Kimkim Trip Reviews

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Amazing España and tailormade andalucia
Spain | Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2022

Sachin
Sachin P.
Sunnyvale, CA | Sep 04, 2022

From the moment we started planning our trip James was an amazing resource and guide. He set up a fantastic itinerary that included Barcelona, San Sebastian, Costa Brava and Bilbao. We had amazing guided private tours in each city. Some of the highlights was the Pinchos tour in San Sebastian as well as our Picasso museum tour. The cooking class in Barcelona was very memorable. This was with cook taste Barcelona cooking class and our chef with Rosa. Our Picasso museum tour guide was... read more

From the moment we started planning our trip James was an amazing resource and guide. He set up a fantastic itinerary that included Barcelona, San Sebastian, Costa Brava and Bilbao. We had amazing guided private tours in each city. Some of the highlights was the Pinchos tour in San Sebastian as well as our Picasso museum tour. The cooking class in Barcelona was very memorable. This was with cook taste Barcelona cooking class and our chef with Rosa. Our Picasso museum tour guide was unbelievably fantastic her name was Gilda

Rocio was our in country guide who was always available and made changes as necessary. We ate at some great restaurants hiked kayaked and spent amazing times with the Spanish people.

we loved every hotel we stayed at which included the Almanac in Barcelona, hotel lllondres in San Sebastian and aigua blava in costa brava

Entire team is fantastic and I would highly recommend going with him for your memorable trip to Spain

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Almanac Barcelona
Barcelona

Great staff Amazing pool Virens was awesome Superb location.

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Private Cooking Class with a Guided Visit to the Boqueria Market
Barcelona

Ross I was excellent. Very educational and Interactive. We loved the food and the experience

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A Pintxos Tour of San Sebastian
San Sebastian

Visiting the culinary capital of the world and taking a guided Pintxo tour was just delicious. Recommend doing this very much visiting and Sebastian

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Half Day Kayak Excursion on the Costa Brava
Spain
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Local specialist: James Monro

The royal treatment!
Portugal | Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2022

Patty
Patty L.
Austin, TX | Sep 04, 2022

I can’t express how much we enjoyed our trip to Portugal! Pedro and Joao exceeded our expectations both with the trip they planned for us as well as their responsiveness when anything came up along the way! While we enjoyed everything we did and all the places we stayed, we particularly enjoyed our walking tour of Lisbon with Ricardo, our drive to Sinatra with Jose, the beautiful Vila Vita Parc Hotel in the Algarve and the Aurora boat tour to see the caves!
We will definitely use Kimkim to... read more

I can’t express how much we enjoyed our trip to Portugal! Pedro and Joao exceeded our expectations both with the trip they planned for us as well as their responsiveness when anything came up along the way! While we enjoyed everything we did and all the places we stayed, we particularly enjoyed our walking tour of Lisbon with Ricardo, our drive to Sinatra with Jose, the beautiful Vila Vita Parc Hotel in the Algarve and the Aurora boat tour to see the caves!
We will definitely use Kimkim to plan vacations in the future!

Hotel Reviews
Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio - Monument Hotel
Lisbon

Beautiful, spacious hotel will situated in the heart of Lisbon. Great breakfast buffet included

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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Porches

Gorgeous hotel with very comfortable guest suites, delicious food and drink, very accommodating staff and unbeatable views!

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Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Cascais

Large comfortable rooms overlooking the marina in an old converted citadel with very interesting art installations throughout. Well located adjacent to the city center.

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Guided Cultural Walking Tour in Lisbon
Lisbon

Ricardo did an excellent job navigating around the hills and around to lesser known vantage points and sharing the interesting history of Lisbon. He is a very knowledgeable guide. This tour is what I wish my history classes would have been!

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Dinner with a Fado Performance
Lisbon

Very authentic Portuguese experience!

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The music was beautiful! The only negative was that the restaurant was small and when the singing began, they turned off the a/c and closed the door to better hear the performance but that made it quite stuffy inside.
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Private Driver Tour to Sintra with Tickets to Pena Palace
Sintra

Our driver Jose was very informative about the area and even took us to some hidden gems for photos and the beautiful Monte Mar for lunch. What a great day!

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Boat Trip to the Grottoes - Porches
Portugal

Unfortunately, we were dropped off at the wrong location for this trip by our taxi driver so we thought we would miss it, but Pedro contacted the tour company and they waited and hour and a half for us to get there to start this amazing private tour of the caves! So glad it worked out because it was truly one of the highlights of the vacation! The boat captain navigated the caves so beautifully around the waves, kayakers and paddle boarders to get us unbelievable views of these magnificent caves. Ogo, the guide was very knowledgeable about the area explaining the formation of the area and showing us beautiful vantage points and interesting fauna.

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There was a mixup getting to the right place but once we found it, it was worth the trip!!
Local specialist: Pedro Luis

Good planning overall. Was helpful in taking...
Iceland | Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2022

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Paul T.
Maplewood, NJ | Sep 04, 2022

Good planning overall. Was helpful in taking out a lot of the work for us to plan and book and organize.

What’s missing:
1) The order shown for site visits and hotel check ins shown on a given day in the summary and detail plan needs to match the order shown on the driving maps. On most days, they didn’t.
2) Every tour and site visit on the plan needs to show (without having to look at vouchers or tour company websites):
- Total time at site (with ranges or estimate for... read more

Good planning overall. Was helpful in taking out a lot of the work for us to plan and book and organize.

What’s missing:
1) The order shown for site visits and hotel check ins shown on a given day in the summary and detail plan needs to match the order shown on the driving maps. On most days, they didn’t.
2) Every tour and site visit on the plan needs to show (without having to look at vouchers or tour company websites):
- Total time at site (with ranges or estimate for self-guided sites)
- Total time round trip from hotel
- More logistical info - for example distance/walking time from site parking lot to site (frequently walks were much longer than we knew and messed up our timing - we ran behind). Every night, it took us half an hour or more to plan the following day step by step in order to make tour times, dinner reservations, factor in time and logistics for eating lunch, etc. And we had to look up missing information
3) For a couple of the self guided tours, way too little time was factored in when planning the day - in one case a visit was suggested that we figured would take 30-40 minutes but including a critical scenic cliff walk tour that was was a highlight of the day but took 1.5-2 hours. We didn’t know, missed most of it and saw later from people posting on a Facebook page that it was amazing. We would have planned the day differently had we known.
4) Driving times and distances between individual stops on a day’s driving map
5) Too many separate links are provided for the plan, driving directions, geo locations, vouchers, special driving tips and instructions, etc. Should all be included in the plan. 1 single link. 1 single document. Creates too much self-organizing, printing, arranging and cross-referencing when preparing for trip.
6) Every agent needs to have their cell number on the site.

Local specialist: Janel Doyle

Costa Rica - Pura Vida!
Costa Rica | Aug 13 - Aug 21, 2022

Donna
Donna G.
Chino Hills, CA | Sep 04, 2022

This was truly a vacation that was filled with fun, adventure, delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful nature and animals, peace of mind, and memories to last a lifetime! Thank you KimKim and especially Sergio for making this such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciated Sergio’s patience and perseverance as we carefully refined our itinerary!

When we landed at San Jose’ we found our driver easily. After a red-eye flight it was a treat to be driven to our first destination,... read more

This was truly a vacation that was filled with fun, adventure, delicious food, wonderful people, beautiful nature and animals, peace of mind, and memories to last a lifetime! Thank you KimKim and especially Sergio for making this such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciated Sergio’s patience and perseverance as we carefully refined our itinerary!

When we landed at San Jose’ we found our driver easily. After a red-eye flight it was a treat to be driven to our first destination, Nayara Springs! We were greeted by Andreas and escorted to a comfortable chair in the lobby where we enjoyed a cool cloth to refresh and a sample of their delicious drinks. Here is where we checked in to our room and were introduced to the many amenities of this beautiful hotel. We enjoyed a delicious lunch overlooking the Arenal Volcano and infinity pool. Our room was more like a luxury apartment! Their were two vanity areas in the bathroom, an indoor shower, private outdoor shower, large bedroom and sitting area, private patio complete with lounge bed, table & chairs, hammock, plunge pool, and the most beautiful landscape complete with birds and other creatures that graced us with their presence! Our stay here was outstanding! All of the hotel staff were super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The head chef was friendly & made creative dishes. It was here that we had some of the most unique and delicious meals, and the service was exceptional! Above the lobby is where I was able to get some of my first Costa Rican Coffee! Amazing! Andreas was always available to help us and even found the sloth we so wanted to see! The hotel even surprised me with a happy birthday decoration, card, and champagne in our room when we arrived home from our first tour.

Kenneth Arenal Guide was awesome! He and Pablo (great driver) provided us with our Arenal Volcano Private Hike & La Fortuna Waterfall Tour. Kenneth was truly amazing as he shared his knowledge of Costa Rica and guided us to the base of the volcano. He brought his scope along and was very talented at taking photos and videos through it to share with us. Kenneth has a passion for his work and has an incredible ability to seek out all kinds of wildlife. We had a delicious snack that Pablo had prepared for us at the end of the hike, and then we headed for the Waterfall. The 500 steps down with the cool mist of the fall was peaceful, and we stopped to take more photos of course! Kenneth was always patient, helpful, and never rushed us. What a way to begin our tour experience! I highly recommend Kenneth and also left him a 5star review on Costa Rica Travel.

Safari Float at the Penas Blancas River was also a fun. We grabbed our paddles and enjoyed a float with a small group to observe more wildlife. The guides on this float were fun, informative, and also had a great ability to find alligators, iguanas, herons, and so much more! After, we enjoyed lunch and had our first intro into extracting the juice from the sugar cane. Lots of pictures! Lots of Fun!

The transfer to Monteverde I would categorize as fun! Our driver had a new vehicle which he took pride in, and was kind enough to make a couple of stops for us to get coffee. We were enjoying the music he played as he expertly avoided as many pot holes as possible. At one point we were all singing the Queen song “Don’t Stop Me Now” at the top of our lungs… we were truly “having such a good time”. :)

Senda Monteverde Hotel was like being nestled in a little mountain cabin. Again we were offered drinks when we arrived and the friendly staff checked us into our room. The rain that was promised finally arrived! We had quite a down pour, but we were thrilled to be safe in our room and enjoyed watching the rain. After all it was a perfect time to relax after our long drive. By the way… I give this hotel the “Softest Robe Award”! Truly the softest and coziest robes of all the places we stayed. There were even hot water bottles at night and complimentary snacks in our room. The bartender and servers here were so friendly that we enjoyed all of our meals here!

Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges - YES! YES! YES! This is a definite must if one visits the Monteverde area. We definitely chose to enjoy the hanging bridges with a guide. Again the guide was instrumental to finding interesting creatures and fully enjoying the experience above the jungle canopy. The zip lines were truly exhilarating! What an adventure! Again - lots of photos…. Lots of laughs! The staff here works hard to make this a safe and fun experience.

Coffee & Chocolate Tour - Very enjoyable! It was nice to be in a small group. Our guide was so informative and we learned so much about coffee and chocolate. It was here where I felt I was able to learn more about the culture and people who work in these areas as well. Yes, we bought lots of coffee and chocolate for gifts … and ourselves too!

Transfer to Gulf of Papagayo - again another wonderful driver. He was super kind and stopped to show us monkeys and picked a small orchid for me along the roadside. At one stop we were able to see some beautiful McCaws too!

Casa Chameleon Hotel Las Catalinas was another gorgeous hotel with an incredible view of the ocean. Again we were welcomed with a refreshing cloth and special drink. Our luggage was carried to our room for us… thankfully! Fortunately we enjoy walking and hiking and the 75 steps down to our room … and back up….well… let’s just say we stayed in shape! Our room was well decorated, complimentary snacks and drinks, and even hot tea and treats were left at night! Here we experienced still more amazing staff, food, and scenery! The servers all work so hard! I looked forward to the delicious fruit plate, coffee, specialty juice, and pastries that were served every morning. There was also entertainment at night, and they made a delicious Negroni too! William at the front desk helped me to pack some gifts that I purchased there to take home safely. There were so many extra touches… ones that might go unnoticed… such as something as simple as insuring that when we were leaving for a tour that we were notified when the driver arrived and confirmed that it was the correct one. We really appreciated all of the kindness and thoughtfulness of the staff!

Wetlands Boat Ride and Rum Tasting at Hacienda El Viejo - loved this tour too for so many reasons. Carlos/Charlie was our driver and was friendly, patient, & thoughtful too! We enjoyed our time with him in the car and also at the Hacienda El Viejo. Our guide (Daniel, I think) was exceptional as well. Helping us to find more wildlife as we toured the wetlands by boat. After we took a side tour through another section not often traveled and were able to spot so many more birds and even a rare Jabiru’! After another delicious lunch we walked down to meet our tour guide Roberto for the Rum Tasting. Roberto was also passionate about his work and shared so much information with us. We even got to blend our own rum to take home! I definitely would go back here on another visit. Hacienda El Viejo is such a beautiful place with such history, and I hear that they are adding beer tasting room soon too!

Our last tour was the Sunset Catamaran Sailing Tour. The crew was awesome and worked hard to insure everyone had a great time. Drinks were served right away and the sailing began. We even spotted turtles in the water as we sailed. When we reached a cove the crew offered snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. They were so helpful providing equipment and assisting all of the passengers. I enjoyed kayaking and just relaxing on the boat realizing this was our last full day in Costa Rica. The crew provided some delicious snacks/dinner too! We saw a beautiful sunset and then returned to shore. Although we really enjoyed this tour, I think we would have enjoyed a more romantic type sunset cruise for our last evening here.

Thank you for helping to make this trip to Costa Rica so memorable! Even the weather was wonderful. We were expecting lots of rain, and we only experienced it a few times - once in Monteverde and then a couple of evenings in Nayara Springs. We are so grateful!

Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños

Seamless Honeymoon from start to finish!
Costa Rica | Aug 20 - Sep 1, 2022

Lisa
Lisa C.
Denver, CO | Sep 03, 2022

My husband and I had the most impeccably organized 13-day honeymoon planned by Veronica. She made sure we were able to do everything we wanted and everything was planned with love and top notch detail. Everything from transportation, local recommendations, and tours with knowledgeable and courteous organizations, made this trip truly unforgettable. We’ll never forget our memories of hiking through the Cloud Forest and rappelling down waterfalls near Arenal Volcano. Thank you Veronica and GWA... read more

My husband and I had the most impeccably organized 13-day honeymoon planned by Veronica. She made sure we were able to do everything we wanted and everything was planned with love and top notch detail. Everything from transportation, local recommendations, and tours with knowledgeable and courteous organizations, made this trip truly unforgettable. We’ll never forget our memories of hiking through the Cloud Forest and rappelling down waterfalls near Arenal Volcano. Thank you Veronica and GWA for making our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime and showing us the true Costa Rican experience. Pura Vida!

Hotel Reviews
Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens
Fortuna

Incredible luxury hotel perfect for a honeymoon.

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W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal
Guanacaste

Had so much fun at this hotel! Lovely restaurants and staff.

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Hotel Koora at Monteverde
Monteverde

Beautiful and rustic. Come for the hotel and stay for the service!

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Kenneth at the front desk was amazing!
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Local specialist: Veronica Medina

Fun week in Italy following our friend's Tuscan wedding
Italy | Aug 21 - Aug 27, 2022

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Suzanne L.
Gainesville, FL | Sep 03, 2022

Chris did a wonderful job of planning our Italian adventure. Even though it was short, we felt like we were able to get a good feel for Florence, Lake Como and Venice, all special places that we would visit again. He communicated with us from the get go and always answered our questions timely.

Tours: We only had a few tours planned (unfortunately the museums were closed on Mondays in Florence) and Chris arranged several - one to the Accademia Gallery to see the David Statue and a... read more

Chris did a wonderful job of planning our Italian adventure. Even though it was short, we felt like we were able to get a good feel for Florence, Lake Como and Venice, all special places that we would visit again. He communicated with us from the get go and always answered our questions timely.

Tours: We only had a few tours planned (unfortunately the museums were closed on Mondays in Florence) and Chris arranged several - one to the Accademia Gallery to see the David Statue and a walking tour of the city. I especially liked Deborah, the guide who lead the walking tour. She was very knowledgable and seemed to enjoy what she was doing. We were on our own in Lake Como which was nice not to have to adhere to a schedule. The food and wine tour in Venice was interesting but we felt the guide rushed through it as if she wished she were someplace else...

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We had personal drivers for much of our trip. Cars were clean and comfortable. The bottled water provided was much appreciated. The drivers were all on time (actually early, for the most part) and even tho some did not speak much English, they had apps on their phones to help with communication. Our water taxi in Venice to the airport was a fun ride. Maneuvering the train from Florence to Milan was a little tricky because nowhere on the board in the train station did it say Milan, but we went with the train number and time so we were ok. We had 2nd class tickets and the seats were quite comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our boat ride from Venice to Murano (extra charge) and tho we did not see a glass blowing demonstration, we found a gallery and made some beautiful purchases. We wish we had had more time there and also to go to the island of Burano.
We did not take a gondola ride, but used the city boat transportation both days we were there.
The ferry that took us from Como to Varenna was at times crowded but the scenery made it worth it.

Accommodations:
All were spectacular. I had changed a couple that Chris picked out initially based on my budget and they were well worth the upgrade. The Plaza Hotel Lucchesi in Florence had a most spectacular rooftop view of the city. The Palace Hotel in Como had a wonderful view of the lake from our room. The Hotel Antiche Figure in Venice was a small boutique hotel (no view from rooms) that was a personal favorite of Chris's and the couple who ran it was so kind and helpful.
Although we are not big breakfast eaters, all of the hotels provided abundant and delicious spreads each morning.

Local specialist: Chris Gravas

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the...
Peru | Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2022

Natasha
Natasha J.
Ozone Park, NY | Sep 03, 2022

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the limited time we had! We especially loved the floating Islands and interacting with the locals. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely loved and adored them. Peru was so stunning and we are so happy that we had Jessica to plan this to our liking where we didn’t have to worry about calling a taxi, or what we would have to do on certain days. read more

Jessica planned such an amazing trip with the limited time we had! We especially loved the floating Islands and interacting with the locals. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and we absolutely loved and adored them. Peru was so stunning and we are so happy that we had Jessica to plan this to our liking where we didn’t have to worry about calling a taxi, or what we would have to do on certain days.

Hotel Reviews
Casa Andina Standard Puno
Puno

This was such a beautiful hotel in prime location of the plaza and food however the water was turned off late at night and didn’t turn back on until after 5 am. We had some early mornings and we ran a bit late because we didn’t know

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Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

This was at a prime location with food and pharmacies however the hot water wasn’t working upon arrival for one room and the water would stop working after some time. There was a dead bug in one room but other than that the hotel was fine

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Tierra Viva Cusco Centro
Cusco

This hotel was stunning! It was also really walkable to restaurants and was beautiful definitely one of our favorite stays of the trip!

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Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
Lima

This was a great hotel right off the airport that had a restaurant with food which was great since we had a super late night flight

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Local specialist: Jessica Danker

Excellent experience - Greece/Nadia
Greece | Aug 20 - Aug 31, 2022

Erin
Erin C.
Brookline, MA | Sep 03, 2022

We are very happy with our experience with Kimkim. Nadia was very responsive to our requests and quickly gained a good understanding of our goals and intentions for the trip. She selected high-quality venues and experiences for us, and gave us all the resources we needed to feel confident that we could make the most of our time in Greece.

The trip went very smoothly from start to finish. The hotels were all of good quality in excellent locations. All of our drivers and guides were... read more

We are very happy with our experience with Kimkim. Nadia was very responsive to our requests and quickly gained a good understanding of our goals and intentions for the trip. She selected high-quality venues and experiences for us, and gave us all the resources we needed to feel confident that we could make the most of our time in Greece.

The trip went very smoothly from start to finish. The hotels were all of good quality in excellent locations. All of our drivers and guides were professional and welcoming. Particularly memorable tour guides were 1. Penny (Delphi) who went out of her way to engage the children and help us see and learn as much as possible of the ruins in a few hours, and 2. Celia (food tour), who was very fun for all of us including the children and also knowledgable and generous with her time and energy. Andreas (driver to Delphi) was also extremely kind and fun to get to know during our long car ride. Feedback for Anna (kids mythology tour) is that at times it was difficult to hear her above the traffic or other city noise (needs a louder voice or wait until we are in a quiet place to speak) - but she did teach us a lot when we could hear her. For Manos (Knossos) - we were a bit frustrated when twice he stopped to take an extended call on his cell phone during our tour; other than that he was knowledgable and made the tour very informative and engaging.

A shoutout also goes to the manager of the Hotel Ariadne in Naxos, who was extremely welcoming and kind to us throughout our stay. We would heartily recommend his hotel to others looking for a stay in Agios Prokopios.

On this trip we achieved exactly the balance we were looking for in visiting historical sites, experiencing Greek culture, eating the best local food, and enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean while avoiding big tourist traps. Will definitely use kimkim for future trips and have already recommended it to others.

Hotel Reviews
Achilleas hotel
Athens

Very comfortable facilities. Friendly staff. Excellent location within walking distance of many Athens hotspots.

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Lato Boutique Hotel
Heraklion

Excellent location - walkable to city center and fortress. Friendly staff. Made use of the beautiful rooftop restaurant. Huge breakfast buffet available at long hours. Comfortable rooms.

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Ariadne hotel Naxos
Naxos

Extremely kind and welcoming staff who checked in with us throughout our stay to ensure our needs were being met. Beautiful setting, walkable to beach, lovely pool, plenty of restaurants and markets nearby. Bus stop a few blocks away with service to other areas of the island. Rooms were comfortable, we enjoyed the verandas.

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Holiday Inn Athens
Athens

Convenient, clean, well-run. Reliable shuttle to/from airport. Practical choice for our final night before heading to airport.

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Restaurant Suggestions in Athens
Athens

This was very useful as there are so many restaurants in Athens, a decision among Nadia's suggestions felt much more manageable. We ate at several of them and they were all very good.

Greek Mythology For Kids
Athens

Kids enjoyed writing their names in Greek, and we learned about lots of the local architecture and saw some of the ruins while walking around town, with the relevant mythology weaved in.

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Free Day in Athens Museums
Athens
Private Full-Day Trip to Delphi
Athens

Was really exciting to spend a day exploring the countryside outside of Athens and see Mt. Parnassus and the ruins at Delphi. We had a fascinating tour of the museum and ruins, followed by a delicious lunch at a family-run olive grove/tavern.

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Andreas (driver) was fun to get to know on the multi-hour ride, and a safe driver. Penny (tour guide at Delphi) was outstanding --- very knowledgable, engaging for all of us (including the kids), and helped us make the best use of our short time at Delphi.
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Flavors of Athens For Families Tour
Athens

This was a really fun way to learn about Greek cuisine and culture and be able to try some of Athens' best products. We made so many stops at a really wide variety of locations (markets, shops, restaurants, cafes) each specializing in a different and important part of Greek cuisine. Very impressive tour - we left feeling VERY full and with our arms full of take-home goodies.

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Celia was so sweet and really fun for all of us to spend the morning with. Very knowledgable and committed to making sure we had a good time.
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Hiking the ‘ring’ in Central Naxos
Naxos

Was a beautiful setting and we appreciated the opportunity to see some of the more remote villages and farmland in Naxos, to break up our beach days. Mildly strenuous hike. Everyone really enjoyed being able to sample the delicious figs, berries, grapes growing along the path as we hiked.

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Thomas was very knowledgable and engaging. Was a bit put off by his cigarette smoking during the hike.
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Restaurant Suggestions in Naxos
Naxos

Most of the suggested restaurants were not within walking distance of our hotel, and we did not have a car. Eventually we figured out how to use the public bus to get to the port where one of the restaurants was, but mostly we just ate at restaurants close to our hotel which were ok but nothing too memorable. Our dining experience in Naxos was definitely inferior to that in Heraklion and Athens -- not bad, but nothing memorable like the many highlights we had in the other places.

Local specialist: Nadia Pithara

The Trip of a Lifetime Finely Polished to Near Perfection
Greece | Aug 16 - Aug 31, 2022

Arlen
Arlen F.
Colorado Springs, CO | Sep 04, 2022

This was the trip of a lifetime. Angela worked through the details of our itinerary with us, tweaking it as we customized it. She was extremely responsive.

Alexis was a fabulous guide, allowing us to change our plans and then showed us a number of sights that fed our archaeological hunger that were off the beaten path.

Janne was a great driver and turned out to be a wonderful guide on his own as he got us from our hotel in Athens to Delphi and Meteora and back to Athens. He gave us a... read more

This was the trip of a lifetime. Angela worked through the details of our itinerary with us, tweaking it as we customized it. She was extremely responsive.

Alexis was a fabulous guide, allowing us to change our plans and then showed us a number of sights that fed our archaeological hunger that were off the beaten path.

Janne was a great driver and turned out to be a wonderful guide on his own as he got us from our hotel in Athens to Delphi and Meteora and back to Athens. He gave us a nice bit of color along the way.

Nicole gave us a tour of Therassia with lots of local information and history. The tour was a bit of death march up hills and stairs, but we saw wonderful caves, a beautiful church, and tasted local figs and plants along the way and got the triumphal sprig of rosemary when we reached the pinnacle!

The one thing I would recommend is doing the tour of Athens and the Acropolis+museum in two four hour days. Or waiting until you have fully recovered from the jet lag. It was more than a bit of a death march and, by the afternoon at the museum, we all felt it was interesting, but just wanted to lie down.

I highly recommend this kind of tour. It was private, just the three of us, and even though the tour guides have an agenda, which gets in the way of in depth exploration, every moment was orchestrated to give us the highest and most comfortable experience possible (except when marching, but that is easily adjusted for in the future).

I will never go on a tour with a large group after this experience and I will definitely use KimKim again for my next trip.

Hotel Reviews
Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
Athens

This was a great hotel, tucked into a narrow street. It is family-owned and the rooms are comfortable. The breakfasts are a wonderful display of local foods (who knew Nescafe was so good?) and the staff gracious and helpful. The view from the room was surprising. We were on the top floor and when I first looked out, I just saw another building, but a closer look revealed the backside of the Acropolis, just across the way! Wonderful. Plus, there is a gramophone museum in the basement.

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Abelonas Retreat
Santorini

This is a lovely retreat with a view of the ocean from the top of a hill. The rooms are generous with a little sink and some dishes as well. Breakfast is served individually and we ended up eating on the courtyard every morning to enjoy the view before the sun got too hot. The foods were amazing and tasty. The coffee press was excellent and the selections were wide and tasty. The pool was nice and we enjoyed it immensely after slogging over the sights. It was a quick walk down the hill to any number of tasty restaurants. The food in Greece was very good. I never had a bad meal there.

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Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Angela (Aggeliki) Giannioti
Angela (Aggeliki)
Angela (Aggeliki) Giannioti
Local specialist in Pátra | Sep 04, 2022

Geia sou Arlen!

Thank you for your feedback and time to leave a review.

I am really very happy that you had a great time here in Greece with us and that my team and I were able to fulfill your expectations 😊

Also glad you discovered Nescafe and you liked it! Lol!

I would be delighted to assist you in planning your next vacation in Greece sometime in the future. I'm sure there are plenty of spots you'd fall in love with. 😍

Take care and have fun!

Give my best to the girls 😀

Warmest regards,
Angela

Fantastic tour of Italy curated by Maria Grazia,...
Italy | Aug 22 - Sep 2, 2022

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April J.
Kensington, NY | Sep 03, 2022

We are so grateful to Maria Grazia, who helped us plan the perfect family trip to Italy and to Jessica for answering any questions immediately while we were there! The tours and tour guides with Liv Tours added so much history and life to our experiences! SaraG in Florence was particularly wonderful. The transportation arrangements were seamless and the accommodations each offered something special for our family! We can’t thank this team enough for helping provide a lifetime of memories! read more

We are so grateful to Maria Grazia, who helped us plan the perfect family trip to Italy and to Jessica for answering any questions immediately while we were there! The tours and tour guides with Liv Tours added so much history and life to our experiences! SaraG in Florence was particularly wonderful. The transportation arrangements were seamless and the accommodations each offered something special for our family! We can’t thank this team enough for helping provide a lifetime of memories!

Hotel Review
Kraft Hotel Florence
Florence

This hotel has it ALL! Beautiful and convenient location, gorgeously appointed rooms, superb dining and first rate rooftop view from pool and dining area!

Authenticity & Character
Rooftop and balcony views, furnishings
Location
Close to sites, quiet street
Staff
Great wait staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless room and bathroom
Local specialist: Maria Grazia Rubino
Maria Grazia
Maria Grazia Rubino
Local specialist in Annecy | Sep 03, 2022

Dear April, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
It's been a pleasure to help you and I’m so glad to know that we were able to make your trip a memorable one!

I wish you and your family the best :)

Maria Grazia

Family trip to Barcelona and Valencia
Spain | Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2022

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Jackie E.
Ridgewood, NJ | Sep 02, 2022

Barcelona- our stay at Be Mate Gracia was incredible- great location (thank you Bea!), and great space for families. The reception and all staff there was so helpful and kind and attentive throughout. I would highly recommend them.

Our bike tour was great, great guide!

Unfortunately our tour guide for our day trip to Girona-Costa Brava- Pals was so nice, but way too chatty and the tour was not geared towards children at all. My kids were SUPER bored. Pals was an amazing last stop... read more

Barcelona- our stay at Be Mate Gracia was incredible- great location (thank you Bea!), and great space for families. The reception and all staff there was so helpful and kind and attentive throughout. I would highly recommend them.

Our bike tour was great, great guide!

Unfortunately our tour guide for our day trip to Girona-Costa Brava- Pals was so nice, but way too chatty and the tour was not geared towards children at all. My kids were SUPER bored. Pals was an amazing last stop though.

We did Montjuic on our own which was nice but I would not recommend Poble Espanol- pointless.
Casa Battlo was one of our favorite places in Barcelona, along with Oassis restaurant for delicious salads across from our hotel.
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Valencia was magical- we loved the city and did a bike ride on our own which I recommend. Although Mon Suites Catedral was clean and in a fabulous centrally located area (the Old town), it was very loud, and the beds were terribly uncomfortable. As a result, I would NOT recommend that place to anyone.

Special thanks to Bea for being so attentive to all of our needs during the trip!

Hotel Reviews
Be Mate Paseo de Gracia
Barcelona

Great location, great for families, great staff, super helpful, super comfortable beds!!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mon Suites Catedral
Valencia
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
clean but the beds were NOT comfortable. felt like sleeping on a table
Activity Reviews
Guided Bike Tour
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Flamenco Night
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Day trip to Medieval Girona and Costa Brava
Barcelona
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Unforgettable trip to Uganda!
Uganda | Aug 13 - Sep 1, 2022

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Irene F.
Austria | Sep 02, 2022

Our trip through Uganda was amazing!
The tour was perfect organized, our driver and guide Teo (Able Safaris, a local office, 19 days) was perfect, he managed everything in a good way.
The gorilla-tracking, the beautiful landscape, the game drives, the friendly people,.. all that we will never forget! read more

Our trip through Uganda was amazing!
The tour was perfect organized, our driver and guide Teo (Able Safaris, a local office, 19 days) was perfect, he managed everything in a good way.
The gorilla-tracking, the beautiful landscape, the game drives, the friendly people,.. all that we will never forget!

Hotel Reviews
Isunga Lodge
Fort Portal, Uganda

A extremely beautiful lodge! The architecture, the design, everything well deliberated. Nice and professional people, amazing view,..

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Bugambira

Nice lodge, nice location, amazing activity (gorilla-trakking), one of our best lodges!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Forest Cottages
Kampala

I would never choose this hotel again! Extremely loud music during the whole night (because it is a wedding hotel), the cleanliness in the room especially the bathroom was disgusting.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Arcadia Lodges Lake Bunyonyi
Kabale
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kidepo Savanna Lodge
Kampala, Uganda
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Topi Lodge
Kampala, Uganda
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Kontiki Hoima
Hoima
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and on to Gulu
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Quality of Experience
Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Community Walk
Kibale National Park
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Gorilla Tracking/ Village Walk
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Joseph Thuo

Antonis knows what he is doing!! Amazing trip...
Greece | Aug 19 - Aug 31, 2022

Cindy
Cindy S.
Erlanger, KY | Sep 02, 2022

Antonis knows what he is doing!! Amazing trip from beginning to end!! From our transfers always being on time and in style, the adventures and tours he planned for us to the perfect locations of all of our hotels! Trip of a lifetime! Thank you Antonis and Kimkim!! read more

Antonis knows what he is doing!! Amazing trip from beginning to end!! From our transfers always being on time and in style, the adventures and tours he planned for us to the perfect locations of all of our hotels! Trip of a lifetime! Thank you Antonis and Kimkim!!

Hotel Reviews
Elia Ermou Athens Hotel
Athina

Great location and accommodations

Authenticity & Character
Location
Location
Staff
Very kind
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pelican Bay Art Hotel
Mykonos

Very authentic Greek hotel! Beautiful views from the pool.

Authenticity & Character
Views, pool, made me feel like I was in a movie
Location
Not many places to walk to to eat but loved quietness
Staff
Very helpful on recommendations
Cleanliness & Comfort
Tzekos Villas
Santorini

In the middle of everything! Most beautiful view from any hotel I have ever stayed in. My only complaint is the definitely need to update their beds!

Authenticity & Character
Authentic Greek hotel
Location
Beautiful views, in the middle of everything!
Staff
Poor bell boy had to carry all of our very heavy luggage up many flights of stairs and did so with a smile!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Views from room
Olive Green
Heraklion

Clean and close location to everything

Authenticity & Character
Location
In the middle of everything
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
SanSal Boutique Hotel
Chania

Clean with the most amazing views!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The Real Cretan Cooking Experience - Private Tour
Chania

The most amazing experience!! From our tour guide to the views to the gracious couple who shared their home and gave us the culinary experience of a lifetime!!

Quality of Experience
Everything!!
Food
Everything was delicious
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Our tour guide was amazing
Sailing Yacht Cruise to Rhenia Island & Delos
Mykonos

Loved everything, just a very hot day for the walking part. I should have brought an umbrella or fan

Quality of Experience
The sailing and swimming was amazing
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
The Island of Santorini - Tour & Wine Tasting
Santorini

One of my favorite days. Learning about traditions and the villages. Watching the donkeys carry things up the hills and the wine tasting!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Very kind, and adjusted the tour because it was a very busy cruise ship day
Transport
Walking Tour of Acropolis and Plaka
Athens
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Antonis Alexandrou

A dream come true
Norway | Aug 19 - Aug 31, 2022

sudhir
sudhir m.
India | Sep 02, 2022

We have wanted to go to Norway for a long time to see the Fjords.We got great advise , where to go what to do from Tom. the planning stage was extensive with multiple revision to my itinerary.
The trip was planned and executed to perfection by Tom. It was personalised to my taste and liking. Tom even figured out a way for me to drive a Porsche 911 GTS , which was an absolute pleasure for me. All the hotels chosen were to my liking and beyond. From when we landed till we left Tom was in... read more

We have wanted to go to Norway for a long time to see the Fjords.We got great advise , where to go what to do from Tom. the planning stage was extensive with multiple revision to my itinerary.
The trip was planned and executed to perfection by Tom. It was personalised to my taste and liking. Tom even figured out a way for me to drive a Porsche 911 GTS , which was an absolute pleasure for me. All the hotels chosen were to my liking and beyond. From when we landed till we left Tom was in touch constantly to help me with my every whims and fancy, it was like have him as friend along with me in the trip. We are planning a trip in winter soon. My friends and relatives who saw the pictures want to come and wanted Toms contacts.
we had an amazing experience in food , places we went , the tours everything.
Cheers!
Thanks Tom

Local specialist: Tom Christer Larsen
Tom Christer
Tom Christer Larsen
Local specialist in Oslo | Sep 02, 2022

Thanks for those kind words, it was both fun to plan and a pleasure arranging your Norwegian journey. I also felt like I was your friend following you around your trip, and it was almost like i was a part of your journey as well (and wish I had been a part of that Porsche drive he he). Happy to hear you had a great time, and both you and family and friends are more than welcome to come back to Norway.

Cheers!

Best regards,
Tom

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short tri...
Galapagos Islands | Aug 24 - Aug 30, 2022

Wynette
Wynette Y.
Takoma Park, MD | Sep 01, 2022

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help. ... read more

Hi, my daughter and I took a fairly short trip to the Galapagos in August 2022 and Alvaro at kimkim set up every detail. Through Alvaro, kimkim continues to provide a wonderful, small group, personalized trip. We had the luxury of being met at airports and ports, and taken to comfortable, well-located hotels. Whenever I had a question or there was a problem (in our case, in the form of a cancelled flight that threw the schedule off), Alvaro was there and worked intensely to help.

Before the trip, Alvaro worked through several different itineraries with me, as I tried to figure out what would work. He was, throughout, friendly, cordial, responsive, and full of suggestions that might fit. He listens well, and never seems to get impatient. I'll always associate our memorable trip with his benevolent presence, and would highly recommend both him and kimkim!

Hotel Review
Acacia Galápagos Boutique Hotel
Puerto Ayora

Hi, this hotel is clean and stylish, and the staff go out of their way to be helpful, in a quiet, intelligent way. The breakfast was also fresh-cooked and very good!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Alvaro Pereira
Alvaro
Alvaro Pereira
Local specialist in Quito | Sep 01, 2022

Dear Wynette!

You are so amazing and I loved planning a journey for you and Arielle to the Galapagos Islands. I appreciate very much your kind review, I still have lots of plans for you to get to know the other hidden wonders that Ecuador has to offer you.

Warm hugs from your friend in the middle of the world!
Alvaro

Top country
Colombia | Aug 18 - Aug 31, 2022

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lorenzo d.
Italy | Sep 01, 2022

Great Experience,
Best guides in Bogotà at the market (Alejandro?) and in tayrona, Aruen
Need experience Ely in bogota
All places remarkable except for Santa Marta, nothing really to see and remember
Also the trip to playa tranquilla was far from expectation, too far, too crowdy read more

Great Experience,
Best guides in Bogotà at the market (Alejandro?) and in tayrona, Aruen
Need experience Ely in bogota
All places remarkable except for Santa Marta, nothing really to see and remember
Also the trip to playa tranquilla was far from expectation, too far, too crowdy

Hotel Review
Villa Playa
Magdalena

Great position and wonderful room, try the spa

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Michael Gold
Michael
Michael Gold
Local specialist in Bogotá | Sep 01, 2022

Dear Lorenzo, Federica and Michela,

It was a great pleasure for all of us to accompany you on your journey through Colombia. It was very nice with you and I was very happy to see that you were able to enjoy the country to the fullest.

The beaches in and around Cartagena are always very crowded, you are right. Nevertheless, I hope you were able to enjoy the last beach day. :)

We are looking forward to your next visit!

The Chaska Tours Team

Our Family Spain Trip
Spain | Aug 12 - Aug 20, 2022

Brenda
Brenda B.
Abilene, TX | Sep 01, 2022

Our favorite guide was Jordi in Barcelona. He was the perfect guide and extremely knowledgeable; providing us history , taking us to a fabulous restaurant for lunch, visiting incredible sites (Prak guell, sagrada familia). We also loved Mercedes. She was extremely knowledgeable about Seville and we loved visiting the alcazar and the Roman Catholic cathedral. And Elena was also one of our favorite guides. She was so knowledgeable about Spain and Frigiliana (which we loved so much!). One of our... read more

Our favorite guide was Jordi in Barcelona. He was the perfect guide and extremely knowledgeable; providing us history , taking us to a fabulous restaurant for lunch, visiting incredible sites (Prak guell, sagrada familia). We also loved Mercedes. She was extremely knowledgeable about Seville and we loved visiting the alcazar and the Roman Catholic cathedral. And Elena was also one of our favorite guides. She was so knowledgeable about Spain and Frigiliana (which we loved so much!). One of our favorite sites/tours was trekking the Caminito del Rey!!! Loved it!!!

Activity Reviews
Modernist Barcelona: Gaudi's Highlights
Barcelona

Jordi, our guide, shared with us the history of Gaudi and his beautiful, incredible creations.

Quality of Experience
Visiting Gaudi’s creations.
Guides, drivers and staff
Our guide, Jordi, was incredible !
Transport
Perfect with walking and taxis when needed.
Alhambra Private Guided Tour
Granada

Our guide gave us wonderful history about the Alhambra and all that was occurring at the time. The palace was beautiful!

Quality of Experience
The Alhambra was beautiful and we were able to see everything close up.
Guides, drivers and staff
Our guide, Enrique, was great.
Transport
On time
Transfer to Nerja with Frigiliana day trip
Spain

Frigiliana was the perfect small town to visit. It was beautiful and a nice relaxing place. Elena was the perfect tour guide. We loved having her as our guide!!!

Quality of Experience
The town was beautiful!
Guides, drivers and staff
Elena was incredible! She was so knowledgeable and extremely sweet!
Transport
Perfect traveling vehicle and a nice relaxing drive to Frigiliana.
Caminito del Rey with guide
Spain

Caminito del Rey was Amazing!!! We loved trekking by the tall cliffs. We love nature and this tour was incredible!

Quality of Experience
The scenery was incredible!
Guides, drivers and staff
Pleasant guide, Alfredo.
Transport
On time and very nice vehicle and drive to Seville.
Sevilla Guided Tour
Seville

Our guide, Mercedes, was very knowledgeable about Spain history. She gave us an incredible tour of alcazar and the Roman Catholic Cathedral. I learned so much!

Quality of Experience
We loved visiting alcazar.
Guides, drivers and staff
Mercedes was so knowledgeable and pleasant!
Transport
Mercedes was on time.
Local specialist: Dalia Bouzerar
Dalia
Dalia Bouzerar
Local specialist in Montilla | Sep 01, 2022

Hello Brenda,
Thank you for your wonderful review! It was such a pleasure hosting your lovely family and all the guides had a wonderful time with you as well!
I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to them.

Have a great day and hope to host you again in Spain very soon!
Warm regards,

Dalia

Costa Rica Trip August 2022
Costa Rica | Aug 14 - Aug 25, 2022

Jayshree
Jayshree D.
Berkeley, CA | Sep 01, 2022

Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Costa Rica trip. All the planning of our activities and places to visit was done in conjunction with Yuliana and she was able to set us up with very comfortable, inviting and clean accommodations at every stop. All the hotels provided excellent breakfasts so we were well fortified for our activities
Our trip started in San Jose, then a private transportation to La Fortuna/Arenal area, boat transportation to Monteverdi area and finally a private... read more

Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Costa Rica trip. All the planning of our activities and places to visit was done in conjunction with Yuliana and she was able to set us up with very comfortable, inviting and clean accommodations at every stop. All the hotels provided excellent breakfasts so we were well fortified for our activities
Our trip started in San Jose, then a private transportation to La Fortuna/Arenal area, boat transportation to Monteverdi area and finally a private car trip to Tamarindo, a beautiful beach town on the Pacific Ocean.
We had excellent guides for all our activities which included hiking near The Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna water falls, riding class 3-4 rapids on the Balsa River, exploring Hanging Bridges and The Monteverde Cloud Forests, Ziplining and finally kayaking in the Pacific Ocean. We were able to see many flora and fauna, including the beautiful Quetzal, Howler monkeys and sleepy Sloths!
The whole trip was amazing, stress free with the excellent planning of Yuliana and her team at kimkim. Would highly recommend planning a trip with them.

Activity Reviews
Whitewater Rafting on the Balsa River Class II & III
Arenal/La Fortuna
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Sky Walk, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip Line Adventure
Monteverde

Daniel, our guide for the hanging bridges tour was extremely knowledgeable, patient and had great communication skills. The whole group of assistants working on the 7 different Ziplines were professional, caring and reassuring those who were a little scared of the Ziplines.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Kayak & Snorkel Tour in Tamarindo Bay
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Tamarindo Estuary Boat Tour
Costa Rica
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde
Yuliana
Yuliana Valverde
Local specialist in San Rafael | Sep 01, 2022

Hello Jayshree,
I hope you are well.
Thank you for the time to leave us this amazing review.
It was our pleasure assisting you during this time, it is great to know you had a good time in our country, and enjoy all the activities we planned for you and your husband.
I hope you could visit us in the future, and explore different destinations with us.
Warm regards from Costa Rica.
Best,
Yuliana

Outstanding, personal attention
Italy | Aug 22 - Aug 30, 2022

Heather
Heather G.
Marblehead, MA | Sep 01, 2022

KimKim organized an amazing trip for our family of four to Italy. Sonia, our travel agent, attended to our every request, and Daniela, our personal concierge, made sure that all of our transfers went seamlessly. The tours arranged (mainly LivTours) in Rome were outstanding. Our family was often alone or with one other couple so our tours were private and efficient. The tour guides, Jonathan, Elena and Gio, were knowledgeable and friendly. Our transfer from Rome to Sorrento was smooth and... read more

KimKim organized an amazing trip for our family of four to Italy. Sonia, our travel agent, attended to our every request, and Daniela, our personal concierge, made sure that all of our transfers went seamlessly. The tours arranged (mainly LivTours) in Rome were outstanding. Our family was often alone or with one other couple so our tours were private and efficient. The tour guides, Jonathan, Elena and Gio, were knowledgeable and friendly. Our transfer from Rome to Sorrento was smooth and quick. We had a wonderful tour with Jean Luc in Pompei and very intimate local tours throughout Sorrento and the Amalfi coast of a winery, lemon grove, cheese farm and pizzeria. Every outing felt intimate and authentic. Overall, I would give KimKim 5 stars for exceeding our expectations. I will, without question, use their services for future travel.

Hotel Reviews
47 Boutique Hotel
Rome

Clean, attention to detail, every amenity available

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Corallo
Sorrento
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Private golf cart tour
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Small group tour of Vatican City , Sistine Chapel & saint Peter's Basilica
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Small Group tour of Colosseum underground, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum ( max 6 people)
Rome
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Sorrento coast and Capri boat tour - max 12-14 people-free time in Capri
Italy
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Visit of the Amalfi Coast villages with wine tasting and lunch at Tenuta di San Francesco
Italy
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Sorrento food tour
Italy
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sonia Vanzin
Sonia
Sonia Vanzin
Local specialist in Agordo | Sep 01, 2022

Ciao Heather. Grazie for your nice review.
It was a pleasure planning your family trip and glad you now have great memories.
Wish you all the best.

Marta was amazing. Kim Kim for Portugal is a definite recommendation!
Portugal | Aug 20 - Aug 30, 2022

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christy h.
San Jose, CA | Sep 01, 2022

Marta was amazing. The vacation was amazing. We really enjoyed Rui, Paolo and Sandra are very high recommends! The ladies that took us on the food tours were great as was the gal that took us on a history tour of Lisbon. The gentleman that took us on the Algarve wine tour was knowledgeable but not so good as a guide. He was pleasant but not so good at making it a personal experience. Bea was very helpful when she was able to get the extra room at the Algarve hotel. That hotel is very... read more

Marta was amazing. The vacation was amazing. We really enjoyed Rui, Paolo and Sandra are very high recommends! The ladies that took us on the food tours were great as was the gal that took us on a history tour of Lisbon. The gentleman that took us on the Algarve wine tour was knowledgeable but not so good as a guide. He was pleasant but not so good at making it a personal experience. Bea was very helpful when she was able to get the extra room at the Algarve hotel. That hotel is very Bohemian and offered no privacy and thank you so much for fixing the issue. That made the experience so much better!
One suggestion is that I didn’t realize that the meeting point for the catamaran trip was more than 30 minutes drive from the hotel. I wish that the instructions were a little more clear about that. We ended up not making it on that trip because (my fault) I assumed that the departure point was Marina across the street from the hotel. The boat company let us take another cruise the following day but it wasn’t the great cruise that we had booked. But at least it was something.
Overall the trip was planned and managed very well. There are not enough amazing words to describe how happy I am with the trip. I will only use Kim Kim to plan vacations from now on. I have already recommended it more than 5 times and will continue to do so.
Also one final shout out again to Rui, Sandra and Paulo. And of course to Marta and Bea. Thank you so much! Hope to be in touch soon for my next adventure!
Best Regards
Christy

Hotel Reviews
AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
Lisbon

This hotel is beyond amazing. It’s gorgeous the staff are very helpful. The food was great. The room was so nice. This is located in a nice location definitely recommend!!!

Authenticity & Character
So gorgeous inside
Location
Easy to get to restaurants and points of interest.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean. Room seemed new
Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Porto

This was ok. The food was great. The staff were nice. The room was ok. It suited the purpose

Authenticity & Character
It was ok
Location
Porto
Staff
They were nice
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was ok
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos

This is a beautiful bohemian hotel if you are a single traveler. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The issue is that there is no privacy to use the shower, dress/ undress and very little privacy for the toilet. But my experience was that the room was lovely as long as I was the only one staying in the room. The restaurant, bar and lobby are gorgeous - but I would not want to stay in a room with another person due to lack of privacy

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful lobby
Location
Right across from Marina and very near the old downtown and beautiful shops and restaurants
Staff
Very friendly and exceptionally helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
The lack of privacy makes me rate it lower - very bohemian
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Lisboa

This hotel was ok - there was a mediocre restaurant and bar - it was close to the airport so that was very convenient.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing great except that the management provided a lovely welcome snack and cherry liquor shots
Location
Right next to airport with feee shuttle
Staff
They were ok nothing really spectacular
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was an older property with zero personality and the bar and restaurant were not nice
Activity Reviews
Architectural & Historical Highlights of Lisbon
Lisbon

I enjoyed all the historical stories about Lisbon

Quality of Experience
Everything
Guides, drivers and staff
Food and fun
Transport
I like walking.
Foodie Experience in Porto
Porto

Marion was very knowledgeable. The places w we went and quality of tastings were high. I would definitely recommend her and the tour

Quality of Experience
The stories that went along with the food tastings.
Food
The quality of food and drinks was first rate
Guides, drivers and staff
Marion was great and we enjoyed the tour. She was personable and knowledgeable
Tour of Porto in a Vintage Car
Porto

This was a lot of fun. Sandra’s extensive knowledge about Porto and her ability to tell the story made this a fun adventure.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Both Sandra and our driver were a lot of fun
Transport
Super cute vintage car
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Definitely one of the best tours and days I have had on vacations ever! Rui was great. He arranged for a wonderful meal with a wine maker where we bought several cases of wine. I loved this day. Rui is super knowledgeable and definitely a recommended guide.

Quality of Experience
The wine, port and food at the Quinta was amazing
Guides, drivers and staff
Rui
Transport
Very clean vehicle
Private Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon

Paulo is amazing. His plan of visiting Sintra and Monserrate made sense based on the day’s weather and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Paulo also gave us some great recommendations for our trip to Algarve. He is great. Highly recommend him as a private guide

Quality of Experience
Such a gorgeous day. Paulo is very knowledgeable
Guides, drivers and staff
Paulo
Transport
Very clean
Catamaran Sailing Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro
Portugal

We ended up missing the original cruise. I didn’t realize that the meeting point was 30-40 minutes from the hotel. We took a cruise the next day. It was nice

Quality of Experience
The boat was nice the crew was fun
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Portugal

This was wine tasting in Algarve. There was no lunch included. The guide was ok. He was knowledgeable but the wines we tried were low end and well it wasnt great at all . Was lunch supposed to be included?

Quality of Experience
The wines were meh confused about the lunch since it wasn’t included
Food
There was no food
Guides, drivers and staff
This wine tasting was nothing like the one we had with Rui
Transport
We drove ourselves
Lisbon Roots, Food & Cultural Walk
Portugal

This was fun and the food was good

Quality of Experience
The guide was great and the food was too
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
I like walking
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid | Sep 01, 2022

Hi Christy, thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to create this experience for you in Portugal and I am thrilled Lee and you enjoyed it. The location of each activity is always in the travel documents but we will make sure it is well pointed out. The lunch at the Quinta was not available and we agreed to only do the wine tour, but next time you visit Portugal I will make sure you enjoy the Quinta too :) All my best, Marta

KimKim = A+! Highly Recommend!!
Argentina | Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2022

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Michael S.
San Jose, CA | Aug 31, 2022

Marina covered all the bases and was excellent. Our experience with Argentina and with KimKim was AMAZING! Trip of a lifetime!

Only downside is now we’re quite spoiled and will probably never NOT use KimKim if it is available in whatever destination we head to next!! read more

Marina covered all the bases and was excellent. Our experience with Argentina and with KimKim was AMAZING! Trip of a lifetime!

Only downside is now we’re quite spoiled and will probably never NOT use KimKim if it is available in whatever destination we head to next!!

Hotel Review
Panoramic Grand - Iguazú
Puerto Iguazú

Excellent location and accommodations. Pool is a refreshing touch!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Biking Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Fogón Dinner Experience
Buenos Aires

Staff, ambiance, and food were a must fit an already perfect visit to the city!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Visiting the Argentine Waterfalls of Iguazu
Argentina

Laura was an excellent guide and just an overall wonderful human being! The falls were breathtaking and we wouldn’t have had the same experience without her. This is a MUST do trip in Argentina!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Marina Sinigagliesi

Trip of a lifetime to Morocco
Morocco | Jun 9 - Jun 29, 2022

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Lam N.
Missoula, MT | Sep 01, 2022

We, like so many people, had a lot of wanderlust built up from the pandemic years. We also had a few family milestones come up this year. So we wanted a really special trip and we let our graduating high school senior pick the destination -- Morocco. That was the full extent of our ability to plan. We didn't want to be on a big all-inclusive tour, but neither could we manage a fully independently-planned itinerary.

Kimkim came to the rescue!

Our local specialist team planned a... read more

We, like so many people, had a lot of wanderlust built up from the pandemic years. We also had a few family milestones come up this year. So we wanted a really special trip and we let our graduating high school senior pick the destination -- Morocco. That was the full extent of our ability to plan. We didn't want to be on a big all-inclusive tour, but neither could we manage a fully independently-planned itinerary.

Kimkim came to the rescue!

Our local specialist team planned a fantastic and varied itinerary (Sea, Rif Mountains, Imperial Cities, Sahara, Atlas Mountains) for us, complete with private van transportation between places. I so appreciated that they took the initiative to mock up a plan, including accommodations, based on some initial feedback about our traveling style and objectives, and then were able to adjust and fine tune (that's too fancy! not enough time here, too much history/serious stuff, more camels! etc.) to craft us a trip that everybody was excited about (we have 4 boys 11-19) and which made good use of our time there to see a little bit of everything. It was so nice to be able to just relax into the rhythm of the trip once we got on the plane, vs scrambling to arrange the next place, transportation, etc.

Mike Tyson famously said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." The plan was fantastic. Our punch in the mouth came when a member of our group became ill in Fes one week into our trip. With four boys in tow and myself being the only person who could communicate in a language other than English, we would have been completely overwhelmed had we not had the amazing support from Abdellah and his local team. They rearranged the remainder of our trip, helped secure medical care, made sure the boys were still amused during our extended stay in one of our stops, in short, did all the heavy lifting needed so that we could continue on safely and with a minimum of stress, and maintained all the must-keeps (camels, camels and camels) from our itinerary despite the changes.

Abdellah and his team made us feel truly cared for and the guides they arranged, especially in Chefchaouen and Essaouira, seemed personally invested in showcasing the best and most interesting parts of their cities.

We went to Morocco knowing that it would be the trip of a lifetime but assuming that we would keep exploring new places after that; we now know there is so much more to explore there and plan to return!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Madu
Merzouga

This hotel on the edge of the Sahara desert was a totally magical experience. We'd had a long day on the road to get there and arrived in the early evening. The temperature was around 110. The boys rolled out of the car and the hotel staff, knowing exactly what they needed, showed them directly to the pool. The pool deck was supervised by a very charismatic sheepdog whom the boys immediately fell in love with. Everything about the hotel is beautiful and the dinner was excellent.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Chbanate
Essaouira

The accommodations were beautiful and the hotel was very conveniently located. But our stay was made especially memorable because of the really fantastic hotel manager. He and his staff made us feel really cared for.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Casablanca | Sep 01, 2022

Hi Lam,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a detailed and thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its scenic sights, imperial cities, historical monuments and inspirational cultures. It means the world to us to hear that our staff have taken good care of you especially when a member of your group got sick, and that we did our best to make sure everything was going well. Our guests' safety is our priority and we... read more

Hi Lam,

We really appreciate the time you took to leave such a detailed and thoughtful review about our service.

We're happy that you spent a wonderful time in Morocco enjoying its scenic sights, imperial cities, historical monuments and inspirational cultures. It means the world to us to hear that our staff have taken good care of you especially when a member of your group got sick, and that we did our best to make sure everything was going well. Our guests' safety is our priority and we always strive much hard to make them feel truly cared for throughout the whole trip. Your valuable comments are what helps us to improve our business, and push us forward to even greater progress. Original travels designs wonderful trips for guests and welcome them warmly as members of family not as outsiders or strangers, and we are so grateful to know that we delivered this commitment to you.

Wish to serve you again in the future and design another great trip for you exploring other parts of the country and dig more deeply into its magical beauty.

Best,
Abdel

Amazing trip to Costa Rica with kimkim
Costa Rica | Aug 16 - Aug 26, 2022

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MOTTI T.
Potomac, MD | Aug 31, 2022

I'd like to split my review into 2, our experience with kimkim and the serendipity team, and Costa Rica overall:
1. We knew nothing about CR prior to this trip, Bryan and the serendipity team built a perfect itinerary for us, adjusted it multiple times based on our preferences and were fast and efficient. Before but also during our trip and sometimes in a very short notice, they were always attentive, available and flexible, this trip could not have been so successful if it wasn't for Bryan... read more

I'd like to split my review into 2, our experience with kimkim and the serendipity team, and Costa Rica overall:
1. We knew nothing about CR prior to this trip, Bryan and the serendipity team built a perfect itinerary for us, adjusted it multiple times based on our preferences and were fast and efficient. Before but also during our trip and sometimes in a very short notice, they were always attentive, available and flexible, this trip could not have been so successful if it wasn't for Bryan and the team, THANK YOU 🙏
2. Costa Rica - how can you not fall in love with this country? Starting with the warm and welcoming people of CR and continue with the amazing nature, and finally the different attractions and things to do, we enjoyed every bit of it, our guides (Kenneth and Pablo in Arenal, Edson in the Sloth territory, Hector and David at Rio Celeste horseback riding, Andy at Monteverde, Juan at Damas) all were absolutely amazing!
We will definitely come back to CR following this great vacation.
Thank you, Pura Vida!
Motti and the family

Hotel Reviews
Rio Celeste Hideaway Resort
Bijagua

This was our favorite, amazing hotel and staff, need to go back soon!! 😂

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
El Establo Mountain Hotel
Monteverde

This is probably our least favorite hotel but nothing wrong with it, we just a little outdated comparing to other hotels and the facility on the mountain was a bit tough, limited pool and bar, but again, pretty decent

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Los Lagos Spa & Resort
Fortuna

The villa seriously surprised us, we didn't expect such an amazing accommodation, the hotel is in great location and all was great!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Shana By the Beach Resort
Manuel Antonio

To be honest, when we got there the room wasn't ready and it wasn't what we expected, also the hotel doesn't have a beach, it has access to a public beach and that too isn't easy to go to (or come back from) but I have to say, the management listened to our feedback and insisted on fixing the experience right away, our room was changed, we were given opportunity to enjoy other services and it was absolutely amazing! They have a pool that cannot be beaten, great hotel, definitely coming back.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Bryan Leon
Bryan
Bryan Leon
Local specialist in Mercedes | Aug 31, 2022

Hola Motti and the family,

We really appreciate you taking the time to share your rating with us. We look forward to seeing you again in our small but beautiful country.

We are proud of our tour guides because they are passionate about sharing the details of our biodiversity. We will share your comments with all partners involved.

It was a pleasure to work with you! :) Thank you to contribute to our local economy with your visit.

Pura Vida,
Bryan

Our driver Ilyas was an absolute pleasure. We...
Morocco | Aug 8 - Aug 16, 2022

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Aaron J.
Australia | Aug 31, 2022

Our driver Ilyas was an absolute pleasure. We spent over a week driving around with him exploring Morocco. He was the perfect mix of a great guide as well as a fun and interesting person to hang out with. The bookings made by Mohamed and the Kimkim team made our journey easy and maximized our time. Thoroughly recommend this entire process for those looking to explore the kingdom of Morocco.

Local specialist: Mohamed El Asely
Mohamed
Mohamed El Asely
Local specialist in Rabat | Aug 31, 2022

Hi Aaron,

Thank you so much for your kind words which are highly appreciated.

We’re so glad to hear that you had a wonderful journey and passed a great time in our gorgeous country with Ilyas, one of the best drivers we have in our company. An excellent experience is obviously what we set as our goal for every guest who comes to enjoy Moroccan kingdom, and discover its beauty. We take a lot of pride in our work and we are so grateful that we made your trip a success.

Looking forward to having you again in our country.

Best,
Mohamed

A memorable trip I had been to Norway t...
Norway | Aug 8 - Aug 24, 2022

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gerard b.
Fitchburg, MA | Aug 31, 2022

A memorable trip

I had been to Norway twice before so one may think I had done it all - far from it. Despite my age of 76 I had planned a hiking trip w
trip with Kim-Kim tours. It was an independent tour with Kim-Kim making most of the itinerary, booking guides, gondolas etc and making helpful suggestions
The result being, that despite
a couple problems, that this was an awesome trip and experience. The first 6 days of the 3 week trip I relived past experiences in Oslo, ... read more

A memorable trip

I had been to Norway twice before so one may think I had done it all - far from it. Despite my age of 76 I had planned a hiking trip w
trip with Kim-Kim tours. It was an independent tour with Kim-Kim making most of the itinerary, booking guides, gondolas etc and making helpful suggestions
The result being, that despite
a couple problems, that this was an awesome trip and experience. The first 6 days of the 3 week trip I relived past experiences in Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen climbing pulpit's rock, dining on wharf in Bergen, cruising the archipelago in Oslo, etc., but I also had many new adventures like hiring a guide in Oslo (Kim-Kim suggestion) that was fantastic. Kim-Kim gave me an option of mountains to hike at every stop and also options on accomations. I rented a car in Bergen and headed to Kalvag, staying in unforgettable Knutholmen. Unfortunately it had rained all July in Norway so despite sunny weather the ground was saturated and gave way on my hike causing me to have a serious fall and injury. The owner of knutholmen was fantastic in helping me, but my hiking trip was ended. This is where Kim-Kim stepped up and not only saved my trip but made it the best sight seeing trip of my life. Linda, from Kim-Kim, each night provided me with incredible scenic drives and interesting stops and activities along the way. I have seen incredible scenery I would have never seen without her help. Norway turned out to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen. So instead of the fall ruining my trip, it turned it into a fantastic explorative journey that Kim-Kim enhanced with Linda's constant help. For example, Andalnes and route 93 with the Trollstigen drive are indescribable beauty suggested to me by Linda.
It was truly a trip I will never forget !

Activity Review
Oslo City Walk with a Local
Oslo
Quality of Experience
Everything
Guides, drivers and staff
Wit and knowledge
Transport
I used my own rental but kim-kim did move my bags once. Each country had excellent transports of busses, trains ferries
Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco ; Kudos to the team!
Morocco | Aug 5 - Aug 14, 2022

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Roel S.
Rye, NY | Sep 01, 2022

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco for organizing your next trip. Our experience has been fantastic! The planning process - ahead of the trip - was a smooth ride. I continued to make quite a lot of changes to the itinerary, but Abdel and Said (with whom I communicated online via the kimkim website) remained calm and patient, and provided speedy and thoughtful answers to all my requests and questions.
Then, during the trip itself, we remained in touch with Said (via Whatsapp) to... read more

Hi - I totally recommend KimKim in Morocco for organizing your next trip. Our experience has been fantastic! The planning process - ahead of the trip - was a smooth ride. I continued to make quite a lot of changes to the itinerary, but Abdel and Said (with whom I communicated online via the kimkim website) remained calm and patient, and provided speedy and thoughtful answers to all my requests and questions.
Then, during the trip itself, we remained in touch with Said (via Whatsapp) to make small tweaks along the way. And also during that time Said was amazingly responsive and action-oriented.
The trip itself was glorious, because Morocco has a lot to offer. We are a family with 4 teenage kids (i.e.: sometimes hard to please!), and they all loved the surprising activities, beautiful hotels, impressive landscapes, the mix of cultures, and the great Moroccon food.
Also, the Kimkim team and I ensured we had sufficient variety in the program, and that we also had some downtime - during which we couldn't still anyway and organized a few optional activities ourselves (e.g. hammams, cooking class). :-)
Also a shoutout to Samir, our driver from Original Travels.!
In conclusion: What an amazing trip it was!
Will definitely use KimKim for a possible following trip in another country.

Hotel Review
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Everything about this hotel is amazing: the history, the entourage, the service. But I do want to call out Mohammed and his team, who always welcomed us with a smile and with kind words. That made us really feel home at this glorious hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Casablanca | Sep 01, 2022

Hi Roel,

Thank you so much for giving us such a perfect rating and leaving us an amazing five star review.

It was a pleasure to have you in our beautiful country and make your journey an unforgettable one. We really love to learn that you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we have crafted for you and the hospitality provided by the members of our team. We always value our guests' feedback and take it into consideration so as to improve the guest's experience and enhance their... read more

Hi Roel,

Thank you so much for giving us such a perfect rating and leaving us an amazing five star review.

It was a pleasure to have you in our beautiful country and make your journey an unforgettable one. We really love to learn that you enjoyed all the destinations and activities we have crafted for you and the hospitality provided by the members of our team. We always value our guests' feedback and take it into consideration so as to improve the guest's experience and enhance their satisfaction. Your awesome comments have been shared with our team to let them know that their hard work was so much valued.

So happy that your visit to Morocco was memorable and we look forward to having you again in our beautiful country.

Best,
Abdel

Go local with Jessica!
Italy | Aug 7 - Aug 20, 2022

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Eileen S.
Manhattan, NY | Aug 31, 2022

We had a wonderful trip traveling through Venice, South Tyrol, and the northern lakes region of Italy. Jessica helped us book a sensible itinerary, with stays at boutique hotels (often recently renovated) that we would not have easily found ourselves. She set us up with several terrific local tour guides, including a family-owned restaurant where we made pasta in a private class and enjoyed a fabulous meal overlooking the countryside. Post-pandemic, the tour guide industry has shrunk as... read more

We had a wonderful trip traveling through Venice, South Tyrol, and the northern lakes region of Italy. Jessica helped us book a sensible itinerary, with stays at boutique hotels (often recently renovated) that we would not have easily found ourselves. She set us up with several terrific local tour guides, including a family-owned restaurant where we made pasta in a private class and enjoyed a fabulous meal overlooking the countryside. Post-pandemic, the tour guide industry has shrunk as people have changed careers, so it is definitely worth going through a knowledgeable and connected travel agent.
Jessica was also extremely responsive and sensitive to our budget objectives. We also through her a last-minute curveball in adding a friend's child to our reservation the week before we left, and she was able to maneuver quickly to arrange this for us, saving us time and stress. I highly recommend her and the kimkim platform for a well-planned vacation.

Hotel Reviews
Ca' dei Proverbi Suites
Venice

great location, newly renovated

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Goldenstern Townhouse
Bolzano

gorgeous, artful decor, newly renovated. We had a spacious suite. We loved this place. They had a great interior designer. Wonderful continental breakfast included.

Authenticity & Character
Location
central
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Borgo Stazione Bike Inn
Valeggio sul Mincio

We loved this place, also recently renovated. Nice continental breakfast. Staff were so friendly. The only issue with the kids' room with the hammock was that the shower is open to the room - just glass - so there isn't privacy on that front. Our treehouse suite also had a lovely soaking tub next to the shower. You can rent your Lake Garda bikes directly at this hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel San Giuseppe
Cernobbio

Rooms are clean and comfortable enough, with air conditioning. We only give it 4 stars because it wasn't as nice as the other hotels where we stayed. However, we loved the very personalized service by Maurizio and his family who own the hotel. Great restaurant - we had dinner there one night. A little gem.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Loved Maurizio!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Venice in a day- VIP
Venice

Our tour guide lives in Venice and was so knowledgeable and personable.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
The historic centre of Bolzano
Bolzano

Highly recommend - Bolzano is such an interesting town.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Cooking Class - How to prepare the famous Valeggio Tortellini (Wednesday and Thursday morning)
Italy

don't leave Italy without doing a cooking class! We were all inspired to go home and make our own pasta! Kids especially loved it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Jessica Proietti
Jessica
Jessica Proietti
Local specialist in Tor Lupara | Aug 31, 2022

Dear Eileen, thank you very much! It was a great pleasure to design for you and your family an authentic family trip throughout the Northern part of Italy. We love food and we know that, during an Italian trip, you must enjoy a high-quality cuisine experience, in order to better understand our background and history.
Thank you again and Arrivederci!

An Ideal and Well Planned Vacation
Costa Rica | Aug 13 - Aug 25, 2022

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evelyn w.
Denver, CO | Aug 31, 2022

Sergio was terrific in helping plan a trip for my husband and myself to Costa Rica. We were to be in CR for about two weeks and he had to work out an itinerary that involved a commitment in Playa Hermosa, near Santa Teresa. The arrangements were ideal and proceeded seamlessly with an abundance of good suggestions. Accommodations were all excellent. Throughout the trip, Sergio was available to help or answer questions and was always accommodating. He is also very knowledgeable and knows... read more

Sergio was terrific in helping plan a trip for my husband and myself to Costa Rica. We were to be in CR for about two weeks and he had to work out an itinerary that involved a commitment in Playa Hermosa, near Santa Teresa. The arrangements were ideal and proceeded seamlessly with an abundance of good suggestions. Accommodations were all excellent. Throughout the trip, Sergio was available to help or answer questions and was always accommodating. He is also very knowledgeable and knows his country extremely well.

We flew from Denver to Liberia, where we were met by our driver, who took us to Monteverde, which was fantastic. Sergio convinced me to do the zipline above the cloud forest, and I was happy he did. Our privately guided hike was perfect with an extremely knowledgable fellow, who managed to find exotic birds, even one quetzecoatl.

Drivers were arranged to and from our assorted destinations, always punctual, and excellent and friendly. Our stay in Playa Hermosa (near Santa Teresa) was independent and I do not especially recommend that nor Santa Teresa unless the objective is to surf. Getting around means negotiating mud during rainy season and flying dry sand in summers with the smell of gasoline from zooming dune buggy vehicles.

Our driver picked us up from Playa Hermosa and drove us to a private island to Isla Chiquita, which is a fabulous resort with kayaking, whale watching, and a host of other activities. It was great and I would not mind returning.

So all and all a superb holiday with Sergio making ideal choices that were efficient and made the best use of time as he needed to plan around Playa Hermosa.

Hotel Reviews
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Monteverde

The hotel is well situated with beautiful surroundings. Not a luxury hotel, but adequate. The staff was always available and very helpful. I was quite happy with the restaurant and menu choices.

Authenticity & Character
A pretty hotel with stunning grounds.
Location
Staff
They were available and did their best to make you comfortable and to address any concerns.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Isla Chiquita

This is a private glamping hotel off on a tiny island, which is leased from the government. It is quite top notch with lots of staff always available and doing their utmost to make sure your stay is perfect and wonderful, which it was. The glamping tent was beautiful, roomy, spotless, and very private surrounded by jungle--quite idyllic. There were plenty activities to keep us busy for four days. The hotel is immaculately maintained with gorgeous plantings and flowers everywhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Isla Chiquita is in the middle of a jungle and extremely safe, not a thing to worry about. No need to lock up anything.
Staff
Staff was always there wanting to be sure that we were happy and doing everything we wanted. They bent over backwards. Everyone seemed happy, calm, and never rushed,
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

This was totally fun. I can't think of improvements other than the hanging bridges are kind of sketchy for overweight people.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
They all had a good sense of humor and made everything fun.
Transport
We had a private driver to take us there and to our next destination, and I recommend that.
Coffee & Chocolate Tour
Costa Rica

This was great, entertaining, and educational. I will be ordering chocolates and coffee directly from Don Juan. I never knew anything about coffee making processes, the holy coffee, in particular. And their chocolates are fabulous.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Cloudforest Reserve Privately Guided Hike
Monteverde

Our guide, Andreas, was great and very interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about all of the plants, vegetation, and wildlife in his region, as well as the history. He loves what he does and loves sharing information, which is obvious. It is great to have a guide to provide information about plants and their habitats and can spot birds and animals which are camouflaged in trees.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Isla Chiquita Optional Activities
Isla Jesusita
Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Bioluminescence & Sea Life Tour
Isla Jesusita

Totally enjoyable and a fun thing to do in the evening. We even saw a manta ray.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Sergio Bolaños
Sergio
Sergio Bolaños
Local specialist in Turrialba | Aug 31, 2022

Hi Evelyn!

I am so glad you had a great experience, for me, it was a real pleasure to work with you on planning your vacation, and also practice a little your Spanish :)

De verdad muchísimas gracias Evelyn, espero que usted y su esposo tengan muy buenos recuerdos de su viaje por Costa Rica.

Saludos especiales,
Sergio

Great trip to Australia
Australia | Aug 7 - Aug 21, 2022

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Stephen W.
Brighton, MA | Aug 31, 2022

My wife and I had a wonderful trip to Australia for two weeks. We did Sidney --> Palm Cove --> Byron Bay --> Brisbane and had a wonderful time in each place. Liz was instrumental in helping us plan where to go, booking lodging, and arranging for tours/activities in each place. We did a mix of tour activities (Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Springbrook National Park outside of Brisbane, among others) and free days. For our free days, Liz had good recommendations for... read more

My wife and I had a wonderful trip to Australia for two weeks. We did Sidney --> Palm Cove --> Byron Bay --> Brisbane and had a wonderful time in each place. Liz was instrumental in helping us plan where to go, booking lodging, and arranging for tours/activities in each place. We did a mix of tour activities (Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Springbrook National Park outside of Brisbane, among others) and free days. For our free days, Liz had good recommendations for other sights to see or places to eat. Particular highlights among the many things Liz arranged for us were the Aboriginal Fishing (crab hunting) on the mudflats north of Palm Cove and the Scenic Rim tour outside of Brisbane. Liz suggested and arranged for both of those, neither of which we would have thought of on our own. Working with Liz made everything quite easy on our end - the lodging was excellent, our rides to and from airports or activities were always right on time and very comfortable, and the planned activities themselves were always enjoyable. It was a great mix of big highlights we discussed with Liz with lesser known things that she suggested. She also worked well with us to make a great trip within our budget on relatively short notice (only a couple months) during a busy travel period.

Hotel Reviews
Spicers Balfour Hotel
Brisbane
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Dawes Point
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Reef House Palm Cove
Palm Cove

Great adults only hotel in Palm Cove with lovely rooms, lots of pools, fun activities (yoga, cocktail classes, etc.) included.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Crystalbrook Byron
Suffolk Park

Beautiful hotel a little outside of downtown Byron with kitchenettes and a combo washer dryer. Really great place to relax by the pool, on the covered room patios, or the nearby beach, or in the beautiful forest on the grounds.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Beautiful hotel with lots of boardwalks through lush trees and plants.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Blue Mountains Deluxe Day
Sydney
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Full-Day Aussie Outback Private Tour
Brisbane

Eco Tours Queensland was excellent. The scenic rim tour was beautiful with a great mix of sights, hiking opportunities, or beautiful drives. This is the kind of thing that would be very very difficult to do on your own given the back roads required to get to the best spots, but we had a lovely time with everything.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Liz Neal
Liz
Liz Neal
Local specialist in Lawndale | Aug 31, 2022

Oh my goodness you guys !! thank you so much for your kind words. You were delightful to work with! I am so glad you enjoyed this trip so much !! Hopefully we can work together again in a future trip ! Wishing you lots of happiness !!

Liz

We loved hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier, it...
Argentina | Aug 11 - Aug 19, 2022

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Heather V.
Millboro, VA | Aug 30, 2022

We loved hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier, it was amazing. The all glaciers boat tour was amazing as well especially if you upgrade to The Captains Club. Rolpho, or Rudy for short, was fantastic in communicating the history of the Iguazú falls and understanding when we wanted to move on. We did both sides, Brazil and Argentina, and the boat ride at the bottom. We highly recommend all. read more

We loved hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier, it was amazing. The all glaciers boat tour was amazing as well especially if you upgrade to The Captains Club. Rolpho, or Rudy for short, was fantastic in communicating the history of the Iguazú falls and understanding when we wanted to move on. We did both sides, Brazil and Argentina, and the boat ride at the bottom. We highly recommend all.

Hotel Reviews
Recoleta Grand Hotel
Buenos Aires
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Mirador del Lago Hotel
El Calafate

We liked the location to town.

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Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel
Puerto Iguazú
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Activity Reviews
Glaciers Experience
El Calafate
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Explore the city
Buenos Aires
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Minitrek Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate
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Discovering the Brazilian Falls
Puerto Iguazu
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Iguazu Falls Great Adventure
Puerto Iguazu
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Local specialist: Natalia Canónico

Julia was amazing!
Norway | Aug 3 - Aug 17, 2022

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Charles K.
Parole, MD | Sep 01, 2022

We just returned from two weeks in Norway and it was an incredible trip mainly thanks to Julia and her team at KimKim. Julia suggested places to us that we had never heard of loved going to. We would never have gone to them without her suggestions. Also, we had some weather-related travel problems during the trip and Julia worked hard to help find solutions to them. read more

We just returned from two weeks in Norway and it was an incredible trip mainly thanks to Julia and her team at KimKim. Julia suggested places to us that we had never heard of loved going to. We would never have gone to them without her suggestions. Also, we had some weather-related travel problems during the trip and Julia worked hard to help find solutions to them.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Ishavshotel
Tromsø

Great location and very nice rooms.

Hamn i Senja
Skaland

Fabulous room.

Anker Brygge
svolvær
Opus XVI
Bergen

Beautiful hotel in a great location. Great breakfast. Want to return

292 Aurland
Aurland

Very special place. Totally farm to table. Helpful staff. Beautiful grounds

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Hotel Christiania Teater
Oslo
Activity Reviews
Authentic Norwegian Cuisine & Guided Waterfall Hike
Aurland

loved the goat farm

Ferry to Botnhamn - Explore Senja island
Senja

A ride to a beautiful, peaceful location

Finnabotn Tour
Balestrand

Beautiful, peaceful,

Local specialist: Julia Plaschke
Julia
Julia Plaschke
Local specialist in Fevik | Sep 01, 2022

Thank you so much Charles for the review! I am sure you will not forget this vacation! - All part of the experience!

All the best!
Julia

I had a very pleasant for experience with Kim...
Iceland | Aug 24 - Aug 29, 2022

Eleanor
Eleanor B.
King of Prussia, PA | Aug 30, 2022

I had a very pleasant for experience with Kim Kim. This was my first experience with the company and also my first trip after COVID and so I was a little hesitant to try it out. However, I was very pleased with Emanuela and her recommendations and she was also very patient and answering my questions. Overall, I will be recommending the service to my friends and would absolutely use it again. read more

I had a very pleasant for experience with Kim Kim. This was my first experience with the company and also my first trip after COVID and so I was a little hesitant to try it out. However, I was very pleased with Emanuela and her recommendations and she was also very patient and answering my questions. Overall, I will be recommending the service to my friends and would absolutely use it again.

Activity Review
Katla Ice Cave
Vik

Are tour guide. Maria was exceptional. She kept us all laughing and made us feel very comfortable. She also took special care of my 13-year-old which made me much more comfortable with my child going on the tour and into the ice cave via the ladder. The tour itself is beautiful and not to be missed.

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Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

Best of Peru
Peru | May 5 - May 11, 2022

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Justin D.
Port Chester, NY | Aug 30, 2022

Absolutely incredible trip with perfect logistics and an amazing guide and team on the ground!

My wife and I had an unforgettable week in Peru which was planned perfectly by the Miski team! I recommend Miski to everyone who asks about our trip. I could not thank the Miski team enough for their ability to create a perfect trip based on our preferences.

Local specialist: Kristy Tizon
Kristy
Kristy Tizon
Local specialist in Lima | Aug 30, 2022

It was such a pleasure to have you for your trip to Peru. Thank you so much for choosing to boom with us. Come visit us again!

Amazing experience
Ecuador | Mar 30 - Apr 6, 2022

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Christina B.
Windsor, CT | Aug 30, 2022

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel. read more

I cannot say enough good about this the KimKim company and Daniel. Our trip was booked for March of 2020 and canceled because of Covid. The company and Daniel kept in touch over the difficult years and was always so helpful and pleasant. We were able to rebook our trip and go in March of 2022. It was a amazing and memorable trip. The communication was great and Daniel was on top of everything. It was nice to be able to meet him. I would highly recommend using KimKim to travel.

Hotel Reviews
Kitu Hotel
Quito

Amazing staff and nice accommodations. Good location.

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Blue House Youth Hostel
Quito
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Nicky Amazon Lodge
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Such a great time in such a special place.

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Activity Reviews
Colonial Quito City Tour - Cooking Class with a Local Chef & the Middle of the World
Quito

It get a little rushed and I wish we were told to bring our passports so they could be stamped. We also did not have time to see the original location.

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Arrival to the rainforest
Ecuador
Quality of Experience
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Beyond amazing.
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Adventure in the Amazon
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Indigenous Community, Laguna Grande, & Igapó
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Hiking & canoeing in the rainforest
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Farewell Cuyabeno! Returning to the City
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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COVID Test at your Hotel
Ecuador

Didn’t have this… not applicable

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Local specialist: Daniel Larrea

A well planned trip. Loved our Norway stops w...
Norway | Aug 14 - Aug 23, 2022

Linda
Linda S.
Greensboro, NC | Aug 30, 2022

A well planned trip. Loved our Norway stops which gave good insight into variations of important coastal towns.

Local specialist: Merée Ruzits

Two weeks in Portugal
Portugal | Jul 29 - Aug 11, 2022

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Gertrude L.
Canada | Aug 30, 2022

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. ... read more

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. The one in Lisbon especially had fantastic service and a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the city. James introduced us to Rocio right before the trip and she was available to assist if we needed. She called to introduce herself at our hotel when we landed in Lisbon and text us during the trip to ask how we were doing. It was a comfort to know we could talk to her if something didn’t go according to plan. Overall, our family of four had a trip we will always remember! We learned so much about the history, food and culture of Portugal and the time spent together as a family was truly precious. Thank you James and Rocio for everything! We would recommend you to everyone who wants to plan a unique and unforgettable trip. Obrigada!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Aug 30, 2022

Hey Gertrude,
Fantastic to know you had such a great trip and it was a pleasure to have you travelling with us! Many thanks for taking the time to write and I hope you can make it back to Portugal sometime soon!
With our very best wishes, James

Everything was spot on...
Iceland | Aug 20 - Aug 29, 2022

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Aimee P.
East Palo Alto, CA | Aug 31, 2022

Everything was spot on. Considering we were a last minute booking, six in the group and traveling with a wheelchair, Terry did an awesome job in getting us accommodations in all the right places on the Ring Road in Iceland. Siglufjordur was a must and the hotel there was the best!

Local specialist: Terry Stanley
Terry
Terry Stanley
Local specialist in Coquitlam | Aug 31, 2022

I am thrilled that everything worked out so well, especially with all the challenges that we faced. It was somewhat of a unique itinerary with Siglufjordur included in it; I'm so glad that I could make this wish list request a reality for your husband. Thank you, Aimee.

Thank you !
Indonesia | Aug 20 - Aug 28, 2022

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Farhana R.
United Kingdom | Aug 30, 2022

Alisha did an incredible job organising our entire trip throughout Bali. We experienced a mix of all the things we requested and much more due to having a wonderful and attentive driver, Ketut.

Ketut was friendly, informative, punctual and reliable- our trip was incredibly flexible and we really appreciated his attitude

Thank you again.

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Alisha did an incredible job organising our entire trip throughout Bali. We experienced a mix of all the things we requested and much more due to having a wonderful and attentive driver, Ketut.

Ketut was friendly, informative, punctual and reliable- our trip was incredibly flexible and we really appreciated his attitude

Thank you again.

Hotel Review
La Joya Biu Biu Resort
Jimbaran

Beautiful hotel with lovely, attentive and accommodating staff Food was also excellent at the restaurant

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Local specialist: Waseem Raja

Perhaps the best vacation we've ever had!!!
Costa Rica | Aug 20 - Aug 27, 2022

Blair
Blair H.
Los Angeles, CA | Sep 02, 2022

We had the BEST time visiting Costa Rica thanks to KimKim.com! I highly recommend this country and the experience it has to offer. Not only is the country lush and beautiful, the people are so hospitable and genuinely seem to appreciate your visit. In fact the local tour company that KimKim.com arranged greeted us with a note thanking us to contributing to the social-economic involvement of their local communities and said that we were all making our world a better place. You truly notice the... read more

We had the BEST time visiting Costa Rica thanks to KimKim.com! I highly recommend this country and the experience it has to offer. Not only is the country lush and beautiful, the people are so hospitable and genuinely seem to appreciate your visit. In fact the local tour company that KimKim.com arranged greeted us with a note thanking us to contributing to the social-economic involvement of their local communities and said that we were all making our world a better place. You truly notice the local sense of community they share. And the people of Costa Rica make good/right decisions that avoid the kind of exploitation you see in much of the world. (For example, if a baby sloth falls from its momma, you won’t find tourists holding it, passing it around and taking photos for money. Instead, one wildlife specialist is assigned to raise the baby. This person is the only one allowed to interact with it and it will eventually be reintegrated into the forest ecosystem.) There are so many thrilling things to do in this country. In the short amount of time we were there, KimKim.com arranged for us to go white water rafting (Balsa River), zip lining (Sky Adventures Zip Lines), embark on a catamaran tour with snorkeling, take a guided hike to La Fortuna Waterfall (excellent guide, wish I could remember his name), and take another guided hike/tour through Manual Antonio National Park spotting animals, reptiles, and insects along the way (special thanks to our amazing guide Andrey Obando). My daughter wanted me to add that the local food was yummy - healthy and flavorful. We used KimKim.com to book our trip and they orchestrated everything through the local Costa Rica tour company Greenworld Adventures. KimKim.com assigned a local planner (Veronica - who was excellent!) and they were in touch with us through Whatsapp during the trip. We had every activity and transfer planned and did not have to worry about a single thing. It was like having a vacation concierge. Specifically the hotels we stayed in included the Grand de Oro Hotel in San Jose (first night only when we arrived late), Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Arenal/La Fortuna for three nights, and Los Altos Resort Private Reserve and Beach in Manuel Antonio for three nights. It was a vacation of a lifetime exceeding our expectations with so amazing memories. I cannot recommend KimKim.com enough.

Hotel Reviews
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
Fortuna

Simply beautiful. This is an elegant hotel. The hot spring fed pools were amazing. The restaurants were delicious. The views and location could not be beat.

Authenticity & Character
Very simple and zen like. Lovely taste.
Location
View of the volcano!
Staff
So polite and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Perfection.
Los Altos Resort
Manuel Antonio

Great location. Lovely pool area. The rooms were enormous! It was like having our own apartment. I think our room may have even had more square footage than our own house.

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Grano de Oro Hotel
San José

Very quirky and interesting hotel. We only stayed one night and used them because we arrived late in San Jose and were transferring early the next morning. I only wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy it more.

Authenticity & Character
One of the more original hotels I've ever seen. Very unique.
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Activity Reviews
Transfer San José to Arenal with Rafting on the Balsa River en Route (Class II & III)
Costa Rica

The guides were amazing! We had a thrilling time. We did this river with our 10 year old daughter who'd never been before. They took us to an appropriate stretch of river for her age. The rapids were thrilling but age appropriate for her. This was an amazing way to travel from one destination to another.

Quality of Experience
So glad we did it!
Food
Very authentic local Costa Rica cuisine and delicious!
Guides, drivers and staff
The people make it! All our guides from the shuttle driver to the river guides were wonderful.
Transport
La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hiking Tour
Arenal/La Fortuna

This was maybe the highlight of our trip. It just so happened we had a massive rain storm during our hike which made the water fall all the more thrilling. We got to see a second water fall form. Our guide said he'd never been there at that exact moment and you could tell just how excited he was too!!

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
I wish I could remember our particular guide's name because he was a gem.
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Sky Adventures Zip Lines
Arenal/La Fortuna

Far more than I expected! I thought zip lining in Costa Rica would be cliche (because everyone does it) but it was well worth it. Very high and long lines. Totally thrilling. We'd never done anything like it. I'm mildly scared of heights so had to conquer my fear a little, but doing so was invigorating.

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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

So much nature. Animals, reptiles, insects... I thought this was just a hike but it was more like living a real life national geographic expedition. My 10 year old daughter had her mind blown and literally came home and made her own documentary about how amazing this tour was. Special thanks to Andrey Obando who I think is the best guide there is. He made a special effort to connect to our daughter and she was just thrilled (as were we) with the whole experience. You also end up at one of the most beautiful beaches around.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Andrey Obando was our favorite guide of our entire trip (which is saying a lot because they were all great).
Transport
Catamaran Cruise & Snorkeling/Lunch included
Manuel Antonio

It was POURING down rain when we woke up for this tour, but we pressed on and so glad we did. The lead crew member ensured us we'd have a great time and the conditions were safe and he was not wrong! They made a big effort to make sure we also saw humpback whales.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
You could tell the crew member on the ship in charge of taking care of the guest was making a huge effort to ensure everyone had a great time.
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Local specialist: Veronica Medina
Veronica
Veronica Medina
Local specialist in Alajuela | Sep 02, 2022

Dear Blair,

Reading this review and looking at the pictures makes me feel so happy and fulfilled!! Thank you so much for your words, thank you for choosing Costa Rica as your destination and Green World Adventures as your Touroperator!!

Do not forget to share with everyone the "Pura Vida" lifestyle🤙🏻🇨🇷

Veronica - Green World Adventures

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. ...
Greece | Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2022

Anita
Anita M.
Canada | Aug 30, 2022

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. Transfers were excellent as well as your options. read more

Very good hotels particularly in Santorini. Transfers were excellent as well as your options.

Hotel Reviews
Manos Small World
Santorini island

Amazing views, staff and location!!!

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Olive Green
Heraklion

Only one night- in the heart of the action! Loved it!

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Kriti Hotel
Chania, Crete

Great hotel but needed towels for our beach day and they could not provide us any unlike the other hotels we stayed in. However still enjoyed our stay here.

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Location
Right by the water
Staff
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Acropolis Hill Hotel
Athens

Great location. Good breakfast great staff

Authenticity & Character
Location
Far from shops but awesome view of the acropolis.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Santorini Highlights Tour and Wine Tasting
Greece

Excellent guide!!

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Private Palace of Knossos Guided Tour
Heraklion
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Local specialist: Christos Mylonas
Christos
Christos Mylonas
Local specialist in Athens | Aug 30, 2022

Hi Anita
Thank you for your review! I am happy that everything was ok during your trip and that you liked all the hotels. It is true that a trip in August in the islands is always challenging, but hopefully everything went well!
Greeting to you and your family from me and all the team.
Christos

Great planning by Duncan!
Iceland | Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2022

Rom
Rom S.
San Leandro, CA | Aug 30, 2022

Duncan did a great job planning out our trip and accommodated for our flight days by mixing in high energy and low energy days. He even had restaurant suggestions for our specific dietary needs! read more

Duncan did a great job planning out our trip and accommodated for our flight days by mixing in high energy and low energy days. He even had restaurant suggestions for our specific dietary needs!

Local specialist: Duncan Campbell
Duncan
Duncan Campbell
Local specialist in Macerata | Aug 30, 2022

Thanks Rom, I'm pleased you got some footage and enjoyed the food, personally I enjoyed putting it all together. It was a full 5 days, from what I can tell!
Regards
Duncan

Lovely Cape Town Excursion
South Africa | Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2022

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Mike L.
Conyers, GA | Sep 01, 2022

Petru did a great job organizing the trip for us. She was responsive and available throughout the entire booking process as well as when we were in country. The accommodations and tours she arranged certainly exceeded our expectations! She was also happy to answer questions we had about South Africa in general and expectations for travel.

Noel was our guide, and we really enjoyed having a dedicated private guide for our time in Cape Town. He was personable and knowledgeable, and really... read more

Petru did a great job organizing the trip for us. She was responsive and available throughout the entire booking process as well as when we were in country. The accommodations and tours she arranged certainly exceeded our expectations! She was also happy to answer questions we had about South Africa in general and expectations for travel.

Noel was our guide, and we really enjoyed having a dedicated private guide for our time in Cape Town. He was personable and knowledgeable, and really tailored our daily experiences for us. When the weather didn't cooperate for an outdoor activity, he had great fallback options for us including museums and wine tastings. I recommend him to anyone visiting the Cape!

Hotel Reviews
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Cape Town

Awesome location in the waterfront. We had a beautiful view of the harbor and mountain, and plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops in easy walking distance. The rooms are updated and comfortable too, and the included breakfast was very nice. This was a very safe part of Cape Town with plenty of private security. Me and my wife felt comfortable walking around during the day and after dark.

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Rickety Bridge Country House
Franschhoek

The Manor House was beautiful. A very quaint bed and breakfast with only 3 guest rooms. It was very comfortable and quiet and we enjoyed being on the same property as the winery. Will certainly stay again.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Be prepared to take a taxi into town. The winery is great for drinks and lunch, but closes around 6 in the evening.
Staff
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Local specialist: Petru van Zyl
Petru
Petru van Zyl
Local specialist in Vredenburg | Sep 01, 2022

Hi Mike,
Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your feedback.
I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the accommodations and that you were looked after by your guide on tour.
Thank you again!
All the best, Petru

Adventures in France
France | Aug 7 - Aug 25, 2022

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Emma W.
Canada | Aug 29, 2022

Overall the trip was memorable and fun. We had many adventures thanks to Valentine, many we planned and many we did not. What was not planned we worked through. We made memories to last a lifetime. read more

Overall the trip was memorable and fun. We had many adventures thanks to Valentine, many we planned and many we did not. What was not planned we worked through. We made memories to last a lifetime.

Hotel Reviews
Roi de Sicile Rivoli
Paris

Great location in central Paris. Located in a pedestrian neighbourhood, lively during the day yet quiet at night.

Authenticity & Character
Spacious rooms. Great speak easy.
Location
Walkable to some sites and a short subway ride from others.
Staff
Helpful and courteous.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cleanliness and sofa bed was comfortable for a sofa bed.
Hôtel Tardif - Noble Guesthouse
Bayeux

Adored the facility and location. Detested the owners, in particular one who was extremely accusatory and aggressive over a misunderstanding that caused my son to cry.

Authenticity & Character
Courtyard in front, garden in back, and the swimming pool.
Location
Not on the Main Street.
Staff
Friendliness, being more welcoming, and relaxed.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais Saleya Boutique Hôtel
Nice

Great location in the old city.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Close to the beach and many restaurants.
Staff
Welcoming and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Pullman Paris Roissy Cdg Airport
Roissy-en-France
Authenticity & Character
Location
5 minute train ride to airport or train station.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Résidence Nell Paris
Paris

Overall an enjoyable hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Vibrant during the day, loud at night.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Mysteries of the Louvre
Paris

Great guide. Struggled with the theme.

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Seine Cruise with Commentary
Paris
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Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle
Paris

Fell in love with French gothic architecture.

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Montmartre Local Gastronomy Tour
Paris
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Guided walking tour in the Old Bayeux
Bayeux
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D Day beaches - Canadian sector full day tour
France

A very memorable day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
We adored Rose. She brought the trip to the next level.
Transport
Local specialist: Valentine Julien

Highly recommend using KimKim!
Costa Rica | Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2022

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Sarah M.
Qatar | Aug 29, 2022

Right from the start KimKim were just so amazing, Brittany really took the time to go back and forth and help us design our perfect holiday. She helped us with activities and with budgets, it made the process fun and easy. Once we were on holiday, we had delays and cancellations with our flights, KimKim were great here as well. Ryan called us on the phone and helped organise new transfers at our destination and kept in touch the whole time to help us out. It really went above and beyond. The... read more

Right from the start KimKim were just so amazing, Brittany really took the time to go back and forth and help us design our perfect holiday. She helped us with activities and with budgets, it made the process fun and easy. Once we were on holiday, we had delays and cancellations with our flights, KimKim were great here as well. Ryan called us on the phone and helped organise new transfers at our destination and kept in touch the whole time to help us out. It really went above and beyond. The level of care and consideration was beyond expectations and we will definitely be using KimKim again as we had such a fantastic time. We had some fantastic guides and met some great local people as a result of our activities and accommodations. La Baula Lodge was outstanding in its service, I would definitely recommend anyone stay there in Tortuguero. Charlie and Andrea felt like friends after our stay there. Shana Hotel in Manuel Antonio was brilliant as well, and the amount of sloths we saw at the national park was mindblowing. We loved every second of the trip and wish we had stayed another week. Thank you so much to the KimKim team for all your help!

Hotel Reviews
Lavas Tacotal
Fortuna, San Carlos

The grounds of the hotel are just gorgeous. The staff are really friendly and breakfast was good. We had a gorgeous room with a volcano view, very comfortable bed and a jacuzzi bath.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Great views of volcano, there's a shop and restaurant nearby. Uber works well to get around here.
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Suites & Villas Calathea
Monteverde

The rooms had a musty smell, a lot of humidity and that affected our stay quite a bit. The staff were really nice but management present a long list of rules that are a bit over the top. I'd probably recommend finding a different hotel.

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Shana By the Beach Resort
Manuel Antonio

Fantastic hotel, great facilities and lovely atmosphere. I'd recommend an ocean view room. It was spectacular watching the sun go down from our balcony. There's a private beach that's great to spend the day on (just take cash). I'd really recommend staying here.

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La Baula Lodge
Tortuguero

The staff here are so lovely! The food served is amazing and the location is beautiful. This was such a great place to stay and I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

Authenticity & Character
Charming and authentic
Location
Sitting by the water on rocking chairs was so peaceful.
Staff
Charlie and Andrea became like friends, such wonderful people.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Always clean, but you do get what you pay for and it is not luxury, but it is comfortable!
Activity Reviews
Guided Night Hike
Tortuguero

Mau was a great guide. This was fun, informative and entertaining.

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Canoeing the Tortuguero Canals
Tortuguero

Fantastic experience, we saw so much wildlife and our guide Mau was great!

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Arenal Volcano Hike & Tabacon Hot Springs & Meal
Arenal/La Fortuna

The hike itself was a bit disappointing. The views were spectacular but our guide didn't show us any wildlife and we were hoping for more of that, he did not know a lot about the volcano itself which was interesting. The hot springs are amazing! They were a highlight of the trip!

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Sky Adventures Zip Lines & Hanging Bridges
Monteverde

Fantastic! I was a bit scared but the staff know what they're doing and it was an experience of a lifetime!

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Guided Hike
Monteverde

This was speculator. So beautiful and the guide was lovely!

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Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Nature Hike
Manuel Antonio

The park is so beautiful and there are so many sloths!! The beaches are stunning! Our guide Danny was great, such a lovely man.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Wonderful experience
Portugal | Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022

Julia
Julia L.
United Kingdom | Aug 29, 2022

We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.
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We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.

Hotel Reviews
Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
Lisbon

Incredible place, lovely service, perfect location. As a family of 4, we were really comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Lovely staff that went above and beyond
Cleanliness & Comfort
The apartment has everything you need, in addition to breakfast and a well stocked fridge
Flores Boutique Hotel
Porto

Beautiful hotel, centrally located, vibrant rooftop bar with excellent food.

Authenticity & Character