town and from the top you had a beautiful view of old town. Due to an issue with a canceled flight from Delta Airlines we had an "emergency". With the help of the evening clerk at City Hotel and the wonderful replanning by Tasos we had an excellent one day extension to our trip and was able to stay in another neighborhood of Athens on the water. What could have been a disaster was actually turned into another adventure in Greece. I would highly recommend KimKim and their sister company in Greece travel12.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Linda,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for the detailed account of your Greece adventure. I will make sure to pass on your kind comments and praise to our drivers and guides who make us proud every time!
It has been a real pleasure having you in Greece!
All the best,
Tasos

Excellence in Greece · Greece - Jun 2 - Jun 11, 2021

Traveler: Heather M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our trip planning was a breeze and our trip was infinitely better because of Tasos. He made sure we had the best guides, saw everything we wanted to see with plenty of time to explore and enjoy. We also made some last minute revisions during our trip that Tasos seemlessly worked into our trip. We are forever grateful. The next time we travel to Greece we will definitely be contacting Tasos!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Heather,
Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate your warm feedback and I will make sure to convey your message to all the guides and team members involved. I will be more than happy to help you plan the next visit whenever it's time to revisit some Classical monuments and to discover some more of them.
Till then, All the best!
Tasos

Theresa

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to T... · Greece - May 18 - May 28, 2021

Traveler: Theresa Z. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to Tasos at KimKim. Our guides in Athens, Syros and Santorini were excellent and tailored the trip to match our interests. We felt well cared for and had the time to get to enjoy the best of Greece, In Athens our driver Lambros brought us to great sightseeing locations around Athens and was so welcoming. Our other guides in Athens were extremely knowledgeable about the city and gave us a great tour of the Parthenon and the various neighborhoods... read more

We had a wonderful trip to Greece thanks to Tasos at KimKim. Our guides in Athens, Syros and Santorini were excellent and tailored the trip to match our interests. We felt well cared for and had the time to get to enjoy the best of Greece, In Athens our driver Lambros brought us to great sightseeing locations around Athens and was so welcoming. Our other guides in Athens were extremely knowledgeable about the city and gave us a great tour of the Parthenon and the various neighborhoods around the city. Our guides in Syros Antonio and Mario were fabulous and such a joy to be with- Mario was watching out for us on our boat trip and spotted a jellyfish before we jumped into the water! We felt very cared for. On Thira our guide Manos used my mobile phone to document our cooking classes with photos that I will always treasure! I highly recommend KimKim!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Theresa,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I will make sure to convey the details to our trusted drivers and guides both in Athens and on the islands, who made us proud once again. I am sure they will be as delighted as I am!
I have to say, since your trip came right after Greece's reopening, it feels even more special having had the opportunity to connect with you and it makes us all even happier to read that you enjoyed the trip.
All the best!
Tasos

Awesome Athens, Naxos and Santorini · Greece - Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: Susan C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a fabulous trip to Greece from start to finish. Everything went incredibly smoothly, in fact I didn't have to get in touch with Tasos or KimKim/ Travel 12 once the entire trip. All our hotels, guides, tours and drivers were wonderful! I wish I knew how to spell all of their names but they were all so much fun as well as knowledgeable and kind. We also enjoyed all the hotels very much. Sweet Home in Athens was in a great location and had a wonderful breakfast and super comfortable... read more

We had a fabulous trip to Greece from start to finish. Everything went incredibly smoothly, in fact I didn't have to get in touch with Tasos or KimKim/ Travel 12 once the entire trip. All our hotels, guides, tours and drivers were wonderful! I wish I knew how to spell all of their names but they were all so much fun as well as knowledgeable and kind. We also enjoyed all the hotels very much. Sweet Home in Athens was in a great location and had a wonderful breakfast and super comfortable beds. We LOVED the welcome dinner at the Zillers rooftop restaurant which had amazing views of the Acropolis. The Adriani Hotel on Naxos was beautiful and also a good location within walking distance of the port and St. George's beach. We really enjoyed the food and culture tour of the island as well as the medieval hike and our driver both days (Yannis?) was awesome! Naxos is beautiful and less "touristic" than Santorini although the Volcano View Hotel is simply stunning. The views of the caldera are mesmerizing and my only regret was that we didn't spend most of the last day sitting in lounge chairs simply enjoying the view. We did enjoy the insider's food and wine tour and Anna was wonderful but I had expected/hoped to see more of the island on the tour. The sunset catamaran cruise in the caldera was fantastic with great food and people. Tasos had arranged for a birthday cake for my dad who turned 80 that day. It was unforgettable! The only small glitch was that my mom who had hip surgery a few months ago had lots of stairs to climb at the hotels on the islands which did not have elevators. But overall it was worth it and I think her strength improved with all the activity! I would enthusiastically recommend Tasos and KimKim/Travel 12 and hope that we have the opportunity to work with them again for future trips!! Thank you Tasos and team for putting together a trip that was absolutely incredible!!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Susan,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
The team, our partners, and myself, we are all excited to read your review and are extremely happy you enjoyed this experience 'from start to finish'.
I'll be happy to hear from you whenever it's time for another incredible trip to Greece!
All the best to the entire family,
Tasos

We were extremely pleased with our trip to gr... · Greece - Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Gayle R. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We were extremely pleased with our trip to greece. It was all that was promised and more. We were always picked up at the exact time that was expected. Dinner at mani mani the first night was delicious and a great way to start our holiday. The first day we tried to call about our flight e tickets early in the morning but no one was in the office so we went on our tour and figured we would call later. We were very impressed that you saw the missed call and tried many times to get to us. ... read more

We were extremely pleased with our trip to greece. It was all that was promised and more. We were always picked up at the exact time that was expected. Dinner at mani mani the first night was delicious and a great way to start our holiday. The first day we tried to call about our flight e tickets early in the morning but no one was in the office so we went on our tour and figured we would call later. We were very impressed that you saw the missed call and tried many times to get to us. We really enjoyed that each hotel was unique and different from eachother. The room in acropolis hill hotel was aLittle to small. We left the Alcnea hotel in Chania early in the morning to catch a plane and they packed us breakfast. We loved our hike in Naxos. Would just suggest that hiking shoes are recommended. Very much enjoyed the food tour also in Naxos. We loved your suggestion that we tour cape sounion the last day. It extended our vacation another day with a wonderful tour guide. We felt very well cared for. Every tour guide was professional and knowable and extremely nice. A++ I have already been recommending you and will definitely use kim kim on our future travels.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gayle,
Thank you so much for for your words and praise! It means everything to the team and myself to deliver what we have promised and more.
I am very happy you enjoyed the trip, especially since you said Greece had been on your bucket list for a long time.
I wish you all the best!
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 23 - Oct 6, 2019

Traveler: Dave H. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We enjoyed our trip around Greece and the arrangements made by Travel12 were top notch. We normally make all our own arrangements but decided to try KimKim because we could customize our itinerary and let KimKim make all the detailed arrangements. It turned out to be a very good combination. The hotel locations were centrally located which we like, and the tours were all very good. The transfers to/from the airports were very convenient. That’s something we have never arranged on our own and... read more

We enjoyed our trip around Greece and the arrangements made by Travel12 were top notch. We normally make all our own arrangements but decided to try KimKim because we could customize our itinerary and let KimKim make all the detailed arrangements. It turned out to be a very good combination. The hotel locations were centrally located which we like, and the tours were all very good. The transfers to/from the airports were very convenient. That’s something we have never arranged on our own and we really appreciated the time and stress it eliminated.

The photo tour in Athens was outstanding with Spyros from Athens Insiders. I’m an amateur photographer and he helped me with several tips to improve my skills. He also took us to very interesting locations in the Plaka neighborhood that we would never have found on our own.
The food tours in Athens and Santorini were both very good. The one in Athens was more about the history of Greek food and the one in Santorini was more about their wine history. I must say we had our first and last taste of Greek coffee, but it was worth the experience.

An unexpected highlight was the small fishing village of Galaxidi near Delphi. We had a wonderful seafood dinner where the waiter said that the “fish was swimming this morning”. Thank you Tasos for booking us in Galaxidi rather than tourist filled Delphi.

We did have a couple of disappointing experiences. I think the tour company in Meteora had forgotten about us. The clerk at the hotel had to call them and they said there was a miscommunication about the starting time. The tour itself was very good, it just started an hour late. The hotel accommodation in Nafplio was on the top floor with 3 long flights of stairs that proved to be a challenge for us since we are in our 70’s. The room had very low loft pitched ceilings that made it uncomfortable to move around. However, the location was great.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Dave,
Thank you so much for your nice words!
I am very glad you enjoyed your trip and I have taken good note of your detailed feedback, for which I sincerely thank you as it helps to keep improving every day!
Looking forward to helping you plan your next visit.
All the best,
Tasos

Roger

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 11 - Oct 2, 2019

Traveler: Roger C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our holiday was intended to give my wife and me a first time taste of cultural Greece.
Tasos from the Travel12 team suggested a great mix of archaeological sites as well as food and wine experiences extending from Athens to islands in the Cyclades, the astounding monasteries of Meteora to the Peloponnese and then Delphi. Our drivers were excellent, punctual and always courteous and friendly. All of the guides were exceptional, Tania and Constantine of Alternative Athens, Anastasia in Mykonos,... read more

Our holiday was intended to give my wife and me a first time taste of cultural Greece.
Tasos from the Travel12 team suggested a great mix of archaeological sites as well as food and wine experiences extending from Athens to islands in the Cyclades, the astounding monasteries of Meteora to the Peloponnese and then Delphi. Our drivers were excellent, punctual and always courteous and friendly. All of the guides were exceptional, Tania and Constantine of Alternative Athens, Anastasia in Mykonos, George on Delos, Ilias with his deep knowledge of Greek history and the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Mystras as well as his home town of Nafplio. Lastly Tania of Alternative Athens led a tour of Delphi, a wonderful place.
We can recommend the wooden boat cruise in the caldera of Santorini, with a Greek BBQ dinner on board and a saxophone player entertaining us at sunset with a wonderful view of the white clifftop buildings of Oia, breathtaking!
We can also recommended a cooking class on Naxos where we picked vegetables with Jacob from the garden of his working farm and prepared stuffed tomatoes, eggplant and capsicums which we then ate with delicious white wine, nice!
The Travel12 team were always readily available with guidance and solutions to any problems that occurred. All in all a wonderful holiday experience.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Roger,
Thank you so much for your kind words! The team and I are very happy you enjoyed your trip, which was a very demanding one given the length and breadth of geographies covered.
I will be excited to help you plan your 2nd visit to Greece whenever you feel like going deeper into Greek culture and discovering more hidden treasures.
All the best!
Tasos

Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days · Greece - Sep 13 - Sep 22, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca R. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

I have nothing but praise for Tasos and his team of local travel specialists who made our 30th anniversary trip to Greece a trip of a lifetime. It's not easy to put into words how incredible the trip was for us -- we have come home with fond memories of EVERY experience we had and we wish we could more easily reconnect with our guides and the locals we met during our visit. I am not exaggerating in saying every detail was taken care of for us with punctual transfers, delightful hotels, and... read more

I have nothing but praise for Tasos and his team of local travel specialists who made our 30th anniversary trip to Greece a trip of a lifetime. It's not easy to put into words how incredible the trip was for us -- we have come home with fond memories of EVERY experience we had and we wish we could more easily reconnect with our guides and the locals we met during our visit. I am not exaggerating in saying every detail was taken care of for us with punctual transfers, delightful hotels, and fantastic activity choices.

I found Tasos via the Kimkim website because I honestly didn't know where to begin in the planning process. He had high reviews so I felt he was someone I could trust -- and he didn't disappoint. You pay a premium to use Kimkim, but our experience has been that we received a premium product. I told Tasos we like to travel using guides because we don't take international trips that often and have limited time. He knew we only had 10 days to "experience" Greece -- and I wanted it to include a few islands, authentic experiences, personal guides, lots of culinary experiences, and history. Via a few email exchanges, Tasos designed a PERFECT trip to make us completely fall in love with Greece.

We spent only 24 hours in Athens, which was just enough time to take in old city Athens and see the acropolis. Our hotel, Zillers Boutique Hotel, was conveniently located -- we could see the parthenon out our window and we were close enough to walk anywhere in old city, including to see the changing of the guard at the parliament building. Our two Athens guides were wonderful. With Panos of "Athens Insiders," we toured the fish, meat, produce, spice, and olive markets. We tasted MANY delicious local specialities along the way, including a gazillion olives, raki, lamb patties, gourmet gyros, Greek coffee (once was enough), and delicious Greek pastries. It was a wonderful introduction for us. We toured the acropolis in the late afternoon/evening with Dimitri who shared his extensive knowledge of the site's extensive history.

Early the next morning we were off to an early flight to Naxos, an island I wanted to visit because of a friend's recommendation. It's a laid back island with a low population. We were lucky to get there. Thankfully, Travel12 booked a flight for us -- the ferries were not running because of high winds. We stayed outside of Naxos Town at the Iria Beach Art Hotel. While the hotel is artfully decorated and comfortable, what made it truly wonderful was its staff -- and the kittens and turtle in the garden! The staff couldn't have been sweeter. What made Naxos MOST special was Katerina of Vioma Naxos, who spent a half day with us showing us "her" Naxos. Born and raised on the island, Katarina specializes in gastronomy and cooking tours, padded with lots of extra interesting information. With her driver, Alex, she took us through the Venetian Castle, introduced us to Naxos Citron, introduced us to Nicoletta, the delightful owner of Eggares Olive Museum, drove us all the way up to the quaint village of Apiranthos where we shared a tray of local cheeses and rose at a local Taverna, and finally to dinner at her parent's house in a tiny village of 35 or so people. It was an incredibly special day -- something we'll never forget. I've already experimented with the recipes she sent me via email.

Next on the itinerary were two and a half action-packed days on Santorini, made more interesting by my husband's crippling fear of heights -- and seven cruise ships invading the island at the same time. Needless to say, we had to make a few adaptations to avoid the crowds and to avoid certain site lines (ok, MOST site lines) -- not easy when you're staying on a cliff face! Another Tasos, a wonderful member of the Argyros travel group, was our driver for the better part of our visit. Highlights of our Santorini visit included the wonderful staff at PetitPalace Hotel (especially Victoria), a fabulous anniversary dinner in Fira at a gourmet restaurant called Mylos that was arranged by Travel12, a hike that was supposed to be along the caldera from Fira to Oia that had to be severely modified, (our hiking guide, George, did a wonderful job of finding areas to explore without the cliff site lines), dinner at Penelope's in Pyrgos (one of our BEST dinners of the entire trip), a visit to both black sand beaches and the red sand beach, a wine tasting at Estate Argyros, a visit to the village of Messa Gonia (where Santorini Tasos' grandfather lived before the 1956 earthquake) and the BEST of all, a visit to the Anydro Cherry Tomato Farm where we helped cook and eat a feast of local food with sisters Anna and Irena. There wasn't much we didn't see on Santorini!

Crete was the third and final island we visited and it was my favorite. In fact, if we're lucky enough to return to Greece, I will visit a couple other islands AND Crete. We spent two nights in Archanes and two nights in Chania (a 2-hour drive between the two locations). We truly fell in love with Archanes, a small picturesque village in Heraklion. We stayed at the Kalimera Archanes Village in a small house managed by Lefteris, one of the nicest humans we've ever met while traveling. I'm sure Lefteris befriends everyone who visits his village and everyone says the same thing, but he sure made us feel special. He personally drove us up to the top of Mount Juktas, walked us around the village showing us sites including its Minoan palace ruins and a building occupied by German officers during WWII. He also introduced us to George, proprietor of Bakaliko, a restaurant in the village square, who greatly added to our enjoyment with his knowledge of local wine, olive oil, and Cretan cuisine. A highlight of our Archanes visit was a trip to the Koronekis Olive Farm where we learned more about olive oil than we ever thought possible. George, the son-in-law of the proprietor, was a fantastic educator. In addition to what we purchased on vacation, I will be ordering more products from them in the future.

On our way out of Heraklion, we visited the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archeological Museum -- two must sees if you're visiting that area of Crete. Every survey book of art history includes images of the palace and museum, including the bull fresco, the snake woman, and the octopus urns. We felt very fortunate to have Lena as our guide.

Chania was a beautiful place to end our visit -- a seaside village with lots of Venetian architecture, a slight Ottoman feel, an interesting maritime museum, and amazing restaurants -- all along the waterfront. Our hotel, the Ambassadors Residence, was AMAZING. A truly beautiful boutique hotel. We stayed in the Wood Room which was on the second floor and overlooked the harbor. Angie could not have been sweeter in welcoming us and securing our dinner reservations. We highly recommend Glossitses for a waterfront dinner. Our tour in Chania was to the Botanical Park and Gardens where we were treated to a cooking class (making briam, tzatziki, a Greek salad, and stuffed grape leaves) and a walking tour of the beautiful grounds of the garden. Learning the history of the park (formerly olive and orange groves before a devastating fire in the early 2000's) and seeing what the family has made from the ruins was very impressive.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Becky,
I don't have words to describe the feeling after reading your review. Our aspiration to create unforgettable experiences is what drives our day to day efforts and nothing is more rewarding than knowing we got it right and offered our guests a unique and memorable trip!
Every single person you mentioned will be thrilled to read your kind words, for which I sincerely thank you.
I look forward to help you plan your next visit and, along with Crete, discover perhaps some of the treasures of the mainland.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Sep 12 - Sep 23, 2019

Traveler: Alice H. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Every phase of our trip was excellent. Starting with our excursion to Mycenae and Nafplio where we had both a driver and guides who were very personable and informative, to our hike and food tour on Naxos where our guides were outstanding, to our Cape Sounio and Athens Riviera sunset tour where our driver was terrific, we had an absolutely fabulous time. The only small glitch was that our dates for touring Mycenae and the Acropolis were switched from the original itinerary ( Mycenae was to be... read more

Every phase of our trip was excellent. Starting with our excursion to Mycenae and Nafplio where we had both a driver and guides who were very personable and informative, to our hike and food tour on Naxos where our guides were outstanding, to our Cape Sounio and Athens Riviera sunset tour where our driver was terrific, we had an absolutely fabulous time. The only small glitch was that our dates for touring Mycenae and the Acropolis were switched from the original itinerary ( Mycenae was to be Day 3 and Acropolis Day 2)to the dates in the welcome booklet (Mycenae Day 2 and Acropolis Day3). We had the opportunity to interact with real artisans of Greece and witness their skills as well as interact with the true people of Greece and experience their warmth.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Alice,
I am very happy you enjoyed your trip and I would like to sincerely thank you for your kind words about the guides, drivers and everyone else you interacted with.
All the best!
Tasos

Overall great trip · Greece - Sep 11 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: Scott H. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Overall the trip was great. While Tasos did a great job of planning everything and having ready to go, the communication was not great. There was times when we would ask a question and not hear back for days or weeks. Also a few more details for the plan tours would be nice.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Scott,

I am so happy you enjoyed your trip to Greece with your family!
Your feedback is well noted - as a matter of fact there has been a period of time in the beginning of the season when my response time was a bit slow, and hopefully this has now been resolved.
I wish you all the best!
Tasos

History and islands · Greece - Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2019

Traveler: Larry B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

This was the first time for our group of 3 couples to use a tailored tour company. Tasos Mylonas and Travel12, the local tour company in Greece were terrific. Once the schedule was agreed upon, Tasos put together a detailed itinerary for our trip. Our goal was see many of the historic sites on the mainland and then tour a few of the islands. We saw wonderful antiquities and had super guides to bring these ancient locations to life. Penny at Delphi, Antonia at Olympia, Lena at Mycenae,... read more

This was the first time for our group of 3 couples to use a tailored tour company. Tasos Mylonas and Travel12, the local tour company in Greece were terrific. Once the schedule was agreed upon, Tasos put together a detailed itinerary for our trip. Our goal was see many of the historic sites on the mainland and then tour a few of the islands. We saw wonderful antiquities and had super guides to bring these ancient locations to life. Penny at Delphi, Antonia at Olympia, Lena at Mycenae, and Nickolas at Santorini. The punctually of the drivers (with large comfortable vehicles) and the guides was without question a high point. One could easily relax knowing that we were always in good hands.
Select luncheons at small villages were an added benefit. This is something that large tours cannot provide.
Prearranging the ferry tickets and intra Greece flights made things easier still.
Like some of the other reviews, we could have used a down day or several 1/2 days. Nafplio is a town where we could have spend added time. Lovely spot on the harbor.
Santorini was wonderful, esp. at night after the cruise ships left. The catamaran ride was a tour highlight. Accommodations were overall great ..wonderful views and great locations. Travel 12 might find an alternative to the The Pi Hotel in Athens. The Kalimera Archanes Villages was a wonderful place but may not be for everyone. Other hotels like those in Tinos, Santorini and Kalabaka were outstanding. Once again an excellent and educational trip.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Larry,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for your detailed feedback. The team, drivers and guides will be delighted to hear your impressions and praise for their services. As for the suggested improvements, I am personally grateful for your remarks as they are valuable in further improving every day!
I am looking forward to helping you plan your next trip and visit some of the most amazing off-the beaten path sites that Greece has to offer!
All the best,
Tasos

History and islands · Greece - Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2019

Traveler: Thomas G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The trip was very well planned and thought out. Sites visited were generally all worthy of the time spent. The "Welcome" dinner was very enjoyable. I recall two visits that were much too long; Santorini especially, as we didn't get to our hotel until after dark; We could have stopped at a couple of the museum stores if there had been a little time after the guided tour.
We liked most of the guides. The first one at the Acropolis, Jason was not a top level guide, nor was Katia in Tinos.... read more

The trip was very well planned and thought out. Sites visited were generally all worthy of the time spent. The "Welcome" dinner was very enjoyable. I recall two visits that were much too long; Santorini especially, as we didn't get to our hotel until after dark; We could have stopped at a couple of the museum stores if there had been a little time after the guided tour.
We liked most of the guides. The first one at the Acropolis, Jason was not a top level guide, nor was Katia in Tinos. The others we liked, especially Penny at Delfi and Anna in Santorini, and Antonia at Olympia.
A down day at Nafplio with no tours would be a nice break.
Most of the hotels were fine. We did think that the Athens Pi Hotel was fine for us..modern, clean, elevators, nothing fancy but good location. Lodging at Tinos, and Santorini, and Kalabaka were very nice!
The lunch stops were well chosen. Tinos and Crete lunches were great!
The drivers all professional and on task. Great coordination of transportation will all vehicles on time!
We did like the catamaran ride also.
The manager at Kalimera Archanes Village was very helpful and accommodating; the breakfasts there were terrific.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Thomas,
Thank you so much for your kind words and for writing this detailed review, which is very helpful in our continuous quest for excellence.
It was a real pleasure having you in Greece and I am looking forward to seeing you again next time you decide to visit.
All the best,
Tasos

Martha

Trip to Greece · Greece - Aug 21 - Aug 31, 2019

Traveler: Martha S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The tours and tour guides were above and beyond what we had hoped. We were wowed at every turn. Thank you Tasos and the whole crew!!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Martha,
Thank you so much for your nice words!
I am so glad you enjoyed the trip and that the tours and guides exceeded your expectations! This is exactly what we continuously strive for and we are extremely happy every time we hit it right!
My greetings to all!
Best,
Tasos

How kimkim Trips Work in Greece · Greece - Aug 6 - Aug 16, 2019

Traveler: Freda K. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

What a well organized trip that we just got back from thanks to Tasos and the crew from KimKim. I was on a mission to plan a trip for a group of colleagues - initially for over 20 people. I had done a lot of back research myself then realized it was getting a bit difficult to coordinate (especially when it came to transferring from one destination to the other within Greece.

I had been to Greece plenty of times myself, having a Greek background but had never planned for such a large... read more

What a well organized trip that we just got back from thanks to Tasos and the crew from KimKim. I was on a mission to plan a trip for a group of colleagues - initially for over 20 people. I had done a lot of back research myself then realized it was getting a bit difficult to coordinate (especially when it came to transferring from one destination to the other within Greece.

I had been to Greece plenty of times myself, having a Greek background but had never planned for such a large group. My concern was how to successfully get the group from Point A to Point B without any delays or headaches. I then decided to reach out for help and I had reached out to a different travel company at first but the response time was painfully slow. I then reached out to Tasos from KimKim based on some online reviews, and he was so quick to respond to my many questions! After many back and forths and advice on how to save money or suggestions on destinations we finally planned a trip outline and I received it even before the initial company I had reached out to responded with a quote!

Our trip consisted of 4 desinations: Athens, Nafplio, Naxos & Santorini.

Tasos worked closely with me to work on a daily itinerary which included enough ancient ruins, sight seeing, free time - and beach time to satisfy everyone travelling! He offered plenty of great suggestions based on our needs - including offering input on island choices and how to save money. He was always looking out for our best interests.

We were a large group coming from different cities across North America (and on different flights!) Tasos arranged drivers to pick us from the airport and take us to the New Hotel in Athens. Each hotel was excellent, transportation was pleasantly on time, transfers between destinations were seamless, and the tours were excellent and fulfilling!

Highlights were the Food tour in Naxos, the Catamaran in Santorini, and Sight Seeing in and around Nafplio. Tasos always was quick to respond, or someone from the office (either Maria or Harris) would quickly chirp in when needed. It was honestly perfect!! Some well-traveled friends of ours said it was the best vacation they had ever had!

I've already recommended others to use KimKim based on the experience and they also had a great time! I can't thank Tasos at Travel12/KimKim enough for organizing this trip leaving it all carefree so that we can truly relax and enjoy Greece!

Sincerely,
Freda

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Freda,
I can't thank you enough for your kind words! Reading such a review is what gives meaning to our everyday efforts to offer the best possible experience to our travelers, and makes our entire team proud and happy!
It was quite a challenging trip to plan - 16 people seeking 4 destinations in mid-August - but thankfully you launched the planning process well in time and we were able to secure the accommodations and achieve some substantial cost savings.
It was a real pleasure meeting... read more

Dear Freda,
I can't thank you enough for your kind words! Reading such a review is what gives meaning to our everyday efforts to offer the best possible experience to our travelers, and makes our entire team proud and happy!
It was quite a challenging trip to plan - 16 people seeking 4 destinations in mid-August - but thankfully you launched the planning process well in time and we were able to secure the accommodations and achieve some substantial cost savings.
It was a real pleasure meeting your family and the entire group in Athens and I will be excited to see you again next time!
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2019

Traveler: Janet P. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

My trip was amazing and your entire staff was right on point and made my wife and i feel like we were part of your family. First rate see you guys soon

Thanks again

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for for your kind words! This is a wonderful way to describe our approach: making our guests feel part of our family!
Looking forward to welcoming you again.
All the best,
Tasos

Greek Tour · Greece - Apr 2 - Apr 20, 2019

Traveler: Sue G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had an amazing time in Greece. The organising of our trip was without fault. The places we enjoyed the most were Meteora, Athens, Nafplio and the tour of Pilio villages and of course the Greek Islands. We did some interesting walks and our guides were superb. Accommodation was excellent and we were very grateful that we could leave our bags in Athens whilst we did our trips away. Lampros was absolutely amazing - very professional and very friendly. We have nothing but positive comments for the entire trip.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sue,
Thank you for your kind words!
It was great meeting you in Athens and it's wonderful reading your impressions from Greece. The team and I are very happy you enjoyed your trip and look forward to seeing you again!
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jul 8 - Jul 17, 2019

Traveler: Jon N. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Incredible. That's the only word I have for it. This was, by far, the best vacation the family has ever had. Tasos and the team at Travel 12 did an outstanding job of customizing every step of the way to meet exactly what we were looking for. It's hard to call out the places that were most memorable because the entire trip was fantastic.

Thank you Kimkim and the team at Travel 12 for making this such an outstanding adventure through Greece.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jon and family,
Thank you so much for your kind words!!! It is words like these that give meaning to our work and to our every-day efforts to develop unique propositions for each and every one of our travelers.
It has been wonderful meeting you in Athens and I look forward to seeing you again whenever the time is right for you.
All the best to everyone!
Tasos and the travel12 team

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 9 - Jun 17, 2019

Traveler: Christine V. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Where do I begin? Greece was more magical and beautiful than I could imagine and the entire KimKim Team was wonderful to us! The entire trip was planned for us which included some of the most incredible excursions that we never would have thought of choosing. The best part was having the team coordinate drivers to pick us up from the airport, ferries and hotels and take us to the next destination. Every hotel was gorgeous and the entire team was gracious. We were able to communicate... read more

Where do I begin? Greece was more magical and beautiful than I could imagine and the entire KimKim Team was wonderful to us! The entire trip was planned for us which included some of the most incredible excursions that we never would have thought of choosing. The best part was having the team coordinate drivers to pick us up from the airport, ferries and hotels and take us to the next destination. Every hotel was gorgeous and the entire team was gracious. We were able to communicate seamlessly using whatsapp which was so nice! We began working with Tasos and the rest of the team (Maria, Dimitris and Christos) joined in during our trip. They are the Dream Team! We had some hiccups on our end prior to the trip and Maria went above and beyond to ensure that we didn't skip a beat - Dimitris also stepped in and made magic happen! They truly made me feel as if we had been friends for years and it felt like one big happy family! I was so lucky to have met Sophia and Costadinos as well during the Santorini portion, they were my tour guides for the excursion and work alongside KimKim. Every single hotel we stayed at was breathtaking and every driver we had was incredibly warm - KimKim is definitely loved by everyone that we had the pleasure of working with. I fell head over heels in love with Greece and plan on going back next year - of course I will be booking with KimKim because there is no one else better!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Christine,
Reading reviews like yours makes us extremely happy and gives us the strength and courage to keep devoting all the time and energy required so that we consistently deliver superior Greek experiences to our guests, bringing out the best of Greek hospitality!
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so looking forward to having you back in Greece!
Until then, we wish you all the best!
Tasos on behalf of the team

Brady Family Trip · Greece - Jun 28 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Jen B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Hi: all in- wonderful trip.

Tour highlights: tour of Naxos. I would have shortened tour of Naxos (drop the water mill portion with snack) but it was all very well done.
George and Anna were great.

Wooden boat: Jazz soloist was a nice surprise. It was good to be out on water to escape heat. A little more info on tour would be great. Like you have to swim to thermal spring (my mom could not do that), and tell people to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Maybe explain... read more

Hi: all in- wonderful trip.

Tour highlights: tour of Naxos. I would have shortened tour of Naxos (drop the water mill portion with snack) but it was all very well done.
George and Anna were great.

Wooden boat: Jazz soloist was a nice surprise. It was good to be out on water to escape heat. A little more info on tour would be great. Like you have to swim to thermal spring (my mom could not do that), and tell people to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Maybe explain difficulty of volcano hike (my mom could not do that either). But in all it was an amazing tour and day.

The farm to table was nice. I thought it was an olive tour but it was more winery. Which was also nice. It was just a bit different than expected.
Lovely family.

Alternativ Athens was not a great start. You all should take the tour yourself if you haven’t in awhile. We had to leave it was so bad. The tour guide got lost in his script and spent way too much time playing truth and dare. We really just wanted someone to share history with us. This tour was a bit awkward as the people on it did not seem into it at all. This is more appropriate for children.

The hotels: foundry was perfect.

The hotel Nafplio was way too small for Kevin and myself. At 6 foot 4 the shower was a problem! The hotel in Naxos was also a problem. The shower was comical- Kevin simply did not fit. It would have been better to stay elsewhere (the hotel behind looked nice) and walk to beach. But all 3 hotels had a lovely breakfast.

Makris was a nice hotel.

Thanks for everything:
Jen

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jen,
I am very glad you enjoyed the trip and I hope all your memories are as beautiful as the picture you posted!
Thank you for the detailed review- it is great to read both what you enjoyed and what could be improved - building on constructive feedback is the cornerstone of our quest for excellence!
I am sorry some of the showers were not large enough for Kevin - I wish I had known from the beginning in order to make sure you would get the right rooms.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2019

Traveler: Joan C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

My 16 year old daughter and I had the trip of a lifetime, thanks to KimKim and Tasos' planning! Firstly, Tasos was incredibly patient and helpful as we tailored the trip to fit my budget and my daughters dreams (there were several incarnations of this trip before we finalized the best version). And we were not disappointed! It was the perfect mix of tours (private, small group and large group), down-time and free-time. So glad we made a two nights stay in Athens to take in the sights with a... read more

My 16 year old daughter and I had the trip of a lifetime, thanks to KimKim and Tasos' planning! Firstly, Tasos was incredibly patient and helpful as we tailored the trip to fit my budget and my daughters dreams (there were several incarnations of this trip before we finalized the best version). And we were not disappointed! It was the perfect mix of tours (private, small group and large group), down-time and free-time. So glad we made a two nights stay in Athens to take in the sights with a super cool semi-private "Mythogical Tour". On Santorini, our hike from Fia to Oia with Georges was a definite highlight. What an excellent guide; funny, interesting and knowledgeable. He definitely had the inside scoop and helped us avoid the crowds and see some really beautiful sights. Throughout the trip our lodging was excellent. The Agean Gem, on Santorini was above and beyond expectations. The hotel is impeccably clean, beautifully decorated and in an amazing location, very close to the beach, beautiful hiking and within walking distance to the outdoor cinema (which I highly recommend).

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Joan,
Thanks a lot for your kind words! It is the best feeling to know that you enjoyed this trip. I appreciate how important it is to make your daughter's dreams come true, and I wish you to be able to keep doing that in all aspects of life!
I will be delighted to help you plan your next visit.
All the best,
Tasos

Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days · Greece - Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our trip to Greece was lovely. The guides were wonderful, and the itinerary covered what we had asked for - archeology, mythology, and some family relaxation time. The visit to the family farm / vineyard was especially memorable for our entire family. Hercules, a guide that we had in Nafplio, was also wonderful interacting with the kids- teaching my youngest all about the local plants, and talking to my older two about Scouting in Greece.
The primary reason that I am giving... read more

Our trip to Greece was lovely. The guides were wonderful, and the itinerary covered what we had asked for - archeology, mythology, and some family relaxation time. The visit to the family farm / vineyard was especially memorable for our entire family. Hercules, a guide that we had in Nafplio, was also wonderful interacting with the kids- teaching my youngest all about the local plants, and talking to my older two about Scouting in Greece.
The primary reason that I am giving 4 stars instead of 5 for our local specialist was that I didn't receive the confirmation numbers - particularly for our car and hotel until just a few days before our departure. I believe they were booked beforehand, and would have appreciated having those numbers "in hand" for my own comfort.

It was a great trip - and I would use Kimkim again!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rebecca,
I am very glad you enjoyed this special trip and that your family has great memories from these truly off the beaten path activities in the area of the Peloponnese. I have taken good note of your feedback and I will be more than glad to work with you again and help you plan your next visit.
All the best,
Tasos

Joel

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 26 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Joel S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

This was the trip of a lifetime! We are very grateful to Travel12 for putting together a very detail oriented and authentic tour of Greece, the whole team is so professional and absolutely fantastic.

Our first day landing in Athens we were met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Athens without any issues. Our driver was very courteous and knowledgeable about Athens. On our way to the hotel we caught site of the Parthenon and that was it! We were awestruck and ready to take in all... read more

This was the trip of a lifetime! We are very grateful to Travel12 for putting together a very detail oriented and authentic tour of Greece, the whole team is so professional and absolutely fantastic.

Our first day landing in Athens we were met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Athens without any issues. Our driver was very courteous and knowledgeable about Athens. On our way to the hotel we caught site of the Parthenon and that was it! We were awestruck and ready to take in all we could of Greece! Tasos booked a comfortable central lodging close to many restaurants, bars, nightlife and lots of people from all over the world. It was very easy to find a nice restaurant with live music and awesome food.
It was a short walk from the hotel to the Parthenon, where we went on our second day. Our tour guide Alex was very down to earth and it was very nice morning spent with him touring the Acropolis and making our way up to the Parthenon. We had the afternoon to explore Athens on our own and Alex quickly setup a plan to see the most of Athens in the time we had. We visited the Acropolis Museum, Hadrian's Arch, the National Gardens, and walked the beautiful streets of Plaka where we had the best pizza of our lives!
Next we were off with Key Tours to the Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio where we had a nice seaside lunch before ending our day in the town of Olympia where we enjoyed spectacular views from our hotel.
The historical site of Olympia is a must see. Our half day tour of the historical site Olympia was made all the better by our tour guide Demetrius, who was an actual archaeologist! The grounds here are amazing and filled with enchantment. After our tour Demetrius also had some suggestions for us to explore the town of Olympia. We hopped over to the Archimedes Museum, which looks simple at first but has lots great information about the inventions of Archimedes, some inventions are even hands on! After that we checked out the shops and had some delicious fresh fish at Taverna Orestis. We decided to hike up the mountain back to our room at the Arty Grand. Good thing they have a nice spa because we were absolutely winded by the time we made it back! I don't regret it though because we earned the gorgeous views you can only enjoy walking. After some relaxation we headed back to Olympia for some shopping and gyros. We met a nice shop owner who explained that he also had a farm where he grew all kinds of chiles including habanero, anahiem and the carolina reaper!
The next day we were taken by private driver to the fantastic Temple of Apollo at Bassae. Nicolas was very friendly, he stopped a few times in some nice spots along the way to take photos. Little did we know Nikolas was not only very friendly and a family man but also a Greek national hero for saving a woman tourist from drowning! After the tour he took us to the bus station, made sure we were taken care of and also gave us some olive oil from his family farm.
Day 6 we took the train to Meteora which is absolutely amazing and one of my most cherished memories from the trip. It is so amazing what the Monks did there and the views are out of this world.
Day 7 On to Delphi where we had a traditional Greek lunch provided at a nice restaurant with the best view ever at the top of the mountain. Private tour of Delphi. Our tour guide was very nice and shared some extra secrets with us (hopefully soon she will make it to Mexico!). Next our driver Lampros, who was excellent (we wish him luck and a wonderful life with his soon to be bride!) took us to the port, and made sure everything was in order for our boarding of the ferry to Chania which was like a mini cruise ship.
Chania is a beautiful island where we traveled with GS tours to visit 7 local villages and got to try out local cheeses as well as see the process of how they make it, a delicious traditional lunch made by Maria, toured a family tskoudia distillery with the best tskoudia in Chania, our tour guide was the best and a local who had lived there his whole life, I cannot remember his name but I wish to give him the highest kudos I can in this review, he was great and knew so much of the history, was so friendly and down to earth, he climbed up this wall and picked us some blackberries off a tree at one point. We visited Gramvoussa beach as well as our favorite Balos Beach with crystal clear waters!
After that we transferred back to beautiful Athens and swiftly whisked away back to our home in Houston, Texas.
It's really hard to describe in words the goodness of all the Greek people we encountered and the beauty of their country, they have a word Philotimo though that I think describes them perfectly.
At one point my credit card came out of my pocket on the bus and a nice lady returned it to me, a taxi driver got us out of a jam, our tour guide helped us get into one of the monastaries when we didn't have any cash.
Thanks to KimKim and Travel12, especially Tasos we were able to go on an adventure and enjoy Greece for 11 days. Tasos and his team were always available to help with any questions or concerns we had. We will definitely be using their services when we return to Greece

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Joel,
Thank you so much for your kind words for our country, our fellow Greeks and for our team! There is no greater satisfaction than reading your review again and again.
I am so happy you enjoyed this trip - it was quite a challenge to make sure everything would work like a 'swiss clock' as you visited so many places in these 11 days that the slightest deviation from plan would have consequences...
It was wonderful meeting you in Athens and it has been our pleasure talking to you and supporting you throughout your trip. Looking forward to see you again.
Best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2019

Traveler: Suzanne M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We enjoyed every place we visited in Greece for different reasons. We experienced beauty, history and culture. Most of our guides were excellent, but I did not write down their names so I can’t give specific input on certain ones. The one at Delphi seemed to be in a hurry so we felt a little rushed there. The experience our last night at the fish restaurant was especially nice. The people connected with the the farm tour and meal were very gracious and made a lasting impression. The... read more

We enjoyed every place we visited in Greece for different reasons. We experienced beauty, history and culture. Most of our guides were excellent, but I did not write down their names so I can’t give specific input on certain ones. The one at Delphi seemed to be in a hurry so we felt a little rushed there. The experience our last night at the fish restaurant was especially nice. The people connected with the the farm tour and meal were very gracious and made a lasting impression. The worst experience was with Mykonian Mare. The people related to food service were very accommodating, but the reception staff was not, especially the night they left us in Mykonos and the lady I called would not give us a time that they would be there to get us. She hung up on me the second time and did not answer the third. Therefore, we had to stand and wait for 11/2 hours for the shuttle to arrive. When we told the manager, all we got was excuses. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay immensely. The last day of our trip there seemed to be a lapse in planning. We even had to pay to go to the Temple of Poseidon. This should have been included in the information given to us. Overall though, we were very satisfied with the trip and gave the trip and you 5 stars.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Suzanne,
It was great having you as guests and I am so glad you enjoyed your trip - I am particularly thankful for your choice of words to summarize your Greek experience: beauty, history and culture.
I will be delighted to hear from you any time you are thinking of coming back to discover more treasures.
Best,
Tasos

Andrew

Athens & Islands · Greece - May 24 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Andrew K. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Overall our Greece trip and experience was great. Some highlights in my opinion:
On Crete: Tour to villages and particularly the distillery, Knossos Museum, Dinner in small town of Archanes
On Santorini: Hidden Gems and Wine Tasting tour (guide was very fun), sunset sailing
On Mykonos: Farm tour/dinner (very friendly hosts), hanging out at the Dublin pub
In Athens: Hotel roof top restaurant, every historic site/museum, farewell dinner arranged by Travel12
Overall: fact that almost all our... read more

Overall our Greece trip and experience was great. Some highlights in my opinion:
On Crete: Tour to villages and particularly the distillery, Knossos Museum, Dinner in small town of Archanes
On Santorini: Hidden Gems and Wine Tasting tour (guide was very fun), sunset sailing
On Mykonos: Farm tour/dinner (very friendly hosts), hanging out at the Dublin pub
In Athens: Hotel roof top restaurant, every historic site/museum, farewell dinner arranged by Travel12
Overall: fact that almost all our tours and transfers were private to our group (a benefit from having 8 persons)

On hotels:
Ambassador's Residence - very good to excellent
Kalimera Archanes Village - our stay too short to appreciate, but excellent host and transfers on Crete
Kasimatas Suites - very good, met our expectations, older property with some quirks
Mykonian Mare - good and bad, large variation in rooms between the group, hotel was performing water system work while we were there which was unfortunate
Athens Gate - good, location great, but we were given rooms on low floors so no views from rooms and fair amount of traffic noise, great rooftop restaurant

Guides/tours/transfers in general were very good, on time, and informative of the area and its history.
Travel12 provided us very good itinerary information with all contacts etc and made sure we had their support when we were in Greece, although everything went so well we did not really need much help.

We all had a great time, the trip had excellent value for dollars spent.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Andrew,

Thank you so much for your nice words and for taking the time to write this detailed review!
Traveling as a group of 6 to 8 people has indeed certain benefits and makes it possible to enjoy most experiences in a private setting without increasing the cost, making the most out of the trip!
I am very glad you enjoyed it and I have taken good note of all your remarks in order to keep improving every day.

I wish you all the best!
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 31 - Jun 12, 2019

Traveler: Susan B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We booked a vacation that included me, my husband and our adult children and children in law. Tasos made it all so easy. We arrived and departed at different times. Pickups and drop offs were perfectly executed.

Tasos's recommendations were excellent. We had a wonderful combination of historical exploration, guided cultural experiences, beach days and time to explore on our own.

Highlights included: welcome dinner at Zillers, our guides in Athens, our guided trip to Delos, our full... read more

We booked a vacation that included me, my husband and our adult children and children in law. Tasos made it all so easy. We arrived and departed at different times. Pickups and drop offs were perfectly executed.

Tasos's recommendations were excellent. We had a wonderful combination of historical exploration, guided cultural experiences, beach days and time to explore on our own.

Highlights included: welcome dinner at Zillers, our guides in Athens, our guided trip to Delos, our full day exploring Naxos with Katerina of Vioma (do not go to Naxos without meeting her), our car trip to the Temple of Poseidon during the time between arriving in Athens by air from Naxos and leaving by ferry for Hydra, and our brief respite on Hydra at the Four Seasons (no relationship to the chain).

The process of planning was efficient and painless.

Already planning our next KimKim vacation.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Susan,
It has been a pleasure having your family as guests in Greece and it feels wonderful to read your review - we always strive for the best personalized arrangements depending on each traveler's profile and it's great satisfaction to know we hit it right!
Many thanks for sharing the highlights - it's important for us to know which parts you enjoyed most and they may also serve as inspiration to other travelers.
I'll be delighted to hear from you again anytime!
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2019

Traveler: Bruce Z. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos was great in planning our trip. We got to see everything my grandson wanted to see and more. The guides he booked were great, everyone of them. The driver, Nikos , he booked for the Olympia, Vasse, and Mycenae trip was the most professional diver we could ask for. He was very accommodating to our every need. Very engaging in conversation and went out of his way many times to makes us happy. We felt like we met as strangers but parted as friends. The boat trip with Socrates... read more

Tasos was great in planning our trip. We got to see everything my grandson wanted to see and more. The guides he booked were great, everyone of them. The driver, Nikos , he booked for the Olympia, Vasse, and Mycenae trip was the most professional diver we could ask for. He was very accommodating to our every need. Very engaging in conversation and went out of his way many times to makes us happy. We felt like we met as strangers but parted as friends. The boat trip with Socrates was special as he cooked on the boat, which was great, and let my grandson steer the boat under his supervision. We had a very nice experience. Dimitri and Maria were also very good in handling our trip when Tasos was off having a baby.

Two things could be improved. The reservation for the retreat in Abeliona got messed up so we had no place to stay Between Maria and Nikos we found a suitable replacement place to stay but required an extra 1.5 hours of driving. Thanks to Maria and especially Nikos for handling this.
Suggestion would be for someone to confirm reservations the day before we arrive so as not to have too many issues. Plus the retreat in Abeliona, appears to be past its prime especially seeing that not a single person or staff was there when we arrived Think twice about booking that again.

Second area for improvement was the Pi Athens hotel. It was ok but not quite what we expected.. located in a run down area of the city and not near enough outlets where needed especially in the bathrooms by the one and only mirror. You can tell they are trying but not quite up to my standards anyway. The staff was excellent and very accommodating but the hotel itself is lacking somewhat. We still had a very good time though.

Thanks to all for their help and making our experience an enjoyable one.
Bruce and Jenny Zemba

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Bruce and Jenny,
Thank you so much for your kind words! There is no greater satisfaction than to know you enjoyed the trip and that you were happy with our services.
Having just become a father myself, I can only begin to imagine the importance of such a trip to your grandson - especially since he has read so much about Greek Mythology - and to you, and it makes me even more happy that the trip I helped you plan was enjoyable and met your expectations.
Your comments have been duly... read more

Dear Bruce and Jenny,
Thank you so much for your kind words! There is no greater satisfaction than to know you enjoyed the trip and that you were happy with our services.
Having just become a father myself, I can only begin to imagine the importance of such a trip to your grandson - especially since he has read so much about Greek Mythology - and to you, and it makes me even more happy that the trip I helped you plan was enjoyable and met your expectations.
Your comments have been duly noted, and we have already taken our measures to make sure we will prevent any unfortunate event like the one you had in Abeliona (it was the first time anything like that has happened to us, but still this is no excuse).
Thanks again for trusting me to help you plan this trip and for your valuable feedback.
All the best,
Tasos

Greece at it's finest · Greece - Jun 5 - Jun 15, 2019

Traveler: Martha D. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

In one word - AMAZING!

Tasos and his team helped us plan a trip of a lifetime. Beginning in Athens with our driver, Lampros, who took us to the Sounio Temple and an impromptu dinner, which was wonderful. We then did an Acropolis tour, which was fascinating and awe inspiring.

Our next stop was Tinos. Our accommodations at Favie Suzanne were great, but the personal service we got from both Yannis and Fabio was above and beyond - they were so helpful. Tinos is a beautiful island, which we... read more

In one word - AMAZING!

Tasos and his team helped us plan a trip of a lifetime. Beginning in Athens with our driver, Lampros, who took us to the Sounio Temple and an impromptu dinner, which was wonderful. We then did an Acropolis tour, which was fascinating and awe inspiring.

Our next stop was Tinos. Our accommodations at Favie Suzanne were great, but the personal service we got from both Yannis and Fabio was above and beyond - they were so helpful. Tinos is a beautiful island, which we were able to enjoy as we took the Marble Route tour with Katia and a driver. Katia and the driver were very informative and showed us a part of Tinos that we never would have seen without the tour. When we were arranging our trip, we asked Tasos to give us the “real Greece” and that is wha we had every step of the way.

Next we went to Naxos, where we stayed at Nastasia Village. Emma, who owns the hotel with hr family was so warm and accommodating . She helped make our stay so very special. The breakfast at the hotel was amazing - real Greek food - homemade and delicious. Naxos is a beautiful island with fewer tourists. After having the food tour, which was amazing with Yannis and Irini, we learned so much about Naxian cheese, Kitron, and Greek foods in general. We also had a fabulous tour of the island and were given an opportunity to visit many villages. Naxos has great Easter he’s and we had a lovely beach day and then we went shopping in Chora. It is quaint and lovely and became our favorite stop on our amazing tour!

Santorini was our last stop. Luckily we were booked at the Makris hotel In Kamari, which was much quieter than either Fira or Oia, but there was plenty to do and it was a lovely beach (black sand/stone) and shopping area. We were able to take an island tour to Pyrgos, the wine museum and winery tour with tasting and Oia at sunset, which was beautiful, but crowded. Our favorite part of Santorini was the old boat tour on the Bella Aurora, which was amazing. The crew was fabulous. We hiked the volcano, swam in the hot springs, went to a secluded beach area and had a lovely authentic Greek barbecue and then we watched the sunset from the water. If that wasn’t enough, while the sun was setting, one of the crew members, Yannis, played the saxophone. It was a great end to our island tour!

Back to Athens for a night and Tasos had planned a goodbye dinner for us at The Black Sheep restaurant, which was delicious. Travel 12 was always there when we needed them and I would highly recommend their travel service. I would also highly recommend Lampros as a driver in Athens as he will go above and beyond what is asked of him and when you say you would like to have a bit of breakfast - he will take you to the most amazing bakery. My friend had a bit of a problem at the end of our trip and both Travel 12 and Lampros were there to help.

We can’t thank you all enough for an amazing adventure.....it was better than we could have ever imagined.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Martha, for your kind words!
There is not much I can say - only that reading such a review is the greatest pleasure and satisfaction I can get through my work, and it's what keeps me and the team going and continuously striving to further improve!
I am delighted you enjoyed this trip and I will be more than happy to help you plan your next visit anytime, to discover more hidden treasures of the real and authentic Greece!
Wish you all the best,
Tasos

Athens & Islands · Greece - May 24 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Lynn J. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

This trip was a blast. Except for a problem with a late driver picking us up at a ferry dock, the whole trip was very smooth! The accommodations were very nice and the excursions were terrific. We felt we got a great introduction to Greece and the islands we visited. I especially enjoyed the local tours of the bell maker, cheese makers, distillery, winery, and tannery. --and of course all the ruins we visited. Our guides were wonderful, knowledgeable, and really went out of their way to... read more

This trip was a blast. Except for a problem with a late driver picking us up at a ferry dock, the whole trip was very smooth! The accommodations were very nice and the excursions were terrific. We felt we got a great introduction to Greece and the islands we visited. I especially enjoyed the local tours of the bell maker, cheese makers, distillery, winery, and tannery. --and of course all the ruins we visited. Our guides were wonderful, knowledgeable, and really went out of their way to make our tours exceptional. The thing I'll miss most is the food! Greek yogurt will never taste the same...

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lynn,
Thank you for your nice words. I am very happy you enjoyed the trip! It feels great to know that the effort put into planning and experience selection has been appreciated!
Hopefully you'll come back for more Greek food and experiences and I'll have the chance to help you discover more hidden gems.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 21 - Jun 2, 2019

Traveler: gene f. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

I would highly recommend Tasos and the entire Kimkim /Travel 12 team to everyone. Everyone we dealt with was very professional. Tasos put us with drivers that took us places we didn't even know existed. Every tour was right on point. The tours of ancient Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Messinia were incredible. Mykonos was fantastic and Santorini was wonderful. In Athens of course you must see the Acropolis. The meal arranged by Tasos was unbelievable. Meteroa is like something from another... read more

I would highly recommend Tasos and the entire Kimkim /Travel 12 team to everyone. Everyone we dealt with was very professional. Tasos put us with drivers that took us places we didn't even know existed. Every tour was right on point. The tours of ancient Athens, Meteora, Delphi and Messinia were incredible. Mykonos was fantastic and Santorini was wonderful. In Athens of course you must see the Acropolis. The meal arranged by Tasos was unbelievable. Meteroa is like something from another world, the beauty is breathtaking. Visiting the Oracle of Delphi is an experience you must have . Messinia is a treasure we didn't know about, thankfully Tasos and his team did. It is a very ancient city still under excavation, We had a tour with one of the people excavating the ancient city and found an ancient coin which we turned into the museum. Included with the tour of Messinia we met the last bell maker in the region as well as the last leather tanner. Once again our driver provided a few little side trips that were fantastic. The ferry ride to Mykonos was pretty cool. Mykonos is an incredible place. We needed this time in Mykonos to catch our breath. Delos is a sacred island in mythology with many ancient ruins but honestly by this point we were pretty tired so I don't thing we could really appreciate the magic of the island. On to Santorini. The island is a beautiful place and the catamaran tour Tasos set up was truly one of the highlights of the trip. Do not skip the catamaran trip! All of our transfers were right on time. Our driver in Athens was incredible. We feel like we made some friend. I will use Kimkim from now on when making vacation plans. My Mother-in-law, Wife and I just spent 2 weeks in Greece and I have nothing to complain about. Think about that! Thank you Tasos and your team, you truly provided the trip of a lifetime.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gene,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
I am so happy you enjoyed this trip - it is always a challenge to strike the right balance between renowned places that people have heard of and would like to visit, and hidden treasures that they didn't know of but will certainly appreciate afterwards. I am very glad we hit this balance right and that all 3 of you had a great time!
Looking forward to helping you plan your next visit - this time I strongly suggest to also consider Crete.
All the best,
Tasos

Athens & Islands · Greece - May 24 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Lisa C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The trip was amazing. All except 1 individual were on-time for pickups and twice when he was involved our ride was late. Every other interaction was smooth as silk. It was a wonderful balance of guided tours and free time to roam on our own. I enjoyed that most of our tours weren't the traditional touristy thing. The accommodations were nice at each place and the staff was friendly and very helpful at each location. I have recommended Kimkim several times since returning from our adventure and will continue to do so.

Thanks for the wonderful time!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for your nice words!
Reviews like yours give us the courage and motivation to devote all the time and energy required to make a trip 'smooth as silk'. I am very happy that you enjoyed the balance of the itinerary and the authentic - not touristy - experiences!
Looking forward to helping you discover more hidden treasures.
All the best,
Tasos

Your expression 'smooth as silk' perfectly describes our team's aspiration for the trips we plan and we will continue to devote our energy into making this

Tour of Athens, Santorini, and Crete · Greece - May 10 - May 19, 2019

Traveler: John C. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We planned this for a couple of generations of family, us (in our 40s) and our parents (ranging from 70 to 80). This overall was a great trip which allowed us to combine everyone's interest and also cater to some of the activities we wanted to do on certain days. At every hotel, the breakfasts were fantastic!

Most memorable - the first night restaurant. Although a tiny bit of a walk to get there (for our parents), it was beautiful, food delicious, and gorgeous view of the Acropolis. Pi... read more

We planned this for a couple of generations of family, us (in our 40s) and our parents (ranging from 70 to 80). This overall was a great trip which allowed us to combine everyone's interest and also cater to some of the activities we wanted to do on certain days. At every hotel, the breakfasts were fantastic!

Most memorable - the first night restaurant. Although a tiny bit of a walk to get there (for our parents), it was beautiful, food delicious, and gorgeous view of the Acropolis. Pi Athens our hotel, although initially we were skeptical, the service and the rooms were great.

In Santorini - everything worked out wonderfully. Everyone really enjoyed the hotel we stayed (Fileria Suites). I really didn't miss the fact that we didn't have the views because we could go right across the street and enjoy them. Service was perfect.

In Archanes, the city was quaint, very quiet and didn't feel it was built for tourists yet. We had an extremely difficult time in finding the Kalimera Hotel and I had to call the hotel for them to meet us at a church (which was steps away from the entrance). We loved this hotel in its history, beauty, and service (again impeccable)... however, since we had seniors with us, we would have preferred to stay at a typical hotel without so many steps in the actual room. Although I know in Greece we did end up walking up and down quite a few staircases and uphills.... if we could have had the option in our hotel to do without we would have paid extra. Our parents did fine, but this would have been a good option for us to know about. Archanes, as much as we liked it, I know my parents would have loved to had a little touristy area to shop. So maybe a few more options of where to stay since we only had the one tour here and it sounds like we could have stayed in Heraklion, more built for tourists.

Chania - hands down this was the favorite of everyone in terms of the rooms, location, and also the elevator! Loved Chania in general - happy to walk around and explore on our own. The local tour was fantastic - loved the lunch, Raki making, cheese making, and bread making stops. Definite highlights.

Some pointers for our transfer from Chania to the ferry and to Athens. Our driver picked us up around 8:30 and we arrived at the ferry port around 9:30 or so - no problem. We thought we would be boarding the ferry immediately, but the ferry that was docked was for 10:00 PM or so. We found out that they ferry didn't arrive until 11:30 with a departure of 12:00 AM. So we ended up going to a cafe across the way and waited for a couple of hours. This was probably the low point of the trip as we were not expecting this wait. We would have rather waited in the hotel lobby a bit longer or at least know of the wait.

The overnight ferry ride was awesome - wish it could have been longer! But our transfer to Athens and our final day tour with Inside Athens was fantastic with Giannis as our tour guide.

Pick up to the airport worked everyone was able to depart on time!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear John,

Thank you for your detailed feedback!
I am very happy you enjoyed this special trip and I have taken good note of your remarks regarding location of your 1st Crete hotel and the timing oftransfer to theport, as I strive to further improve the level of services offered.

The team and I wish you all the best and we'll be delighted to have you back in Greece any time.

Happy and safe travels,
Tasos

Sue

Explore Athens, Island hopping trip. · Greece - May 4 - May 17, 2019

Traveler: Sue W. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our trip and experience in Greece was fantastic. We have Tasos and his team to thank, the itinerary was planned to suit our interests. The communication during the planning phase and while we were on our trip was exceptional. We were able to contact Travel 12 anytime, we had been provided with a sim, and there was always someone on the end of the phone to help. In one instance we were not able to locate a restaurant we were to go to and were helped to find it. The guides during our visit were... read more

Our trip and experience in Greece was fantastic. We have Tasos and his team to thank, the itinerary was planned to suit our interests. The communication during the planning phase and while we were on our trip was exceptional. We were able to contact Travel 12 anytime, we had been provided with a sim, and there was always someone on the end of the phone to help. In one instance we were not able to locate a restaurant we were to go to and were helped to find it. The guides during our visit were informative and as our trips were in small groups or private you were able to learn more and had opportunity to have conversations. Our accommodation was lovely in all places and suited our budget and needs. We visited Athens and three islands which were very different and went to Tinos which was suggested by Tasos, this was a good choice as it was so different from
Santorini and Mykonos. The scenery was stunning and history, gave us adifferent view of the islands. I thank Tasos and his team for a wonderful trip and would recommend to anyone planning a trip to Greece you will love it.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Sue,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
It has been a real pleasure having you as guests and I am more than happy that you enjoyed the different aspects of Greece that you discovered through this comprehensive trip.
Greetings from the entire team - we'll be excited to help you plan your next visit!
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 22 - May 28, 2019

Traveler: richard l. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Some good parts, such as the mythology tour and the farm experience and the Mycenae tour, some mediocre -- the amphytrion hotel -- and some poor, like the foothills trek.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Richard,
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed most parts and I will thoroughly look into improving the ones that have not (fully) met your expectations so as to deliver a consistently great experience from start to finish.
All the best,
Tasos

Custom Greek tour · Greece - May 5 - May 21, 2019

Traveler: Barbara S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We traveled with another couple and had a wonderful vacation in Greece, thanks to the itinerary we created with Tasos and the support we got from the Travel12 team during our trip. Tasos was a pleasure to work with and very responsive in answering our questions as we developed the itinerary. Pre-arranged car transfers, ferry and flight tickets, and guided tours enabled us to relax and enjoy the rich history, beautiful landscapes and delicious food Greece has to offer. When ferry schedules... read more

We traveled with another couple and had a wonderful vacation in Greece, thanks to the itinerary we created with Tasos and the support we got from the Travel12 team during our trip. Tasos was a pleasure to work with and very responsive in answering our questions as we developed the itinerary. Pre-arranged car transfers, ferry and flight tickets, and guided tours enabled us to relax and enjoy the rich history, beautiful landscapes and delicious food Greece has to offer. When ferry schedules changed twice, Travel12 informed us and took care of the details. We were delighted to meet Tasos the evening we arrived in Athens and the morning before we returned to the US. We highly recommend kimkim, Tasos, and Travel12!

Here are a few highlights from our 16-day trip:

Athens - Our enthusiastic guide Maria led us on an excellent food tour. We walked through the Plaka, Monastriaki, and Psyri neighborhoods while sampling pastries, Greek coffee, souvlaki and other treats. We also recommend the Mythology Tour through the Acropolis and ancient Athens. Although the drive to Delphi was long, we enjoyed the scenery and the visit to the ancient site.

Crete - Our five days in and around Chania, Vamos/Douliana, and Heraklion/Archanes were a good introduction to the island. The guides and drivers were friendly and helpful, especially Christos who met us at the airport and drove and guided us to Elafonissi Beach, Vamos and Heraklion. Our guide Clio at the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion and at Knossos was very knowledgeable…we were fascinated by the sophistication of the Minoan civilization. We left Crete having learned there is still a lot more to see!

Santorini - While many people are drawn to Santorini because of the pictures of brilliant white buildings and blue-domed churches, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring ancient Thera and Akrotiri, which are a respite from the cruise ship crowds in Fira and Oia. Our guide Anna was engaging and knowledgeable about ancient Greek history and current aspects of life on the island. We also enjoyed a sunny, windy hike along the caldera rim from Fira to Oia led by our wonderful guide Denise. An added bonus to our visit were the many wildflowers in bloom all over the island due to the unusually wet and cool spring. And the view of the caldera from our room was spectacular!

Naxos - We welcomed the warmer weather when we arrived so we could enjoy the beach and swimming in the Aegean Sea, which were only steps away from our hotel. We had fun exploring Naxos town, and visiting the villages of Halki and Apeiranthos. Although our guided hike through the hills was a bit more rugged than we expected, the mountain views and wildflowers were fabulous, and we enjoyed visiting a unique, remote monastery and strolling through picturesque Apeiranthos.

We hope to explore more of Greece in the future!
Barbara and Skip

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Barbara and Skip,
It was wonderful meeting you in Athens and I am so glad you enjoyed this trip!
Thanks for taking the time to write your impressions from each place. I am excited to read you are already thinking about another visit and I would be delighted to work with you again!
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 13 - May 23, 2019

Traveler: Daniella G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Wow! I have so much to write. My trip was amazing and so was KimKim. I actually met a couple while on a tour that had also used KimKim. Small world! About half of my tours ended up being just me instead of a group, which ended up being completely fine, but was unexpected at first.

Athens Mythology tour through Alternative Athens: Very interesting! Loved my tour guide (I can't remember her name exactly, Demetria maybe?). She was interesting, kept us engaged and very knowledgeable. She... read more

Wow! I have so much to write. My trip was amazing and so was KimKim. I actually met a couple while on a tour that had also used KimKim. Small world! About half of my tours ended up being just me instead of a group, which ended up being completely fine, but was unexpected at first.

Athens Mythology tour through Alternative Athens: Very interesting! Loved my tour guide (I can't remember her name exactly, Demetria maybe?). She was interesting, kept us engaged and very knowledgeable. She clearly loves what she does. I would definitely recommend this tour.

The ferry I took to Tinos was nice. It was on time and the staff helped me carry my way too heavy luggage up the stairs and were very accommodating if I had questions. The announcements were mostly clear. Unfortunately, I do not remember this ferry's name but it was NOT the blue star, it was the smaller one.

Favie Suzanne Hotel: I had to look for the hotel name on the vans in the parking lot but was able to find my ride pretty quickly. The van that picks you up is pretty run down but the brothers who drive you and run the front desk are amazing! So helpful and kind in planning out days and any other questions I had. The room was very comfortable and breakfast was sufficient.

The island of Tinos: Small very quiet island. The shops and restaurants along the port are nice to see and delicious to eat at but other than that, there is not much else to do within walking distance. I was a bit bored on my free day and ended up taking the bus to various villages. Because I went in what is technically off season, the bus did not run very often and therefore I was at the liberty of their schedule. I took cabs in between villages and then in order to see another village after the last bus, I had to find my own cab. Thank goodness for the kindness of Greece because I found probably the only cafe tucked away in the middle of houses to help me call a cab. People could not have been nicer. Depending on the village, there was not much to do besides walk the streets and look at the views and houses. My second full day (technically third and also the day I left) there was much better. I had my Tinian culinary workshop with Aldo and his wife Katia. Some of the nicest most welcoming people I have ever met in my life. I wish I had met them the day before because not only did we make a delicious meal together, they offered to take me around just a bit to see some things I haven't seen before. The weather was pretty chilly so I did not go to the beach and there was interspersed rainfall but it did not last long.

Ferry to Naxos was very late, which I guess is to be expected. Luckily the restaurants were near by and I was able to have a delicious ice cream and use wifi to entertain myself while waiting. Again, this smaller ferry helped me with luggage.

Arrival in Naxos: All my drivers except in Tinos had a sign with my name on it and were all ready and waiting for me. Since I arrived so late in Naxos, I went straight to the hotel, Nastasia Village Hotel, which was very very cute. It was traditional and almost cottage like. It was however, very noisy in the mornings and very cold at night. Great central location though! There was so much to do in Naxos and the vibe was completely different from Tinos. I found it very difficult however, to get to the places I wanted to see as the signs were not the clearest on/around the attractions. Asking for help is definitely your best bet as people are so kind! I was disappointed about the miscommunication for my biking tour with Naxos Bikes. My tour was scheduled for the morning but he was unable to take me until late afternoon. I did not go on the cycling tour because I spent the entire day walking around and was exhausted with old injuries acting up that would have made the tour less than enjoyable.

Ferry to Santorini: I don't remember much about this one. I think it was late and I believe it was a bigger ferry, which had an escalator to take the baggage up but NOT down. I did not know this and was definitely not expecting it. The fellow tourists were not the nicest as I tried to maneuver my bags down a lot of steep steps without falling to my demise. I am certain there is an elevator somewhere that I should have used.

Santorini: My driver, Costas with Agyros Tours, was awesome. So friendly and helpful with bags. There was a group of us he picked up and took to our respective hotels.

Makris Hotel was probably my favorite because of Vasiliki, the evening receptionist and also the view. I could literally hear and see the ocean from my room as well as the black beach and a mountain. Vasiliki went above and beyond for me multiple times during my stay. She was seriously the best!!! I ended up booking a tour with Kamari Tours because I did not have a way to see the Volcano or hot springs otherwise. I would not recommend this company. They were very unorganized once we got to the port and they were very late getting back, which resulted in me being late for my afternoon tour I scheduled with KimKim. The Kamri Tour with Jason Boats was a 4 hour tour to the hot springs and up the volcano. The trip description and items to bring need to be adjusted as well as more time for delays. Additionally, my tour guide was nice but not very engaging and I didn't feel like I learned as much as I should/could have. Christos from KimKim came to my rescue here as I was a bit frantic because I got back too late to make it to my hotel to be picked up for my Argyros Tour. We found a new place for me to join the tour and all was well.

Santorini Highlights and Wine Tour: I went with 4 other people in my group and the guide, Paris (I am not sure of the correct spelling). This tour was not exactly what I expected but overall I think I would recommend it. A couple did not make it so we got a late start. We adjusted the route a bit, and all the stops were enjoyable but very quick. No time to really take it all in or shopping if that was your plan. Definitely eat before as there isn't really time to stop for food. We were literally chasing the sunset so every stop was more and more rushed. The winery we went to, we were there for literally 20-25 minutes. There were 3 wines, cheese, pretzel type sticks, meat, and a paste, with a quick explanation. Inside the building was really cool but there was no explanation or tour for that whole area, which was really disappointing. The view was pretty but not spectacular and again, it was all very rushed. I didn't particularly enjoy any of the wines either. Only one white wine was just ok. Their dessert wine was terrible. The location we ended up at for the sunset was great though. Beautiful and not the normally crowded area. If only it hadn't been overcast.

My last day in Santorini I spent the morning sight seeing and then got picked up with my luggage to be taken to Fira. 5 hours in Fira was way to long for me and it was cold and I was exhausted and just wanted to rest. If I could do it again, I would have taken an earlier ferry to Athens.

Ferry to Athens: This one was giant and one time. It was overnight and the cabin was a necessity as I was completely exhausted. We got in about 30 minutes early and my hotel was not ready, which was torture because I was very hungry and very tired. I did go sight see for a few hours and then came back to the hotel. My room was not ready until about 2pm. This hotel, Pi Athens was also nice and in a central location. The pillows were incredibly lumpy but everything else was great. They even made sure I had breakfast because I was checking out so early. So appreciated!! My driver in Athens, Lampros, was always on time, very nice and helpful and took the time to take the scenic routes for me when time allowed.

Food tour with Alternative Athens: Great and delicious!!! I made the mistake of eating breakfast before hand, which was not necessary because even though it was just a taste at each stop, it was all delicious and filling! Maria was an awesome guide!

Sorry this is so long but I wanted it to be thorough. I hope this helps someone! Greece is SPECTACULAR!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Daniella,
Thank you for your all your nice words, and for taking the time to write a detailed review. You are right, there is so much to write and there is even more to see next time around!
The team and I are excited that you enjoyed your trip to Greece and we'll be more than happy to see you again in the future.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Apr 24 - May 4, 2019

Traveler: Victoria P. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We have decided to break our review down into a review of Kimkim.com and Travel12, our local agent in Greece.

Kimkim.com

Pros: feeling of security from an American company and guarantee; beautiful itinerary provided free of charge; great communication platform.

Cons: no breakdown of cost provided; chance of being arranged with a bad travel agent; some judgment when questioning the cost.

Booked and completed a 10-day tour in Greece. Overall happy with the service. They put us in touch with... read more

We have decided to break our review down into a review of Kimkim.com and Travel12, our local agent in Greece.

Kimkim.com

Pros: feeling of security from an American company and guarantee; beautiful itinerary provided free of charge; great communication platform.

Cons: no breakdown of cost provided; chance of being arranged with a bad travel agent; some judgment when questioning the cost.

Booked and completed a 10-day tour in Greece. Overall happy with the service. They put us in touch with a local agent. Kimkim reached out in our first few days to see how things were going. Our first agent was not helpful in explaining the price break down or in getting the price cheaper. The Kimkim agency helped us get a new agent. I did feel a little judged by the Kimkim agent when we explained we were not happy with the cost estimate provided. When you first start you take a short survey to provide the local agent with an idea of what you want. We chose the “mid-budget” option (other options budget and luxury). I forget the exact amount but around 100-150 a day. So we were expecting/hoping for around $1250 but we were provided a cost of $2000 and only 8 days of activities. This was a bit of a shock; when we tried to get a cost break down to see where the money was going to so that we could cut cost, we were told this would not be provided. When kimkim reached out we told them we were not happy with this. They at first tried to see if we could work with our first agent but we wanted to switch after some negative exchanges and unwanted/unauthorized changes to our itinerary. The kimkim rep was okay but they did make us feel a little judged by emphasizing that this was a custom tour but they did switch for us. We ended up paying around $1800 with 7 days of activities and 10 nights of hotel (3 travel days to different islands). The next travel agent provided a better breakdown but we never got a complete breakdown. We had a lovely vacation. Unsure if the travel agent treated us better because of kimkim but overall happy and will use the service again because of the guarantee and the assistance in finding a new agent.

Travel 12.

Pros: Responsive, cost-conscious, and flexible.

Tasos, was very responsive to our needs. He took the time to call us from Greece so we can understand what we were looking for and met us in person on our first day. One of the greatest benefit with Tasos is that you get access to the whole Travel 12 team. We could send them a What’s Up message or an email with any questions, double check tour times, and they did the same.

Tasos created a great itinerary that was customized to us. One of the experiences we were looking for were local Easter celebrations, and Tasos arranged for a private driver to take us to ancient Monastery in Pyrgos were the most beautiful celebrations were taking place.

Tasos was very cost conscious and took into consideration how much we wanted to spend on certain activities. On top of that, Travel 12 assumed all costs for any changes in the itinerary that were beyond our control (like a local protect that required Tasos to cancel our ferry ride and book a flight instead at no cost to us).

Travel 12’s professional driver Lampros was very nice, dressed very well, gave us a bunch of tips and local info, and even made a detour on our last day to show us a beautiful view of Athens. The whole team of Travel 12 was very caring and it was a great feeling of comfort.

Cons: The only con we could think of was that not all possibilities for upgrades were not communicated to us. We would have upgraded our ferry ride from Athens to Santorini if we knew that was an option.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Victoria,
Thanks for taking the time to write a detailed review.
Many thanks for praising our team - we work hard to make sure every traveler experience will be as smooth as possible and it means a lot when our efforts are recognized!
I am very happy you enjoyed your trip to Greece and I will be glad to help you organize your next visit.
Safe travels,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - May 8 - May 19, 2019

Traveler: Nisah M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The amount of attention to detail and care that Travel team 12 and Tasos put towards my customized trip was outstanding! I loved the experiences that they put together for me since I love learning about culture through food- the gastronomic tours, wine tours, and a cooking class allowed me to learn about Greece in such a special way that I will never forget. The boutique hotels that were chosen were such great options that I would have never known of without the help from this team. I have nothing but good memories from this trip and now a part of my heart remains in Greece.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Nisah, for your kind words!
As every traveler is unique, the team and I strive to understand what would really make an unforgettable trip and nothing makes us happier than knowing our efforts paid out.
It was wonderful meeting all of you in Athens and I will be excited to help you plan your next visit and unveil more aspects of Greek culture and gastronomy.
All the best,
Tasos

Greece · Greece - May 2 - May 12, 2019

Traveler: Venkat N. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

They have planned everything well in advance. They were very courteous and always available for questions and queries. Will definitely recommend and use them again.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Venkat,
It was great having all of you in Greece and I am very glad you enjoyed this trip!
Looking forward to helping you plan your next Greek experience.
All the best,
Tasos

Cheryl

Authentic Athens & Historical Greece - 8 Days · Greece - May 2 - May 11, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

If you want to take a trip - book with someone else - if you want to experience the life, culture and country - book with Kimkim TODAY! There is not a better organization who deeply connects with you and makes this the absolute experience of a lifetime! So much thought and time and care goes into the planning of your experience - I would never travel again without checking to see if kimkim is able to arrange my vacation! Every ride, every experience - everything - was amazing- I will never forget the Greek experience or Tasos and his amazing team!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Cheryl!
Meeting people like the two of you and reading words such as these right above is what gives us the strength and devotion to put all the time and care required to turn a trip into a unique experience!
Thank you for trusting us in the first place and for giving us the chance to organize an authentic Greek experience for you!
All the best,
Tasos

Maryann

Tour some important cities of Greece including overnight in Santorini & possibly Mykonos · Greece - Apr 20 - May 1, 2019

Traveler: Maryann S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

All the bus drivers, each and everyone were wonderful. They were conscience of our time schedule and making sure we connected with the appropriate guides. Demistris the first person at Athens was kind and cordial and provided me with the phone and crucial information. He also greeted me again and my group just before we left to Meteora, which as breathtaking. All the guides were also fabulous, They all shared stories both personal and factual which made the information more enjoyable. All... read more

All the bus drivers, each and everyone were wonderful. They were conscience of our time schedule and making sure we connected with the appropriate guides. Demistris the first person at Athens was kind and cordial and provided me with the phone and crucial information. He also greeted me again and my group just before we left to Meteora, which as breathtaking. All the guides were also fabulous, They all shared stories both personal and factual which made the information more enjoyable. All the hotels were excellent and loved taking advantage of the spa services at Santorini, absolutely loved the Catamaran tour and mineral springs, they even played music from Mamma Mia and my group were Dan I g and singing to the music as we entered the docks as we embarked and those who were on shore were clapping at us.
By the way he tour guide at the Oracle was great, she told stories like nobody else could😊
The workshop and the guide who escorted us to the soap making, ancient Olive tree and wine tasting event was outstanding! The woman who provided the workshop were great and my group bought a lot of soap from them and a lot of olive oil etc from the wine tasting tour. My artist gave our tour guide a special drawing of the ancient tree to him and he provided myself with a sketch and my assistant, so personal.😊 My group fell in love with Crete, and the family that took us on Easter Day were so very special, they were outstanding and provided us with Easter bread and Raku(sp). And written information about the tradition of your Easter, super special.
Botanical Garden and special meal was excellent!
All the hotels excellent, food and boat rides. The first boat ride (ferry) to Santorini though was a bit tough, as it took an extra hour and half due to weather, but the other two was great. The only issue with Jeremy on the last overnight ride, but u all are taking care of that. Of course the Olympia was extraordinary, My students had the opportunity to stand on the ancient blocks in the field and I even raced against my husband on the field, didn’t realize others were watching we received a clapping from those who were watching when we finished as I won😊
Communication with myself an some of those I encounter my have been a bit difficult at times, but with this communication and the phonetic provided along with the detail agenda for me, it all helped. Everyone you provided for us were kind, patient and courteous.
Confusion on what tickets were included and not was mostly the issues, but we resolved it. On past trips, that was always included. The only issue that I had was the lunch at Olympia, I thought it was part of the amount, but I was good once I spoke with Tasos. The place the bus driver recommended was excellent and the husband and wife (owners) went out of there way to provide special plates they my group enjoyed.
I would definitely use Tasos again, for he did an excellent job working with me to make this an extraordinary adventure, learning experience for my students

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Maryann,
It has been a great pleasure having you all in Greece! It has been exciting since the first day I spoke with you on the phone to start planning, as at that time I hadn't even heard about art therapy...
I am so glad we managed to strike a balanced plan that you enjoyed, combining some of the most renowned sites with some of the best hidden secrets of our country.
Now I have a great challenge ahead: how to make your next trip to Greece even more amazing!
All the best to everyone!
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Apr 18 - Apr 26, 2019

Traveler: Liz S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a wonderful trip to Greece and loved every minute of it. The kimkim team, Tasos and the team at Travel12 were all very helpful and professional. The accommodations were lovely and the guides on the tour were extremely knowledgeable and so personable. We could not have asked for a better vacation and will certainly use kimkim again for future travel! Thank you all for helping us make some beautiful memories!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Liz,
Thank you for your kind words. There is no better reward for me and the team than reading your impressions and seeing your happy faces in the pictures.
I 'll be delighted to hear from you next time you plan to visit Greece and discover the beauty and hidden gems of the mainland.
All the best,
Tasos

Trip to Greece · Greece - Mar 31 - Apr 7, 2019

Traveler: Janet M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

I highly recommend booking a trip with kimkim and with Tasos!!

From the first point of contact, Tasos was extremely helpful, prompt and always available which is very important when you are traveling in a foreign country. You want to feel like if you have any difficulties that someone will be there to help you at a drop of a hat.
When we contacted kimkim, Tasos called immediately to get a feel for what kind of trip we were wanting, our budget and any specifics. He then put together a very... read more

I highly recommend booking a trip with kimkim and with Tasos!!

From the first point of contact, Tasos was extremely helpful, prompt and always available which is very important when you are traveling in a foreign country. You want to feel like if you have any difficulties that someone will be there to help you at a drop of a hat.
When we contacted kimkim, Tasos called immediately to get a feel for what kind of trip we were wanting, our budget and any specifics. He then put together a very personalized itinerary that had several different options and suggestions to help meet our needs and desires. He had no problem making changes and adjustments as we felt needed. Our trip to Athens and central Greece was incredible!! Tasos also treated us to a welcome dinner and a goodbye dinner in some incredible restaurants which we thought was so thoughtful and kind and very enjoyable. I cannot say enough good things about Tasos and the trip he prepared for us. Booking through a secure site like kimkim was also very reassuring.
If you want a great trip-Tasos is your man!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Janet,
Thank you so much for your trust and for your kind words!
It has been wonderful meeting all 6 of you and a great pleasure working with you on this plan to visit some unique towns and sites of mainland Greece.
I am looking forward to helping you plan your next visit.
All the best, my greetings to everyone!
Tasos

stephen

Trip to Greece · Greece - Apr 14 - Apr 24, 2019

Traveler: stephen p. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We traveled as a family group of 3 seniors and had a wonderful trip to Greece. Tasos arranged visits to Athens and 4 islands with tours and activities included, as well as transportation and tix. We especially enjoyed our tour with Katerina on Naxos and our guide Danai in Athens. The catamaran sailing day was great fun and something we never would have thought of ourselves. Thanks to all our drivers, esp Lampros in Athens, and guides. All the people in Greece were very friendly and welcoming. And the food and wine were delicious.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steve,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was wonderful meeting the three of you in Athens and I am very glad you enjoyed this trip.
Looking forward to helping you plan your next visit so you can add more of Crete and the Peloponnese.
All the best,
Tasos

Kelly

Rickelly in Greece · Greece - Apr 11 - Apr 18, 2019

Traveler: Kelly G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had an incredible time in Greece. We wanted an authentic experience of the history, the food and the people and we received that and more. Tasos looked after every detail of our vacation, made excellent suggestions and guided us through the process even as we changed dates. All of the tours were perfect. Small, personalized and entertaining. The people were amazing from our guides to airport transfers to hotel managers everyone made us feel at home and well taken care of. I highly recommend Travel 12 and their team!

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kelly and Rick,

It was a real pleasure having you as guests. Our team is honored by your genuine interest in Greek history, culture and everyday life.
I am very glad you enjoyed this trip and I will be delighted to help you plan your next visit whenever the time is right.
All the best,
Tasos

Best Local and Cultural Experiences in Greece · Greece - Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2019

Traveler: Marilyn M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Kim Kim was very easy to work with and Tasos team was excellent. Although we were surprised that admission tickets were not included for our visit to fortifications in Nafplio. Lampros excelled at serving us. Our guide Hercules was like old friend treating us to a tour of his hometown.
Olive farm and sheep farm visits will always be great memories.

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Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Marilyn and Alton,

It was my great pleasure helping you organize your trip to Greece and I am very glad you enjoyed it!
It feels great to know that as a team we contributed to your beautiful memories of our homeland, and it will be our pleasure to welcome you again and show you more of the hidden gems it has to offer.

All th best,
Tasos