Angela C.United States
Review for Chania Old Town Private Tour - Inquiring about and booking our tour was straightforward because George responded promptly and provided clear and detailed information via email. Our tour was great, George was friendly, knowledgeable about ancient and modern Greek history/culture, attentive to our interests, and had helpful recommendations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to show you around and talk about history and culture, which is my passion. Thank you for your patience, I hope you had an unforgettable visit to Greece and Crete!
George was extremely knowledgeable but at the same time attentive to our needs and was always ready to provide a personal angle which makes a huge difference in experiencing a foreign place. His English is perfect, he knows all the ins and outs and secret corners of Chania and he is a greater source of tips and info for other areas and activities in Crete- you get much more than the tour!! He has prepared his own map of Western Crete with loads of useful information! Highly recommended!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad that the tour was a pleasant experience for your family! I always try to show the beauties of west Crete and we have a few! You are prepared for your next visit!
Raimie PierceAnna, TX, United States
We visited Chania in October 2019. Our guide George took us a great walking trip around the city, showing us many fantastic sites, while explaining a lot of the significance and culture related to them. With only a short time to spend in the city this was a great tour that seemed like it lasted much longer than it actually did. He showed superior interest in making sure we were enjoying ourselves in this interesting city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you had a wonderful stay in Chania. The old port of Chania is beautiful with the narrow alleys and their history, my tour was just a small compliment. Perhaps next time you can come and stay longer, there are so many nice places to visit like Elafonisi, Therisso, the mountain villages, wineries and so on!...
Steven WilsonUnited States
Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Saw a side of Crete that I otherwise would not have seen. This trip enabled us to see the agricultural background of the country, which was of great interest to me and my wife. Also, got to eat some authentic Cretan food, which was wonderful. Trip was the right length. George is a very safe driver also, which is a major plus.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you liked the roads winding around the hills and the olive groves all around. The mainland is the true heart of Crete!
Glen ArmstrongNew Zealand
This was a great day with George. We had a specific set of requests which he fulfilled amazingly. George had a great knowledge of the Battle of Crete among other things, a willingness to share, a humility, and an ability to talk to the kids. All in all we would highly recommend George for a private tour. We visited the Commonwealth War Graves, Chania Old town, a great spot for a quick lunch and a beach for the kids to swim. Well done and thanks George.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I tried to combine your requests to make this tailor-made tour, and I am glad everything went well for you and your family. The advantage of TBL is that travelers like you can communicate and create a custom tour to suit your requests. The Battle of Crete has a special connection for our countries, and I feel its my duty to share the stories and pass on the memory of those who gave their lives for our freedom. Thank you for the great company of your family and hope you had a pleasant stay in Crete!
George was an excellent tour guide. He provided our group of 6 a great review of the history of Chania. We saw key historical sites. George also provided us with recommendations on things to do and restaurants to eat at. We also had the opportunity to visit several local artisans and see them at their craft. I would highly recommend this tour and George as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide you around! I try to help as much as possible and give advice on Chania and what to do in west Crete. There are so many options! Chania can be visited in a day, but to see most highlights you need around 5 days! Hope you enjoy Greece!
Lindsay SteidlUnited States
We highly recommend George to anyone looking to explore Crete. Not only did he put together a custom tour for us (hiking Imbros Gorge, wine tasting, visit to Kournas Lake, with a one way trip from Chania to Heraklio), but he was extremely responsive and helpful along the way. He's very knowledgeable about the area, and it was great spending the day with him. He even suggested some delicious restaurants for us to visit while in Chania before our tour with him. He went above and beyond!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy that you had such a good time in Chania! I do my best to do tailor-made tours depending on the interest of travelers. I try to explain the history, culture, traditions of Greece and Crete, so you have a better overview of Greece. I try to avoid commercial or touristic places, and visit places where locals go. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip in Greece!
Janice KetchenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating! I am glad you enjoyed the tour!
Gary AmbroseUnited States
George is a personable and knowledgeable guide! My wife, my daughter. And I thoroughly enjoyed the day we spent with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am happy you enjoyed the tour and the tastings! The wine traditions in Crete date back to the Minoan civilization! Will be glad to see you again in the near future!
Very good tour and very good guide. Just amazing tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I try my best to make the tour as interesting and informative as possible, respecting the sacrifices of the soldiers and locals. I hope you find interesting the 8gb archives I copied you regarding the battle!
Michael McGuireUnited States
George is more than just a tour guide. He is the best kind of ambassador for his island. He is warm and engaging, highly intelligent, and brings the culture and history of Crete to vivid fascinating life. His car is super comfy, the little stops along the way there and back all very interesting and provide little snapshots of Cretan life in the villages and mountains. The beach was stunning beyond words! Returning, a stop at a taverna outdoors with gorgeous views of the surrounding country a highlight.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The tours I do are an experience more than just visiting a location. Elafonisi is one of the most stunning beaches in the world (no 6 in TripAdvisor). I try to explain the socioeconomic situation in Greece, along with history snippets of various locations and explaining the horticultural, ethnographic and geological dimension of Crete island! Most restaurants are exceptional, locals distinguish the outstanding eateries with quality of production and fresh ingredients provided by local suppliers.
Stephen WallaceNew Zealand
George was a great guide, his knowledge of the battle extensive and interesting. This tour really exceeded my expectations. I rate this tour 5 out of 5 stars. I would certainly recommend this tour with George to anyone interested in the battle.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed the tour! Battle of Crete is extremely important for me and any Cretan so I like to share the passion and information of how the battle was carried out.
Glenn ParksUnited States
George provided a real nice walking tour of Chania and kept us out of the sun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed Chania old town tour! July and August are the hottest months in the Mediterranean, so we have to do as the locals do, hide from the sun! Best is to depart early if possible, at 9am or before.
Tom LewisUnited Kingdom
George was a fantastic guide with a very extensive knowledge of the subject. He gave us a very interesting insight into the WWII Battle of Crete including lots of lesser known anecdotes. He was very flexible to ensure he included everything we wanted to see and do, and his organisation and planning meant the whole tour ran very smoothly. We very much enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend George’s services to others!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review! I am glad that you enjoyed it!
Shauny JaineUnited States
WE LUCKED OUT! George was the perfect guide for our adventure to Samaria Gorge. My family and I highly recommend him. Regarding admin, George was prompt in responding to our booking and with all follow up communications. He ensured we were properly prepared for our hike. He was on time to pick us up plus a very safe driver with a comfortable car. Regarding the hike, George narrated all we saw, stopped at ideal intervals/locations, and took lots of family photos for us. Wonderful experience! Thx, George!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to hike with the whole family! I am glad you enjoyed the place, I tried my best to show and explain to you about the culture, history and life of Cretans. Greetings to everyone!
John F.United States
George is one of the best tour guides we have had!! He was perfect in his balance of history, culture, and local customs. My kids loved his style and he made the trip logistically flawless. If visiting Chania/Crete, you should absolutely use him as a tour guide. He will customize the trip to whatever needs you have. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. It was a great day out! I always try to give all-round information which helps to understand Greeks and our culture. Hope I was not too tiring talking all the time. Next time you could stay longer to enjoy more of Chania and Crete!
Gia CreceliusUnited States
We had a wonderful day with George. Elafonisi is beautiful but can be very crowded. George was able to get us to the beach before the crowds so we were able to get a prime waterside spot for our day. George gave us so much information about the area, culture and history. He was also very flexible when we decided to go to Chania for a quick look. Thank you George for a wonderful day! We hope to be back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you had a good time in Chania! There is so much to see in this beautiful place and one day does no justice, but I believe for your group we had the best possible day out. This is the advantage of Tours by Locals, trips organized by locals, flexible, custom made. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays in the Greek islands!
Jon ZaroffUnited States
We had a fantastic tour of the Samaria Gorge with George! He is extremely experienced and well prepared. He set up a plan to meet our family's schedule and everything went very smoothly. We enjoyed all of our discussions with George, who is very knowledgeable about the Gorge, Crete, and Greece. Most of all, he is kind and fun to be around! We recommend George to any group without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide you through Samaria gorge and having various conversations with your family. I enjoy sharing information regarding Crete and Greece, I hope I was not too boring.
Nicholas GianakourosCranford, NJ, United States
We had a wonderful time (despite the very warm weather) touring beautiful Chania with George! He is knowledgeable, friendly, easygoing and was very flexible in adjusting the pace and scope of our visit to suit our group's needs. He's also very tall, and so impossible to miss when you're meeting him or following him through a crowd. He also provided a lunch spot recommendation we will absolutely be returning to! We highly recommend him for an insider's glimpse of this wonderful island town!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am very happy you had a good time in Chania old port! I try to be flexible and adjust the tours in every travelers' needs. For Greeks food is very important, so we do know the best spots and restaurants, hidden in the back streets and villages! Hope to see you again in the future!
Bette BatsonUnited States
George gave a great tour of Chania. His organization was good, allowing us to do the whole town in a very orderly manner. His historic information was interesting, but not so much to be boring. We really enjoyed our tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad that you had such a good time in Chania, despite the heat! I do my best to do the tours as interesting as possible.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad we figured out what was best for you and enjoyed the day out. There is so much to see in Crete, you need 3-4 days minimum in Chania. Whatever you choose to see, it's unique and beautiful in its way. Hope to see you again in the future!
Jill FarrellyUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: As a Cretan I have a passion on WW2 and how it shaped the lives of the soldiers and the locals alike. I feel I have a responsibility to show and explain in the best possible way how this struggle unfolded. Thank you for being patient with me and I am happy you had such a good time.
Michael S.United States
George did a great job leading our tour. He is friendly, knowledgeable and speaks fluent English. I would highly recommend George.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you had a good time. There is so much more to discover in Chania. Hope to see you again in the future!
David MesseUnited States
We had an awesome day with George. He is flexible and a great guide with interesting history and stories about the island. He is kind and will work with you to make sure you do what you want on Crete.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your nice company! I am glad that you enjoyed your trip and stay in Chania. I always try to focus on history, culture and traditions of Crete and Greece.
Mary WicenskiUnited States
George is a fantastic tour guide! He showed us his city of Chania in a way that made us feel we were there visiting an old friend. He took us to many historical sites and gave excellent explanations of archeological digs, shops, places of worship as we toured. He helped us avoid the tourist traps, showing us a truer view of Chania. We took him up on his offer to take us to Ntounias, a traditional Cretan restaurant. For us, this was the highlight of our time in Chania. It was truly a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Zeus is the god of hospitality, and he was born in Crete! I enjoy being helpful, sharing my knowledge on culture and history dating back thousand years. Its hard to find real and unique food straight from the farm and its harder to explain how unique is the food and persuade travelers to visit Ntounias! They understand after they eat! You were my guests in Chania, and in true Cretan fashion I tried to make the most of your short stay in Chania, which I hope will be one of the highlights of your trip.
Evelyn FlynnUnited States
George was amazing! Super knowledgeable, kind and considerate with different levels of fitness in our group. We enjoyed getting to know George and would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed Samaria gorge, the best hike in Crete and one of the best in Europe! Its a long day but worth it! Hope you have a great stay in Greece and Crete!
Mona CarverUnited States
Excellent tour, George was very knowledgeable, a good communicator, enthusiastic about the area, and attentive to our needs. Would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I love sharing my passion for the history, culture and traditions of Crete! Hope you had a memorable day immersing in Greek culture and enjoyed Chania old town!
George is well learnt, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for making this hiking experience memorable for all of us. It has been such a pleasure to be guided by you. With lots of love from the 10 of us from singapore.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide all of you in Samaria gorge! I am glad that the hike was an unforgetable experience for all of you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Crete and Greece!
Chuck MasekUnited States
George was an incredible guide. We took the battle of Crete tour and I learned more in 3 hours than I learned in the 2 years I was stationed at Iraklion Air Station in 1969 about the battle. He was very personable and did a great job. Chuck
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide you to the battlefields and explain the peculiarities of the battle. We have to keep in memory the struggle and sacrifices of those who gave their lives for us to be free. Hope you had a nice stay in Crete in 1969 and 2019!
Bonnie ONealUnited States
Our tour with George today was great! He is friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He knows the history of Chania and took us to places where we could see evidence of the many layers of civilizations. It was a worthwhile tour! Thank you! George!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was my pleasure, I am glad you appreciated and showed such interest in our history! Enjoy your stay in Crete!