My husband and I used this travel company for our trip to Greece, because out of 6 travel agencies I queried, they came up with the most exciting itinerary within our budget. I researched all their hotel recommendations and they all got 4 1/2 or 5 stars. Our agent, called me several times before we left and was an enormous help in planning the trip. Every time I felt anxious about something, she would call and reassure me about the itinerary. We just returned last week from a 10 day tour of Athens, Crete and Santorini and we could not have been happier. I had requested boutique hotels and at each destination the hotels were charming and we had the best room with a fabulous view. As a big plus, the people at the hotels were extremely friendly and did everything to ensure our happiness. As I'd requested, someone met us at each airport and boat arrival to take us to our hotel and everybody was polite, helpful and on time. My husband and I are retired, world travelers, and we expect a lot. This company did not let us down. We highly recommend them if you want a unique trip with no hassle or snags. Our trip to Greece for 10 days was one of the best trips of our lives.
One of the highlights of the trip was the quaint room at the Alcanea Hotel in Chania, Crete overlooking the old port on the Aegean Sea. Ava, the manager, was incredibly lovely and helpful. She made sure our 2 days there were full of adventure, good food and fun. Walking the Chania harbor was like being in a dream. The highest point of the trip was the Iliovaselima Hotel in Santorini, built high above the caldera (crater). Talk about living in a dream, the hotel is built into the volcano walls (our bathroom had big boulders of black lava stone coming out of the walls--in its own way weird, but wonderful). Each of the 17 rooms face the caldera (crater) with the most amazing views. Breakfast is served on the outdoor balcony overlooking the emerald water. Every two or three rooms have lovely pools for swimming and cooling off. Our agent recommended several restaurants along the way and each one was delicious. The biggest highlight of Greece, for me, is the people. They are always willing to help with a big smile. Part of our tour was driving on Crete, which meant we were lost 80% of the time. Never a problem. Every time we stopped and asked for help. it was given with a smile. If this travel company plans trips to other places than Greece, I am ready to hop on board now.
I don't think we would change anything in the itinerary. We were happy with each place and the amount of time we spent there. We went in the beginning of July and it was very hot, but the agency has no control over the weather. A day and a half in Athens is what we had and it was enough. The Hera Hotel where we stayed in Athens was in a good location, but the room was very small. In the Avli Hotel in Rethymnon, Crete, the bathroom could have been bigger. I learned that if you are not happy with your room, this agent will make sure that it is changed.
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