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Guiding Services

Being a professional tourist guide in Greece, I am fully
licensed to guide groups and/or individuals in archaeological
sites as well as other places of interest, in Crete or elsewhere.

Now you have the chance to plan your visit in Crete the way you
want it, aided by a professional. I would be happy if I could help
you in making a good plan of your vacations in Crete.

According to your demands, you may choose one of the following
services, or just make one up. Private tours may include:

Archaeological sites & Museums

Visit one or more places of interest (archaeological sites, city tours, traditional villages, museums). This may take more than just one day, which should not be a problem if I am informed of the exact dates well in advance.

Tailor-made tours

Special tours, customised to meet your specific interests. These may include, but are not limited to, environmental, archaeological, cultural, culinary or religious tours.

Out in nature

Walks and hikes in trails crossing some of the most unspoiled landscapes of Europe, such as the European path E4. Shorter or longer hikes on the mountains or leading to the coast crystal waters of Crete, all rewarding with breathtaking views, are accompanied by professional guidance to help you appreciate local ecosystems and the factors shaping them.

George Papadopoulos

Licensed, professional tourist guide based in Crete, Greece.

  • 1972-1999

    I was born in 1972, in Heraklion, Crete.
    I graduated from the Physics Department of the University of Crete in 1994.
    Between 1995 and 1999 I lived and worked abroad.

  • 1999-2002

    Studies to acquire my guiding license

    Upon returning to Greece I went on to become a professional tourist guide. I am fully licensed to guide all over Greece in English, Turkish, Greek and French.

  • 2002 - Present

    Working as a guide

    I’ve acquired a broad experience undertaking tour excursions for individuals and ordinary or private groups of various interests and backgrounds. I’ve travelled all over Greece and I am particularly an expert of the Cretan sites and history.

  • Time to
    explore
    Crete!

Crete, a few words about the island

The island

Crete is located between Europe, Asia and Africa and is the southernmost part of Europe. It is the largest island in Greece, boasting more than 1,500 villages, breathtaking scenery, endless beaches, 300 days of sunshine per year, varied landscape, delicious and renowned local cuisine, unique flora, magnificent gorges, picturesque old cities and imposing mountains. The distances on the island are short enough to guarantee that the visitor will get the most of the place. We should bear in mind that one visit here will never be enough, since there will always be new places for you to discover.

Natural Environment

Crete lies in the heart of the East Mediterranean basin. Mountains reaching higher than 2400 meters (7900 feet), numerous plateaus and the surrounding Cretan and Libyan seas create a variety of landscapes affecting the climate, vegetation, flora and fauna, as well as the Cretan way of life. Gorges and a large number of caves also provide a natural refuge for many endemic plant and animal species such as the Cretan dittany and the Cretan wild goat. Trails belonging in the European network of natural protected areas or less known footpaths are the perfect way to see and feel the nature of Crete.

The people

The mountainous terrain of the island, the healthy climate, the sunny weather and the generous land have forged the character of its inhabitants, making them proud, open-hearted, easygoing, tolerant and great lovers of freedom. Cretan hospitality is a unique experience, which unfortunately won’t be included in any of the packages offered in the market of mass tourism today. It’s also very important to mention that despite the unprecedented economic and industrial growth the Cretan has managed to keep his traditions and culture intact. Cretan tradition has very deep roots in the past and expresses itself through popular art, local events, legends, music and can be easily sensed everywhere by those who really want it. Wonderful embroidery, glass making, jewelry making and pottery are sure to fascinate everyone.

Products of the land

Crete is blessed with a wonderful nature, a moderate Mediterranean climate and fertile soil. Its products are of exceptional quality and include wine, olive oil of the finest quality in the world, fruits, vegetables, and indigenous wild herbs with medicinal properties. All of the above find an excellent use in the famous Cretan cuisine, which is certified to promote health and longevity.Crete is located between Europe, Asia and Africa and is the southernmost part of Europe. It is the largest island in Greece, boasting more than 1,500 villages, breathtaking scenery, endless beaches, 300 days of sunshine per year, varied landscape, delicious and renowned local cuisine, unique flora, magnificent gorges, picturesque old cities and imposing mountains. The distances on the island are short enough to guarantee that the visitor will get the most of the place. We should bear in mind that one visit here will never be enough, since there will always be new places for you to discover.

Mythology

According to the Greek mythology, Crete was the birthplace of Zeus, father of Gods and Athena, Goddess of wisdom. It was in Crete that Zeus decided to seduce Europa, princess of Phoenicia, giving her name to the entire continent. Their son Minos became the legendary king of Crete, ruling from the palace of Knossos, the maze-like architecture which inspired the legend of the Labyrinth. The legend has it that a bull-headed creature, which fed on human flesh, Minotaur, lived there in captivity, prisoner of king Minos. The Labyrinth also became the prison of its architect Daedalus and his young son Icarus, who managed to escape from there using wings, made of wax, thus becoming the first people who succeeded in their attempt to fly.

History

Crete is also the biblical Kaphtor, the cradle of the Minoan Civilization, the first sophisticated civilization in Europe. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Ottoman Turks have left their mark on an island that has been the meeting point and melting pot of ideas, civilizations and trends for thousands of years. The visitor of Crete can see innumerable monuments that indicate the ceaseless line of history that goes back to 7,000 BC. Minoan palaces, Greek and Roman antiquities, hundreds of Byzantine churches, Venetian houses, fortifications and castles, Turkish mosques and fountains, Synagogues and many traditional villages make Crete a unique time capsule where history is constantly unrolled before the eyes of the visitor.Crete is located between Europe, Asia and Africa and is the southernmost part of Europe. It is the largest island in Greece, boasting more than 1,500 villages, breathtaking scenery, endless beaches, 300 days of sunshine per year, varied landscape, delicious and renowned local cuisine, unique flora, magnificent gorges, picturesque old cities and imposing mountains. The distances on the island are short enough to guarantee that the visitor will get the most of the place. We should bear in mind that one visit here will never be enough, since there will always be new places for you to discover.

…and there is so much more! The options offered to someone visiting the island are vast. This calls for a good planning and preparation on the part of the traveller. In this you are not alone! I will be happy to assist you in any way possible.rete is located between Europe, Asia and Africa and is the southernmost part of Europe. It is the largest island in Greece, boasting more than 1,500 villages, breathtaking scenery, endless beaches, 300 days of sunshine per year, varied landscape, delicious and renowned local cuisine, unique flora, magnificent gorges, picturesque old cities and imposing mountains. The distances on the island are short enough to guarantee that the visitor will get the most of the place. We should bear in mind that one visit here will never be enough, since there will always be new places for you to discover.

What to see & do in Crete

You can learn more about what you can see & do in Crete by clicking on the images below.
This list is not definitive and its purpose is to give you a starting point for further reading.

The Palace of Knossos

The most important site on the island

The Archaeological Museum

The second largest in Greece

Heraklion city tour

A travel in time

Spinalonga

The leper colony islet

Chryssi island

A paradise on earth

Samaria Gorge

Visit the best

Kydoni & Boriano gorges

Platanias region

Imbros gorge

Sfakia

Agia Irini Gorge

Selino region

In the press

George Papadopoulos, in the local newspaper “Patris“, November 17, 2010. Guiding a group on the islet of Spinalonga:

An interview with George Papadopoulos, in the Turkish newspaper “Hürriyet“, March 25, 2012:

George Papadopoulos visiting the olive oil factory at Kritsa, with a group of travel agents, in the local newspaper “Anatoli”, June 6, 2013:

Interview at Knossos with CNN Türk, September 18, 2014:

Contact Me

For your convenience I suggest that you contact me well in advance, so that I make the proper arrangements.
Please don’t forget to inform me of any special needs you may have, as this would facilitate the whole programme of your visit.
The phone number of George Papadopoulos is: +30 6940990404 (Viber, TextSecure/Signal & WhatsApp available)
You can contact me through the PrivateToursCrete page on Facebook.
You can scan this QR code in order to send me a direct e-mail.