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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..."

Featured trips & expertise

The amphitheater at the Acropolis, Athens
Explore Mythical Athens - 5 Days

Ancient cultures and modern day life meet on this five-day exploration of Greece's capital city. Immerse yourself in the history of the Golden Age with a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Stroll the historic cobblestone streets of Athens' many neighborhoods, learn about the ancient rites of the Eleusinian Mysteries, and relax by the sea on the Athens Riviera.

Al fresco dining at its finest
Relaxed Athens, Santorini, Naxos & Mykonos - 8 Days

Escape the troubles of the world with eight days in the Cyclades. You'll arrive in Athens, then head to the islands to explore famous Mykonos and Santorini as well as lesser-known but spectacular Naxos. Enjoy your Greek vacation filled with sun, sailing, and sampling, with cooking classes and traditional dinners accompanying your days of blissful idleness.

Little Venice in Mykonos
Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete - 10 Days

Experience some of the greatest aspects of Greece and its islands on this itinerary. You'll start in Athens, traveling back in time with a visit to the Acropolis and other key ancient sites around the city, viewed through the lens of Greek mythology. Then head into the islands, starting with a tour of Mykonos and its neighboring mythological island of Delos. Off to Santorini next for sunsets and sightseeing, followed by the historic sites and traditional villages of Crete before you return to Athens.

The harbor of Chania on Crete
Experience Local Greece: Athens, Crete, & the Cycladic Islands - 15 Days

Get to know Crete, Athens, and the Cycladic Islands on the 15-day version of this experiential tour. After visiting the capital city, head to Chania as your base for exploration on Crete, where you'll take in the medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port. Spend time hiking, eating, and more in a traditional village before wrapping up your journey with Santorini wine-tasting and a horseback ride on lesser-known Naxos.

Aerial view of Oia on the island of Santorini
Discover Athens & the Cyclades - 8 Days

Hit three major hotspots on this eight-day tour of some of Greece's most iconic sites. Start in Athens before hopping a ferry to glamorous Mykonos. Here you'll explore beaches, boardwalks, and nightlife under the island's famous windmills. End the trip in Santorini with its classic white-topped cliffs and caldera views, complete with island cruising, wine tasting, and sunsets to spare.

Recent trip reviews for Tasos

Michael

Road trip peloponnese, Greece - Nov 10 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Michael M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We arranged a driving holiday of the Peloponnese on the KimKim platform with Tasos as our local contact. We found KimKim to be an great way to organise our arrangements, find a local contact to make suggestions and the relevant bookings, and as a great communication platform both before and during our holiday. It allowed us to stay in contact with Tasos for any queries we may have had.

Tasos and his team at Travel 12 were excellent from start to finish. The arrangements made throughout our... read more

We arranged a driving holiday of the Peloponnese on the KimKim platform with Tasos as our local contact. We found KimKim to be an great way to organise our arrangements, find a local contact to make suggestions and the relevant bookings, and as a great communication platform both before and during our holiday. It allowed us to stay in contact with Tasos for any queries we may have had.

Tasos and his team at Travel 12 were excellent from start to finish. The arrangements made throughout our holiday were perfect with no problems along the way. The hotels and itinerary were exactly as we had hoped and having a local contact like Tasos really paid off. Tasos was attentive to our requests and was quick to respond to any communications. He even arranged for some belongings we left behind to be forwarded to another hotel along the way for us to pick up! Although we never met in person, on our final day one of his team visited us as we were waiting to go to the airport with a small parting gift. We could not recommend his service highly enough.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Michael.
I am very happy you enjoyed your trip. It is true you visited some of the most beautiful areas of Peloponnese and some of my favorite ones.
Next time I hope we'll have the chance to meet in person. Have a wonderful summer!

Trip to greece, Greece - Oct 13 - Oct 26, 2018

Traveler: ROBERT B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We did a two-week custom tour, with guides, hotels, ferries, transfers, etc Tasos helped me come up with itinerary and responded to my questions and suggestions. He was great.

It was pretty complicated but it went off without a hitch. When I had questions, Tasos was great about getting back to me quickly.

We went from Athens to spetses, Napthia, micenae, Olympia, Navpaktos, meteora, and Delfi. 3000 years in 12 days. Greece was amazing!

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Robert!
I am very glad you enjoyed your trip. It was demanding but a real pleasure to plan.
You visited some amazing places indeed, and there's definitely more for the next time around.
Wish you happy and safe travels.

Short food and wine tour, Greece - Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2018

Traveler: Richard V. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

While we had a really good trip, we were honestly a bit disappointed with the city of Heraklion. (Should note that we originally intended to go to Chania, but we 'accidentally' booked flights to Heraklion, not realizing there is more than one airport in Crete. Perhaps we could have been steered further away from Heraklion, or just driven out for more day trips from there.) The pedestrian areas there were nice, and George did a great job w/our food/wine tour; however, it was almost... read more

While we had a really good trip, we were honestly a bit disappointed with the city of Heraklion. (Should note that we originally intended to go to Chania, but we 'accidentally' booked flights to Heraklion, not realizing there is more than one airport in Crete. Perhaps we could have been steered further away from Heraklion, or just driven out for more day trips from there.) The pedestrian areas there were nice, and George did a great job w/our food/wine tour; however, it was almost frightening to walk around much of the city, since motorcycles abound on the myriad tiny, winding streets. We did thoroughly enjoy our wine tour to Douloufakis, as well as our olive oil farm tour to Koronekes. Our driver, Alexandra, was great! Always on time and very friendly, as well as an expert on touring commentary, especially cultural comments. Tasos was very kind and generous in taking good care of us, and again, a good trip, but would definitely have done a few things differently had we known that Heraklion probably lacks much of the charm that Chania apparently has. KimKim is, however, excellent to work with, always answering questions quickly, and very attentive. Thanks!

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Richard,
Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate what you would have expected of me, as I strive for continuous improvement and service excellence!
Having said that, reading your review it seems that:
- you thoroughly enjoyed the experiences (of which all but one were in the nature and villages outside Heraklion city),
- everything was well organized, your guides were great, and communication was timely and attentive to your needs,
- still, you are disappointed that you ended up in... read more

Dear Richard,
Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate what you would have expected of me, as I strive for continuous improvement and service excellence!
Having said that, reading your review it seems that:
- you thoroughly enjoyed the experiences (of which all but one were in the nature and villages outside Heraklion city),
- everything was well organized, your guides were great, and communication was timely and attentive to your needs,
- still, you are disappointed that you ended up in Heraklion by your own ‘accidental’ choice (as I initially proposed a trip built around Chania and you asked me to change after booking your own flights for Heraklion).
Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed most of your trip and I would be happy to help whenever you decide to come back for Chania or any other charming area of Greece.
Happy and safe travels!

Trip to greece, Greece - Oct 13 - Oct 19, 2018

Traveler: Alicia M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

This trip was overall great. We made the best of all the mishaps but those were not many. Only issues we had were finding a driver for our first transport. The others were small such as time changes for a tour which we ultimately missed (we ended up on the wrong tour), but the tour we did go on ended up being wonderful so it wasn't really a big deal. The tour guides and drivers were all friendly; communications with our Greek specialist, Tasos, were prompt and efficient whenever we had... read more

This trip was overall great. We made the best of all the mishaps but those were not many. Only issues we had were finding a driver for our first transport. The others were small such as time changes for a tour which we ultimately missed (we ended up on the wrong tour), but the tour we did go on ended up being wonderful so it wasn't really a big deal. The tour guides and drivers were all friendly; communications with our Greek specialist, Tasos, were prompt and efficient whenever we had questions or issues. Tasos kept in touch with us to make sure that things were going smoothly or altering plans to ensure we had a hassle free trip. Greece was beautiful and it would be hard to have a bad time there.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Alicia & Mike,
I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Greece and that I helped you have a smooth and hassle free experience (despite the small mishaps you pointed out). I would be happy to welcome you again anytime!
Happy and safe travels!

Trip to greece, Greece - Oct 11 - Oct 21, 2018

Traveler: Yoshua E. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

The trip was amazing, Greece is a country that has lots of colors, flavors and adventours. Tasos was very helpful and on the Two occasions we had an issues with the hotels he made sure he got an upgrade or a change of hotel.
I would advise to take a close look at the hotels before booking them.
Aside from that everything was great

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Yoshua and Daniela,
I am very glad you enjoyed your trip and I am looking forward to welcoming you in Greece again.
About hotels, it is true I always provide information and links and encourage travelers to take the time to review them carefully before selecting, as at the end of the day and budget aside, it's a matter of personal taste.
Happy and safe travels!

First greek trip, Greece - Sep 15 - Oct 7, 2018

Traveler: Geof G. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos did a superb job setting up what is, perhaps, a somewhat unique trip. No islands but remote, ancient Byzantine churches. No beaches but many monasteries. No classical sites but every Byzantine site within reach. With other travel agents we've had to go back and forth several times to convince them we knew what we wanted. With Tasos - one time and he had it. Thank you.

In 3 1/2 weeks there are so many spots we loved that we can't list them all so here are some highlights:
Thessaloniki:... read more

Tasos did a superb job setting up what is, perhaps, a somewhat unique trip. No islands but remote, ancient Byzantine churches. No beaches but many monasteries. No classical sites but every Byzantine site within reach. With other travel agents we've had to go back and forth several times to convince them we knew what we wanted. With Tasos - one time and he had it. Thank you.

In 3 1/2 weeks there are so many spots we loved that we can't list them all so here are some highlights:
Thessaloniki: great city for walking, Byzantine sites around every corner, great climate and sitting on the bay, enjoying a great ice cream cone and watching the ships come and go can't be beat.

Kastoria: fascinating old town best suited for wandering and discovering. At the Byzantine Museum we discovered Achilles, a guide who took us on a walking tour of the town. He knew the history and culture and, most important, he had the keys to the locked churches we wanted to visit.

Meteora: monasteries in the sky. All I can say is that they're worth the hard work of climbing the hundreds of stairs. See as many of them as you can.

Nafplio: laid back port town - this was a great place for us to kick back for a couple of days at the midpoint of our trip.

Monemvasia: a medieval town built on a large rock in a bay. A map can't do it justice for walking around - you have to be aware of all three dimensions. Climbing to the upper city for sunset was a wonderful experience (the sunset, not the climb.) The town did help me appreciate how tough people had to be in the Middle Ages and why the life expectancy was in the low 30s. But today, the town is full of great places to stay and eat.

Athens: 3000+ years of history and a third of the population of Greece make it a daunting city. For this, our first trip to Greece, we concentrated on the museums: The National Archaeological Museum (where the Antikythera device resides and is being researched), The Acropolis Museum and the Benaki Museum stand out.

All in all, I'm not sure why it took us so many years to get to Greece but I'm glad we did.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Geof!
It was a unique trip indeed, the sort that makes my work really exciting and challenging at the same time. Actually your trip triggered me to further research Byzantine sites in Greece and I have discovered amazing treasures. Thank you!
I am very happy you enjoyed your trip and I am looking forward to hearing from you in the future.

Kelly

Trip to greece, Greece - Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2018

Traveler: Kelly W. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We had a fabulous trip and were able to relax and enjoy every step of the way thanks to kimkim and Tasos. I was nervous at first using a travel service that I couldn't find many reviews for, but it couldn't have been better. The planning process was easy and fun, with an email exchange with Tasos to find the right mix of active/relaxing/cultural activities. He found great hotels for us and arranged all transfers. In the midst of planning, the ferry schedule changed and Tasos alerted us right... read more

We had a fabulous trip and were able to relax and enjoy every step of the way thanks to kimkim and Tasos. I was nervous at first using a travel service that I couldn't find many reviews for, but it couldn't have been better. The planning process was easy and fun, with an email exchange with Tasos to find the right mix of active/relaxing/cultural activities. He found great hotels for us and arranged all transfers. In the midst of planning, the ferry schedule changed and Tasos alerted us right away so we could make necessary changes to our plans. Without Tasos, we wouldn't have known about that change. Lampros, our driver from the Athens airport to hotel, was very professional and knowledgeable. We were greeted with a vodaphone card and phone battery charger in a welcome packet. We only had one day in Athens, so Tasos arranged a combined Mythology and Food Tour. Katerina, our Mythology guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The suite with private and hot tub at Aphrodite & Venus Hotel on Santorini was beautiful with wonderful breakfast. The Wooden Boat tour with dinner/saxophone/sunset was a fun tour with guide Christina. We also enjoyed our stay in Naxos. The Nastasia Village Hotel was quaint, also with delicious breakfast and made to order eggs each morning. The host family was welcoming and helpful. The Naxos Trekking hike we took was a highlight with a guided tour just for the two of us. The day prior, the original tour guide was called away unexpectedly, but it was seemless to us as Taos made arrangements for a new guide, Matina. He offered a refund for that tour if we weren't satisfied, but that tour was a highlight of the trip. Tasos arranged for the taxi to pick us up from the hotel and meet Matina in Chalki where headed off for our hike. The taxi picked us up at the end of the hike to go back to the hotel. We had Tasos arrange all of our transfers to/from hotel/ferries and it made things so easy. We felt like VIPs when we showed up and just looked for a sign with our name on it. The transfer to the airport at the end was a little tight, but we made it (barely). The itinerary we received from Tasos about a week before departure was thorough and well-organized. It was a great reference during our trip, but just enough that we didn't have to think too much on the trip and could enjoy the sights and the company! We had a couple questions during our stay and Tasos was always quick to respond via email. I would definitely use this service again.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Kelly!
It was a great pleasure working with you and I am very happy you enjoyed your trip to Greece!
Looking forward to helping you organize your next visit so you can discover more beauty and experience more unknown aspects of the Greek lifestyle.

Athens side trip, Greece - Aug 19 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Jeffrey D. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Our three days touring the Athens area was wonderful. Our guides and drivers did a fantastic job fulfilling our wishes. Elias, Dominik and Denai were professional, friendly, flexible and, above all, knowledgeable! And Tasos developed a great itinerary after understanding what we wanted to accomplish during our time. Our main driver, Nick, was also excellent, safe and reliable. We toured three archeological sites, Mycenae, Corinth and Eleusis. We also toured two wineries in Nemea, which were... read more

Our three days touring the Athens area was wonderful. Our guides and drivers did a fantastic job fulfilling our wishes. Elias, Dominik and Denai were professional, friendly, flexible and, above all, knowledgeable! And Tasos developed a great itinerary after understanding what we wanted to accomplish during our time. Our main driver, Nick, was also excellent, safe and reliable. We toured three archeological sites, Mycenae, Corinth and Eleusis. We also toured two wineries in Nemea, which were both wonderful. And we spent time in the wonderful seaside town of Nafplio. Finally, we went to Athens for one day and toured the Acropolis Museum with Denai, our wonderful guide. It was a memorable trip, which was made more enjoyable by your efforts. Thank you! We will definitely book another trip with KimKim.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Jeffrey!
It has been a great pleasure working with you to plan this trip and I am very happy you enjoyed it!
Wish you happy and safe travels!

Roman battlefield - pharsalus, Greece - Aug 8 - Aug 9, 2018

Traveler: Aldo S. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos went out of his way to accommodate my unique request. Everything went according to plan. Panagiota was a GREAT guide to Philippi. She adjusted the amount of information provided based on our level of interest and it was fantastic!!!

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Aldo!
I am very happy this trip met your expectations! It was a unique request indeed, the kind that makes my job exciting! Hope to hear from you again at your next visit to Greece.

Trip to greece, Greece - Jul 6 - Jul 17, 2018

Traveler: Hunter M. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

This trip was above and beyond what I expected. Tasos completely outdid himself in creating an unforgettable tour of Greece. All of the tours I went on were informative and unique. I especially enjoyed Naxos island, from the beaches to the local food it was paradise. My tour guide on Naxos was also very friendly and made me feel like I was being shown around by an old friend, rather than a tour guide. Overall the trip was excellent, all of my accommodations were top notch, and my experience was nothing short of amazing.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Hunter. There 's no better reward than to to read your enthusiastic review! It was a great pleasure having you in Greece and I would be happy to organize another trip for you any time.
Happy travels!

Joshua

Greek islands, Greece - Jul 5 - Jul 13, 2018

Traveler: Joshua K. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Joshua and Penny!
I am very glad you enjoyed your trip and I hope to see you again in Greece soon.
All the best,
Tasos

Athens tours, Greece - Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2018

Traveler: Michael J. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

We took the Mythological Walking tour trip. We had asked for a private tour but ended up with many other people; I guess private tour is not the same in Greece as other places. It was good trip and Iffy our tour guide was great.

Tasos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your review, Michael. I am glad you enjoyed it despite the misconception of private vs. semi-private. Actually I went through our entire conversation and you never mentioned you were looking for a private tour; still, I understand I should have made the setup absolutely clear.
Looking forward to seeing you back in Greece!