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Kimberly & Vicki's family trip to Greece


Two busy professional moms, Kimberly and Vicky contacted me because they wanted to plan a family focused trip to Greece that would please both the kids, teens and adults in their two families. They were originally looking at cruises, thinking that this would give everyone a chance to find things they would enjoy, and leave them free to enjoy the trip as well. They wanted a mix of history and culture as well as some relaxing beachtime.


We kept them on land, mixing in some ferry rides and a private sailing day so they could have a bit of that on the sea time without being confined to the cruise ship’s itinerary. We started their trip with Santorini, where they could wake up to stunning Caldera views and bid farewell to the sun from their balcony of their cliffside cave hotel. Our local partner provided a private driver and guide for a day exploring the island from Oia to Akrotiri, with a family friendly wine stop along the way. We gave them a beautiful beachfront villa on whitewashed Naxos, along with roadmaps to follow with their rental van so they could explore some of the island’s charming interior. And finally we created an Athens story that included the Acropolis and the historic center, but also dinner at a local off the beaten path taverna, a Sunday parade, a day in the countryside with some history, some wine & a beach break.


“You will not find another travel team like this one related to travel in Greece anywhere! We just returned from a 13-day (including travel) trip to Santorini, Naxos, and Athens and had an absolutely incredible time. Carole Heiman-Kezios and Basil Kezios provided our group, consisting of two families of four traveling together, with everything we needed: travel advice and recommendations, boat reservations/transfers, a detailed trip itinerary accessible via an app on our phones, excellent accommodations, restaurant reservations, tickets to events (such as a rare Yo-Yo Ma concert at Theatre of Herodes Atticus!), private tours and drivers for day trips and transfers, and much more. Our travel experience was unbelievable. We were able to really immerse ourselves in the experience and everything about Greece and had no worries about how we would travel between islands and to and within mainland Greece and whether we were staying in the best neighborhood or picked the right island, etc. We can’t recommend Real Greece Travel enough! Don’t hesitate. Greece is stunning and this travel team is #1. You will not be disappointed! We cannot wait to return. Epharisto, Carole and Basil!”

Stefanie & Rob's vacation to Greece


Stefanie and Rob reached out to me after booking their tickets to Greece and finding themselves overwhelmed by the choices and options available online. They knew they wanted to see the most important archeological sites, and Rob had a special interest in visiting some out of the way battlefields, but they also wanted to find the hip, arty and quirky side of Greece.


A 2 week curated journey through Greece that took them from Athens, where they got to experience both the ancient and the modern while staying in one of the city’s finest design boutique hotels, to iconic Santorini where they enjoyed marveled at the sunset from their Caldera view traditional cave luxury hotel to Crete where they split their 8 nights between the east and the west. Understanding Stefanie’s interest in art, we booked them into a small beachside resort with a contemporary art theme. Their eastern Crete stay included a road map with suggestions so they could explore the sites on their own, as well as a private guide at the Palace of Knossos. Moving west to Chania we organized their hike to one of the islands magnificent gorges where they ended up on the beach in a roadless village. From here we arranged their boat trip back to the nearest town with a road, where their driver waited to return them to their hotel on the harbor in Chania’s Venetian old city.


“Carole and Basil helped us plan the most amazing trip ever. Not only did they find quaint and authentic places for us to stay, they included things to do around the area that weren’t your typical touristy experiences. They connected us to personal guides that were truly experts in their field and drivers who made our trip that much more fun with conversation and laughs. Many of the people and places we never would’ve found on our own. And, all tailored to our personal tastes. It was truly one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, thanks to their help! If you decide to visit Greece, do yourself a favor and talk to Carole and Basil at Real Greece. You won’t regret it!”

“ Each day was filled with jaw dropping history, incredible mouth watering food, and gorgeous environs.”



Meg joined one of twice annual Escorted Journeys, the Flavors of the Greek islands. We lead these small group trips twice a year so we can share some of our most favorite destinations and experiences. Her trip included two Cycladic islands, Naxos and Santorini as well as some time in Athens. All focused on food and culture. We visited charming villages where we dined in family run tavernas and tasted the locally produced liquors. We did cooking classes, one where we picked our ingredients from the family’s farm before we headed to the house to cook, wine tasting and pairing as well as having some down time to enjoy our magnificent villa accommodations and the beach on Naxos.


“Why did I wait so long to visit Greece? The ‘Flavors of the Greek Islands’ tour with the owners, Carole & Basil blew me away in every sense and I am already looking to plan my next trip with them. Prior to landing in Greece, I was provided with an incredibly thorough itinerary, so much so, that I could already taste what was to come (or so I thought!). Each day was filled with jaw dropping history, incredible mouth watering food, and gorgeous environs. All conducted and beautifully orchestrated by the thoughtful experts of Real Greece Travel. This was truly the trip of a lifetime, and it won’t be my last!”

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“Stop everything. Book your trip today. You will thank me later. It was the highlight of our family vacation in Greece”
“it was my first time in the Aegean. what a special moment and memories with my Family”