I was connected to this agent at this European travel company through the Zicasso website. My agent helped me to organize a wonderful 2 week trip to Isatanbul, Athens, Crete, and Santorini. He provided great advice and arranged for the reservation of all of our hotels, tours, and domestic air/car/high speed ferry transportation. He also gave us a list of things to do and see at each stop along the way. Everything worked out flawlessly. Our rides were always there on time to pick us up (even if our flight into Istanbul was 2 hours late), the hotels were well located, clean and very well staffed and the tour guides were knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend this company and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Some of the experiences I had in Istanbul and Greece over the past few weeks will remain with me, and continue to shape me in positive ways, for the rest of my life:
Sitting at a rooftop restaurant in Istanbul eating a late meal, listening to the muezzin call the faithful to their prayers while watching a crescent moon shine over the Blue Mosque.
Gazing down from Galata Tower at the Golden Horn where the Bosporus meets the Sea of Marmara, seeing the minarets of a dozen mosques in the Sultanahmet area piercing the sky, the view extending all the way to the continent of Asia.
Stumbling onto a great little Thai restaurant at the end of a narrow, crooked, cobble stone street in the Galata District that serves some of the best curry I have ever had (Cok Cok Thai). Our dining experienced was further enhanced by the excellent selection of Jazz music that was playing in the background.
Watching the sunset from our hotel patio as it set over the Santorini caldera and marveling at the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.
Swimming alone in the clear, blue waters of the Aegean and Libyan Seas along the coastline of Crete.
Seeing the sunset over the Acropolis, touring the Parthenon, visiting the remains of a little house at the edge of the Agora where Socrates met daily with his friend Simon the shoe maker to drink wine and debate the issues of the day.
Engaging win friendly conversation with the merchants while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar, the Old Town of Rethymno.
Dining in tavernas in quaint little Greek villages, perched on steep mountain sides, knocking back shots of lemon raki with the locals. I could go on and on...
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