Travel + Leisure Published in: October 2013 (also included in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
In the hands of an expert, a simple vacation can become a life-changing journey: an unforgettable adventure; a soul-restoring retreat; an education unmatched in any classroom. For our 12th annual look at the best advisers in the business, we asked these travel pros to share their latest discoveries and insider tips from around the world. Wherever your travels take you—from cruising in Antarctica to a walking safari in Zambia—we have the agent for you.
Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel SpecialistPublished in: August 2013 (also included in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
Christos Stergiou, True Greece, Maroussi, Greece After growing up in Athens and on the island of Patmos, Stergiou moved to the United States for college and business school. Now, armed with an MBA from Stanford, he’s back home, giving visitors a luxe, intimate experience of unspoiled Greece. He’ll have you swimming in the crustal-clear waters of isolated beaches, sailing by traditional Greek wooden boat to deserted islands, joining in village celebrations, or learning how to make authentic spanakopita (800-817-7098;
Thedailybeast.com Published in: April, 2013
“The Museum Hotel is a property that has been expanding luxury in Turkey to areas beyond Istanbul,” Christos Stergiou tells me. Stergiou is the founder of True Greece (truegreece.com), one of Greece’s leading luxury-tour operators, a company that has received acclaim in Condé Nast Traveler, the Financial Times, Travel and Leisure, and many other outlets. He has recently expanded his brand to Turkey with True Turkey (trueturkey.com). “Until the last few years,” he says, “international-level luxury was largely restricted to Istanbul. Because our guests expect a certain level of comfort, it was hard for us to take them out of the city.”
What You Need to Know About Traveling to Greece Now The intensity of the Greek debt crisis, along with clashes between protestors and police, have some travelers rethinking their plans for a Grecian getaway. We interviewed True Greece's Christos Stergiou, one of our meticulously vetted top travel specialists of 2011, to find out what travelers need to know.
Brides New York Honeymoons and Destinations Published in: Spring/Summer 2010
“If It Were Me…” Travel insiders who specialize in there honeymoon-worthy destinations reveal the itineraries they’d follow on their own romantic getaways. Expert: Christos Stergiou, founder of True Greece, Length of trip: 10 days, Highlights: Historical Athens, beaches of Patmos, and sunsets on Santorini.
The Huffington Post DestinationsThe Resilient Beauty of Greece (Photos)
As Greece's history is truly the shared history of much of the Western world, Patmos is known as where St. John wrote the Apocalypse. Millenia later it is a "sophisticated island away from it all, and has a certain aura that people can't quite define but love," TrueGreece founder Christos Stergiou told The Huffington Post.
Forbes.comGreece After The Fall Published in: October 2010
I asked Christos Stergiou, president of True Greece, the leading luxury travel company in Greece, how tourists are reacting, and he had the same response that I eventually began to have: People would mind if Greece changed too much.
Frommer's Published in: February 2010 (also included in 2005-2010)
There is no shortage of travel agencies prepared to arrange your trip to and within Greece. But a brand-new one is aiming at the high-end market. A young Greek man, Christos Stergiou, whose family runs a hotel and restaurant on the island of Patmos, started True Greece (www.truegreece.com). Christos earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees (MBA from Stanford) in the U.S. and so brings a special combination of experience and awareness to the travel business. True Greece offers several package tours that include Athens and two islands, but the agency also arranges individualized itineraries such as honeymoons.
In addition to the finer hotels and restaurants to which True Greece directs its clients, native-born but English-speaking escorts provide more intimate views of the locales visited. Also, group size is limited to 16.
Conde Nast Traveler The Dream List Greece: Music in Athens, Wine in Santorin Published in: December 2009
The Dream Trip: "Many of the world's greatest ideas—indeed, the cornerstones of modern civilization—were born in Greece, and music is but one example. Over coffee in Athens with acclaimed Greek classical pianist Eugenia Papadimas, you'll learn how Western music inherited a number of its basic principles from ancient Greece. Did you know that Pythagoras invented the base notation musical system, or that the first keyboard was created in Greece? The specialist: Christos Stergiou, True Greece; Marousi, Greece.
Start by contacting True Greece, a travel company that design custom trips and offer access to the most authentic experiences. ISLANDS worked with True Greece founder, Christos Stergiou, who grew up on Patmos, to design this local-family-focused trip for the photo essay. www.truegreece.com
New York Times' T Magazine Rock of Ages Published in: May 2009
...or take a seven-hour ferry from Athens on Blue Star Ferries. Since connections can be difficult to manage, consider using a knowledgeable travel agent like True Greece (800-817-7098; truegreece.com).
Indagare – The next generation of travel wisdom Behind the scenes in Greece Published in: January 2009
Christos Stergiou launched his company True Greece to help visitors explore his native country (he grew up in Athens and on the island of Patmos) in an authentic and luxurious way. “I wanted my clients to not only visit Greece, but truly experience Greece,” he says. The country has calmed down significantly since the unrests in December 2008, and Stergiou says that everyone is looking forward to moving on. Indagare spoke to Stergiou about his company’s behind-the-scenes access and what not to miss on a trip.
Financial Times Greece as Greeks live it Published in: November 2008
It is possible to remain in Athens and visit the major antiquities as a series of day trips. Another way of seeing the sites, however, and something that True Greece recommends as a way of seeing Greece as Greeks live it, is by staying in some of the minor towns near the antiquities. One in particular, Arachova, merits special consideration. It is about a 15-minute drive from Delphi and is a winter weekend destination for well-off Athenians. Draped along the slopes of Mt Parnassos, the town looks as if it belongs in Switzerland.
The itinerary for this trip can be found on the True Greece website (www.truegreece.com). Look for the trip described as TrueAntiquity.
Metrosource Santorini: Atlantis Rediscovered Published in: December 2008
Once a sleepy island best known for cherry tomatoes, Santorini has become one of Greece’s most popular island destinations...Gay travelers who want a complete vacation planned and executed with Swiss-like precision should try the Greek-owned IGLTA-member True Greece (truegreece.com). The agency books clients into either self-escorted or escorted trips with local guides and luxury hotels.
Stanford Business New Ventures Published in: August 2005
If you've ever wanted to tour Greece as only a native Greek would do, you may have your chance, thanks to a company called True Greece, the true Greek who started it, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which helped him develop his business plan. Christos Stergiou, MBA '04, grew up in Greece, where he learned tourism from the family hotel business, and went to the GSB [Stanford Graduate School of Business], where he founded his new venture. Stergiou's company offers three different Greek island tours to groups of 4 to 16 people accompanied by a concierge, as well as customized trips. Reserve, or just daydream, at www.truegreece.com.