Christiane HurUnited States
First of all we want to thank Costas and the Thanassis family for the AMAZING hospitality! My husband and I had such a great time, it felt like visiting close family. We were talking, laughing and sharing our cultures with each other, language was not a barrier. They made sure I had a hands on experience and shared with me their recipes which I've brought home and already tried on my own! The food was delicious, fresh and made with love. This is not just a tour... it's a priceless experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christiane and Kyu, I truly cannot express my gratitude and that of Thanassis's family for your words. You grasped exactly what this tour is meant to offer. More than the culinary experience it's also the ambience around a Cretan table and the unique hospitality for which this island is known. Thank you for sharing your happiness and outgoing character with us. We wish you the best for your family, and since you are a bit Cretans now, the warmest raki toast to you. "Ya mas!!!"
Gerrit Jan van der HorstNetherlands
Costas is a very nice person. He showed maximum flexibility when we changed out programm few times. Costas was able to show us nice things and tell us great stories about the city. We can recommend Costas as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Gerrit Jan. I really appreciate your words and must say that you and your family are very open people with a positive attitude, which makes a tour easier and more enjoyable to deliver. It is always a real joy to show the beauties of Chania to people who are truly interested, be them the architectural elements, the Kri-Kri island, the olive oil trivia or any other big or small thing that makes this place what it is. Thank you for a great day! Costas
Howard GottliebUnited States
Costas is a delight to be with. He English is perfect and was very flexible based upon our needs. We have decided to book his services for several more days during our visit to Crete.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Howard, Thank you for your kind words. You are nice people to be with as well and this is what makes a tour great. Your own flexibility and "easygoingness" relaxes the people around you and a guide or anyone, for that matter, feels at ease. How can a tour not roll very well with all of that? Thank you again for your company, Costas
Timotheos PapadopoulosUnited States
Costas was very knowledgeable, easy-going and had a warm, friendly delivery on a wide range of information about Chania. His communication skills are exceptional. We did not realize that Chania had so much history and was so pretty. He took the time to listen to what we wanted (locations, food, shopping) and always had the right suggestion. He was very patient with our questions (and had answers) and with our requests. His excellent English and his knowledge of the area make him the perfect guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Timotheos once again, I would like to take this response's space to thank you on behalf of the people that were involved in this tour, from the simple transfer from and to the airport, to your certified guide. They were all, like myself, really appreciative of your family's attitude and zest to live Crete and truly grasp the local feel. With travelers like you it's only natural to want to excel. Thank you for this tour. We all wish you the best for the future.
Timotheos PapadopoulosUnited States
Costas was very knowledgeable, easy-going, and had a warm, friendly delivery on a wide range of information about Crete. His communication skills are exceptional. He took the time to listen to what we wanted (locations, food, shopping) and his suggestions were always on-the-spot. He was very patient with our questions (and had the answers) and with our requests to accommodate stops and areas for photographs. Highly recommend this tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Timotheos, Thank you for your kind words. As I always say, this is a two way road trip. Warmth and friendliness are mutually inspired and in that sense you delivered a great tour yourselves. May you always share beautiful moments amongst your loving family. My best wishes, Costas
Costas and his driver Nikos were amazing - gracious, extremely knowledgeable and terrific company for our entire family. Their enthusiasm, positivity and thoughtfulness made the hike through the gorge a wonderfully enjoyable experience that will be etched in our memories forever. Costas was flexible and considerate of our daughter's adventuresome nature and allowed additional time for her to do some cliff diving. We ended with a lovely lunch. The day was perfect in every way.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joel, Cary and Kayla, We thank you for your words and for being great company yourselves. Your enthusiasm drove our own. It's a true reciprocal adventure. From the beginning when admiring the flying vultures to your constant amazement in the gorge, to the swim and meal in the end. Your message after the tour was really overwhelming. It was a full analysis of the mentality and psyche of the people here based on a few gestures. That takes experience and inner wealth. Thank you for sharing with us
Sonja RyskampUnited States
This was truly a remarkable experience. Costas, our guide and Spyros, our driver were extremely knowledgeable of the area and history. We were taken to three locations: Biolea Astrikas Estate, Cretan Brewery and Dourakis Winery. Each location was truly a remarkable experience. In addition to the tour at each location and samples, we were provided local meals. One of our group is gluten intolerant and Costas went out of his way to make sure that there were alternatives for her to sample. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sonja, Melanie and Danae, We also thank you for your kind comments and for enjoying the tour. When you have a good time, it's more enjoyable for us too. Also, your insight about beer and wine was priceless in allowing us to better understand our production, the same way your eloquent enthusiasm for Cretan olive oil made us rediscover an every-day jewel that we take for granted here. We wish you keep discovering new places and enjoying original experiences. All the best from Chania, Costas & Spyros
Amy SassoonUnited States
Costas was a great guide. He is very knowledgable and speaks perfect English. We covered a lot of ground, tasted yummy Cretan treats and learned so much! He never rushed us, and even found a way to make the walking tour work while accommodating my husband's bad knee. I would highly recommend Costas P.!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Lewis and Amy, Thank you for your kind words and for enjoying the tour. This makes it all worthwhile. I just came back from a hard day at Elafonissi and your review and knowing that you har a good time, basically, made my year. Thank you very much once again. The best of luck to you 2 and your loved ones. Costas