Bonnie GouldUnited States
Martin is wonderful and I encourage anyone wanting a sampling of Santorini - expert photo advice and engaging stories to sign up for one of his tours. EXCELLENT!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Bonnie, I had such a wonderful day with yourself, JoAnne & Penny. Safe travels on the remainder of your journey.
Mike PohlNew Zealand
Martin is a great local guide and was able to educate and take us on a tour of Santorini at our pace.Strongly recommended if you are coming of a cruise ship and don't want the large group experience .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mike, it was a pleasure meeting both yourself and Liz. Keep on swimming!
Cheryl PyshosUnited States
A fabulous day in Santorini. Martin is very knowledgeable about the island and is very skilled at avoiding what could have been crushing crowds. Would recommend without reservation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Cheryl. Aiding in avoiding the crowds was my pleasure.
Karl FacerUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karl
Cheryl H.United States
This tour was everything I hoped for and more. We saw the entire island. Great views for photos. Martin is an accomplished photographer and knew exactly where to take us for best access. Martin was extremely knowledgeable and eager to share his love of Santorini. We gained insights to the local industries and hangouts. Martin was also kind enough to change my day of tour at last minute when my cruise ship unexpectedly changed their schedule. I highly recommend this tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cheryl, A pleasure meeting both yourself and Steve Bolling. I was happy we managed to accommodate your date change.
Parveen DennisUnited States
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Sharne WorrallUnited Kingdom
Martin met us promptly and then took us a tour of every part of the Island away from the crowds. Lots of help with our photography as well as detailed knowledge of Santorini. We would never have found the sights we saw without him. Excellent highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure meeting both you and Peter. Congratulations on the photo competition, thats' great to hear. Ha, Ha, yes, the thick jumper for those 25 degree days will come in handy with a box of truffles, lol!
Terry JohnsonUnited States
Great guide and tour. Heartily recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Terry, it was a pleasure meeting both you and Steve. Enjoy the remainder of your journey.
Jeff GetzUnited States
We did the tour on our first day which helped us better understand the different parts of the island and what was available. We very much enjoyed the tour, particularly of the Castilli of Emporio. Martin's easy going, laid back personality was perfect for this environment. If interested in photography, he was very knowledgeable and helpful with advice ... we took a lot of pictures.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure meeting both you and Sherry. Glad I could be of assistance with your photography settings. Safe travels with the rest of your journey.
Dale RennerUnited States
An expensive car tour around the island. Little, if any, photographic input from the guide. Guide was extremely disorganized. Much time was wasted in picking up third party and picking up the size vehicle that was pre-requested.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My tours offered with TBL are no more than other Santorini listings. Photographic input & discussions are always offered according to client wishes, interest & knowledge. Original meeting point was hotel as per booking. A third party, requested being added to the original tour with a pick up from Old port, original booking took precedence. Pick ups were in order en route. I pre- offered alternate vehicle however, mix up the day of occurred I took full responsibility offering full compensation.
Maria ShabanovaUnited States
My friend and I selected this tour to maximize our time and see as many places/villages of the island as possible in a short period of time. Martin was very knowledgeable, knew how to avoid the cruise ship crowds, and was very flexible with the timing of the tour. We asked to start the tour at 7 to catch the sunrise and he gladly agreed. He also took us to some quaint corners of the island we could not have found without him. The coffee shop he took us to was a truly authentic experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Maria, It was a pleasure having the opportunity to share a magnificent sunrse during your stay on Santorini with both you and your friend. keep shooting and enjoy your journey.
Clair BillinghamUnited Kingdom
Average tour. Our guide wasn't especially informative and we we very disappointed with the vehicle. He said his car had broken down and we ended up in a tiny hire car with no air con and we could only open the door by winding down the window and reaching outside. VERY OVERPRICED. We booked 4 tours on this trip. This was the worst in terms of vehicle, guide and content but was the most expensive.
Sherry SakamotoUnited States
Martin is very knowledgeable about Santorini and provides a very laid-back, unrushed insiders view of the island. We were a group of 4 with one member experiencing walking limitations and Martin was always very helpful. Plus with his photography background he can steer you towards some of the best shots of the island (and I'm by no means a photographer but I was impressed by the pictures I captured on my IPhone!)
Joni RenardNew Iberia, LA, United States
Wonderful tour of the island, he accommodated our wants and needs as 3 women loving to shop ! As we toured he was always willing to stop, eat and shop whenever we wanted ! Open top touring is the only way to do Santorini... wonderful memories of all the places we were taken.
Joni RenardNew Iberia, LA, United States
Martin was excellent, knowledgeable, and fun to be with during our tour of Santorini. Our tour was disrupted by bad weather conditions, but he changed the tour to fit our needs and had a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Martin !!
Randall ShermanUnited States
This was a third time in Santorini, and by far the best tour! Martin's knowledge of the island currently and its history is expansive. As a bonus, his knowledge of photography is outstanding and he took us to many amazing viewpoints that we had never seen before. All in all, a great day of sightseeing and photography. Thank you Martin! Thank you
Lynn SmithAvon Lake, OHIO, United States
My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful photography tour with Martin in Santorini. It was a beautiful day and we drove across the whole island where Martin would stop at great scenic views to give us the best setting for our photographs. We have some wonderful pictures from that day.
Miguel ArizaUnited States
We selected Martin for our tour guide during our day trip to santorini. Hands down best decision. Made. Highly recommend his gastronomic tour! We enjoyed some of the most amazing local wine and dined by the sea at this amazing seafood restaurant. Most fresh and delicious food ever. Martin was very knowledgeable and assisted us with getting excellent pictures given his professional photo background! A great way to see santorini by car
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Miguel, it was a pleasure meeting both yourself & Won Mee. On your next visit be sure to stay a bit longer.
Had a great day in Santorini with Martin. Was able to see the island and avoid a lot of the tourist traffic. He knows the island well and it's history. Would recommend taking a tour with Martin to anyone.
Sarah BookerUnited States
We had a fantastic day on Santorini with Martin! We saw so much, took some amazing photographs, and had an A+ time! It was a highlight of our entire trip to Italy and Greece! Thank you for the tips on using my polarizing filter, and the other photography tips obviously including the amazing photo op stops!!! It made the day even better! HIGHLY recommend spending a day with Martin! If we had the time, I would have added a few more hours as it went by much too quickly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sarah, it was a pleasure meeting both you and Lynann, I had a great day talking photo. Keep on shooting Enjoy the remainder of your journey, until next time
Denise HilsherUnited States
One of the best private tours I have experience.
Carol SmithUnited States
Martin in Santorini was our tour guide on September 21, 2015. His tour of the island was excellent for the five of us. The tour stated 4 hours but our tour was 6 hours. He was very informative.
Sherry WadeUnited States
Martin gave us a great tour of the entire island allowing us to go at our own pace and enjoy the many panoramic views. He also took us on a walk through a very quiet village and showed us other unique sites. At our request we ended the tour at a seaside cafe away from the larger tourist spots and our meal was memorable.
Frank BarnakoUnited States
Strongest possible recommendation for Martin, an ex-pat Canadian who's lived on Santorini for 20+ years. We asked Martin for a Photography-focused tour of the beautiful island. He delivered a day-long adventure, highlighted by a local's insight, humor, and color. His familiarity with 'the territory" put us in position to bring home our own startling images of whitewashed buildings and brilliant blue domes. Martin is smart, savvy, helpful, considerate and ... a great photographer. Book him
Donald DeathUnited States
A great day on Santorini. Martin gave us a wonderful day and we ended the day committed to returning. Thanks
Gary KonopkaTampa, FL, United States
Martin's super knowledge of Santorini was fantastic. We saw all the sites worth seeing and then got to see areas you would not normally get to. Martin was probably the most professional and knowledgeable guide we have ever encountered. Use him - you will not be disappointed.
Robert C.United States
Our photo tour of Santorini with Martin was Fantastic! Martin contacted us before the tour to learn the kit we were bringing and what we wanted to see. He took us all around the island to capture the best scenes for our Photos. My daughter is building a portfolio for her Photo Club in HS. Martin helped her to compose the shots and guided her on settings, etc. The non-photographers in the family also enjoyed the tour. We saw places that we would have never found without Martin's help.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, Thank you for the feedback, I'm glad you all had a good time. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your 1Dx images and Kate's updated portfolio. A pleasure
Santorini is simply beautiful. Martin took us for a tour of Thira and then drove us to Prophet Elias mountain. Went to the Red Beach and swam in the clear sea with the beautiful background of the red volcano. Oia was truly enchanting and could have spent a whole afternoon admiring the view with the white dazzling houses and the blue domed churches. Martin took some nice photos for us to capture this magical day. Excellent guide.
Allen KettleUnited States
Martin was great to work with and exceeded our expectations. He was very knowledgeable and was very attentive to our needs. There were 4 in our travel party and Martin made sure we each of us was having an enjoyable tour. When he spoke he called us by our names, very impressive. I would recommend Martin and would use him again in the future.
What a fantastic experience of Santorini. Whilst there where 5 cruise ships in for the day we sat a local cafe with nobody passing for hours and seeing an old castle. He is extremely knowledgable and very accommodating. What a fantastic time. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Markus, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share a bit of what I love about the magnificent Santorini.
Ross GinsbergUnited States
Our guide was prompt pleasant knowledgeable took us to the best places to take our photos spend extra time with us and I couldn't say enough good things about him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ross, A pleasure meeting you both. I trust our photography shop talk garnered some top pics. Thanks again
Alvin NicoloUnited States
Santorini is a beautiful place and this tour is a great way to see it. Martin is very professional and interesting. My wife is a semi-professional photographer and Martin was able to offer professional tips to help her better understand some technical aspects of her camera. Martin knows the island exceptionally well and can take visitors to beautiful, less travelled places. Santorini is somewhat difficult to get to for someone in a wheelchair (like myself) but Martin was very helpful-great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Alvin, I want to thank you again for contacting me and allowing me the opportunity to show you some of this magnificent island... I just wished we had more time. I will be looking for Renee's photo's and positive she managed to get a number of keepers.
Karen LarsenUnited States
Awesome! Martin's tour of Santorini was one of the highlights of our trip. His communication, patience, timing, flexibility and knowledge were perfect and Martin made sure we saw everything possible in our time there. Oia, Fira, Red Sand Beach, smaller villages,stunning photo opportunities, a relaxing cappuccino overlooking the blue domes, then later small bites and wine by the water.Fabulous. Martin knew his way around the crowds and the traffic benefitting our schedule. Great day and a great guide!
Brian SharoffUnited States
Martin is a very knowledgeable photographer and guide. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Brian, I trust the remainder of your trip was a good one and thank you for your copy of The Economist.
Victoria BeatleyUnited States
The rating is limited to 5 stars but Martin was really off the chart. We had a wonderful experience with Martin. He was full of rich history of the island, he was a skilled driver. Always mindful of our time together and wanting to make the most memorable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Victoria, I see you managed to get some fabulous photos while here... great to see. It was my pleasure spending time with you all and dinner both nights was part of the reason. I look forward to our paths crossing here again with L.A in the books. Until we all meet again
Timothy VicenteUnited States
We had booked this as Martin's Photography tour. We had been to Santorini and had not seen the entire island so we thought this tour would give us more perspective. It did get us around the island but we were disappointed in the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I took into consideration Timothy's interest in the Photography Tour as well their brief previous visit to the island and so altered the Photography Tour accordingly to suit. I introduced them to at least 10 villages around the island, as well as two village walk throughs and exiting the vehicle in several additional locations for scenic and photographic opportunities. The Santorini Photography Tour is geared towards those with a desire to experience and photograph images in and around the island.
Hilary SimmonsUnited States
It was a wonderful tour! I was very uncertain about how many of us there might be and what day we might be there, but Martin answered all my questions, was flexible with what I wanted to do! It was an excellent tour! Thanks again for everything Martin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Hillary, My pleasure. it was very nice to meet you & your travel companions and I trust the remainder of your Aegean islands journey was a great time.
Martin was very flexible and accommodating - He also went to the special effort of getting an open top car which made the drive much more fun. He took us to non-tourist places which were fabulous. We actually did not hire him for photography but to take us around the island. His knowledge of the history is excellent. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Frances my pleasure... no tourists, beach, backgammon and a handful of laughs. Looking forward to seeing you all again for your triumphant rematch!
Cynthia WithrowUnited States
We spent a wonderful day in Santorini with Martin. He was cheerful, knowledgeable, and took us all over the island to gorgeous scenic spots we could have never found on our own. He had lots of interesting facts and stories to share. Having Martin as our guide allowed us to get the very most out of our limited time on the island. His expertise in photography was very helpful. We highly recommend him and thought that the cost was absolutely worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cynthia, I had a wonderful day with your party and it was my pleasure filling you all in on your interesting questions. I trust you all had a pleasant time with your onward journey. I have a few pics for you if you would like to forward an email. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Regards Martin
Judith (Judy) BurnhamUnited States
Martin, the trip around your beautiful Santorini was extraordinary. Thank you for everything. We all thoroughly enjoyed every minute, and we all hope to come back before Brad & I get too tottery and old!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Judy, It was my pleasure... I had a wonderful day with you all. Koodo's to Courtney for her destination choice, You and Brad are certainly a great set of grandparents. Keep me informed with your photography and future island travels, it will be great to catch up again.
June ReynoldsUnited States
Martin did a great job on this trip. He took us to wonderful spots to photograph. He was very helpful on camera settings. We highly recommend this trip. June
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: June, it was my pleasure and I look forward to viewing your images. All the best with your photographic endeavors.
Robert S.United States
A great opportunity to see and photograph the island in the care of a real pro! Thanks, Martin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert, you are most welcome, it was my absolute pleasure. I had a fantastic time meeting you and I wish you both the very best with all your photographic endeavors.
Michael WeaverUnited States
Martin met us and gave us a thorough tour of the side of Santorini that many don't have the privilege of seeing, including those on cruise line tours! We saw far more in four hours than many would see in eight hours or more! I would HIGHLY recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael & Lisa, It was a pleasure meeting you both and I had a wonderful day spending our time together. Good luck with all your future travels and if you're ever this way again you must be sure to look me up. Thanks again, all the best
Thomas McmahanUnited States
Guide's automobile was too small for the tour and the air conditioning wasn't adequate so we had to keep the windows down (it was pretty hot that day). The guide took us to lunch at a friend's restaurant, and not everyone was happy that he took over the ordering of lunch (no one wanted octopus). Over all, however, it was a good tour, and we saw a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Party of 5, van was 7 seat? A/C functioning properly, in/ out of van frequently, A/C off while out. The 2 lovely ladies kind enough to take rear seats requested windows remain open for fresh air. A cane & leg brace may have added to temperature? Clients get option of meeting proprietor, many cases we've become friends over the years. I assist in recommendations, never take over ordering unless requested. Everyone ordered as they desired & rec'd. likewise, I ensure that. Octopus... none left by end?
Aaron KampfeUnited States
I can't say enough about how great Martin was with my group! Not only did we see the "must see" places of Santorini, but he showed us many out of the way spots that only a local can know. Martin's personality was perfect for my group and I would recommend him in an instant. I would rate our experience a 4.75/5. The only down side was that we could have used a larger vehicle for the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Aaron, Thanks so much for the kind words. It was a pleasure meeting your group and we had a fantastic day. Please accept my apologies re: the 5 seater car, it's a European thing, lol! I will be sure to remedy that for the next time you all visit. Thanks again
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are glad to hear that you and your group enjoyed the tour with Martin. The car size issue was brought up to the guide's attention.
Robert CaldwellUnited States
Martin was pleasant and demonstrated an excellent grasp of the history of this beautiful island. He paced us well as he led us to wonderful photo opportunity spots. I was disappointed, however, that he offered no help with the photography such as composition, camera settings, etc. Given the high cost of this tour and the fact that he is advertised as a professional I expected more. His rental car broke down resulting in a missed sunset photo op. 100 Euro added for extra car rental time was exorbitant
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: As far as I remember instruction was offered in a number of visited locations. I apologize about the rental vehicle but as you remember it did have a mechanical issue and for safety I decided it was better to stop using it. After a call to the rental company, another vehicle was delivered to the restaurant within 10 mins. In regards to the additional 100 Euro, that was an option offered and agreed on before the tour was booked in order to optimize the group time on the island. Sorry for any inconvenience.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: After our staff went through the communication between customer and guide it was found that the customer agreed before booking the tour on the extra 100 Euros to be paid locally in order to have a van as mean of transportation.
Johannes WitteUnited States
We were very pleased with our guide in Santorini. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A pleasure meeting you Johannes
Barbara GloverUnited States
Martin is very knowledgeable about Santorini and where are good places to go and what to see.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Barbara, It was a pleasure meeting you, perhaps next year... the sail? All the best with your travels.
Martin was very nice. We got to Santorini 2 hrs late because of the disembarkation process, and he waited for us with no problem. He showed us around, we took beautiful pictures.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Diana, It was an absolute pleasure meeting your happy family, you all have such a wonderful sense of humour. I trust the remainder of your journey was as enjoyable.