Greeted with a broad smile at our hotel reception on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Santorini, we knew we were in for a treat for the next four hours with Spyros Thermos from Guide Me In Greece. We set off immediately in his spacious eight-seater, while Spyros asked us more about what we were interested in seeing and hearing about on the island, formulating the perfect tailored itinerary for us as he drove along.
We soon learnt Spyros was no regular tour guide, ten years experience as an archaeologist, two years studying wine in Florence, and a never-ending thirst for knowledge, he runs a variety of tours specific to what his client is interested in, and had more knowledge than we could have hoped for. He laughed as he told us the archaeology tours were his favourite because he knows whatever question that’s thrown at him, he can answer (challenge accepted!). From hearing about his 65 year-old Aunt who hasn’t been to Oia since she got married 45 years ago (and lives only a 20 minute drive away!) to discussing how Santorini came to be, the tour was the perfect balance of solid facts and a personal touch.
Beginning with an incredible view from Venetsanos winery, we then moved on to marvel at the red beach and black beach, before discovering the hidden gem of Emborio village, somewhere we would not have discovered alone. The ascent to Prophet Ilias mountain brought incredible views over the entire island before making our way to Oia for that famous sunset. Completing our day watching the sun lower over those iconic blue domes, and then seeing the moon rise above the rest of the island, it was an experience we won’t be forgetting in a hurry. With copious amounts of time to soak up the atmosphere, take photos and ask questions, we really did feel like we’d been hanging out with an old friend for the past four hours.
We’ll let the photos speak for themselves…
LENSES&LOCALS was sponsored for the tour with Spyros Thermos from Guide Me In Greece, however we had an amazing time with Spyros and we’d highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Santorini!