Before you go ahead to book a tour with SantoriniExperts allow us to introduce ourselves!
Kalos-irthate, which simply means welcome!! This is your first Greek lesson!
The above greek term is used to welcome our guests, it is not just another Greek word. It shows what characterizes us as SantoriniExperts. We are happy to meet you and are delighted to spend part of your vacation in Santorini together.
Your second Greek lesson is “siga-siga” which has several meanings, like “at a slow pace”, or “take it easy” or simply “we do not need to rush”. Keep in mind it is your time now, your vacation, so you'll enjoy your vacation siga-siga if you choose to book a tour with us.
Apla, your third Greek lesson, reflects our passion for this little island and the true greek values, still found in Santorini. Our aim is not only to show you some of the hidden treasures of Santorini, but also to help you gain a deeper insight regarding the lifestyle, the mindset and traditions of the locals. By sharing personal stories with an amusing and funny way, we aim to make your tour with SantoriniExperts different, because we offer something else.
In case you are still not convinced about our intentions, just continue reading these lines and imagine you are already in Santorini traveling with us around this beautiful, unique island. We share knowledge and lots of information about a variety of different aspects about this fantastic area. It is of immense importance to us to enrich not only your travel experiences, but also your knowledge regarding this spiritual place.
So, again just to summarize it, kalos-irthate, let’s go siga-siga and let us keep it apla!!
And your journey has just started…
Usually we start our tours with some geographical information about Santorini. We know that you travelled a long way to visit this area, so it is very important for us to give you a clear understanding of where you exactly are.
After realising where you are we keep on driving through the island, explaining, sharing and interacting with you.
SantoriniExperts want you to be an active part of your tour and not just only listen to the “guide”.
With our knowledge and enthusiasm, we promise to introduce you to the non-touristical Santorini just like the locals know it.
If you have not been convinced yet, just book a tour with us and leave the rest to us. Last but not least we promise you that at the end of the tour you will be able to know at least ten common Greek terms.
Oh, we forgot to introduce ourselves. We are the SantoriniExperts, two local Greek-German families living in Santorini all year long. The persons in charge for you are Kathrin and Markos. Kathrin is representing the one family and Markos the other. But what brought us together?
I am Kathrin Vogel your personal contact person. I am German but I live for more than 15 years in Santorini, I am married to Stavros and we have got 3 children. I always knew that I wanted to work in the tourism industry, that's why I studied hotel and restaurant management at the University of Munich. I worked in the offices of the German tour operator FTI in Munich and as a representative in Santorini and Cuba, always responsible for the organization and the handling of bookings and the relations between the tour operator and the hotels.
In these years I made the first experiences in guiding tours and I really had a lot of fun doing it. Here in Santorini, I worked as a reception and front desk manager in 3 different hotels responsible for booking management, room allocation, organization and accounting. I also worked in the customer service department of a travel agency.
During this time I got to know the island very well and, therefore, I can guarantee you the best assistance in planning and organizing your private tour on this beautiful island. Of course I can also help you with any other question or service needed. I am looking forward to meeting you and show you why I fell so much in love with this amazing place!
Hi I am Markos Kyriakakis your personal tour assistant. Married to Fani, having two kids. I am German-Greek, having spent almost 25 years in Germany, 2 years in UK and of course several years in Santorini. I acquired a Bachelor degree from the University of Piraeus in Shipping Studies and a Master’s degree from the University of Plymouth in International Shipping. I speak excellent German, Greek and English.
I was working in my younger age as a Shipbroker and for many years for Maersk Sealand dealing both with vessels and customers all over the world. I am also teaching the German language in a private school in Santorini, having acquired the licence and permission from the Goethe Institut in Munich and the Greek Ministry of Education.
Moreover I combine several skills to make your santorini excursion with SantoriniExperts worth it
. I am very experienced having participated in hundreds excursions in the past years. Humor
and the passion
to serve my customers wishes are characterising me. I am both, very friendly and professional.