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. Meet our team of knowledgeable, friendly guides aiming to make your stay in Santorini unforgettable!
Learn more about Kathrin
My name is Kathrin Vogel I am your personal contact person. Although I am German, by now I live in Santorini for almost 20 years. 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.
During these years I gained 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.
Throughout these years 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!
Learn more about Markos
Hi I am Markos Kyriakakis your personal tour assistant. Married to Fani, having two kids. I am German-Greek and 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.
In my younger age I was working as a Shipbroker and for many years I worked 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 license and permission from the Goethe Institute 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 guest's wishes characterizes me. I am both, very friendly and professional.
Learn more about Dionysis
Hello and welcome! My name is Dionissis and as I know some Greek words are hard to pronounce, please call me Dennis like most of my friends and guests do. I was born and raised in Athens where after finishing high school I got a degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management from Alpine Center which works under the IHTTI Hotel Managemet school In Switzerland and later on an Award with Merits in Wines and Spirits from WSET ( Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Greek is my native language and I am also fluent in English. My passion for food and wine, made me really eager to learn as much as possible about it. So, at the same time with my studies I started to work in many types of restaurants, mostly fine dinning, passing from all the different positions ending up in many of those as the restaurant manager.
As every circle closes at some point, I then worked for a wine importing company before ending up in Santorini. Within the last five years I am guiding wine tours and provide my knowledge with pleasure to guests from all over the world, enlightening them about our unique vineyards and interesting viticulture. As it more than obvious, food and wine are clearly a big part of my life and all I care about is to share my deep passion with you and even more to introduce you into the unique wines and tastes of this amazing island, which honestly feels home by now.
Learn more about Sabine
Hi I am Sabine Schulte I finished an apprenticeship as a physician's assistant and later I worked in an architectural office. Even though I was born in Germany, my love for Greece was already born in a very young age. From the first time I had visited this country I knew that I want to live here some day and when I first stepped on this island 30 years ago the decision about where in Greece to settle was taken.
I loved learning about the volcanic history and the traditions of Santorini and feel great joy in explaining it to our guest. For 18 years now I work as a guide on this very special island and would be glad to meet you some day.
I am a very creative person, I love to read, paint and craft. And now that my son is all grown up I am active in animal welfare and surround myself with cats and dogs.
Learn more about Angelo
Hi, I am Angelo Mertiri and I hope to get to know you and show you around! I studied in the University of Athens in the Oenology department and after graduating I finished 3 of the 4 W.S.E.T seminars, meaning I know the science of wine and how to make you drunk without the hangovers. I am Albanian in origin, but I have lived almost all my life in Athens and these last summers I have worked in Santorini as a tour guide.
This fascinating island has captured my heart and I look forward to showing you why. Wine and food are a passion of mine as well as communicating and entertaining, this makes me the perfect person to introduce you to the obvious and hidden gems of this beautiful island, while giving you insights in its unique viticulture and tastes.
Let's create some great memories!
Learn more about Nicoletta
Ciao, my name is Nicoletta and I am a young Italian woman who moved to Santorini a few years ago. Did I fall in love with a Greek man? No (not yet at least!!!), I simply fell in love with this magical island!
My grandmother was Greek from Kefalonia and my Italian grandfather played the mandolin but my surname is not Corelli! I used to be a city girl as I lived in Milan, Rome and London but now I cannot imagine my life outside of my village Akrotiri. Since I was a child I have been an eager reader and writer that's why I decided to study literature but when photography bumped into my life I became a professional photographer. In 2005 I visited Santorini for the first time, I have been on and off here until I moved permanently and now I don't want to leave not even for a few days.
Santorini is the perfect place for me: a stunning landscape for pictures, a quiet place for my fiction books and an inspiration for my writings. I speak Greek with an Italian accent and English with a Greek accent, who knows about Italian! I am always happy to show the most incredible and unknown locations for the perfect shot. I love to share my love and passion for Santorini with all the people who are open to discover the island in an unconventional way: facts plus fun facts, culture and laughs! Moving to Santorini and live on this island was my dream, let me share it with you!
Learn more about Vassilis
Hello, my name is Vassilis Zournis. I was born and raised in Athens and moved to Santorini a few years ago because I fell in love with the beauty of this island, the history, the culture, the food … and of course with a girl! After I finished school, I got a bachelor as optician - optometrist and a master in human resources, both from university of West Attica in Athens. I speak Greek and English fluently and, this period, I am studying Italian. When I finished my studies, I worked in an optician store for a couple of years and then in one of the wineries of Santorini for six more years, where I learnt all the details about wine making, wine pairing, wine tradition and wine culture in general.
After that, my love for knowledge, made me study geology and -even more- history, so I decided to become a tour guide and share with others all the information I had gathered. So, for the last few years, this is what I do. Showing people this paradise on earth, making them drink our wine, eat our local plates and of course, laugh ... because this is how Greeks treat their guests, even from the ancient times! "Knowledge is everywhere" is what represents me. I love history, mythology, culture, tradition, exploration, photos, music, movies, food, wine and beer, "so there you go" I am the typical Greek you have in mind! I look forward to meeting you, we are going to have much fun while we explore Santorini together!