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Callen

Great Trip · South Africa - Aug 6 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: Callen G. - Local specialist: Carla Ferreira

We had an amazing time in South Africa and the ease of coordinating on KimKim and our specialist Carla was great. Would definitely book this way again!

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Carla Ferreira, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Callen,

Thanks for the great feedback.
I’m glad you had an enjoyable trip in my country.
I look forward to hearing from you again in the future

Thanks Carla

Cartagena & KimKim · Colombia - Sep 11 - Sep 17, 2021

Traveler: Claudia L. - Local specialist: Margoth Rico

We had a great time in Cartagena, all the activities planned by Margoth were thoroughly enjoyed. She hit on the nail with all her suggestions. Caro our chef was informative and fun, can’t wait to use the recipes we practiced. Manu was the perfect guide for our Mangrove experience, and Martin was so knowledgeable and courteous. Our Rum tasting with Jesus was super fun, not to mention our coffee tasting class “bautizo”, I guess I didn’t know much about coffee ☕️, great experience.
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We had a great time in Cartagena, all the activities planned by Margoth were thoroughly enjoyed. She hit on the nail with all her suggestions. Caro our chef was informative and fun, can’t wait to use the recipes we practiced. Manu was the perfect guide for our Mangrove experience, and Martin was so knowledgeable and courteous. Our Rum tasting with Jesus was super fun, not to mention our coffee tasting class “bautizo”, I guess I didn’t know much about coffee ☕️, great experience.
The restaurant reservations were the top, we loved the cuisine, especially at Cuzco’s.
kimKim was definitely the way to go.

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Margoth Rico, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Claudia,
Wow! Lovely pictures!
Thank you so much for your detailed review and it was a pleasure meeting you and your family!! Stay in touch y hasta pronto! Un abrazo a todos,
Margoth

Late last year we spent weeks with Chris plan... · Greece - Aug 28 - Sep 14, 2021

Traveler: Michael L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Late last year we spent weeks with Chris planning a trip to Greece - a nearly three week trip that recently ended. We spent 9 days on 'mainland' Greece, then three days each in Corfu, Naxos and Santorini. The entire trip from beginning to end was well planned and executed. Terrific driver in Greece, amazing guides at each site, in general wonderful hotels, and Chris was always available before and during the trip to answer our questions or address any concerns. I highly recommend KimKim as a way to find a local travel planner, and also highly recommend Chris.

Kim

Why haven't you tried KimKim yet? · Costa Rica - Sep 4 - Sep 11, 2021

Traveler: Kim M. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

This is one of multiple trips that I've planned through KimKim, and I'm pleased as I've been every time prior. Adriana was very patient and helpful with planning the itinerary and making necessary changes throughout. She was also very communicative, even during our actual trip, as was the owner of the tour company. We ran into a few unexpected glitches, and everything was handled appropriately and quickly. Costa Rica was great, and I'll definitely be using KimKim again to plan future trips. I... read more

This is one of multiple trips that I've planned through KimKim, and I'm pleased as I've been every time prior. Adriana was very patient and helpful with planning the itinerary and making necessary changes throughout. She was also very communicative, even during our actual trip, as was the owner of the tour company. We ran into a few unexpected glitches, and everything was handled appropriately and quickly. Costa Rica was great, and I'll definitely be using KimKim again to plan future trips. I tell everyone about them! Thank you KimKim, Adriana and everyone involved in helping to make this a memorable trip for me and my significant other!

judy

Fantastic visit to Croatia! · Croatia - Aug 29 - Sep 5, 2021

Traveler: judy s. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

I cannot speak highly enough of our trip planned through kimkim and especially, Antonia Ljustina of Croatique. Antonia listened carefully to my interests and tailored a trip perfectly to combine our love of history, scenic outdoor adventures, biking, swimming, food, and wine. Each of the guides we had in Split, Plitvice Lakes, Hvar, and Dubrovnik knew the area intimately and was very proud to show and explain to us the sites, history, and culture. We had a fantastic day-long private boat... read more

I cannot speak highly enough of our trip planned through kimkim and especially, Antonia Ljustina of Croatique. Antonia listened carefully to my interests and tailored a trip perfectly to combine our love of history, scenic outdoor adventures, biking, swimming, food, and wine. Each of the guides we had in Split, Plitvice Lakes, Hvar, and Dubrovnik knew the area intimately and was very proud to show and explain to us the sites, history, and culture. We had a fantastic day-long private boat trip that will never be forgotten. Antonia took care of every detail - all transfers, beautiful boutique hotel reservations, and even recommended and made us dinner reservations. She was in regular communication with us about what each upcoming day held, and was also available anytime, in case we had a question or needed something. My husband and I have never felt so pampered as we did on this trip!!! It was an excellent introduction to Croatia and I cannot wait to return!

Superior Greece Tour by KimKim · Greece - Sep 4 - Sep 17, 2021

Traveler: Ron E. - Local specialist: Seetha Ramanathan

I started working with Seetha on this trip before the pandemic shut us all down. We've communicated since the day we had to postpone it a whole year until we finally traveled to Athens, and then throughout the trip. Seetha was great to work with, and she was very flexible and patient with both us and the pandemic impact. Overall, the itinerary and the trip was superior. As with all trips, there were some hiccups that were not under either of our control. High winds postponed our Delos... read more

I started working with Seetha on this trip before the pandemic shut us all down. We've communicated since the day we had to postpone it a whole year until we finally traveled to Athens, and then throughout the trip. Seetha was great to work with, and she was very flexible and patient with both us and the pandemic impact. Overall, the itinerary and the trip was superior. As with all trips, there were some hiccups that were not under either of our control. High winds postponed our Delos excursion, the bathrooms at the Santorini villa were sub-par, and the car rental in Crete didn't work out - despite those problems, the trip was still excellent.

One of the nice things about this trip were the drivers that were arranged for us. It made the trip low stress and the drivers were excellent and very accommodating, as well as safe. Michael, in particular, who drove us to Delphi and back was terrific. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information and anecdotes on the drive that made the trip interesting and fun. It was nice to feel taken care of by the transport team. The other individuals that made this trip great were the private tour guides for the Acropolis (CiCi) and Delphi (Georgia). They were very informative and the way they presented the tour was worth the hikes that both required. Well paced, and a perspective that I don't believe we would have gotten if we did these tours by ourselves. Their education and individual work showed up on the tour and enhanced each venue.

The accommodations were in Athens, Mykonos and Crete were excellent. We're resort-y people to begin with, and starting the Island hop at Mykonian Imperial and ending it at the Blue Palace was perfect. Despite our disappointment with the bathrooms at the the villas in Santorini - I don't believe the bathrooms were safe, or well kept up for such a great location, as there was rust, loose moldings and water that could not be contained in the bath/shower areas, as well as mold - the view was spectacular and the location was perfect. The village of Megalachori was charming and we spent our free time there. A short walk, it had cafes and restaurants and shopping, and loved hanging out there. Overall, I can say that we were happy with the accommodations.

Seetha did an excellent job planning our activities. We loved everything we did. The cancelation of the Delos tour was sad, but not under any of our control. I highly recommend using Seetha to plan your trip. Other highlights besides the two big tours (Acropolis and Delphi) were the sunset cruises in Santorini and the Aegean Sea, and the food tour attached to the Acropolis tour. My personal favorite was the day at Delphi - the ruins were awesome, the views were spectacular, the tour guide (Georgia) was terrific, as well as the driver, making the tour very informative, and it was capped with lunch on the terrace overlooking the mountains and sea. Very magical way to end the trip.

Overall, this KimKim planned trip by Seetha was excellent, and I would highly recommend using her specifically for your planning. Very personable, patient and flexible. I can't have had a better experience with a travel agency or a better vacation. I hope to plan another trip with her to cover some parts of Greece that we were not able to do this trip - can't wait!

Multi-site vacation in Greece · Greece - Sep 1 - Sep 13, 2021

Traveler: John D. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was great to work with in planning a multi-site vacation in Athens and the Cyclades (Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos). The resorts were attractive and near to the beaches and shopping areas. We especially enjoyed a mountain-biking activity on Santorini and the opportunity to explore the island in more depth. Mykonos was also very memorable as our hotel enabled pre-breakfast swims in the Aegean and nighttime dinners on the beach.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

John when I read such comments it makes my work so valuable, it proves my addiction to the perfection of the quality of the travelers’ holiday during which everyone experiences days that stay in the mind and heart forever and provide force for the future life which some times is difficult.

All the best for next year, be strong, be creative and I hope to see you in Greece again at some point whenever this makes sense for you and your beloved ones ;)

Dimitris Zografos

Leif

Wow! · Croatia - Sep 5 - Sep 16, 2021

Traveler: Leif M. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Wow! Antonia was able to book us last minute hotels for a terrific 12 day trip to Croatia. With all the COVID craziness it was hard to make commitments ahead of time so we came to Europe and were traveling only to countries with lower COVID rates, but it wasn’t much of a vacation constantly researching and booking stuff last minute ourselves. Enter Antonia and KimKim. Antonia was able to book us a fantastic 12 day trip starting the day before we arrived in Zagreb. From the moment we flew in,... read more

Wow! Antonia was able to book us last minute hotels for a terrific 12 day trip to Croatia. With all the COVID craziness it was hard to make commitments ahead of time so we came to Europe and were traveling only to countries with lower COVID rates, but it wasn’t much of a vacation constantly researching and booking stuff last minute ourselves. Enter Antonia and KimKim. Antonia was able to book us a fantastic 12 day trip starting the day before we arrived in Zagreb. From the moment we flew in, and for each transfer afterwards, someone was waiting to take us to take us to our next stop where a lovely hotel was awaiting us. We went to Zagreb for two days, Plitivic lakes for two days, an afternoon in Zadar, two days in Split, two days in Hvar, a day in Kuculic and three days in Dubrovnik. Everything worked flawlessly. We saw and did so much, but it was so relaxing. What a spectacular country Croatia is! What a great trip planner Antonia is! Hvala vam!

Mike

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable-highly recommend Kimkim and Halldor · Iceland - Aug 19 - Sep 5, 2021

Traveler: Mike S. - Local specialist: Halldor Bjarkason

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable! Halldor from Kimkim organized a trip tailored for our requests which included lots of hiking and experiencing the more remote, less crowded areas of Iceland. The trip he arranged was a perfect fit for us. We really appreciated his recommendation to head to the Westfjords and include a 3 day "glamping" trip in the Hornstrandir National Park-spectacular scenery and families of arctic foxes who are not shy and came right up to our feet to play. We also... read more

Our trip to Iceland was truly memorable! Halldor from Kimkim organized a trip tailored for our requests which included lots of hiking and experiencing the more remote, less crowded areas of Iceland. The trip he arranged was a perfect fit for us. We really appreciated his recommendation to head to the Westfjords and include a 3 day "glamping" trip in the Hornstrandir National Park-spectacular scenery and families of arctic foxes who are not shy and came right up to our feet to play. We also really enjoyed Stefan, our guide on a one day hike in the Westfjords. He was a wealth of information and we learned so much about the culture, language and history of Iceland. We loved the 6 day Laugavegur hut to hut hike across stunning scenery. We made great friends from around the world in the huts every night. We will never forget the brilliant green of the moss against the contrast of the black lava mountains and the spectacular color palette of the scenery. We even thought the water everywhere, from every tap, was the best we had ever tasted!

In addition to Halldor accurately selecting just the right places for us and an itinerary that went smoothly, he even made last minute changes to our plans while in Iceland due to some unexpected circumstances. We would highly recommend our trip to Iceland, Kimkim and our local specialist Halldor!

Dimitris was Great although he caused me to o... · Greece - Sep 7 - Sep 17, 2021

Traveler: REGINALD M. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was Great although he caused me to over pay for my ferry trip which should of been half the price for me and my Companion. He was more than Good. I would use and recommend. Thank you.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Reginald I am so happy to read this review I am so happy that my recommendations and planning and my partners’ work added to the success of your stay in Greece!

You’re absolutely right about the price of the ticket of the ferry trip! We always try to book the best quality instead of risking lower levels of services. You’re absolutely right and I keep this in my mind as an additional free spent just in case you decide to come to Greece again. I I hope you do so in the near future. Thank you again and I wish you a beautiful year ahead!

Bosnia in June, a hiker paradise · Bosnia and Herzegovina - Jun 14 - Jun 21, 2021

Traveler: Gil e. - Local specialist: Samer Hajric

It is some months after the trip when chaos life prevented me to from thanking samer for a wonderful trip.
Samer waited for me on arrival and drove me to the very nice city hotel.
I enjoyed my city walk and then it was off the mountains.
The trail were a chalange but doable. Tons of wild life , pleasant conversation and peace. The 2nd half of the trip was a different guide. The snake charmer who showed me snakes.

The stay was in nice locations, the food everywhere was amazing.
The team was... read more

It is some months after the trip when chaos life prevented me to from thanking samer for a wonderful trip.
Samer waited for me on arrival and drove me to the very nice city hotel.
I enjoyed my city walk and then it was off the mountains.
The trail were a chalange but doable. Tons of wild life , pleasant conversation and peace. The 2nd half of the trip was a different guide. The snake charmer who showed me snakes.

The stay was in nice locations, the food everywhere was amazing.
The team was ecomodating with my changing whims. I walked around 8 hours a day which is exactly what I asked for. It was a perfect tailor made trip and which it can go on. They were also effective in getting covid tests.
Communication with samer was easy via the kimkim app.
Can I give 6 stars for this trip?
Bosnia in June is divine.

Cheers. Gil from cleveland.
Note that I love travel and this is my 70th country. I consider bosnia as top 10.

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Samer Hajric, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gil,
Thank you so much for such nice words and wonderful feedback.

I really enjoyed the first part of the tour and the hikes we did together, as much as you did.
Hope this is not the last time you're visiting our area and until some next opportunity,

All the best and stay safe!

Samer Hajric

Tom

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

Traveler: Tom B. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aspiring Adventures is First Class! · Peru - Aug 29 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Gail P. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

Aspiring Adventures did an awesome job on our recent trek in the Andean high country. Over 8 days we did 23,000' of vertical ascent (and matching descent) including one ascent to 14,000' elevation and another to 15,000' elevation and covered about 63 miles. Our guide, Orlando Ugarte was phenomenal -- he made sure that we had a great experience on this very challenging trek. Our trek took us off of the beaten path; for the last few days, we experienced the power of this special land in... read more

Aspiring Adventures did an awesome job on our recent trek in the Andean high country. Over 8 days we did 23,000' of vertical ascent (and matching descent) including one ascent to 14,000' elevation and another to 15,000' elevation and covered about 63 miles. Our guide, Orlando Ugarte was phenomenal -- he made sure that we had a great experience on this very challenging trek. Our trek took us off of the beaten path; for the last few days, we experienced the power of this special land in complete solitude. The chef, Johan, provided the most delicious meals imaginable and introduced us to a lot of the high country cuisine. Late in the trek, he even purchased a chicken from a local farmer and butchered it so we would have fresh meat in the soup! We were so grateful for the early morning wakeup calls accompanied with piping hot tea. On a trek like this, there are a lot of variables that can make the difference between a great treak and a disaster -- Aspiring Adventures did not miss a beat!

Wonderful 10-day Trek thru the Andes · Peru - Aug 29 - Sep 15, 2021

Traveler: Carolee J. - Local specialist: Katy Shorthouse

We had an amazing time exploring Cusco, and our 10-day trek from Capiluyoc to Cochiquirao to Huancacalle before traveling to Machu Picchu was an adventure worth remembering. Our guide was absolutely wonderful and our camp chef, crew, and horsemen worked so hard and made our trek amazing. We were so grateful for all of the hard work that went into such an unforgettable experience. Aspiring Adventures is definitely the way to go for any South American adventure!

A Memorable Time · Egypt - Aug 15 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Mo Y. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Our planning was very last minute, nevertheless everything worked out surprisingly well thanks to kimkim and Ibrahim's (Egypt Promotion Tours) help to make our dream trip come true. They were extraordinarily accommodating to our needs and made everything fit into our tight schedule that included tours and transfers/flights span across multiple cities in both Egypt (Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Alexandria) and Jordan (Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea). We had amazing tour guides (Mohamed, Adele,... read more

Our planning was very last minute, nevertheless everything worked out surprisingly well thanks to kimkim and Ibrahim's (Egypt Promotion Tours) help to make our dream trip come true. They were extraordinarily accommodating to our needs and made everything fit into our tight schedule that included tours and transfers/flights span across multiple cities in both Egypt (Cairo, Aswan, Edfu, Luxor, Alexandria) and Jordan (Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea). We had amazing tour guides (Mohamed, Adele, Nour, Omar); they were professional, knowledgeable, caring, and spoke English very well. Our drivers and pickup contacts (Mahmoud, Zain) were wonderful as well; they helped with the visa process and arranging COVID PCR tests, plus helping me with a lost baggage due to airline’s fault. We were two girls traveling, and we felt safe and cared for throughout the entire trip. We are grateful and appreciate Egypt Promotion Tours’ role in giving us a wonderful and memorable experience of a lifetime.

Natalia was awesome! You won't regret using Kimkim for any of your travels! 5 stars · Colombia - Nov 8 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: Patricia V. - Local specialist: Natalia Rojas

Natalia was awesome! I reached out to kimkim and provide details of the experience my group wanted to have in Colombia and Natalia delivered. We received a detailed itinerary of our daily activities with a background of the culture for each location and all our flights were booked. When I had any questions, Natalia was quick to respond to my text. This trip was for my birthday and on the day of my birthday Natalia and the kimkim team sent me a bottle of whisky and cake, that was very sweet and thoughtful. I will be using them for the rest of my travels based on my first experience.

Beatrix

Wow! Experience of a Lifetime · France - Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2021

Traveler: Beatrix P. - Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

Such an amazing thing to get to take in some of the most famous places and experiences in Paris! We spent 10 whirlwind but incredible days exploring all that Paris has to offer! Absolutely loved the Seine dinner cruise, Monets Garden, Versailles, the Louvre, Sacre Couer, Montmartre was an adorable village, and so much more! The food, pastries and wine and pretty much everything we ate and drank was amazing! Even at the tiny sidewalk cafes. We did a walking food tour that was a blast and... read more

Such an amazing thing to get to take in some of the most famous places and experiences in Paris! We spent 10 whirlwind but incredible days exploring all that Paris has to offer! Absolutely loved the Seine dinner cruise, Monets Garden, Versailles, the Louvre, Sacre Couer, Montmartre was an adorable village, and so much more! The food, pastries and wine and pretty much everything we ate and drank was amazing! Even at the tiny sidewalk cafes. We did a walking food tour that was a blast and really enjoyed all of the open air food markets.
The metro has an app and was very easy and affordable to use. The Catacombs was a mind blowing experience but not for those that are claustrophobic! We ended up at the large famous flea market on the north end of Paris on a Monday but half the vendors were closed, so not a highlight. Many things can be touted yourself instead of having a guide - like the covered passages of Paris or your own audio guide of the Louvre if you’re looking to cut costs, but the guides with the tours were all highly knowledgeable and professional and we learned a lot from them.
The hotel staff was friendly but the beds and pillows were extremely uncomfortable and the hotel, while in a great neighborhood was a ways away from the Eiffel Tower and some of the more visited places. (Mercure)
Altogether however, with transportation covered from airport and back and reservations made for us by Isabelle for tours and some dinners, it was a very stress free trip of a lifetime!

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Isabelle Voute, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Tracey and Stephen for this review! It was a pleasure for me and Trip My France to organize this trip for you.
Thank you for your feedbacks, it's definitely essential for us to have these comments (both positive or negative), that help us to control, maintain and improve the quality of our services and suppliers (guides, drivers, hotels...).
A bientôt!
Isabelle

Loved our itinerary and Preeti was wonderful ... · Iceland - Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2021

Traveler: Kelly W. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Loved our itinerary and Preeti was wonderful before and during our trip.

Andrea was great through the entire planning ... · Italy - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2021

Traveler: Liz M. - Local specialist: Andrea Gambino

Andrea was great through the entire planning process to the completion of the trip. I will def use him again for my next trip to Italy. The guides and drivers were top notch, the recommended restaurants and activities allowed us to have a wonderful Vacation.

Thank you, Andrea!! You're the best!

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Andrea Gambino, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Liz for your nice words. For us it is extremely important to provide an outstanding service: we are travelers and travel lovers so we do understand how important and valuable every single part of a trip is.
It is not just about seeing a place, but we believe it is important to have a full enjoyable experience.
We are looking forward to assisting you soon for your next trip to Italy.
All the best.
Andrea

ronald

Three week custion hiking /roadtrip through Romania · Romania - Aug 7 - Aug 27, 2021

Traveler: ronald d. - Local specialist: Raluca Teodor

What was supposed to be a one-week hiking trip in Transylvania in the spring of 2020 ended up to be a great multifaceted three week trip through the entire country. Raluca was extremely helpful with the booking of the original trip, and managing the following Covid troubles.

Once it became clear that it was possible to travel to Romania in the summer of 2021, I wanted to extend my trip to see more of the country. Once again, Raluca was very helpful and in record time my 8 day trip became a... read more

What was supposed to be a one-week hiking trip in Transylvania in the spring of 2020 ended up to be a great multifaceted three week trip through the entire country. Raluca was extremely helpful with the booking of the original trip, and managing the following Covid troubles.

Once it became clear that it was possible to travel to Romania in the summer of 2021, I wanted to extend my trip to see more of the country. Once again, Raluca was very helpful and in record time my 8 day trip became a 21 day trip (1 week hiking, followed with a 2 week roadtrip). Basically it was a combination of the self-guided walking tour in the Carpathian mountains and some of the other tours, exactly tailored to my wishes. The accommodations, both guesthouses and hotels, were good. Everything was perfectly planned out, with detailed descriptions and maps for the hiking part of the trip, extensive list of all possible sightseeing options for the roadtrip and lots of other useful information. I seriously can't think of a way my trip could have been prepared better, highly recommended!

Iceland in All It's Beauty!! · Iceland - Sep 1 - Sep 7, 2021

Traveler: Margo B. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Just returned from the most spectacular trip to Iceland, using KimKim and its self-guided itinerary. We worked on the trip via email with KimKim's local travel specialist Preeti, based in Islafjordur. She knew the country well and helped our group of six women plan a 7-day off-the-beaten-path self-drive adventure to Iceland's gorgeous Arctic Coast. KimKim planned for us whale watching, horseback riding, geothermal spa visits, guided hikes to volcanoes, stays at great hotels and delicious... read more

Just returned from the most spectacular trip to Iceland, using KimKim and its self-guided itinerary. We worked on the trip via email with KimKim's local travel specialist Preeti, based in Islafjordur. She knew the country well and helped our group of six women plan a 7-day off-the-beaten-path self-drive adventure to Iceland's gorgeous Arctic Coast. KimKim planned for us whale watching, horseback riding, geothermal spa visits, guided hikes to volcanoes, stays at great hotels and delicious meals (Naustio in Husavik is amazing!). It was an itinerary of gorgeous sites and activities that made us all fall in love with Iceland. Preeti worked within our budget and was incredibly responsive. Everything worked perfectly when we arrived. I highly recommend KimKim for Iceland, and will use them for future trips.

Jonathan

Jon & Jane love Iceland & Emanuela · Iceland - Sep 3 - Sep 8, 2021

Traveler: Jonathan B. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Hi, I’m Jon. I live in Chicago and recently traveled to Iceland with my partner Jane. It’s hard for me to express the grandeur you’ll see in the Icelandic landscape, but I can tell you that Emanuela and kimkim helped us make some incredible memories without having to negotiate many of the details that pull me out of the magical moments that make traveling memorable and fulfilling. I had previously used kimkim for adventure travel in the Altai Mountain Region of Western Mongolia, so I knew... read more

Hi, I’m Jon. I live in Chicago and recently traveled to Iceland with my partner Jane. It’s hard for me to express the grandeur you’ll see in the Icelandic landscape, but I can tell you that Emanuela and kimkim helped us make some incredible memories without having to negotiate many of the details that pull me out of the magical moments that make traveling memorable and fulfilling. I had previously used kimkim for adventure travel in the Altai Mountain Region of Western Mongolia, so I knew their value and attention to tailoring each trip for my personal taste. Emanuela didn’t disappoint. From our first emails about our Icelandic road trip to the last minute changes and concierge style help in-country, I wholeheartedly recommend her service if you’re planning a trip to Iceland. She picked hotels and guest house stays that offered us value and style, and she worked in every stop we had on our must see list (black sand beaches, hiking, waterfalls, glaciers, great restaurants, and hot springs, lots and lots of hot springs), and gave us marvelous suggestions that really made for remarkable memories. She helped us, but it still felt like our trip rather than a package deal, this did not feel generic at all. Regarding cost, her fee is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of time it would have taken us to research and book all the details she put together for us, then there was the advice on traveling in this unique country and time in all our lives. I give Emanuela 10 out of 10.

Nathan

Great Experience for Road Trip in Iceland · Iceland - Aug 31 - Sep 5, 2021

Traveler: Nathan A. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

The service that KimKim and Emanuela (our trip planner) provided was great! We decided to do a road trip in Iceland and Emanuela worked out all the details. She rented the car, reserved hotels and restaurants, was available whenever we needed her. Our budget was also respected as well.

The trip itself was wonderful and I would recommend that other people do the same trip if they can.

Best vacation ever! · Colombia - Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2021

Traveler: Neil M. - Local specialist: Margoth Rico

I visited Colombia from 8/28-9/4 and used the trip planning service kimkim and Margoth was my agent.
I planned to go with my son but he was unable to go due to work so I went solo. I did no research before I left and just knew I wanted a very active trip and made sure Margoth knew that.
Margoth suggested I visit Bogota and Medellin and did a great job of offering me different options for daily activities. I knew I wanted to hike, bike and go white water rafting and Margoth found me great... read more

I visited Colombia from 8/28-9/4 and used the trip planning service kimkim and Margoth was my agent.
I planned to go with my son but he was unable to go due to work so I went solo. I did no research before I left and just knew I wanted a very active trip and made sure Margoth knew that.
Margoth suggested I visit Bogota and Medellin and did a great job of offering me different options for daily activities. I knew I wanted to hike, bike and go white water rafting and Margoth found me great options for all three. I told her I wanted to drink a lot of good Colombian coffee and with the help of my guide Pablo she me found me a great coffee farm to visit.
The guides Oscar in Bogota and Pablo in Medellin are great guides and terrific people. They made sure I got to all my planned adventures and made my trip special. I did all my activities with them except whitewater rafting and they were ton of fun to hang out with.
Oscar took me on a bike tour of Bogota and explained the historical significance of many of the buildings and the general history of Bogota. We hiked in the National park with a park ranger and it was awesome. The city tour included the graffiti district, the marketplace, the Fernando Botero museum and the monserrati church on a hill overlooking Bogota . All great activities.
Oscar is a professional coffee taster and took me to a cafe to sample different coffees and tutored me in the proper way to analyze different coffee blends. This was so cool and I learned a lot. He also took me to traditional Colombian restaurants that were delicious.
Margoth arranged my flights from Bogota to Medellin and got me free upgrades to business class.
In Medellin my guide Pablo took me on a city tour which included riding in a gondola to get a great view of the city. We visited Communa13 which is a shanty town built on a hill and Pablo explained the significance of the areas troubled history that was fascinating. We toured much of downtown Medellin and Pablo explained the significance of different buildings and some of the politics and history of the city..
The following day I went whitewater rafting with grade 3-4 rapids and it was a blast! The guides were very professional and I felt safe.
Pablo took me to cafe de la cima and I had an amazing coffee experience. The owners are a wonderful family and I got the chance to pick the organic coffee beans and watch the coffee beans be shelled and roasted and then was offered a coffee tasting.
Everything they served me for lunch is grown on their farm and is delicious.
My last day with Pablo and Luis our hiking guide we hiked up cerro bravo 8600ft. I asked Margoth for super active adventures and she delivered. This was a very challenging hike through jungle and forests that was so amazing and beautiful. Luis is a great hiker and guide and pointed out different birds,trees and insects along the way. I swung from vines to cross muddy parts of the trail which was cool. The vistas from the top were amazing. Pablo as always made sure I had a delicious lunch and plenty of water.
Margoth arranged for me to stay in great hotels in Bogota and Medellin and got me daily dinner reservations in the best restaurants. Never ate so well in my life!
I had an amazing Colombian vacation due to the help of Margoth guides Oscar and Pablo and the drivers of the cars that took me to these activities and safety brought me back each day. I recommend using their services if you visit Colombia because they made my vacation amazing!

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Margoth Rico, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Neil, thank you so much for your comments and we are very happy you had a great time in Colombia! On behalf of Oscar, Pablo, and all the people involved in your trip, it was a pleasure meeting you, having you in Colombia, and assisting you during your trip. And thank you so much for your detailed comments. And we really hope you come back to Colombia soon!
Sending you all our Best Wishes,
Margoth

Jessica

Amazing trip! · Norway - Aug 24 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Jessica S. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Linda planned our trip to Norway and although we had to wait a whole year to get there, due to the pandemic it was better than we could have imagined! The accomodations were really nice and it was quite easy to locate them. Breakfast was delicious and we could even get a lunch package for on the road. Sorting out transportation wasn't always easy because unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, the trains going from the aiport to the city center were cancelled and information was hard... read more

Linda planned our trip to Norway and although we had to wait a whole year to get there, due to the pandemic it was better than we could have imagined! The accomodations were really nice and it was quite easy to locate them. Breakfast was delicious and we could even get a lunch package for on the road. Sorting out transportation wasn't always easy because unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, the trains going from the aiport to the city center were cancelled and information was hard to come by. I think it would have helped to have some more information on all options available (e.g. take train to or Bus XY etc.) and include ALL transportation fees.
We then spent one day in Oslo and explored the city by walking and taking a scooter. As we wanted to have dinner, we realized that most restaurants or shops in Norway let you book your food via a (web) app, so be prepared to pay by credit card most of the time. Although they do have to accept cash, some of the restaurants stilll refused to and we had to take a lot of cash back home . However, that being said, we do like Norway being so modern and digital. We think it's a great step towards a modern society! So not a major problem for us. All the activities that we did were really fantastic!!! Although we enjoyed visiting Bergen and Oslo, we loved spending time in Aurland, swimming in the Fjords and talking to the locals. It was incredibly peaceful and the most memorable day. Then we took a trip with the ferry which was super enjoyable, because you are literally floating over the water - and it feels like a sustainable, not very loud or disturbing choice to traverse nature. We loved loved loved the kayak tour in the fjords. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication with the guide who did not know that we had to take the shuttle and so when we arrived back on land, the shuttle had already left and we had to scramble to find another option (taxi from the nearest town). So be aware that when you are in the middle of nowhere, you really have to catch the one connection you intend to take. Besides from that travel hiccup, we really enjoyed the kayak tour because it is a great way to experience the fjors, while getting to know other travellers. The guide also told us some anecdotes about the region, which was really interesting. Then we arrived in Bergen and spend a day with a guide who taught us about the city's history. We loved taking the tour with him and really got to know the city well. I think it's good to mention that there are really really nice saunas available in Oslo, Bergen and even a floating one in Flam!!! Unfortunately, you have to book in advance, so they were closed when we got there, but I think that could be a really nice option after a long ride in the bus or train. To summarize, this was an amazing experience. We loved the country and the people, got to know a lot about the culture and the history, saw a lot of sights and the beautiful nature. It is perfect for people who love to be outdoors but still fancy a little city trip. It is modern and technologized, clean and tranquille, breathtaking and mindblowingly beautiful and I would have loved to spend more time there. But I will return...one day :) many thanks to Linda! It wasn't an easy trip to plan during a pandemic but you did it and you did it well. Take care! Best, Jess

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Linda Veråsdal, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your visit and review! This is very helpful. Am so glad you had such a nice experience in Norway. It is really good to read that despite the pandemic your trip was joyful. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing and so lucky with the weather! I am sorry about the shuttle, will check up what happened here. Hope to see you back in Norway at some point!! :-) Take care

Our trip was great and Adriana was extremely ... · Costa Rica - Aug 28 - Sep 6, 2021

Traveler: Connor G. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

Our trip was great and Adriana was extremely responsive and helpful with all our requests! Amazing time in Costa Rica!

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Connor!

Thank you for your review, I am very happy to know you enjoyed your time in Costa Rica and that you had a good experience. If you decide to visit us back in the future contact me and I will organize a new great experience. :)

Best,
Adriana

Athens/Naxos - Amazing Trip (September 2021) · Greece - Aug 29 - Sep 4, 2021

Traveler: Steven J. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was an excellent tour guide who organized a great week for my wife and I during our first trip to Greece. The trip was highlighted by a guided tour of some of Athens famous landmarks, a private food and wine tour throughout the streets of Naxos, and a full-day catamaran excursion around the islands.

We would strongly recommend booking with KimKim and suggest anyone interested reach out to Harris.

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Steven & Rachel.

I am more than happy hearing that both of you enjoyed your stay in Greece and having a wonderful overall experience. We will be glad to host you again and organize a future trip with different places and island around Greece.

Greetings from all of us!

Best regards,
Harris

Beautiful Iceland! · Iceland - Aug 26 - Sep 7, 2021

Traveler: Marianne M. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

This trip was super well organized. Every hotel booking and activity booking was perfect. We covered a lot of ground each day but it wasn't too much and we were able to see some amazing sights. What a beautiful country. Will definitely return!

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip to Iceland. I'm so glad you got see some of the amazing places Iceland has offer!

This trip by far exceeded all our expectations... · Peru - Aug 21 - Sep 6, 2021

Traveler: martin M. - Local specialist: Steve Wilson

This trip by far exceeded all our expectations. We spent 16 amazing days in Peru with our 3 boys, great guides and meticulously prepared itinerary which opened our eyes and minds. Perhaps this may be a little bit overboard review but the details matter. For those who have a little bit of extra time, please read feel free to read further, otherwise five amazing stars to This trip review***** and my admiration to Katy and her team for making such a unique experience possible.

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This trip by far exceeded all our expectations. We spent 16 amazing days in Peru with our 3 boys, great guides and meticulously prepared itinerary which opened our eyes and minds. Perhaps this may be a little bit overboard review but the details matter. For those who have a little bit of extra time, please read feel free to read further, otherwise five amazing stars to This trip review***** and my admiration to Katy and her team for making such a unique experience possible.

Starting with our guide Freddie in the Amazon we had special daily walks in the jungle, learned from him how to be respectful in the jungle to the animals and plants, thanks to his senses saw many animals, (capibaras, monkeys, rodents, butterflies, tarantula) ,had morning sunrise boat rides up to the River to see hundreds of parrots including Macau’s. Freddie took us to see Cayman at night, fish and later eat piranhas, showed us many different species of plants, fruits and local veggies. He told our children many amazing stories from his life in the jungle. A highlight was kayaking on the Amazon, swimming in the river and for kids mud sliding at the banks of the River. Daily support of a boat driver and a cook, as well as the comfy eco-like lodge added to the amazing experience.
Afterwards, moving to highlands of the Andes made another eye-opening experience. After adjusting to the high altitude in the town of Pisac, we spent a day of climbing the old Inca town at 3500 m, learned about Its history from our guide Natty, indulged into spectacular views and locals playing Andes flute. Later in the day we were invited to a local family living at 3800 m at the village of Amaru. We experienced a day in their life. We learned about their customs, shared the meals, went planting potatoes, watched cloth making, using plants for coloring, tea and food. Our kids played with their kids games, and soccer. Bonfire, singing just started the starry night experience and night under 4 heavy Alpaca blankets.
o Morning started with a scenic car ride to have already prepared kayaks and wet suits to float over an amazing high-altitude lake with ducks and flamingos. Sun and blue sky with high Andes in the background made it amazing. Going for a quick swim in the wet suits awakened us for another adventure. After lunch cooked for us by local chef, the van with 5 bikes awaited. Drive through scenic highlands to a unique Mountain embedded with Inca salt mines, and then Moray, a visit of another Inca site ended with About 15 km bike ride with breath taking views ending by a winding road leading to the sacred valley and then a quick transport to amazing old Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Our high altitude Adjustment allowed us to start the amazing three day two night trek - Tres Lares. With our guide Natty, five horses and two horsemen we ascended to 4300 m through amazing valleys filled with local huts, lamas, alpacas and soul filling views. Lunch already prepared by a chef and his support was an aspiring adventure’s team surprise. With the help of our guide, we reached the summit of 4500m tranquil and really breath taking high altitude experience. An evening descent to a high-altitude village of locals was amazing. The team of horsemen and chefs with assistants awaited with delicious meal and prepared tents. Morning breakfast and a several hour descents to hot springs was a relief. Another night of camping. Breakfast, good byes with the trek team followed by transport back to Ollantaytambo. Afternoon visit of another mountain embedded Inca town helped us start to understand of this amazing old culture. Subsequent scenic ride through sacred valley to the town of Macchu Picchu was the additional highlight of the day. Nice hotel, walk through the town with Natty and then a tranquil deep sleep. Morning blue sky was the special early touch to the visit of Macchu Pichu. Thanks to Natty, we understood many to us unknown details of this very spiritual and Soul opening place. Thanks to the Covid pandemic, the masses of tourists were missing and the experience was so much more special. We finally understood the Inca connection to the sun and Patcha mamma / the powerful spiritual connection to mother Earth. Descent, lunch and transfer to the old Inca capital of Cusco. Tasteful hotel in old town, dinner with Natty, more stories for kids and another cozy hotel night. Next morning, we climbed on top of the town’s Inca ruins, stroll through the town, learning of Its amazing history, some local market shopping and another nice dinner. Following day started with the car ride from the highlands to lake Titicaca. Amazing scenery followed by another home stay of a raqchi Family. Learning About clay pottery making, dinner followed by spiritual wish making to the spirit of mountains and the Patcha mamma. Dancing with locals to their favorite songs and another night under heavy alpaca blankets. Morning breakfast and High-altitude road at 4300 m pass with another soul touching views followed by a visit of two amazing churches and the town of Lampa. The visit of an second Church in Lampa was impressive. The original 400 plus year old paintings , sculptures and skull and bone filled chapel was fascinating. Its history was provided to us by the local guide who already awaited our arrival. Evening trip through unimpressive Júliaca to the final destination of rather awe aspiring Lake Titicaca. Morning ride to visit of floating villages of Urus followed by 2-hour boat ride to mind blowing local Titicaca islands. Blue sky, clear waters of 3800 m lake, and pristine nature makes Ex-au Provence, Greek or Croatian coast pale in comparison. Even with locals, dancing and walk under starry sky make you feel like it Is the most peaceful place on the planet.

Our late august trip had 16 days of sun and perfect weather. While the website and corresponding with Katy gives you a glimpse
o you might experience day to day as far as the adventures and cultural immersion, with perfect coordination of events, activities, seamless transits, meals and hotel stays make you feel that aspiring adventure matches Its name to the dot. For us it was a life altering experience our children and we will cherish it all for a long time. We have traveled to many countries in the World but this trip I think was the best As far As depth of the immersion to the history, nature and the beauty of the Peruvian culture and nature. While this trip was more expensive it was well worth with the money as the coordination of the many daily activities, site visits, punctual transport arrangements, meals would not be possible without such Aspiring Adventures team help.
We wish to thank Katy, Freddie, Natty, driver Paul, horsemen, chefs, local guides, hosting families and others involved to make this so special.
If i had one advice to those who are planning a trip to Peru. Don’t focus solely on Macchu Picchu. Enjoy the exploration of other sites, home stays, go trekking off beaten path if u can, bike and most of all appreciate the nature. It will open your eyes and soul to a much broader level than you could expect.
Absolutely five stars*****

Our kids top 10:
-Trekking tres Lares / camping: enjoying time with local dog who walked with them for 2 and 1/2 days
• biking down to the sacred valley
• Paddling on high elevation lake
• Visit of Macchu Picchu
• Hot springs
• Kayaking on that Amazon and mud sliding
• Amaru and raqchi Family home stays
• Lake Titicaca sunset view from top of the Island
• Lampa Church visit
• Jungle walks and piranhas fishing

First time touring Greece · Greece - Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2021

Traveler: Esther J. - Local specialist: Eleni Fotiou

Eleni and team did a great job coordinating a 10-12 day trip around Greece. Of course, it's impossible to see everything in Greece in this short amount of time, but she did a great job advising on what we can do for this first time around. She was flexible to adjust along our preferences and budget. The greatest surprise of this trip was being connected to her and her team upon initial arrival, where we had timely response on any questions we had. Their demeanor was service oriented, informative, and we are immensely grateful for their premium service. Totally recommend them!

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Eleni Fotiou, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Esther for your kind words. Thank you for trusting me and our team and we will be very happy to welcome you and Derek again and show you another part of our beautiful country!

Sabine

Round trip during corona · Sri Lanka - Aug 13 - Aug 28, 2021

Traveler: Sabine V. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced... read more

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced there were some places that we couldn’t visit. Even the same day they made other arrangement to replace these activities.
The nature guides of EcoTeam are excellent. They can spot you any animal or bird.
We had an exceptional trip : all the main tourist areas and parks we visited as the only foreign tourist. It is safe to travel during corona.
I can fully recommend KimKim as an agent. We actually are arranging our next trip with them.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was... read more

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was commendable. Without your corporation, we couldn't arrange this trip up to such a level.

Thanks again for your lovely comments, it was a great honor to be your host in Sri Lanka.

Portugal done right · Portugal - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Michael V. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

Every guide we had, and there were several, was prompt, professional, engaging and courteous!
I’d never travel again without going through Kim Kim!

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

So lovely to read this review! I am thrilled that you had a fantastic time in Portugal. We look forward to helping you plan another trip in the future. :-)

There were a few minor glitches. I would hav... · Italy - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Karan o. - Local specialist: Monica Pellizzari

There were a few minor glitches. I would have liked to have had St Peter's Basilica included in the Vatican trip, but it wan't and I wasn't given that option. Most guides were super informative and delightful, but there is a parking problem in Tuscany tour and the guide couldn't accompany us on the sights. Again, it would have been good if the Pisa was arranged in a way so we could have entered it, but that was not an option.
In Rome, I would have liked to have had a tour of the first... read more

There were a few minor glitches. I would have liked to have had St Peter's Basilica included in the Vatican trip, but it wan't and I wasn't given that option. Most guides were super informative and delightful, but there is a parking problem in Tuscany tour and the guide couldn't accompany us on the sights. Again, it would have been good if the Pisa was arranged in a way so we could have entered it, but that was not an option.
In Rome, I would have liked to have had a tour of the first level of Coliseum.
The hotel at Spainsh Steps was not great. For the prices that I paid, I would have liked to have better luxury.
Since you asked: David was the highlight. Sisteine chapel was underwhelming (Sorry Michaelangelo! I expected to be blown away like seeing Mona Lisa. I wasn't)
Except for these two minor glitches (4 1/2 stars but you don'e have 1/2 stars), everything was out of this world. They even tried to pick pocket us in the subway in Rome. Speaking of the complete experience!
Monica was outstanding. A definite 5. Alessia in Venice was great. Another 5.
Hope to work with you again next year for Greece!

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Monica Pellizzari, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ciao Karan,
thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review for your recent trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome. It was a little challenging to arrange everything in a short time, during this “special” period, but I am delighted that you had a great time in Italy. Alessia (your Personal Concierge) and I are very grateful for your 5 stars feedback on our service. It's a pleasure to read that you liked the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and ancient Rome 3-hour private tour, wishing to have... read more

Ciao Karan,
thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review for your recent trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome. It was a little challenging to arrange everything in a short time, during this “special” period, but I am delighted that you had a great time in Italy. Alessia (your Personal Concierge) and I are very grateful for your 5 stars feedback on our service. It's a pleasure to read that you liked the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and ancient Rome 3-hour private tour, wishing to have the opportunity to extend the visit to see also the 1st Tier of the Arena. The same goes for Pisa: after a full day visit to Siena, Chianti area, and San Gimignano, your last day stop in Pisa was arranged as a relaxing stroll to see the Miracle Square and the Leaning Tower, just not to overdo this day tour. By reading your review, I'll definitely take under consideration your precious comments, and try to offer an even more complete experience.
Other than that, I am terribly sorry to hear now about St.Peter's Basilica. Your Personal Concierge was there for you, above all for those "little glitches", to offer solutions, and make you happy 100%.
Unfortunately, due to the covid-19 physical distance measures, the direct passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's basilica is currently closed. This means that to enter the Church the tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. I don’t know if there was a misunderstanding about that or an unexpected problem, but the program of your tour always includes the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. I’ll double-check with my suppliers, just to make sure that nothing has changed. Once again, thank you for the information.
Thank you also for providing the critique of your hotel in Rome. I strive to provide the best experience for my guests and take negative comments seriously. This is a 4* hotel we have used many times with great traveler reviews, but your comments have prompted us to make an inspection ourselves and reconsider using it for future guests. I would like to highlight that all of the accommodations we included are rated at a 4* category with views and centrally located, which I well understood suited your preferences and specific needs based on our phone conversations. All the hotels were in the city center (in Venice in front of St Mark basin, with a view on St. George Island, in Florence next to Santa Maria Novella Basilica, and Rome in Via Condotti, at the Spanish steps).
Thank you again for providing us your feedback, so that we can improve and perfect our services. It would be my pleasure to host you again in the next future for another exciting journey in Italy.

Excellent experience for our family vacation in Croatia. · Croatia - Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2021

Traveler: Steven R. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Wanted some help planning a week in Croatia and KimKim quickly matched me to a local travel agent based in Zagreb.

Antonia did an intake to get the key information on our family snd our interests, budget etc. the communication before the trip was excellent amd things were adjusted as needed during the planning phase. We had a number of short calls to go over the details and eleventh thing was set in a couple of weeks. Antonia set up a number of really enjoyable small private tours for us... read more

Wanted some help planning a week in Croatia and KimKim quickly matched me to a local travel agent based in Zagreb.

Antonia did an intake to get the key information on our family snd our interests, budget etc. the communication before the trip was excellent amd things were adjusted as needed during the planning phase. We had a number of short calls to go over the details and eleventh thing was set in a couple of weeks. Antonia set up a number of really enjoyable small private tours for us that were great and picked the places and time to spend in each location. She really shined during the vacation being responsive to our every question and need from arranging COVID testing for our return to recommending local restaurants. It was the best level of service from
a travel agent I have ever received and would highly recommend her and her firm if you are planning on going to Croatia for your holiday/vacation.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steven,
thank you for your kind words! I am happy to hear you and your family had a wonderful time on your trip, and it was my pleasure hosting you in our country.
If you decide to return to Croatia someday, I will be happy to plan your trip.
Sending my regards from Zagreb, and all the best to you and your family!
Antonia

Arranging a trans-Atlantic trip in these time... · Ireland - Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2021

Traveler: Mervyn G. - Local specialist: Austin Rock

Arranging a trans-Atlantic trip in these times is quite a risky project. However, Austin stayed with me and we eventually got a reservation. Without Austin's local experience we would never have found the ideal place for us to stay, Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy.
He was able to find a local guide for us and the trip was so good we are certain to go back again.

I have to emphasise that without Austin's help we would never have found this place.

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Austin Rock, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Mervyn I appreciate your comments so much. I look forward to seeing you again.

All of guides were so interesting. Everyo... · Croatia - Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2021

Traveler: Lora K. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

All of guides were so interesting. Everyone were so unique . The tour was amazing.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lora,
thank you for your review! I am happy you had such a wonderful time in Croatia, and I will make sure to let our guides know about your feedback. Looking forward to hosting you again in the future.
Best,
Antonia

What a blast! · Portugal - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Stella S. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

We could not have asked for a better itinerary. We saw so much in such a short amount of time, yet had enough time to ourselves to explore.

Every guide was friendly and professional. It was like meeting a new friend in Portugal everyday.

Thank you so much for the very well thought of tour for us. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family!

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Stella for this review and for posting all these great photos! :-) I am so please you had a blast and have left Portugal will lovely memories of your trip. It certainly was a pleasure to help you plan this trip.

Emanuela did an amazing time organizing my br... · Iceland - Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2021

Traveler: Jamie B. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Emanuela did an amazing time organizing my brother and I's trip around the ring road. She not only organized our accommodations, but had amazing restaurant recommendations and new all the best sites to stop at along the way. It made everything so much easier, so we could relax and focus on enjoying Iceland. We absolutely could not recommend her services enough!

Leticia

30th Birthday Celebration in Greece · Greece - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Leticia C. - Local specialist: Dimitris Zografos

Dimitris was such an excellent specialist to work with. He was quick to respond, and was able to accommodate all of my requests even with short notice. Although Dimitris had a family emergency, he was quick to set me up with another specialist who did a fantastic job with my needs when I was abroad. HIGHLY recommend.

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Dimitris Zografos, local specialist, responded to this review:

So glad you had a great time ! So honestly happy to hear that ! We try to do our best despite any difficulty that may appear in our family.

Dear Leticia, All the best for the year to come !!

wonderful Iceland trip · Iceland - Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Lance B. - Local specialist: Terry Stanley

Thanks to Terry and the entire KimKim team, our family had a fabulous time in Iceland. We knew we trusted Terry from the first time we spoke to her on the phone. She listened to us and understood what we were looking for in our vacation. Her attention to details allowed for a smooth, trouble free week in Iceland. The responsiveness of Terry and KimKim representatives exceeded our expectation. Needless to say, we will use KimKim again for our future vacations. We will recommend Terry to all of friends.

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Terry Stanley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Oh wow, thank you very much, Lance. What a glowing review!
It was my absolute pleasure working with you and Lin on your Icelandic trip.
Thanks again. Take care.
Terry

Great itinerary. Kept us busy from early morn... · Iceland - Aug 21 - Aug 31, 2021

Traveler: Jeff F. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Great itinerary. Kept us busy from early morning till sunset (9pm in Iceland when we were there)
Links to driving directions very helpful. Responses to issues when we were there were very helpful.
Lodging recommendations were quite good. But mostly the recommended places to visit were excellent

Emanuela and Kim Kim did A GREAT JOB for our Family Trip to Iceland! · Iceland - Aug 12 - Aug 21, 2021

Traveler: FRED H. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

We can highly recommend Emanuela without reservation.

She did a fantastic job putting together our Family Trip coordinating travelers from two continents and multiple time zones. Our hotel accommodations were thoughtfully chosen and in the city of Reykjavik was particularly exceptional (Hotel Odinsve). It afforded us a "home base" with easy walking distance to the harbor, restaurants, museums and shops.

Our trip excursions- snowmobiling on a glacier with Mountaineers of Iceland;... read more

We can highly recommend Emanuela without reservation.

She did a fantastic job putting together our Family Trip coordinating travelers from two continents and multiple time zones. Our hotel accommodations were thoughtfully chosen and in the city of Reykjavik was particularly exceptional (Hotel Odinsve). It afforded us a "home base" with easy walking distance to the harbor, restaurants, museums and shops.

Our trip excursions- snowmobiling on a glacier with Mountaineers of Iceland; Boat trip in an iceberg lagoon adjacent to a glacier with Fjallsarlon Iceberg Boat Tours; riding Icelandik horses on the beach in Vik with Vik Horse Adventures; and the Ice Cave Tour with Katlatrack were all spectacular. The arrangements Emanuela made were excellent and we had a great time learning about Iceland history and geography with all of our guides at these venues. Each and every guide we had was extremely dedicated to sharing their knowledge of their country with us, and our safety was of utmost concern.

We highly recommend Emanuela and Kim Kim and have already passed our agenda on to friends and family for future trips.

Every one of our guides were punctual, person... · Croatia - Aug 23 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Sue C. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Every one of our guides were punctual, personable, full of interesting information and professional. Antonia was unbelievably efficient and helpful. She made everything happen perfectly and picked wonderful activities.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue,
thank you so much for the wonderful review, and for placing your trust in me to create your family trip. Looking forward to seeing you in Croatia in the future!
Best regards,
Antonia

Ana

Best trip, amazing experience · Egypt - Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Ana R. - Local specialist: Ibrahim Elaref

Amazing service from planning the trip to the last day drop off at the airport.
The Egypt Promotion team really went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best.

We started planning with Ibraim and Amr, who were open to our requests and gave great suggestions. We took a long time to plan and book and Amr was always patient.

Once we got to Cairo, we got held up at the airport for more than 5 hours due to a COVID procedure... Ibraim and his team were checking up on us, and were... read more

Amazing service from planning the trip to the last day drop off at the airport.
The Egypt Promotion team really went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best.

We started planning with Ibraim and Amr, who were open to our requests and gave great suggestions. We took a long time to plan and book and Amr was always patient.

Once we got to Cairo, we got held up at the airport for more than 5 hours due to a COVID procedure... Ibraim and his team were checking up on us, and were there the second we were able to leave the airport (at 2:00 am) to take us to the hotel.

After that, everything went smoothly, thanks to the Egypt Promotion team.

We had greats guides everyday! Tito in Cairo, Mostafa in Awsan and Luxor, and Michele in Jordan. They were all fun, nice, interesting, knowledgable and took great photos!! :)
Our drivers, Karim in Cairo, and Odai in Jordan were also really kind and attentive.

The team worked very well to help us with everything we needed, includind two PCR tests that didn't interfere at all with our itinerary.

Zain was always checking up on us, and was a huge help. We're very thankful.

We are very happy to have booked our trip with them, and would recommend it 100%.

Fatma

Amazing, fantastic and memorable trip to Jordan · Jordan - Aug 21 - Aug 29, 2021

Traveler: Fatma L. - Local specialist: Oriana Vitale

From the time of my first contact with Oriana to the end everything was perfect and our trip was a memorable one. Oriana was very patient and meticulous in helping us plan a perfect trip for us. Esam was absolutely wonderful, he was friendly, full of excellent suggestions and very flexible . Esam went above and beyond at every juncture and we as a family appreciated all that he did for us in making our Jordan holiday a memorable one. I would highly recommend Esam.
All the tour guides were... read more

From the time of my first contact with Oriana to the end everything was perfect and our trip was a memorable one. Oriana was very patient and meticulous in helping us plan a perfect trip for us. Esam was absolutely wonderful, he was friendly, full of excellent suggestions and very flexible . Esam went above and beyond at every juncture and we as a family appreciated all that he did for us in making our Jordan holiday a memorable one. I would highly recommend Esam.
All the tour guides were wonderful too and very knowledgeable… Ebrahim at Jarash, Ashraf at Petra were really good., so was the tour guide in Wadi Rum jeep safari. Amman city tour, Jarash, Salt, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba were all part of our tour of Jordan, each place was unique and special in its own way. Esam made it easy as well through his suggestions and recommendations. It’s hard for us to choose the most memorable place as every place was stunning and unique so I would say the whole trip was absolutely fantastic. Thank you Oriana and Esam and all the tour guides for mdd as long it special for us.,

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Oriana Vitale, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Fatma,

Thanks for choosing Jordan Select Tours and Kim Kim.
I am glad to know you had a great time in Jordan!
I hope I can welcome you again soon.

Best regards,
Oriana.

Stephen

Albania: A wonderful experience · Albania - Jul 26 - Aug 8, 2021

Traveler: Stephen L. - Local specialist: Ed Reeves

We have recently completed two amazing weeks is Albania. In planning the trip we were keen to really see the country, taking in many of the main sights. Ed put together a wonderful itinerary taking into account our specific wishes and really listening to what we wanted. Originally we had planned to self-drive but in the end opted for a driver and guide. This was the best decision. Ardi was fantastic and having him with us for most of the journey (Ed stepped in a for a few days) really made a... read more

We have recently completed two amazing weeks is Albania. In planning the trip we were keen to really see the country, taking in many of the main sights. Ed put together a wonderful itinerary taking into account our specific wishes and really listening to what we wanted. Originally we had planned to self-drive but in the end opted for a driver and guide. This was the best decision. Ardi was fantastic and having him with us for most of the journey (Ed stepped in a for a few days) really made a difference. Their knowledge of Albania meant that we were really able to enjoy the country and learn about its past, present and future. They were also great company. Their ability to adapt the itinerary as required meant we enjoyed unexpected experiences and were able to get closer to the local people. We came away having fallen in love with Albania and can’t thank Ed and Ardi enough for putting together such a fantastic trip. We would love to travel again with Drive Albania.

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Ed Reeves, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for the kind words, Stephen! We're glad you enjoyed your trip with us and hope one day you can make it back to discover the north and Kosovo!

Linda did an amazing job planning our trip! E... · Ecuador - Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Gina C. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

Linda did an amazing job planning our trip! Everything went very smoothly and Linda was extremely responsive and helpful throughout. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, all thanks to Linda. I highly recommend her!

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much, Gina! It's great to hear that you have enjoyed your time in Ecuador, it was a pleasure to help you planning and to assist you throughout your tour. I hope to welcome you again here one day!

Jenn

Most amazing trip ever! · the Faroe Islands - Aug 19 - Aug 24, 2021

Traveler: Jenn S. - Local specialist: Tummas Rubeksen

I was expecting the trip to be amazing, but it was an absolutely incredible experience and blew my expectations out of the water. From the moment I started planning, to the day we left, working with KimKim, Tummas, David, and Eydun couldn't have been better. Everyone was so helpful, the day trips were so beautiful and the schedule was flexible. The hotel was great, transportation right on time and easy, and the destinations we went to I will never forget. Best trip ever and I can't wait to come back!!

Hannah

Going through KimKim was a great idea. Everyt... · Costa Rica - Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2021

Traveler: Hannah S. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Going through KimKim was a great idea. Everything was seamless. The hotels were wonderful, especially Poco a Poco and Costa Verde. Randall (from KimKim) made himself available to us for anything that came but, but it all went perfectly so we didn’t need to reach out. I am really happy with how the trip worked out. He even made sure we had all our covid travel documents and testing in order. Made it much easier. :)

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Hanna,

I am glad that you are happy with the choice you made to use KimKim for your travel arrangements to my country. We were pleased to have you and Aaron in our country, organize your vacation and that you have had a relaxing trip.

I am sure we will welcome you again in the future :)

Best and pura vida!!
Randall

2-week 16-people vacation on Dalmatian Coast · Croatia - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: Yevgenia Z. - Local specialist: Sarah Cosic

Sarah and her company have been phenomenal at organizing our trip. We had a lot of complicated requirements - there were 4 active families with kids of various ages, and some people arriving and leaving at different times. All private excursions were great, well organized and ran smoothly.
Sarah was available day and night to answer all our questions and helped re-organize things when our plans changed. For example, when 2 families decided not to rent cars, she organized private transfers at... read more

Sarah and her company have been phenomenal at organizing our trip. We had a lot of complicated requirements - there were 4 active families with kids of various ages, and some people arriving and leaving at different times. All private excursions were great, well organized and ran smoothly.
Sarah was available day and night to answer all our questions and helped re-organize things when our plans changed. For example, when 2 families decided not to rent cars, she organized private transfers at very reasonable prices at the last minute.
And not forget all the restaurant recommendations and bookings she did for us! She got us into great places despite the peak season full restaurants, especially in Hvar.
Coming from New York City, we are used to high quality customer service, but I would call Sarah’s agency a true “white glove” service for people who want to experience authentic Croatia and not worry about logistics.

Annette

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! · Ecuador - Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2021

Traveler: Annette T. - Local specialist: Linda Schulz

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! The trip could not have gone any better, Linda's planning was flawless, our hotels were wonderful and all the local guides we had were really great. My sister and I were so impressed with Linda's knowledge and responsiveness, she always replied promptly to any question or concern, both before and during the trip. My sister and I were a bit nervous with Covid still a concern, but Linda helped navigate us through the requirements and the testing and it... read more

If I could give Linda 10 stars I would! The trip could not have gone any better, Linda's planning was flawless, our hotels were wonderful and all the local guides we had were really great. My sister and I were so impressed with Linda's knowledge and responsiveness, she always replied promptly to any question or concern, both before and during the trip. My sister and I were a bit nervous with Covid still a concern, but Linda helped navigate us through the requirements and the testing and it all went smoothly. A relative told me about kimkim and I am so glad, and have been telling all my friends how wonderful it all was. I have been birdwatching since I was 8 years old and going to the Galapagos was always a dream for me, and it exceeded all my expectations. Thank you so much to Linda for making my dream come true!!

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Linda Schulz, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Annette,
thank you so much for your detailed feedback and your kind words. It was a pleasure to help you and your sister planning your trip, and to make this dream of yours come true!
I hope I can welcome you soon again here in Ecuador, so that you can explore the parts of the country (and their wildlife) that you haven't seen this time.
Take care & a big hug for you and Gina!
Linda

Iceland trek - Hornstrandir · Iceland - Aug 13 - Aug 23, 2021

Traveler: Amil P. - Local specialist: Jenny Booth

Jenny organised a great trip to Iceland for myself and a friend. We gave her an idea of the type of adventurous trip we were looking for and she organised a great remote trek to Hornstrandir. She gave us a really detailed itinerary with great logistics for every part of the trip. I would highly recommend Hornstradir for anyone looking for spectacular scenery and remote trekking. The trek is fully guided and groups are small.

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Jenny Booth, local specialist, responded to this review:

I thoroughly enjoyed arranging your trip to Iceland for you. You chose such a lovely and remote area to visit with truly amazing scenery.

Norway road trip · Norway - Jul 6 - Jul 27, 2021

Traveler: Chris E. - Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

Planning a three-week road trip around Norway, a country we had dreamed of but knew little of, was daunting. Right from the first interaction though, Julia proved knowledgeable, confident, and most of all passionate about the country. She listened to our specification and came up with what turned out to be a perfect road trip. It is a long and thin country, so focusing on what to see, where to go, how to get there was crucial to make the most of our time, and three weeks is nowhere near... read more

Planning a three-week road trip around Norway, a country we had dreamed of but knew little of, was daunting. Right from the first interaction though, Julia proved knowledgeable, confident, and most of all passionate about the country. She listened to our specification and came up with what turned out to be a perfect road trip. It is a long and thin country, so focusing on what to see, where to go, how to get there was crucial to make the most of our time, and three weeks is nowhere near enough time for this amazing country.
We made many slight changes, tweaks during the months leading up to our trip, but Julia remained patient, understanding and responsive. Of course Covid restrictions proved to be a final challenge, and it was not until 10 days before our trip was scheduled to commence that Norway finally reopened based on the Covid passport. Julia offered reassurance over no lost deposit, and flexibility on delaying final payment until we were sure we could travel.
We will definitely use KimKim again, and anyone planning a trip to Norway will be well advised to use Julia & KimKim.

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Julia Plaschke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris, thanks a lot for the nice words! I am very glad that everything worked out in the end and you were able to travel!
And of course that you had a great time in Norway!
It was my pleasure to work with you on this!
All the best
Julia

Lillian

Great trip to Iceland during pandemic! · Iceland - Aug 11 - Aug 25, 2021

Traveler: Lillian C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

I asked our specialist Preeti to book my husband and I a Ring Road trip, staying at the best accommodations available with activities we could enjoy with my limited physical capabilities.
And she did. We enjoyed suites, junior suites, all in the best available hotels.
We choose a cross-over SUV KIA Sportage which was perfect for tight parking in Reykjavik in garage across from Hilton Canopy.
The detailed itinerary that KimKim provided was excellent. It included google map directions... read more

I asked our specialist Preeti to book my husband and I a Ring Road trip, staying at the best accommodations available with activities we could enjoy with my limited physical capabilities.
And she did. We enjoyed suites, junior suites, all in the best available hotels.
We choose a cross-over SUV KIA Sportage which was perfect for tight parking in Reykjavik in garage across from Hilton Canopy.
The detailed itinerary that KimKim provided was excellent. It included google map directions that we accessed via the included Wi-Fi in car.
Iceland is beautiful and is like visiting a giant national park. We ended our 14-day trip with 2 nights at the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon. Just a perfect ending to a great trip. Thanks, Preeti!

One of our best vacations ever · Iceland - Aug 3 - Aug 18, 2021

Traveler: Bill B. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Emanuela arranged for us one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Every day was an adventure to new places and experiences with a bit of respite thrown in every couple of days to let us recharge. The hotels were excellent, and her restaurant recommendations were always great, from the best fish and chips in Iceland to fine cuisine next to the harbor in Reykavik (Kopar) and great restaurants in Stykkisholmar (Narfeyrarstofa), Akureyri (Strikid) and Lake Myvatn (Vogafjos Farm). Probably... read more

Emanuela arranged for us one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Every day was an adventure to new places and experiences with a bit of respite thrown in every couple of days to let us recharge. The hotels were excellent, and her restaurant recommendations were always great, from the best fish and chips in Iceland to fine cuisine next to the harbor in Reykavik (Kopar) and great restaurants in Stykkisholmar (Narfeyrarstofa), Akureyri (Strikid) and Lake Myvatn (Vogafjos Farm). Probably the high point of the trip was the super Jeep trip to Askja Crater across 100km of Icelandic lava desert with our own guide, who was both entertaining and extremely good in helping JoAnne to push her limits in hiking. The waterfalls all around Iceland were magnificent, particularly Dettifoss and Selfoss, and we very much enjoyed walking behind Seljalandfoss, although we regretted not wearing our waterproof gear. Emanuela was also available to assist us throughout the trip, even checking in to make sure that things were going well. In looking back, we realize that we were unable to see all the sights that Emanuela included but with luck we will get back to Iceland for the ones we didn’t see.

It was a very long process because of Covid a... · Iceland - Aug 17 - Aug 24, 2021

Traveler: Tyler H. - Local specialist: Caroline Bjarnason

It was a very long process because of Covid and having to cancel last year, but it all turned out well and we were very pleased with the car, hotels, travel, and experience planning it all out with our Kimkim rep. I would definitely do it again. Thanks!

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Caroline Bjarnason, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wonderful that you were able to finally able to make it to Iceland and enjoy making some new memorable , fun memories :)

Fantastic family trip to Grand Canyon and Sedona · the United States - Aug 5 - Aug 15, 2021

Traveler: Nik K. - Local specialist: Cami Sarmiento

Cami put together a great vacation for us to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. The format of the offering was different than what I had previously gotten from KimKim, namely she put together an itinerary but did not book the trips (I don’t know if this is the new format KimKim is adopting.) While I would have preferred a more full service offering, Cami put together an excellent itinerary and give us detailed information on how to book activities and other reservations easily on our own. She hit... read more

Cami put together a great vacation for us to the Grand Canyon and Sedona. The format of the offering was different than what I had previously gotten from KimKim, namely she put together an itinerary but did not book the trips (I don’t know if this is the new format KimKim is adopting.) While I would have preferred a more full service offering, Cami put together an excellent itinerary and give us detailed information on how to book activities and other reservations easily on our own. She hit all the highlights at both sites, including some fun side excursions. The night sky tour at Lowell Observatory was a highlight! I also appreciated that she followed up with us even after the itinerary was built, to let us know about new tour and activity openings as Arizona opened up from the pandemic. Thanks Cami for putting together a great itinerary and helping us plan a family vacation that we all loved!

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Cami Sarmiento, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Nik for your review. I'm very happy to hear you had a great time.
Let me know if you plan a trip to Colombia or the Philippines. We organize guided tours there and I would love to help you plan another great trip.
All the best,
Cami

Our weeklong trip to Croatia · Croatia - Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: Lori C. - Local specialist: Anna-Maria Frid

Anna-Maria helped us plan a week-long trip to Croatia where we visited Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar. The itinerary she put together for us was well adapted to our group and preferences and planning along side her was easy. She was always responsive and provided us with as much information as we needed both before and during our trip. Anna-Maria made it easy for us to travel from one city to another by booking our ferry/rides and providing specific details so that it was super simple for us to... read more

Anna-Maria helped us plan a week-long trip to Croatia where we visited Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar. The itinerary she put together for us was well adapted to our group and preferences and planning along side her was easy. She was always responsive and provided us with as much information as we needed both before and during our trip. Anna-Maria made it easy for us to travel from one city to another by booking our ferry/rides and providing specific details so that it was super simple for us to get from one place to another. She helped us sort out minor road-blocks along the way so that we always felt as though there was someone there supporting us while we traveled. As far as the bookings: all of our accommodations were excellent and we were well taken care of at the various destinations we visited. Our excursions included a guided bike tour, speedboat tour, a trip to Krka National Park, and oyster tasting. Each one was excellent, but we really enjoyed the guided bike tour in Hvar which gave us a glimpse of a different side of Croatia. Overall, the entire trip went seamlessly thanks to Anna-Maria's planning and attention to detail. Within just a few days, we saw, did, and ate so much more than we probably would have on our own!

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Anna-Maria Frid, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Lori,
thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers! I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully, you can return soon to see the other parts of this diverse country!

Kind regards,
Anna-Maria

Cristina

Trip was great, especially during a global pandemic · Ecuador - Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2020

Traveler: Cristina M. - Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap... read more

This was the second trip I took using KimKim and both times it's been great. Daniel planned everything I ask for and he did a great job given pandemic limitations. He added in nothing extra I didn't request and was able to make everything else work for us. Daniel was able to keep the trip in our budget, was extremely communicative the whole time during our trip, and continued to give us tips and advice throughout our time.

The only negative part of the trip was a transportation mishap getting from one place to another. We ended up in a small car having to drive overnight hours in the opposite direction only to return the same way we came and go hours more. Even though this was frustrating for us, Daniel tried everything he could to find a different form of transportation but the pandemic restrictions and lack of tourism at the time were really to blame. Daniel went above and beyond to help during that time.

Our guides were all great. My sister and I basically had a private trip from place to place and had a local guide who knew the area in each national park we went to. This was a trip packed with outdoor adventure just like we requested. Thank you very much!

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Daniel Larrea, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the... read more

Hola Cristina!
I am so excited to read this review! It was really fun to plan this trip together, especially during the tough times in the middle of the pandemic back then which makes it even more unforgettable!
Thank you and your sister for your trust in our country, and as we mentioned before, whenever you are ready to come back to Ecuador for the Galapagos Islands you can always count on me!
It was amazing that you managed to see so many things like that Anaconda chilling in the river!

Anyway, I am glad that Charmander lit the way for you. I wish you and your sister safe and awesome journeys in the future :)

Best regards from the middle of the world,
Daniel

Perfect getaway in Greece · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Jason C. - Local specialist: Christos Mylonas

Our trip to Greece couldn't have gone better. Beginning with the itinerary creation process, Christos was responsive, and flexible in adjusting the itinerary to meet our needs. We ultimately settled on an itinerary that was the ideal balance between beach time spent on spectacular beaches for the kids in Crete and awesome tours of the Acropolis and a Minoan Palace for the adults.

The execution by the operations team was fantastic as well. From well organized pick ups and drop offs, to the... read more

Our trip to Greece couldn't have gone better. Beginning with the itinerary creation process, Christos was responsive, and flexible in adjusting the itinerary to meet our needs. We ultimately settled on an itinerary that was the ideal balance between beach time spent on spectacular beaches for the kids in Crete and awesome tours of the Acropolis and a Minoan Palace for the adults.

The execution by the operations team was fantastic as well. From well organized pick ups and drop offs, to the responsive support we received around rental cars, they made for a smooth experience that we all look for when we're out on vacation.

All of this made for a wonderful experience, and left us talking about future trips to Greece. Thanks for the experience, Christos and team!!!

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Christos Mylonas, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jason
Thanl you very much for your review and your kind comments. We are all very happy that you had a nice trip in Greece and hope to see you again in the future. After Crete, the Peloponnese is waiting for you!
Christos

Phenomenal Trip! 18-Day Trip to Uganda · Uganda - Jul 31 - Aug 17, 2021

Traveler: Nancy L. - Local specialist: Taf Chindove

We just returned from an 18-day trip. What an amazing experience!!! We want to say it was a Trip-of-a-Lifetime, but we loved it so much, we plan to return. This trip was two years in the making due to Covid restrictions. Thank you, Taf, for coordinating this entire trip for us. It was perfectly planned! And we appreciate your prompt replies to all our concerns prior to going. Once we arrived to Uganda, we realized our fears were due to social media/political issues of our own country. ... read more

We just returned from an 18-day trip. What an amazing experience!!! We want to say it was a Trip-of-a-Lifetime, but we loved it so much, we plan to return. This trip was two years in the making due to Covid restrictions. Thank you, Taf, for coordinating this entire trip for us. It was perfectly planned! And we appreciate your prompt replies to all our concerns prior to going. Once we arrived to Uganda, we realized our fears were due to social media/political issues of our own country. To anyone on the fence of visiting Uganda - Just go! You won't regret it.

Upon arrival to Uganda, we were greeted by Agnes and Nasser. These two took care of our every want and needs. Besides the game drives, we asked for cultural experiences. Each day was exciting and we always looked forward to the next day.

Activities we did:
Jinja - Sunset boat ride to Source of the Nile
Game drive of Murchison Falls National Park
Boat Ride to Murchison Falls, also went to the Top of the Falls
Ziwa Rhino Santuary
Fishing on Lake Victoria
Game drive of Lake Mburo National Park
Long Horned Cattle Milking
Water safari on the Kazinga Channel
Chimpanzee trekking
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Gorilla Tracking
Batwa Pygmies Cultural Experience
Tour of a private school with boarding and converse with head teacher
Stopped at the Equator
Tour in Kampala - Idi Amin Torture Chamber
Craft markets
Searched for Shoebill bird
Toured Entebbe arboretum
Local community village experience

I could go on and on about our time in Uganda. Loved every minute of our time there and we were sad to leave. Again, thank you, Taf, for organizing this trip. Thank you, Agnes, for accommodating us on the trip. And thank you, Nasser, for guiding and driving us around the entire time.

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Taf Chindove, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Nancy

Thank you so much for your kind words and for the detailed account of your trip. I am glad you had a wonderful time and were able to have an adventurous and authentic cultural experience. I will make sure to pass on your kind comments and praise to our partners in Uganda who make us proud every time and loved having you in Uganda.

We trust we will host you again, hopefully you can visit Southern Africa next time. It has been an absolute pleasure to assist you in planning this... read more

Dear Nancy

Thank you so much for your kind words and for the detailed account of your trip. I am glad you had a wonderful time and were able to have an adventurous and authentic cultural experience. I will make sure to pass on your kind comments and praise to our partners in Uganda who make us proud every time and loved having you in Uganda.

We trust we will host you again, hopefully you can visit Southern Africa next time. It has been an absolute pleasure to assist you in planning this trip and thank you for your patience during these uncertain times.

All the best and warm regards to you both
Taf

This was our second time using Kimkim to help... · Austria - Aug 18 - Aug 22, 2021

Traveler: Inge H. - Local specialist: Tomaz Martinek

This was our second time using Kimkim to help with our trip and as before everything was great. Maria, who provided the walking tour, was charming , informative and fun to spend the time with. The Wachau wine tour with Iolo was perfect. Wonderful wines, a special spot for lunch , all in all an enjoyable day. Both restaurant recommended were excellent. Zala responded immediately when we reached out with questions. We wished we were able to stay longer, but we will be back!

Thank you, Tomaz

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Tomaz Martinek, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Inge, thank you for your review. I hope to see you travelling again with us!
Tomaz

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

Traveler: Phoebe P. - Local specialist: Tasos Mylonas

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

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

Beyond Amazing · Ireland - Aug 12 - Aug 21, 2021

Traveler: Julie T. - Local specialist: Dean Garrison

I have nothing but good things to say about booking with Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. A few details about the trip...It was my mom (60+ yrs), myself (38), and my 9 mo old daughter. We were there for 10 days and walked portions of "The Kerry Way" most of the days. I carried my daughter in a hiking backpack while my mom carried the food / snacks. Coordinating a trip with a nine month old in another country can be intimidating to state it lightly. We had cabs picking us up and dropping us to at the... read more

I have nothing but good things to say about booking with Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. A few details about the trip...It was my mom (60+ yrs), myself (38), and my 9 mo old daughter. We were there for 10 days and walked portions of "The Kerry Way" most of the days. I carried my daughter in a hiking backpack while my mom carried the food / snacks. Coordinating a trip with a nine month old in another country can be intimidating to state it lightly. We had cabs picking us up and dropping us to at the start/end of hikes which meant a carseat needed to be transferred. We needed a travel cot for her to sleep in and we needed flexibility in our days just in case she wasn't up for the hike that day and we needed to be done early. Thus, the reason for booking through Ireland Walk, Hike, Bike. I couldn't have been happier that we did this!

From the beginning, they had superb communication and custom built a route that allowed us to maximize what we were seeing each day, but still have some flexibility if needed. It was really nice to give them a budget and have them plan accordingly for hotels, transportation, etc. All of the lodging accommodations were phenomenal with breakfast included. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and well stocked, and my daughter's travel cot was ready to go at each location. The transportation to and from hikes was timely and each of our drivers were incredibly knowledgeable and we learned so much from them! No one ever made us feel like a "burden" with a carseat and so many bags full of baby stuff like diapers and formula. Everyone helped where they could and we never had any hiccups.

They reached out to us throughout the trip to ensure that all was going well and to check to see if we had any questions. We had one day that we needed to shorten and they accommodated that as well! Traveling with a little one and knowing that we were just a phone call away from assistance really provided me with a peace of mind that we would be taken care of throughout the trip! Loved our holiday and would highly recommend this company!

Great great help and service from Hilde · Norway - Aug 5 - Aug 18, 2021

Traveler: chantal L. - Local specialist: Hilde Olaussen

Hilde was great and took into account my profile to organise the road trip.
She was responding whenever needed and I enjoyed my road trip.
I will use Kimkim service next time I will travel. This is really a good quality service and this is a good service for time consuming when you have to organise it yourself (experience from last year when I did one from Stavanger via Flam, Geiranger Alesund.... and back to stavanger)
Thanks and I will recommand your site.
Kind regards
Chantal

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Hilde Olaussen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review, Chantal. It was my pleasure to help you organize your road trip through new places in Norway. Wishing you all the best on your future travels, and you are welcome back to travel with us in Norway any time!

Sara

Isabelle is a STAR! · France - Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021

Traveler: Sara J. - Local specialist: Isabelle Voute

This was a great trip! Isabelle was able to pull this together for us very last minute and she did not disappoint! We loved the itinerary and thought it the perfect getaway! Thank you!

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Isabelle Voute, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sara and Mark for this great comment and happy that you enjoyed your trip to France!
We will be happy to host you again in France or Europe! I wish you a great end of the summer!
A bientôt!
Isabelle

Best week ever! · Greece - Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2021

Traveler: Brad R. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Marcus the taxi driver in santorini was HILARIOUS He taught us a lot about the country.
To briki. Pirousi were the best restaurants in fira

We felt the hotel room you picked WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! The pool the view the size. Wow! Everyone was soooo nice and the food was great!!

I would highly recommend ammoudi bay and the black beach so thank you for those recommendations

The hotel home and poetry was perfect! The breakfast was actually so fresh and delicious and HIGHLY recommended for other gluten free customers!

Thank you again!

William

10 wonderful days in Croatia · Croatia - Aug 9 - Aug 19, 2021

Traveler: William R. - Local specialist: Sarah Cosic

Sarah was beyond superlative and arranged for an absolutely fabulous 10 days for me, my wife and our daughter. She was always available to be sure everything ran smoothly. Here recommended accomondations in Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik were wonderful and transport between locations was easy and efficient. We also had great guides, Tanya in Dubrovnik and Jelenna in Split and Rachel in Korcula. Likewise drivers Evo to Krka and Balfour to Mostar was warm, experience and very nice to be... read more

Sarah was beyond superlative and arranged for an absolutely fabulous 10 days for me, my wife and our daughter. She was always available to be sure everything ran smoothly. Here recommended accomondations in Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik were wonderful and transport between locations was easy and efficient. We also had great guides, Tanya in Dubrovnik and Jelenna in Split and Rachel in Korcula. Likewise drivers Evo to Krka and Balfour to Mostar was warm, experience and very nice to be with.

Those hotels we all great locations and highly comfortable including Hotel Cornaro, Hotel Korsal, Villa King and even the last night’s accommodation close to the airport was very enjoyable, Hotel Stacija.

I highly recommend visiting all these places. Each had its own special attraction.

Again, Rachel was terrific help and made our trip superb.

A fabulous visit to a really beautiful country. · Croatia - Aug 7 - Aug 17, 2021

Traveler: Nicola H. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

We are so grateful that Antonia managed to organise an amazing trip in only four days, allowing my husband and I to meet in Croatia having been separated due to Covid-19 on different continents.

Antonia took great care of us with meticulous attention to detail such that everything was very well organised and ran smoothly. This included a daily itinerary update sent on WhatsApp and being continually available for any questions we might have.

The accommodation was universally lovely, and we... read more

We are so grateful that Antonia managed to organise an amazing trip in only four days, allowing my husband and I to meet in Croatia having been separated due to Covid-19 on different continents.

Antonia took great care of us with meticulous attention to detail such that everything was very well organised and ran smoothly. This included a daily itinerary update sent on WhatsApp and being continually available for any questions we might have.

The accommodation was universally lovely, and we appreciated the variety we experienced. We had five tours within the trips, and it was a real delight to talk to the guides and learn about the local culture and history. Every experience arranged was enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the natural history of Plitvic (thank you Petra) and Mljet Island, the culinary experiences (with Grgo and at the Kameni Dvori Estate) and of course the winery visits with John. My husband particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the stunning countryside on the self-drive part of our tour and on the bike tours (despite me slowing them down!).

A fabulous visit to a really beautiful country. Thank you so much Antonia for making this possible, we will definitely return.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicola,
thank you for this wonderful review! I am so happy we managed to make this trip a reality, and you and your husband met in our country.
I am also delighted to hear you will be returning to do more exploring!
All the best from Croatia,
Antonia

Bauer trip - Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley July/August 2021 · Peru - Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Erin B. - Local specialist: Anne Godoy

Well, I am honestly speechless . This was a trip that was two years waiting and it finally happened . Anne , our coordinator through Peruvian Soul was with myself through the whole thing . She was patient with the rebooking due to Covid and so kind with everything . She knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned , she listened to what I wanted to see and experience as well as my 14 year old twins in tow . From the moment of arrival everything was planned to drivers … food ( food to... read more

Well, I am honestly speechless . This was a trip that was two years waiting and it finally happened . Anne , our coordinator through Peruvian Soul was with myself through the whole thing . She was patient with the rebooking due to Covid and so kind with everything . She knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned , she listened to what I wanted to see and experience as well as my 14 year old twins in tow . From the moment of arrival everything was planned to drivers … food ( food to table , delicious), adventures , the scenery , the stories behind the adventures and just the memorable experiences I was getting to have with my two kids . You can’t make it up as memories I made are for a lifetime and so blessed .
Not to mention our amazing , cultured Cusco born , funny , smart and had an infectious smile Julio guide who was with us for 6 days as we ventured i to thé scared valley . He made everything better even if my kids were being «  typical teenagers »:). He is a complete asset to Peruvian Soul as well and should be acknowledged for that. He told us stories that aren’t in books , it was a beautiful history lesson of Peru , it’s people and culture . I am still chuckling over some of the stories and probably always will . He took us up to where I wanted to go so bad and that was the Andean ceremony I wanted to be apart of as well as my kids . It was life affirming and beautiful in so many ways to be able to experience what I did that day .
I could go on and on but Peruvian Soul is top notch and gets it completely ! I would fully and already have recommended the company .
Cheers,
Erin Bauer

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Anne Godoy, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Erin!
Thanks for your kind words. We are really grateful to be part of this life adventure. It was personally rewarding to read this, I am sharing this with Julio, too.
Hugs from all the Peruvian Soul team!

Two weeks in Costa Rica - perfect blend of adventure and nature · Costa Rica - Jul 31 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: Andreas C. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

We spent the first two weeks of August in Costa Rica. We organised the trip through the KimKim platform which connected us with Olman at the local Amazilia agency. Within a few hours of submitting our request, Olman provided a full program for our trip, across 14 days, 5 regions and 10+ activities. He also helped us with changing some of the hotels and experiences, based on the research we had done online. The KimKim platform was super easy to use, both in terms of the detailed information... read more

We spent the first two weeks of August in Costa Rica. We organised the trip through the KimKim platform which connected us with Olman at the local Amazilia agency. Within a few hours of submitting our request, Olman provided a full program for our trip, across 14 days, 5 regions and 10+ activities. He also helped us with changing some of the hotels and experiences, based on the research we had done online. The KimKim platform was super easy to use, both in terms of the detailed information of the trip, and a chat interface to communicate with the agency. Most of the activities booked were with high-end suppliers (there is a ton of choice for activities in Costa Rica, so it pays to have a local expert), with only one being sub-par (the trip to Irazu)

During the trip, Olman was there to help us at every inquiry, and was genuinely easy to work with and responsive within a couple of hours. There was a couple of miscommunication issues with the local activity suppliers, and they were resolved to our satisfaction both times.

One major area of improvement I suggest is for Olman / Amazilia to provide transparency regarding the activity supplier. In all cases, the supplier was listed as Amazilia, when in practice the activity was subcontracted to a local supplier. That meant we weren't able to research the activity supplier online (and choose a different one, as we did with hotels in some cases). It also meant that we couldn't identify the supplier in case there was a mixup, as there was such a case in the kayak tour in Tamarindo.

Overall, I would highly recommend the KimKim platform and Olman at the local Amazilia agency. We were able to organise a trip on very short notice (practically 2 weeks before), with local expert knowledge. Some transparency on the local activity suppliers used would have made it a 10/10.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Andreas,

Thank you for your review, and thank you for your detailed review.

It was a pleasure planning this trip for you and Katerina, I really enjoyed showing you some of the highlights of our country.

I hope you will visit our country in the future again to continue discovering amazing destinations.

Pura Vida,
Olman

AMAZING TRIP! · Costa Rica - Aug 10 - Aug 18, 2021

Traveler: Alex V. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall created an amazing trip for us! COVID delayed our honeymoon last year, so this year was a make up honeymoon. I had a million questions and Randall was so kind, patient, and super quick at responses! We had a beautiful trip, the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. We could not be more thankful to Randall and will definitely use Coast to Coast adventures again!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Alex for your review. It is great to read that you and Scott finally enjoyed the honeymoon that you have planned for 2020.

I really enjoyed the pictures that you shared and I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to welcome you to our country during these difficult times and confirm that even with the Covid around, we offered you a safe but still genuine experience.

All the best and Pura Vida!!
Randall

Thanks Randall. Carlos, and Christopher · Costa Rica - Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2021

Traveler: Cesar V. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

My daughter and I went on a trip to Costa Rica at the end of July. KimKim connected us with Randall, a local agent who works with Coast to Coast Adventures.
Randall was great from the time we first connected all the way to a couple of days after being back in the US when he checked up on us to see how everything went.
Randall was very good at communicationg and staying in touch throughout the whole proccess.
He made recommendations and made any changes I requested.
He is very propmpt to... read more

My daughter and I went on a trip to Costa Rica at the end of July. KimKim connected us with Randall, a local agent who works with Coast to Coast Adventures.
Randall was great from the time we first connected all the way to a couple of days after being back in the US when he checked up on us to see how everything went.
Randall was very good at communicationg and staying in touch throughout the whole proccess.
He made recommendations and made any changes I requested.
He is very propmpt to respond and he is very knowledgeable about what to do and where to go in CR.
He made our 8 day trip and unforgatable one and for bing our first time there, it could nt have been better!!!
Once we were in CR he put me in touch with Christopher, he was our point of contact while in CR. He, as Randall, is very respomsive and he made sure our trip went as planned. I requested a couple changes with time and transportation kind of last minute and he made things happen!
Our driver from Coast to Coast, Carlos Torres, who I would also like to mentioned in this review, was no different. He was very informative to let us know where to go on our down time when we arrived to La Fortuna, and gave me some tips on what to do on some of the places we were to visit.
He was also our driver on our way back to San Jose. He made our trip back and our visit to La Paz Waterfall and Gardens a very nice trip.
Overall, if you are visiting CR and you are doubtful about using KimKim, I wiuld say go for it and hopefully you get connected with Randall.

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola César!!

I want to appreciate the feedback about the trip that you and your daughter took to my country a few weeks ago.

It was a pleasure for all of us to assist you before and during your first vacation in Costa Rica and we hope this has been the first of many trips to this small but very diverse country.

Hasta pronto!!
Randall

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We... · Spain - Jul 24 - Aug 15, 2021

Traveler: Paul R. - Local specialist: Patricia Marques

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We were a family of 4, trying to put together a trip to multiple locations in Spain, in the middle of the pandemic. Without Patricia this would not have been possible. She made it all super easy, set us up in amazing hotels, arranged personal bespoke experiences and brought her considerable knowledge of the area to bear. In addition she stayed in constant communication throughout the trip, checking in and fine tuning the agenda along the way. We... read more

A huge thank you to Patricia and her team. We were a family of 4, trying to put together a trip to multiple locations in Spain, in the middle of the pandemic. Without Patricia this would not have been possible. She made it all super easy, set us up in amazing hotels, arranged personal bespoke experiences and brought her considerable knowledge of the area to bear. In addition she stayed in constant communication throughout the trip, checking in and fine tuning the agenda along the way. We could not be happier with the service we received and wish her and the team all the very best for the future. Would not hesitate to use her again.

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Patricia Marques, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Paul,

Thank you for your review, and thank you for your kind words.

It was a pleasure arranging this trip for you and your family! I really hope it had a mix of time to relax, discover and create lifetime memories.

Paul, If you wish to discover any other regions within Spain or Portugal, I will be more than happy to help you plan your next trip!

Best regards,
Patricia Marques
Owner

Kaisha

Northern Portugal:10days · Portugal - Aug 8 - Aug 17, 2021

Traveler: Kaisha S. - Local specialist: Karin Eckhard

The trip was planned really well. Karin actually took into considerations my preferences and requests and planned it out well in a very short period of time. Karin and Marina were available even during the trip in case I had questions and were very prompt in their responses. They really were experts in the city and provided recommendations on what to do during my trip in a short period of tome with a blend of power packed days and free days for leisure so that it felt like a holiday. The... read more

The trip was planned really well. Karin actually took into considerations my preferences and requests and planned it out well in a very short period of time. Karin and Marina were available even during the trip in case I had questions and were very prompt in their responses. They really were experts in the city and provided recommendations on what to do during my trip in a short period of tome with a blend of power packed days and free days for leisure so that it felt like a holiday. The locals who were responsible for walking tours Pedro, Jose actually customized the tour based on my preferences which is different from the typical tours and also the Nelson and Marta customized the day tours very well. They were experienced, know what they are doing, checked with me what I prefer or would want to make of the day and made the tours fun. This is a rare ask as usually the tours are standardized and there is no flexibility. Karin planned every details with recommendations in each city and was a splendid experience. This was my first experience with Kimkim and I would definitely recommend it. Obrigada<3

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Karin Eckhard, local specialist, responded to this review:

Kaisha, thank you so much for this lovely review and the attached photos of your trip. It was a pleasure to help you plan this last-minute getaway to Portugal. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the trip and all the fantastic activities. Karin :-)

Jeff

Chris and kimkim were great. Many questions a... · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Jeff S. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

Chris and kimkim were great. Many questions and issues came up during the trip (like needing to modify our travel plans) that they were instrumental in resolving. It was like having a personal concierge. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jeff

Thank you very much for your kind words!
It was a pleasure planning your trip and I am very happy that you and Naomi had a terrific time!
I look forward to seeing you again in Greece!

Chris

Rob & Katie

A Fantastic Three-Week Adventure in Ecuador · Ecuador - Jul 2 - Jul 20, 2021

Traveler: Rob & Katie L. - Local specialist: Mathias Onisseit

Simply put, my wife and I had a spectacular three-week trip to Ecuador. Mathias and his team provided a very well-organized adventure for us that was well-paced and filled with new sites, learning, and exploring. From Quito to the Galapagos, to Mindo, the Amazon rain forest, and the highlands of Cotapoxi our trip was superb. Every local guide was on time, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. The wonderful sections of beautiful boutique hotels and the excursions were safe and exciting. Every... read more

Simply put, my wife and I had a spectacular three-week trip to Ecuador. Mathias and his team provided a very well-organized adventure for us that was well-paced and filled with new sites, learning, and exploring. From Quito to the Galapagos, to Mindo, the Amazon rain forest, and the highlands of Cotapoxi our trip was superb. Every local guide was on time, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. The wonderful sections of beautiful boutique hotels and the excursions were safe and exciting. Every day was a new adventure.

We experienced so much of the culture and the hospitality of the Ecuadorian people that we were thrilled to get up each morning for our new adventure. We have already made many referrals to Kimkim.com and know that we will continue to do so in the future. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!

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Mathias Onisseit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Katie & Rob,

thank you very much for sharing your experience with other travelers! I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully, you can return soon to reunite with your new friends and see the other parts of this diverse country!

Hasta pronto,
Mathias

A Great Time in Morocco · Morocco - Aug 3 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: TauVaughn T. - Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

I had a great time in Morocco! Sharon was so helpful and patient in the planning process. My driver, Sallam was the greatest and I was so thankful to have him with me for the entirety of the trip. He went above and beyond to make sure my time in Morocco was safe and enjoyable.

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Sharon Louthian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi TauVaughn,

Thanks for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time in Morocco and that you enjoyed your travels with Sallam.

Thanks again!
Sharon, Sallam, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

Best trip experience in Croatia · Croatia - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: Jing M. - Local specialist: Robert Pinčević

Thanks Robi and his colleague Bruno to make our trip in Croatia a such wonderful experience! Not only we visited all the places that we wished for, they took extra effort to take us to the places that we didn't know before but they were definitely worth to visit, such as Trogir, Sibenik, some small villages in Istria region. I like the arrangement to have guide tour at each place then have some free time to explore, we learned so much history and interesting stories about those places. I also... read more

Thanks Robi and his colleague Bruno to make our trip in Croatia a such wonderful experience! Not only we visited all the places that we wished for, they took extra effort to take us to the places that we didn't know before but they were definitely worth to visit, such as Trogir, Sibenik, some small villages in Istria region. I like the arrangement to have guide tour at each place then have some free time to explore, we learned so much history and interesting stories about those places. I also truly appreciated that they handles all our luggages, make reservations at restaurants, call hotel to confirm our arrivals, everything was arranged so nicely that we did not need to worry about anything but enjoy our trip. I definitely think we made the best choice and I would highly recommend Robi and Bruno to my friends who want to visit Croatia in the future! Thanks again Robi and Kimkim for providing the platform.

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Robert Pinčević, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jing,
thank you very much for your feedback and kind words!
I am glad to hear you had a good time in Croatia, and that we contributed to your experience!
It was fun and a pleasure hosting you and showing you our little secrets.
Sending many regards from Croatia!
Best
Robi

Wonderful experience!! · Costa Rica - Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2021

Traveler: Cici C. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall helped us plan a 9-day trip to Costa Rica. The itinerary he created met all our expectations and the trip went very smoothly. He came up with multiple itineraries before the trip to make sure it fit our specific needs. When we wanted to make last minute transportation changes, Randall was able to quickly accommodate us and find us a new transportation company. All activities took place as planned and all transportations were on time. We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica thanks to Randall and we highly recommend Randall for your travel planning!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cici,

I want to appreciate your comments and feedback about the trip to my country last week.

It was a pleasure for me to assist you not only with the planning of your vacation but also while you stay in our country with the change that you wanted to make at the end of the trip. I am glad to have been useful for you during the whole experience in Costa Rica and I will love to welcome you to our country again in the near future.

Best,
Randall

Excellent adventures! · Costa Rica - Jul 26 - Aug 8, 2021

Traveler: Michael C. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

I don’t usually use the word “amazing,” but my family and I recently returned from a two week trip in Costa Rica. From the beginning, Adriana and then Olman, were incredibly easy and accommodating to work with. This included having two young children go with us and later adding my parents to our already booked trip. As I said, the trip was two weeks and we went from Tortuguero to Arenal to Monte Verde to Playa Hermosa to San Jose. The trip that was put together for us allowed us to experience... read more

I don’t usually use the word “amazing,” but my family and I recently returned from a two week trip in Costa Rica. From the beginning, Adriana and then Olman, were incredibly easy and accommodating to work with. This included having two young children go with us and later adding my parents to our already booked trip. As I said, the trip was two weeks and we went from Tortuguero to Arenal to Monte Verde to Playa Hermosa to San Jose. The trip that was put together for us allowed us to experience different regions and wildlife in the country. Everyone we worked with, from the drivers that shuttled use from location-to-location to the guides on our excursions were so friendly and genuinely happy that people were visiting their country again. I cannot ever put into words how happy I am with our trip. If this is how KimKim organizes all their tours, we’ll definitely be using them for future travel plans.

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Michael,

Thanks for your kind review.
We are so happy you were finally able to travel to our country after almost 2 years due to Covid.

Our team is very satisfied and hopes you will continue using kimkim for new experiences in the future.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Greece Trip · Greece - Aug 3 - Aug 12, 2021

Traveler: Mayur P. - Local specialist: Harris Bitsounis

Harris was a great resource and made the process of planning the trip very smooth. He is very knowledgeable of Greece and was able to cater our experience to what our needs where for the trip. He did an awesome job!

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Harris Bitsounis, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mayur,

Thank you very much for your kind words! Me and the rest of the team are glad that the whole family enjoyed this trip we have made together and you had a great time in the Greek islands. I will be more than happy to work again together for another unique experience in Greece!

King regards,
Harris

Emily

Emanuela planned a memorable, spectacular tri... · Iceland - Jul 31 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Emily C. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Emanuela planned a memorable, spectacular trip to Iceland for me. Everything went off without a hitch, other than the helicopter ride over the volcano (which I booked on my own) due to poor visibility. A one-week trip of a lifetime! Best of the trip? The ice cave. Don’t miss it!

Darryl

The best of both self guided and guided with Robi · Croatia - Jul 31 - Aug 13, 2021

Traveler: Darryl C. - Local specialist: Robert Pinčević

We asked Robi for a half guided half self guided trip of Croatia. He designed a program with us in mind that hit all the spots. I am good in many languages mostly Germanic but I have no basis of understanding of Croatian so for me a disadvantage. Robi got us immediately. We don't love crowds and love nature at its finest. At one time we thought we might do a boat tour of the islands with a small boat tour. Then we thought a gain. Who does those kind of trips? Older folks with not... read more

We asked Robi for a half guided half self guided trip of Croatia. He designed a program with us in mind that hit all the spots. I am good in many languages mostly Germanic but I have no basis of understanding of Croatian so for me a disadvantage. Robi got us immediately. We don't love crowds and love nature at its finest. At one time we thought we might do a boat tour of the islands with a small boat tour. Then we thought a gain. Who does those kind of trips? Older folks with not much to do but tour the islands and go off for excursions to buy baubles that will gather dust till the contents sale of their homes. We wanted something more active but not active every day some days restful at the beach or hanging around and doing our own thing. We did a few amazing bike tours that when Robi realized an Ebike might be great for our daughter and my wife he provided them and they went from unhappy bikers to power bikers with a flick of a switch. The bikes rides are great and an ebike makes a grueling ride easy for those who are not dyed in the wool bikers.

The places we stayed the tour design was done very well and by someone who knows the place extremely intimately well. Many of the places were apartments similar to Airb&b which is great for us as we are vegetarian and like do some of our own cooking. Food prices in restaurants are not cheap as elsewhere but the food in Croatia is extremely good. Their pizza rivals anything I have tasted in Italy. Tourism is so busy in Croatia especially in the big cities such Split and Dubrovnik that it is almost impossible to get a seating at a restaurant in the desirable locations.

Robi was always straight up and told us what we needed to know including that diving in Croatia was nothing special unless you wanted to go wreck diving.

Robi provides a level of service that is hard to find and will make your vacation that much easier. The addresses and locations of things are very difficult to find even for well seasoned travelers like us.

After we walked the walls of Ston. Robi dropped us off in Mila Ston to enjoy the beack which we did. Before he left he asked if we needed anything. I jokingly said "dos cervezas por favor" and he showed up with a couple of cold beers. It was lovely.

Robi is also a licensed boat captain and we chose to rent a rigid inflatable and tour the islands. Its the best way to see them. The ferries are slow clunky and leave at all inconvenient times. Having a boat is a definite plus. Even though I have a boating license I would definitely recommend getting a someone to pilot its tricky.

All in all. We loved Mario our initial guide for the Plitvice lakes and the next day. He is lovely and took us to a secret location known only to locals for a swim. This place was a gift that no tourist would find (for good reason).

Having a car in Croatia especially in the small cramped old cities would be a burden. There is almost no parking and what parking there is costs a fortune. I would recommend against if for a relaxing holiday.

All in all to sum up we had a great time, our tour was setup beautifully, we had the best of both worlds on our own and with a guide.

I would suggest if you don't go with Robi you are selling yourself short. He knows the intricacies of Croatia like nobody else and loves to share his knowledge and love of his country. He has a wacky sense of humour and was prepared to go the extra length to help us our in every situation.

Much of what we saw and did would not have happened if not for Robi.

Viva Croatia. Viva Robi.

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Robert Pinčević, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Darryl, ( and Cindy and Tamar)

thank you very much for your review and feedback, much appreciated!
I am happy to hear you had a good time and that you recognized the value of our work here!

It was fun and a pleasure to taking your around, (and you know I am not saying it as cliche), and hope you got the vacation you wanted to have with your family! :)
I do hope you learned something more about Croatia, and that you went home with nice memories!

Doviđenja!
( Until i see you again) :)

Many regards from Croatia

Best

Robi

Kim

Amazing Amalfi Coast Vacation! · Italy - Aug 6 - Aug 13, 2021

Traveler: Kim P. - Local specialist: Andrijana Kovacevic

My husband and I just got back from an amazing trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy, including Positano, Sorrento, and Naples. The process of planning and booking the trip was easy, organized , and our specialist Andrijana was very responsive and attentive to our preferences for the trip. She was able to put together an itinerary that had everything we love about vacation. The detailed plan for the trip was great and the transportation from the airport and between the cities we visited was... read more

My husband and I just got back from an amazing trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy, including Positano, Sorrento, and Naples. The process of planning and booking the trip was easy, organized , and our specialist Andrijana was very responsive and attentive to our preferences for the trip. She was able to put together an itinerary that had everything we love about vacation. The detailed plan for the trip was great and the transportation from the airport and between the cities we visited was seamless. The accommodations selected by Andrijana and the Kim Kim team were incredible, (especially the bed and breakfasts in Positano and Naples). Tiziana was a fantastic host at our accommodation in Positano, and Gisella was great in Naples. We ate at amazing restaurants with fantastic views of the beautiful Amalfi coastline. We did have a discrepancy about one of the tours that was planned during the stay, where there was an apparent miscommunication between the provider and the travel agency. The team, however, was very responsive and helpful despite the fact that our day did not go as planned. We appreciate the work on their end to try and resolve the issue, and they did compensate for the mistake quickly.
During our stay, we communicated with the team about recommendations for restaurants etc, and it was great to have a access to local guides to get great suggestions.
We had two of the most amazing guides for our tours in Sorrento and Naples. Celestina did a wonderful job showing us around Sorrento and explained the landmarks, culture, and traditions on a walking tour of Sorrento. She was friendly, warm and very knowledgeable. Celestina did an excellent job! We ended that tour with beautiful garden dinner at a the restaurant. We had a fantastic time with our amazing guide, Giuseppe who took us to the picturesque town of Ravello, took us on a walking tour of Naples, and guided us during our favorite day of the trip that included Pompeii, wine tasting and Mt Vesuvius. Giuseppe was top notch! He was one of the best guides we have had on a vacation. We learned so much from him during our tours! I can’t say enough about the hospitality and incredible service he provided on the last few days of our trip. Thank you to everyone that made this trip so memorable for us! We would definitely use KimKim again and recommended their services to our friends and family!!

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Andrijana Kovacevic, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kim,
I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much!! Your happy faces on the photos say more than words, they are our motivation! Thank you for your detailed feedback, I'll make sure it gets to the entire team and our trusted partners in Italy, I'm sure they will be as delighted as I am!
I'll be more than happy to help you create your next trip to Italy or Greece, full of delicious plates and stunning landscapes!
I wish you all the best!
Andrijana

Soooo Glad I Found KimKim! · Greece - Aug 2 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Naomi S. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

I am a control freak and usually plan every detail of my trips. I have very high standards and want to make the most of every minute of my vacation. But this time I was just too busy to do the research and wanted the help of a local expert. I struck gold when I found Chris! He took the time to really understand what kind of accommodations and experiences I was looking for, and after a lengthy discussion, he put together a package that looked perfect. We just got back from our 11-day trip to... read more

I am a control freak and usually plan every detail of my trips. I have very high standards and want to make the most of every minute of my vacation. But this time I was just too busy to do the research and wanted the help of a local expert. I struck gold when I found Chris! He took the time to really understand what kind of accommodations and experiences I was looking for, and after a lengthy discussion, he put together a package that looked perfect. We just got back from our 11-day trip to Greece, and it was the best vacation of my life! Every hotel he chose was special - from the Acropolis view suite in Athens, to the luxurious terrace overlooking the Caldera in Santorini, I could not have asked for more. The guides and excursions he suggested were also excellent. Impressively, when I wanted to make a change mid-trip and go to Mykonos a day early, the team had me on a new flight with everything arranged including hotel and transfers within a few hours. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to plan a luxury vacation in Greece. He really knows his stuff! And I will definitely be using KimKim to plan the vacation for the next country I want to explore.

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Naomi

As you have seen, we are "control freaks" too!
That's why we try to leave nothing to chance!
I am so happy that your trip was everything you were hoping it would be!
It was a pleasure working with you, and I do look forward to hearing from you in the future if you ever get the notion to do an encore trip to Greece!
All the best,

Chris

Andres

The guides were exceptional. All of them wen... · Bolivia - Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: Andres N. - Local specialist: Collin Stewart

The guides were exceptional. All of them went out of their way to help us resolve any issues we encounter. They were very accommodating based on our capabilities and needs. Without their knowledge and willingness to please this trip would not be possible.

I want to reiterate this on all of them, Juan Carlos, Moises, Pablo, Elsa were unbelievable on the way they conducted themselves. Their knowledge of the place, people, culture were crucial to make the experience what it was.

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Collin Stewart, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm glad to hear you were so satisfied with the guides, Andres! It's a pleasure to facilite a trip for somone as enthusiastic about travel and curious as you are.

prakash

Excellent experience pre and during the trip · Costa Rica - Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2021

Traveler: prakash m. - Local specialist: Adriana Prado

We only had 2 weeks from deciding to go to Costa Rica to the day of arrival. I found kimkim through the internet and was put in touch with Adriana. I had no prior experience with kimkim. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Adriana lives in San Jose and has experience in managing tourists personally. She was able to listen to my family’s needs and quickly out itineraries together. Within a couple of days we were able to finalize the plans and lock in on the itinerary.
She was also... read more

We only had 2 weeks from deciding to go to Costa Rica to the day of arrival. I found kimkim through the internet and was put in touch with Adriana. I had no prior experience with kimkim. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Adriana lives in San Jose and has experience in managing tourists personally. She was able to listen to my family’s needs and quickly out itineraries together. Within a couple of days we were able to finalize the plans and lock in on the itinerary.
She was also helpful during our trip in answering questions and making some minor adjustments to the plan. She was able to coordinate Covid testing needs getting back from CR to US.

Overall, great experience with the travel agent part and the 7 day trip. We plan to go back to CR during Christmas.

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Adriana Prado, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Prakash,

Thank you very much for your nice comments and pictures! I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your trip to Costa Rica, it was my pleasure to help you and organize this experience for you. Please contact me if you decide to come back to visit the amazing Corcovado National Park and I will be glad to organize a great new adventure for you. :)

All the best wishes for you and your family and stay safe!

Adriana

The perfect trip to reenter the world after L... · Iceland - Jul 23 - Jul 29, 2021

Traveler: Crystal N. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

The perfect trip to reenter the world after Lockdown.
We worked with Kimkim and Emanuela to plan the perfect anniversary trip for my husband and I to drive from the east to west coast of Iceland.
Emanuela was perfect at every stage of planning, hearing what we were looking for, and delivering exactly what we wanted. There was not one part of our trip that wasn't perfectly orchestrated.
In our itinerary, not only included all the "must see" popular sights, but she also included many off the... read more

The perfect trip to reenter the world after Lockdown.
We worked with Kimkim and Emanuela to plan the perfect anniversary trip for my husband and I to drive from the east to west coast of Iceland.
Emanuela was perfect at every stage of planning, hearing what we were looking for, and delivering exactly what we wanted. There was not one part of our trip that wasn't perfectly orchestrated.
In our itinerary, not only included all the "must see" popular sights, but she also included many off the beaten path ideas and recommendations for us, and all the restaurants she mentioned were above and beyond delicious.
I would highly recommend Emanuela and KimKim to create your perfect trip.

Fantastic family trip to Colombia · Colombia - Jul 29 - Aug 8, 2021

Traveler: Derek W. - Local specialist: Margoth Rico

Margoth and team planned and delivered a fantastic family trip to Colombia. They know all the great spots, all the places to skip, and had everything planned perfectly. Knowledgeable, responsive, and dependable and delivered a great trip.

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Margoth Rico, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Derek, thank you for your review and it has been a pleasure meeting you and your family! We are very glad you enjoyed your family trip to Colombia and we look forward to having you back.
Best wishes, Margoth

Margo

Amazing Greece! · Greece - Jul 24 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Margo L. - Local specialist: Chris Leontopoulos

We had an amazing trip! Chris and his team helped us put together an experience we will never forget. They were available to help us before the trip and the whole time we were there. Everything went so smoothly and our trip was incredible. Highly recommend!

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Chris Leontopoulos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Margo,

Thank you ever so much for your kind review,
I know how much you and your family were looking forward to this trip, and I am very happy that it was worth the wait!

As we discussed on our phone calls, Greece has many wonderful corners, and many beautiful islands, and I would love to show them to you if you ever have an itch to come back!

All the best to you and your family!

Chris

Absolute Perfection · Costa Rica - Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2021

Traveler: Jane J. - Local specialist: Olman Romero

Our trip to Costa Rica, planned by Olman and kimkim, was the definition of perfection. From our initial pick up at San José until our final drop off at the end of the week, the days went smoothly with zero effort from us. Our driver and companion for the entire week, Roy, made sure we arrived on time to our scheduled activities and had an endless supply of options for additional outings. He took the time to organize extra expeditions at our request. He also inquired about our food... read more

Our trip to Costa Rica, planned by Olman and kimkim, was the definition of perfection. From our initial pick up at San José until our final drop off at the end of the week, the days went smoothly with zero effort from us. Our driver and companion for the entire week, Roy, made sure we arrived on time to our scheduled activities and had an endless supply of options for additional outings. He took the time to organize extra expeditions at our request. He also inquired about our food preferences and helped us find wonderful, local restaurants for us in which to dine. Roy became like family to us and we would recommend his services to anyone desiring a driver/tour guide in Costa Rica. From his immaculate van to his tremendous knowledge of his culture, Roy made us feel comfortable and secure, even during the pandemic.
Olman included all of our requests for activities, from zip lining, a cooking class, kayaking in the Pacific Ocean to hiking the lava flow at Arenal, and created a wonderfully balanced week of enjoyment and learning . This trip with kimkim was the most perfect vacation!

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Olman Romero, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Jane,

Thanks for your excellent review, all our team appreciates it!
I am very happy to know this was the most perfect vacation you have experienced.

Hoping this was not your last visit to our country, I will be more than glad to plan another greater experience for you in the future.

Pura Vida!
Olman

Lisa

Impactful, beautiful experience touring Morocco · Morocco - Jul 24 - Jul 29, 2021

Traveler: Lisa S. - Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely

My 20 year old son and I spent a wonderful week with Karim touring Morocco. Karim's pride in his country and passion for the history, traditions and sharing his knowledge were exactly what we were looking for. We enjoyed the week with him: the beautiful scenery, the lovely towns, the traditional food, the regional music, the Berber history, perspective on being from a nomadic family and the overall education we received on matters Moroccan, Arab, Islamic and more. This was truly the... read more

My 20 year old son and I spent a wonderful week with Karim touring Morocco. Karim's pride in his country and passion for the history, traditions and sharing his knowledge were exactly what we were looking for. We enjoyed the week with him: the beautiful scenery, the lovely towns, the traditional food, the regional music, the Berber history, perspective on being from a nomadic family and the overall education we received on matters Moroccan, Arab, Islamic and more. This was truly the experience of a lifetime which expanded our world view considerably. Our favorite part of the trip was the visit to Erg Chebbi and the stay at the Tiziri Desert Camp. The ATV ride was a blast and the beauty of the area was beyond compare. This time in the Saharan dunes was impactful and absolutely stunning. We also loved the Riad stays and in particular appreciated the ambiance and location of our Riad Palais Sebban in Marrakesh.

As a whole, this was a fabulous tour with an excellent guide. It is also important to note that Karim made this trip so easy for us ensuring whatever we needed was handled including finding ATMs, Covid testing, etc. We highly recommend using Abdel and his team for arranging your unforgettable trip to Morocco.

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Abdellah El Asely, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Lisa,

Thanks for travelling with us and also for the amazing review! that's really great to hear that you had such a good time with your driver-guide Karim and that you felt you were well looked after. It was absolutely our pleasure to organize your Morocco trip, we hope to see you here again, Inchallah :)!

All the best,
Abdel.

Antonija and Jared did a great job planning a... · Croatia - Jul 29 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Jason B. - Local specialist: Jared Reisman

Antonija and Jared did a great job planning and coordinating our ten day trip to Croatia. In Split our guide Andre took us on a great trip yo Plitvice Lakes. Hvar is a magical island and our favorite stop on our tour. Villa Nora was superb. In Dubrovnik our highlight was visiting (and tasting) an oyster farm in Ston.

A great trip. Very professional and friendly ... · Colombia - Jul 14 - Aug 7, 2021

Traveler: Will M. - Local specialist: Rafaja Hanna Bertele

A great trip. Very professional and friendly guides, drivers etc. Hotels of high standard.
Can thoroughly recommend Chasko.
Was a bit wary of the online aspect of your set up but am very happy to have a had a very good experience all the way through.
Will be in touch for future travels in South and Central America.

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Rafaja Hanna Bertele, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Will for coming to Colombia. Looking very much forward receiving you again soon.
All the best,
Rafaja and the Chaska tours Team

Antonia was fantastic from planning to sendin... · Croatia - Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2021

Traveler: Mark D. - Local specialist: Antonia Ljuština

Antonia was fantastic from planning to sending us home. She was professional, prompt, thorough, well-informed, and always available. I will recommend her services to my friends.

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Antonia Ljuština, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mark,
thank you so much for your kind words! It was a joy creating this trip for you. I hope we meet again on a future trip to Croatia or the region.
Best,
Antonia

Memorable Morocco · Morocco - Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2021

Traveler: Krishna M. - Local specialist: Sharon Louthian

This was a memorable vacation where our entire family enjoyed every bit. Sharon was able to create a trip that catered to the interests of everyone in my family of four with two older teenagers. The Riads selected were very reputed and they provide great service. Sharon was on top of our vacation while we were traveling and made some timely adjustments.

The trip could not be a success without Hischam, our tour manager, guide and driver. He coordinated all the local guides to be available... read more

This was a memorable vacation where our entire family enjoyed every bit. Sharon was able to create a trip that catered to the interests of everyone in my family of four with two older teenagers. The Riads selected were very reputed and they provide great service. Sharon was on top of our vacation while we were traveling and made some timely adjustments.

The trip could not be a success without Hischam, our tour manager, guide and driver. He coordinated all the local guides to be available based on our arrival and schedule. The local guides at every location where super knowledgeable and spoke excellent english.

Hischam is also an experienced and careful driver. The vehicles provided were in great condition and the ride was super smooth.

Sharon booked us a camel ride from Merzouga into the desert and booked premium desert camp to spend the night. I would highly recommend everyone to include this in your tour. In this COVID time where a PCR test is required to board the return flight, I would recommend you stay two days at your final destination (Marrakesh or Casablanca) so you can take care of that detail.

Thank you Sharon for all your support and thank you Hischam for your help every step of the way.

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Sharon Louthian, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Krishna, for the great review. And thank you, also, for the helpful feedback that you provided to me directly! We are always looking for ways to improve our guests' experience, so we appreciating you taking the time to do so. We are so happy that the whole family (with all of your diverse interests) enjoyed the trip!

Keep in touch and thanks again,
Sharon, Hicham, and the rest of the Morocco Immersion family

9 day trip to Iceland · Iceland - Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2021

Traveler: Joseph R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

We worked with kimkim to plan a 9 day trip to Iceland for a family of 4 that involved lots of hiking on top of lots of sight seeing. The team at kimkim was amazing - incredibly responsive to our questions and requests, worked to build a trip that was right for us, and made sure that everything we did and saw was genuine Iceland (ie, not just there for tourists). We could not have been happier with the team. They made sure that our day was not over scheduled or involved too much driving, gave... read more

We worked with kimkim to plan a 9 day trip to Iceland for a family of 4 that involved lots of hiking on top of lots of sight seeing. The team at kimkim was amazing - incredibly responsive to our questions and requests, worked to build a trip that was right for us, and made sure that everything we did and saw was genuine Iceland (ie, not just there for tourists). We could not have been happier with the team. They made sure that our day was not over scheduled or involved too much driving, gave us lots of flexibility in what we could do each day (outside of a few pre-scheduled activities), and had wonderful recommendations for both activities and food spots.

Costa Rica Trip Review - AMAZING · Costa Rica - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2021

Traveler: Andrea W. - Local specialist: Randall Jiménez

Randall was amazing at planning our trip to Costa Rica! He was able to incorporate all of the activities we wanted and was very quick to make adjustments to our travel plans when needed. He also selected beautiful places throughout the country for us to visit, it was definitely a memorable trip! Highly recommend Randall and kimkim!

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Randall Jiménez, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Andrea,

It is very sweet of you. The most important thing to me is that the planning that we organize for all travellers finishes on a lifetime experience that will be remembered for many years and reading your comments, I think that we made it with you and your girlfriends, which makes me really happy.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you again in the future and create together great and new memories.

Best,
Randall

Michael

Great Trip to Iceland · Iceland - Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2021

Traveler: Michael B. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Emanuela did a good job at planning our trip to Iceland. We had the plane tickets, the car, but nothing else. It was a last minute trip. She put together a trip that worked within our timeframe, budget, and interests.

Since we had a car, she provided links to Google Maps that we were able to follow daily which included all of our stops. She also provided recommendations for different restaurants along our route. She handled the booking of all of the activities and hotels.

The trip was... read more

Emanuela did a good job at planning our trip to Iceland. We had the plane tickets, the car, but nothing else. It was a last minute trip. She put together a trip that worked within our timeframe, budget, and interests.

Since we had a car, she provided links to Google Maps that we were able to follow daily which included all of our stops. She also provided recommendations for different restaurants along our route. She handled the booking of all of the activities and hotels.

The trip was organized well and enabled us to see many things in the 6 days we were there. She was in good communication during the trip and provided us with a 24-hour contact # in case there were any issues during our travels.

Would definitely recommend her to other travelers.