I'm so happy I discovered Zicasso & this Greece travel agency. When planning the trip, I dealt with Anthony, who was always so quick to respond & incredibly pleasant & knowledgable. We traveled with extended family, eight people in total, so it could have been complicated, but with Anthony's amazing planning, everything went along very smoothly. We traveled to Greece and were interested in seeing some of the Cycladic islands. Since we only had eight nights to spend, we decided to see Athens, Mykonos with an excursion to Delos, and Santorini. Anthony helped us to plan a trip with the perfect blend of relaxation & natural beauty with rich culture & history. Whatever tours he arranged for us were private with wonderful guides & drivers/ captain & crew. In addition to touring the Acropolis & Cape Sounion while in Athens, we had a great shorter tour around Santorini by car. We went on two amazing boat trips, the first being a private yacht from Mykonos to Delos. The second was a private catamaran which sailed around the Caldera in Santorini & included a delicious authentic Greek dinner & a spectacular sunset. During both sailing trips, with the captain's guidance, we stopped for swimming & snorkeling wherever we wanted. The Agean felt gorgeous, and the hot springs on the catamaran cruise were lots of fun.
As far as hotels, we were thrilled with all of them, and Anthony tailored the choices to our specific preferences. They all had delicious food with breakfast included. The Electra Palace had Acropolis views from the rooms & from the rooftop pool & was located in the great Plaka neighborhood; the beautiful Myconian Imperial had huge terraces with private hot tubs & a private beach; and the Ambassador Luxury Villas was in the perfect location on Santorini with the most incredible views. There Anthony got us upgraded to the grand villa which accommodated all of us & had its own full-size pool & path down to the Agean.
The strong Meltemi winds interfered with our scheduled ferry from Mykonos to Santorini, but Anthony was paying attention to the forecast & booked us on a flight instead later that night, saving us from being stranded when the ferry was indeed cancelled.
The catamaran cruise around the Caldera was the absolute highlight, incredibly gorgeous with the beautiful cliffs & the blue Agean, really interesting stops along the way, the hot springs, a spectacular sunset, and a kind & accommodating crew. Each of us had different favorites regarding the historic tours, but the Acropolis & Delos were amazing. Another fantastic tour was the archeological site in Akrotiri, Santorini. The New Acropolis Museum is so well designed, fascinating & very manageable. Dinner on Mt. Lycabetus in Athens as another favorite. Mykonos Town during the day was very enjoyable, and I highly recommend the walk to the windmills & Little Venice - very picturesque. On Santorini, Profitis Ilias & the monastery was beautiful, and the village of Pyrgos was charming & less touristy than the main towns. Dinner at the Cave of Nikolas felt like dining with family - only more delicious. The red beach nearby is so beautiful. Also beautiful were the Agora in Athens plus the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. We were also very, very happy relaxing at our beautiful villa in Santorini & climbing down the path & jumping into the Agean, our mini version of cliff diving. On our last night there, room service set up a very special dinner for us on our terrace where we watched a gorgeous sunset.
I would probably try to have a longer stay so I could visit Crete or Corfu or some additional Cycladic islands, but given the time we had available, I thought it was perfect & wouldn't change anything.
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