About us

Welcome to Tourist Guides Crete P.C Boutique Travel

The Tourist Guides Crete P.C – Cretan Tour Experts boutique travel agency was created by two licensed professional tourist guides Panos Kritikos and Ioanna Christofakaki, which decided to offer their services directly to the guests of Crete.

After working for several years all over Greece, in 2004 we decided to settle down on beautiful Crete, birthplace of Ioanna Christofakaki. We gained valuable experience in the field of tourism over the past years, working mainly as professional licensed guides in excursions and private tours on Crete and the nearby islands – Santorini, Rhodes, Kos, Nissyros – during summer and during winter we continued offering our services abroad (mainly in Europe escorting Greek groups ).

After returning to our birthplace, the beautiful Crete, we decided to focus on the tailor made tours and excursions and the excellent service.

We can organize tours and excursions upon request, customized according to every guests’ wishes and needs , tours for groups of friends or families, groups with special interests in History and Archaeology , tours for incentives, coach tours for groups, educational excursions for colleges and schools.

We are active tourist guides and we personally guide our groups, but we also have a small team of 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 and Art). We can arrange chauffeur services, transfers and professional licensed travel guides for your private tour in Crete. This option (chauffeur service with a licensed guide ), provides the advantage of having access to the archaeological sites with an expert, not just the transportation.

We have our own vehicles, registered for transporting our guests, with a permission issued by the Greek Ministry of Tourism.

Our boutique travel agency is focusing on excursions and specializes on private tours οn Crete and upon request we plan and guide our groups around mainland Greece or the islands depending on the desired itinerary.  We can offer our services directly to small groups and families that want to avoid big groups and crowds.

If you are planning on visiting Crete and you would like to make the most of your trip, this is the right site for you. Choose the archaeological sites, museums, places of interest or natural beauty you wish to explore and book a licensed tourist guide to make your visit, a memorable one. In Greece, tourist guiding is a recognized profession. We are of course licensed  professional guides and all our tourist guides are qualified professionals, they have a license and they are registered with the Ministry of Tourism (they can be members of the local Union of Guides of Crete and Santorini.)

Plan your tour, according to your needs. Choose the tour, the tour guide, the pace….
During your holiday you get to decide what is best for you. Explore the hidden beauties
of Crete and organize your own private tour, out of the ordinary. Combine interesting
archaeological sites (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia) with places of natural beauty (Cave of
Zeus at Lassithi for example) or religious places (such as the Monasteries of Kera,
Toplou or Arkadi).

We don’t have set tours, all the experiences that we offer are tailor made. That is why ,we cannot provide a standard price per tour. Do not hesitate to contact us, in order to
get the plan and cost of the tour, according to your need.

Always service minded and with a friendly approach we make sure that you will have
an amazing experience.

Chauffeur Service with a licensed professional qualified guide

Take advantage of our experience and with our company vehicles ( a van and an SUV) we can drive you around Crete.

Our Service provides a licensed qualified guide and chauffeur! Take advantage of our chauffeur service, which means not just a driver, but a professional qualified guide, to maximize your experience while exploring Crete. Get accurate information by an expert. An amazing opportunity for the travelers, who want to avoid driving and are still interested in experiencing the beauties of the island Crete.

Let us design your vacation on Crete and take advantage of the combined tours and excursions or even the opportunity to relocate i.e. from Heraklion to Chania; instead of a transfer you can combine it with a tour. ( tour – transfer to relocate from Heraklion to Chania – during the day you can visit Knossos and Rethymnon for example )

In doing so you will depart from your hotel in Heraklion with your luggage and you will reach the hotel of your choice in Chania, but on the way you will have the chance to explore the villages and the places of natural beauty, the monasteries, highlights etc , with an experienced guide. Always flexible and willing to go a bit off route, so that you will see as much as possible.

The chauffeur service is available with our company vehicles for 2 to 3 participants ( with an SUV). A company van is also available for a group up to 7 (with luggage, if you relocate on the island).

In cooperation with a trusted partner we can offer the tour / transfer with a minibus for more than 7 participants. Quality of service is guaranteed. All vehicles are licensed issued by the Greek National Tourism Organization regarding the transportation of our guests.

Why with us?

Tourist Guides Crete P.C – Cretan Tour Experts boutique travel agency is highly qualified
to introduce you to the rich culture of modern and historic Crete and Greece.

So if you are planning on visiting Crete, send us an e-mail of what you
would like to see / do, sites or cities that you wish to visit and we can help
you plan the ideal excursion.

Tailor made to your needs.

Our team
The Tourist Guides Crete P.C – Cretan Tour Experts Travel Agency was created by Joanna Christofakaki and Panos Kritikos.

We graduated from the Guides College of Mytilene 1997 and started working as professional licensed guides on the island Rhodes, where we lived for 2 years. On 1999 we decided to move to the nearby island Kos, where we had the chance to work with Plotin (representing Thomson) and Voukouvalidis Tours (representing Tui), Kosland Tours (representing First Choice), Dodecanese Travel and Rhodos Tours Traveland Kos. We were working on the island Kos until 2002. The next year Mr. Kritikos returned back to Rhodes and worked there for the season of 2003, while the same year Mrs Christofakaki came on the island Crete, back to her birthplace. The year of the Olympic Games of 2004 we focused on working on the island Crete, were we started our family. Having our basis in Heraklion (central Crete), we started cooperating with tour operators, such as Tui, Versus group, Tez, Cretan Holidays, Deltanet, Rhodos Tours – Traveland Crete, Hellenic, Destination, Creta Tour DMC . During the beginning and the end of the season 2004- 5 Mr. Kritikos cooperated with Agora travel in Athens guiding groups all over Greece and Rhapsody Travel for Cruise Ship shore excursions, at Olympia, Mykonos and Kefalonia.

During winter months, which is considered to be low season for Crete, we invested in learning foreign languages, in order to improve our career chances. (Mrs Chistofakaki English and Italian and Mr. Kritikos English, German and Polish). Mr. Kritikos also worked during the winter period of 2010 – 12 abroad, mainly in Europe, escorting Greek senior groups and school groups from Crete.

This season of 2014 we decided that the time was right to take one more step and to create our own company, a travel agency with a boutique approach, that we will be able to control the little details that make the difference. That is the reason , that we decided to focus not only on tailor made tours for individuals and small groups, but also for normal groups that visit Crete and wish to combine sites and live a true and memorable Cretan experience. We will try to act as insiders and tell you the little secrets and all the information needed to make the right choice for you and your friends while staying on Crete.

Our philosophy

The purpose of our travel agency is to provide high quality of service, with friendly approach to all our guests. We personally handle the emails, that is why you will not get ready made response mails. We are available to answer your questions, whether it concerns a tour, or information about our beautiful island. Always service – minded we try to fulfill your wishes, so that you can take advantage of every second of the excursion. Take some time to explore our programs and excursions and if you cannot find what you are looking for send us a request. We are able to organize tailor made tours according to your standards. We can plan routes and tours combining highlights on the island according to your pace.

This company (Tourist Guides Crete P.C – Cretan Tour Experts Boutique Travel agency ) , organized by us , Panos and Ioanna , with passion about guiding , the island of Crete and the glorious Minoan civilization, have decided not to sell our services through platforms like Viator, getyourguide, Klook, Bokun, Booking, etc. The reason is that although we would have received more bookings , we prefer to work directly with travelers, providing the best possible prices for our services to the guests … As you probably know the platforms like Viator, getyourguide etc charge a commission of 20 to 30 % of the price of the tour. We prefer to provide a better price to the final consumer- that is you the traveler and to create a connection, rather than work through platforms. We will try as long as this is possible, to keep working this way. You can read reviews about our services through TripAdvisor, but you cannot book our services through their platform. You have to contact us directly. We strongly believe that the real travellers – you – that wish to explore the real Crete, to get in touch with the authentic Cretans, you will search for our website directly.

Our island – Crete

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and one of the thirteen administrative regions of Greece. The island Crete is a different world compared to other parts of Greece. Crete is a place with its own tradition, its own character and its own dialect. Local people are very proud of their Cretan origin. The island forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural features (such as its own poetry and music).

Visit all archaeological sites, Knossos the palace of King Minos, Phaistos the palace of King Radamanthys, Malia the palace of King Sarpedon according to Mythology. But don’t visit only the well known Minoan palaces, but also the hidden beauties of Crete, the Plateau of Lassithi with the Cave of Zeus, the Messara plain with the beautiful beach of Matala, mountainous villages likes Assites and Krousonas or Zoniana in Central Crete , Omalos in Western Crete.

Special offers


Visit Knossos8:00, 10% discount all year around

First tour in Knossos maze – avoid the crowds!


Visit Knossos18:00, 10% discount ( May to September )

Avoid the heat of the day – Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere at Knossos!


Best of Crete10% discount from Jan to April 2024 and November to April 2025

Delve deeper in the Minoan Civilization with Exclusive private tours.


Visit Knossos and the museum of Heraklion8.00 - 11.00, 10% discount from November to March

A complete experience and detailed tour  of the Minoan collection and Knossos palace.


Visit Knossos Extended8:00 - 9:30, 10% discount ( May to September )

Discover in details the intriguing Minoans and  the secrets of Knossos


Visit Knossos Extended10% discount every Sunday all season

Extended Private Knossos tour for the experienced traveler