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I contacted Stavros based on a referral from an Athens property manager, about a transfer from the airport to my hotel. As a widow traveling alone, I didn't want to hassle with my bags on a bus, or on the Metro, which I've taken before. A few months prior to my departure I had many questions, which were efficiently answered by either Stavros or his wife, Rosa, via email. Upon my arrival, he was promptly awaiting me with a warm welcome at a specified location. He then patiently helped me purchase a SIM card for my cell phone as I stood in a daze from 17 hrs. of traveling. After driving me to my hotel, he remained with me throughout the check-in process to make sure everything ran smoothly ---at which point I realized how fortunate I was in having someone so thorough and thoughtful. A few days later he customized a tour to Napflion and Corinth for me. His wealth of information about the area (as well as Athens), its history and other pertinent details were mind-boggling and overwhelming.... he was BEYOND a walking encyclopedia. [Needless to say, the area was beautiful, but those comments can be perused in any travel book. My comments here will remain focused on Stavros.]

It wasn't difficult to deduce that his perpetual thirst for knowledge, intelligence, professionalism, and peripatetic mannerisms were attributed to his life experiences, as well as completing 2 Master's degrees. After spending hours with him, sharing stories of our families, philosophies, and life, I felt that I had acquired a new friend, or renewed an old friendship, or reconnected with a long-lost family member......and I knew that I could rely on him in any emergency. I'm just sorry I wasn't able to meet his lovely wife or daughter. My departure from Athens was a little bittersweet in not wanting to leave beautiful Greece, with lasting qualitative memories of having Stavros ease the way for me, yet knowing that I'd have to return to the US before another volcanic eruption in Iceland. [My hesitation in continuing to rave about him remains premature for selfish reasons....that he may be booked and unavailable for me (or my family) on my next trip.]

Bottom line: if you're looking for taxi/airport transfers, tours, or any other travel needs with someone who is dependable, thorough, knowledgeable, considerate, punctual, thoughtful, courteous, informative, humorous and caring, it's all wrapped up into STAVROS.....HE'S THE BEST!

(Thank you/efcharisto poli, Stavros!)

Barbaque, San Francisco, CA, USA

…We hired Stavros to show us Athens and experienced the city in ways we never could have imagined. Along with visiting the main historical sights, Stavros took us into the back streets of the city where people live their everyday lives. Plus he was able to fit in whatever specific places we wanted to see. Absolutely the best way to see the city that he is so proud of. We didn't have to worry about driving (which is a terrifying experience in Athens) or parking or anything else. Highly recommend using Stavros for whatever tours you are interested in taking. We also spent a half day touring the local Marathon area, visiting the burial mound and the local archeological museum on our own before traveling to Santorini and Cyprus…

Ken47, Hampton, VA, USA

We loved visiting Greece and had the most wonderful host and hostess. Stavros and Rosa made our trip awesome. Stavros met us at the airport and was our tour driver for tours around Greece. He was a walking encyclopedia of information about Greece. Stavros has taken my family to the local taverns for the delicious local food and introduced us to many wonderful and friendly Greek people. We always felt like family and not as guests. Words are never enough to explain the enjoyment/adventures (like bungee jumping over Corinth Canal) that my family had in Greece. Love them dearly and wishes everyone the chance to meet such wonderful people as Stavros, Rosa and their beautiful daughter, D. It was an awesome trip!

Melissa and Rich Gilbert, AZ, USA

In a word, our vacation in Greece was perfect. Stavros was very helpful and was hired by us for an excursion to the island cruise ship in Athens. He made all the arrangements and transported us there in a timely and safe manner. After an enjoyable, long and tiring day he was there smiling at the pier and transported us back home at the end of the day. Stavros exudes enthusiasm and a love for his vocation. He's easy to talk with, listens well and is able to explain matters in a clear, understandable and interesting manner. He's quick to laugh and has a fascinating command of Greek history as well as many, many interesting facts. He was a delight to talk with and learn from. Again, we felt safe in his care and that he had our best interests in mind. If we are ever able to visit Greece again we certainly will ask Stavros to plan our vacation and make all arrangements for transportation and site seeing. We know he'll plan a delightful vacation and be there for us in whatever way we need. His fees are very reasonable and he seems more concerned with doing an excellent job than with what he earns. In addition, his wife, Rosa, did an excellent job helping us every step of the way. She helped us plan our site seeing and made several recommendations that proved to be excellent. She was always available and readily answered questions and gave pertinent suggestions. As an example, Rosa gave us instructions as to how best visit the Parthenon, made our reservations and helped us buy tickets, so we were able to go around the line by accessing the reservations window when we arrived. Personally she is comforting and fun to interact with. She's obviously very smart and well informed as well as thoughtful, caring and personal. Rosa made us feel comfortable, safe and in need of nothing. Our only regret is that the vacation ended so quickly. Thanks for everything,

Tim & Gayla Trooien, Minnesota, USA

We just got back after a very memorable week in Greece. Stavros and Rosa are very warm, caring and lovely people. We had a great day with Stavros in the Athens and it was indeed an unforgettable day! We had been looked after by Stavros and Rosa from the minute we arrived. Our holiday was so relaxing as we always knew that we could call for help if needed (especially when you travel with three kids!). We are very grateful to Stavros and Rosa for making our trip so special Hopefully we can meet again one day in Cambridge:) "

Olga S , Cambridge

We spent two weeks in Greece in October 2008. It was a terrific vacation. Stavros and Rosa are terrific! Our vacation could not have been as enjoyable without them. Stavros is extremely knowledgeable about Greece and knows a lot about the best tour sites to visit. Our grandfather came to the US from Greece and Stavros even helped us find our relatives in Athens that no one in our family had ever met. Stavros and Rosa made our vacation one of the most memorable trips of our life. I highly recommend to use Stavros on your next trip to Greece.

Eddie Papps , St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Stavros and Rosa could not have been more helpful or gracious. Rosa made sure that all of our questions were answered and needs were met. She advised us on tours, restaurants, beaches and everything else we wanted to see, including making hotel arrangements for us in Athens. We had the best times on the tours that were personally led by Stavros. Our tour to Corinth and the Peloponnese was great, punctuated by an exciting bungee jump that the teenagers loved (but maybe Stavros loved more!). Try to see Epidaurus at the end of the day just before closing for an almost private experience within the theater. We also did an all day tour to Delphi and the Parnassos mountain area, stopping for a distinctive and authentically prepared lunch along the way. Our tour concluded with a visit to the beautiful village of Arachova in Parnassos where we found great pasta, great cheeses and great views! There were many highlights to the trip, but the most memorable may have been the visit to the island of Evia. We hiked from the top of a chilly, windy and foggy remote mountaintop surrounded by goats and goatherds down a lushly vegetated gorge, splashing in cold swimming areas along the way. The hike culminated in a late lunch prepared especially for us at a local taverna overlooking the spectacular gorge scenery. The food was delicious, but the company of Stavros was just as memorable. I can truly say that our vacation to Greece was made the most successful by the opportunities offered by Stavros. The kids and the adults will never forget it.

Tracy , Atlanta, GA

We have recently returned from a week in Greece and touring with Stavros. We were travelling with our daughter and thought that we would take 2 tours but we couldn't resist going on 4, plus a cruise on the day when Stavros was otherwise committed. We will never forget the warm hospitality and friendship we enjoyed. Our exposure to Greek cuisine, history, archaeology, language, customs, as well as Stavros’s incredible time management skills was remarkable. He helped us plan the rest of our time in his beautiful country. We learned a great deal about Greece from Stavros and when we reluctantly left to explore on our own we felt equipped to cope with the challenge. I would recommend Stavros’s services to any tourist who wants an experience of a lifetime. We have made new friends who are now a part of our extended family. Many thanks, Stavros, for making our 50th Anniversary trip so memorable.

Joy and Keith Smith , Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

I have just returned from a 2 week trip to Greece with my parents, who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Our first week was spent in the company of our new friends, Rosa, Stavros and their delightful daughter, D. As many others have stated before, our trip to Greece would not have been the same without them. They made us feel totally at home, and offered the most unique tours to various historic sites. While Greece captivated me with its colour, ancient history, architecture, and food, I must say that I was most impacted by the PEOPLE I met. Rosa, Stavros and D. MADE this trip for me. I will never forget them.

Janet Smith , Brandon, Manitoba Canada

What can I say that hasn't been said in previous reviews?! Stavros and Rosa were extremely helpful. We followed their recommendations on where to eat (not a single mediocre meal), where to shop, what to see and what the kids would enjoy. I highly recommend Stavros if you choose to do anything beyond sitting on a lovely patio sipping nice Nemea wine! We will definitely be going back...Efharisto Stavros and Rosa, Happy Birthday D.!

Eric, Lisa, Alaina and Maya

Lisa Phinney , Cairo, Egypt

Stavros was our driver for a day's outing from Athens to the Meteora monasteries, he is an absolute jewel. It was a very long day and a very long drive, we started out at 06:00 & returned at 22:00 Stavros was cheerful all day, full of information, drove very well & took great pride in his country. His wife Rosa was great at co-ordinating & organising the trip. If you need a driver in or out of Athens you can do no better.

Assaf , Tel Aviv

What a perfect way to visit Greece! Stavros was the consummate driver for several trips into Athens and the countryside with its incredible historic sites and scenery. He knows all the secrets of where to go and how to get there! His knowledge of history and geography made the places we visited come alive. Rosa helped us with shopping, receiving important mail from home, and in attention to a hundred little details that made our trip memorable. Have her take you to her friend's pottery store and gallery. This vacation could easily have become a nightmare of logistical details, but Rosa and Stavros made it all so easy -meeting us at the airport, helping with the rental cars, guiding our travels, finding the best restaurants and tavernas for our special culinary interests, and so, so much more. No request was too difficult to seek a solution. In Greece, we never felt like tourists. Yes, of course we were tourists, but with Stavros and Rosa we were guests and friends! I cannot imagine a better way to make a first trip to Greece, and I predict that anyone who does it once will want to come back again. We certainly plan to do so!

Happy New Year, Steve and Merle

Steve and Merle Hildebrand , Loma Linda, CA

Rosa and Stavros took care of every little detail of our stay in Greece. They are a delightful couple and definitely made us feel like we had been friends of theirs forever. Stavros was our driver on several day trips and we would strongly recommend that you use him because of his knowledge of the area and its history. Without him, we would not have seen nearly as much of the country and its culture.

Carlos Gaskin, Tallahassee, FL

Going to Greece was the fulfilment of a long-held dream. I cannot think of a better introduction to the country, its people and its culture than that we experienced through Stavros’s warm and friendly guidance. We ventured on three tours and were rewarded with exhilarating adventure, visits to the glorious antiquities of ancient Greece, and many indulgences in traditional Greek food and custom.

Not only will I recommend all this to anyone planning a vacation in Greece, I sincerely hope that I will return one day.

Marilyn Willox, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Sometimes dreams come true, not often, but sometimes and our dream trip to Greece did indeed come true because of 3 very special “Dream Weavers”, Stavros, Rosa and D.

No vacation has ever meant so much to Love and me as this last one. The scenery, the people and the food .... all directly from the Realm of the Gods. If ever there was an earthly domain to rival the greatness of the dwelling place of the gods this is surely it.

To future mortals seeking the most perfect place on Earth seek no further. Allow your life to be touched by the greatness of the gods themselves:

Stavros: God of Travel and Adventure.

Rosa: the beautiful wife of the mighty Stavros and Goddess of Domestic Peace, Tranquility and Dream Making Come True

and finally the daughter, D., goddess of youth, femininity and the Promise of a Bright Future.

Love and I will forever be in your debt for making our Voyage into Perfection a reality. Thank you.

Dennis and Love Fraser
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Both Stavros and Rosa couldn't do enough to help us enjoy our first visit to Greece. In return, as English visitors, we brought the first rain for 6 months. In particular, I would thoroughly recommend Stavros' tours for anyone wishing to see a glimpse of the true Greece.

Rob Ward, Exeter, UK

Stavros and Rosa,

Thank you so much for making our trip to Greece the best family vacation we have ever taken. Rosa was so patient and gracious in helping to set up our itinerary. 20 hours of travel can be gruelling, especially with an 84 year old mom, but having Stavros greet us at the airport with a big smile turned everything around. Your family was a gift to us. Stavros' patience and care of mom on all our excursions made us feel as if we were travelling with family, rather than being tourists. His positive outlook on life, and calm demeanour helped soothe any of the ruffles that come with travelling. We feel blessed that we had the opportunity to meet such wonderful people. We'll be back...perhaps for Katrina's wedding.

Maria, John, Katrina and the Super Ya-Ya

Maria McCullough, Benicia, California, USA

I am not sure how or where to begin this review. It is almost overwhelming to think about what a wonderful experience we had. We did so much, yet at the same time were so relaxed. First of all, I can't say enough praises for Stavros and Rosa. They will truthfully, honestly do what ever it takes to make your stay in Greece enjoyable.

With kind regards,

Frank P, Leonberg, Germany

Greece is a country filled with magnificent historical sites almost obliterated by a vast sea of loud, pushy tourists becoming impatient and irritable in interminable lines. Stavros Barbicas can show you the glories of ancient Greece minus the hordes of grumpy tourists. Stavros offers a glimpse into the wonders of ancient Greece without the stress and distraction of crowds. He is an expert at finding the hidden treasures of Greece, made all the more magical because of the utter absence of crowds. Stavros arranged for our party of four a trek to Evvia where we hiked down a magnificent gorge on a trail carved out of the mountains in 1230 AD. At the bottom of the five-mile hike, we swam at a deserted beach and then feasted at a tiny taverna where visitors have to call the day before to order their meals. Everything we ate was grown and made on site from the homemade yogurt to the wondrous breads. Stavros told us of another site, Ramnous, near Athens where our party were the only visitors and we could almost hear the ancients whispering words of wisdom to us. We swam at lovely beaches and ate at beachside tavernas where we were the only non-Greeks. Stavros has an MBA from an English university and gave up a career in international wine marketing to spend more time in Greece with his wife and daughter. It was the right choice for him and for those fortunate of us to enough have him as a guide to Greece. We started out as clients of Stavros and finished as friends. If you are going to Greece, use Stavros for an unforgettable experience.

Martin Mazner, USA

We toured with Stavros and thoroughly enjoyed his company. He was informative and fun. We saw the important sites of Athens, hiked on Evia and explored caves, ruins, and various interesting archaeological sites of Attica in a relaxed and well-paced way over several days. A great way to see the area.

John Loeb, Emerald hills, CA

Our vacation to Greece was wonderful due to Rosa and Stavros! I could tell through Rosa’s correspondences that we had made the right choice. Stavros is extremely knowledgeable in the local history and natural areas. He provided travel information and directions to local and regional points of interest. We do not speak Greek so their ability to translate assisted us in making reservations, car rental, etc. We visited several countries during our vacation, and the highlight of our trip was when we visited Greece. Thanks to Stavros and Rosa our experience in Greece will always be remembered and cherished!!!!!!!

Ed and Andra, Lake City, Florida

Dear Stavros and Rosa,

Thank you both so much for the warm welcome, daily support and helpful travel hints we received each day, but most of all thank you for your caring and your friendship. You all really introduced us to the Greek way of life and after all, it really is the people which make Greece such a fabulous place to visit. We soon forgot any of the anxieties we may have had about our trip to your wonderful country. (especially around the driving!!) We have marvellous photos to remind us of our time in Greece but the best memories are the ones we hold in our hearts and you are all truly there.

Thank you again so much,

Your Canadian friends Wendy and Bob, Sidney,
B.C., Canada

Rosa, Stavros, and their delightful daughter, D., are incredibly friendly and welcoming. The three of them collectively made our family trip so memorable.

We could not have enjoyed Greece nearly as well without their kindness and hospitality! Stavros can meet you at the airport and transport you to your destination, even stopping on the way to help you purchase warm bread. Stavros can lead you around Greece on any tours you personally select. He and Rosa can introduce you to the local tavernas and shops so you can savour Greek cuisine as the local residents do. Your trip to Greece will be so fantastic because of this amazing family!

Ursula McCormick, Maryland

Stavros and Rosa -

We were so very lucky to meet each of you and use your taxi service while in Greece in September 2006. Stavros, your knowledge of Greece and your incredible driving skills helped us to see and do more than we would have ever done on our own. You and your family are full of life and love. It was a lifetime memory. We would highly recommend your services to anyone travelling to your area and looking for more than the average vacation. Hopefully we can extend our hospitality to each of you if you ever come to visit Texas. Blessings to all of you!

Phil & Grace Wright - Fort Worth, TX USA

Dear Stavros, Rosa and D.,

YOUR FAMILY made our trip to Greece a trip of a lifetime! We have made new friends, and that is a blessing beyond any measure. Stavros, we so enjoyed our day in Athens with you! A great way to see the city. And our hike on the island of Evia was magnificent! Rosa, thank you for booking our one-day cruise of the islands. Everything was EASY because of y'all!

Most memorable for us, though, was our last evening in Greece - enjoying ouzo, and making great memories with your family! You'll always be in our hearts. We'd love to host you in Texas!!! Many blessings, and love –

Joe and Cindy Culpepper, Ft. Worth, Texas

Stavros--

Remember us? Your favorite taxi clients, I'm sure! Well, you were definitely our favorite taxi driver,and we want to thank you for all your help. It was really fun getting to know you and our trip was much richer from the time we spent with you. We meant it when we said that you are welcome to visit us in Colorado! We have great skiing! Hope you and your family are doing well. Tell D. (sp?) hi from Annabelle! Thanks again.

Jann, Kraige, Meredith and Annabelle Kinney,
Colorado

Hi Stavros,

I wanted to thank you again for helping with my family's vacation. I am not exaggerating when I say that you changed the whole atmosphere of our stay. My mom and dad could not have enjoyed Athens without your help and gentle personality. I would have never gotten the baghlama and my sister would not have been able to enjoy the Plaka so effortlessly.

We all thank you. Let us know if you are in California.

Joe Brookshire,
California

Dear Stavros,

What a fabulous trip and great memories. They will last a lifetime. Meeting you and having you at our service was fortuitous and you made it so I could end my trip on a great note. What confidence in me that you knew I'd be staying on for one more day and convinced the airlines on a non-exchangeable ticket to do so. It goes to show when there is a will there just may be a way! Happy Holidays to you and your family and perhaps I'll be out in Greece again.

Mike Flint
Los Angeles

Our group of eight friends was so fortunate to learn about Stavros and have him as our driver during our visit to Greece in August 2010. Stavros was recommended by the hosts of our vacation rental property and we were soon corresponding with his lovely wife, Rosa, to review itineraries and book our day trips into Stavros’ busy schedule! What a gem – Stavros is so knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable that we felt we were traveling with a good friend right from the first day! Stavros speaks excellent English and his in-depth knowledge of Greek history and mythology are amazing. It was a treat to stop for lunch and visit tavernas where we were all given a warm welcome and made to feel like part of the Greek family! We all agreed that our first visit to Greece wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting or as much fun if we hadn’t had Stavros. When one couple in the group were having computer trouble, they were welcomed at Stavros and Rosa’s home to use their WiFi – not once, but three times throughout our stay. There were snacks and cold beer during their visits - now that’s truly Greek hospitality! Our time in Greece  was so made so special by meeting such wonderful people as Stavros and Rosa and we can’t thank them enough for making our holiday in Greece so memorable.

Gord & Brenda Hyland, Lewis & Trudy Andrew, Bob & Lil Fleming, Gary & Christine Massier

Alberta, Canada

 

 
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