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The best things begin with a YES. To adventure, to love & laughter, to life being the fullest, joy-filled experience it can possibly be.

Welcome to our Passion Project!

One Greek and One Canadian, born in the same city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada just weeks apart, whose mothers could have passed each other on the street unaware of this future spark. Manno and Narissa are two VERY adventurous souls who, after saying YES to meeting and later partnering with Jesse at Italy Vacation Specialists, are on the grandest adventure of their lives.... together, in stunning Greece.

With family roots in Greece on the gorgeous green & blue island of Skopelos and majestic city of Athens, Manno has visited Greece many times over the years and has dreamed of a life looking over the Aegean Sea. 5 terms as a city councillor in his home town of Courtenay British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, a father, service industry veteran, business man and real estate investor he knows a good thing when he sees it. Integrity and passion are but two pillars of his magnetic personality which draw others to him. His own personal journey with weight loss inspired him recently to become a certified personal trainer so he could help others become the best versions of themselves.

Living her entire life on Vancouver Island, Narissa is an ocean lover, mother, entrepreneur and expresses her artistic abilities most prominently through her career as a musician. Singing jazz in multiple languages ( English, French and Spanish) gives her the most juice and allows connection with the audience in a very special way. An avid adventurer and gypsy soul she revels in any opportunity to explore new territory whether geographical, intellectual or spiritual,  artistic or emotional. Greece is somehow in her blood. In greek mythology the name Narissa means daughter of the sea. Referencing to a sea nymph; mermaid daughter of Nereus. Authentic connection, passion and inspiring others are what drives her to create experiences that are exceptional for all.

We are all in this together...

Jesse and her team at IVS have spent the last 16 years specializing in tours of magnificent Italy and are excited to expand this passion for travel with us as we experience together the magic of the Mediterranean in Greece. These are truly priceless experiences for all of us and we extend this open hearted invitation for you to choose GreeceVisits as your connection to this incredible area.
 

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