Greece and turkey travel reviews
- Hi Despina!
Our 11 Day Classical Tour in Greece is coming to end in a couple of days. It is our last night in Santorini. We have fallen in love with Greece, especially Santorini.
As I shopping around in the maze of small shops and tavernas in Fira, I kept hoping to see your travel agency: Kivotos Travel. I wanted to meet you and thank you in person for organizing such a spectacular trip for my me and my family. At first I was reluctant to book on-line with an agency that was unknown in Canada; however, the great success of this trip including the memorable excursions in Delphi, Olympia, and Meteora, and the services included in this trip proved to me that I made the right decision. Everything was taken care of and what we really appreciated was that the hotels (We really liked El Grecco.), transfers and most importantly all the highlights; i.e., excursions, were included in the vacation package for a very reasonable price. We will definitely keep you in mind if we plan another vacation. I will also ensure that I will promote you, your agency, and your country when I return to Canada.
Madelyn & family (Canada)
- Dear Antigoni & Nikos,
Hello from Canada :)
We just wanted to thank both of you so much for booking and handling the details of our fantastic 22 day Greek vacation! Our trip was absolutely wonderful and lived up to and exceeded our expectations. All the Greek people we met were very friendly, your country's history was fascinating and we enjoyed delicious meals throughout our trip. Both Julian and I are foodies and we loved all we ate :)
When we received our itinerary, we saw that your services started when we landed in Athens and finished when we departed from Athens for the final time. The word "services" is truly understated as the care we received from all the people we met through our tour package was outstanding! We were greeted like family everywhere we went and cannot say enough about the services you provide. You should be very proud of your staff and the associated travel agencies you use throughout the islands. We have told many, many people about your agency and promote how fantastic and carefree our vacation was to all we meet. This was the first time we had booked a package online with a foreign agency and were apprehensive at first; those worries were laid to rest by the excellent care we received :)
We will be posting on tripadvisor about your outstanding agency and will encourage others to book through you. We will tell them that they will be in safe, caring hands :)
Thanks again for the trip of a lifetime!
ps-we noticed you also do packages to Turkey, another country we would love to visit. When we are ready, we will definitely be contacting Kivotos Travel
Corinne & Julian (Canada)
- Hello Despina,
Sorry it has taken me so long to email you.
I just wanted to thank you for your amazing itinerary and the excellent service we were provided with throughout the 10 days we were in Greece. We will most definitely contact you for our next trip to Greece and we will recommend you to all of our friends and family. I couldn't be more satisfied. Thank you so much!!
Emily and Mehdi (Canada)
- Dear Xenofon,
hi from Florida, my husband and myself would like to thank you so much for the great experience that you made effortless for us. everything ran so smoothly. i will highly recommend your company to all that are interested and will post on the kivotostravel network. we were so pleased with all of our accomodations and were actually upgraded to a suite in two of the three 5 star hotels. it was a fabulous vacation that we will remember for years to come. thankyou so much.
John and Jean (USA)
- Dear Nikos,
I am writing to let you know how delighted we were with the holiday package to Greece that you organised for us. Sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you, but we have had an extended holiday and only arrived back home last week. Greece was the high light of our whole European holiday. We loved the destinations, Santorini in particular. Your choice of hotels was perfect, Pelican Bay on Mykonos was our favourite. All of the transfers worked out perfectly. We were disappointed in the cruise in that it was too rushed. We found 2 ports in a day a bit much, and would have preferred to do that itinerary over a week. However we did enjoy all the destinations, especially Rhodes. We will definitely be visiting Greece again in the future, and will hopefully do business with you again sometime. Again thank you to and your staff for organising such a great holiday. We loved it.
Wendy & Stephen (Australia)
- Hi Xenofon,
I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for helping me organise a fantastic trip in fabulous Greece! We LOVED it. Everything from pre departure to the last airport transfer went smoothly, which meant I could relax about the ground handling side of the tour. Your professionalism was very much apparent and I am so pleased I selected Kivotos of Aegean Travel. Our guide Gabrielle was wonderful. We all enjoyed her and she was receptive to the needs of our group so you chose well indeed. Transfers by Stelios and his team were perfect and his son Mike was a real personality. Also I really appreciated you being available by mobile at all times, for your flexibility and for looking after my extra bag J I do hope Nikos’s broken ankle is getting better! Looking forward to working with you again.
Heart Temples Group, September 2010
- Dear Nikos and Antigoni,
It is with our sincere thanks that we thank you for your great service for our recent 3 week holiday to Greece! It was the most amazing trip ever! The transfers from ferry’s, planes and hotels were perfect, not a problem with anything. The accommodation was exceptional, our best experience was in Naxos and Rhodes. The Naxos Palace needs to applauded for their exceptional service, they were awesome and most welcoming to us. Nikos in Rhodes was fantastic, George is a man with a huge heart for tourists, he was so very sincere and caring to us, I would not hesitate to return.
Many thanks for making our stay perfect, we would recommend you and your staff any time and again thank you both for your service, we had no stress or worries during this 3 weeks!
Our best to you
Bruce & Anne (Canada)
- Hello Nikos
I returned home to Melbourne Airport last night after our 12 day holiday in Greece. I wish to thank you for organizing a fantastic holiday for David and I. Athens Gate Hotel was in the most fantastic location, Kouros in Mykonos was an amazing hotel with excellent service and breakfast, both accommodation in Paros and Santorini were also good. The tour itinerary was excellent as was each pick up, all promptly on time. I am happy to contact Trip Advisor and give you an excellent rating and am already talking to friends telling them if they holiday in Greece I would recommend they use your very professional company.
I cannot thank you enough.
Elizabeth Curtain (Australia)
- Hello Everyone,
This is just a note of thanks and praise to you....In all my years of selling travel, I have never received such praise from a client regarding there trip and experiences WHILE on their trip! Knowing how particular my mother can be :-) , she has been emailing my siblings and me with glorious tales of her trip!
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all your work in putting together such a wonderful package of superb accommodations and precise transfers! You will be the only ones I work with for my clients' FITs to Greece in the future!
Thank you, again,
Terese M. Ternullo, CTIE, DS, ACC
Hibiscus Travel - Turning Dreams Into Memories
561-748-8766 or 866-748-8766
It was a pleasure meeting you and your staff, when my wife and I were in Fira. The tour of Greece arranged through your office was unbelievable. It is difficult to explain to our friends and family through our pictures (ps. we took 1500+), as one needs to go and experience the land and vista. The individuals we met on our travels were very friendly, helpful and polite. We also shared laugher with them and listened to their stories.
Initially, I had some concerns when booking this trip "over the internet"; but they were immediately eliminated as all your arrangements were "as described to us" and all transport were "on-time". At each location, the hotel staff were very positive and provided us with excellent information regarding local restaurants, sites and tour ideas. When traveling through the islands, we enjoyed the experiences of local "family owned" hotels, shop keepers, ferry transport, buses and taxis. CHAT tours did an excellent job during our tour of the mainland classical sites.
There are many highlights during our three weeks in Greece. And, between the three of us traveling, we had many discussions regarding our most memorable experiences (and usually, they changed daily). But as I am sending the email, I get to choose:
> Syros - walking down from Ano Syros to the harbour cannot be missed by any traveller and will remain in my memory forever (a hidden gem).
> Paros - a visit to Naoussa (by the local bus) and discussing the local issues with the fishermen.
> Naxos - a car rental to visit the mountain villages, what an experience in time travel !!
> Santorini - the views of Fira and Oia when entering the harbour.
> Olympia - such a beautiful location for the ancient games (somebody had the "right" idea).
> Delphi - it does exist !! such history !!
> Meteora - after a long drive, an amazing site and hard for us to understand in our current context the devotion of the builders of these monasteries.
> Athens - the Acropolis!! Athens offers many different faces to a visitor . I concluded that it becomes "what you want to see" (like any other major city). Crazy traffic, congested outdoor markets, dirty streets, broad tree lined boulevards. Its parks are beautiful.
Again, we extend our thank you for the arrangements and tours, which gave us a very positive experience of many different regions of Greece.
Best regards to all in your office,
George and Heather (Calgary, Canada)
- Dear Nikos,
On behalf of Rochelle, let me take the time to thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. Our recent 3 weeks in Greece will be something we will remember forever. The service you gave us, from the waiting taxis at every destination, to the rerouting to Crete when the Ferry couldn't make it, made the trip completely headache free.
We recommended you to everyone we met during and after the trip. Your service was second to none and we can't wait until we are able to use it again.
While Rochelle was on leave, she needed some serious R & R, and everything you planned, especially the sunset cruise in Santorini. was perfect.
Thank you so much
Scott and Rochelle (Canada)
- Dear Ender and Nikos:
Well, sadly I'm back home, our holiday is over, but I just wanted to write to you both and thank you for everything you did to make our trip the best! Everything went perfectly, you did a great job. The hotels were just right, from the locale to the great staff that ran each one. Hotel Arethusa was just next door to Plaka, there's a wonderful restaurant a few doors down the street and the roof boasts a great night view of the Acropolis. The full day tour was informative, and gave us an overall picture of your beautiful country. You have the freshest vegetables and fruits we've ever eaten and all the restaurant food was extraordinarily delicious! We tried all different Greek dishes, and my son now likes feta. All taxi pickups were precise, there was never any worry, and the drivers were very pleasant to talk to. Our greeters for each island were also friendly, supplying valuable maps, good suggestions, and helpful tips on any questions we had. It was fun to be able to travel on different ferries, and we loved the views of each approaching island. My son Lars liked Santorini the best, but I can't and won't decide, each island was different and each special to my heart, with fondest memories I'll forever carry. along with the 2400 pictures we took between the two of us. Athens is a great huge city to explore, Mykonos has friendly hungry pelicans, we enjoyed intimate Paros, Santorini's awesome height, Ia's sunsets, and Crete's Samaria Gorge. (Yes, we did the walk, and it was spectacular! my feet were burning at the end) It was great to enjoy all the hotels' pools, but all your beaches and oceans offered refreshing swims too.
You have a most picturesque country, we had a fantastic time, and I hope that I will be back to visit again (God willing). It certainly was a trip that covered all transportation: planes, trains, automobiles buses, scooters, 4-wheelers, ferries and boats. I tell everyone what a great job you both did, I'll send any referrals to you, and when I come back, you'll hear from me again. Thank you, Warmly, Mary (Actually, I'm not so warm here, It's getting down to -5 C at night, the days are barely 10 C and there's snow in the forecast for tomorrow! Greece will always be in my thoughts this winter, especially when it reaches -30 C in January. Wish I was there enjoying your warmth and sun!
Mary & Lars (Canada)
- Dear Ender,
I wanted to express my thanks to you and your staff for taking such good care of my daughter and son-in-law on their recent honeymoon trip to Greece. They had a wonderful time in your beautiful country and told me that your staff was very professional and courteous. They felt like they were always in good hands and enjoyed their visit. They have many fond memories of a very special trip thanks to you and your staff. Thank you!
Joseph C. (New York, USA)
- Hello Patty,
I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for organising our wonderful honeymoon. Everything you did for us was high in quality and your customer service was absolutely brilliant. We couldn’t have asked for anything better, and we have already recommended you to several friends.
We enjoyed our time in the Greek islands enormously, and we will be returning again next year, when you will be sure to hear from us again to make our bookings.
With kindest regards,
- I am just writing to say thank you for a wonderfully organized and smooth running holiday! I had a wonderful time and cannot praise all the people I met in hotels, taxis and transfers enough. Everyone was courteous, helpful and extremely pleasant to deal with. All my transfer were on time and efficient. My hotels and the service I received were both impeccable. My rooms were very comfortable and in the case of Deliades on Mykonos I was spoiled with a very luxurious double overlooking Ornos Bay. I would especially like to mention the lovely friendly staff in the restaurants of Kanales and Deliades who looked after me especially well. I would no hesitation in recommending Kivotos travel to anyone, in fact I have done so already! Your service was thorough and efficient with all details seen to. Thank you again for a wonderful relaxing holiday which I hope to be able to do again
in the near future.
Linda L. (USA)
- Dear Ender,
I want to thank you so much for all the time you spent putting together my son's honeymoon package to Greece. I just got back from picking them up and they both agreed it was a wonderful vacation. They loved everything about Greece. Everything was in order all the time. It was so much fun and the hotels were perfect.
I must admit I was a little leary at first to use an overseas internet travel company, but now that they are back, I will highly recommend your services. In fact my husband and I would like to travel to Greece also, someday.
Thank you again for everything. You did a great job. Please forward this to your supervisor.
Frances V. (USA)
- Dear Nikos,
We arrived home from our holiday yesterday. Thank you again for making the arrangements, which all worked perfectly. Everyone we met was charming and very helpful. We had a wonderful time, and I will recommend your services to any friends who want a holiday in Greece.
Thank you again.
Sarah & Timothy (UK)
We are all back in the USA safe and sound after a wonderful time in Greece thanks to your great planning. Everyone that met us was prompt and helpful and courteous.
When we had trouble with the last hotel in Athens, you and your staff very quickly dealt with the issue and got us into a wonderful hotel.
The Jason Prime Hotel was terrific. Thank you.
We will definitely be referring others to your great travel agency. Your help really made our vacation enjoyable.
Mary B. (Sacramento CA USA)
- I have finally returned back from my holiday in Europe, and I would like to sincerely thank you for organizing a fantastic trip for us! It was truly unforgettable, Greece was amazing, and a large part of that was due to the great places you set us up in as well as the ease and efficiency that made our trip that much easier to enjoy without any stress!!
Once again, thank you for everything!
Emma H. (USA)