Our family had the best vacation experience in Greece arranged by Zicasso / this travel agency. I had never used a travel company before. I had always arranged my own travel, researched the location and accommodations, and prepared the itinerary on my own. However, I was pressed for time to schedule our family vacation and turned to Zicasso/this travel agency for help. I had such a great experience that I want to use a travel company for every future vacation!
Our travel planner was an immense help to me. Approximately six weeks out from our vacation time, she pulled everything together. I spoke with her on the phone and gave her a general idea of what kind of trip we wanted, and she created the perfect itinerary for our family based on the activities we preferred. She suggested the island of Naxos for our family. She gave me a few hotel options to choose from, which was infinitely better than choosing from all the internet has to offer. She arranged all of our accommodations, our travel from Athens to Naxos, our rental car, and all of our tours. It all felt very luxurious, from the accommodations, to the private tours, to the private transportation. All the company representatives were very welcoming and punctual.
We first landed in Athens. We had two sightseeing tours on the mainland, which were both fabulous. We had an Athens tour and a Delphi tour. Both were private tours led by our guide, who was absolutely the best guide. I would highly recommend specifically asking for her. Also, I would recommend the private tours. We saw many busloads of tourists and were so happy to have a private tour where we could ask questions and go at our own pace. We stayed at the Divani Caravel, which was a very nice hotel with a wonderful rooftop pool. If we travel to Athens again, I would probably stay closer to Plaka/Syntagma Square.
We flew to Naxos and back. We stayed in a private villa, which was the perfect spacious accommodation for our family of five. We took a private tour of Naxos. This was also a great tour. We would never have found all the cool things to see without our wonderful tour guide. We rented a car and drove around to the Naxos beaches. We did a day cruise to Iraklia and Koufonisia. There was no tour on the day cruise. The boat just dropped you at the dock at each island and gave you a time to get back on the boat. I think we were spoiled by all the private tours because we didn't have anything planned for these two islands. The day cruise was the only mistake I think we made on the trip. I would rather have had another day exploring the beautiful beaches of Naxos.
We returned to Athens for one night and then flew home to the U.S. the next day. I wonder why we didn't fly back to Athens in the morning, then fly back to the states in the afternoon of the same day.
We really had the best time. It was so, so easy to just show up for this trip arranged so thoughtfully by this travel planner. For our next vacation, I will see what Zicasso has to offer!
I really liked the private tours of the Acropolis, Delphi, and Naxos best of all. I loved getting information from the tour guides. I would never have learned so much sightseeing without a guide.
I would have stayed longer! We had a 9 day trip, but 12 days would have been better!
If I had more money to spend, I would have added a trip to see Santorini.
I would have skipped the Small Cyclades day cruise and stayed on Naxos to explore more beaches we didn't have enough time to see. But then I would have taken the ferry to Naxos one way and flown the other way, so that we could experience the islands from the sea.
In Athens I would have stayed closer to Plaka, so it wasn't such a long walk.
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