Asimina Tours is a boutique style, family owned, tour company located in the USA.
Now days, the most sought-after travel operators are those who can bring visitors into direct contact with local culture and people in a meaningful way. Our goal is to give you the experience to explore parts of the world you have only imagined, and to do so with confidence and marvel. Every culture has its own personality. To begin to know it, one must slip beneath the surface of tourism. From our family and team members we wish to share this with you...
Top 5 Reasons
- ASTA Our membership with ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) an advocate for the travel industry, travel agents and the traveling public assures our credibility within the travel industry.
- BBB Asimina Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau with "A" reviews!
- You are never alone Our representatives are there to offer assistance at all times. This is true for every country featured. Assistance is only a phone call away 24/7.
- Knowledge & Understanding Rest assured we know our product and have a high level of expertise with regard to the logistics, hotels, locations, excursions, atractions, food, and whatever other requests may come our way.
- References Why take just our word? We can provide you with current client references who will give you with feedback of their recent travel experiences using our services.
The Asimina Tours Way
How we create your journey
- Speak to a specialist Get inspired by the trip ideas on our website and in our brochures.
Then speak to us for first-hand expert advice and if you're ready, start planning your trip in detail.
- Plan and refineYour specialist will carefully design your trip into a detailed itinerary. We'll keep perfecting your itinerary until you're completely happy and ready to book, at which point you pay your deposit.
- Help as you prepareAfter you've booked, you can call your specialist as and when with any last questions about your trip. We'll go through your itinerary with you four days before you travel.
- Staying in touchOur service continues after you step on the plane. You're in the capable hands of our partners overseas, and you can speak to us on a special number, manned 24 hours every day.
Defining our Services
International and Domestic Air
We work with all the major carriers and can get you the best available price to be included with your land package. Call Asimina Tours for international air rates.
Asimina Tours specializes in Flexible Independent Travel (FIT) with one stop convenience. We will take care of all your vacation requests such as Hotels, Transfers, Car Rentals, Sightseeing, Hydrofoil tickets, Cultural Performances, Wine Tasting, Cooking Classes and others. Have Asimina tours orchestrate the vacation of your dreams and spend your time enjoying your vacation rather than arranging it! After all, this is our specialty.
Private & Luxury Travel
We have the solid reputation of managing numerous high end types of luxury travel. For the discerning clients who want the absolute best and to the finest detail or even for those who are on a budget, our carefully selected private services will certainly meet your trip expectations. Our appreciation for excellence derives from the quality and excellence earned for a job well done and all of it is done on a personal level.
We work with a collection of cruise lines that include the most popular itineraries visiting Mediterranean locations to Greece/Turkey and Italy.
Cruises range from 3 days, 4 days, 7 days or 10 days. We can include private & personalized shore excursions to each destination visited!
Have Asimina Tours experienced personnel reveal the advantages of taking a cruise to the Greek Isles for a memorable experience!
Yacht & Catamaran Charters
Asimina Tours is here to organize the perfect yachting holiday for you. With our experience and network, we are happy to provide skippered and fully crewed yacht charters anywhere in Greece. Don't have the time to rent a yacht for a week but still want to visit some of those incredible island beaches that are only accessible by boat? Our one day sailing cruises are also the perfect solution! We also cater to special occasions such as celebrations or team building trips. We offer only the finest yachts with top quality equipment, the most professional service and the most dedicated personnel in order for you to be entirely satisfied.
Asimina Tours expertly organizes: Family reunions, small groups vacations, small group corporate trip incentives. We even plan heritage vacations (specifically to Greece) where we have helped many find their roots to where it all started. We also offer two pre-arranged small group themed tours a year, organized by one of our family members or, our well connected appointed hosts. Call us to arrange your next Group Travel!
Whether you are interested in a Civil Wedding, or a Vow Renewal Ceremony, Asimina Tours will be happy to provide all the information and care necessary to organize the ceremony of your dreams in Santorini. From translation of documents to organizing the proper paperwork your wedding plans are a piece of cake for Asimina Tours.
Our Unique Story
Find out where it all started and why we called it Asimina Tours?
A true personal story about love, loss, separation and a reunion 50 years later that finally closed the circle of uncertainty. A timeline of personal events that has a happy ending contributing to the birth of Asimina Tours.
9 Nov 1952
Grandmother Stella Salomon begins her dynasty. Having 2 children of her own (Richard and Irene) from a previous marriage, Stella gives birth to her third child, daughter Asimina Louisa Glinos from her second husband Louis Glinos. Baby Asimina was born November 9, 1952.
4 Oct 1957
A few years later grandma Stella passes and Asimina is estranged with her father Louis Glinos and her two half siblings Richard and Irene.
4 Oct 1958
As time went by, grandfather Louis remarried to his third wife. Times were difficult and Richard and Irene were separated from baby Asimina who was estranged from the Solomon family for over 50 years! “I had lost my mother at a very young stage. Thoughts that I may have two half siblings somewhere never ceased” said Asimina.
Petros and Asimina
16 Jun 1971
Asimina now at 19 years old met and married math professor Petros Gressis. They met at Penn State University where Petros Gressis earned his Masters’ Degree in Physics and Mathematics. After marrying they decided to move back to Greece. They lived in Greece for a total of 16 years. Asimina had 3 children, Stella (named after her late mother), Joseph and Dennis.
2 Jul 1987
The Gressis family decided to come back to the USA and start their lives from the beginning. They wanted to live the American Dream!
Petros became the head of the math department at a major private school in Virginia. Asimina worked various jobs and then devoted herself in to her children and eventually their businesses. Grandfather Louis Glinos passed away and never gave any details regarding the long lost siblings of Asimina. Each of Asimina’s children had unique qualities. Stella the eldest child decided to work in the tourism industry. Joseph, was more interested in hands on type of things. He opened up a Greek restaurant in Waldorf Maryland. Dennis was the intellect of the family and followed his fathers’ footsteps and became a mathematician.
Stella and mom Asimina
5 Dec 2005
Stella (the eldest child), after having worked for the airlines for 10 years and after September 11th lost her job. A year later she landed a job working for a small tour company located in Virginia. Stella became a top sales person for travel to Greece and Turkey/Italy. Two years later, Stella decided that she was ready to start her own business! It took countless hours, tons of determination, and passion to make ends meet. Stella decided to dedicate and name her tour company Asimina Tours, after her mother Asimina. It was an honor and a way to say “THANK YOU MOM” for being there for me. Since Asimina didn’t know what it was like to have a mother and never felt “the love of a mother” it was another way for Stella to give back to her mom….. Asimina Tours was born in 2005
Blast from the past
22 Jul 2013
The years passed and Asimina was always thinking of her long lost siblings. Were they still alive? Until the summer of 2013……. An email was sent to the Asimina Tours website coming from a lady called Angela. Angela was in search for her honeymoon travels and landed on the Asimina Tours website. She wrote a detailed email about her honeymoon request and also on a personal level, stating that her father “Richard” and her aunt “Irene” were looking for their lost long sibling Asimina and that they tried to contact her through facebook. The email had a brief description of Stella Solomon. Could it be the Asimina they are looking for?
Reunion 50 years later
12 Oct 2013
Contact information was included in the email and a polite request for an urgent reply because in case there was an error they would still want to keep searching….. When the email reached Asimina Tours, Stella was astounded!!! She knew immediately what it was pertaining too. Her mother happened to be close by “Mom” Stella said, “Please come here I want to read you this email……..”
The children now grown up adults were re-united in October of 2013 at Angela’s wedding in Virginia….. it was a dream come true and an ending to the uncertainty……
21 Oct 2017
Asimina and her siblings see each other every year. Richard and Irene live in Las Vegas and Asimina lives in Maryland in the winter and Greece in the summer. Every year they try to spend their vacations together in Greece. Asimina known as “Louisa” works for Asimina Tours.
Stella the owner of Asimina Tours met Dimitri in Santorini during a hotel inspection in the summer of 2009. She married in July 2014 and now have a son baby Antonio. They run Asimina Tours together.
When you plan your trip with us, you'll be in the safe hands of one of our specialists throughout.
While many travel companies claim to have experts, we believe few, if any, match our own specialists for genuine first-hand knowledge. The travel advisor who designs your trip, like all of our travel advisors, will hold a strong connection to the country they have expertise in because either they have lived there or they have explored it time and time again.
Hello my name is Stella Gressis and I am the founder of Asimina Tours.
Born and raised in Greece, during my adolescence years my family decided to return back to the USA for the better of our family and for the American dream!
When in the USA, I always had the nostalgia to return back to Greece and traveling and culture was always interesting to me.
After graduating from a specialized travel school in Pennsylvania I immediately secured a position with a major airline where I held supervisory positions at National and Dulles airports and in marketing/sales in Pennsylvania.
My career in the airline industry lasted for 10 beautiful years which gave me the opportunity to learn many aspects of the travel industry and to travel extensively to many parts of the world and to motherland Greece as well.
Thereafter I expanded my travel knowledge by working at a tour company which broadened my horizons in the travel industry as a whole. This was the time that I finally decided to start something of my own. My experience in the travel industry, my appreciation for culture and joy in planning vacations especially to Greece inspired me to create Asimina Tours. Please read our “story” for the reason why I called it Asimina Tours. I can't say it's been easy but my passion and dedication to Asimina Tours brings it to what it is today! A very successful travel company comprised of very dedicated and passionate team members (and some family members) that really care about what they do.
On a personal level I am happily married to Dimitri Tzimos who also works for Asimina Tours. We met on the island of Santorini in May 2009 (who would have known to meet your husband on a honeymoon island right?) and a couple of years later we got married. We have a beautiful son together baby Antonio and we love spending time raising him. Another passion of mine is food and cooking is a skill that I am working on perfecting.
Marketing & Sales Executive
Hello my name is Dimitri Tzimos and I am the marketing and sales executive with Asimina Tours. I have been in the hospitality and hotel management industry for well over 25 years having graduated in Greece from TEI college of finance and administration with a major in tourism. The majority of my experience comes from managing boutique hotels on the famous Caldera cliff side on the island of Santorini. Becoming a couple with Stella a few years back, made us realize that with our travel industry expertise from the airlines, tour companies and hotel and service management and our strong passion for travel and our work ethics could greatly enhance Asimina Tours. Therefore we decided to join forces on a business level to invest on Asimina Tours to what it is today. We currently run and enjoy working as a "team" for Asimina Tours. On a personal level being a traditional Greek that I am, I continually thrive in finding unique travel and cultural experiences that are off the beaten path in which I ensure that all is shared with you.
Senior Travel Advisor
While on your travels throughout Greece and Turkey allow Louisa (Asimina) Gressis, for whom the company is named after, to be your reliable and knowledgeable travel advisor. Louisa travels to Greece and to Turkey from April to October and can provide an abundance of knowledge of each country.
In the winter time and during her off time you'll find Louisa teaching authentic Greek cooking classes at Galazio (her own restaurant) in La Plata, Maryland.
Hello my name is Panos Exarchos and I am Greek Canadian.
I have a college degree in Marketing Management from the American College of Greece and have had a successful career in Greek Television and Theater as a screenwriter and now also as a travel advisor.
I started working with Asimina Tours a few years back. The reason is actually simple - ever since I was young "travel" was my passion. I have traveled extensively for years in Europe and the US and of course I have explored and stayed all over Greece and especially in the Greek islands. Working for Asimina Tours gives me the chance to spend every summer in the magical island of Santorini and the gorgeous Aegean islands. “Life can’t get any better" do you agree? Typically I travel at least once a year on a transatlantic trip especially to the USA which is my favorite country.
Sharing my insight knowledge and experience to help my clients create and have fantastic memories is one of the most fulfilling sentiments for me. Nothing makes me happier than clients’ e-mails and messages upon their return back home telling me that they had a great, once in a lifetime, vacation. Knowing that I played a small part of their unforgettable and successful trip experience brings a huge smile in my face and a warmth in my heart.
Besides travel, I love my friends who I consider my family, animals and especially dogs, Theater, Movies, American TV shows, all Apple products, reading books and spending as much time annually as possible in my beloved New York City!
Hello, my name is Christos, I am Canadian by birth, but my family’s roots can be traced centuries back to two beautiful mountain villages in Greece. One in the shadow of Mount Olympus, and one very near Ancient Delphi.
As a boy, when my family would visit Greece, my father would take me to see the ruins at Delphi, Olympia and other historical sites, and fill my head with a images of how life was in ancient times, tell me stories about Socrates and Alexander the Great. We moved back to Greece when I was a teenager, and I have been living in Greece all my adult life.
I consider this to be a turning point in my life! I was intoxicated by the landscape, the culture, the lifestyle. To this day, I am constantly reading and learning about the history, of Greece, crisscrossing the mountains on my motorcycle, or sailing Poseidon’s beloved Aegean, whenever I get the chance, eagerly uncovering new aspects of the diverse culture. As a father myself, I love taking my children to the same sites, reading with them tales of Odysseus and Jason, and inspiring them to dig into the vast wealth of the culture themselves.
My passion for exploring Greece, for learning new things, for meeting new people, combined with my love for quality services, has lead me to be employed in various aspects of the travel and hospitality industry since I was a teen. From summer jobs at souvenir shops, to cooking at traditional tavernas, to reservations desks, to managing small hotels, it is no accident that I settled on becoming a Greece travel specialist. Actually I consider myself to be an somewhat of an ambassador of Greece. I am always excited for the opportunity to “show off” this stunning country top our travelers, whether it is for a romantic honeymoon, some fun in the sun, and as you can imagine, especially for those who want to dig beneath the surface, and uncover the many layers of this timeless and stunning land.
Operations & Back Office
Hello my name is Lucianna Oliveira Gressis.
I am originally from Brazil and I am married to Joe Gressis who is Stella's brother.
We have 2 beautiful children together - little Asimina and baby Petro.
I have been in the travel industry for the past 4 years working the back-end office of Asimina Tours. I am the person that double checks everything to ensure all travels are mistake free.
I also do all the bookkeeping for Asimina Tours. I would call myself Stella's "right hand" and one that is responsible for various tasks within the office. I typically travel with my family in the winter time to Brazil and in the summertime to Greece as I like for my kids to know their roots from both countries. In the near future I hope to be able to open a branch office of Asimina Tours in Brazil.
What Our Clients Say About Us
We would like to thank our previous clients who have provided us with countless pictures that you'll find throughout our website and on facebook! Below you'll also find testimonials from our clients describing their vacation adventures and explorations this past year. It is your positive words and feedback that drives us to provide you with specialized itineraries based on your needs and wants assuring you best of times!
You can visit our facebook page for additional photos and travel testimonials from our clients.