History

history

Being part of Rhodes modern history

The story of S Tours brings together the cosmopolitan aura of ancient Rhodes with the modern era of a top Mediterranean destination.

In the early '60s, Rhodes becomes the main focus of interest of all the Hollywood cinema producers. Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas arrive in Rhodes for the filming of the classic movie "The Guns of Navarone". Nikos Soulounias with only a small travel agency takes on the transportation, organization and anything else necessary for as long as the filming lasted. At the end he receives an extra financial bonus from the producers for a job well done!!! Nikos Soulounias finds himself moving from the set of a film to the epicenter of the touristic history of Rhodes, with the bonus money from the famous producers, he starts the history of the travel agency "Ibiscus Tours" buying the first tourist buses aiming to better the experience of the visitors coming to the beautiful island of Rhodes.  Now established, his hard work, good service, very early mornings continued, and a little luck!!! It was on one of these very early mornings that “a little luck” came into play, when a chance meeting with Ejlif Krogager the founder of Tjaereborg Rejsen from Denmark, who had come to Rhodes looking for a handling agent. Ejlif Krogager noticed the office was not only open on time, but early every morning, and so a business agreement was made.  With regular trips overseas and constant communication, more agencies were soon to follow including Laker Holidays, Thomson Holidays, Airtours Plc & Allkauf Reisen and by 1999 reached more than 140.000 incoming visitors. At the same time the Soulounias family expanded its business to hospitality building the Alexia Premier City Hotel in 1966 and the Doreta Beach Hotel 10 years later.

By the early 2000’s internet bookings were becoming the popular way to book your holiday and it is here Kostas Soulounias  the younger son took the opportunity to make his mark on the family business welcoming new companies such as Med Hotel and You Travel to Rhodes. The focus being on quality rather than quantity! Kostas Soulounias  now carries on his back the next chapter of his family's history by opening ''S TOURS'' DMC and having as a main goal, that visitors to Rhodes get to know even more places and corners of this fantastic island. S TOURS represents various well known European and East block Tour Operators with a total arriving pax of 70.000 guests. With his experienced team of dedicated staff, he offers and organizes various tours and activities which will bring you even closer to the beauty not only of the coast but also the inland villages of the island using a multiple fleet of Mercedes mini vans 9 seats, mini buses 16 seats and coaches 50 & 61 seats. The office has also expanded to Kos with interesting tours around Hippocrates Island, as well as other nearby destinations. Very soon S TOURS will provide  B2B worldwide accommodation and flights platform with more than 140.000 Hotels with instant confirmation. The reward from 'Mr. Soulounias’ contribution to the filming 60 years ago is still being invested with the aim to promote the beauty and uniqueness of Rhodes.