This was a trip that exceeded our expectations beyond imagination! Every detail was enhanced by the awesome travel planning done by our travel agency! I began planning in January. Our travel representative would quickly respond to my every question and, gradually helped us to shape a "perfect adventure" for my husband and I. His helpful, friendly manner made me feel like I was working with a friend in Greece rather than an impartial tavel agent. Every detail was checked and double checked for us. His presence was especially felt when we arrived in Istanbul and couldn't find our driver. I have no idea how we would have resolved this had our agent been somewhere in Minnesota where it was 11 pm! We could call our travel agency though, and the situation was quickly resolved. (We were waiting in the wrong area.) He also could make a dinner reservation that needed a phone call and I didn't have to worry that there could be a language issue. The best, and most unique, experience for us was actually meeting our travel representative for a personal tour of "his" island of Santorini. This was truly "above and beyond" what one would expect from any travel agent! We explored that island in a special way because of his patient, friendly guiding. We ate a fantastic lunch and met his wife who manages the company. This couples' love of their jobs shines through their smiles and demonstrated that anyone who trusts their trip with them will not be disappointed.
Our trip was a perfect combination of time to explore on our own and expert guides. The guides in Turkey deserve special recognition as well. Unfortunately, I don't have their names. They responded with great knowledge to all of our questions and tailored the tours to our interests. The guide in Goreme even made sure we tasted some delicious lemonade and Turkish ice cream! We had not had personal tour guides in the past. Somehow, our travel agency was able to work them into our travel budget and we thoroughly enjoyed the way they enhanced our experience of the trip. The hotels were wonderful. They all seemed to capture the spirit of the area with the amenities we needed. Without our travel agency, we would have ended up on a 2000 passenger cruise ship. Instead our representative suggested a 148 passenger sailing ship. We loved this part of our trip as well. I wish there were more than 5 stars to give this company. They deserve them all!
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A friend used Zicasso for a trip to Italy. She loved it and as I explored the reviews we decided to try it. We have told EVERYONE who asks us about our trip about your wonderful service. No one seems to have heard of it. The only thing we can think of to improve is figure out how to let more people know about it! We will never travel any other way from now on! THANK YOU!!!!
The hot air balloon ride in Goreme was a most memorable experience. The cruise was the perfect way to enjoy and explore some of the Greek islands. The food, staff and itinerary were execptional. We were awed by the island of Delos, the ruins of the Mycenaean people, the Archaeological Museum in Greece and the Underwater Archealogical museum in Bodrum. We both feel that this trip gave us a much deeper understanding of the Greek and Turkish people and their histories. We were able to get a sense of "what's it's like to be them". This is always our reason for travel as it expands us as humans and connects us to the world in a better way.
I can't think of a thing we would change about this trip. (Due, in our estimation, to the expert guidence of this travel agency!)
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