We booked a private 4 hour tour through NST during June 2013, being picked up from the airport and dropped off to our hotel afterwards. Prior to the tour, Tassos was very quick to deal with any queries via email. Our guide on the day was Valsamos. Although he seemed quiet initially, he soon warmed up to us and turned out to be a lovely guy who was very knowledgeable about Santorini.
Stops on our tour included Profetes Elias mountain (the highest point of the island), red beach, black beach, a local winery, and a couple of other quick stops for photos. We finished the tour in Oia (where we were staying), and Valsamos spent a bit of time taking us around here as well. He was always volunteering to take photos of us throughout the day, which was appreciated.
The only negative of the day was he was about 15 minutes late to pick us up from the airport. On the plus side, he did end up spending about 4.5 hours with us, instead of the agreed 4 hours.
When booking these kinds of activities, I generally start with the highest rated company on Tripadvisor. At the time, there were a few operators rated higher than NST. I chose NST because their reviews were very good, but also because their prices were much more competitive than many others whom I received quotes from. I was surprised at some quotes I received from other companies, which were as high as €75/hour, or even €100/hour (which was the quote from my hotel). NST was much more reasonable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
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