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TGC Tour Experts Boutique Travel 1039 E 6000 02873 01 was created by licensed professional tour guides that decided to offer their services directly to the guests of Crete.We can organize tours and excursions with special interests for conferences and incentives, coach tours for groups, educational excursions for colleges and schools with licensed tourist guides with further professional, academic and other special qualifications to illuminate your tour. (Besides working as registered guides are also graduates of Archaeology, History, Art). We can arrange chauffeur services, transfers and professional licensed travel guide for your private tour in Crete. Our travel agency is focusing on excursions and specializes on private tours in Crete. In Greece, tourist guiding is a recognized profession. All our tourist guides are professional licensed and registered with the Ministry of Tourism and members of the Guides Union of Crete and Santorini.
Heraklion, Heraklion Prefecture, Greece

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Julia H
Oxford, UK23 contributions
Jul 2020
We had booked to go to a nice hotel in Elounda in July 2020 and I found this tour guide company online. I wanted someone to take us out of the hotel for a couple of days to visit Knossos and the wine areas just south of it for one day and a second day visiting the Lassithi Plateau and the cave of Zeus. We also used them for a morning walking tour of Heraklion the day after we arrived and they arranged our transfers for a better rate than the pricey hotel was offering.
We had a great time on these days out. Panos took us to the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion and out to the old fort on the walking tour. Then we went together to a great restaurant we had booked and he helped us to order local specialities and explained their significance in Greek culture. All very educational for the (adult) children and us. Knossos was everything we had hoped for and it was lovely to be guided by someone so knowledgeable. A holiday is never complete without a visit to local vineyards to sample the wine and he took us to a couple that were so pretty and the local wines were a revelation. We ordered some to be sent home. My daughter loved the cave of Zeus and the whole programme was put together exactly according to our requirements.
It was a truly brilliant holiday and a welcome break from covid-struck Britain. Much of the success of the whole trip is down to Panos Kritikos who put together 2 1/2 days of really interesting sightseeing for us. The rest of the time, needless to say, was spent on the beach or in the local restaurants. If you want to visit the historical sites and some of the more remote internal areas of Crete, I strongly recommend you use this company.
Written January 22, 2021
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BobD
3 contributions
Oct 2022
We took 2 tours on consecutive days with VisitKnossos. Panos was our guide for both tours. The first day was an all day private tour of Knossos, Phaistos, and Gortyn with a stop for a snack at a wonderful bakery near Phaistos that Pano recommended. The tour was super informative. We learned about the sequence of construction of the palaces, as well as the Roman occupation. We learned about the architecture, how the palaces were constructed and what they were used for. Panos arranged for a combination ticket so the next day we could also see the archeological museum in Heraklion. There we saw beautiful Minoan frescos, pottery, jewelry and sculpture. Then that afternoon we met Panos in town for a walking and eating tour of Heraklion, We ate at a restaurant, a market that serves food, and went to a bakery to get dessert. Along the way, Panos pointed out the historic buildings in Heraklion and told us about the history of the food we were eating. He was a great host for the two days, we felt like we were his guests. All in all, it was a wonderful experience. A great introduction to the Minoan civilization, the history of Heraklion and the wonderful food of Crete.
Written October 11, 2022
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PotomacBill
Potomac, MD50 contributions
Mar 2022
We toured Gortyn and Phaistos with Panos. Panos is an archeologist with a vast knowledge of ancient history. He brought both ruins alive with commentary on life during the times that Gortyn and Phaistos thrived as centers of Minoan culture. We could not have asked for a better guide.
Written April 9, 2022
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Craig J
Colorado4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This review cannot add much to all of the other rave reviews, except to say that we agree. Panos Kritikos is simply a fantastic guide to Knossos and Heraklion. His knowledge is deep, not superficial. He presents not only what is known about Knossos but the vast amount yet unknown. He’s not afraid to sprinkle in a few well-founded opinions, as well. Graced with charm and wit, he also deftly maneuvered us away from the tour bus crowds and into spots protected with shade. We consider Panos one of the highlights of our trip to Greece.
Written June 26, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to add your comments on TripAdvisor...Your possitive opinion of our services means a lot to us. We hope to see you on the island once again ... Panos Kritikos
Written June 27, 2022
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Laura R
8 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We had a fantastic experience visiting Knossos, Phaestos and Gortys. Our guide, Panos, was enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable, and also just good company! It was a delightful day. He also recommended a taxi driver George who took us to see Spinalonga the next day, who was also very nice and helpful. All in all it was a perfect Cretan holiday. If you are a fan of archaeology, Crete is really the best place to splurge on an expert guide for the day, because the Minoan culture is so ancient and mysterious. I felt like our family could understand Classical Greek ruins very well with the signs at the sites, but the Minoan ruins really benefited from a guide! Thank you Panos!
Written July 8, 2022
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Thank you for adding your comments on TripAdvisor , we are glad that you had a good time on the island. We managed to cover significant archaeological sites in one day tour...Hope to see you on the island in the future.
Written August 31, 2022
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tylersmith615
Brookline, MA6 contributions
Aug 2021
My wife and I had an exceptional experience with Panos Kritikos during our private tour of Knossos. The planning process was smooth and Panos's responsiveness was timely and appreciated.

We met Panos at the designated time and he had our tickets already. After some brief greetings we dove right into the tour. Panos clearly has exceptional knowledge of the site and is passionate about the Minoan culture. Whatever question we asked he answered. He provided thoughtful replies and got us thinking. He related to us. We even paused toward the end of the tour to casually chat and get to know each other.

The best thing about the entire tour in my opinion is that Panos did not sugar coat the unfortunate history of Knossos and how Arthur Evans desecrated and manipulated the site. Panos also painted an intriguing picture of who the Minoans were and how they behaved.

If you are looking for an authentic and down to earth tour of Knossos then Panos is your guy!
Written September 27, 2021
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mmyatt01757
Kennebunkport, ME107 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a review about Panos and the wonderful tour he gave to me and my husband. We were in Chania Crete and needed to get to Heraklion. We signed him up for two days. Amazing! Panos was right there - on time - nice, clean van, waters. We drove to Rethimno for a walking tour and coffee, then onto the Arkadi Monastery. Panos knows all the history and is passionate about Cretan history. The next day we visited the famous Knossos Palace and enroute to Palace of Phaistos we stopped at the Monastery Panagia Kaliviani. Panos is flexible and accommodating! He is an expert on ancient Cretan history and we would recommend him for your customized tour of Cretan antiquities. Sign him up and enjoy!
Written October 2, 2021
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GinaGMSP
37 contributions
Sep 2021
We had a great tour with Panos Kritikos of the Knossos Palace. He was very informative, knowledgeable, answered our questions, and was very personable. His descriptions helped us to better visual the site and provided an idea as to Minoan life in ancient times. We appreciated his comments regarding the site and the Evan's excavation. Panos also provided additional information on other archaeology sites in the area, Chania, and provided additional information to read/review (sent via email). The tour helped prepare us for visiting the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Written October 3, 2021
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Scott O
35 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Panos, our guide, was a trained archeologist and the perfect person to show us around the ruins of Knossos. He provided great insights about the site, the history of what is known and how some highly questionable archeological practices in the past by a certain British archeologist compromised the ability of future archeologists with better technology to piece together the story of Knossos. We appreciated learning this perspective and understanding that Knossos, in reality, has become sort of a marketing tool to open up the world of archeology to many visitors, and to help fund exploration at other sites where modern techniques can better piece together the history of a place. Panos is highly knowledgeable, very engaging and simply a wonderful guide who helps peel back the many layers of history that make Greece such a wonderful vacation destination.

Panos also took us to Rethymno where we wandered around the lovely streets of old town and shared a very nice lunch with him. It was a perfect day with a perfect guide and our entire family really enjoyed spending time with Panos and learning more about the history of this amazing country, as well as present day concerns. Highly recommend!
Written June 18, 2022
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We had some ground to cover starting from Heraklion , to explore the palace of Knossos , then drive to Rethymnon , for a walking tour in the old town and reach Chania in the afternoon. Thank you so much for your patience , it was a long day and I am glad you had a good experience with our company.... We hope to see you once again on the island. There are a lot of interesting places to explore....!! Travel safe. Panos Kritikos
Written June 27, 2022
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BlueMoon1990
Old Mystic, CT17 contributions
Oct 2021
We have just returned from Crete and our time with Panos was a highlight of our trip! Panos is so warm and was easy to work with in planning our tour from Chania to Knossos and Irakleo. He showed up on time with delicious pastries to start our journey. He is highly knowledgeable, not only about archeology, Crete and Minoan history but about cultures and world affairs. We had fabulous conversations about all of these topics on our tour.

We are grateful to have spent time learning from Panos and highly recommend him as your guide to Crete and its layered history!
Written November 6, 2021
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