Many travel arrangements in Greece are still made (and indeed better made) through travel agencies. There are countless travel agents in Greece, and as is the case anywhere, the service you get makes a difference. Some agents simply want to confirm as many bookings as possible then move on, but when you find an agent who understands that bespoke personalized attention is great for you and for future business, you'll find no more helpful professional. Greek travel agents who do the job right can take the headache out of figuring out the logistics behind your dream Greek itinerary. They know the ins and outs of the ferry systems from timetables to schedules, they can suggest which accommodations suit your style, and they can propose tours that interest you. And they can often get you better prices than you can find on your own, even through popular online discounters.
If you are traveling in July and August, travel agencies can come to the rescue with preset packages for the islands you want to visit or suggest other options from archaeological sites, mountain trips, or coastal villages.
Dolphin Hellas Travel. Dolphin Hellas has been working with travelers worldwide since 1970. They pride themselves on tailor-made trip planning. They specialize in group, honeymoon, and individual travel that includes hotel and villa rentals, cruises, and transportation services. Through their website clients can check online ferry schedules and make reservations. If you are planning a trip to Greece, contact this agency in advance, especially before booking your hotels, to see if their prices are better than what you can find on your own. Syngrou 16, Athens, Attica. 210/922–7772; www.dolphin-hellas.gr.
Fantasy Travel. Since 1983, Fantasy Travel's agents aim to offer personalized service when planning travel for their clients that visit Greece. They specialize in cruises, tours, island-hopping itineraries, bespoke vacation packages, and more. Filillenon 19, Athens, Attica, 105 57. 210/331–0530; www.fantasy.gr.
Navigator. If you are looking for a Greece-based travel agency through which to book a cruise, you can do no better than Navigator. With decades of experience in the travel agency business, the agency specializes in Greek island cruises. Akadimias 32, Athens, Attica, 10672. 210/360–9801; www.navigator.gr.