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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

A magical trip is a well planned trip
Italy | Jul 15 - Jul 26, 2022

S
Shane B.
Broomfield, CO | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2022

Our family cannot say thank you enough to Tasos and the KimKim team. Tasos worked with us to create a vacation that exceeded all of our expectations. Tasos provided us with a detailed outline that we iterated together to match our specific ideas for our desired Italian vacation - exploring traditional foods, staying in a Tuscan Agriturismo, and experiencing Rome. Every city included at least one private tour for our family with guides who understood that if our kids are engaged, everyone... read more

Our family cannot say thank you enough to Tasos and the KimKim team. Tasos worked with us to create a vacation that exceeded all of our expectations. Tasos provided us with a detailed outline that we iterated together to match our specific ideas for our desired Italian vacation - exploring traditional foods, staying in a Tuscan Agriturismo, and experiencing Rome. Every city included at least one private tour for our family with guides who understood that if our kids are engaged, everyone is happy. And all the transfers were pre-arranged, so there was never any stress. On the morning of our 8 AM Vatican tour, there was a car waiting outside our hotel at 7:30 to take us across town.

On our last night in Italy as we walked around the lit-up Coliseum, none of us wanted to go home. 19 days in Europe with their parents, and our teenagers wanted to spend more time with us! In fact, most days in Italy ended with one boy commenting on how awesome the day had been, and other boy agreeing. Next summer our family vacation will be to Greece, and we are excited for the adventure Tasos will plan for us!

Hotel Reviews
Fattoria la Loggia
San Casciano in Val di pesa FI

Fattoria la Loggia was everything we hoped it would be! Most of the guests were families with children, and the atmosphere was warm and family friendly. The pool was fabulous and definitely our boys favorite. The three-bedroom apartment with a kitchen was great for our family. On our Parma and Modena days, we bought cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar on our tours; we supplemented those with some fruit and bread, and that was our dinner for two of our nights at la Loggia. As we expected, there was no air conditioning. Keeping the shutters closed during the day kept the apartment from getting too hot, and with fans we were able to sleep well. The managers also gave us a wonderfully fun and delicious cooking lesson outside with views of the vineyards. We would highly recommend staying there!

Authenticity & Character
Italian villa!
Location
In the center of Tuscany and 30 minutes from Florence.
Staff
The cooking class is fantastic.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Be ready for no air conditioning...but with the right expectations the fans are enough!
La Bella Modena Centro
Modena

This small hotel is owner operated with a part-time front desk. The owner is available by phone, and was very helpful.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms were the most efficient use of space, with innovative closets.
Location
Just outside the old city, everything was close.
Staff
The owner/manager was attentive and went out of her way to help us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and comfortable.
Hotel Gran Duca Di York
Milan

The staff at Gran Duca di York in Milan was very attentive and having a happy hour in the hotel was great for our larger group.

Authenticity & Character
We felt welcome
Location
Center of Milan
Staff
Very attentive.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were clean and comfortable, but small
Hotel Capo d'Africa - Colosseo
Rome

This hotel was interesting, with fully staffed lobby bar and roof top bar, but no patrons. The one night we went to the roof top it had a night club feel, but we were the only ones there. The breakfast was excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Three blocks from the Coleseum!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were clean, comfortable and good size, especially for Europe.
Activity Reviews
Milan Highlights With Duomo & La Scala
Milan

The tour in Milan was the right tour for us because it focused on exactly what we wanted, the Duomo and La Scala. Nina (our guide) was very informative and extremely thorough and wearing the headphones allowed us to wander but still hear everything she had to say. But at 4 and a half hours it was a little too long. A little less detail and an hour shorter would have been better (especially with our teenage boys).

Private Modena Walking Tour
Modena

Our guide, Elisa, was a local teacher who gave tours in the summer. She was a very fun guide who gave us a wonderful tour! We enjoyed the mix of history and trivia she gave us.

Local transfer in Rome
Rome

A car waiting outside our hotel when we needed it, fantastic!

Afternoon Florence Highlights Walking Tour (Semi-private)
Florence

Our tour guide, Antonella, gave us the very best tour we have ever been on! She was so engaging (even to our two teenage sons). It was certainly a “Renaissance” tour. Antonella was so proud of her home city; she gave us such a complete understanding of the city and how it changed the world. She shared such a wonderful mix of historical facts mixed in with human interest, that we were captivated every moment. When we mentioned that we were reading a book about Michelangelo, she began to cater to stories and artwork that were specific to Michelangelo, complimenting what we were already learning about from the book. She was wonderful!

Cooking Class in Tuscany
Italy

The couple who manages Fattoria la Loggia were engaging teachers, the setting was spectacular and the meal we made was delicious! Fresh pasta with roasted vegitables for dinner and tiramisu for desert.

Private Sunset Rome Walking Tour & Orientation
Rome

This sunset walking tour was wonderful and a great way to get to know the city. Our guide, Giuseppe, helped us to get our bearings, giving us a great overview of the city and where we wanted to spend more time. He also taught us how to drink from one of the many Big Noses of Rome and gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant to eat at that evening.

Private Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Rome

This tour with Sarah Napolitani was also one of the very best tours we have ever been on! We were a few minutes early, and Sarah took us straight out, so we were one of the first into the Forum when it opened at 8 AM. She timed our route so that we avoided the massive crowds of tourists for as long as possible. But once we got to the Coliseum avoiding crowds was no longer possible…the crowds were insane! But we just followed Sarah and let the chaos go on around us. She provided a very interesting mix of history, funny stories and thoughtful moments that had all of us mesmerized. We had so much fun with her!

Catacombs & Underground Rome Tour
Rome

This was really an interesting tour. The Capuchin Crypt was very unexpected, a bit bizarre and beyond interesting - the bones of monks made into art. In one of the crypts shoulder blades were arranged as butterflies. Even though we were only there for about 30 minutes it was absolutely a must see! For the Catacombs portion of the tour our guide was a geologist who had helped map these Catacombs, admitting to having been lost in the Catacombs as a student more than once. We did not get lost!

Bike The Appian Way
Rome

Biking the Appian Way with Fabrizzio. What a fun way to see this important part of Roman history! The tour started with a ride across Rome through the Jewish Quarter and past the Circus Maximus before heading out the Appian Way. This was a real bike ride (no e-bikes for us!) with some strenuous sections. We rode past Italian villas on the way to the Catacombs. On our way back we continued clockwise around the Forum, biking by the Arch of Constantine, down dei Fori Imperiali and past Curia of Pompey, where Cesar was assassinated. Fabrizzio was interesting and gave us many new tidbits of information on places we had seen. He also trusted that we knew what we were doing on bikes - this was not a tour for rookies! Back at the shop, Fabrizzio and the owner shared with us some of their favorite spots.

Vatican Guided Tour
Rome

What a way to start the day - a black car waiting for us at the hotel curb at 7:30 for our 8 AM early entrance Vatican tour. All of the pre-arranged transfers really made a huge difference! At the Vatican Sarah was another wonderful guide. She gave us a wonderful tour of both the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, and while there is no way of covering all of the art and history of these two places in three hours, she chose well which pieces to focus on and gave us both historical and religious perspective.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Flawless experience
Greece | Oct 3 - Oct 20, 2022

Dennis
Dennis B.
Henderson, NV | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Everything with Tasos and the Travel12 team was flawless and smooth. We were very pleased. read more

Everything with Tasos and the Travel12 team was flawless and smooth. We were very pleased.

Hotel Reviews
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

The breakfasts were superb, as was our room. Aphrodite and her sister, whose name I didn’t get, were great to deal with — friendly and personable, with lots of good info. They were both very helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The women who prepared the breakfasts were very nice — and great cooks, too!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mira Mare Hotel
Delphi

Very comfortable and well-situated.

Leonidaion Guesthouse
Archaia Olympia

This was the most basic of our accommodations on our trip to Greece, more of a B&B than a hotel, but it still exceeded expectations.

Daphne's Club Hotel & Apartments
Xylokastro

A wonderful, comfortable, friendly place. And Daphne herself is delightful. Breakfasts are fantastic. Parking can be a bit of a challenge.

Hotel Grotta
Naxos

Of all our wonderful hotels on this trip, The Grotta was our favorite. The staff is beyond belief friendly and helpful. The room and its view were spectacular, as was the location. And those breakfasts … wow!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
They were all simply wonderful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kastro Suites
Santorini

Friendly and helpful staff. A steep hike to and from hotel, but location is incomparable.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Taos did an amazing job. Everything (drivers,...
Italy | Sep 20 - Oct 10, 2022

Linda
Linda O.
Mentor, OH | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Taos did an amazing job. Everything (drivers, trains,flights) all came off without a clitch.. Our tours were amazing and our guides were outstanding. Our accommodations for the most part were excellent. We had a fabulous time and will recommend to our family and friends.

Regards and Thank you
Linda and Ken Orlowe read more

Taos did an amazing job. Everything (drivers, trains,flights) all came off without a clitch.. Our tours were amazing and our guides were outstanding. Our accommodations for the most part were excellent. We had a fabulous time and will recommend to our family and friends.

Regards and Thank you
Linda and Ken Orlowe

Hotel Review
Villa Poggiano 
Montepulciano

My favorite of the trip. The view was amazing and everyone was so helpful and friendly. The breakfasts’ were excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Accomodations
Location
The view
Staff
Exceptional
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clean and very comfortable
Activity Review
Private Val D’ Elsa Wine Tasting
Italy

Danny our guide was very informative, and made our tour a total success.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
All of them were very knowledgeable and interesting!
Transport
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

I'm glad you didn't put a character limit on ...
Italy | Sep 20 - Oct 10, 2022

Matt
Matt N.
Massillon, OH | Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

I'm glad you didn't put a character limit on the review - this may take a while. I'll start by saying that we learned something new every day and had a great time doing it. The drivers (for the most part) were great and the tour guides amazed us with how easily they taught us about the history and every day living of the populace of centuries ago. The only downside we experienced on the trip was it forced us to realize we weren't 20 years old anymore. It would have been nice to not have... read more

I'm glad you didn't put a character limit on the review - this may take a while. I'll start by saying that we learned something new every day and had a great time doing it. The drivers (for the most part) were great and the tour guides amazed us with how easily they taught us about the history and every day living of the populace of centuries ago. The only downside we experienced on the trip was it forced us to realize we weren't 20 years old anymore. It would have been nice to not have to get up early nearly day and rush through breakfast to get to the tour - or to have more down time during an afternoon. We always had a good time, but we were getting tired by the end of our trip.
Villa Poggiano was the perfect first stop. Fantastic staff, grounds, and meals. There was a small field in our back yard with a farmer plowing up the ground with a small tractor and a 2 bottom plow. It took him 3 days. In the U.S. - that would have been done in about 5 hours. Just shows a different pace of living. Montepulciano was a lovely little town where we fell in love with a small little wine bar and the various shops. The staff at Villa Poggiano was great about calling a cab for us if we needed one. The taxi drivers were a little crazy, but we found that to be true all over Italy. Our driver - Danny - went out of his way to make sure one of our travelers was able to get a needed medication that was left at home, and in the mean time, kept us fully engaged with stories.
Palazzo Niccolini is in keeping with the small boutique hotels that sometimes gave us a "WOW" factor when we first walked in because of the paintings in the rooms. Supposedly original and untouched over the years, but maybe someone should "touch" them. It appeared as though there were water drips running down the walls and they needed some help. Again - meals were great and the people were fantastic! I'm sorry I don't remember the name of our guide (Livitaly Tours), but she was very good.
Train - Florence to Rome. Once we figured out how to read the train schedules, we were ok, but still managed to exit the train 1 station early. Louise was able to contact the driver and he picked us up with no problem.
Hotel Modigliani - location was great. Meals and staff were, once again very good. The room was way to small - to the point where it was uncomfortable and I wouldn't recommend it. Our sunset Rome walking tour, with Riccardo as our guide, was super. He was (in my mind) so typical "Italian", speaking with his hands so much, that I had to video him for about a minute. It was a great tour and while my preconceived notion was to not expect much, I'm glad to say it wrong and I would highly recommend this. The private Vatican tour with Sam gave me a lot of "wow's" because of the art, but I didn't feel this was exactly what I would consider a "private" tour, and Sam could have moved a bit more often. The constant standing in one place was starting to drain my knees and feet and it seemed his voice was becoming a constant monotone. It's a fabulous place and I think a different guide might be able to add more than I got out of it.
Our private Colosseum tour was probably the highlight of all the places we visited. I'm sorry to say I forget the name of our tour guide because she was really good! (Liv Italy tours) Walking through the bowels of the Colosseum gave me the chills wandering all tunnels and trying to imagine what it was like thousands of year ago. Really, really great!
Train to Naples. No problem. We got off when we were supposed to! 😉 Driver to the Caruso Place Hotel was jerk. He drove like a maniac (although it appears as though that is common in Naples), gave us a brief - and inaccurate - description of how to get to the hotel, and then asked for a tip! (so I told him to drive slower) We wandered around and helped by a local shop keeper who called the hotel and Alessandra came to our rescue. She led the way to the lobby and helped us get checked in. This was absolutely the nicest hotel we stayed in during our 3 week trip. The pizza making class turned out to be much more entertaining than I had anticipated - something fun for tourists to go to. The Pompeii tour was quite eye opening. I had no idea that the digging had to go down so far to find the artifacts and quite amazing at how well preserved they were. I can't remember the guides name (again), but she was just the opposite of Sam when we did the Vatican. She kept on going at a rapid pace, but still explained everything as we went along. Could have slowed down a little, but better than just standing around. Other than the Colosseum, Naples was probably my favorite city in Italy - but the drivers are crazy!! Glad I didn't rent a car while I was there.
On to Greece. An alphabet that I'll never figure out. We probably laughed more, and more often, than any one time in Italy. It wasn't that things were boring in Italy, it just happened that we clicked with our guides. Arrival to Athens was uneventful. Our first stop - Zillers Boutique Hotel. Great place, but the highlight was the view of the rooftop bar at night. There - in all its' glory, is the Acropolis all lit up. It's like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time - all you can do is say "WOW!" Our tour guide the next day was Kiki. She was great at letting us catch our breath on the way up the hill, but still talking about the area or the ancient Greek society while resting. Somehow or other, she got us to the top but made it feel like we didn't work that hard. After that the rest of the tour was almost an afterthought. Kiki was one of the best guides we had if for no other reason than the pace she maintained. This was the one tour I was really looking forward to and it was overshadowed only by the Colosseum.
Our driver for the rest of the mainland was George. Always on time, always smiling, always a smooth and careful driver.
On our way to Olympia, we stopped at "My Precious Olive Tree". Ioanna was our guide. I thought this was just going to be a gimmick to sell us something, but we not only got lunch, we adopted an olive tree (thanks to Tasos). The best part was after lunch was over, we met Ioanna's father, mother, and the farm manager - Jimmy. Well, Jimmy is now my new best friend. He produced a small bottle of Tsipouro! Never had anything like it, and we drank and laughed and everyone had a great time! That was the hardest I've laughed in months. Great stop on the tour!! We finally made it to Olympia and while we weren't expecting a Marriott, but the Leonidaion certainly was step down from what the last couple weeks were. We all realized that we are not in a major hub, so the idea of a new, modern hotel was out of the question. It was clean, and breakfast was good, and Damion was a first class host always offering his help and giving us directions and making sure our dinner next door was taken care of. Great guy. The hotel? - you have to remember where you are. It was fine. The tour of Olympia was everything I was expecting. Nothing spectacular, but I wanted to see what it was like at the beginning. Lots of temples, statues, and pillars. Much the same as what we have already seen. Fortunately, our tour guide left time for us to sit and take pictures when we wanted. This tour might not be for everyone, but I'm glad we got to see it. Well worth the time. We also stopped at the Kilo Honey farm, met the owner, got a little tour and explained how it was all done. It took no effort and really wasn't out of the way, so I have no problem doing this.
Last stop on the mainland was Nafplio. What a cute little town. A big fortress on top of the hill to protect it years ago. Sitting right on the water, we had a front row seat to some extremely fancy yachts coming and going. Great little restaurants all over town. We stayed at the Amymone Suites hotel. No elevator to get our bags up to the 3rd floor, but we did have a balcony and breakfast next door at the Wild Duck was delicious. Our tour guide was Theo for evening and the next morning. There is more to be seen than meets the eye and while I wasn't thrilled with him in the evening, he earned his keep the next day. Our dinner the last night was from Alaloum restaurant (courtesy of Travel 12 - thank you) and it was fantastic! I had never had roast rooster before! Our final stop was a wine and farm tour at Venikos. Cate was our guide and by the end of the tour we were laughing like we were old best friends. The lunch was very good and they were kind enough to get me a beer when I told them I don't drink wine.
Last but not least - Santorini. The Ambassador Suites Hotel was listed as 5 star, and while it was nice, the up and down of all the steps (and there were many) would cause me to look for something else. ...but the view was great, the breakfasts were just about anything you want, and they have their own helipad - just in case. The second day was guided by Will from Argyros Travel, and he not only did a fantastic job showing us things that everyone wants to know about, by the end of the day he turned out to be everyone's best friend with a big group hug to say goodbye. Finally - our Catamaran cruise in the Caldera lagoon. What a perfect way to end the trip. The crew on board was top notch, and the food and drinks were never ending. We happen to be lucky in that we got a good group of people to help share the cruise with.

Hotel Review
Caruso Place Hotel
Naples

The best hotel we stayed at. The rooms were big and very comfortable. There was a beautiful galleria across the street and some great places to eat. The hard part was getting the bags up the front stairs, but if you knew there was a side entrance to avoid that, it was perfect!

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Staff
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Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos did a fabulous job from our very first ...
Greece | Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2022

Carole
Carole D.
Arvada, CO | Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

Tasos did a fabulous job from our very first interaction. All of our guides were knowledgeable and personable and the response times from Travel 12 were immediate and helpful in all situations. read more

Tasos did a fabulous job from our very first interaction. All of our guides were knowledgeable and personable and the response times from Travel 12 were immediate and helpful in all situations.

Hotel Reviews
The Zillers Boutique Hotel
Athens

The rooms were tiny but the building itself was a lovely and in a fabulous location. The upstairs restaurant had a wonderful breakfast with beautiful views. Service was exceptional in all cases.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Heart of Plaka district
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Katikies Mykonos
Cyclades Islands, Greece

The hotel itself was beautiful and the rooms were lovely and comfortable. The shower however was a bit slippery. The restaurant served delicious food and the staff across the board were friendly and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
A bit isolated, requiring transportation wherever we went.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Poseidon Hotel & Spa Paros
Paros Island
Authenticity & Character
Location
Very far from everything, and taxis were very expensive no matter where we wanted to go, requiring us to rent a car during our stay.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ambassador Aegean Luxury
Santorini

Beautiful and comfortable

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Dinner in Athens
Athens

Dinner at Nolan was a highlight of our trip

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Acropolis Hill & Museum Tour
Athens

Lize was incredibly knowledgeable and very personable. We learned a lot and enjoyed her company.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local Transfer in Mykonos
Mykonos

Most of the drivers were friendly and helpful, however one was annoyed because he had been given a particular time to pick us up and we had been given a later time and he was annoyed that we were late even though we were following our instructions. Another one was on his cell phone the entire time so we were unable to ask him any questions or get any information from him. The rest were just lovely

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Farm Tour & Wine Tasting
Mykonos

Although the meal was tasty, the tour itself at the little farm was not all that interesting and we would probably not recommend this tour.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day-Trip to Delos Island
Mykonos

Fascinating and educational

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Sunset Boat Trip
Paros

Although the family whose boat it was were lovely and friendly, we were fairly disappointed in the experience. We expected to move around a bit more and there was some confusion between the driver and the captain as to what time we needed to be back in port so as a result our dinner was almost not served at all and when it was it was sort of rushed.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Naxos Food & Culture Tour
Naxos
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local Transfer in Paros
Paros

We really enjoyed our driver whose name we couldn’t quite understand no matter how many times we asked. It started with a PAN and he was an absolute delight

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local Transfer in Santorini
Santorini

Our tour guide and also our driver on most occasions was Vasili who was absolutely delightful and knowledgeable and a joy to spend time with.

Santorini Oia & Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting
Greece

Vasili was fabulous

Quality of Experience
Semi-Private Morning Catamaran Caldera Cruise
Santorini

A must

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We so loved your assistance and helpfulness i...
Greece | Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2022

B
Barbara C.
Palm Desert, CA | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2022

We so loved your assistance and helpfulness in planning our trip. Your accessibility was greatly appreciated. Always responsive to our questions I’d recommend your services to all our friends
We had some very positive experiences and a few weak ones
Athens
Nolan is a must do restaurant in Athens
Lisa (?) our guide for the Parthenon was excellent. Great knowledge of history
Mykonos
Great hotel and food
The driver from airport was not very helpful almost a bit rude. (Only one)
The... read more

We so loved your assistance and helpfulness in planning our trip. Your accessibility was greatly appreciated. Always responsive to our questions I’d recommend your services to all our friends
We had some very positive experiences and a few weak ones
Athens
Nolan is a must do restaurant in Athens
Lisa (?) our guide for the Parthenon was excellent. Great knowledge of history
Mykonos
Great hotel and food
The driver from airport was not very helpful almost a bit rude. (Only one)
The farm to table wine tour was mediocre teeny vineyard and ok food. Would have preferred a different experience
Delos was excellent as was the guide
Paros
Hotel location setting was beautiful. But very removed from everything. This hotel needs to have a car for its stay. The restaurant at the hotel was mediocre as were the rooms. Our guide for Naxos, George was good. Our sunset sail was a C the captain and his family were lovely. However, We didn’t really go very far. We thought we’d see more of the sea The food was a problem. Only cut up fruit for appetizer, boxed wine, and the dinner got really messed up. Misunderstanding? I personally don’t feel it was the polished experience we expected
Santorini
The hotel was a B. The rooms very simple. The restaurant poor and dirty and torn lounge chairs at hotel pool. However the staff were friendly
Our highlight tour was superb with Vasilli(?) his knowledge, friendliness and helpfulness made for a great experience
The catamaran tour was excellent. They knew what they were doing snd also the food was delicious. A great trip
I hope my comments help you with other clients needs. Your company is excellent and we’d highly recommend you to anyone We enjoyed our trip immensely and thank you for all your time. If you need further details please feel free to reach out

Hotel Reviews
The Zillers Boutique Hotel
Athens

Good location spacious room and a nice restaurant for breakfast with view of Parthenon

Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms a bit stuffy. Not great ventilation
Katikies Mykonos
Cyclades Islands, Greece

Great hotel with views. Very good restaurant and very helpful staff

Authenticity & Character
Lots of steps to rooms to be aware of
Location
Staff
Very helpful and kind
Cleanliness & Comfort
Poseidon Hotel & Spa Paros
Paros Island

This hotel has a beautiful location on the beach but far from everything. Rooms were very minimal and sparse Restaurant was ok for breakfast, better for lunch. Poor for dinner No service at all for beach. Only 1 bottle of water for the room for 5 day stay. This is not a 5 star hotel

Location
Beautiful view. Far from everything
Ambassador Aegean Luxury
Santorini

Pretty views but minimal sparse room. Lots of steps to rooms (110). Poor breakfast. Awful lounge chairs at main hotel pool. Dirty and torn. Helpful staff

Location
Activity Reviews
Dinner in Athens
Athens

Nolan was one of the best eating experiences we’ve had in all our travels

Food
Nolan was incredible.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Great guides both for quick city tour and Parthenon
Transport
Private Acropolis Hill & Museum Tour
Athens

Lisa was super. Very knowledgeable

Quality of Experience
Local Transfer in Mykonos
Mykonos

Pu driver was a bit rude

Farm Tour & Wine Tasting
Mykonos

Not as expected and not suggested for other clients. Wine vineyard so small and not interesting food was ok.

Quality of Experience
Food
Day-Trip to Delos Island
Mykonos

Excellent experience. Great guide

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Sunset Boat Trip
Paros

Nice captain and family but disappointing boat experience. Ok food which should have been higher quality. Messed up the dinner and almost didn’t get served. Box wine. Low quality experience

Quality of Experience
Food
Private Naxos Food & Culture Tour
Naxos

Very enjoyable way to see another island. George was friendly and knowledgeable

Useful Information
Greece

Paros hotel has a lovely view and beach. But hotel is minimal, far from everything and mediocre food Guests must have a car to see the island

Local Transfer in Paros
Paros

Our driver was excellent but cannot recall his name Very helpful and fun

Santorini Oia & Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting
Greece

Vasili was our best guide of the trip. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable , friendly and good English. A joy to be with for a day

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local Transfer in Santorini
Santorini

Poor English speaking driver. Couldn’t communicate with him

Semi-Private Morning Catamaran Caldera Cruise
Santorini

Perfect day. Very professional crew, good food and wonderful experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Greece Trip!
Greece | Sep 18 - Oct 1, 2022

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Anne marie M.
Danbury, CT | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2022

We were extremely pleased with the service provided by Kim Kim and the local travel specialists they partnered with in Greece. Tasos planned a great trip and was very responsive to all our questions. All our hotels were wonderful and we were met by very friendly hosts. Sweet Home hotel even packed us a to-go breakfast for our early morning ferry pick up. The private transfers, ferry and airline reservations all worked seamlessly. Lampros Travel in Athens was exceptional, especially the sunset... read more

We were extremely pleased with the service provided by Kim Kim and the local travel specialists they partnered with in Greece. Tasos planned a great trip and was very responsive to all our questions. All our hotels were wonderful and we were met by very friendly hosts. Sweet Home hotel even packed us a to-go breakfast for our early morning ferry pick up. The private transfers, ferry and airline reservations all worked seamlessly. Lampros Travel in Athens was exceptional, especially the sunset tour on our final evening. Argyros Travel in Santorini hosted a lovely wine tasting tour that included sunset views. We would most certainly recommend Kim Kim for international traveling!

Hotel Reviews
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

Very friendly staff & delicious breakfast buffet. Great location in Plaka district, convenient to everything!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Adiandi and Amymone Hotel
Nafplio

Very friendly staff and great location!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Makris Beach Hotel
Kamari

Great beach front location with ocean views!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Great views of the sea and exceptional breakfast buffet!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Brilliant! Do not hesitate!! This is our seco...
Italy | Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2022

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afshine g.
Rocklin, CA | Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Brilliant! Do not hesitate!! This is our second time using Kim Kim as a travel service. Their team was incredible, there for us at every stop, and moment of need. Even when things didn’t go as planned (which can happen) their members were diligent & present by phone, text, email immediately. Cannot recommend them strongly enough. Their suggestions for things to do as a family, excursions, hotel recommendations were perfect! read more

Brilliant! Do not hesitate!! This is our second time using Kim Kim as a travel service. Their team was incredible, there for us at every stop, and moment of need. Even when things didn’t go as planned (which can happen) their members were diligent & present by phone, text, email immediately. Cannot recommend them strongly enough. Their suggestions for things to do as a family, excursions, hotel recommendations were perfect!

Hotel Reviews
Casa Howard Firenze
Florence

Fun & well located. Great staff recommendations

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Borgo di Pietrafitta Relais
Castellina in Chianti

stunning

Authenticity & Character
Location
Vistas
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Modigliani
Roma

Good location & helpful staff

Authenticity & Character
Location
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Vatican Guided Tour
Rome

Wonderful ! Was not enough time - even at 3.5 hours

Quality of Experience
Seeing everything
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Answered all my questions
Transport
Great guide & experience
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Don’t Hesitate to Book with Tasos at Travel12 and KimKim
Greece | Jul 21 - Jul 28, 2022

Diana
Diana C.
Canada | Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

There is absolutely nothing bad I could say about my whole experience with booking this trip through KimKim and Travel12. Everything was EXCEPTIONAL.

My trip was initially postponed because of Covid and then a personal emergency caused really last minute re-bookings and changes to my itinerary. In all the shuffling and change requests, Tasos and his team did not miss a beat nor did they steer me wrong. They guided me fully and I honestly felt truly looked after. I gave Tasos the... read more

There is absolutely nothing bad I could say about my whole experience with booking this trip through KimKim and Travel12. Everything was EXCEPTIONAL.

My trip was initially postponed because of Covid and then a personal emergency caused really last minute re-bookings and changes to my itinerary. In all the shuffling and change requests, Tasos and his team did not miss a beat nor did they steer me wrong. They guided me fully and I honestly felt truly looked after. I gave Tasos the specifics of what I needed and I got that and more. So if you truly are honest about what you want, you will not be disappointed. Tasos and his team will likely even exceed your expectations!

My accommodations, transfers and even the various versions of my tours/itinerary were carefully detailed and perfectly thought out. The places we stayed, tours/transfers we did, were simply fabulous.

Every question or concern I had was addressed in a timely manner and I felt they genuinely cared about my situation and particularities.

I experienced just a taste of Greece this time and I will not hesitate to use Tasos again for my next trip!

Hotel Reviews
Lithies Traditional Homes
Thíra

The Lithies homes are not only well located and splendid to stay in, you also have a wonderful team of people looking after you during your stay. Maria, Sonny and Adda (not sure I spelled her name correct) are always available and just make you feel at home. This accommodation has captured my heart and it is not just because of the location, but because of the feeling you get when you stay there.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

This hotel was well located with a lovely breakfast and nice accommodation for our family of 3. Staff (Alexia and Dina) were lovely as well, always ensuring we were ok with anything from breakfast to maps and whatever else we needed.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Trip of a lifetime!
Greece | Jul 12 - Jul 22, 2022

Kevin
Kevin M.
Blacksburg, VA | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

We went to Greece for 10 days (Athens, Naxos, and Santorini) and it was simply amazing! Tasos and team made everything so easy and really did a great job with the itinerary. 10/10 would recommend and everything went so smoothly. Anytime we had questions, concerns, or asked for recommendations, Tasos and team responded very quickly. A must have on the bucket list of places to visit! read more

We went to Greece for 10 days (Athens, Naxos, and Santorini) and it was simply amazing! Tasos and team made everything so easy and really did a great job with the itinerary. 10/10 would recommend and everything went so smoothly. Anytime we had questions, concerns, or asked for recommendations, Tasos and team responded very quickly. A must have on the bucket list of places to visit!

Hotel Review
18 Grapes Hotel Naxos
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Enjoy Athens by Bike!
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cooking Class in a Traditional Village
Naxos
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Riviera & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour
Athens
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 24, 2022

Hello Kevin,
Thank you so much for your kind words! The team and I are delighted that you all enjoyed your Greece experience and we'll be happy to help whenever you plan to come back or visit Italy.
All the best!
Tasos

We had a wonderful trip to Greece! It was the...
Greece | Jul 11 - Jul 19, 2022

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Douglas M.
Norristown, PA | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

We had a wonderful trip to Greece! It was the trip of a lifetime! It was so well planned and organized, they had wonderful recommendations and reliable connections with the places we were traveling too. If he had any questions, concerns or issues the travel team was available and ready to help. I would highly recommend Tasos and the Kimkim team!! They made the trip so easy. read more

We had a wonderful trip to Greece! It was the trip of a lifetime! It was so well planned and organized, they had wonderful recommendations and reliable connections with the places we were traveling too. If he had any questions, concerns or issues the travel team was available and ready to help. I would highly recommend Tasos and the Kimkim team!! They made the trip so easy.

Hotel Reviews
Athens Gate
Athens

The people were so nice and the location was wonderful! The roof deck bar had an amazing view!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lagos Mare
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mill Houses Elegant Suites
Santorini
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Never travel abroad without using Kim...
Greece | Jul 11 - Jul 19, 2022

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Rachel R.
Nicetown-Tioga, PA | Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

We will never travel abroad without using KimKim!!! I could not believe how smooth our trip was. Our group had a detailed itinerary so all 8 of us always knew what to expect and when. Tasos and his team made sure that our hotels had received and printed our boarding passes for flights and ferries. There was one logistical hiccup that was due a a minor misdirection by a driver, but we got on the phone with Tasos' team and it was fixed in a matter of minutes. They are all wonderful... read more

We will never travel abroad without using KimKim!!! I could not believe how smooth our trip was. Our group had a detailed itinerary so all 8 of us always knew what to expect and when. Tasos and his team made sure that our hotels had received and printed our boarding passes for flights and ferries. There was one logistical hiccup that was due a a minor misdirection by a driver, but we got on the phone with Tasos' team and it was fixed in a matter of minutes. They are all wonderful communicators. AND it was super easy for non urgent Q&A to use the chat on their site. All of us could access and see the responses. They get an A++ for communication.
A highlight of our trip was our 4 days in Naxos. Not only was this my favorite island, but we LOVED the hotel, Lagos Mare. The staff was one of the most welcoming, kind, cheerful, and warm that I have ever experienced at a hotel. Especially Daphne (front desk), Petros (bartender), and Asteris (driver).
For us, this was a trip 3 years in the making, and it did not disappoint. We made memories that will last forever, met wonderful people, ate fabulous food, and learned a ton about Greek history and culture, and our experience would not have been so wonderful if we had tried to make it happen without KimKim.

Hotel Reviews
Lagos Mare
Naxos

There is NOT ONE negative thing I can say about this hotel. Stunning views and clean accommodations. Walkable to the beach and some decent restaurants. Breakfast that was included was delicious, especially the coffee. The most warm, cheerful, accommodating, and wonderful staff ever! My favorites were Daphne at the front desk, Petros behind the bar, and Asteris a personal driver. They and the rest of the staff made our 4 days in Naxos even more unforgettable than it would have already been.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Everything, they were perfect!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Athens Gate
Athens

Great views and water pressure in the shower. Location was also awesome. Overlooked /across the street from the ruined gate and just about a block down from the national gardens. Could walk to pretty much everything from here.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our trip to Greece was three years in the pla...
Greece | Jun 6 - Jun 13, 2022

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Rachael S.
North Olmsted, OH | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Our trip to Greece was three years in the planning due to covid delays and we were thrilled to finally go on the trip this June. Tasos was amazingly responsive and helpful during the planning stages and re-worked our itinerary several times to adjust for our needs and the date changes. All of the accommodations that he selected were perfect for us, it is often a challenge to find enough space to accommodate a family of 5 adults, and the properties selected for us were wonderful. The catamaran... read more

Our trip to Greece was three years in the planning due to covid delays and we were thrilled to finally go on the trip this June. Tasos was amazingly responsive and helpful during the planning stages and re-worked our itinerary several times to adjust for our needs and the date changes. All of the accommodations that he selected were perfect for us, it is often a challenge to find enough space to accommodate a family of 5 adults, and the properties selected for us were wonderful. The catamaran rental he arranged was our favorite part of the trip, the boat was lovely and the crew was fantastic!! All of the transportation that he organized was prompt and perfect. We had a seamless trip to Greece, it was truly a trip of a lifetime for us!! Thank you, Tasos and thank you, Kim Kim! I would recommend this service without hesitation.

Hotel Reviews
Elia Beach Hotel
Mykonos

We loved this property, it was on a quieter beach and was beautiful. The food at the restaurant was delicious, too.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lagos Mare
Naxos

Lovely hotel to arrive to after sleeping on a catamaran the prior two nights.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kastro Suites
Santorini

Fantastic staff and fabulous location! Sizeable space that provided plenty of room for a family of 5.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

7 people going to Italy and Greece
Italy | Jun 25 - Jul 4, 2022

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Celeste M.
Colleyville, TX | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2022

Everything was planned and even when plans changed they made backups that were great options to help us have a great time. Love all the tour guides and learned so much more than I would have not having them! Everything was top notch and would recommend him to everyone for an amazing trip!! I will use him again!! read more

Everything was planned and even when plans changed they made backups that were great options to help us have a great time. Love all the tour guides and learned so much more than I would have not having them! Everything was top notch and would recommend him to everyone for an amazing trip!! I will use him again!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Modigliani
Roma
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel NapoliMia 
Naples
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
NLH Monastiraki
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Trastevere Afternoon Aperitivo & Food Tour
Rome
Quality of Experience
Explore Pompeii Walking Tour
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Hi Celeste,

Thank you for your kind words.
It was a real pleasure having you as guests and I look forward to helping you plan your next visit, perhaps with a taste of the Cyclades islands which I think you'll love!

All the best!
Tasos

Planning this trip took longer than I hoped b...
Greece | Jun 12 - Jun 26, 2022

Vicky
Vicky E.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Planning this trip took longer than I hoped but at the end of the day it was fabulous. The only issues were that Imbros Gorge was a more difficult hike than expected and because of that we opted not to walk from Oia to Fira. Also the car that was selected for us in Crete was too big and we damaged it trying to maneuver in small places. Hotels chosen by Tasos we’re great. We loved our time in Greece. Thanks Tasos!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 06, 2022

Hi Vicky,

I am very glad you had a fabulous trip despite the little hiccup of the hike!

I wish you safe travels and look forward to hearing from you again for your future plans.

Best,
Tasos

What a wonderful journey! We had a great time...
Italy | Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2022

Ethan
Ethan A.
Kalamazoo, MI | Reviewed on Jul 01, 2022

What a wonderful journey! We had a great time in Italy and this was the least stressful travel experience I have ever had. Our travel specialist Tasos thought of everything. We just had to be ready for the day and the rest was taken care of. Our kids got to see Italy and learn about this history and culture in the process. The trip for our budget and had everything we hoped for! read more

What a wonderful journey! We had a great time in Italy and this was the least stressful travel experience I have ever had. Our travel specialist Tasos thought of everything. We just had to be ready for the day and the rest was taken care of. Our kids got to see Italy and learn about this history and culture in the process. The trip for our budget and had everything we hoped for!

Hotel Reviews
Firenze Number Nine
Florence

This was a beautiful space to stay! Every detail is as thought of and the room was soooo comfortable and clean. Great place!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Perfect space to walk to everything we needed.
Staff
Very kind staff. The breakfast was amazing!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palazzo Starace
Sorrento

Great space to stay! We had a wonderful time and this was a perfect space.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Wonderful staff!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Boutique Hotel Campo de' Fiori
Rome

Fabulous space! We loved the location and the staff was very kind and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Everyone was so kind. And the breakfast was-amazing!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hello Ethan and Maura,

Thank you so much for your review! It means everything to the team and I to know you had a great time and that the trip was fulfilling and fun.

Nest stop, Greece. I will be delighted to help.you plan another amazing trip and discover the connections between two civilizations that go back a long time.

All the best,
Tasos

From beginning to end, KimKim did an amazing job
Greece | Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2022

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Cathy I.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

From beginning to end, KimKim did an amazing job. Tasos was knowledgeable, helpful, patient (with my many questions), and spot on with his suggestions. He truly listened to our wants and provided much information.

As soon as we were picked up from Athens, our journey began…and on time. Our drivers were always on time, and we had many. They were friendly on every island. Especially Manos in Santorini.

The boutique hotels were great. NLH was comfortable and in a hip area. Antoni... read more

From beginning to end, KimKim did an amazing job. Tasos was knowledgeable, helpful, patient (with my many questions), and spot on with his suggestions. He truly listened to our wants and provided much information.

As soon as we were picked up from Athens, our journey began…and on time. Our drivers were always on time, and we had many. They were friendly on every island. Especially Manos in Santorini.

The boutique hotels were great. NLH was comfortable and in a hip area. Antoni from Bay Bees, In Mykonos, was a fantastic host and extremely welcoming and helpful. The location was walking distance to the best beach. Kastro Suites had amazing views and welcoming staff. All hotels were clean with great views.

Our Athens Food Tour with Pavlina was spectacular. We tried many different foods and walked the many unique neighborhoods.

Tatiana and Thomas were the best Captains for the South Beach Cruise. Again, super friendly. They brought us to a few beautiful beaches. We swam as they cooked up a yummy Greek lunch.

We also had a highlight and wine tour in Santorini with Vasiliy. He was spectacular. It was like walking with a history guide, as he had so much knowledge and was so courteous and nice.

While we relaxed and played, the KimKim Greece 12 Travel Team worked behind the scenes. Answered our questions, sent our tickets to us and the hotel for printing. I never had to ask for anything, everything just appeared in my in box. One of our travelers was a day delayed due to a canceled flight and the KimKim team worked to get her transportation to pick her up and bring her to us!

I put all our trust in the KimKim team to create a memorable vacation and they did not let us down. They are truly the best and I will use their services again.

Cathy

Hotel Reviews
NLH Monastiraki
Athens

Hotel staff was pleasant and helpful. Our room was clean and well setup for a family of 5. And the location was central to all we wanted to see

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bay Bees Suites and Homes
Mykonos

Antoni was the best host! So accommodating, friendly and helpful. The location was amazing! Walking distance to the best beach and many restaurants. The views were spectacular and our rooms were clean and comfortable! Great to have a kitchen! The air conditioner was strong and much needed!

Authenticity & Character
The hotel is built into the rock. It was amazing
Location
Views and distance to beaches
Staff
Antony was spectacular
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kastro Suites
Santorini

The staff is friendly and the location is central to everything in Fira. You can walk to the shops and the views are breath taking.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Views and shops
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hello Cathy,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for the detailed review. I will make sure to pass on your stellar feedback to all guides and drivers, I know they will appreciate it!

I am very happy that your vacation was memorable and I look forward to hearing from you when it's time for Italy.

All the best,
Tasos

My husband and I had an amazing trip to Greec...
Greece | Jun 11 - Jun 18, 2022

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Molly S.
Greensboro, NC | Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

My husband and I had an amazing trip to Greece. This was our honeymoon and we could not have been to a more beautiful destination to celebrate. We had a tour of the acropolis with our awesome guide, Alex who did a great job explaining the history of Athens to us. We did a food and wine tour in Santorini where our guide, Ana helped us cook traditional greek cuisine and explained the history of wine making on the Island. For a trip so far from home we only had a few hiccups. Our seats for both... read more

My husband and I had an amazing trip to Greece. This was our honeymoon and we could not have been to a more beautiful destination to celebrate. We had a tour of the acropolis with our awesome guide, Alex who did a great job explaining the history of Athens to us. We did a food and wine tour in Santorini where our guide, Ana helped us cook traditional greek cuisine and explained the history of wine making on the Island. For a trip so far from home we only had a few hiccups. Our seats for both trips on the Ferry to and from Santorini were not next to each other, since we were on our honeymoon we were hoping to be together on such a long trip (6 hours), we also were late to one of our pickups for a tour, the time listed on our itinerary was 15 minutes later than the actual pick up time. This is not to take away from the other seamless transitions and pickups, which if we had planned this on our own would have been much more chaotic! Overall, we had a 10/10 experience and would go back and use Kimkim in a heart beat! Will definitely be using for future trips abroad!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hi Matt and Molly,

I am very happy to hear your honeymoon was a 10/10 experience!

I wish you all the best for the new chapter of your life together and I look forward to helping you plan your next visit .

Best
Tasos

Amazing Greece in 2 weeks!
Greece | May 30 - Jun 12, 2022

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Mark T.
Springfield, MO | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Tasos listened to what we were hoping for on our trip to Greece; authentic food, people, places, and experiences with just enough of the top tourist destinations. Then he put together a plan that exceeded our expectations. Our personal tour guides; Katarina in Athens, and Katia on Naxos were brilliant, but very personal too. We discovered that we could order a salad and 2 or 3 appetizers and split it all between us and be more than satisfied and get a nice sampling of the Greek food. We... read more

Tasos listened to what we were hoping for on our trip to Greece; authentic food, people, places, and experiences with just enough of the top tourist destinations. Then he put together a plan that exceeded our expectations. Our personal tour guides; Katarina in Athens, and Katia on Naxos were brilliant, but very personal too. We discovered that we could order a salad and 2 or 3 appetizers and split it all between us and be more than satisfied and get a nice sampling of the Greek food. We also enjoyed finding the local cafes for some really good and inexpensive street food. One of our highlights was sitting at dusk at the edge of the marble paved town square on Syros just to watch kids of all ages playing hide and seek, kicking a soccer ball, riding bikes and scooters, and just playing their hearts out without much if any supervision, and without any issues! That is just one memory that stands out.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hi Mark and Patrice,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing these beautiful memories!

As a matter of fact, I have just moved with my family to the island of Syros, right in the center of the Cyclades, and the image you described about kids "playing their hearts out" on the marble square in front of the town hall has been one of the things the we (and our son) deeply appreciate!

I wish you the best and I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best,
Tasos

Tasos and the whole team provided us with a w...
Greece | May 11 - May 24, 2022

Lisa
Lisa B.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Jun 04, 2022

Tasos and the whole team provided us with a wonderful amazing trip filled with lifetime memories of Greece . Everyone was so gracious and courteous dedicated to making our trip a success! Thank you so much! read more

Tasos and the whole team provided us with a wonderful amazing trip filled with lifetime memories of Greece . Everyone was so gracious and courteous dedicated to making our trip a success! Thank you so much!

Hotel Review
Avli Lounge hotel
Rethymno, Crete

We cannot say enough wonderful things about this establishment. Having fabulous breakfasts in the garden every mornings. The suite was absolutely gorgeous the staff was always willing to help us in anyway they could the best service in the world.

Tips for future travelers

Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

Authenticity & Character
The location was wonderful to walk among the wonderful shops and restaurants and streets in the old town.
Location
Enjoy enjoy enjoy!
Staff
The location was wonderful to walk among the wonderful shops and restaurants and streets in the old town.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Decour the authenticity the integrity of the building was truly amazing
Activity Review
Private Mykonos Island Driving Tour
Mykonos

Going off the beaten trail and seeing the culture and the history of Mykonos.

Quality of Experience
Take your time and enjoy. The old town coffee shop, the Vineyard, and the lighthouse.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The old town coffee shop, the Vineyard, and the lighthouse.
Transport
Timely and comfortable.
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to read that you had such an amazing trip!

Our team is indeed dedicated to making each and every single trip a success, and everyone is grateful for your appreciation of their efforts.

If you are thinking about visiting Italy in the future, please don't hesitate to give me a ring.

All the best!
Tasos

Tasos was very helpful. Our trip turned out t...
Italy | May 20 - May 26, 2022

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Charisma W.
Leesburg, VA | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2022

Tasos was very helpful. Our trip turned out to be even more amazing than I imagined. All of our tours were either private or had no more than 2 people from another party which was awesome. Our drivers always only had my family of 4 in the vehicle and were always on time. I did wish the itinerary was more clear on when we had to find our own ride. But when I asked Tasos he was responsive and answered all of my many questions. I think next time I use Kimkim I'll be more familiar with their... read more

Tasos was very helpful. Our trip turned out to be even more amazing than I imagined. All of our tours were either private or had no more than 2 people from another party which was awesome. Our drivers always only had my family of 4 in the vehicle and were always on time. I did wish the itinerary was more clear on when we had to find our own ride. But when I asked Tasos he was responsive and answered all of my many questions. I think next time I use Kimkim I'll be more familiar with their itinerary formatting. Our most favorite part was the Amalfi Coast and the private boat tour. There's nothing we would have changed in our trip. Highly recommend Kimkim and look forward to working with Tasos again.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2022

Hi Charisma,

I am excited to hear that your trip to Italy was even more amazing than you imagined! This is our team's constant motivation and driving force, striving to make every single trip amazing, beyond initial expectations!

It was wonderful looking through the wealth of pictures you uploaded. Your beautiful family really looks like having a great time!

I wish you the best and I look forward to helping you plan your Greece visit when my sunny country comes up in your plans.

Safe travels!
Tasos

Memorable Greece Holiday Trip
Greece | Apr 28 - May 10, 2022

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Nancy F.
West Chester, PA | Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Working with kimkim, and especially Tasos allowed us to fully experience the culture and beauty of Greece. Tasos listened to what we were interested in doing, curtailed a schedule that fit those interests and made sure that we were happy with the plan. We had one issue while visiting, and it was quickly resolved. The support we received throughout the process was wonderful. No question or request felt bothersome and he guided us through the experience. I was also impressed with the... read more

Working with kimkim, and especially Tasos allowed us to fully experience the culture and beauty of Greece. Tasos listened to what we were interested in doing, curtailed a schedule that fit those interests and made sure that we were happy with the plan. We had one issue while visiting, and it was quickly resolved. The support we received throughout the process was wonderful. No question or request felt bothersome and he guided us through the experience. I was also impressed with the transfers to hotels and excursions. All of the drivers were professional, on time and shared their love of Greece. Lampros was our driver in Athens. He was exceptional! His information was interesting, he was such a gentlemen and went above and beyond to ensure we were comfortable. His English was very good. One of our favorite experiences was in Nafplio when we went traveled with Dominic, the tour guide, to Nemea. While visiting the Temple of Zeus, he brought the story alive through his knowledge and passion of that time period. Then we visit wineries and finished at a local organic vinegar producer. Nickos and Maria cooked us a delicious lunch using their vinegars and local foods and vegetables from their garden. I truly appreciate that Tasos planned tours that took us off the touristy path and immersed us in the culture while trip placing us in boutique type hotels that were close to many restaurants and local markets. We hope to use kimkim in the future-Bravo!

Hotel Review
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

We loved our stay at Home Sweet Home! It truly felt like home due to the owner's personal touch. She was there everyday helping with breakfast and she was helpful answering questions and guiding us to local places to eat. The breakfast was delicious and the rooms were impeccably clean. There was an elevator to help with luggage which was helpful. It was walking distance to the most of the sights in downtown Athens. Wonderful!

Authenticity & Character
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Activity Reviews
Semi-Private Morning Catamaran Caldera Cruise
Santorini

The sights that we saw were outstanding and the crew on the Catamaran were exceptional! Great music during the sunset and loved when the captain shared information of the various sights as we came upon them.

Quality of Experience
Food
I liked that there was a variety.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
We would rather take a taxi back since we drove to an hour to get home. There were 2 large vans and it was confusing upon leaving the catamaran as to which one we were to get on.
Waterless Farming: an insider's food & wine tour
Santorini

Ana was a wonderful tour guide, very knowledgable of the wine making and she made the experience so enjoyable.

Quality of Experience
Food
Fava beans, tomato fritters and greek salad was outstanding. For dessert we had greek yogurt with the farm made sweetened marinated cherry tomatoes!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Enjoy Athens by Bike!
Athens

Great way to get familiar with the city in a short amount of time.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Soto was an amazing guide. He was passionate about Athens and biking!
Private Riviera & Cape Sounion Sunset Tour
Athens

Cape Sounion was a beautiful place to see the sun set. We wish we could have brought a blanket and bottle of wine! Lampros made frequent stops allowing us to get out and captures some pictures at scenic spots, while sharing some information about each place. Fantastic!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Cooking Class in a Traditional Village
Naxos

Katerina and her mother were so welcoming! How lucky they are to live is such a scenic villiage!

Quality of Experience
Food
The stuffed tomatoes and peppers were outstanding! Wonderful hosts!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Alex was great. There was a language barrier but luckily Adam came for the villages tour so that he could support and communicate more clearly. Thank you kimkim for this.
Transport
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

A Honeymoon trip that will forever be remembered
Italy | Apr 21 - May 4, 2022

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Terrence H.
West Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Okay, this was the most amazing trip I have had in my entire lifetime. From the transportations to and from the airports and train stations to the fantastic planned activities, everything was tailored to us in the most fantastic way. Tasos planned our honeymoon just perfect, we thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the excursions. We would, without hesitation, recommend Kimkim to our friends and family, thanks.
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Okay, this was the most amazing trip I have had in my entire lifetime. From the transportations to and from the airports and train stations to the fantastic planned activities, everything was tailored to us in the most fantastic way. Tasos planned our honeymoon just perfect, we thoroughly enjoyed ALL of the excursions. We would, without hesitation, recommend Kimkim to our friends and family, thanks.
Terry

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Olimpia Venice, BW Signature Collection
Venice

The staff was great, especially the breakfast staff, always there to help with our cappuccinos and breakfast items. Great location next to a canal.

Authenticity & Character
Location
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Prestige Rooms Chiaia
Napoli

Wow, would spend the nights at this hotel in Ravello any time over spending it in a hole in Amalfi. We were treated like royalty from the moment we walked into the spacious lobby until we got picked up 3 days later. There has to be one night of dining on the property at the restaurant, you won't want to miss the food and the service. Go for a specialty drink from the bar before dinner, delicious. As was the food, always delicious, and plenty to eat, so go hungry. The room was overlooking the coast, we woke up to beautiful sunsets from our room with a small terrace to sit and enjoy.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Hello Terry,
Thank you so much for your kind words!
It is so fulfilling to read such reviews, it makes our entire team very proud and of course we'll make sure to pass on the praise to everyone involved.
All the best!
Tasos

Honeymoon / 2nd Anniversary in Italy
Italy | Apr 21 - May 4, 2022

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West Sacramento, CA | Reviewed on May 10, 2022

My husband and I finally got to have our Italian honeymoon (2 years delayed thanks to Covid). Over 2 weeks we experienced Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples. Tasos helped us put this unforgettable experience together and it was perfect! We did all private and small group tours which really helped us get the most out of our trip. Some of our biggest highlights included gelato making with Tulio in Florence, The Colosseum with Elisabetta in Rome, an evening... read more

My husband and I finally got to have our Italian honeymoon (2 years delayed thanks to Covid). Over 2 weeks we experienced Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples. Tasos helped us put this unforgettable experience together and it was perfect! We did all private and small group tours which really helped us get the most out of our trip. Some of our biggest highlights included gelato making with Tulio in Florence, The Colosseum with Elisabetta in Rome, an evening golf cart tour of Rome with Gianluca, and our private tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius with Giuseppe. The entire trip was truly amazing. I wouldn't change a thing!
As for support during the trip, all questions / assistance were quickly answered / resolved with help from Tasos and the Travel 12 team. I had a special request for ice each night (recovering from ankle surgery) and Tasos worked with each hotel to make sure it was provided for me upon our return to our hotel each night. They even worked with our hotel in Naples to set up our Covid tests to return home. Everything was above and beyond all expectations!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Hi Donica and Terry,
Thank you so much for your kind words! It means the world to me and the team to know that we helped make this trip a very special one for the two of you!
I look forward to hearing from you once you plan to visit Greece.
All the best!
Tasos

Glorious Greece courtesy of Tasos
Greece | Aug 8 - Aug 16, 2021

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Carla W.
Irving, TX | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2021

What an amazing trip and an awesome service kimkim provides! Everything went so smoothly for our 8-night trip to Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. The hotels were all top-notch (Zillers, Cyano Suites, and Petit Palace Suites), our activities were fun and informative with great guides, and all of the logistics were handled so we never had to stress. Tasos was there every step of the way to provide feedback and insight based on our desires, especially as we navigated the covid landscape, and his... read more

What an amazing trip and an awesome service kimkim provides! Everything went so smoothly for our 8-night trip to Athens, Naxos, and Santorini. The hotels were all top-notch (Zillers, Cyano Suites, and Petit Palace Suites), our activities were fun and informative with great guides, and all of the logistics were handled so we never had to stress. Tasos was there every step of the way to provide feedback and insight based on our desires, especially as we navigated the covid landscape, and his team was there to help make adjustments along the way (such as helping us rent a car last minute in Naxos). Some of our favorite activities were the cooking classes, as we got to spend time making delicious food with charming hosts. The catamaran cruise also was not to be missed.

I am normally a person who does a ton of planning before I travel, but I felt totally confident putting our trip in the hands of kimkim, and they did not disappoint!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hello Carla,
Thank you for trusting me with planning your trip to Greece, and a big thank you on behalf of the entire team and all the guides for your kind words!
We are all very happy that the trip lived up to your expectations and that we were able to help make it smooth and memorable.
All the best,
Tasos

Tasos and KimKim were great
Greece | Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2021

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Jeff P.
Scottsdale, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2021

We thought KimKim and Tasos were great!! Tasos planned all aspects of our Greece trip (including a sailboat charter, numerous excursions, car rental and boutique hotels) and did a wonderful job. He selected boutique hotels and suggested excursions that on our own would have been difficult to find or research. We especially enjoyed the sailboat charter and the boat captain and his deckhand were great Tasos was very responsive and as questions and issues happened he and his team got... read more

We thought KimKim and Tasos were great!! Tasos planned all aspects of our Greece trip (including a sailboat charter, numerous excursions, car rental and boutique hotels) and did a wonderful job. He selected boutique hotels and suggested excursions that on our own would have been difficult to find or research. We especially enjoyed the sailboat charter and the boat captain and his deckhand were great Tasos was very responsive and as questions and issues happened he and his team got back to us immediately with feedback. We ended up asking Tasos for suggestions on where to eat and all of his choices were excellent and better than the places we picked on our own. It was especially comforting knowing Tasos and his team were available during Covid times and he assisted us in getting a second Covid test when the results of the first test were delayed. I would highly recommend using KimKim and Tasos if you are thinking of planning a trip to Greece.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hello Jeff,
Thank you so much for your kind words! It means everything to myself and the team to know we have helped make your trip special, and I am very glad that my insights and suggestions were a good match for your interests and taste :-)
It was a real pleasure having you in Greece and I wish you safe and memorable travels!
All the best,
Tasos

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

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James N.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

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.

Hotel Review
Ganimede Hotel
Galaxidi

Location, comfort, and quiet. Stayed one night last August. Beautiful stroll along the water from the hotel to an amazing fresh fish dinner. Stepped out the door the next morning for an epic open water swim around the bay, the point, and the next bay. Relaxing breakfast with coffee on our private balcony overlooking the bay and town, and enjoyed a relaxing after breakfast swim. Checkout not until 12:00 so we had a super relaxing morning.

Tips for future travelers

Bring a bathing suit. Lots of locals swim in the bay right off the town's promenade. We did too. Super convenient steps right into the water.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Private, yet steps to town and some wonderful restaurants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hello Jim,
Thank you so much for your kind words and comments!
I have passed on the feedback to each one of your guides and hosts and they are delighted that they helped make this trip enjoyable and memorable for the two of you! It was a great thing that you booked the trip early on so I had the flexibility to book the guides who I thought were the best match for your interests, and I am very happy it paid off.
I have also taken good note that a couple of the tours should be allowed more time, thank you for pointing this out.
I wish you the best!
Tasos

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

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Tom B.
Kennewick, WA | Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

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.

Hotel Reviews
Home and Poetry
Athens

We loved this hotel! It is centrally located in the Plaka District. Everything in central Athens is within easy walking distance. It is a remodeled residence and exhibits that charm. Every room is different and eclectic in its own way. Our room was not large but very comfortable and elegant. It served our needs perfectly. The rooftop restaurant provides the included breakfasts which were outstanding - from a buffet or a hot breakfast made-to-order (or both). And the view from the roof... spectacular! The staff was always very friendly and helpful.

Tips for future travelers

Let your host provide recommendations for dinner spots or help you with sightseeing recommendations. Visit the rooftop in the evening (we went up there to enjoy a "leftovers" dinner and had the patio and gorgeous view to ourselves.

Authenticity & Character
Unique rooms. Each one different. No "lobby" which we did not miss at all.
Location
A couple blocks from Hadrian's Arch and an easy walk to the Acropolis and Plaka's shops and restaurants, but on a quiet side street. Doesn't get any better than this.
Staff
Friendly and helpful host. Breakfast staff was very friendly and skilled.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and well-finished (especially for an older building).
Cyano Suites
Naxos

We stayed at this wonderful hotel for about 11 days in September 2021. We had a suite on the ground floor that was very convenient for comings and goings. Although it looked out on the parking lot, the view beyond -- the Agean Sea and the Potara -- was stunning. It was particularly gorgeous in the morning and at sundown. Cyano Suites is a short walk (maybe 10 minutes) from central Naxos Town -- away from the commotion but still close at hand. The suite was very modern and comfortable. The placement of the bathtub in the living room was a little "odd" (we used it only for cleaning our feet). The rest of the bathroom was behind the raised king bed (with a wonderful view out the front French doors) -- one half (the walk-in shower) on the left and the sink/toilet area on the right (we had to walk around the bed to get from one side to the other). A little funky, but we really liked it regardless. A really nice touch was the stocked refrigerator that was replenished every day (all gratis!). Highly recommended! The included breakfast was provided at the sister Adriani Hotel a few blocks away. The morning walk to breakfast wasn't as convenient as it would be if breakfast were in the same building, but the morning stroll to and from was always a nice start to the day. The breakfast itself was always spectacular! For such a small clientele the choices were overwhelming and everything was always delicious. We wanted to try some of everything, but there were always too many choices. The hot breakfast pies (both sweet and savory) were the highlight, but the breakfast desserts were a close second. The pies (and, I believe, the desserts) were all prepared on site! And there was so much more (e.g., drinks, fruit, cold cuts, cheese, cereal)! Our host (the gentleman behind the desk; sorry, I can't remember his name) was always so helpful and friendly and always anxious to serve us. After noticing that I had badly skinned my shin after climbing a rock on a catamaran sail he offered some much needed fatherly advice (I'm 68 years old and probably at least 20 years older than him) -- (paraphrasing) "We're not young anymore; we need to take care of ourselves." I needed that advice -- the fact that I was 68 and maybe shouldn't have been climbing on big rocks never crossed my mind at the time. I obviously remember his advice and won't soon, if ever, forget it. My new Dad. 😊 In its own way, the Cyano Suites was probably one of the most pleasant places we have ever stayed -- the room itself (funky or not), the view, and the included breakfast. All top notch.

Tips for future travelers

Consider an upstairs suite to possibly improve the view somewhat (albeit less convenient). If/when we return, we will choose a ground floor suite again. If you'd rather not walk a few blocks to and from breakfast, consider booking your room at the sister Adriani Hotel (where breakfast is served). The views from rooms at the Adriani Hotel may not be as spectacular as the Cyano Suites. Also, it is a short walk into town. If you want to be in the middle of the action, this is probably not the best choice, but I am sure it is quieter!

Authenticity & Character
Very modern and unique rooms. Stunning view. Wonderful breakfasts.
Location
For us, perfect. Quiet, but only a short walk into town. Others may prefer a location "inside" Naxos Town.
Staff
See my review above. Also, the kitchen staff was very friendly. The chef was often there so we could compliment her on her wonderful creations.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was alway immaculate. The comfortable bed. The generously stocked (and restocked) refrigerator.
Vouliagmeni Suites
Vouliagmeni

We stayed at this hotel for only one night (before our flight home). The Vouliagmeni Suites is a very pleasant hotel with a very helpful staff. Their Covid-19 precautions seemed to be exempliary. This included facilitating our pre-flight Covid-19 tests. Our room was very large, comfortable and had a very nice view. Unfortunately, we did not have lots of time to enjoy the hotel. We arrived early in the afternoon and had a nice afternoon snack out on the patio (we had dinner offsite), before going on an excursion down the coast and got back to the hotel quite late. Then we arose before 3 a.m. (😱) to catch our ride to the airport. We generally like to stay at more "boutique-y" hotels but this served our needs very nicely for our short stay.

Tips for future travelers

As mentioned in the review, we had a very early flight so we were not able to enjoy their complimentary breakfast. However, they offered a "box breakfast" which was ready for us when we checked out. The "breakfast" was not particularly notable (sandwich bread sandwich, fruit, and drink), but it was a nice gesture on their part.

Authenticity & Character
All was just fine (clean, modern, and comfortable), it's just that it was not out-of-the-ordinary enough to rate higher.
Location
Relatively easy access to the airport (still, though, a 15-30 minute drive). Easy walk to look at Vouliagmeni Lake (which was nice). Otherwise, we would probably need a car (or other transportation) to do much exploring beyond the nearby waterfront and the residential neighborhoods.
Staff
Very helpful desk staff. Pleasant waitress on the patio (where we had our afternoon snack).
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very large and well-appointed room. Extraordinary measures to ensure Covid-19 cleanliness. Much appreciated.
Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Hello Tom,
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to write such a detailed review and share your experience!
It has been a great pleasure for myself and the team to have you in Greece and we are really happy that you enjoyed the planning process and, most importantly, the trip itself. I have passed on your praise to the team, it means a lot to each one of us to know that we helped make this trip special and worry-free.
Thank you for trusting us and safe travels!
Best,
Tasos

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

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Phoebe P.
Bellevue, ID | Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

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!!!!!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hello Phoebe,
I am delighted to hear that you had such a great honeymoon and that the choices of accommodations helped create the perfect setting for the two of you to enjoy your special romantic trip!
The entire team is very happy that we managed to quickly resolve the only issue that occurred, and I would like to thank the two of you for your understanding and your quick decision-making that was essential in resolving things in the best way possible.
I wish you all the best and I look forward to having you also in Greece!
Best,
Tasos

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

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Mirelly F.
Cooper City, FL | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2021

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

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 03, 2021

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

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

Rich
Rich G.
Palo Alto, CA | Reviewed on Jul 03, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

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

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Linda K.
Burton, MI | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

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

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Heather M.
Lakeside, CA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

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!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

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

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

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Theresa Z.
Minnetonka, MN | Reviewed on Jun 06, 2021

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!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jun 07, 2021

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

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Susan C.
Hartford, CT | Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

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!!

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

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

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Gayle R.
Pittsfield, MA | Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

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

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Dave H.
Woodway, TX | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

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

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

Roger
Roger C.
Australia | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 06, 2019

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

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Rebecca R.
Wilmington, DE | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2019

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

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Alice H.
Shrewsbury, PA | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

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

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Scott H.
| Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Nov 07, 2019

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

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Larry B.
Venice, FL | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

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

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Thomas G.
Columbus, OH | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

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.

Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas
Tasos
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

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

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

Martha
Martha S.
Morgantown, WV | Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

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
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

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

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Freda K.
Canada | Reviewed on Sep 02, 2019

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
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

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

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Janet P.
Lake Worth, FL | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2019

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
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 02, 2019

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

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Sue G.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

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
Tasos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

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

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Jon N.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019