Overall, I really enjoyed working with this Greece travel company. They were incredibly responsive and super helpful when it came to answering all of my (many!) questions. It felt very comforting to know they were just an email or phone call away in the event we needed anything, both prior to our trip and once we departed.
They provided us with some very helpful tips. For example, my husband and I were questioning if it really made sense to spend the extra money on private transportation to and from the airport as opposed to flagging down a cab. We are from New York so this is second nature to us! The agent we were working with provided us with some strong feedback and encouraged us to splurge on the private transport due to the difficulty and issues we could potentially face without having a reserved car waiting for us upon arrival.
At the same time, I think there were a couple of things here and there that would have been helpful to know. For example, our first stop of the trip was Mykonos, where we learned quickly that there are only about ~40 taxis on the entire island. If we knew this piece of information ahead of time, we would have reserved a rental car or motorbike. Instead, we spent $50-$100 dollars on each VERY SHORT cab ride. Major party fowl.
Our Greece travel agent did a unbelievable job of building our itinerary. It worked out very well as each island we visited in Greece got progressively better and better! Great planning!
My only other comment would be that it would have been nice to see an itemized breakdown of expenses. To be honest, I do not recall if I requested this at any point but it would have been helpful as when I did the calculations in my head and looked up some of the hotels online, it seems we paid a bit more than what was advertised... Unsure where the additional funds went (aside from the very reasonable service fee we paid to the travel company).
Lastly, I think it would have been nice for our travel agent to alert our hotels that it was our honeymoon. Or maybe they did, but none of our hotels really acknowledged it, which would have been nice.
All and all, a great trip and a very pleasant experience.
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- Cooking class in Santorini
- Sitting poolside at the Kempinski Palance Hotel in Istanbul
- AMAZING food in Santorini
- Natural clay 'spa' beach in Paros
- Black sand beach in Santorini
- Breathtaking views from our hotel in Santorini
If I were to take the trip a second time, I would only do a handful of things differently. As an experienced traveler who has spent significant time overseas, I understand that the international ratings system for hotels is not necessarily consistent with the U.S. ratings scale we are used to (i.e. a four star hotel in the U.S. is much nicer, in my opinion, than a four star hotel in Europe).
When we were working with the agent to book our trip, I mentioned that this was our honeymoon and that we felt strongly about staying in really luxurious properties (within reason). While the hotels we ended up visiting were all decent, I would not necessarily classify them as luxurious as they were equivalent to what a three star hotel would be in the states.
While I understand the travel agent was working within our predetermined budget, I may have extended our budget if our agent provided us with additional guidance and did a better job of setting our expectations
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