Noel HayesUnited States
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, energetic and an excellent communicator of the history and myths of the Knossos Palace. Friendly, approachable and engaging, Marilina ran our day very well. Our late lunch and visits to the Keraklion museum and a quality pottery were very good. Excellent English - to be highly recommended. Slight criticism- the Mercedes minivan's air conditioning was not very efficient and we were a little uncomfortable at the back. However, Overall - excellent!
Ronnie K.United States
We had a wonderful tour of Knossos with Marilina. She was extremely knowledgeable and informative. At our request, she also arranged a visit to an olive oil producer, where we sampled three olive oils, and a winery, where we had a light lunch and tasted five wines. Both were delightful experiences. We would highly recommend Marilina and her driver.
Jennifer UlumUnited States
It was a fantastic tour. We are so grateful to MarIlina for making our visit to Knossos so worthwhile and enjoyable. She accommodated our preferences and even recommended other services which we gratefully used. We feel like we now have a new friend in Crete. A highlight of our trip. She really knows her stuff, her English is flawless and she paces the tour just right. Thank you, Marilina, for making our trip that much more incredible.
Jaime C.San Juan, PR, United States
An excelent guide, informative, with a thorough knowledge of the places we visited. She had arranged for private viewing of a series of artisans in their workshops. We went to a small town, where she got the key to the oldest church in the island, which she opened for us and described the art works , the rites and customs. Her tour of the Excavations in Knossos, and later on of the exhibits in the Archeological Museum were eye openers due to her expertise. I recommend her highly.
Alex SemertzidesUnited Kingdom
We could not have asked for a better tour guide. Before the tour Marilena was very communicative and tailored the tour to specific requests that our group wanted, such as a stop by a famous pastry shop and finishing at a restaurant we wanted to visit. She is extremely knowledgeable in the subject matter and will give you the most informative and fascinating tour. The entire group was very happy with her service and would highly recommend her.
Marilina was great and kept the family fascinated and going in 34 degrees heat! We learned so much and all enjoyed the tour tremendously. Thank you so much! We highly recommend this tour and Marilina!
Juliet SampsonUnited States
Marilina's tour of Knossos Palace and central Heraklion was excellent and we would recommend her highly. She gave an extremely clear and comprehensive overview of the history of Crete and Knossos from the Bronze Age forward at the start of the tour and then gave in-depth explanations at various points in the palace. Marilina kept our group (3 adults and 7 kids aged from 11 to 22) fully engaged for four hours on the hottest day of the year!! She is 100% fluent and very easy to understand.
Brian RobinsonUnited States
We met Marilina at the Palace of Knossos and spent a good deal of time there. Marilina knew everything and told the history in an interesting and compelling way allowing us to easily visualize what it was like to live during that time. We then went to the old part of Heraklion and spent some time walking around the waterfront and main streets, where, again, Marilina displayed her vast knowledge and passion for Heraklion/Crete. She was very friendly and enthusiastic. We loved our time with her!
Michael PearceUnited States
Toured the Knossos Palace and Heraklion with Marilina yesterday. She was on time and was extremely knowledgeable about everything we saw and asked about. Marilina was very accommodating to our needs and by the end of the day we were friends. Her English was perfect and helped me out with some important Greek words to know as well. I would recommend her highly.
Caroline EddingerUnited States
Marilina showed up 15 minutes late apologizing, but with a freshly purchased coffee. We headed off to Knossos. She IS a wealth of knowledge about the site and full of information. She seemed disinterested in spending the morning with us. She was not very engaged and even when we asked strangers to assist us with pictures, she did not offer to help us. She smoked cigarettes during the tour. She even cut ahead in line in a public bathroom while I waited saying she had a special bathroom. Very strange.
Chris WellonsUnited States
Marilina provided a truly exceptional and unforgettable tour, always answering all of our questions with her pleasant professionalism and deep knowledge of the often complex and fascinating culture as she made our experience a highpoint of our visit to Greece. I highly recommend Marilina to everyone. She tailored the tour to our specific interests with ease, energy and focus which very few tour guides have the skill and experience to provide in such an exceptional presentation.
Robert FreemanSanta Monica, CA, United States
Fabulously knowledgeable about the archeology, history and mythology of the area.
A wonderful experience at Knossos. Marilina was informative, helpful and able to shift effortlessly from basic introductory information to in depth and detailed information based on our questions. She also gave us a recommendation for lunch that was inspired and turned out to be one of the best meals we had during our stay in Greece.
Josh SmithUnited States
This tour was amazing and I highly recommend it, both because of the fascinating content and well as the knowledge and personality of our guide, Marilina. She was able to provide context and vivid descriptions of Knossos Palace, making the site much more manageable and enjoyable. Afterwards, Marilina took us around Heraklion and again gave us a lot of historical context for the city's great monuments. The best part of the tour was Marilina herself, who was wonderful. I cannot recommend this tour enough!
Alla DorfmanUnited States
We are very pleased with our tour of Knossos Palace, museum, and Heraklion city with Marilina. She explained in detail about the palace discovery, showed us all the unique and fascinated features of the menoian civilization in the museum, and went through the important cites of the city. The tour was interesting and full of new information. We highly recommended this tour with Marilina.
Richard L EckersleyUnited States
remarkably knowledgeable - excellent tour! highly recommend ms paters.
Roberto MaderaUnited States
Marilina did a good job explaining the history and structural engineering design of Knossos Palace. I loved that she explained the Minoan mythology, after walking the palace grounds, and the Athenian Battle. It was enlightening, helping us comprehend the labyrinth, and how intelligent the Minoan Civilization was for their time period. She further did a good job explaining the historic neo-classical structure designs in the town of Heraklion.
Melinda S.United States
Awesome tour...Marilina is very knowledgeable. Knows her history well!
Larry GaynorBloomfield Hills, MI, United States
Marilina has been a tour guide for 20 years and really knows Crete. Licensed so entry into palace and museum no problem. Works with taxi driver that owns his Mercedes taxi, very professional and fun. Best get to get out, see sites and get picked up. Marilina from Crete and very personable. We spent a day and half and enjoyed our tour.
Bonnie HooverUnited States
Govardhanen GopalUnited States
Marilina was an excellent guide who gave us a great tour of the Knossos palace, she was engaging with our kids(10 & 5) very well, as well us us. We spent about 4.5 hours with her, first touring the Knossos palace, followed by a small tour of the town of Heraklion. She recommended a great restaurant for lunch. I would highly recommend using her as a guide when you are visiting the Knossos palace in Crete.
Richard LeeUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. English is excellent would highly recommend especially for anyone traveling from U.S.
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!
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.