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With a presence on the Internet since 1997, we have a very rich collection of testimonials, reviews and “thank you” notes from guests who have entrusted Dolphin Hellas with their holidays throughout these years.

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Received on Tue, 16 Nov. 1999


May I thank you for all your help with the reservations etc. Blind booking (not knowing the agent etc.) such as these can be a concerned, however in this instance all of the work you did worked was correct per my requested and everything went smoothly.

Would you please send me the name of your supervisor. I would very much like to send him/her a thank you for the work you did. Yes, you may just think you did your job but for me it made my trip to Greece more pleasurable.

We will return within the next 2 years because Joyce and I liked your country very much we wished we could have spent more time. The Ferry trip to Crete worked out well.

Once again thank you. When we return I will contact you

Best Wishes -

Graham Swift - USA

Received on Wed, 10 Nov. 1999

Dear Aliki,

I returned from my trip on Sunday evening and I wanted to thank you for all the work you did to make our vacation such a success!

We received your packet upon our arrival at the Athens Hilton and made good use of the map you so thoughtfully included. Our trip to Crete was GREAT!!! The Casa Delfino was everything we could have hoped for. The only slight problem we had was finding it. After asking 3 people for directions and receiving 3 different sets of directions, we asked a taxi driver who directed us right to the hotel.

The Hotel Galaxy was good but not as good as the Casa Delfino. We found it with no trouble at all. The jeep was great. With it we were able to wander through the country side and really get a look at Crete. Everything was perfect.

We found the people of Crete to be very friendly and very helpful to us and we are looking forward to making another trip to Greece and exploring more of your beautiful country.

Thank you once again for all your help. Your meticulous arrangements made our trip one that we will remember always.

Wendy Adkins – USA

Received on Fri, 05 Nov. 1999

Thanks for everything. We had a wonderful trip.
Beginning with your recommendation to have dinner the first night at Strofi and being surprised at the wonderful view of the Parthenon, and ending with the beautiful sights at Ia. Our favorite was Nissaki Hotel on Naxos. Perfectly located on the beach but only a 5 minute walk to the tavernas downtown.
Lastly, the transfer to Oia Mare was very important. We could have found a taxi for the first 15 km. But how would we ever have found the donkey for the last 1/2 km without your help?

Thanks again

Gary K.

Received on Wed, 13 Oct. 1999

Dear Aliki,
I wanted to send you a note to thank you for the great job you did. Our Honeymoon was fabulous! We thoroughly enjoyed Greece and plan to return sometime in the future. Oia has to been one of the prettiest places on earth. Thank you for all of your hard work and if any of our friends or family plan on visiting Greece we will definitely recommend your company to plan their trip.
Thanks again

Brian Gretz – USA

Received on Thu, 07 Oct. 1999

Dear Aliki,

We're home from our trip, and I just wanted to thank you again for all your work. We had a fabulous trip. We loved Hotel Byron; in fact, we wound up staying there an extra night. Hotel Hermes in Delphi was also great - the view from our rooms in both places was spectacular.

We enjoyed the cruise, and three and a half days was enough! The shore excursions were great, but we felt sort of like we were herded. Knossos was especially disappointing as there were tons of tour groups and they gave us only 15 minutes to see the museum in Iraklion. If we hadn't been going back to Crete anyway I'd have been upset about it.

We stayed in a wonderful hotel in Firostefani on Santorini. I thought I would recommend it to you because it was one we found on our own. It's called Hotel Galini. The little "cave house" we had was wonderful, and it had a great view. The people were extremely helpful and nice, and the hotel has its own little cafe. We payed 26,000 Dr. a night, including breakfast. We had a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bath. Their phone # is (0030-286) 22.095 in case you want to consider adding them to your list.

It was great having a chance to meet you. I wish you the best, and again, I appreciate all you did for us. I hope we have a chance to work with you again. We loved Greece!

Maya Spector – USA

Received on Tue, 05 Oct. 1999

Dear Uli;

We have been thinking about you and your wonderful assistance this past summer. We were quite concerned for you during the earthquake in your region and said a little prayer. We hope that this finds you and Kiki both healty and unaffected by the tremor.
Everywhere we went this summer, we told everyone how pleased we were with you! Amazing how many people we met also felt highly of your travel agency and your helpfulness! You really get around!

Stay well and we hope to return in the future.

Lanny & Priscilla M.

Received on Sat, 02 Oct. 1999

Dear Catarina and Aliki,

Thank you so very much for all your hard work, time and effort you put into making our trip a successful one. Everything went smoothly. We enjoyed it all. We especially loved the Greek food and people. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful.
The Phillipos Hotel was excellent; we would definitely stay there again. We liked its location, the staff were helpful, the rooms were clean and
comfortable, and the breakfast was tasty and filling.
The trip to Delphi was a highlight, especially for my husband. He is an English teacher here in the local high school where he has taught much about ancient Greece. To be able to finally see the places that he has read and taught about was like a dream come true. Thank you for helping him have that experience.
Our flight to and from Crete on Air Greece was quite comfortable as well. We had a bit of a wait on the return, but it wasn't too bad at all. We loved Crete and are definitely coming back. You'll hear from us again.
Would you be interested in a picture of your happy travellers? We'd be happy to send one to you if you are. Thank you again.


Laurie H.

Received on Wed, 29 Sep. 1999


It was a pleasure meeting you last week. I'm sorry that we didn't have more time to would have been nice for us to all go out for coffee or something.

Laura and I had a wonderful time. Santorini was beautiful and Nafplion was a very relaxing traditional Greek city. We are both very grateful for all that you did for us. Also, thanks for getting the ferry tickets refunded so quickly. In regards to the ferry boat, when we found out the boat was cancelled from Santorini to Piraeus, I called Ellana (sp) at Bellonias Tours. She was very helpful in finding us alternate ways to get back to Athens. We were in a great hurry and did not have a chance to thank her, so if you ever get a chance, can you thank her for us and let her know we were very grateful for her help.

Other than the ferry boat (which was not a big deal anyway), Laura and I enjoyed our time in Greece very much. Everyone was very friendly (even the taxi drivers). Once again, thanks for all your help. We wish you the best.


Tim Riddell – USA

Received on Tue, 21 Sep. 1999


Just a quick note upon my return from Greece to thank you for a fabulous job! Cindy, Laura and myself had a great time and truly appreciate all of your efforts in making things as smooth as possible.

Hotel Semeli in Mykonos and the Jason Inn in Athens were fabulous suggestions. All transfers and ferry/airline arrangements went off with out a hitch.

Hoping this finds you well after the earthquake and back to normal life.

Thanks again and be assured I will recommend you to all future Greece traveling friends.


Joan Palmer – USA

Received on Mon, 20 Sep. 1999


I would just like to say thanks for all of your help. I had a great time in Greece. I will not hesitate to use your services again or to recommend you to others.


Mike Gianfrancisco – USA

Received on Mon, 23 Aug. 1999

Hi Kostas,

Apologies for not replying till now. The computer I use is the one in my classroom at the school where I teach. I'm starting to get ready for our first day of school on August 31 & just reconnected my computer.
Greece was outstanding. I took about 400 slides & bought about 100 others. I spent several days this summer selecting, sorting, & arranging slides to show to my 6th grade (12 year olds) World History class when we study Ancient Greece. Several adult organizations in the small town in which I live usually ask me to make presentations to their groups also.
Bad impressions, very few. The amount of litter & grafitti, at times, & some subpar air conditioning.
Delphi, Mycenae, & Meteora were my favorite sites while on my 7 day mainland tour with Cosmos. The National Archaeological Museum in Athens was outstanding. The Acropolis & Plaka of Athens were wonderful. The overnight ferries to Patmos & Rhodes were interesting & went well. I slept good both nights. The flights to Crete, Santorini, & back to Athens went well. Finding my motels on the 4 islands was no problem. Very much enjoyed all 4 islands. The monastery on Patmos, the old city of Rhodes, Lindos, Knossos, & the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion were all terrific. Santorini was a wonderful way to end my stay in Greece. The cities of Fira & Oia, the caldera excursion, & the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri were great. The Hotel Fira's location was spectacular. I'm very glad I spent a little more money for this hotel.
The outdoor restaurants I often ate at served very good food. There were of course some Greek foods that I tried & didn't particularly like. The Greek people were friendly & helpful.
In my overseas travel I have high expectations. Greece did not disappoint.
Someday I would like to return & see some other sights I did not get to this time.


Received on Wed, 18 Aug. 1999

Dear Aliki,

We want to thank you for your wonderful travelling arrangements you made for us. Our hotels were beautiful and the transfers went very smooth.
We absolutely fell in love with Mykonos and Santorini.
We really appreciate all your efforts in making our 25th Wedding Anniversary trip wonderful!
We will heartily recommend your travel agency to our friends.

Thanks again,

Debbie and Jim H.

Received on Wed, 04 Aug. 1999

Dear Kostas,

Phew! We have been to paradise and back home again. We had a most wonderful time in your beautiful country. And all arrangements were perfect. Everything went so smoothly. The Elounda Mare was great - private pool - what luxury. The car and taxis were there waiting and hoteland ferry reservations were excellent. Although, driving in your country was a little scary (all the horn honking and passing) - but then I just said to myself - fine you want to pass me - go ahead. And I just ignored the honking. I then learned to just swirve around mopeds and pedestrians - I was driving like a local in just a few hours.
We also went to the Gershwin piano recital. It was most wonderful to sit under the stars in an ancient (okay Roman - we will let them have some credit) theatre and listen to the music - unbelievable. Thanks for the suggestion. The Plaka was the perfect place to be and the view from the roof of the Electra Palace was fantastic at night while eating dinner.
The cruise was great and Turkey was okay (very pushy sales people), but I really enjoyed Greece and her many islands. You have a very beautiful country. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. It made our trip worry free. If you are ever in the San Francisco Bay Area, please give us a call.


The Sadies

Received on Fri, 23 Jul. 1999

Dear Good Friend,
Kiki, you are wonderful. We so enjoyed getting to know you and now consider you a good friend. I don't know if you give such personalized service to everyone (don't see how you could) but we sure enjoyed the camaraderie and good times we had with you.
Everything went well getting home and the way we did it with a night in Athens and then a night at the airport Sheraton in Frankfurt, made things so easy that we have suffered no jet lag--which we usually do on our return home. When we went back to our hotel room the last night, we went out on the balcony and were thrilled to find that we had a direct view of the Parthenon--lit up and beautiful. What a surprise treat that was for our last night. Kostas was there right on time and took good care of us at the airport. We really appreciated him. We took his picture and I told him I would send a copy to you to pass on to him.
We have been back two days now and I wish we were still there. What a glorious trip we had and you deserve the credit. We have already sung your praises on the travel board.
Let's keep in touch. Come to San Diego. I will send pictures. Say hello to Matt.
Bye for Now,

Received on Thu, 22 Jul. 1999


We just wanted to say thanks for helping us to have such a wonderful vacation. We really enjoyed meeting you and appreciated your personal tour of Athens. We have a picture of you and Donna and will mail it to you.
We really did have a good time in Greece. You live in a beautiful country and everyone we met was very gracious. Of course the highlight was Santorini. We really loved the island and enjoyed each of the sunsets. We could have spent two weeks there.
We have showed everyone our pictures and they all want to go next year. When we tell them about you and your help in planning the trip, making the arrangements, meeting us in Athens, following up with faxes they are truly impressed. We really did have "the worlds best travel agent".
We hope that you come to visit us in the United States soon. We would love to show you around New York.
Take care for now and again thank you for all of your travel help. We look forward to coming to Greece again.

PS. The last night in Athens we ate at the $1.00 slavaki restaurant. It was delicious.


Rich and Donna

Received on Wed, 21 Jul. 1999

Dear Aliki and friends at Dolphin Hellas:

Thanks very much for your flawless arrangements for our recent trip, at the Olympic Palace, ferry to Mytilini, and Grande Bretagne. Everything was excellent and the cabin on the Theophilos was an especially nice surprise.
Thanks also for the helpful package that you left with the vouchers at the Olympic Palace. We had a great time.

Sincerely, Peter W. and Susan C.

Received on Tue, 06 Jul. 1999

Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time in Greece. Your help with reservations was terrific and we really enjoyed the hotels you found us as well as those we found ourselves in the latter part of our trip on Folegandros and Santorini. In particular I wanted you to know that the Mykonos Bay Hotel was fantastic and I recommend it to anyone as it is quiet but a close walk to town. We will contact you for our next trip to Greece which I hope will be soon. Jeri J.

Received on Thu, 24 Jun. 1999

Just a quick note of thanks for handling my travel arrangements for honeymoon. There were no problems with any part of the itinerary, which I really appreciated. After travelling 7000 miles, the last thing I wanted to worry about was where I was going to stay if the reservations were not correct.

It was nice to meet you and place a face to a name
Thank you again,

Craig P.

Received on Wed, 23 Jun. 1999

Hi Kostas,
Yes, I got back two days ago, it is very difficult to return. I liked Greece very much. I hope to get to stay there for an extended period of time someday. I met my relatives in Sparta and in Athens and they were wonderful. I hope to stay in touch with them. Also, I made some really good friends in Sifnos, and I hope to return there too. I hope you enjoy the c.d. Sorry we didn't make it out for a beer. I think I was ahead of schedule with Matt by a day or two. I saw him and Andrea my last day in Sifnos. He is a bad influence and they told me there was no reason to go home, but my job here awaits my attention.
Thank you for all you did to help me and my family have such a nice stay in Greece. I hope you get a chance to take some time for yourself this summer and take a break from all your hard work.
Take care and stay in touch.
Best wishes, Melina

Received on Tue, 22 Jun. 1999

Dear Aliki,

I am sorry not to have gotten to your office while I was in Athens, but after going to see certain well-known sights and touring the Plaka area, frankly, I was exhausted. I must say this was one of the best and most enjoyable vacations I have ever had. The accomodations were very good to excellent, everyone was very friendly, the food was marvelous - we even got to swim in the Aegean from a boat to visit the hot springs in the old volcano at Santorini. The worst thing that happened was a 1 hour plane delay in Athens on our way to Rhodes. Thank you again for setting up a wonderful trip for us.

Our concensus opinion is that Sanorini was the most exciting place, with Rhodes coming in second. The rest on Paros at the Astir was magnificant - it would be hard to imagine a better way to adjust to a new environment.

Sincerely yours,

Jon O.

Received on Tue, 15 Jun. 1999






Received on Mon, 07 Jun. 1999

Dear Kostas,
We really had the most wonderful time in Greece, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It was a little expensive compared to our money (the Rand) which is not doing very well against the $, but that did not take anything away from the wonderful time we spend there.
For your arrangements, all I can say is that it was absolutely fantastic, the place in Paros was very beautiful and in Santorini, the hotel was so close to everything and the owners were very friendly. It was just in Athens when we arrived, the arranged taxi-driver took us to the wrong port, and we had quite a struggle to get to the right one. But we survived it!!!!
Thank you again for al the arrangement, it was done brilliantly and I will definitely refer people to you.

Kind regards

Received on Fri, 28 May 1999

Yassous Uli,
Hope I spelled that right. All our arrangements and accomodations in Greece were wonderful. We loved the islands and the countryside. It was
even more beautiful than we expected. Everyone we met was friendly and gracious. We felt very welcomed everywhere we went.
Again, your country is beautiful. We would love to return sometime.

Sandy G.

Received on Sat, 22 May 1999

Hi Aliki:

Dick and I are now back in North Carolina. We had a wonderful 3-week holiday in Greece and love your country. The accommodations in Mykinos were wonderful and the rental car arrangements and hotel arrangements in Naplion were excellent. Thank you so much for helping us put together a fun and educationsly trip. We hated to leave but we were running out of money and clean clothes!
Hope you can assisst we again sometime in the near future. We did a great job for us. No complaints.


Janet McL.

Received on Wed, 12 May 1999

For the attention of Aliki
Just a little note now I have returned to England
I would again like to thank you for your assistance in helping me to arrange a most enjoyable holiday for my wife and I in Athens and Naxos last week. Everything went exactly to plan (in fact my most anxious moment was in Luton UK finding my airport accommodation !!!!), and I returned with a feeling of great achievement at having organised an "independent" holiday doing the things I wanted at the time I wanted to.
Both the Hotels in Athens and Naxos gave a very acceptable level of accommodation and the staff were very helpful in giving us advice and assistance where required.
It was a pleasure to meet you personally whilst I was in Athens and I repeat that I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Dolphin Hellas to any of my relatives, friends, and colleagues if ever they required independent travel in Greece.

Yours most sincerely

Mick N.

Received on Tue, 27 Apr. 1999

Dear Kostas

My wife and I as well and Mr. and Mrs. Manupelli, want to thankyou for making this the most memorable trip we heve ever had! The service you gave us was not only first class but outstanding. The people we have encounted along the way were wonderful. Starting with yourself to the young man George Konstantopoulos who was our taxi driver on all the transportation. I reccomend that you use him as often as you can, a wonderful young man...I know I keep using the word "wonderful" but that is the only word that will justify the trip we have just had! I will recommend you and your agency to any and all of my friends traveling to Greece...we plan to come back again have a beautiful country, great people, and beautiful woman too! My only regret is that we did not have a chance to meet due to the days we were in Athens..that gives me the excuse to come back. Again thankyou for the memories...I will e-mail you from time to time..I also understand from George that you play the sax...I play the see we had someting in common along.

Talk to you soon


L. & D.Sacchetti – USA

Received on Mon, 19 Apr. 1999

Aliki, we just wanted to thank you for the wonderful vacation you helped plan for us in Greece.
Finding you on the internet was the smartest thing we could have done. We talked to other tourists who had their trips planned in the states and they didn't get to stay as close to the Plaka as we did (they had to ride a bus to come in and shop!) and no one told them about the best restaurants like you did. We took as much of your advice as we had time to and had the best vacation we have ever had. Someday when we can come back we will be sure to get in contact with you again.
Thanks again, Sally and Gary H.

Received on Mon, 12 Apr. 1999

Thanks Aliki for an excellent job. Our vacation went smoothly. We really appreciated the personal handling between each activity.

John P. Iannotti – USA

Received on Tue, 09 Mar. 1999

Dear Kostas,
We would like to extend our appreciation to you for making our recent holiday in Greece such a pleasant experience. The cruise was most enjoyable, and as you had predicted, the scenery was magificent. It gave us a taste of what the other further islands must be like. We would like to return again during a warmer time of year, and travel to other parts of the country. Actually the weather here at home was very cold today, and we would have welcomed the warmer temperatures of last week! We plan to go to our ski home in the mountains next weekend, where it is really cold right now. But we have our very warm memories of Greece to endear us...

In appreciation,

The Archers

Received on Wed, 03 Mar. 1999

Dear Kiki,

Even though it's been four months since we had the trip of a lifetime, I wanted to (belatedly) thank you for all you and your staff did to make it so wonderful for me, Janet, her parents and her 5 other sibblings and their spouses. Whether it was the repeated contacts with Royal Olympic, arranging hotels and transportation before and after the cruise or just your (and Aliki's) pleasant conversations on the bus, it all combined to make our trip in Greece one we'll never forget. In particular, Janet's mother couldn't have been happier since for her, it was a dream come true to celebrate her 50th anniversary in Europe with the rest of her family.

Before I forget, I want to particularly thank Aliki for her help in straightening out what could have been a major disaster when we arrived in Piraeus and prepared to board the World Renaissance. We discovered that we had accidentally left a suitcase at the Philippos Hotel. Fortunately, Aliki used her mobile to contact the hotel and arrange for a taxi to deliver the suitcase to the dock in time to get it loaded on board. Instead of a major mess, we had nothing more than a minor disruption that became a happy memory.

I had wanted to contact you much sooner but had 2 hard disk crashes on my computer. Despite having backed up everything, somehow, it didn't include all my email for the last 9 months of 1998, which meant that I had lost all of your correspondence and internet address. Fortunately, I found a copy of it and hope that this reaches you.

By the way, our daughter, Kimberly, is continuing to grow and smile at everyone, much as she did during the cruise. It seems hard to believe that she's 5 months old and has seen so much of the world already!

Once again, I can't thank you and your staff enough for all you did. Rest assured that whenever I hear of a friend of neighbor who's going to Greece, I will give them your name and internet id -- plus my wholehearted endorsement.

Kindest Regards,
Bob McK.

Received on Mon, 22 Feb. 1999

Hi Kostas

Just a quick note to say a BIG THANK YOU for all your help, ideas, suggestions etc. We had a great time in Athens and I will definately coming back soon. I have started saving already. Unfortunatley I am back at work but I need the money for my next holiday.
Once again THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!



Received on Sat, 06 Feb. 1999

Alike and Belen,

I have been meaning to thank you for the OUTSTANDING trip my husband and I took in September to Sifnos and Santorini. The best way to describe our trip is to say that my husband didn't really want to go and we both had tears in our eyes as we were leaving to return home. We're already talking about returning to Greece next year.

Thanks again!