Elena was a very special guide. She showed me important places near Agios Nikolaos and explained them and other aspects of Crete very well. I was even able to try some local food. Food very different from what I usually eat. She was very patient with me, giving me extra time. I enjoyed my short visit to Crete. I don't think it could have been any better.
Michael NabityUnited States
Charles BradfordNew York, NY, United States
Elena was a terrific guide and we learned a lot about the Minoan civilization. My wife did fall as she chased her hat which was blown off her head and Elena was quite helpful in getting her proper care (nothing was broken). We definitely would recommend her for both her knowledge and excellent manner in explaining what we were seeing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, thank you for your rating and the feedback. Hope all is well with you two. Warm regards from Crete where you are cordially welcome back. Elena
Philip FlowerUnited Kingdom
Elena is fun and personable. She is clearly proud of Crete and gave us a comprehensive tour with lots of interesting information and history. Her car was not suitable for 4 guests. It is too small for 3 people in the back and only 2 had seat belts. The dog hair and stale tobacco didn't help. Elena did say that she would be renting a suitable vehicle next year.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank-you for your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed thetour. I apologize about the condition of the vehicle, I always take my car to a car wash the day before the tour though it looks this time the car wash didn't do the work correct, so in future I'll choose an other one, but most probably I'll rent a car for each tour to prevent this issue. I am sorry you felt the car was too small, I do state it is a standard 5 seater vehicle but I will keep this in mind.
Fred BergerGloucester Point, VA, United States
Elena is a great tour guide. She knows Crete well and took us to see sights that the people taking cruise ship tours only wished that they could have visited. I would highly recommend her to anyone visiting CHania.
Richard HaddenUnited States
Elena is an excellent guide! There's no way I would have been able to see much of Crete during my short visit, but she helped me see the highlights, and now I feel like I've really seen the island. Her English is excellent, and her choice of places to visit was exactly what I wanted. She really goes that extra little bit to make sure her guests enjoy their visit to Crete. Highly recommended!
Steven BrownUnited States
Elena was very knowledgable. She took us to some very local places, a working Monestary was very special. Then we had traditional lunch in a local restaurant by the lake in Agios Nikolaos. She also took us to some nice shops in the town.
Radhika SinghalUnited States
Elena was waiting for us as we disembarked from the cruise ship. It was very enjoyable to get to know Crete from an insider's viewpoint. Her car is quite new and well air-conditioned and getting in and out was very easy. She too great care to ensure my mother would not have to walk unnecessarily. Her English is excellent and she was most helpful, ensuring we not only got to see as much as possible in the short time we had, but also helped us to get our shopping done. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Radhika, thank you very much for this comment. Wishing you all the best and you are always welcome to Crete. Big hug to your mother, too. Elena
Philip CoulsonUnited States
Nice tour - she set up a great trip to olive factory - fun to spend the day with!
Maria Lucia BrandaoBrazil
Wonderful guide, wonderful place, wonderful time Many thanks
Penny N.United States
The TBL guide we scheduled 8 months before our vacation cancelled a short time before the trip. TBL found another guide for us. Thank you! Elena was friendly, knowledgeable, informative. Her English was very good. Negatives- Her car that we used for the tour was extremely dirty with dog hair on towels that were laid across the back seat. My husband is a veterinarian and he was even disgusted. Elena spoke on her cell phone about 3-4 times, and we ran out of things to see/do before the allotted time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the rating. I took my car to the car wash one day before the tour, so it was clean but the same day in the late evening I drive my mum to the airport and had my dog with me too. In early morning (from Ag. N. where I stay to Souda it takes 2.30 hours) I forgot to remove the cover for the back seats, so please do receive my deep apology for this. I think the animal lovers can understand it. Talking took max.2 min. The tour was carried out completely, without lunch break you didn't want to have
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We brought our concerns of the car to Elena and she will make sure it does not happen again as it was just an accident to forget the cover in the car.