It is our pleasure to nominate Petros Zissimos of Hellenic Holidays for the A-List at Travel + Leisure.
Ours was a most special trip: the celebration of two birthdays — one a 90th — planned within a week when our plans were suddenly cancelled by another travel agent. On hearing our disappointment, Petros moved into action, listening to our interests and our hopes, to our experience as travelers and to our few special needs, and then shaped a trip to address them all. We saw Athens and Crete and Santorini and Mykonos. The guide in Athens whom Petros especially arranged for us, skillfully walked us up to the Acropolis without our knowing we were climbing so high, spoke with extraordinary knowledge of its context and its evolution, was charming and Petros’ specific choice for us, given our interests. He guided us to the remarkable museum looking at the Acropolis, telling its story. And the next day, he did the same when we visited the Peloponnese. Petros chose our itinerary and our destinations with great sensitivity to our articulated preferences. Our accommodations throughout the trip were, without exception, graceful, beautiful and most comfortable. His arrangements for other guides, ferries, domestic flights, and ground transportation were meticulous. His “playbook” was filled with detailed recommendations of things to see and do, most special places to dine, and how to tip. We followed his suggestions meticulously — and with great pleasure. It was altogether a memorable trip for us both.
We recommend Petros with enthusiasm and without reservations.