Kimkim Trip Reviews

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Terry did a great job of managing things we w...
Iceland | Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2022

Heather
Heather G.
McLean, VA | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Terry did a great job of managing things we wanted to see, downtime and our route. We enjoyed having a couple things planned the first few days then relaxed into our own schedule and our own pace for a few days. It was perfect!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Sonia helped us plan a wonderful, personalize...
Italy | Sep 15 - Sep 30, 2022

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Martha D.
| Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Sonia helped us plan a wonderful, personalized trip to Italy. Our itinerary was full, but everything went smoothly. From driver’s meeting us at the airport, to train stations etc - everything was wonderful. She also provided us with a concierge who took care of us during our trip when we had any questions or concerns. All the hotels and excursions booked were great! I would highly recommend booking your dream vacation through KimKim and using Sonia’s services. She was terrific.

Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin

Norway is such a magical place, and this trip...
Norway | Sep 8 - Sep 18, 2022

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Sharon S.
Stevensville, MT | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Norway is such a magical place, and this trip allowed us to burrow in further than our previous trip. Our trip had a nice flow, and our accommodations were excellent. We stayed in both an incredible boutique style hotel suite, and a fishing cabin in the Lofotens. Our overnight on the Hurtigruten Ferry gave us a taste of cruising and allowed us to take a RIB trip to the Saltstraumen Strait. We liked having 2 nights at our hotels so we could get there, explore and relax. Linda was attentive to... read more

Norway is such a magical place, and this trip allowed us to burrow in further than our previous trip. Our trip had a nice flow, and our accommodations were excellent. We stayed in both an incredible boutique style hotel suite, and a fishing cabin in the Lofotens. Our overnight on the Hurtigruten Ferry gave us a taste of cruising and allowed us to take a RIB trip to the Saltstraumen Strait. We liked having 2 nights at our hotels so we could get there, explore and relax. Linda was attentive to our needs with many great suggestions. Thank you for your organization and ease of planning.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Nidelven
Trondheim

Central location by the flower bridge with easy access to outside terrace restaurants and bars. This hotel had the best breakfast buffet ever!!!! It's hard to call it a buffet as there were stations set up with personal service for everything. The room was comfortable. The hotel staff was extremely helpful. We had an issue with our power cords and they were able to advise us on how to fix our access.

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Hustadvika Havhotell
Fraena

I wish I had read the driving instructions to this hotel that you provided more thoroughly before I panicked. Turns out we were only 3 minutes away when we started asking directions. The room was comfortable and cozy. The staff was very pleasant. It was a bit isolated if you didn't want to eat at the hotel.

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MS Kong Harald
Tromsø

This ferry ride was great exposure to what cruising must be like. Our room was small but had everything we needed. We were only onboard 1 night. If we had gone further it would have been nice to have a room with a larger window. We sat on the observation deck most of the time. It was amazing how closely we navigated through the islands. We signed up to take the RIB Saltstraumen excursion. This may have been the highlight of our trip. For some reason we thought we had our room until we reached Svolvaer. But when we were paged we found out we should have checked out by 11. We were hoping to come back from the RIB adventure, take a warm shower and gather up our belongings for our departure. That was our mistake. The scenery along the passage was incredible!

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Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Barcelona and marseille
France | Sep 13 - Sep 23, 2022

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Suzanne S.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Audrey and I planned this trip together over a period of a couple of months. She was responsive to my questions and requests in a timely and intelligent manner.
All arrivals and departures were handled with lovely attentive drivers.
We were traveling for 11 days in Barcelona and Marseilles with a 1 day stop in Sete, France.
In Barcelona we went on a tour of Montserrat with Vincent. He was a wonderful tour guide. Friendly , personable attentive, aware of the differences in his group of... read more

Audrey and I planned this trip together over a period of a couple of months. She was responsive to my questions and requests in a timely and intelligent manner.
All arrivals and departures were handled with lovely attentive drivers.
We were traveling for 11 days in Barcelona and Marseilles with a 1 day stop in Sete, France.
In Barcelona we went on a tour of Montserrat with Vincent. He was a wonderful tour guide. Friendly , personable attentive, aware of the differences in his group of people. We had a wonderful day with a group of people from many different places because Vincent made it enjoyable and informative.
In Sete we met Marc for a private food tour. It was one of the highlights of our trip. Marc was knowledgeable, informative and extremely personable.
On the whole this trip worked for two older women exploring 2cities in Europe.
We thank Audrey for assisting us in this adventure.

Local specialist: Audrey Benezech

Great Greece Vacation
Greece | Sep 16 - Sep 29, 2022

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Jeff H.
Greece | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Nadia did a fabulous job of planning our vacation for us. Everything was on point and on schedule from the hotels, transfers and excursions. read more

Nadia did a fabulous job of planning our vacation for us. Everything was on point and on schedule from the hotels, transfers and excursions.

Hotel Review
Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa
Mykonos

The hotel staff was great and the views, pool and beach were fantastic.

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Remote way from all the crowds
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Nadia Pithara

THE BEST TRIP !! Every aspect was top notch....
Portugal | Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2022

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robin k.
North Chicopee, MA | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

THE BEST TRIP !! Every aspect was top notch. All of our drivers were wonderful very nice, friendly and leaving us with so much information and history. So many great moments.
Thank you! read more

THE BEST TRIP !! Every aspect was top notch. All of our drivers were wonderful very nice, friendly and leaving us with so much information and history. So many great moments.
Thank you!

Local specialist: Pedro Luis

Awesome Trip in Every Way!
Greece | Sep 4 - Sep 19, 2022

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ken k.
Canada | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

First of all, the trip exceeded our expectations by a long ways! Thank you so much Chris for all your help in the planning and execution!
Our first stop was in Athens, where we stayed in the plako district in a very cute suite in a perfect location. The hostess there [named Magna, I believe] was super helpful in every way.
We were met at the hotel and taken to the fast ferry by an individual whose name I cannot remember. In fact we were always met on time in each location but the names... read more

First of all, the trip exceeded our expectations by a long ways! Thank you so much Chris for all your help in the planning and execution!
Our first stop was in Athens, where we stayed in the plako district in a very cute suite in a perfect location. The hostess there [named Magna, I believe] was super helpful in every way.
We were met at the hotel and taken to the fast ferry by an individual whose name I cannot remember. In fact we were always met on time in each location but the names of the driver's escape me. Nonetheless they were all punctual and most pleasant.
Our next stop was Cyros, where he stayed as an unbelievably amazing suite with a beautiful large deck overlooking the ocean! The proprietor [Doddy] and her daughter were most gracious and helpful. The breakfasts they provided were outstanding.
Our next stop was Naxos, and it was the least favorite places on the trip. The room we stayed in was somewhat dark, and although it did have a view of the ocean, between us and the ocean was a parking lot and a field. The breakfast was outstanding but not in the building we were staying in, Although the location was not bad, it was not great either. We would not recomend this hotel. The highlight of the island was the car rental [which I would highly recommend for both islands] and our tourof the Island.
The final stop was the highlight of the trip which was Santorini. The accomodationds were unbelieveable, as was the hostess, Again great breakfasts. We took a guided tour of the Island ending in a wine tasting location, and we probably no more about Santorini than we do about Victoria where we live. The guide on the tour was the key reason that it was such a success. We are uncertain about his name but believe it was Bosnos, or something similar. Most informative and entertaining as well! On the last day we went on a sunset cruise on a catamaran, and although the sea was quite rough, it was well worth taking gravol and enjoying the scenery and company. The staff on the boat were most gracious, serving beer, wine and a very good dinner. It was a nice way to finish off our visit to Greece.

Hotel Reviews
Lithies Traditional Homes
Thíra
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Kyria Boutique House
Plaka, Athens
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cyano Suites
Naxos
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arion Syros
Hermoupolis, Syros
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Catamaran Cruise in the Caldera Lagoon
Santorini
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Myk...
Italy | Sep 9 - Sep 22, 2022

Brittany
Brittany J.
Spring Valley, NV | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
Duration: 2 weeks
Travel Agent: Ina

The two weeks that he had organized through kimkim was a terrific travel experience! We will first start of by saying that they do a wonderful job on working with a set budget. Ina was our travel agent for our excursion in Italy and the Mediterranean and was able to provide a very detailed itinerary, then amend it based on our thoughts, prioritization and budget. Each of our destination... read more

Location: Rome, Florence, Venice, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini
Duration: 2 weeks
Travel Agent: Ina

The two weeks that he had organized through kimkim was a terrific travel experience! We will first start of by saying that they do a wonderful job on working with a set budget. Ina was our travel agent for our excursion in Italy and the Mediterranean and was able to provide a very detailed itinerary, then amend it based on our thoughts, prioritization and budget. Each of our destination locations were roughly 2 days, which gave us time to experience pre-set tours, walking around the locations, eat out and allow us to have a "free day" to explore.

It was incredibly convenient to have Ina email us the itinerary prior, with all the tickets, tour info, must see hot spots, and have ALL the intricate travel taken care of. We appreciated the recommended sights to see as well as cafes/restaurants/bars to visit. We had never seen such a detailed itinerary and were very appreciative of all the insights. Car services and water taxis were very punctual (sometimes early) when picking us from the hotels and taking us to the next destination on the itinerary. How to get from point A to B to C was something we were initially stressed about. Kimkim does an excellent job at taking care of all the travel plans while you are in a foreign country. We had minimal issues with moving to and from locations due to the detailed itinerary and punctual aspect of the car services.

Restaurant reservations were even made by her after our input on food preferences.
Every now and then, we would need to reach out to kimkim on Whatapp via mobile if we were in a bind for some details, but kimkim was prompt and handled the situation without any major issues.

The only recommendation we have is to provide different options for the local tours. We overall were happy with the tours Ina set up! For example, we are very interested in Greek mythology and there was an option to do a Greek mythology based tour of the Acropolis. We did the architectural based tour which was good but would have liked to have the mythology incorporated into the tour.

Overall, this trip was incredible, and it went by so fast for how busy we kept. We took this opportunity to do as much as possible in the 2 weeks we had. Ina made sure to be very detailed in the planning.

Kimkim wiped away so much stress, made travel easier and provided an insight into the Italian and Greek culture that we would not have gathered with self-planned travel.

We can't speak highly enough of kimkim and look forward to our next adventure with these folks the next time we choose to travel internationally!

Local specialist: Ina Gaydarova

We loved the itinerary that Robi put together...
Croatia | Sep 6 - Sep 17, 2022

Sheena
Sheena S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

We loved the itinerary that Robi put together for us, particularly the whole area of Istria, the Plitvice lakes and Krka National Park. We had visited Split and Dubrovnik previously and it was interesting to see how they had become so much more 'touristy'. We were pleased that the visit to Mostar was included too. All our accommodation was excellent, welcoming staff, good food and well situated. A minor criticism..the air conditioning in the vehicle could have been more efficient for those... read more

We loved the itinerary that Robi put together for us, particularly the whole area of Istria, the Plitvice lakes and Krka National Park. We had visited Split and Dubrovnik previously and it was interesting to see how they had become so much more 'touristy'. We were pleased that the visit to Mostar was included too. All our accommodation was excellent, welcoming staff, good food and well situated. A minor criticism..the air conditioning in the vehicle could have been more efficient for those in the back!!
Bruno was an exceptional guide! He had patience, was courteous and had a great sense of humour! His knowledge was excellent and we would have no hesitation in recommending Robi and Bruno ( and Goran, Robi's cousin, who took us on an exciting boat trip!) for their expertise and care... nothing was too much trouble. A truly memorable trip to Croatia, Thank you All!

Local specialist: Robert Pinčević

Paris and Marseille
France | Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2022

Stacey
Stacey W.
Minneapolis, MN | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Audrey did a phenomenal job planning our week in France. We were concerned that attempting to do Paris and the Provence region would be too ambitious, but it was not! Audrey truly listened to our desires and managed to plan a trip that was the perfect mix of seeing all the major landmarks, to small intimate tours that really captured the culture and flavor of Paris and Marseille. We had plenty of time to sit at cafes sipping some lovely French wine and taking it all in!
Another perk of... read more

Audrey did a phenomenal job planning our week in France. We were concerned that attempting to do Paris and the Provence region would be too ambitious, but it was not! Audrey truly listened to our desires and managed to plan a trip that was the perfect mix of seeing all the major landmarks, to small intimate tours that really captured the culture and flavor of Paris and Marseille. We had plenty of time to sit at cafes sipping some lovely French wine and taking it all in!
Another perk of doing travel this way was having all of our tickets in hand. No waiting to go to the summit of the Eiffel Tower, into the Louvre, or the Palace of Versailles. It was apparent that many spent hours in line at these key sights.
All of our travel guides were timely, professional, fluent in English and SO knowledgeable about the history of the areas we visited. A special thank you to Florence and LuLu who made our time in Marseille so perfect and customized! The food and wines we sampled, along with the breathtaking sights will never be forgotten!

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Jardin de Cluny
Paris
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites - Marseille Vieux Port
Marseille
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Discovery tour of Paris by vintage 2CV
Paris

Such a fun way to see the major landmarks, however our guide was not fluent in English and struggled to relay much information or history of what we were seeing.

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Dinner at the Ciel de Paris restaurant
Paris
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Seine river cruise
Paris
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Food tour in Montmartre
Paris
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Marseille food tour
Marseille
Quality of Experience
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Cassis & Bandol Rosé Wine Tour
Marseille

Cassis was so charming! We had a wonderful tasting experience at two wineries!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Florence is so knowledgeable about the region.
Transport
Visit of Luberon & the hilltop villages
France

Each village was so unique and so beautiful. We truly felt like we understood how people have lives and worked in these villages for centuries. Amazing experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Florence is top notch! She truly got to know us and customized the experience for us!
Transport
Local specialist: Audrey Benezech

Athens, Siros, Naxos and Santorini - FABULOUS
Greece | Sep 14 - Sep 27, 2022

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Stan C.
Amesbury, MA | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

The trip was amazing. All of the transfers came off smoothly and the hotels were great.
The first night dinner at the Ergon was fabulous, we could not eat all of it. What an array of foods! Pavlina Snoblova <pavlina@alternative-athens.com> was a great tour guide for the Athens food tour, a real must for those seeking some authentic Greek food and coffee. We really liked Efyenyi's guided tour of the acropolis area. Being an archeologist, she had some good in-depth knowledge.
Antonio on... read more

The trip was amazing. All of the transfers came off smoothly and the hotels were great.
The first night dinner at the Ergon was fabulous, we could not eat all of it. What an array of foods! Pavlina Snoblova was a great tour guide for the Athens food tour, a real must for those seeking some authentic Greek food and coffee. We really liked Efyenyi's guided tour of the acropolis area. Being an archeologist, she had some good in-depth knowledge.
Antonio on Syros went above and beyond with his tour. It was the "white glove" treatment. I recommend him. The Akron Hotel was beautiful and the view from our window spectacular.
On to Naxos - we would have liked being closer to the beach but everything was very good. The second day was very windy so we shifted great and toured the marble city instead of Plaka Beach. Our driver spoke no English so it was a quiet ride, We toured the Kastelo and the next day on the food tour with Kyriaki we visited all but 2 of the stops we went to the day before. Glad to see our choices validated!
Then to Santorini; what a beautiful place! the room was exquisite. our favorite right after the Akron. We would recommend room 22b at the Makris Beach hotel! Bello was our tour guide for the trip to Oia, he was excellent, keep him. Our day trip on the catamaran was stunning. We were on the Time Out. The captain and crew we competent and hard working, seeing the city of Oia and the beaches from the water was a unique perspective. Snorkling was lovely as was the on-baord food. The icing on the cake was when the captain stopped the boat so we could all see the sun go down into the Agean sea. Truly memorable. The only thing I would have wanted was late check out from the Makris Beach Hotel, we could have enjoyed the beach one more time.

Hotel Reviews
Arion Syros
Hermoupolis, Syros

Fantastic! The room was incredible, a great layout with 3 windows facing the sea. Very clean and looked new. I could live there for weeks :-) The service was excellent. We loved it. Our first choice of all the hotels we stayed at.

Authenticity & Character
the breakfasts!
Location
close to town, awesome view from the windows.
Staff
Very helpful and easy to understand.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Number one on our list
Makris Beach Hotel
Kamari

Try for room 22b with the beach view terrace and private Jacuzzi! The twin rain shower it lovely, the room spacious. Loved it

Authenticity & Character
again, like new in the typical Santorini style
Location
Ten steps to the beach, can't beat it
Staff
Eleni was very nice and would have allowed late check out except the room was to be occupied by the next guests
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

What a beautiful little boutique hotel! Our room was small but delightful! The staff made us feel welcome and overall I cannot find any fault.

Authenticity & Character
Obviously the home of a wealthy person before becoming the hotel
Location
Very easy walk to everything we wanted to see in Athens
Staff
sweet and accommodating. Since we were leaving before breakfast, they made carry out bags for us.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lagos Mare
Naxos

A very nice hotel but its location was not great. Surrounded on two sides bu dirt parking lot and a short walk to the beach area. The walk could be anxious with virtually no sidewalk and traffic. Oddly they had a Nespresso machine in the room with the pods but no cups, creamer or sugar. That was not a big problem as I easily went down to the breakfast area to get coffee for the room but other may not like it, Last the shower was not nearly as nice as in the other hotels. It was impossible to keep the water from soaking the floor,

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to beach, nice patio,
Staff
the staff were very accommodating.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Wow that is a small room!

Authenticity & Character
the eating area was open air and very nice
Location
If we had arrived much earlier we could have seen more. From the airport the ride seem long, to the airport, shorted. Not sure it was location or the road our driver chose.
Staff
They were nice but honestly we had little interaction
Cleanliness & Comfort
with 2 people in the room and our luggage it was cramped. Know I am accustomed to bigger hotel rooms but this was the smallest room of the week.
Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

What a wonderful trip to Iceland!
Iceland | Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2022

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Jonathan C.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

What a wonderful trip to Iceland!

It’s hard to believe how effortless it was - my group of friends regularly commented on how well thought out our days were and we can’t thank Lisbet enough for her expertise and patience.

Overall, I found the KimKim site & service modern, simple and extremely convenient. It was just so easy to plan and communicate with our agent, Lisbet.

Lisbet is an Iceland guru. Beyond the detailed itinerary, pre-planned Google Map and reservation documents, she... read more

What a wonderful trip to Iceland!

It’s hard to believe how effortless it was - my group of friends regularly commented on how well thought out our days were and we can’t thank Lisbet enough for her expertise and patience.

Overall, I found the KimKim site & service modern, simple and extremely convenient. It was just so easy to plan and communicate with our agent, Lisbet.

Lisbet is an Iceland guru. Beyond the detailed itinerary, pre-planned Google Map and reservation documents, she had some seriously amazing recommendations on where to eat in Iceland. Our favorite was the Tapas restaurant in Reykjavik - moody, vibrant and some of the best tapas I’ve had in the world. Our favorite activity was the glacier hike near Vik -the expert guides helped us feel confident so we could take the full experience in!

Because the service was so magnificent, our group we were able to focus on connecting and build ing our friendships - thank you Lisbet & KimKim

Local specialist: Lisbet Grönvaldt

This has been an amazing trip, Duncan has bee...
Iceland | Sep 19 - Sep 28, 2022

Aleksandra
Aleksandra D.
Blytheville, AR | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

This has been an amazing trip, Duncan has been extremely efficient in always providing responses very quickly and in great detail. I would not hesitate to work with Kimkim again!!! Special thanks to Duncan for all the support he has provided to us.

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell

Endless Beauty on Damatia
Croatia | Sep 20 - Sep 26, 2022

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Delaney K.
Burbank, CA | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

This was just a spectacular experience and Bruno was so helpful and responsive. He did an outstanding job of making our trip enjoyable and smooth. read more

This was just a spectacular experience and Bruno was so helpful and responsive. He did an outstanding job of making our trip enjoyable and smooth.

Activity Reviews
Mljet National Park Day Trip
Croatia
Explore Split and Diocletians palace
Split
Dubrovnik - Departure day
Croatia
Local specialist: Bruno Martinović

I think everyone (Francisco, Ricardo, Andre, ...
Portugal | Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2022

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sherry z.
Taunton, MA | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

I think everyone (Francisco, Ricardo, Andre, Nelson, Diego, another Andre, Joao (and Daniel) and Claudia - all of whom were phenomenal in their treatment of 3 ladies visiting Portugal for the first time. Each and every one of them engaged in thorough and pleasant conversations teaching us about their country and sharing stories of great interest to us all.
History lessons accompanied by a genuine desire to let us learn about Portugal and its peoples were carefully and easily given.
I cannot... read more

I think everyone (Francisco, Ricardo, Andre, Nelson, Diego, another Andre, Joao (and Daniel) and Claudia - all of whom were phenomenal in their treatment of 3 ladies visiting Portugal for the first time. Each and every one of them engaged in thorough and pleasant conversations teaching us about their country and sharing stories of great interest to us all.
History lessons accompanied by a genuine desire to let us learn about Portugal and its peoples were carefully and easily given.
I cannot say enough about the welcomeness felt by all and the easiness to get around with help from our Portuguese guides.
It was a trip we will recommend to many of our friends. Pedro listened to all of our needs and fulfilled them all. His constant check-in of how things were going made us all very cared for! Thank you so much and we look forward to visiting your beautiful country with beautiful people once again.

Hotel Reviews
Madalena by The Beautique Hotels
Lisbon

Small but unique in all its lovely working personnel. We were welcomed with open arms and always being accompanied with directions, our personal needs, restaurant suggestions and information etc. Truly a home away from home......Helpful in every way! Breakfast crews were delightful...... We would recommend Madalena highly....also location was perfect!

Authenticity & Character
Attention to detail.....
Location
Easy to walk everywhere from there!
Staff
All of them.....so very willing to help in any way.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Comfortable rooms and clean!
Pestana Porto - A Brasileira
Porto

Great location and lovely rooms. Dining on the sidewalk or inside had an interesting menu and staff was extremely cordial.

Authenticity & Character
Feeling of old and new.
Location
Easy walk to the river and train station.
Staff
Attentive!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Easy access to amenities and bar...plenty of room for two.
The Noble House
Evora

Architecturally magnificent with an antiquated feel. Plenty of room to relax in a somewhat small setting. It has a lovely small courtyard in front to sit and breakfast can also be taken outside on the deck. Very quiet!

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Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Cascais

Magnificent art work in large open lobby with a library to sit and ponder how they made this fortress into lovely rooms with outside sky views. Very interesting and easy walk to the beach and town . Hard not to like Cascais and where it is but the fortress sealed our fondness.

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Activity Review
Exclusive Driver Tour in the Douro Valley
Portugal

The views, the driver, the winery and wine! A relaxing day in the vineyards of Douro cannot be missed.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ability to talk to the driver and hear easily the stories of Duoro Valley.
Local specialist: Pedro Luis

Our trip was amazing! We saw 3 cities, Rome,...
Italy | Sep 16 - Sep 23, 2022

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Kim M.
Minerva, NY | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Our trip was amazing! We saw 3 cities, Rome, Florence, and Venice and each one was just as amazing as the others. All of our transfers went smooth, our hotels were fabulous, and our tours were great. It was the perfect balance between scheduled tours and time to explore on our own. One tour guide in Venice named Valerio Coppo was phenomenal. He went above and beyond. His tour of the islands of Murano and Burano were exceptional. So personal! Could not recommend more. Livtours also... read more

Our trip was amazing! We saw 3 cities, Rome, Florence, and Venice and each one was just as amazing as the others. All of our transfers went smooth, our hotels were fabulous, and our tours were great. It was the perfect balance between scheduled tours and time to explore on our own. One tour guide in Venice named Valerio Coppo was phenomenal. He went above and beyond. His tour of the islands of Murano and Burano were exceptional. So personal! Could not recommend more. Livtours also did a fantastic job. We had one of the Colosseum in Rome and one in Florence (which was a food and wine tour ) which happened to be just my husband, myself, and the tour guide.
Our other tours were great as well. Evyenia and Harris did an excellent job with our itinerary. Would highly recommend. We were so pleased we are going to start planning next years trip with the KimKim agency.

Activity Reviews
Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Rome
Pasta & Gelato Or Tiramisu Making Class
Rome

This was fun! If you already know alot about cooking and baking, you might be a tad disappointed but all in all it was a fun experience.

Florence Food & Wine Tour
Florence

Had our very own private tour guide, just my husband and I. It was very nice! Tour guide was great.

Half-Day Murano & Burano Islands
Venice

Wonderful! Valerio Coppo could not recommend more.

Local transfer in Florence
Florence
Private Sunset & Aperitivo Gondola Ride
Venice
Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Portugal is a MUST for your next European Holiday
Portugal | Sep 8 - Sep 19, 2022

Martha
Martha R.
San Antonio, TX | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

We could not be more pleased with the trip that Marta arranged for us to visit Portugal. From our time in Lisbon, our spectacular hike along the coast in the Sintra Region and our final days in Porto, we were consistently impressed with the high levels of service, the lovely accommodations and the ease of executing the trip as planned via the travel App. We were able to stay in touch with Marta the entire time and she was always available to connect with us if we had any questions. We... read more

We could not be more pleased with the trip that Marta arranged for us to visit Portugal. From our time in Lisbon, our spectacular hike along the coast in the Sintra Region and our final days in Porto, we were consistently impressed with the high levels of service, the lovely accommodations and the ease of executing the trip as planned via the travel App. We were able to stay in touch with Marta the entire time and she was always available to connect with us if we had any questions. We found the Tour group for our hike to be exceptionally kind and flexible. We had a possibility of poor weather and every day; the team was willing to reschedule pick up's and or modify our trek so we could avoid any issues. The GPS App for the treks was very easy to use and we were able to follow along the paths with confidence. We want to say a special thanks to Marta as she was EXTREMELY helpful to us as we had to delay our trip slightly. She graciously helped us to reschedule all of our plans and we could not have been more grateful for her patience. We have used KimKim in the past and we will absolutely use them for our next trip.

Hotel Reviews
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Cascais

This property is sublime. The grounds are appointed with incredible exterior sculptures and tranquil courtyard. The room was lovely, extremely spacious and comfortable. The pool area was peaceful, and we were able to have a cocktail while lounging in the sun. FIVE STARS!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
A lovely stroll along the waterfront to the city center of Cascais
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Arribas Sintra Hotel
Sintra

This hotel was perfect for Arribas. The POOL - OH MY GOODNESS! I have never seen a pool like this, enormous. The staff was so kind, and we appreciated all of the assistance during our stay.

Authenticity & Character
The POOL! You must swim, it is a surreal experience.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska

We were impressed and very pleased with each ...
Portugal | Sep 16 - Sep 26, 2022

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Page R.
Hanover, MA | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

We were impressed and very pleased with each contact we made ...The trip was planned beautifully. We loved our hotel accomodations. We were so impressed with Portugal as a whole. The country works so well...health care, environmentally sustainable, education...a relaxed friendly affordable country read more

We were impressed and very pleased with each contact we made ...The trip was planned beautifully. We loved our hotel accomodations. We were so impressed with Portugal as a whole. The country works so well...health care, environmentally sustainable, education...a relaxed friendly affordable country

Hotel Reviews
Madalena by The Beautique Hotels
Lisbon

excellent location...excellent service..delicious breakfast...lovely room

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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pestana Porto - A Brasileira
Porto

Great location...excellent breakfast

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Noble House
Evora
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Cascais

Wow..What a beautiful hotel Great location..modern and cool

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Cultural Walking Tour in Lisbon
Lisbon

We loved it and our guide was excellent

Quality of Experience
Dinner with a Fado Performance
Lisbon

It was wonderful...the music was beautiful

Quality of Experience
Food
Private Driver to Sintra with Tickets to Pena Palace
Sintra

We loved our driver Nelson..we enjoyed the entire day with him. He was excellent...great smooth ride..relaxed..beautiful playlist of music

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Guided Cultural Walking Tour in Porto
Porto

Andre was very nice and informative

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Port Wine Cellar Visit with Tastings
Porto

We were surprised it was private tour...It was wonderful...and tasting was great..served with delicious cheese

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Exclusive Driver Tour in the Douro Valley
Portugal

I was concerned at first that Andre had a cold but he explained it was just an allergy. He was a fast driver but drove well. He was very engaging and gave us an excellent all day tour. We enjoyed getting to know him and share stories

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Winery Tour & Wine Tasting
Douro Valley

We were again surprised it was a private tour...It was excellent. What a beautiful vineyard and winery....so beautiful. We LOVED our lunch

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Boat Trip in the Douro River on a Traditional Rabelo Boat
Douro Valley

It was beautiful..hot and just beautiful country

Quality of Experience
Private History & Cultural Guided Tour in Évora
Évora

It was a beautiful town and our guide was calm and interesting We had a little mix up in the chapel of Bones..too crowded for us...and we lost our guide for a while..waited outside..It was nice

Local specialist: Pedro Luis

Trip of a lifetime
Morocco | Sep 2 - Sep 18, 2022

Jennifer
Jennifer O.
Morristown, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Overall we had an amazing experience planning and participating in our trip to Morocco where we visited Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, Essaouira, and Casablanca. From start to finish KimKim and it’s affiliate Original Travels accommodated our wishes and succeeded in meeting our expectations.

This was the first time that we used a travel agency to plan a trip and relinquished the planning process to another. It was really nice to not worry about anything.... read more

Overall we had an amazing experience planning and participating in our trip to Morocco where we visited Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Merzouga, Boumalne Dades, Marrakech, Essaouira, and Casablanca. From start to finish KimKim and it’s affiliate Original Travels accommodated our wishes and succeeded in meeting our expectations.

This was the first time that we used a travel agency to plan a trip and relinquished the planning process to another. It was really nice to not worry about anything. Our trip was 16 days long, with 8 different accommodations, 6 different tour guides, 8 different major stops (not including all the wonderful places in between), 1 amazing driver (Karim), and an impromptu neighborhood get together. Each place was completely different and exciting. Having never been to Morocco, we were blown away with the kindness of the people and the beauty of the country.

Our accommodations were 5 star hotels, luxury tent, guest houses, or riads with delicious breakfasts that met or exceeded our assumptions with one exception. Riad Perle D'Eau in Essaouira was clean and the rooms were large but overall the hotel is aging and was not on par with the rest of our accommodations. Once you’ve stayed in amazing places you definitely can feel the difference. The breakfast was mediocre too. It would have gone a long way if our rooms overlooked the ocean instead of a staircase and another room.

In Fes we stayed in a beautiful Riad where the shear beauty of the open air lobby meets you at the door. The stage is definitely set when you arrive to a traditional tea service. Upon showing us to our room we were overjoyed with my sisters room and were told that the hotel had “upgraded” us to an upper floor. There was no comparison to how much nicer her room was. If we had not seen her room we would have been happy in our accommodations but her experience was definitely different. We asked to be moved and they were unable to accommodate us. When traveling with others, you want the rooms to be the same not glaringly different.

We signed up for many workshops and truly loved learning how to make the many exports Morocco is known for. We walked away from each experience appreciating the amount of time, effort, and skill put into each piece of pottery, leather goods, food, brass and copper, blanket, and rug.

The only one that did not meet our expectations was the babouche shoe workshop in Marrakech. We were supposed to fully make a pair of shoes to take with us. Even though we learned the steps to making a puff puff and shoes, we were unable to make our own. At least 3 hours need to be set aside to accommodate this class. Originally we were scheduled to do this in the morning followed by a food tour. Both the food tour and the workshop were rushed and therefore not as we had anticipated.

I would not recommend the winery tour outside of Essaouira. (we were scheduled to tour the facility, wine taste and luncheon there). We chose to continue on to Essaouira and Original Travels took us to a wonderful restaurant on the beach where we enjoyed a glass of wine and a delicious seafood meal.

We rode a camel, sand surfed, took a kite surfing class and a cooking class, had a message, a facial, 2 Hammams, hiked in the Atlas Mountains, and participated in a balloon ascension over Marrakech. These activities enhanced our overall experience.

Each stop we made, each place we visited, each person we met left us with a true appreciation for Morocco. Thank you KimKim and Original Travels for an exceptional once in a lifetime experience.

Hotel Reviews
The View Hotel
Rabat

Wonderful first stop. Enjoyed the treats awaiting our arrival from the airport. Breakfast was delicious!

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful new hotel
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech

My favorite! Enjoyed the 1946 hotel steeped in history. If it’s good enough for Winston Churchill it’s definitely good enough for me. Afternoon tea and cookies is a wonderful way to end your day.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful hotel and delicious food
Location
The neighborhood was a little run down but a quick walk to the square.
Staff
Remembered our name every time and was genuinely happy to see us each afternoon
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouene

Riad was perfectly located. Simple accommodations with a very helpful staff. Breakfast was delicious. Tried our first Hammam here and the private pool. The Hammam is not a luxurious spa like experience but definitely an eye opener and my skin never looked better.

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Palais Amani
Fès

Upon checking in the staff showed us to our rooms. My sister’s room was on the main floor with a beautiful open floor plan overlooking the Riad’s open space. We were told that we were upgraded to another room. Unfortunately this room didn’t feel like an upgrade but of a switch to accommodate another. Our room felt dark where the bathroom was separated between the bathing area and facilities right between the seating area making the room feel cramped. To be fair we probably would have been happy with the accommodations if we hadn’t seen the other beautiful room.

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Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Loved visiting the Sahara Desert. I would recommend visiting for only one day since there isn’t enough to do for 2 days. I would not take guests to a pool that isn’t up to the same standard as the camp. The pool where we were dropped off at was still under construction and shouldn’t be used.

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Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Ait Ouffi

Loved our stay here. The hospitality and food was superb.

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Riad Perle D'Eau
Essaouira

The rooms were large and clean, unfortunately they looked into someone else’s room and a stairway. The Riad is dated with a mediocre breakfast.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms do not have airconditioning so having to close the drapes to preserve our privacy made the rooms uncomfortable.
Hôtel & Spa Le Doge
Casablanca

The Art Deco hotel takes a minute to get used to. My sister’s room was so outlandish that they moved her to a different room where she was very comfortable. The staff was fabulous and the breakfast was delicious.

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Activity Reviews
Marrakech to Essaouira - Argan Oil
Morocco

Enjoyed the demonstration and walked away with a better understanding on how the oil is made. More of a stop to purchase quality products.

Quality of Experience
Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour in Rabat
Rabat
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Sightseeing in Chefchaoeun
Chefchaouen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Very informative
Transport
Chefchaouen to Fes via Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Morocco

Loved all of our stops and really enjoyed our stop at Volubilis.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Karim did a great job getting making stops and adding adventure throughout the day.
Hike and lunch with a local family in Dades Valley
Morocco

Loved spending time with our guide and his lovely wife. They were incredibly welcoming!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Taxi was definitely an adventure on its own.
Dinner with a Local Family
Morocco

The dinner was delicious! Unfortunately, the wife was so tired that we felt like we were an inconvenience.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Pottery & Mosaïc workshop
Morocco

We loved this activity! We really gained an appreciation for all the work that goes into the art of mosaics and pottery.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Traditional Henna party
Morocco

The artist was extremely talented in her craft.

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Transport
Brass Etching Workshop in Fes
Fes

We didn’t have a workshop but we did take a tour of the brass making area and saw the experts at work.

Quality of Experience
Fes to Merzouga Sunset Camel Ride via Midelt & Erfoud
Morocco

Wonderful day! Lamb lunch was an adventure and loved meeting the monkeys! Riding a camel was an experience in itself. Two hours with rain, wind and sand felt like authentic once in a lifetime ride.

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Ensemble Artisanal (Handicraft Centre) in Marrakech
Marrakech

Highly recommend a visit. Quality merchandise priced reasonably without the stress of bargaining!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Fes
Fes

Loved our guide Hafid! We felt like we were in great hands from start to finish. When bargaining let him help you. We overpaid at the leather store because we tried to do it ourselves. We learned a valuable lesson and got much better as our trip progressed. He spent two full days with us and we enjoyed it immensely.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Boumalne Dades to Marrakech via Ouarzazate & Aït Benhaddou
Morocco

I loved all of our stops… it’s a long day!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Guided Desert Adventures in Erg Chebbi
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Desert adventures, exploring Nomadic life
Morocco
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Merzouga to Boumalne Dades via Tinghir & Todra Gorge
Morocco
Guided tour of the secret gardens
Marrakech

We ate lunch her which was a beautiful spot to take a break!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Full-Day private tour of Marrakech
Marrakech

Great job acclimating us to the city and giving us wonderful history information.

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Transport
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over Marrakech
Marrakech

What a wonderful way to see Morocco! This was my sister’s first ascension and our 3rd.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe
Marrakech

Great class start to finish! My husband that doesn’t cook loved it as well. We ate the food that we prepared and it was delicious.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Food Tour in Marrakech
Marrakech

Unfortunately this was at the end of the day and we felt rushed. We did enjoy the main meal but could have gone with Karim and had the same experience.

Quality of Experience
Food
Create your family's 'Babouche
Morocco

We only had 40 minutes to have a small demonstration about puffs and Babouche shoes. While informative, it was not what we expected.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Traditional carpet weaving with Berber women
Morocco

Demonstration and 5 mins each weaving.

Quality of Experience
Hammam La Mamounia
Marrakech

Excellent!

Quality of Experience
Wine Tasting at Domaine Val d'Argan
Essaouira

They didn’t know we were coming so we moved on to Essaouira where we had a lovely lunch on the beach.

Quality of Experience
Private Kitesurfing Lesson
Essaouira

Our instructor was thorough and knowledgeable. We ended our lesson with a better understanding of the sport and a desire to continue with lessons.

Quality of Experience
Essaouira to Casablanca via Eljadida Coastal Route
Morocco

Uneventful drive. Seeing a sheep on top of a car being transported and a camel along the road was our highlight.

Guided Tour of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco

Beautiful Mosque and a must see since it’s the only one in the country that you can go in.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Our experience of using KimKim was excellent ...
France | Sep 10 - Sep 21, 2022

Elizabeth
Elizabeth G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Our experience of using KimKim was excellent from start to finish. Everything was planned according to what we wanted. There are things that we have learnt from the experience and would ask for differently when we plan a holiday using KimKim again (which will most definitely do).
Thomas was always on hand and responded positively.
Le Clos des Pommiers Guest House - this was a beautiful guest house and ideal for our first night's stay. Although the hosts spoke little English they were... read more

Our experience of using KimKim was excellent from start to finish. Everything was planned according to what we wanted. There are things that we have learnt from the experience and would ask for differently when we plan a holiday using KimKim again (which will most definitely do).
Thomas was always on hand and responded positively.
Le Clos des Pommiers Guest House - this was a beautiful guest house and ideal for our first night's stay. Although the hosts spoke little English they were extremely welcoming and went out of their way to secure us a reservation for dinner.
Hotel Le Relais Saint Michel - although not the best hotel we can understand why it was chosen with its vicinity to Mont Saint Michel. Mont Saint Michel was certainly an experience not to be missed, if a bit touristy! The guided tour with Samuel was informative and he was extremely knowledgeable about the area. (It would have been useful to know that you needed a pin number to gain access to the hotel).
Hotel Le Sozo - this was a quirky hotel close to the centre of Nantes, which was a lovely town.
Hotel Anne d'Anjou - this was a lovely hotel in an excellent location. Saumur was an interesting town. The tour of the vineyards with Amelie was fascinating and it was definitely worth doing.
Le Folie Saint Julien Guest House - this was a lovely guest house and the hosts were welcoming, although the location was not ideal as going anywhere involved driving. The tour of the vineyards was not as interesting as the previous one, it felt more like an opportunity for selling wine.
Chateau Tour - this was one of the highlights of our tour. The tour guide Nicolas really made the tour come alive, he was one of the best tour guides I have ever come across.
Hotel Le Pommerais - this was the least favourite of our stays. The hotel wasn't great and nowhere near anywhere to either eat or have a stroll. Although the Le Folie Saint Julien wasn't in the best location, the charm of the accommodation made it worth it, Le Pommerais didn't have this. Also we visited Le Mans on a Monday and virtually everything was shut (not KimKim's fault as this is typical of French regional towns).
Grand Hotel Luxembourg - a great hotel in a perfect location. The tour of the Omaha Beach was inspirational, our only criticism was that it was geared towards Americans, but nonetheless we certainly learned a lot.
Overall this was an experience not to missed, ,the travel plan met what we had asked for (which was sketchy). In the future we will know to be more specific about our requirements.

Activity Review
Loire Valley: Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau
Amboise

The was the highlight of our tour of the Loire Valley. Our guide Nicolas really made the tour come alive. He was the best tour guide we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Enthusiasm and knowledge of his subject
Transport
Local specialist: Thomas Heitzmann

Pura Vida - thanks Randall and team!
Costa Rica | Sep 14 - Sep 21, 2022

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Sarah H.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Thanks so much to Randall and team for designing our holiday to Costa Rica, and being so responsive to any requests or changes we had. It was our first time using Kimkim and they were very patient and understanding. They recommended a great mix of locations and activities for us and we managed to fit a lot into 2 weeks. All of the transfers went really smoothly and we felt really well supported throughout the whole trip. Pura Vida!! read more

Thanks so much to Randall and team for designing our holiday to Costa Rica, and being so responsive to any requests or changes we had. It was our first time using Kimkim and they were very patient and understanding. They recommended a great mix of locations and activities for us and we managed to fit a lot into 2 weeks. All of the transfers went really smoothly and we felt really well supported throughout the whole trip. Pura Vida!!

Hotel Reviews
Jaguarundi Lodge
Monteverde
Arenal Manoa & Hot Springs
Fortuna
Activity Reviews
Monteverde - Hanging Bridges Guided Hike & Zip-lining tour
Monteverde
Guided Hike in Arenal Volcano Park 1968
Arenal/La Fortuna
Canyoning Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna
Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

KimKim service was fantastic and will use again!
Mexico | Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2022

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Shawana G.
Cypress, TX | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

This was my first time using KimKim and was phenomenal in many ways. It was like having a personal guide with me and my group of 8 friends throughout my entire birthday celebration.

They set up a personal chef, photographer, five days of transportation and excursions.

The only thing that I am not totally favorable about is the lack of transparency in the pricing model. I had a friend to cancel and hike I understand the no refund policy after thirty days, we all know that all... read more

This was my first time using KimKim and was phenomenal in many ways. It was like having a personal guide with me and my group of 8 friends throughout my entire birthday celebration.

They set up a personal chef, photographer, five days of transportation and excursions.

The only thing that I am not totally favorable about is the lack of transparency in the pricing model. I had a friend to cancel and hike I understand the no refund policy after thirty days, we all know that all excursions can be cancelled and refunded up until
About 48 hours before the trip.

But, I will let that go because everything was planned out perfectly and took allllllllllll the stress away from me. Any issues that we had Ximena and Melina were only a WhatsApp chat away. I honestly rate these ladies 7 stars!!!!!!

Leslie did great on the planning but was often slower for someone who lacks patience (me), but once the trip was handed over the Ximena and Melina the responses were within seconds. This brought me so much comfort and my group was amazed at how responsive they were at all hours!!!

Activity Reviews
Mexican Dinner Party!
Nuevo Vallarta
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunset in a Sailing Boat
Mexico
Quality of Experience
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Transport
City Tour and Tequila Tasting!
Mexico
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Leslie Pérez

from organizing to the real trip, everything ...
Italy | Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2022

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Diana S.
Irvine, CA | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

from organizing to the real trip, everything is going smoothly read more

from organizing to the real trip, everything is going smoothly

Hotel Reviews
Rivoli Boutique Hotel
Florence

charming hotel, good services

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Villa La Francigena
San Gimignano

amazing views, super helpful management, ample living areas,

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Every guide we had was special, as was each o...
Italy | Sep 15 - Sep 27, 2022

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Cecilia M.
Fort Myers, FL | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Every guide we had was special, as was each of the tours we partook in. We especially enjoyed boat ride to the Zingaro Reserve. Boat company the Lionel Ritchie was great!
We thought Lorenzo Capraro delivered a wonderful guided tour of Agrigento.
We loved Professor Onofrio Prestifilippo at the Casale of Villa Romana.
Our tour of Ortigia and the Neapolis Archaeological Park with was amazing with Fausto Mignelo
Our tour with Marco Saprenza was awesome on Mt. Etna.
We enjoyed the energy of... read more

Every guide we had was special, as was each of the tours we partook in. We especially enjoyed boat ride to the Zingaro Reserve. Boat company the Lionel Ritchie was great!
We thought Lorenzo Capraro delivered a wonderful guided tour of Agrigento.
We loved Professor Onofrio Prestifilippo at the Casale of Villa Romana.
Our tour of Ortigia and the Neapolis Archaeological Park with was amazing with Fausto Mignelo
Our tour with Marco Saprenza was awesome on Mt. Etna.
We enjoyed the energy of Lara Guida Turistica on our very rainy excursion through Palermo.
All of our Hotel professionals were very capable, we especially loved Hotel Failla’s accommodation.
Overall we were very pleased with all the arrangements that were made by Marianne. It was especially comforting to be able to reach out to her whenever we were not sure of a given situation. Of course our drivers were timely and very professional as well.
We will definitely recommend Kim Kim and hope to do another excursion in the future ourselves.

Hotel Reviews
Agriturismo Casale del Golfo
Castellammare del Golfo

We loved the setting for the Hotel but felt it was slightly in a poorer location for touring purposes. Unfortunately the A/C was not functioning very well, so night time sleep was difficult,

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Failla
Modica (RG)

Loved this Hotel, excellent room, excellent staff, excellent location!!

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Gargallo
Syracuse

Very small room, but it was the location that was so excellent for seeing Ortega.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Baia delle Sirene
Taormina

A little too far from Taormina, though we did not take advantage of using the cable car.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Tonic
Palermo

Excellent location in Palermo

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Marianne Lopez

Our trip planned by Johanna was fantastic! T...
Peru | Sep 8 - Sep 18, 2022

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Julie G.
Saratoga Springs, NY | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Our trip planned by Johanna was fantastic! The hotels were all lovely, the food tour in Lima led by Amy was lots of fun and our drivers were all friendly and safe drivers. The highlight of our trip was our guide for Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Flor was an amazing guide-knowledgeable, resourceful, accommodating, considerate, and fun! Without a doubt she made our trip an experience of a lifetime! I have already recommended Kimkim to family and friends planning adventures around the world!

Local specialist: Johanna Fabian

We had an amazing trip to Italy and Greece th...
Italy | Sep 19 - Sep 25, 2022

Jack
Jack D.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

We had an amazing trip to Italy and Greece thanks to the help of KimKim and our specialist Harris.

Starting in Sorrento we had a peaceful stay right along the bay. Enjoyed wine and pizza and the local beaches.

Next we traveled to Athens where we had an amazing staying in Plaka District. We then finished the trip in Santorini where we enjoyed days by the pool and amazing Greek cuisine.

I would recommend KimKim to anyone looking to travel abroad and see the world in more detail! read more

We had an amazing trip to Italy and Greece thanks to the help of KimKim and our specialist Harris.

Starting in Sorrento we had a peaceful stay right along the bay. Enjoyed wine and pizza and the local beaches.

Next we traveled to Athens where we had an amazing staying in Plaka District. We then finished the trip in Santorini where we enjoyed days by the pool and amazing Greek cuisine.

I would recommend KimKim to anyone looking to travel abroad and see the world in more detail!

Hotel Review
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

Great hotel, super comfortable and right next to some amazing restaurants in Plaka district.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Our guide Dennis, and our driver Surya were e...
Indonesia | Sep 18 - Sep 26, 2022

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Donald S.
Brattleboro, VT | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Our guide Dennis, and our driver Surya were excellent. Also, at Ecolodge in Bukit Lawang, our guide Zul and the assistant, Jat were a very good team for finding orangutans and birds.
The trip overall was exciting and mind-broadening. read more

Our guide Dennis, and our driver Surya were excellent. Also, at Ecolodge in Bukit Lawang, our guide Zul and the assistant, Jat were a very good team for finding orangutans and birds.
The trip overall was exciting and mind-broadening.

Hotel Reviews
Ecolodge Bukit Lawang
Bukit Lawang

Hotel rooms very basic, not in a bad way, but because the hotel is ecologically -oriented, some features, such as no hot water for the showers, may not be good for everyone. It was fine for us.

Authenticity & Character
Very committed to the environment
Location
Great place for orangutans
Staff
Friendliness, and helpfulness
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Emerald Garden

Clean, decent pool, good breakfast buffet.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Closer to airport if just staying there for the convenience before flying out.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sinabung Hills Berastagi
Berastagi

Very short stay so hard to say, but was very clean and nice.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Tabo Cottages
Sumatera Utara

Nice location, nice rooms, good food, staff very friendly and helpful.

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Activity Reviews
Trek Leuser Park
Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

Orangutans very easily seen. Our guide and assistant very good at spotting and identifying birds, which is not usual for them, we felt, but they were very open to helping with the birds.

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Transport
Trek Leuser Park - Day 2
Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

same as day 1

Trek Leuser Park - Day 3
Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

same as day 1

Quality of Experience
Travel from Berastagi to Samosir via trek Siabayak Mount
Indonesia

Long drive but good driver, good sights.

Travel from Bukit Lawang to Berastagi
Indonesia

Good driver, interesting sights.

Travel from Samosir to Medan Airport via Pematang Siantar
Indonesia

Long but good driver, interesting sights.

Local specialist: Alisha Estevez

Highly recommend.. Picture perfect plan
Norway | Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2022

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Kavita P.
Mesquite, TX | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Amazing! It was our first time going with kimkim… was a little nervous, having never used a travel consultant online to do our bookings before. But every little detail was well thought out and paced out. We had a great balance of activity and relaxation. Norway is spectacular… Flam is a must see.
I would totally recommend KimKim… thanks so much Julia for planning the perfect holiday.

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Tomaz worked tirelessly to organize our trip ...
Italy | Sep 8 - Sep 24, 2022

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Marissa C.
Bozeman, MT | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Tomaz worked tirelessly to organize our trip the way we wanted and Grand Cuvee Tours managed it. Given the complexity of the trip for 3 countries over more than 2 weeks there were a few snafus which were well managed by the GCT team, but in all everything went extremely well. Italy was awesome and some of the hotels we stayed at were fantastic. In particular, the guide we had at the Uffizi gallery was very helpful and knowledgeable and the lady who guided us around Salzburg easily adapted to... read more

Tomaz worked tirelessly to organize our trip the way we wanted and Grand Cuvee Tours managed it. Given the complexity of the trip for 3 countries over more than 2 weeks there were a few snafus which were well managed by the GCT team, but in all everything went extremely well. Italy was awesome and some of the hotels we stayed at were fantastic. In particular, the guide we had at the Uffizi gallery was very helpful and knowledgeable and the lady who guided us around Salzburg easily adapted to what we wanted to see and went out of her way to ensure we managed our way through the atrocious weather. We also had some great drivers, including Vincenzo who managed our visit to Pompeii and had an infectious sense of humor. This was the first time my adopted daughter visited Europe and she loved every day of it. Thank you everyone who helped make this a memorable vacation.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Spadai
Florence

Very accommodating staff, pleasant room, and astounding breakfast, the best I have ever seen.

Authenticity & Character
Style
Location
Staff
Their can do and pleasant attitudes.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lovely room
Hotel Monte Cenci
Rome

This is a lovely, quiet hotel close to many attractions, with many restaurants within walking distance.

Authenticity & Character
Loved the top floor where we could hang out.
Location
Fun neighborhood.
Staff
Incredibly helpful and easy to work with.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Small room but pleasant.
Das Tigra Hotel
Vienna

Quiet hotel close to many Viennese attractions, nice rooms.

Authenticity & Character
Nice style. Nice little touches.
Location
Walking distance to everything we saw.
Staff
Very helpful and engaging.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Realky liked the room. Good breakfast.
Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek

Greece - City, Mountains and Sea
Greece | Sep 9 - Sep 26, 2022

Chad
Chad M.
Scottsville, KY | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Greece was so amazing that I really do not know where to begin. First, KimKim and Chris were incredible. Chris took the time to talk to me and my wife and really try to understand the type of trip we were after - we wanted to explore on our own, sail on a small boat and see all the sights but not be with a big group.

He put together an 18 day extravaganza that included local guides in Athens (Thanks Apollo !), a car rental with us driving around Greece to Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio and all... read more

Greece was so amazing that I really do not know where to begin. First, KimKim and Chris were incredible. Chris took the time to talk to me and my wife and really try to understand the type of trip we were after - we wanted to explore on our own, sail on a small boat and see all the sights but not be with a big group.

He put together an 18 day extravaganza that included local guides in Athens (Thanks Apollo !), a car rental with us driving around Greece to Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio and all the amazing sites in between. We had lunch with an amazing family of olive oil makers, we toured a winery (that our local guide in Athens suggested), incredible accommodations at each city (we stayed in Galaxidi, Katakolo and Nafplio). The driving was easy and fun and gave us the flexibility to do what we wanted. We made a circle around the Bay of Corinth, returned to Athens and flew to Mykonos. In Mykonos we hopped on a 40 foot sailboat.

We sailed with naxos-yachting.com and had an incredible crew - shout out to Akis and Anna. They took us to Delos, Paros, Naxos, Schinousa and Santorini. Each port was mind blowing and after 4 days of sailing, they are friends for life. They had so much local knowledge and got us off the beaten path - we hit restaurants that only the locals use, we jumped off cliffs, we swam in caves and at one point we found ourselves sitting on the front porch of an old couple's house, laughing and drinking some homemade liquor with them - us not speaking a lick of Greek and them not speaking a lick of English - amazing.

We ended the trip with a few restful days on Santorini - we had wine tour, a boat ride through the caldera and more amazing accommodations - Santorini is like a movie set.

We travel a lot and expect small things/inconveniences to pop up. Honestly, did not have a single one. Every time Chris had planned a driver - they were there on time and professional. Every flight - we had our tickets, transfer etc. Every hotel, they were waiting for us. Unreal.

All in all, one of the best trips of my life.

Hotel Reviews
Athens Manor Houses
Athens

The accommodations are great, the staff super nice and the breakfast was spot on. The location is perfect as we could walk to everything. The only negative for me was the street noise in Athens but even with that, it was great.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
As an American who lives in the South, I was wishing for stronger AC.
Ganimede Hotel
Galaxidi

Beautiful place. My wife and I ended up with a very large room that had a kitchen, bath and upstairs loft. The Breakfast in this place is crazy good. Staff was super. I honestly felt like I was staying in someone's house.

Authenticity & Character
Felt like someone's home - in a good way.
Location
Town is small but we could walk to both harbors in less than 3 minutes. The town is wonderful to walk around.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Orizontes View Hotel
Pyrgos Ilia

Clean, crisp, modern, spacious, great AC - oh, and the view !!!!!!

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
3Sixty Hotel & Suites
Nafplio

Nafplio is a must see. While I tell everyone that the people I met in Greece were the nicest people in the world, the staff at this hotel topped the list. The young ladies that worked the desk and the breakfast area were delights. They were super helpful, took care of getting our laundry done, hooked us up with suggested beach spots and kept the ice buckets full (which in Europe is amazing). The rooms were large, big ceilings and great. The food at the restaurant (breakfast was included) was great, so good that we stayed for dinner one night.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Small beautiful town and this place is right in the middle of it all.
Staff
THE MOST HELPFUL
Cleanliness & Comfort
Great rooms and great AC
Activity Reviews
Acropolis & Flavors of Athens
Athens

Apollo was our guide and he did a great job answering 1,000 questions, giving us insight into the ruins and, best of all, giving us tips for the rest of the trip. At his suggestion we hit a winery "Up in the Clouds" and had one of those unexpected great days.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional Lunch at an Olive Oil Producer
Delphi

This was an "optional" but suggested event. We had a group of 6, I called on our way out of Delphi and they said just swing by. HOLY COW - we had one of the best meals, olive oil tasting, discussions with locals on the whole trip. 6 people 4 bottles of wine and all the food you can eat - $140.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
At sea in the Aegean
Greece

Naxos Yachting - Akis and Anna were our crew and they were wonderful.

Quality of Experience
Local folks with local knowledge.
Private Santorini Wine Tour
Santorini

Great tour of a couple of wineries - pretty standard stuff. Our guide Elsa was very sweet and knowledgeable. The dinner after was great food but we were the only people in the place so the atmosphere was a lacking.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Quality vehicles - very comfortable.
Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We had an amazing trip! With Deborah's coord...
South Africa | Sep 7 - Sep 23, 2022

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JANICE T.
Highlands Ranch, CO | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

We had an amazing trip! With Deborah's coordination, expertise and knowledge, she blended our request for traditional African cultural experiences and off the beaten path adventures. We visited Johannesburg (Soweto, Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Caves), Safari in Kruger Bush, Cape Town coastal tours (including lunch with Nicky Gibbs!), Paternoster (Penguins, lunch at Wolfgat), Cederberg, (Rock Art), Franschhoek (Wine Country), National Parks (both Western & Fossil), Victoria Falls, then... read more

We had an amazing trip! With Deborah's coordination, expertise and knowledge, she blended our request for traditional African cultural experiences and off the beaten path adventures. We visited Johannesburg (Soweto, Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein Caves), Safari in Kruger Bush, Cape Town coastal tours (including lunch with Nicky Gibbs!), Paternoster (Penguins, lunch at Wolfgat), Cederberg, (Rock Art), Franschhoek (Wine Country), National Parks (both Western & Fossil), Victoria Falls, then onto the Grand Finale on the Chobe River Boat. Transfers went smoothly, as with every hand-off to a new wonderful Tour Guide. Would highly recommend her to personalize your next adventure. We can’t thank her enough!

Local specialist: Deborah Smook

Kimkim and Trail Travel Planned a Great Trip!
Turkey | Sep 17 - Sep 23, 2022

Karen
Karen P.
Belgium | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

We were late getting started on planning our trip to Turkey, but Berat stepped right up and got us all squared away in just a few days. We had some ideas about what we wanted to see and she put them together in an itinerary that made sense, with a good balance of travel and sight seeing each day. We had been warned away from Troy, but our guide, Erdem Keseli, did a great job of interpreting the site and the museum, as he did for the other sights we visited (Gallipoli, Assos, Pergamon,... read more

We were late getting started on planning our trip to Turkey, but Berat stepped right up and got us all squared away in just a few days. We had some ideas about what we wanted to see and she put them together in an itinerary that made sense, with a good balance of travel and sight seeing each day. We had been warned away from Troy, but our guide, Erdem Keseli, did a great job of interpreting the site and the museum, as he did for the other sights we visited (Gallipoli, Assos, Pergamon, Asclepion, and Ephesus). We enjoyed the hotels Berat selected, especially the Sunset Boutique Hotel in Assos where we had a great view and the best breakfast! The last night of our trip in Sirince at the Hotel Manolian was disturbed by the loud barking of the street dogs, though there's little the hotel could do to prevent that. It was otherwise comfortable and well located for wandering the streets of the village. Overall, everyone we interacted with on our trip, guide, driver and hotel staff were warm and welcoming and we are already dreaming of our next trip to Turkey!

Hotel Reviews
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Istanbul

This is a charming hotel in a wonderful location for exploring the sights of Sultanahmet in Istanbul. The staff were very kind and helpful and breakfast was delicious. The view from the rooftop terrace at night is magical.

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Location
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Doubletree by Hilton Çanakkale
Çanakkale

While clearly a chain hotel, this hotel is well located and clean and has all the amenities one might want. The staff were very friendly and breakfast was good. The bed was very comfortable. It is outside the central part of Cannakale, but is along the water with good restaurants in walking distance.

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Location
Staff
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Assos Sunset Boutique Hotel
Çanakkale

We loved this hotel. The room was charming and the staff were wonderful. The view from the terrace was spectacular. Breakfast was the best of the whole trip - a whole selection of traditional Turkish breakfast foods.

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Location
Staff
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Hotel Hera
Bergama

This is a charming hotel in walking distance from the commercial center of Bergama. It was quiet and comfortable and the staff were very welcoming. Breakfast was good, but since it was the day after our spectacular Assos Sunset Boutique Hotel breakfast, it wasn't quite the same. There is a charming courtyard where you can relax with a drink any time of day.

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Location
Staff
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Activity Review
Byzantine + Ottoman Istanbul: Song of All Songs and Splendor of All Splendors
Istanbul

We enjoyed all the sights on this tour. It was great to have a guide who was able to get priority entrance for the Palace and the Cistern so we didn't have to waste time waiting in lines.

Local specialist: Berat Ornek

The entire trip went very smoothly . All the guides were wonderful Our accommodations at Posia was magnificent and the staff were perfect!
Greece | Sep 14 - Sep 26, 2022

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Colleen P.
Lindenwold, NJ | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

The entire trip went very smoothly. Our guides and flights were on time, and our experiences were amazing. My favorite was the sunset cruise in Santorini and the all day sailing trip In Santa Maria di Leuce! I couple disappointments was where we went on the bike tout and the cooking class. Was a total different than what the agenda said. The guides were still wonderful and Chef Livio was an absolute charm. We thought we were going into he countryside but apparently the Italy organizer was... read more

The entire trip went very smoothly. Our guides and flights were on time, and our experiences were amazing. My favorite was the sunset cruise in Santorini and the all day sailing trip In Santa Maria di Leuce! I couple disappointments was where we went on the bike tout and the cooking class. Was a total different than what the agenda said. The guides were still wonderful and Chef Livio was an absolute charm. We thought we were going into he countryside but apparently the Italy organizer was under the impression we were adamant about keeping it personal just for us. If we were asked we all agreed that we would have preferred the original pan even if it meant we would be with other people. One other drawback was the accommodations in Naples. The place itself was fine it was the dreadful neighborhood! We tried to venture out and each time went back to the hotel to eat both lunch and dinner! Pretty scary in that area.

Hotel Reviews
Santo Miramare Resort
Santorini
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Philippos Hotel
Athens
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli - MGallery
Naples
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Posia Luxury Retreat & Spa
San Foca LE, Italy
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Genova Roma
Rome
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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Welcome to Santorini
Santorini
Free time in Santorini
Santorini
Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise
Santorini
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
WE were dropped off at a location by our hotel and our drop off after he cruise was an hour away from our hotel so we returned quite late and our driver was a maniac returning us.
Welcome to Athens!
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Restaurant Suggestions in Athens
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
The local restaurants were the best!
Acropolis Guided Tour
Athens
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Transport
Welcome to Naples
Naples
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Transport
Pompei & Vesuvius private excursion (Self-drive)
Italy
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Welcome to Lecce
Lecce
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Bike & Cooking excursion in Gallipoli
Italy
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Transport
Street Food Walking tour in Lecce
Lecce
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Food
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Full day sailing trip in south coast of Apulia
Italy
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Restaurant Suggestions in Rome
Rome
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Departure day
Italy
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Local specialist: Chris Gravas

Perfect trip to an amazing country
Morocco | Sep 15 - Sep 25, 2022

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Susan Y.
North Adams, MA | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

MHammed was an excellent driver and provided delightful conversation and interesting information about Morocco's culture, people, and places to see. He was flexible with changes in itinerary and available whenever needed. Every day was a highlight so it is impossible to choose! Kamal, our guide in Fez was a fount of history, culture, and insight. The kindness in Merzouga when I became sick was remarkable and the flexibility to stay an additional night allowed me time to recover. The... read more

MHammed was an excellent driver and provided delightful conversation and interesting information about Morocco's culture, people, and places to see. He was flexible with changes in itinerary and available whenever needed. Every day was a highlight so it is impossible to choose! Kamal, our guide in Fez was a fount of history, culture, and insight. The kindness in Merzouga when I became sick was remarkable and the flexibility to stay an additional night allowed me time to recover. The moments of a lifetime were the night in the Sahara dunes, a camel ride, walking up the dunes, and dinner under the stars. We enjoyed driving through the Atlas mountains and seeing the mountain cities. Mustafa was our guide in Marrakech and he expertly navigated the historic inner city and provided insight and information. We made new friends and fell in love with Morocco!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Maison Bleue And Spa
Fes

Beautiful hotel, excellent staff, delicious food, perfect location, need I say more?

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Mohayut
Merzouga

Comfortable and easy going. Walking distance to the dunes with great views of the Sahara from the upper balcony. The staff is great. They were very helpful when I was having a medical issue and graciously arranged our ability to stay an extra day to recover.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Paradis Du Sahara
Merzouga

A modern and comfortable tent at the edge of the dunes with running water, bathroom, and shower. Dinner was excellent and drumming after dinner was great fun.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Ksar Ighnda
Asfalou

The Riad is nestled in a smaller town in the Atlas mountains. The room, food, and staff were all excellent.

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Location
Staff
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Almaha Marrakech
Marrakech

The hotel is luxurious and is located within the Medina, walking distance from the central marketplace. With help from our guide we learned how to navigate the winding walkways to the market ourselves. Breakfast on the upper terrace is elegant and the food is excellent.

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Location
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Activity Reviews
Cooking Class
Morocco

I loved having a personal opportunity to cook Moroccan Tangine with a chef. It was great fun and enjoyed eating the results of my cooking! I came home with recipes that I plan to use.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tour Fes with a Private Guide
Fes

Kamal was an excellent guide. He provided a wide array of knowledge of the history, culture, architecture, and artisans of Fez. Our time with him was a highlight of the trip and we learned a great deal. I wouldn't have missed having the expertise of a guide like Kamal.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tour Marrakech with a private guide
Marrakech

Mustafa was an excellent guide with knowledge of the city, culture and history. He provided insight into the city, culture and history that was invaluable.

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Local specialist: Megan Lower

Amazing trip overall, would recommend
Vietnam | Sep 12 - Sep 19, 2022

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Annabelle L.
Australia | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Overall our trip was amazing. Huyen provided a fantastic itinerary, & our guide Trung went above & beyond. They all went out of their way to ensure our trip lived up to expectations, and it certainly did. We were particularly fond of Ha Long bay & our overnight boat experience, we also loved the activities set up for us in Hanoi.
Our only negative is we would have preferred to have stayed in some more accessible locations when staying outside of the major cities (with walking access to... read more

Overall our trip was amazing. Huyen provided a fantastic itinerary, & our guide Trung went above & beyond. They all went out of their way to ensure our trip lived up to expectations, and it certainly did. We were particularly fond of Ha Long bay & our overnight boat experience, we also loved the activities set up for us in Hanoi.
Our only negative is we would have preferred to have stayed in some more accessible locations when staying outside of the major cities (with walking access to shops, restaurants etc., rather than just the resort). However, this may have been our error as we were unsure of exactly what we were looking for when booking.
All in all, we absolutely loved this experience & would not hesitate to book again with Huyen.

Local specialist: Huyen Nghiem

Our trip was great. We had some luggage snags...
Morocco | Sep 23 - Sep 27, 2022

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Angie R.
Fitchburg, WI | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Our trip was great. We had some luggage snags and they were so helpful and rearranged the itinerary. Our guides in each area were so good. Great English. Lots of history and interesting information shared. Taking us to great places. Navigating everything.
Karim was a fabulous driver. His English is phenomenal. He is personable and easy to be with. We really enjoyed him.

Local specialist: Mohamed El Asely

highly recommend!
Morocco | Sep 1 - Sep 15, 2022

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Carmen S.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

We had a wonderful time in Morocco, and really loved the itinerary that kimkim put together for our two week tour. Soufiane, our driver, was definitely the hero of the trip. He was so friendly and accommodating, and really went out of his way to make us feel like his guests. We had excellent experiences with all of our guides: Mustapha in Chefchaouen, Hasan in Fes, Hamid in Sefrou, Said in Marrakesh, and Hussein in Ourika valley. Would definitely recommend our experience to friends and family!

Local specialist: Yassine Echcherki

The trip of a lifetime with Egypt Promotion Travel
Egypt | Sep 16 - Sep 25, 2022

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Giulia M.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Our trip with Egypt Promotion Travel was the experience of a lifetime. Although some of the accommodation was changed at short notice, it was generally for an upgrade. The guides, company representatives and drivers we had throughout the trip were always friendly and helpful.
Our guide Mohamed Jamal in particular was exceptional: extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient, and always going the extra mile to take us to the best sites and at the best times. If and when we ever come back,... read more

Our trip with Egypt Promotion Travel was the experience of a lifetime. Although some of the accommodation was changed at short notice, it was generally for an upgrade. The guides, company representatives and drivers we had throughout the trip were always friendly and helpful.
Our guide Mohamed Jamal in particular was exceptional: extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient, and always going the extra mile to take us to the best sites and at the best times. If and when we ever come back, we’ll make sure to do it through the same organiser.

Activity Reviews
Aswan
Aswan
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Visit Abu Simbel temple and Kom Ombo temple
Aswan
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Food
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Visit Edfou temple & Luxor temple and Karnak temple
Egypt
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Food
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Dendarah temple and Abydos temple
Luxor
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Food
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Visit Valley of the Kings and Hatchepsut temple -Hurghada
Hurghada
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Hurghada
Hurghada
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Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara & Memphis
Cairo
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Food
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Day tour to visit Old Egyptian Museum & Citadel of Salah El-Din & Old Cairo & Civilization Museum and Khan Khalili market
Cairo
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Food
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Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Phenomenal specialists!!!
Ecuador | Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2022

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Maggie K.
Champaign, IL | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region. read more

Daniel was a phenomenal specialist. He went above and beyond to make our trip to Ecuador's city of Quito and the Amazon Rainforest a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Not only did using kimkim service provide a meaningful experience it packed more into our trip than we could have done on our own with our limited Spanish and knowledge of the region.

Hotel Review
Napo Wildlife Center
Quito

This is a must-stay experience in the Amazon Rainforest. They are the only Eco Tourism company owned and run by local indigenous people.

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

A truly unforgettable experience
Spain | Sep 11 - Sep 23, 2022

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Brandie B.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

We were lucky to work with Luis to plan out 2 week, 7 city trip to Spain; including Barcelona, Sitges, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid and Toledo.
Luis recommended things we never would have known about, and the travel guides he prepared were SO HELPFUL.
We had two amazing tours in Granada, one of Albaizin and Sacre Monte with Marta, and one of the Alhambra and Generalife with Gabriella. These are a must, in our opinion.
In addition, we had an incredible electric bike tour of Madrid with... read more

We were lucky to work with Luis to plan out 2 week, 7 city trip to Spain; including Barcelona, Sitges, Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Madrid and Toledo.
Luis recommended things we never would have known about, and the travel guides he prepared were SO HELPFUL.
We had two amazing tours in Granada, one of Albaizin and Sacre Monte with Marta, and one of the Alhambra and Generalife with Gabriella. These are a must, in our opinion.
In addition, we had an incredible electric bike tour of Madrid with Gloria, who customized the tour to our interests - AND an amazing electric bike tour of Toledo with Guillermo. Highly recommend both! Finally, we must mention the tapas in Malasana tour in Madrid. The neighborhood restaurants, food, wine and Nathan's company were all excellent!

Local specialist: Luis Fernandez de Vega

Nhung made many mistakes with the dates and d...
Iceland | Sep 19 - Sep 23, 2022

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Tim D.
Waltham, MA | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Nhung made many mistakes with the dates and desired activities. We told her many times we were not picking up/dropping off our 3d friend, Talya, at the airport. But Nhung messed that up so our first and fourth day activities were decreased to do the airport. We emailed her repeatedly to change it but she didn't. I feel we lost 25% of our trip potential itinerary. She also messed up the payments which I am still waiting for a refund

Our previous rep Sotiria was much more on top of things. read more

Nhung made many mistakes with the dates and desired activities. We told her many times we were not picking up/dropping off our 3d friend, Talya, at the airport. But Nhung messed that up so our first and fourth day activities were decreased to do the airport. We emailed her repeatedly to change it but she didn't. I feel we lost 25% of our trip potential itinerary. She also messed up the payments which I am still waiting for a refund

Our previous rep Sotiria was much more on top of things.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Hella

Low budget but adequate

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Frón
Reykjavík

Great spot and locale

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Local specialist: Nhung Hong Thi Ngo

Amazing trip to Vietnam!
Vietnam | Sep 8 - Sep 16, 2022

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Christine B.
Alhambra, AZ | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

We had an amazing trip to Vietnam! Long was an incredible help with planning our trip - he listened to our feedback, made adjustments quickly, and checked in on us regularly during the trip to make sure everything went smoothly and we were enjoying ourselves. Most notably, when we had an issue with one of our visas, he stepped in to help us expedite the process and quite literally saved the whole vacation!

Some of the highlights included a vespa tour in Hanoi, a food tasting tour in Hoi... read more

We had an amazing trip to Vietnam! Long was an incredible help with planning our trip - he listened to our feedback, made adjustments quickly, and checked in on us regularly during the trip to make sure everything went smoothly and we were enjoying ourselves. Most notably, when we had an issue with one of our visas, he stepped in to help us expedite the process and quite literally saved the whole vacation!

Some of the highlights included a vespa tour in Hanoi, a food tasting tour in Hoi An, and the cruise in Halong Bay. Most of our guides were fantastic - going above and beyond to give us an experience we wouldn't forget.

Overall, we highly recommend KimKim, Long, and Vietnam for your next trip! Make sure to leave time to spend in Hoi An, as this was one of our favorite places.

Hotel Reviews
Phu Thinh Boutique Hotel & Spa

This was a lovely hotel in a really nice location. The room was spacious and had a really nice bathroom. It was clean and the breakfast was delicious.

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Very helpful. Helped make my friend's birthday special. Also helped arrange a massage at a local spa.
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Le Journey Halong Cruise

The bay cruises are very touristy, but it was still unbelievably beautiful to be in this location. The room was sufficient and we had a small balcony that was nice. LOTS of food at meals and all very tasty. The only complaint is that most of the staff didn't speak English, so it made asking for an extra towel/asking for a drink difficult.

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Hanoi Boutique Hotel
Hanoi

This hotel was totally adequate for the two nights we spent here. The room was small, but clean. The breakfast was nice and the staff very friendly. Totally fine for a quick stop!

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Prague Hotel

This hotel was nice, but in a noisy part of town. The glass between the bathroom and the bedroom was not frosted, so there was no privacy when using the toilet or shower - a little awkward with it being my friend and I sharing the room and not a married couple. The location was close to a lot of nightlife, though, and the breakfast was the best we had experienced. The pool was nothing to write home about.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Noisy - some people want to be so central to the bars, but we were not really those kind of people.
Staff
Many staff didn't speak English at all. It seemed like there was one or two people on staff that spoke any - even at the front desk.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The room was clean, but the door to the bathroom needs to be frosted glass for privacy!
Activity Reviews
Hanoi Vespa Tour
Hanoi

This was one of our favorite things we did on our trip. It was a perfect way to see the city and a little thrilling with all the traffic. Our guide was amazing, and we had some incredible food. Overall 10/10!

Quality of Experience
Food
The Bun Cha was amazing.
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Cruising & Kayaking in Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay

This place was naturally just an incredibly beautiful place. The activities were definitely very touristy, but it was not something we would ever want to remove from the trip. We enjoyed the views the most, but kayaking and the cave were also fun. The beach was not much to write home about, but it was still nice to have time to cool off in the water.

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Cam Thanh Village
Hoi An

We really enjoyed the bike ride into the village to see the local farms, get a coffee, and see the rice fields. Our guide was amazing - great English, super knowledgeable, and knew all the best places for photos. She was truly a gem. It was a great way to see the city and get a cool breeze while doing it. The lunch was delicious and the boat ride was also very fun.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was so nice! Loved her!
Transport
Hoi An City And Food Tour
Hoi An

Our guide was the same who provided the biking tour on the first day. She was so nice. We tried a ton of food. We didn't have breakfast at the hotel because we had a miscommunication about whether it was included, but are glad we didn't, because she brought us to a restaurant that had some of the best food on our trip. We tried so much on the tour, but my only issue was that we became quite full, but felt the pressure to finish our plates so as to not offend the cooks. I assumed all the food was safe to eat, but I did get sick the day after this tour (though who knows what it was that actually made me sick- it could have been anything). Overall, I would still do it again - we loved every minute!

Quality of Experience
Food
Mi Bo at Mi92- So good! Also the white rose dumplings.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide really went above and beyond for us. Even offered to come back to have dinner with us since we were too full to try all the food from the tour during the day.
Transport
Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Ho Chi Minh City

This tour was fine, but not at the same level as our tour in Hanoi and Hoi An. The guide was less personable and chatty. He showed us things at the market, but didn't let us try anything. There wasn't a lot of information before we went places as to what we were doing - i.e. do we need an umbrella, do we need a mask, are we going to be inside or out, are we eating here? We had landed at the airport and immediately went on this tour so we were hungry. We stopped someplace to eat at the market, and ended up paying for his food too. It just seemed unprofessional. We also sat there in silence while we ate - the guide didn't talk to us much. It was fine, but just not a super great experience. The guide honestly seemed bored.

Quality of Experience
Let us experience and taste more. If we are in a market, can we try some things? Or can we touch anything? Tell us what to expect from the tour before we begin it.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
He was nice enough, but seemed bored. Just such a stark contract to our other guides!
Transport
Mekong Delta Group Tour (My Tho) - Joint in tour
Ho Chi Minh City

This was fun, but we can confirmed that we would see the floating markets, but were told at the outset of the trip that we were not seeing them. This was highly disappointing, as it was the main reason we wanted to go to the Mekong Delta. Other tour companies seem to do a 1 day tour to the markets, so I would try to book one of those. The tour we did have was fine - touristy, but fine. We had nice guides, had a nice lunch, and had fun on the short paddle down the delta in the reeds.

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Local specialist: Long Dao

Amazing anniversary trip to Morocco
Morocco | Sep 7 - Sep 19, 2022

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Paul K.
Tucson, AZ | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Sharon, just saying thank you for the extraordinary job you did planning our 50th anniversary trip is simply not enough. You really listened. The cities, monuments, riads, and guides were exactly what we envisioned.
Most importantly our guide, Hicham, was central to our entire trip. He was always on time, prepared, kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.
Without making this review too lengthy, we must remark on our last stay at Ksar Anika in Marakesh. When Hicham pulled up the riad was... read more

Sharon, just saying thank you for the extraordinary job you did planning our 50th anniversary trip is simply not enough. You really listened. The cities, monuments, riads, and guides were exactly what we envisioned.
Most importantly our guide, Hicham, was central to our entire trip. He was always on time, prepared, kind, thoughtful, and knowledgeable.
Without making this review too lengthy, we must remark on our last stay at Ksar Anika in Marakesh. When Hicham pulled up the riad was hidden behind two unremarkable large doors. Upon entering, it was an amazing palace too beautiful to describe. Abu, and his staff were just as special. I must say a special heartfelt thank you to Siham, who took a personal interest in us and ensured we had a wonderful time. She truly is a jewel and an asset. It was our favorite riad and we would definitely recommend staying there.

Hotel Review
Ksar Anika
Marrakech

Amazing riad in the heart of the medina. Have you ever stayed in a palace? No? Well then this is your chance. Outstanding staff, especially Siham, spectacular decor.

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Location
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None better!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star revi...
Morocco | Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2022

Linda
Linda B.
Coeur d'Alene, ID | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star review for our 9 day enriching experience!
I can’t say enough about our guide Samir! He was kind, polite, and informative. He gave us a true Moroccan experience completed by a visit with a nomad family where they served us tea and bread, and lunch served by a local family during our road-trip through the country.

Everyone is Morocco was very hospitable and our guide Samir was no exception. He raised the bar for any future guide we may encounter.... read more

Bravo KimKim! We give you a full 5 star review for our 9 day enriching experience!
I can’t say enough about our guide Samir! He was kind, polite, and informative. He gave us a true Moroccan experience completed by a visit with a nomad family where they served us tea and bread, and lunch served by a local family during our road-trip through the country.

Everyone is Morocco was very hospitable and our guide Samir was no exception. He raised the bar for any future guide we may encounter.
Thank you Samir, for your kindness and guidance. After our 9 days, we consider you a friend. We are truly grateful for all that he did for us.
Samir exceeded all our expectations and made Morocco a pleasure to visit.

In addition, we were provided with 2 special tour guides, Muhammad for the Medina of Fez and Abdoula for the Medina in Marrakesh. They both assured we were buying local and authentic products, and both of them were extremely knowledgeable. They each spoke fluent English as well!

With kind regards,
Linda

Hotel Reviews
Es Saadi Marrakech Resort Palace
Hivernage Marrakech

This palace was absolutely beautiful and the accommodations and service was over the top!!!

Authenticity & Character
Loved the artwork on the walls, the fountain in the lobby. The garden environment around the pool. Absolutely like a palace
Location
It was so beautiful. Inside and outside!
Staff
They were very kind, friendly and attentive
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless
The white camel Acacia
Merzouga

The accommodations where unbelievable. I can’t believe they pulled that off in the middle of a desert! Glamping is in understatement. The tents were complete with a private bathroom with shower. The chef was on point and they even provided entertainment. Our waiter was amazing. I wished I remembered his name. His presence was absolutely lovely. Thank you so much!

Authenticity & Character
Absolutely everything!
Location
The camel ride, the view of the Sahara, the sunset, and the sun rise!a definite highlight! So fun!
Staff
Their kindness and authenticity!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Exceeded all my expectations!
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

Wonderful trip to France and Basque country
France | Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2022

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Lisa C.
Purcellville, VA | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Josee and Joel were incredibly helpful and organized. They always responded promptly when I had a question. I was very happy with the service and their recommendations. I would definitely use their service again in the future. read more

Josee and Joel were incredibly helpful and organized. They always responded promptly when I had a question. I was very happy with the service and their recommendations. I would definitely use their service again in the future.

Activity Reviews
Private Tour in the Medoc Wine Region
France

Excellent tour with A very knowledgeable guide. All of the Chateaux we visited were top notch.

Quality of Experience
Great choices of Chateaux
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our tour guide Bogdan was amazing!
Transport
Landmarks of Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Very nice tour of the landmarks of Bordeaux. Tour guide was knowledgeable abd friendly.

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Private Wine Tour in Saint-Emilion
France

Lovely choices of Chateaux- tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, and flexible.

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Laura was great!
Transport
Local specialist: Josee Legrand

Greece/September 2022
Greece | Sep 6 - Sep 24, 2022

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Lori H.
Miami, FL | Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Our trip was a bit of an issue due to Covid. We had it planned since 2020 and just now completed it. Harris was amazing working through it all with us. I didn't even want to go, but once there, it was incredible. Every hotel stay was perfect! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and everyone was so kind. The guides that we had with our tours were exceptional! Sophia, Matina, Elena and the other two (can't remember their names) were all wonderful. Andreas, who was our guide in... read more

Our trip was a bit of an issue due to Covid. We had it planned since 2020 and just now completed it. Harris was amazing working through it all with us. I didn't even want to go, but once there, it was incredible. Every hotel stay was perfect! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and everyone was so kind. The guides that we had with our tours were exceptional! Sophia, Matina, Elena and the other two (can't remember their names) were all wonderful. Andreas, who was our guide in Chania for the food tour was also awesome! The only trip I would caution planning for people is the Samaria Gorge hike. We consider ourselves very fit for our age, but we found it to be a bit strenuous. We are glad we completed it, but we would never do it again. Were the views worth it??? Maybe. We have hiked the west in the USA and have seen the same and we didn't have to put near the effort into those hikes!
Nicoletta at the Grotta hotel was the nicest, most generous person. She is the owner and you feel the love the minute you walk into the hotel.
Tinos was our favorite island.
I could go on and on, but honestly, we do not have one complaint. Harris did a spectacular job and had great patience dealing with us throughout the planning stages with Covid.
Kudos to him!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Grotta
Naxos

Nicoletta, the owner is amazing! A must stay at hotel and if you do, give her a hug for us!

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Philippos Hotel
Athens

Perfect location! Super friendly staff and delicious breakfasts. They even made us boxed breakfasts if we had to leave early in the morning for a tour. Love this hotel.

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Infinity View Hotel Tinos
Tinos

Stunning views! Simple and elegant hotel. Loved it and would stay again.

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Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

We enjoyed this location versus staying in Oia or Fira. More quiet. They brought our breakfast to our patio each morning. Lovely! Nice location.

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Avra City Hotel
Chania

Beautiful hotel! Nice location, friendly staff, delicious breakfast. Love our stay.

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Avra Hotel Rafina
Rafina, Athens

Nice for stay when departing for the airport. Very comfortable and staff very friendly.

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Olive Green
Heraklion

Very nice stay! Great location, staff and breakfast was delicious. Would stay again!

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Activity Reviews
Acropolis & Ancient Athens Mythology Tour
Athens

Guide was very nice. Can't remember her name. Nice walking tour. We enjoyed.

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Day Trip to Meteora by Train
Athens

Long day! Beautiful area.

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Cretan Villages Food & Culture Tour
Greece

Andreas was fun and informative. Enjoyed him very much. Interesting stops.

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Dinner in Athens
Athens

Food was delicious, but they gave us entirely too much food. When the main course came, we couldn't really enjoy it. Food was very good. Staff was great!

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Tinos Villages Driving Tour
Tinos

Sofia was awesome! Great tour.

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Hiking Naxos Paths
Naxos

Really enjoyed Matina, our guide. Very relaxing hike. Even enjoyed eating fresh figs from the trees!

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Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Belos (sp), our guide was great! Fun and interesting. Nice day. We enjoyed.

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Private Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Heraklion

Guide, her name may be Lena and Sofia, the driver, were super nice. We enjoyed this experience very much. Quite interesting!

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Small group Samaria Gorge Guided Hike 
Chania

VERY STRENOUS! I'd be cautious who you recommend this to. Not sure the hike is worth the views.

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Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Incredible experience - Mother/Daughter Italy Trip 2022
Italy | Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022

Abby
Abby B.
Walnut, IL | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

From the first greeting at the airport in Venice to the last goodbye at the airport in Rome our mother/daughter trip to Italy was expertly planned and perfectly executed. The entire team of KimKim staff, local guides and drivers were absolutely exceptional. Alessia Carraro, our personal concierge, was a great guide in Venice for our bacari tour and kept us organized and updated each of the 10 days of our trip. Her communication and timeliness was unprecedented. Mrs. Lucia Monetti helped us... read more

From the first greeting at the airport in Venice to the last goodbye at the airport in Rome our mother/daughter trip to Italy was expertly planned and perfectly executed. The entire team of KimKim staff, local guides and drivers were absolutely exceptional. Alessia Carraro, our personal concierge, was a great guide in Venice for our bacari tour and kept us organized and updated each of the 10 days of our trip. Her communication and timeliness was unprecedented. Mrs. Lucia Monetti helped us navigate Florence and get to our train on time even in challenging traffic conditions. Valeria Arcangeli was a fantastic guide for the aperitivo tour in Rome and took us to special local places while also sharing details about the rich history of Rome. The pizza making class at Pizzeria al Grottino was fun, education and fantastic. Thank you for creating an unforgettably special trip for us. We are singing KimKim's praises!

Hotel Reviews
Bonvecchiati Palace
Venice

Great and conveniently located hotel in the heart of Venice. The backdoor pick up/drop offs at the canal are great fun.

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Grand Hotel Cavour Florence
Florence

Great location. Beautiful hotel property with a beautifully presented breakfast.

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Hotel Corallo
Sorrento

Exceptional views. Great location. Attentive staff.

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47 Boutique Hotel
Rome

Great property with a nice location near the river.

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Activity Reviews
"Bacari" local street food tour
Italy

Alessia was an exceptional guide. She made it fun and conversational.

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Explore the Chianti Wine region
Florence

Our driver was incredible and took us a more scenic route with a stop in Greve in another village. Such a fun and special day.

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Sorrento coast and Capri boat tour - max 12-14 people-free time in Capri
Italy

Unforgettable day on the water and in Capri.

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Evening Aperitivo Tour
Rome

A fun taste of Rome with history and culture added in.

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Private Pizza-making class
Rome

This was an incredible experience. We learned a lot and the pizza was delicious.

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Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin

Trip to the UK
United Kingdom | Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2022

Judith
Judith C.
Overland, MO | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Eleanor made all the arrangements for our travel. Unfortunately, many of our visits were canceled due to the death of the queen. But Eleanor quickly gave suggestions for other adventures. Our tour guides were really great. read more

Eleanor made all the arrangements for our travel. Unfortunately, many of our visits were canceled due to the death of the queen. But Eleanor quickly gave suggestions for other adventures. Our tour guides were really great.

Hotel Reviews
The Bird, Bath
Bath

This is a great hotel, within walking distance of everything you need to see.

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Room was adorable. Food was delicious. Staff was friendly.
Georgian House Hotel
Pimlico

Lovely hotel. We stayed on the top floor and it was very quiet. Staff was helpful. Breakfast was very good.

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Location
Close to Victoria station.
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Local specialist: Eleanor Whitticombe

We loved this trip. The planning was excelle...
France | Sep 2 - Sep 11, 2022

Margaret A.
Margaret A. S.
Hershey, PA | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

We loved this trip. The planning was excellent. We got to stay in places and do things we never could have done on our own. Our guides Julian , Gilles, Sophie and Claire were fun and very knowledgeable about the places and food. We only experienced one problem on our trip. The driver to take us from Lyon to the train didn’t show and we weren’t able to contact Valentine for assistance. We did appreciate the refund we received We would recommend kimkim to everyone. read more

We loved this trip. The planning was excellent. We got to stay in places and do things we never could have done on our own. Our guides Julian , Gilles, Sophie and Claire were fun and very knowledgeable about the places and food. We only experienced one problem on our trip. The driver to take us from Lyon to the train didn’t show and we weren’t able to contact Valentine for assistance. We did appreciate the refund we received We would recommend kimkim to everyone.

Hotel Reviews
La Ferme des Bélugues
Le Barroux
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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spencer and Karen are wonderful hosts. The location is something we didn’t expect and loved
Hôtel du Soleil & Spa 3*
St.-Remy-de-Provence

Great location We we’re able to access Aix, Avignon easily Staff very friendly and helpful Pool was great Breakfast delicious Rooms and bathrooms are a bit small and no elevators

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St Remy Close to town Market on Wednesday is a must do
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Fourvière Hôtel Lyon
Lyon
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Historic building
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Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Missed Details
Canada | Sep 15 - Sep 21, 2022

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Tom S.
Poughkeepsie, NY | Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

We have used kimkim in the past and like that it advertises specialists in the country in which you want to travel. The service provided for this trip was disappointing. Granted, we were a large group (initially 12 people), but there were many significant details that were missed creating complications and producing unneeded anxiety. The kimkim platform seemed to overly complicate communication and our travel specialist frequently did not check in on the platform for days at a time - so it... read more

We have used kimkim in the past and like that it advertises specialists in the country in which you want to travel. The service provided for this trip was disappointing. Granted, we were a large group (initially 12 people), but there were many significant details that were missed creating complications and producing unneeded anxiety. The kimkim platform seemed to overly complicate communication and our travel specialist frequently did not check in on the platform for days at a time - so it was difficult to communicate and to remind him of all of the details about our trip (which we should not have had to do in the first place); we finally had to connect on WhatsApp. I will not go into the details that were missed, but suffice it to say that there were complications before the trip and at every stop that required reaching out to the travel coordinator to intervene. I was the primary contact for our group and kept much of this detail from all so that they could experience a restful and anxiety-free vacation. Ultimately, we paid quite a bit for this trip and the kimkim fees were significant, but I do not believe of value in this instance since this was a stressful experience for at least this traveler.

Hotel Reviews
Railroad to book the hotel

The Palace Hotel in Kamloops was a dump! The staff was great, but the hotel has seen its better days. Loud "club" in the bar area that kept many awake into the very early hours.

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Very friendly and helpful
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Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Vancouver

Hotel was fine. Basic corporate hotel - well located in downtown area.

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The Rimrock Resort
Banff

Beautiful hotel and location - marred only by disorganized staff in dining areas.

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Staff was very friendly and helpful, but disorganized in dining areas.
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Sawridge Inn Jasper
Jasper

Fine motel - kind of far from downtown area and train station.

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Local specialist: Carl Saulnier-Gagnon

A reassuringly smooth mother-daughter trip to France. ...
France | Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2022

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Andi G.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

I have so many great adjectives that I could use to describe this phenomenal trip. But smooth is probably the best one. Everything went smoothly; like clockwork. Every driver was prompt and on time to take us to our activities and to airports and train stations. Every guide that we had for our tours was amazing. Our bike tour with Marie was our favorite. It was a Marseille. The Full day tour of Nice with Hedgewig was also interesting and beautiful. . It was just so reassuring to know that all... read more

I have so many great adjectives that I could use to describe this phenomenal trip. But smooth is probably the best one. Everything went smoothly; like clockwork. Every driver was prompt and on time to take us to our activities and to airports and train stations. Every guide that we had for our tours was amazing. Our bike tour with Marie was our favorite. It was a Marseille. The Full day tour of Nice with Hedgewig was also interesting and beautiful. . It was just so reassuring to know that all of the details had been taken care of before our arrival in a foreign country. It was just a mother-daughter trip to a part of Europe that neither were familiar with. We felt safe knowing that all of our lodging, tours, transportation, and travel was taken care of in advance. Kim Kim is the only way to go when booking trips!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Les Bords de Mer
Marseille

This hotel is iconic and absolutely breathtaking. The view was pristine. We were right on the water! You can’t get a better location for a beach vacation. The hotel staff went way above and beyond to communicate with us in English and to accommodate our every need. The Buffet breakfast each morning was superior and such a nice way to start each day. We would definitely stay in this hotel again.

Authenticity & Character
Very cool and historic iconic hotel. Lots of history there.
Location
This hotel was right on the ocean! I mean right on the ocean. Plus, it was far enough away from the busy port hub to be removed and quiet. But easily within walking distance of many great Marseilles locations.
Staff
The staff went way above and beyond to make us comfortable. They were so kind and patient with us and our poor French language skills.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Housekeeping kept the rooms absolutely immaculate. They were prompt and discreet. The air conditioning worked amazingly well! We were so comfortable. The beds were comfortable.
4* Hotel West End
Nice

This is an old hotel. Therefore, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi will be an issue. If you don’t care about that, this historic hotel is super cool and in a great location.

Authenticity & Character
Historic and iconic.
Location
Right on the promenade. Right on the water.
Staff
The staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We had to make a room switch in the middle of our stay. They made that happen in a smooth manner.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Air conditioning was a bust. That was kind of hard. Wi-Fi was also a bust. That was kind of hard. And the blow dryers were very unexpected. Like old 60s style with a hose hook to the wall and everything. Kind of a good history lesson I guess.
Activity Review
EBike Food Tour in Marseille
France

We loved this ebike tour. Our guide, Marie, was so authentic and informative. I loved her pride and enthusiasm about her beloved Marseille. She gave us so many great tips. She was patient with us in the beginning, as we were uncertain and inexperienced on E bikes. She was such a kind person and really connected with us on a personal level. She’s highly recommended!

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Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

Wine country and more..
California | Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2022

kirsten
kirsten b.
Berlin, MD | Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

We had a fantastic trip through Napa Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Leo helped us plan outings such as a day long ebike tour through the wineries, horseback riding on the beach and a hike through the redwood trees. He was so responsive to our questions and great to work with! Thank you, Leo! read more

We had a fantastic trip through Napa Valley, Monterey and San Francisco. Leo helped us plan outings such as a day long ebike tour through the wineries, horseback riding on the beach and a hike through the redwood trees. He was so responsive to our questions and great to work with! Thank you, Leo!

Activity Reviews
Sonoma e-bike wine tour
Napa
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Beach horseback riding in Monterey
Monterey
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Local specialist: Leo Cuesta

Botswana review
Botswana | Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2022

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jo b.
New Zealand | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

We had a pre arranged trip in Botswana for the first part of our holiday and worked with kimkim and Lize to provide an itinerary for an additional 5 days.

We had a great trip and the Lodge/Salt Pan overnight trip in Makgadikgadi and House boat in Chobe were all excellent.

Local specialist: Lize Enderstein

All local guides were excellent. Julio Quispe...
Peru | Sep 9 - Sep 25, 2022

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Sue S.
Australia | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

All local guides were excellent. Julio Quispe was outstanding! read more

All local guides were excellent. Julio Quispe was outstanding!

Hotel Reviews
The Lot Boutique Hotel
Lima

Communication was a hard

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very convenient location
Staff
Trying hard but Poor English
Cleanliness & Comfort
Heating system was very poor
Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza
Arequipa

Room was clean & location was excellent

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La Casa de Mamayachi
Arequipa
Authenticity & Character
Location
Good view
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Local specialist: Anne Godoy

First European trip to Italy and Greece. Trip of a lifetime!
Italy | Sep 9 - Sep 19, 2022

Danilo
Danilo E.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

I have always planned on going on my first trip to Europe since 2020. But with the pandemic, it was very difficult with planning. It wasn’t until this year, I made the final decision to go on a solo trip to Europe for the very first time. Not knowing how I would go about planning my trip, I went on the kimkim website and reached out to Chris. He has been helpful from the very beginning, and put together an amazing itinerary! I expressed that I wanted to go to Greece and Italy, and the types... read more

I have always planned on going on my first trip to Europe since 2020. But with the pandemic, it was very difficult with planning. It wasn’t until this year, I made the final decision to go on a solo trip to Europe for the very first time. Not knowing how I would go about planning my trip, I went on the kimkim website and reached out to Chris. He has been helpful from the very beginning, and put together an amazing itinerary! I expressed that I wanted to go to Greece and Italy, and the types of excursions I was looking for in each country. Chris was able to quickly customize and put together the perfect itinerary for me. It was easy to follow and included dates and times for each destination, as well as transportation, hotel stays, description of each excursions, and restaurant suggestions. While reading the customized itinerary, I thought it was too good to be true! Days prior to my trip, Chris always reached out to me with any updates on my trip and asked if I had any questions prior. He was very helpful with answering questions on what to expect for each destination.

My 10-day trip included 5 days in Greece and 5 days in Italy! Nadia, who also works with Chris, followed through with me during my Greece destination. My first arrival to Greece was Athens. Traveling solo internationally for the first time was nerve-racking and I was anxious in the beginning not know what to expect. But just as stated in the customized itinerary, everything went smoothly with transportation from the airport to checking into my hotel! Nadia reached out to make sure I arrived safely. On the first day of my arrival, my first excursion was the Acropolis Guided Tour where I met my guide and enjoyed the wonderful walking tour. My guide was a wealth of information teaching me the history of the Acropolis and Parthenon as well as the greek civilization. I enjoyed the beautiful archaeological sites, temples and Parthenon. It was a great way to start my first excursion in Greece. The following trip in Greece included 2 nights in Mykonos and 2 nights in Santorini. I enjoy the beach very much, and experiencing the beautiful beaches of Mykonos and Santorini was like being in paradise! The beautiful island of Santorini has breathtaking views, where I admired the beautiful architecture and islands of the volcano! I ended my last day in Santorini with a gorgeous sunset view on the cliff during my wine tasting tour!

My destination in Italy included 2 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Florence and 1 night in Venice.
Upon my arrival to Rome, Chris followed up with me through video chat and discussed my itinerary and excursions of what to expect while in Italy! Of course, I had to explore one of Italy’s most attractions of the Vatican and world famous Sistine Chapel! Then I went on a walking tour viewing the stunning ruins of the Colosseum and Roman Forum! After my planned excursions, I explored more of the beautiful city of Rome such as the Piazza Di Spagna and tried authentic italian cuisine, pizza and gelato! From Rome, I took a trip to Florence known for its beautiful architecture and Renaissance art. This included a bus tour to Siena, San gimignano, Monteriggioni and Chianti tour where I got to view beautiful Gothic architecture, chapels, breathtaking landscapes, and ended the tour with wine tasting with our tour guide! I couldn’t end my Italy trip without viewing the beautiful city of Venice! It was so surreal being able to get a rooftop panoramic view of the enchanting city with the marvelous canals and renaissance palaces. I took in every moment of the glorious city. The next morning, I ended my last day in Venice taking a water taxi where I got to go through the canals of the lagoon and Adriatic coast seeing the last views of the bridges and enchanting city making my last day memorable!!

I had the time of my life and enjoyed my vacation very much! Being able to visit two beautiful countries and experience a trip of a lifetime was like a dream come true! In Greece, I enjoyed being under the sun and enjoyed swimming in the beautiful beaches and seas of Mykonos and Santorini! And in Italy, I enjoyed the guided tours while experiencing the cultural and countryside of each city! I am truly grateful for Chris for making all of this possible and putting together a beautiful itinerary for my first European trip! I highly recommend him and would definitely go back to him again when I visit Italy and Greece in the future!

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The cruise to each beach was beautiful and so much fun!

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Sunset Wine Tasting in Santorini
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Colosseum & Roman Forum tour (Semi-private)
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Venice private city walking tour
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Local specialist: Chris Gravas