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 Ocean Wave Tours

Sure I could write a couple paragraphs about why you should hire Ocean Wave to take you and your family and friends around Santorini. But since so many happy travelers who did a tour with them had already said everything that needs to be said, I will just let them tell you. Let me just say that if you are arriving on a cruise ship and have limited time on the island, doing a trip with Ocean Wave is the way to make the most of your time. And if you are staying on the island and want to see the sights but feel nervous about driving, then contact them. Or if you are like me and you want to go out and see the wineries, restaurants and nightlife of Santorini, but don't want to wreck your car or get stopped for drunken driving, they will take you to the best places Santorini has to offer. How do you think I found them?-Matt Barrett

Dimitris of Ocean Wave Tours, Santorini, Greece

Dimitris of Ocean Wave Tours of Santorini, Greece

Ocean Wave Tours, Santorini

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Travelers Reviews and Photos

Dear Dimi,
Just wanted to say thanks for showing us your beautiful Santorini your way on May 22nd.  I look forward to recommending your services to my clients heading for Santorini and hope to return in the not to distant future.  Thanks again
Jacquie Peticolas
Personal Vacation Planner
Direct: (800) 485-9747

Hello Dimitris and Patricia:
Just a short note to thank you for our great tour of Santorini on September 9.  I have been in touch with the Buchanans in Atlanta and they enjoyed their tour as well.  Patricia, we enjoyed meeting you and seeing your previous home that you have for rent.  the lunch was delicious as well.  Also Barry took some terrific photos of Santorini and the ones you took of all of us came out great as well.  Santorini is beautiful and I can understand why you love living there.
We shall recommend your services to anyone that we know who is traveling to Santorini.
Best regards,
Mary Ann, John, Fran and Barry

We just want to thank you for the excelent tour of the island that you gave us last week.
We will be sure and recomend your company to any friends who may be planning a trip to Santorini.
Thanks again.
Peter McKellar


Thank you very much for your bus service and for Sophia, she was adorable (all the men really loved her!).

Everyone had a wonderful time in Santorini and lunch was wonderful!  We all loved the winery and smuggled our wine onboard the ship (they usually take all alcohol and 'hold' onto it until the last night) and had it poolside with pasta and pizza that night!

When I get caught up, I will write a review for the other 400 Cruises Inc agents and the 400 Cruise One agents so hopefully you will get a lot more business.

I look forward to doing more business with you in the near future!


Your Personal Cruise Specialist
Debbie Lipkin, Cruises Inc.

Phone:    (727) 772-0045
Toll Free: (888) 772-0045

Dear Dimitrios,
We wanted to thank you so much for our wonderful tour of Santorini.  We all had such a terrific time and you taught us so much about the island.  We also enjoyed our lunch at the beach so much -- it was the best lunch that we had at any of islands.  Our photos were terrific and truly showed your beautiful island, and we now have such great memories.
Please feel free to use us as a reference for your great tours!  
Linda Hyde

Hello Dimitris
I had a text form my clients Bowaters & Wingfields - they said you did a fantastic job and they really enjoyed the tour of the island they did with you immensely. Thank you so much!! I will remember you for any other clients I have who need some-one to show them Santorini. Do you know of anyone on Corfu who could do the same sort of thing as the cruise line have cancelled their tour there and they have asked if I know of anyone who can take them on a tour.
Appreciate your help.
Kind regards
Jill Gothard
Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel -

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Hi Patricia,

We all agree that we had the best time with you last week in Santorini than any where else on our cruise!  I've attached a few photos for you.....  We enjoyed a relaxed, comfortable day seeing the sights with you and loved our lunch away from the crowds in the taverna.

Your vacation rental homes look wonderful, and if we are lucky enough to visit your island again some day, we will contact you!  Let me know if you ever decide to come to the US and if you would like to consider trading houses.  I can tell you about the area and also send photos of the house.

Thanks again for everything!

Best Regards,

I enjoyed a wonderful day touring Santorini with you in May, with 3 other friends (see photo). I have 4 good friends who are going to be on a Holland America cruise that will stop in Santorini within the next couple of weeks. If possible, they would love to meet you and spend time touring the island. One of them, Janet Brumfield, will contact you with specific dates and times. One of the friends has had recent knee surgery, so the group won't be able to spend as much time walking as we did, especially in Ia. But there is so much to see, I'm sure that they would enjoy a driving tour. I will give them your contact information so they can make arrangements. We are still hoping to come back to Santorini and rent one of your villas....perhaps in 2010!
Best Regards, Mary Castiglione

Hi Dimitris,
My family and I are finally getting back to our normal everyday schedules.
I want to thank you for a wonderful tour of my very favorite port on our cruise in September, 2009.
You made our tour very informative and enjoyable. When we return someday I will make sure I contact you again.
Thank you,
Rita Bietry

Hello Dimitris,

I just wanted to thank you for the tour you provided for Brad and Angelica Moore on September 11th. They were very pleased with all you did for them, as am I. 

I am grateful you were available and willing to work with me to arrange a special tour for their honeymoon. I would be happy to be used as a reference any time I could be useful to you. 

Thank you again,
Donna Snyder

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Dear Mr. Nikolaidis:
We would like to thank you for the beautiful tour that you took us in Santorini and the pleasant atmosphere you had created in your tour bus.  Professionalisum and politness is very important and you had both.  Thank you for your patience when we were late comming back from our walks.  We give you a 5 star service standards and will definitely recommend you to freinds and family if the visit Santorini... Our hellos to your daughter.

Just got home and found your e-mail.

First, THANK YOU for a very special day. We all agreed it was the best day of our entire trip.

It was very nice meeting your entire family.

Second, thank you for the credit which I had overlooked. You are a very honest man.

My wife and I hope to get back to Santorini and will call you when we decide we can take the

time for another wonderful vacation.

Again, thank you for a wonderful time.

Best regards.

Lenny & Emily Greenbaum & friends

Thanks for a great tour of Santorini June 4th with Gabrielle.  He was delightful.  He gave us lots of information about economics, religion, history, viniculture and general fun stuff.  I would recommend him to anyone!  We certainly saw a lot of the island and his van was clean and comfortable.  Give him our thanks!

Patricia Moehlman

Hello Dimitrios,

I just wanted to thank you for providing us with such a fantastic day in Santorini on May 15th (  I think.) Gabrielle was our driver and he was fantastic.We all really enjoyed his infornative trip and his enthusiasm. He showed us far more of Santorini than what we had hoped to see so we were very pleased. So much so that we want to return for a longer stay.Next time we plan to stay for maybe 3 nights if we can find somewhere at a reasonable cost to stay. We are looking at about a year away, would you have any suggestions where 4 adukts could maybe get an apartment? Either in Oia or Thira? Cheap is good for us, a view would be great but as I am a travel agent myself, I am also well aware that cheap and views dont normally go in the same sentence.

Any ideas that you could share. We are flexible on dates but are looking at April 2008.


anne hart

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Hi Dimitris;  Hope you remember me Joe Panozzo  from Texas. Our group of 6 spent an enjoyable day  with you last year off of the Princess ship.We started our Greek tour with your friend Gemma in Athens.Anyway , I Have referred you to a friend Ed Heikkila who  will be with you this week or next in SANTORINI. His wife ....Ruth will join him.Please provide him with your usual excellent tour and the restaurant that you took us to down near the water close RED BEACH would be enjoyable as well.. Hope your new home.  construction is going well. By the way MR. HEIKKILA  is a builder in Houston.  Good luck to you and good health as well. Best Regards Joe Panozzo

Hi Dimitris I was just going through all my photos from the trip and they have brought back many great memories. We all had a wonderful time in Santorini and all agree that it was our favourite port. We would love to return some day. Your tour was fabulous and the Greek salad was the best I have ever had (Please thank your cousin!) We are saving our wine for a special night or two when we want to relive our time in Greece! Attached are four photos from our day with you. Thanks again and all the best, Mary Anne

I wanted to thank you for the tour of Santorini a few weeks ago. You were great.

I have written about you and your lovely family on my blog. It's on my website at

Our cruise, if you remember, went to Albania after leaving Santorini. You were surprised. Albania has no tours or help for tourists. You should think about starting a tour business there.

Good luck.  Please sent our good wishes to Patricia, Lydia, and Athena.


Hi Dimitris,
Thank you so much for sending my glasses to Venice . Santorini was one of our favourite stops and you made it very memorable for us. We will certainly recommend your company to others.
Good luck with your new house and we hope to see you in Victoria one day and we can be your guide.
Kindest Regards,

David and Susan Christie

, BC , Canada

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dimitris, thank you again for the lovely day tour. we had such a wonderful time in greece and especially in santorini. we will certainly share your information with anyone heading that way. thanks again.
chesley krohn

We enjoyed our Santorini tour.  Thank you for accommodating the larger group so quickly.  I also greatly appreciate you and your driver taking very good care of my parents.  When you drove up closer and it was really not allowed, I knew you were very kind and helpful.
We enjoyed all the beautiful photo stops.  I would definitely recommend your company.  If I knew more about the island ahead of time I would have skipped the winery and spent more time in Oia and the beach.  It is just a personal preference as I'm sure many enjoy the winery.  
We also appreciate you sharing your knowledge of the area while we were driving.  Most of our other tours did this also.  We did have one in Naples that was too quiet and I feel it made the tour less enjoyable.  Your love of the island is apparent and we loved hearing you tell us the history.  
Warm regards,

Just a not to thank you for your excellent service during our recent visit to Santorini.  Your guide, Mamen was terrific.  We found her knowledge and ifnormation to be thorough.  We also canít thank her enough for her lunch recommendation and getting our grandchildren to a terrific and uncrowded beach, opposite the restaurant.  We would not hesitate to use your services again should we return to Santorini and to recommend your company to any who asks.
Thanks again, Stuart Winick & family

Hi this is Tammy.
I went on a tour with 2 other couples in Santorini with your wife during June 5-17 we were on the Oceania cruise line. You will have to tell your wife that I'm the one that called the Octopus Tentacles " Testicles " when they passed the plate around for everyone to try. We were at a restaurant on the water, one that she chose to eat at and she ordered everything for us to try. I have never had squid before and had no idea that the little legs were called Tentacles. I hope she remembers this. The funny thing about it is the people we were with that we joined in on with the tour, the man was a retired minister. He really got a kick of what I said. They wanted me to try them and I said ok a few minutes later and said to pass the Testicles. Then I felt just a little embarrassed. I will never forget this day that is for sure.  Memories, that is what it is all about. Just wanted to let your wife know that it was a great tour and I will recommend you to everyone I know. Really enjoyed it. Take care. Please tell your wife hello for me. Hope to see you again some day.

Attached are some pictures we took while in Santorini. We were so very happy to have you as our guide. We also appreciated your taking us to your home. Have you moved into your new one yet? You should know that my sister in law and I picked your tour as our favorite. Thanks for making our tour a very memorable one. The only bad part was that the ship misplaced our wine(the Vinsanto) so we could not enjoy that while looking at our pictures when we returned home. I am sure you and Dimitrios will do very well with your business. Diana Reedy
I wish to take this time to Thank You for the driver/guide we had for our tour of Santorini. He was absoulely the greatest, he showed us so much of the island and the experince was fantastic, Gabriel was informative and tailored the trip to what we wanted. We were very impressed with the tour and what there was to see on your island, once again from the 4 of us, a great big Thank You for making this trip so unforgetable.We will be sure to recommend you to anyone who will be making a visit to Santorini in the future.

Hello Dimitris...
Please forgive us for the delay in getting this message to you.  Where the time has gone, well we just don't know, but it sure did take us a good two weeks to adjust to the jet-lag, time-change, etc. after returning home from the final leg of our trip, from Dubai on October 13th.

We and our friends (all 6 of them) cannot thank you enough for the wonderful tour of Santorini that we experienced with your expert and professional guidance.  Also the tour of your friend's winery, was special indeed;  also not to forget the time you took to get our friend Dwight the tomato seeds and explaining to him and our other friends, interested in growing grapes, how this is done in Santorini.   

And then of course, there is that lovely local fish restaurant you took us for lunch.    That was really special.    And I have a story to tell you about that.  One of the TV Cooking Shows we see in north America, is hosted by Giada De Laurentis, the granddaughter of film producer Gino De Laurentis. One of her Cookbooks is called 'Everyday Italian'.  On one of her websites she comments on her favorite restaurants around the world.    Sure enough she mentions Santorini and the Dolphins Fish Taverna (Restaurant).  

We all enjoyed Greece tremendously, and maybe one day we will have the pleasure of returning to your island paradise.

So again Dimitris,  thank you from the bottom of our hearts.   We wish you and your family well, and maybe in the not too distant future you will get that speedboat you want.  :)

Madeleine and Doug Shaw
Karen and Dwight Wagner
Jenny and Kevan Springford
Don Robertson and his daughter Closette

Wanted to again thank you for the arrangements for our guide, Nick. Trudy and I enjoyed being with him and the other couple as well. They were very pleasant. Nick is a very funny and interesting and informative individual for the tour. His history of Greece is excellent. Thank you. I will keep your email handy for friends who may be planning a trip to your beautiful island.

Thanks again. Harvey and Trudy

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Well we are home again.  We had a GREAT TIME. Santorini was a highlight for everyone.  The girls that went out for dinner could not stop talking about what a wonderful time they had and were overwhelmed by your not taking any money from them for your added service.
Just wanted you to know how much we all appreciated our day and hope to send more people your way in the future.  I will email you a picture when I get them back.
Mary Ann Born

Hello, Dimi,

We want to send our thanks for our wonderful day with you on your beautiful island.  Santorini and our tour with you was truly the best day of our cruise, thanks to your good humor, good information and so much fun.  We were very happy to meet Jenny, Rob, Jan and Lewis, and we hope to see them again.  We did tour the Cote d'Azur with them. Our lunch at Remezzo was delicious, and I'm so glad to have the glass pitcher for a souvenir. If any of our friends plan a trip to Santorini we will surely give them your name and tell them you are the best! Hank and I wish you and your family much happiness with your new baby.  It would be a pleasure to meet again some day.  
Thank you again,
Judy and Hank Peesel

Hello Dimitris

Just a quick note to thank you for the very enjoyable tour you took us on last September. It was one of the highlights of our stay on Santorini. Your knowledge of the island and great English were a real treat. Everything was first class!
Thanks again from Jack and Diane Straiton. (Canada)

Dear Dimitrios:

We wanted to thank you for our day on Santorini. We started out under a cloud when we missed two of our group, but you pulled us through and made the day wonderful when you found them and we were able to truly enjoy the pleasures of your Island. You provided not only a good history, but showed us the charm of the people and the area. We loved the lunch and your menu of local favorites. The touring was very comfortable in your new vehicle, and your interplay was totally enjoyed.
Again our thanks for a brief glimpse into your life.
Kathi and Garv Lovejoy
Portland, OR USA (near Hood River on the Gorge)

Dear Dimitris,

Maeve, Peter and I want to thank you for looking after us so well while we were in Santorini. We enjoyed having you take us around and we truly enjoyed your kindness. We want to know how the picture came out with the bus. Are we on your website yet??? We will be back next year on Monday Sep.20 - Thurs. Sep.23, 2004 so we would appreciate it if you once again will look after our group. I will contact you in the new year to discuss further.

Until then please accept our thanks and will look forward to seeing you next September 2004.

Have a restful winter and enjoy yourself.
Kind Regards, Victor

Dear Dimitris,

Our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Santorini with you.  We were a little worried when the ships tendering did not go as advertised and we were so late in meeting you but it all worked out well.  It was a very good overview of the island.  Just wish we had more time there and could have stayed at some of the sites a little longer and taken in a few others like the winery and the Red Beach. We think we will come back to Santorini to stay a week or so in the future and partake in the hospitality and food and get to see the famous sunsets and do more shopping.  Thank you for taking care of us.
Sincerely, Charles Tillotson

Dear Matt Barrett,

I just wanted to thank you for the recommendations for tours in Santorini, Rhodes and Crete.  All three of these people were terrific and made our visit to their islands great.  I will be sending them notes they can use for their own advertising as we all agreed they made our days there.
Kathi Lovejoy

Dear Dimitris,

We have just returned home from our wonderful trip and I wanted to take some time to thank you. I am sorry we did not have an opportunity to meet you but Gabriel was just wonderful. We so enjoyed spending the day with him. He did a fabulous job and gave us an unforgettable day. He was such fun and knows so much about the island. We could not have been happier. I will highly recommend you to any of my friends that will be visiting your beautiful island. Please give our regards to Gabriel and if you are ever in Tampa please email me so we may show your our city. Thanks so much again.
Warm regards, Susan

Dear Dimitri ~

I am so sorry it has taken me this long to thank you for a wonderful tour of your beautiful island of Santorini on May 25! It was truly the highlight of my vacation . . . made possible, of course, by you! Your warmth and enthusiasm are what converts "just a tour" into a "visit with a friend"! We all loved the Raki tasting and the wonderful lunch at Remezzo. You obviously love what you do, which makes for a very special experience for us all.

If you ever need references, please feel free to contact us.

Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your lovely family. Athena is beautiful and I'll bet she is looking forward to a little brother or sister. If time permits, please let us know when he/she arrives!

Again, many thanks! Lola

Dear Dimitri,
Sorry it took so long to write. We've been home for a week now and have been busy getting ready for back-to-school. But we are still on a high from our amazing trip and one of the highlights was definitely our day in Santorini. We wanted to thank you for making the day so special and fabulous. It was wonderful seeing the island through a native's eyes and we truly enjoyed every spot you took us to. The red beach, the black beach, the cliffs - it was all gorgeous and very memorable. We will really treasure our memories of that beautiful day on that gorgeous island with the fabulous breeze. You were a wonderful guide and we benefited by your intimate knowledge of the island. I have to say that you must have done a good job of showing off the island because Santorini is definitely one of the spots I would like to return to one day. The beauty of it is spectacular (and my kids still can't get over that the school day there ends at 1:30!). It was a pleasure to meet you, Dimitri, and hear about your life on Santorini. Good luck with your new house - I'm sure you'll be busy with it when the tourist season slows down. When life here gets a little too hectic, I will think back to the beautiful day I spent on Santorini....
Cheers, Karen Shustack

Hello, Dimi,
    We want to send our thanks for our wonderful day with you on your beautiful island.  Santorini and our tour with you was truly the best day of our cruise, thanks to your good humor, good information and so much fun.  We were very happy to meet Jenny, Rob, Jan and Lewis, and we hope to see them again.  We did tour the Cote d'Azur with them. 
    Our lunch at Remezzo was delicious, and I'm so glad to have the glass pitcher for a souvenir.
    If any of our friends plan a trip to Santorini we will surely give them your name and tell them you are the best! 
    Hank and I wish you and your family much happiness with your new baby.  It would be a pleasure to meet again some day. 
Thank you again, Judy and Hank Peesel
Our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Santorini with you.  We were a little worried when the ships tendering did not go as advertised and we were so late in meeting you but it all worked out well.  It was a very good overview of the island.  Just wish we had more time there and could have stayed at some of the sites a little longer and taken in a few others like the winery and ancient Thera.  We think we will come back to Santorini to stay a week or so in the future and partake in the hospitality and food and get to see the famous sunsets and do more shopping.  Thank you for taking care of us.
Charles Tillotson

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