Travel Agents in Athens
I have probably written it thousands of times on my websites and in e-mails that the best way to book your holiday in Greece is through a reliable Greek travel agency. The main reason is because of the islands and the ferry connections which makes coordinating itineraries a difficult job for people who don’t know the system. People have e-mailed me after booking their hotels because they could not find the ferries to get them to the hotels they had booked. Even with ferry schedules now on the internet there are problems. The schedules can be changed at any time, boats can be canceled due to weather, mechanical failure, strikes or at the whim of a ferry company (for example if the boat is not 3/4 full they lose money so they cancel the trip by saying the boat is broken.) A Greek travel agency can change your arrangements without a penalty and will make sure your trip goes smoothly. This is particularly useful in the event of a strike since these are not spontaneous uprisings but scheduled in advance which an agent in Greece will know about and you may not. For those who want to book on your own I have given you that option through Booking.com’s Greece pages where you can find thousands of hotels with descriptions and photos, searchable by category and location. For those who want to take my advice and use a Greek travel agency continue reading and this page will introduce you to who I believe are the best agencoes in Greece and will help you choose one.
In my opinion there are two kinds of travel agencies in Greece. (There are probably more but for the sake of keeping this page simple let’s say there are two). The first type is the kind that believes travelers to Greece are a never ending fountain of humanity. Their attitude is to get as many bookings as they can and work and move on to the next person.The second type has a little more vision. They realize that Greece is a big, beautiful, multi-faceted place for such a small country and if you take the time to work with clients individually and they have the best vacation of their lives then they will tell all their friends and probably come back again themselves, hopefully again and again and again. For obvious reasons I like to recommend type 2 and in my opinion these are the best.
Greek Island, Cruise Honeymoon Specialists
Established in 1983 by Mr George Gerassimidis, Fantasy is a team of 15 experienced travel agents, who make every effort to insure each client feels the warmth of the famous Greek hospitality and has an unforgettable holiday in Greece. Having worked with George and his crew for the past 15 years I am completely impressed with their attention to detail and their ability to create the perfect itinerary for each clients tastes and needs. Equally impressive is the customer satisfaction and George’s ability to get things done, (sometimes things that were supposedly impossible). In my opinion George is the hardest working travel agent in Greece and I recommend him with complete confidence.
Where Fantasy’s agents really excel is in travel to the Cyclades islands, especially the most popular ones, from hotels (of all catagories) or by their great discounted rates on cruiseships which make a Greek Island cruise affordable to anyone!
This is one of the best travel agencies I have used and I highly recommend them without any hesitation! If you are planning to visit Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Rhodes or Crete be sure to look at their website for island-hopping combinations and singular islands for great rates on beautiful hotels. They also list the cruises and itineraries for Royal Olympic Cruises. Ask them about sailboat charters too.
The Fantasy Travel office is conveniently located a block from Syntagma square so you can easily meet with them for advice or to fine-tune your itinerary by adding tours and excursions. So give yourself a break. Pick an island or two and let them do the hard work so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. George is always in the office so if you have any problems, need to make any changes or just need someone to talk to so you can figure out what to do next, help is just a phone call away.
For those who know what they want to do try Matt Barrett’s Create-an-itinerary form where you can put together a custom itinerary with the help of a Greek travel agent, with no obligation to buy.
Far from the Maddening Crowd : Fantasy Travel has put together a 10-Day Athens-Mykonos-Santorini package which includes a tour of Athens and all transfers and ferry tickets. The package starts at 790 euros per person. What makes it unique is for the Athens part of the trip you will be staying by the beach in Faliron, just 20 minutes from downtown by taxi or 30 minutes by bus or coastal tram. For more information see www.fantasytravelofgreece.com/farfromcrowds.html
Meet Fantasy Travel: Getting the girls to talk on camera was tough but Andy managed to get a few of them to shine and now the offers from Hollywood are pouring in. But the best part is Vassilis’ quote at the very end, (in my personal opinion of course). You can visit their website at www.fantasytravelofgreece.com
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