Welcome to our Corfu Vespa world!
We are Nikolaos and Katerina, owners and founders of Corfu Vespa tours and rentals.
We share a little more with you regarding our Vespa business journey on this page. We hope that reading our story will be a fun and pleasant experience and help you get to know us better.
"We aim to go off the beaten path and offer our guests a unique, fun way of touring that exemplifies Corfu and its culture, based on the spirit of authentic Greek hospitality."
Owner and Founder
"Corfu Vespa Tours and Rental" was founded in December 2017 by Nikolaos Doukakis.
Corfu Vespa is the first and only company that offers original Vespa Tour & Scooter Rental Services around the island.
Nikolaos was born and raised in Corfu to an Austrian mother and a Greek father. At 15, he left his family and childhood home and moved to Vienna, where he finished school and took a degree in welding-materials science and metallurgy. Since he finished his studies, he worked as a Welding Technician for nine years for ZWP- TÜV -SÜD Austria.
After falling in love with a local girl in November 2015, he moved back home. At first, he worked at his family business, a small beachfront pension hotel; not long after that, he felt the need to create his own business, a tourism business that would offer unique and authentic services that exemplify Corfu and its culture.
One of his priorities when he returned to live on the island, was getting some wheels, which only a Vespa would do for him. Not long after purchasing his Vespa, a great idea was born, the idea of sharing with other people the experience of exploring and enjoying the island beauties on an alternative- a different way of touring, riding an original Vespa scooter.
"Corfu Islands' economic growth depends almost exclusively on Tourism. We are grateful for you choosing Greece and Corfu as your holiday destination. It means the world to us.
Our way of showing our appreciation and gratitude to you is by offering our Vespa services at the best possible price and adding extra value to our services by including the phone mount to your Vespa and our customized map."
Hello, I am Katerina!
I am the "local girl" mentioned above by Niko.
Since day one of our Corfu Vespa concept, I have been working silently behind the scenes to support this business idea and Niko! I have created the websites, the sightseeing map, and the tour itinerary.
We have renovated our office with the assistance of Selcuk, a very dear friend of Niko from Austria, to help us minimize the office renovation cost. I have painted the brown metallic parts of the office, and it took me almost a week to brush and clean the floor effectively. Niko and Selcuk did the rest, and we are so happy with the result of our hard work!
Since I finished my degree in 2006 in Business In Tourism, my goal has been to become an F&B manager. So far, I have worked for over 13 years in the hotel restaurant industry as an assistant waitress, waitress, restaurant Captain, à la carte restaurant manager, fine dining restaurant manager, and for a brief period as an assistant F&B manager.
The covid era came with many difficulties but also a great gift for me. I took a break from the hotel restaurant industry and started teaching at the Vocational School of Tourism Professions in Corfu. In 2021 Niko and I decided that it would be an exciting change for me to take a step back from my F&B career and work full-time for Corfu Vespa.
Now you will find me at the office, replying to your messages, cleaning and polishing the Vespas, cleaning and disinfecting your helmets, and updating our websites and sightseeing tips.
In our free time, we like to go on walks with our pet dogs, I practice yoga, and Niko rides his dirt bike! We also love to explore different parts of Corfu (during wintertime..).
Thank you for taking the time to read our story and learn more about us!
We hope to meet you soon!