Athens Direct Travel is a boutique, customer-centric travel agency with three main goals:
- Personal customer service based on their wishes, criteria and budget.
- Providing all the travel services that a customer may need.
- Effective management of each customer’s travel budget.
While most travel agencies focus on specific travel services or destinations, Athens Direct focuses on the customer. Thus, Athens Direct Travel provides each of its clients with its Personal Travel Advisor, with whom it can contact for any travel service it needs, whenever it needs it. Any individual, company, freelancer or organization can become a customer of Athens Direct. Athens Direct aims not only to offer personalized services that meet the wishes of each customer, but also to be “by his side” for anything he needs, before or during the trip.
At our Platforms, guests will find organized vacation packages, suggestions for accommodation in boutique hotels and villas throughout Greece, airport transfers and many other travel services. If a customer does not find the trip or service that meets their criteria, they can contact their Personal Travel Advisor to help them find exactly what they want, based on their criteria and needs.
To all our Customers we provide:
- Access 24 hours / 7 days / 365 days to their Travel Consultant in any way that serves the customer (phone, email, SMS, Viber, etc).
- Reservations of air and ferry tickets
- Hotel and accommodation reservations (villas, apartments, etc.) in Greece and around the world.
- Participation & registration in exhibitions and conferences in Greece and abroad.
OUR VISION / BRIEF HISTORY
The goal of Athens Direct Travel is to become one of the leading travel agencies in Greece and the reference point in terms of personal service for every customer. Athens Direct Travel is a travel company that focuses on the customer, providing him with personalized services that best meet his requirements. Every customer is treated with absolute respect, professionalism and courtesy.
Athens Direct Travel executives and employees follow specific rules of work and conduct. The company treats them as members of a corporate family and rewards them based on their value and the results they achieve. The management always tries to prevail a beautiful working climate, to make the work of the employees a satisfactory experience, and to motivate them to develop professionally.
Athens Direct Travel considers all Partners and Employees as Shareholders in the company. It thus seeks to enjoy a fair return on the efforts they make to achieve the corporate goals, as well as to participate in the decisions on the various issues concerning the course of the company.
Athens Direct Travel strives to be a responsible corporate citizen, and to help the community, the environment and the city in which it operates in every possible way.
The creation of Athens Direct was inspired by its founder in the summer of 2000, when he invited 20 of his friends from the USA and Europe on a sailing trip to the Greek islands. Since he did not manage to pick them all up from the airport, he looked for ways to suggest them to go to El. Venizelos in his house.
His options were limited, as neither the metro nor public transport was convenient. Eventually he suggested to his friends to take a taxi and sent them instructions. However, some paid more than they should, others fell into taxi drivers who did not speak English well, and finally some took taxis that were in poor condition. The guests faced similar problems when they returned to the airport.
Based on this experience, the founder of Athens Direct decided to create a company with the mission “to provide quality transfer services for those who want a safe, comfortable and reliable transfer (airport transfer) to and from Athens airport”. A year later, in mid-2001, this business idea won second place in the Ideodromio international business design competition. The € 8,000 prize transformed Athens Direct on October 29, 2002 from a business scenario into a real company, ready to fulfill its mission. In 2003 Athens Direct received a travel agency license, added to the airport transfers it already provided a wide range of travel services and was renamed Athens Direct Travel.
WHY BECOME A CUSTOMER OF ATHENS DIRECT?
Save time and money
Spending time on the computer looking for the best travel deals sometimes yields some results, while other times it leads to frustration.
The Personal Travel Advisor does just that for you: Looking for the travel options that best suit your needs and budget. This can save you time and money, even if you charge a small fee for the services provided. Athens Direct Consultants have access to travel services and prices not available to the average consumer. They also have access to offers, benefits and discounts, for example from airlines, hotels, and cruises, that are not available to the general public.
You have booked a cruise in the Aegean, when it is learned that your flight to Athens airport is delayed and you will not be able to catch the departure of the ship. If you have booked through an Athens Direct Travel Consultant, you can call him to help you and avoid the stress of finding a solution yourself. If you have booked online on a platform, you may not be able to get this level of personalized service or it may be too late for someone in charge to respond. Athens Direct Consultant is always available and ready to help you deal with any setbacks that may occur.
You may have always wanted to travel to the Far East, but you are not sure which organized package to choose, or you may want to go to a business fair, but you do not know which hotel to stay at. The Athens Direct Travel Consultant has the professional experience and knowledge to find exactly what you are looking for, either directly or through an Athens Direct partner who specializes, for example, in the Far East or in trade shows. The extensive knowledge of our travel market consultants and the professional relationships they have with experts in destinations or services, saves you the time you can waste in a perpetual market research.
Athens Direct Travel, due to the large volume of trips it manages each year, has access to offers and privileges that you may not be able to get on your own. Whether it’s upgrading a room, booking miles or avoiding cancellation fees, Athens Direct Travel Guides can often add benefits to your travel plans. If you are planning a trip for a special occasion, such as a marriage proposal, Athens Direct Travel Consultants have access to the resources and people who will provide you with the desired result.
November 28th, 2002
Commencement of works at 56 Perikleous Street, 5th floor.
December 20th, 2002
Athens Direct issues its first airline ticket.
AD is selected by the Region of Crete for its trip to Barcelona.
AD merges with Life Travel and Ms. Rouli Zafeiratou “comes” to AD.
AD is selected to organize the transfers for the Bilderberg Club conference in Asteras.
AD is selected to organize the flame route flights to the Special Olympics.
AD is building the first One Stop Shop travel site, where it uploads selected trips of its partners from all over the world.
September 8th, 2009
AD buys privately owned offices at 44 Ermou Street and begins their complete renovation.
December 18th, 2010
AD moves to its new offices and establishes the AD Club.
AD undertakes the service of large companies, such as Gerolymatos and Shiseido.
AD merges with Solnet Hellas Travel and Mr. Stavros Malamas “comes” to AD as Operations Manager
Ms. Maria Loutseti and Ms. Lina Katsouri, key executives of Acropolis Tours, are coming to Athens Direct as Senior Travel Consultants.
Organization of the mission of the Greek Scout Corps to the World Jamboree in Japan.
AD merges with Gala Tours and Voula Georgopoulou “comes” to Athens Direct as Events Manager.
Collaboration with the Futsal team of Panathinaikos for the organization of sporting events.
Organized by Explore Greece by Metaxa in Crete
Fallow and rest due to pandemic
Athens Direct celebrates 20 years of operation!
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