Excellent experience - Greece/Nadia
Greece | Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2022

Erin
Erin C.
Brookline, MA | Reviewed on Sep 03, 2022

We are very happy with our experience with Kimkim. Nadia was very responsive to our requests and quickly gained a good understanding of our goals and intentions for the trip. She selected high-quality venues and experiences for us, and gave us all the resources we needed to feel confident that we could make the most of our time in Greece.

The trip went very smoothly from start to finish. The hotels were all of good quality in excellent locations. All of our drivers and guides were... read more

We are very happy with our experience with Kimkim. Nadia was very responsive to our requests and quickly gained a good understanding of our goals and intentions for the trip. She selected high-quality venues and experiences for us, and gave us all the resources we needed to feel confident that we could make the most of our time in Greece.

The trip went very smoothly from start to finish. The hotels were all of good quality in excellent locations. All of our drivers and guides were professional and welcoming. Particularly memorable tour guides were 1. Penny (Delphi) who went out of her way to engage the children and help us see and learn as much as possible of the ruins in a few hours, and 2. Celia (food tour), who was very fun for all of us including the children and also knowledgable and generous with her time and energy. Andreas (driver to Delphi) was also extremely kind and fun to get to know during our long car ride. Feedback for Anna (kids mythology tour) is that at times it was difficult to hear her above the traffic or other city noise (needs a louder voice or wait until we are in a quiet place to speak) - but she did teach us a lot when we could hear her. For Manos (Knossos) - we were a bit frustrated when twice he stopped to take an extended call on his cell phone during our tour; other than that he was knowledgable and made the tour very informative and engaging.

A shoutout also goes to the manager of the Hotel Ariadne in Naxos, who was extremely welcoming and kind to us throughout our stay. We would heartily recommend his hotel to others looking for a stay in Agios Prokopios.

On this trip we achieved exactly the balance we were looking for in visiting historical sites, experiencing Greek culture, eating the best local food, and enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean while avoiding big tourist traps. Will definitely use kimkim for future trips and have already recommended it to others.

Hotel Reviews
Achilleas hotel
Athens

Very comfortable facilities. Friendly staff. Excellent location within walking distance of many Athens hotspots.

Authenticity & Character
Location
walkable to endless restaurants, markets, squares, historical sites
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lato Boutique Hotel
Heraklion

Excellent location - walkable to city center and fortress. Friendly staff. Made use of the beautiful rooftop restaurant. Huge breakfast buffet available at long hours. Comfortable rooms.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ariadne hotel Naxos
Naxos

Extremely kind and welcoming staff who checked in with us throughout our stay to ensure our needs were being met. Beautiful setting, walkable to beach, lovely pool, plenty of restaurants and markets nearby. Bus stop a few blocks away with service to other areas of the island. Rooms were comfortable, we enjoyed the verandas.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Holiday Inn Athens
Athens

Convenient, clean, well-run. Reliable shuttle to/from airport. Practical choice for our final night before heading to airport.

Activity Reviews
Restaurants in Athens
Athens

This was very useful as there are so many restaurants in Athens, a decision among Nadia's suggestions felt much more manageable. We ate at several of them and they were all very good.

- Mythology for Families
Athens

Kids enjoyed writing their names in Greek, and we learned about lots of the local architecture and saw some of the ruins while walking around town, with the relevant mythology weaved in.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Free Day in Athens Museums
Athens
Private Full-Day Trip to Delphi
Athens

Was really exciting to spend a day exploring the countryside outside of Athens and see Mt. Parnassus and the ruins at Delphi. We had a fascinating tour of the museum and ruins, followed by a delicious lunch at a family-run olive grove/tavern.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Andreas (driver) was fun to get to know on the multi-hour ride, and a safe driver. Penny (tour guide at Delphi) was outstanding --- very knowledgable, engaging for all of us (including the kids), and helped us make the best use of our short time at Delphi.
Transport
- Flavors of Athens Food Tour for Families
Athens

This was a really fun way to learn about Greek cuisine and culture and be able to try some of Athens' best products. We made so many stops at a really wide variety of locations (markets, shops, restaurants, cafes) each specializing in a different and important part of Greek cuisine. Very impressive tour - we left feeling VERY full and with our arms full of take-home goodies.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Celia was so sweet and really fun for all of us to spend the morning with. Very knowledgable and committed to making sure we had a good time.
Transport
Hiking the ‘ring’ in Central Naxos
Naxos

Was a beautiful setting and we appreciated the opportunity to see some of the more remote villages and farmland in Naxos, to break up our beach days. Mildly strenuous hike. Everyone really enjoyed being able to sample the delicious figs, berries, grapes growing along the path as we hiked.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thomas was very knowledgable and engaging. Was a bit put off by his cigarette smoking during the hike.
Transport
Restaurant Suggestions in Naxos
Naxos

Most of the suggested restaurants were not within walking distance of our hotel, and we did not have a car. Eventually we figured out how to use the public bus to get to the port where one of the restaurants was, but mostly we just ate at restaurants close to our hotel which were ok but nothing too memorable. Our dining experience in Naxos was definitely inferior to that in Heraklion and Athens -- not bad, but nothing memorable like the many highlights we had in the other places.

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