We were travelling with our two daughters, 9 and 14, and visited Santorini on a Cruise ship, which arrived later than programmed and left earlier. Even so, Kathrin was very competent and agile to accommodate all the short notice changes we were forced to do to our scheduled tour. And Markus was the best host and guide we've ever had on any trip so far, cordial, funny, respectful, punctual, attentive and accommodating.
The best private tour service!
We arrived by cruise ship. And we’re 1st off at 7.15am. No queues for cable car. Waited for Marcus who was smack bang on time. Lovely man. Friendly. Genuinely Interested in you. Extremely knowledgeable. He Tailored our tour to suit us. As we don’t like wine. So he took us to the monastery to see the amazing views. You could literally see the whole width of island. So we did majority of Island in 4 hours. I’d say Not worth going on any of the beaches. We saw red and black beach. Red beach is actuallydangerous to go on. Signs everywhere. They’ve had 2 landslides I think this year. But people still on them. Water very lovely mind. Oia was stunning but get there early before 1000’s arrive. Marcus got us water twice and a coffee. Very generous too. DO NOT USE DONKEYS. THEY ARE TREATED BADLY. we started joining queue about 1.30 to get cable car back. Long queues then. But they moved fairly quick. Allow 1 hour I’d say to get back down. And don’t leave to last minute especially if on a cruise.4 people missed the cruise ship! S
tunning island. Fantastic tour. Would Highly recommend !!! Thank you Marcus we loved you
Our family recently hired Santorini Experts to give us a tour of the island. Our tour guide, Sabine was wonderful. She greeted us at the top of the cable car as scheduled, and from there her and her driver took us on a tour we will cherish until we return. Santorini is quite the site, but what she provided made it so much more special. Sabine knows the history so well and explained it in such detail it really allowed us to visualize how the island was formed and how the people have survived. Our highlight was probably stopping at a family-owned winery at the end of the island, with a private tour by the owner herself.
If you're visiting Santorini, do yourself a favour and hire Santorini Experts. Thanks.
Me and my family had a wonderful time. Visiting 2 Vineyards . I mostly enjoyed the visit to Estate Argyros, they had a detailed tour and guide and also some good wines. The second winery Gavalas (traditional winery) was more of wine tasting and not much of a tour.
The best part of the tour was cooking our own Greek lunch with Maria. where she took us through preparing some basic Greek dishes on our own and then having lunch with homemade wine. Of course, the whole tour went perfectly thanks to our host Dimitris, who made us feel very comfortable throughout our tour with his friendly smile, kind words and knowledge about the island.
Today we took a beautiful private 4 hour tour of Santorini with our charming guide Dimitris. It was very interesting and informative. He took us to all the right places avoiding the crowds!! We thoroughly recommend using this company as they were punctual, professional & knowledgeable.
We really enjoyed the Hidden Paths Private Off-Road Tour with Kathrin. Very informative and interesting. Kathrin changed the tour a bit as we wanted to go to the Donkey Brewery and photograph the sunset. We had a fun time.
My family and I arrived to Santorini on 27 August via cruise ship. Sabena was waiting for us as we got off the cable car and we were off to our first stop - the beautiful village of Oia. She gave us time to walk and explore the side streets at our leisure before heading to Megalochori to admire the caldera while she explained the history of the volcanic eruption that occurred here 3000 years ago. Our 3rd stop was to Vlychada Beach.
This was the part of the tour that I was most looking forward to, but unfortunately the sharp rocks that were being churned up within the rough waves made it nearly impossible to swim and we left after only a few minutes. We proceeded to Pyrgos for a few photo ops and then to Kamari for lunch. We requested to eat at the Elixir Café Bar Restaurant here on the boardwalk, as it was at its hotel that my wife and I stayed a couple of years ago and still remember fondly the amazing food there. This actually was the highlight of our day on Santorini. Sabena was very kind and knowledgeable about the island.
We enjoyed our time with her very much. Thank you for a great day. Will be glad to use Santorini Experts again but will keep our beach time at Kamari!
Wow! Booking this tour was one of the best decisions we made while in Greece! Marco, our tour guide, was professional, polite, extremely knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and perfect in every way. We were thrilled that he was able to connect with our kids (12 and 13) who were immediately comfortable with him and loved his sense of humor. Marco tailored the tour to our tastes and we never felt pressured for time. He recommended the best places for baklava and ice cream and brought us to the best spots to take absolutely breathtaking pictures. The kids favorite part of the tour (besides the delicious ice cream!) was when Marco took us to the highest point of the island.
That was an awesome experience all four of us will remember forever! Marco was a true gentleman and a pleasure. It felt like our cousin was giving us a personalized tour of the island! I cannot say enough good things about this tour. We learned so much about the history of the island and got to see places we hoped to see and much more! If you're reading this and wondering whether to book this tour, just do it! You will not be disappointed.
It really was one of the highlights of our trip!! Once again Marco.... thank you for an incredible tour!!
- Joe, Eleni, Marco & Marianna
We had to best day in Santorini. Markos was fabulous! He was very informative and brought us to great spots on the island. He gave us time to do what we wanted and still provided a fun educational day. It was very hot and he had the a/c cranked up and ready for us after each stop. Loved the winery he brought us to. Also he suggested a place for Baklava-he was right: best i ever had!
I will never do a group tour again - Markos you are great! Thank you!
My daughter and I booked a custom private tour with Santorini Experts and had a wonderful time. We visited the famous blue dome church in Firostefani, toured the capital Fira and Imerovigli and went on to Pyrgos the old capital of Santorini. we visited the Monastery there and saw amazing views. We also visited the Argyros Winery and Donkey Brewery. Santorini Experts were very helpful in planning our day.
They were very prompt at returning emails, they were very reasonable in their fees and their guide was very personable, fun and informative! Would definitely use again, very professional company.
We booked a private wine tour with Santorini Experts and we received more than what we paid for. Assigned driver, Dimitris is so friendly and doesn't hesitate to share his knowledge on Santorini with us. It was a fun trip where we talked and laughed throughout. Highly recommend Dimitris :)
My mom and I booked Santorini Experts for our stop in Santorini while on a cruise. We had a couple that was going to join us from the cruise as well. We were to meet our guide Dimitris just after getting off the cable car but unfortunately the other two people had issues with the tender and didn’t show. Dimitris was extremely patient while waiting for them and even talked to another guide that was there to make arrangements in case they showed up. We obviously were behind schedule but he made sure that we were still able to see everything. He told us great stories and tried to avoid the crowds as much as possible. He took us to the spot to get a picture of the famous 3 blue domes in Oia, took us to the cutest winery, and ended our day at the highest point of the island where we took the best pictures! He made sure we were back in plenty of time to wait in line for the cable car and catch our tender back to the ship.
At the end of the day we paid the total amount for 4 people. We thought that was fair since we booked the trip for 4 and they had arranged a larger car to take us. Later that night Katherine emailed me to say that we should’ve only paid the price for 2 people and she refunded the difference to us via PayPal right away. I was blown away by the fact that she would do that!!
The next day on the ship we were talking to some other people who had done other tours and they did not see near what we saw and did not get the information we received. We were so happy that we booked with Santorini Experts and would request Dimitris as our guide again!
We and two other couples spent three days in Santorini in early October. We had arranged with Santorini Experts for private tours on two of those days, and were fortunate enough to meet Marcos! He was a wonderful tour guide - knowledgeable, friendly, personable, and passionate! He optimized the time we had to see quite a bit of Santorini - not only the traditional highlights but also many of the more local aspects of Santorini. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him, and learned and saw a lot!
I would highly recommend him, and Santorini Experts, to anyone who is going to visit Santorini!
The private tour that I had with Marcos of Santorini Experts was one the best tours that I have ever experienced in all my years of travel. I booked it Marcos a private tour for our group—my 84 year-old mother, my three brothers and myself.
Marcos picked us up promptly at the cable car exit and took us on an amazingly thorough tour of the island with visits to Oia, traditional town and top of the mountain. His knowledge of Greek history and culture is phenomenal. He is passionate in sharing his love of Greece with you.
Marcos was incredibly kind and compassionate with my mom. The photo I am attaching to this review says it all—Marcos walking with Mom. He is a great tour guide but more importantly an incredible human being.
If you take a tour with Santorini Experts, you will come home loving the island and will have a greater appreciation of Greece from the perspective of a native. Enjoy!!
We booked this tour when we were back in New Zealand. The team at Santorini Experts got back to us straight away with a rough plan for our day. After confirming we were happy with everything we paid a deposit and the voucher was emailed to us. The day we arrived our cruise was sitting in a bit of wind and our tenders were delayed. Catherine was at the top of the cable car where they said they would be waiting with a sign and a welcoming smile. Sadly due to our delay we did have to cut our tour short slightly as they had another booking straight after ours - which we totally understood.
Catherine was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. Her english was excellent and she was very helpful. We had plenty of time to see the sights, take lots of photos and do some shopping. We were also taken to a local organic farm to taste delicious wine and food. Everyone we met was very hospitable and helpful. We considered a slight change to our tour to dip our toes in the sea (which Catherine would gladly make happen) but decided against it as it was too windy. Having a private tour gave us that flexibility. We were a group of 7, so the minivan we had was very spacious, tidy and comfortable with complementary water bottles.
We would highly recommend this company and Catherine if you are visiting the beautiful Santorini. We didn’t want the tour to end, it was well worth the money for the wonderful experience - we will be back one day!
I am a Greek living abroad and have been to Santorini several times in the past. I wanted to schedule a tour to show my in-laws the whole island but was reluctant to rent a car or use tour/public buses due to how crowded it is in the summer.
Kathrin, Marco, and the team at Santorini Experts were phenomenal. First off - they are all fluent English speakers which made communication easy. Before arriving in Santorini I was in continuous contact with Kathrin via phone and email, fine-tuning the details of what we wanted to see and coordinating the tour. She even made suggestions for local restaurants and helped me make reservations! She was always accessible and offered what was essentially a concierge experience for us.
Marco picked us up near our hotel and drove us around Santorini in a comfortable air conditioned minivan. He knew all the best photo spots and was able to customize the tour on the fly in order to accommodate us (we don't walk very quickly and needed a bit of extra time to get around). He was knowledgeable, patient, and took some great photos of the four of us! We had great conversations about the island, its culture, and its people. It felt more like we were being shown around by a close friend or family member, rather than by just a tour guide.
What really sets Santorini Experts apart is how warm and hospitable they were. They truly embody the idea of philoxenia. When we visited Santorini, I was initially reluctant to hire a private tour. In retrospect, I am so happy that I did. All four of us had an incredible experience that we will always remember.
Great guide, great deal of information! And all this in German! The tours offer very interesting information about Santorini! Very friendly and fun!
I made a trip with Santorini Experts last year - absolutely brilliant. You will get unforgettable impressions, lots of information and have one of your most memorable days on the island!
5 sparkling stars from me !!!
by Roswitha Jung
My husband and I had an introduction to Santorini tour with Markos on 2nd June. It was fabulous.
Great guide! Very warm and hospitable. The tour was fun and informative at the same time.
Thirassia Tour with Markos - a real highlight of our holiday!
It was a wonderful experience on the island! Many thanks, Markos, for your taking great care of us! And for the valuable tips for our further stay!
Discover Thirassia: What a great day! Thanks for the undistorted look behind the scenes. Markos: Top Guide!!
Super trip with a super friendly guide! Thanks you Kathrin, see you next year!
I had a wonderful time in Santorini, thanks for the professional arrangements and assistance during our stay!
Beautiful trip, great deal of information, madly beautiful nature! I can only recommend it!
I was confident that no matter what you do, you would do it professionally, with passion and devotion. Congratulations, keep on!
Markos was great!! My husband and I had an unbelievable experience! The tour was private which we loved and Markos showed us everything we expected and more.
We had only 1 day to spend at Santorini but we got to see all the highlights and learn the history with Kathrin and Markos in this short amount of time.
Having been to Santorini (Kamari) several times we were looking for some new adventures. Our hotel owner told us about a new trip which had never been tried before. After reading the details, we decided to give it a go and I'm so pleased that we did...Our guide, Markos, who has now started up Santorini Experts, is the most enthusiastic guide you could ever have and Thirassia is a wonderful, totally unspoilt island to visit and to see the sunset from there is quite remarkable.
We booked SantoriniExperts for our first trip to Santorini because we wanted to explore parts of the island that are a bit more inaccessible.
After researching multiple private excursions in Santorini, my wife and I booked a tour with Markos from the Santorini Experts to see as much as we could in the short time we had on the island.
Just came back from our Med Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, and I got to say the best excursion & by far the best tour guide through-out our entire 15 days was Santorini and Markos Kyriakakis.
This was the greatest excursion in Santorini! Markos took us on a four-hour tour of the Island. He was fun, friendly and very knowledgeable, showing us the best photo spots and views.
We visited Santorini with our family, and had a wonderful time. Markos was the perfect guide for our family.
Kostas at Athiri Santorini hotels recommended Santorini Experts and we're glad he did! Kathryn was knowledgable, professional, and FUN!
We went to Thirassia together with Markos, an excellent guide who understands how to enrich facts and history with funny stories, anecdotes and personal experiences from his life.
Thanks to Markos, we managed to see the best of Santorini in so little time and in very difficult health circumstances!We felt we had the most caring and professional guide with us, easing the pain of our issues and customizing the tour upon our request.
Markos from Santorini Experts is the most brilliant tour guide one could ask for. He was not only very knowledgable and informative but also very amusing and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
This was our second visit to Santorini, so wanted to do something different to the usual tours.