Jerry AlexanderUnited States
Our hike of the Agia Irini was everything we hoped for w/ breathtaking views & wildlife. Using ToursByLocals was efficient & reliable and as a resource, opened the door to a range of possibilities for our trip. Our guide, Mel, has a passion for Crete & her work as a guide. Her knowledge and love for flora & fauna and the environment enabled a rich & pleasurable experience. As important, we were novice hikers and Mel took great care to share skills to make sure we were safe & got the most out of our hike.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ευχαριστώ πολύ (Efharisto poly!) Jerry for trusting me with you holiday in Chania. I am sure I will be seeing the two of you in Crete again in the near future!
Caroline K.United Kingdom
We had a fabulous day with Mel who made recommendations from the start to make sure the tour was right for us. Beautiful hike through the gorge, just the right length. Mel was very knowledgable and informative about the area. Finished the day with a swim in beautiful clear waters on a local beach. Would highly recommend Mel and the tour.
Archie ColburnUnited States
Our private tour made for one of the most memorable and worthwhile experiences ever. She combined breadth and depth of knowledge with charismatic, charming personality that made the tour dynamic and stimulating...an unforgettable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, it is extremely rare to be able to share what I mostly love about Crete with people who can appreciate from the smallest animals, flowers and details, to the wider complexity of their preservation. Thank you for trusting me with your tour, for being so ready to see and learn new things, and for sharing your beautiful thoughts and experience. I am sure we will meet again!
A 5 out of 5 experience. The gorge walk was simply stunning with help from our friendly guide and awaiting driver at the end. The end of the walk was celebrated with a few drinks at the taverna near the end of the gorge. We did our walk early April and the weather was perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great company, weather, distance, time of the year, and relaxing in the shade of the taverna at the gorge exit. We both really enjoyed meeting you. Thank you very much for a lovely day with the two of you!
Marina B.NEWTON CENTER, MASSACHUSETTS, United States
Mel was very pleasant and easy to communicate with. We had a great time!
This was a fabulous tour. Hiking on Chania is just gorgeous and Mel was lovely and very helpful getting us back to the hotel y daughter was staying in, and also back to our ship.( our daughter hd to stay ignorer to get back to university on time, whereas the rest of our family was getting back on a cruise). My only wish is we could have hiked for longer!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Laura! Thank you for your comments! There are plenty of gorged to hike in around the area of Chania, so I hope that Deliana was only the start. I also had a great time with you and your family, both at the gorge, as well as during our lunch! Please send my regards to your family! All the best, Mel
Johanna BowenUnited States
I am no longer up to the grueling Samaria gorge trek (and it is not yet open anyway) so I opted for a guided tour of Palia Roumata gorge. A great experience. Guide was wonderful. Gorge was spectacular and all ours! Lots of flora to wonder about. Best time criss-crossing the rocky stream bed. Wet crossings made it all feel adventurous. Many thanks to Mel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Johanna You really made our small adventure crossing Palia Roumata a lot of fun. It was great seeing you enjoying all the small challenges. Your energy and enthusiasm for discovery is contagious! I am really glad that you appreciated the quiet and the natural beauty of small flowers and butterflies, even though you have traveled to some pretty impressive places around the world (you are quite adventurous yourself). Keep exploring! Mel
Timothy DaisyUnited States
This tour exceeded our expectations. Mel went out of her way to explain the many interesting things that make Crete a wonderful place to visit. A wonderful hike in the Mesavlia Gorge and a beautiful lunch on the peninsula afterward. We could not have asked for a better tour guide.
Ramona ShelburneUnited States
Mel was wonderful. Very knowledgeable, considerate and fun. She took my mom and I for a walk through the Mesavlia Gorge and stopped in a few local villages along the way to see things (like a 2000 year old olive tree) that we never would've known to look for if we were on our own. The walk was beautiful, and just challenging enough to feel like exercise !
Steven WattsNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Excellent tour. The Gorge itself is beautiful, good facilities and at just over 7km, a comfortable walk with enough challenge to be interesting. Mel was wonderful, very accommodating (even brought us some fennel pie - excellent) and looked out continuously for our safety and comfort. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her
Steven WattsNoosaville, QLD, Australia
Gentle walk through surprisingly lush countryside. Time to relax and observe the world. Mel was very pleasant and accommodating.
Alan FarrantEast Tamaki Heigths, 2016, New Zealand
We were really pleased with Mel and her guidance for our trip. We completed this day trip near the end of our walking holiday and were feeling a bit weary, but Mel controlled the pace to our needs stopping and resting more often as we needed. It was a memorable day of the St Irini River Gorge and her local knowledge immensely appreciated. A great day and a good way to have ended our walking holiday. Thank you Mel.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Alan Thank you for your feedback. I guess you are back home now and your holiday probably seems far away. Thank you for trusting me with your tour. I am always happy when I meet people like you and your wife who share my enthusiasm on the natural beauty of Crete. It was great meeting you. Mel
Kim E.United States
My son (age 22) and I had a fantastic day hiking the Samaria Gorge with Mel. She arrived at 6:30 at our hotel in Chania to set out for the gorge, allowing us to get there before most of the tour bus groups arrived. Mel's expertise is in animal behavior, but she also has deep knowledge about the plant life in the region. Mel was equally happy trekking full speed down the gorge or stopping for a period to watch the wildlife (we we very lucky to see a pair of Kri Kri goats). Two thumbs up from us!
We did the Agia Irini hike in september with Melita. She was very friendly and knowledgable to show us the vegetation we came across within the gorge. She was also very efficient to organise the tour at short term notice. The agia irini gorge is a worthwhile walk, with splendid scenery and less arduous and crowded than the Samaria gorge.
Mel was a delight to be with, her love and knowledge of nature were very evident, we would recommend her to anyone going to Crete.