From start to finish, even during our journey, our travel company, through the work of our travel adviser put forth an exemplary effort and the results certainly showed. 3 adult couples, friends for decades, engaged our travel adviser to plan our trip to Greece. He made email contact with us within hours of our initial Zicasso inquiry. He very carefully listened to all our expectations and personal styles which included an extremely eclectic menu of city sophistication/luxury island decadence, archaeology, scenic beauty, expertly guided tours, time at absolute leisure, seamless transport between destinations, well located boutique hotels and cultural opportunities we would never be able to arrange on our own (including ancient Greek music). Most importantly he listened... suggested....provided alternatives.... and delivered.
Our travel adviser held a trans--atlantic group phone conference call at dinner time in the USA (and well after midnight in Greece) days before our vacation began to be certain we understood all the written details of our travel plan (all 20 pages of it !) and he provided us with his personal cell phone to call for any contingencies while in Greece (though none ever arose).
We are confident that this company's pricing was fair and well within the overall budget we provided. Our choice in hotels was upper end and unique and we were not disappointed with our travel adviser's recommendations! There is no doubt that in Santorini our view of the caldera from our large balcony/patio was unsurpassed. Our Athens boutique hotel room was spacious and extraordinarily located within walking distance of city life and major attractions. The captain and crew of our private 3/4 day catamaran tour were expert sailors and chefs!
Our 2 week tour encompassed Athens, Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos. Our local tour guides, handpicked by our travel company and adviser, were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and spoke excellent English. Our drivers were quite professional and handled difficult terrain safely and with confidence.
In summary, our vacation was excellent and memorable from a variety of perspectives. Quality and service was evident every step of the way. None of this occurs by chance. It's the work of a company and its representatives that chooses vendors with care and understands and respects travelers' needs, budget, and expectations.
Afternoon with ancient musicians, catamaran trip in Caldera, service and views from our hotel in Santorini, Akrotiri archaeological site, walking the streets of Mykonos Town
Seeing the classic ruins is a must, but at least one of our days in Athens was just too long and exhausting for some of us. Admittedly, this was our doing and was a bit contra to our adviser's advice.
In a perfect world of limitless time and money, we should have had one (or two) more days in Athens which would have allowed a more leisurely pace overall, and time at leisure to further explore ancient and modern city.
The time we spent on each of 3 islands was well paced and adequate. Perhaps 3 days (rather than just 2 days) would have been more ideal for relaxation on Mykonos; but beach season had passed so while planning the trip we didn't feel the 3rd day was critical..... and in the end, it wasn't to get a sense of the island.
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