We absolutely loved this travel company and Greece. Everything they did exceeded our expectations. We spent two days in Athens and two nearby, (1 in Delfi and one in Kalambaka for Meteora), then 4 in Crete and 1 1/2 in glorious Santorini. I stumbled upon Zicasso while looking for options in Greece. We usually arrange much of our own trips using VRBO for accommodations but since we wanted to see islands also and Greece was totally new to us, we decided to check out Zicasso. We got feedback from two agencies and both sounded great. However once we spoke to our agent at this travel company, we weren't really interested in talking to anyone else.
She really listened to us and from the beginning suggested a perfect itinerary with the ideal mix of guided and independent travel, all within our budget. We wanted to see all of the ruins and historical sights, but also meander about and check out the charming towns, shopping and incredible food ! I'm a bit of a picky eater, but had no problems in Greece. The food was fabulous, the people very friendly, and everyone speaks English as a second language. Check out this travel company. You won't be disappointed. Zicasso was a great way of finding qualified agents if you want to get quotes from multiple travel companies.
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I think your service was great and did exactly what you advertised. I would use Zicasso again for sure, for more countries.
We loved the private or semi-private tours we took because it gave you more flexibility to go at your own pace and ask questions in a smaller group. We had arranged for a private tour at the Acropolis and that was definitely one of our favorites. We did Delfi and Meteora on our own renting a car and those are both very impressive. Be prepared to do lots of walking, but it's worth it. Our agency arranged our lodging and the van so it was easy. Another favorite for ruins/historical sites was Knossos palace in Heraklion in Crete. We did a semi-private tour there and that was also very worth it.
For other favorites - we really liked the town of Chania in Crete. I wish we had a bit more time there to walk around and shop. Santorini was beautiful. We stayed at Avianto suites and had a glorious view of the sea and the town from the hillside. They served us breakfast on our own little private balcony and it was wonderful.
Our agent's son-in-law, who speaks English flawlessly, and spends much of the time in the US, took us on a great private tour of the island including many of the beaches and a winery. To top it off he dropped us off for a nice dinner at a charming seaside spot and picked us up later with our agent's daughter to take us back to the hotel. All three are wonderful. They were so accessible at all kinds of hours from the US and Greece and they really treated us like family.
Another thing we loved was Captain Ted's BBQ cruise. We were scheduled for the dream catcher cruise ( about 25 people), but because it was rainy and a bit chilly, we were upgraded to the Horizon cruise for free, which had an enclosed cabin. There were seven of us due to weather cancellations and we had a blast. Wine and beer were flowing as soon as we got there, and the crew was absolutely charming. While we were swimming by the hot springs, they prepared an incredible lunch, including great salad, bread, chicken, pork, squid, oven vegetables. Yum !
Not much. We would certainly choose this agency for Turkey, Greece or anywhere else they might handle.
I wish we had a few more days to veg out. Most of the places had pools and it would have been nice to insert a few days to hang out in between. While the girls, my sister, niece and I, had a bit more stamina, our husbands really like the occasional nap and time to relax and read. we should have arranged at least another day or two in Santorini also.
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