I use this Greek term to welcome my guests, to me it is not just another Greek word. It shows what characterizes me as a tour guide. I am happy to meet you and am 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 me to show you the beauty of Santorini.
"Apla", your third Greek lesson, reflects my passion for this little island and the true Greek values, still found in Santorini. My 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, I aim to make your tour with me different, because I offer something else.
In case you are still not convinced about my intentions, just continue reading these lines and imagine you are already in Santorini traveling with me around this beautiful, unique island. I will share knowledge and lots of information about a variety of different aspects about this fantastic area. It is of immense importance to me 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 I start my tours with some geographical information about Santorini. I know that you traveled a long way to visit this area, so it is very important to me to give you a clear understanding of where you exactly are.
After realizing where you are I keep on driving through the island, explaining, sharing and interacting with you.
I want you to be an active part of your tour and not just only listen to the "guide". I 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 me and leave the rest to me. Last but not least I promise you that at the end of the tour you will be able to know at least five common Greek terms.
A Recent Review of this guide
We really enjoyed the tour with Markos! He is very friendly, kind, knowledgeable and fun to be around with and is very accommodating and flexible and will do everything he can to give you a wonderful experience. We highly recommend him!
I am a resident of Santorini all year round, so I can provide full knowledge of the local life.
I am licensed by the Greek Ministry of Tourism to provide tours, which I do for 8 years now.
I grew up in Germany, so my German is fluent.
(License to teach German - Goethe Institute Munich)
I studied in the UK and provide fluent English.
(Masters degree in International Shipping - Plymouth)
I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.