I'd like to give our tour of Knossos and Heraklion the highest rating, 5 out of 5. Our tour guide, Marilina P, did an exceptional job. She combines historical and artistic expertise with an obvious love of her subject matter. We gained a deep appreciation of Cretan culture and we had a wonderful time. Thanks, Marilina!
John OlanoFederal Way, WASHINGTON, United States
Fun tour, fun guide, we would definitely use Marilina again.
Jeanette ShelburneWest Hills, CA, United States
Marilina was fantastic! So friendly and knowledgeable. An unforgettable experience!
James MordyUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Jim (and from now on also Dimitrios :-)) Thank you very much for your so lovely words! I and Dimitris are very glad you enjoyed our services. It was a huge pleasure to have met and shared with you and your wonderful family a beautiful day in Crete! We wish you all the best and truly hope that our paths will cross again very soon in the near future. Our warmest regards to You, Dorna and Taylor, Sincerely, Marilina
Jeremy StockwellUnited Kingdom
We had a terrific, if busy day - Knossos, Archaeological Museum, brief tour of Heraklion, followed by well deserved lunch. Marilina was superb: I have been to Knossos before, and learnt so much more from her commentary than I did from a guide book; being able to identify highlights from the museum was terrific, as was seeing some of the sights from different periods of Heraklion's history. Thank you - a really good investment! JS
Donna BakerUnited States
Marilina on crete we give a 5 out of 5. She was great and engaged the children in the conversation. When they started to get tired she adjusted the program to let them relax but still gave lots of history and wonderful insight to the mythology Regards Donna
Melissa CarrollNew Zealand
Marilina was really lovely! We enjoyed her energy and her knowledge esp her folder with the pictures. It was a super hot day and rather challenging but Marilina kept it concise and we appreciated her flexibility. The coffee and cake was a godsend as was her company. Thank you from the Carroll family.
Bradshaw LangstaffUnited States
Thank you Marilina, We enjoyed our tour of Knossos. We learned a great deal and you made us feel welcome at a very popular site. You really made the Ancient Minoan World come alive. The tips you gave me for the rest of Crete were also excellent. I went everywhere you suggested while the girls stayed at the beach.
Eric FainUnited States
Marilina was incredibly knowledgable, flexible, and engaging. We had an amazing tour of the city center in Heraklion and of the Palace of Knossos. My kids of seven and nine, English speakers, were engaged and had no trouble following the stories and histories. I can't recommend Marilina enough.
Gilbert LentzUnited States
Excellent guide. Personable, knowledgeable, engaging. More than all one could ask for in a tour guide. You people are lucky to have her associated with your organization.
Edward SteinhoffUnited States
Guide wisely started at the museum to help us understand the civilization involved then showed good sensitivity to our physical limitations while touring the architectural site.
Lindsay KimberUnited Kingdom
My guide was excellent , I could not have wished for a better one. I have had many in the past in other countries, but none were as knowledgable and considerate. Marilina was very friendly and chatty making for a very enjoyable day. She answered many of my questions. One problem I have found in the past with guides is that they can be too academic almost trying to impress you and make out that their country is vastly superior to your own! I never felt this with this guide. We got along very well.
Marilina provided us with the best guiding experience we have had, and we have had several private and group tours in Europe, Asia and The Americas. Her preparation in studying aspects and precise details of our specified WWII interests was quite exceptional and matched only by her presentation and enthusiasm. Marilina has considerable knowledge of Crete's history, both ancient and recent. Her pride in being Cretan shows through. Her professionalism and organization makes for a memorable tour.
Marilina is the best guide we could imagine. Her depth of knowledge is considerable. She is articulate, and her English is impeccable. We learned a great deal from her today. We can't say enough good things about our experience with her in Knosos and in Assites. George our driver is skilled and transported us quickly and safely.
Timothy DaisyUnited States
Amazing tour, from start to finish. Highly recommended !
Kenneth A.Fairview, 16415, United States
Marilina was an aercheolgist expert when it came to the KNOSSIS. Very articulate and knowledgable. Music portion was above our level but fun. Shpping in the Agora is a must.
Del DutrowFairfax, Va., 22033, United States
Marilina is a sweet person and fabulous guide. Can tell she really enjoys her work. Found her to be a natural teacher with so much knowledge. She's both organized and clear as she delves into Minoan history, myth and art. Marilina has an uncanny ability to show how these 3 aspects of Minoan culture make the Minoan people who they are today. She make's the Minoans come to life. Can't wait to go back to Crete to take her Minoan folklore tour. Had such fun both learning and laughing with Marilina.
Susan MelvinUnited States
Marilna was the perfect guide--articulate, informative and flexible. Our cruise of Greece and Turkey had many itinerary changes because of the coup attempt in Turkey. Tours by Locals, Marilina and all the staff were so understanding and cooperative. They made our trip memorable and a real pleasure...
Stefanie N.United States
This fabulous tour is exactly why we use ToursbyLocals. Marlinna took us to places tourists don't normally get to visit. We went to the traditional Creton village of Assites where we learned about ancient jobs of basket weaving, sheep bell making, wine/cheese/honey production, etc. Lunch in a local's home was the highlight. Marlinna is extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stefanie, Thank you very much for your wonderful review! I am very glad that you enjoyed the suggested tour and my services. It was a real pleasure to have met and shared with you and your wonderful family. I am looking forward to meeting again in Crete in the near future, Warm Regards, Marilina
David DiamondOmaha, NE, United States
We had a really great day with Marilina. She was very personable, extremely knowledgable, and her English was perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your feedback Mr Diamond! I am very glad that you enjoyed the day. It was a great pleasure meeting you all and sharing with you!
Elisa FranklinUnited States
We panicked when we heard our ship was changing days in two ports due to a storm. I had to contact management & arrange for a new guide since our original guide was booked for the new day. They arranged for Marilina and she was just delightful. She is so knowledgeable about Crete & gave us a wonderful tour from Chania to Knossos. She even had to drive 3 hours to get there early in am so we much appreciated it. Her English is flawless and she was able to adjust to our requests for a custom tour.
Bradley MuroUnited States
We spent an incredibly day with marilina exploring Knossos and Heraklion. We also received a private music history lesson that she arranged. The highlight of the day was certainly the palace of Knossos. Marilina was a great teacher and guide. It was a crowded and hot day, but marilina managed to find shade and ways to skip the long queues which kept our tour moving. Marilina was totally flexible and gracious. It was an amazing day and I can't recommend her more highly.
Philip BascleUnited States
What can I say, Marilina was great. Articulate, knowledgeable and her english was excellent. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an informative and personal experience. Worth every penny. I have used Tours by locals on my trips for yrs. now, and I really can't say I've ever had a bad experience.
Betsy ThomasUnited States
Marilina was our tour guide in Crete. We had a most enjoyable day with her! Marilina is so well informed about the culture, the history and her passion for the Minoan history especially palpable. She even engaged a young 16 year old with her knowledge and engaging stories. We would highly recommend her and will contact her again our next time in Crete. She is warm, personal and very knowledgable, a winning combination for a tour guide!
David CastilllejosUnited States
She is superb!!! Very knowledgable and energetic.
Mark GasserUnited States
We had a great time. Wonderful guide to visit Crete with. Marilina was very knowledgeable, engaging and fun company.
Mark GasserUnited States
We had a great time. Marilina was engaging, knowledgeable and fun to be with. You can't go wrong touring with Marilina!
Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Marilina did a fantastic job of sharing her island's history with us. She wove the ancient history into what we were seeing today in a most interesting way. A highlight was a visit to the Arkadi Monastery where her Great Grandfather sacrificed his life for freedom. It was very moving for us all. Some of our group wanted to shop while some wanted to see the Museum, and Marilina did a great job of seeing to it that everyone had the experience they most wanted.
Marilina was a great guide, very nice and providing invaluable information about history of Crete and current situation of the island. The visit of the Knossos palace was particularly interesting. Perfect English as well so no communication problem. I highly recommend Marilina and this tour.
Marilina helped me organise a last minute tour for my boss & his friends of Knossos Palace & Heraklion. She was an absolute pleasure to deal with and was very accommodating on timings for the group. She also organised a mini bus for them to use on tour & for the rest of the day and while I hadn't used Tours by Locals before, I would certainly recommend as an easy to use and professional service. Thanks again Marilina, the boys really enjoyed the tour & you helped me immensely.