The Guides’ School of Greece is a three and a half years university state Institution authorized and run by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Greece. Its purpose is to teach and prepare the future official licensed Guides of Greece for practicing their profession, which is to present and represent their country worldwide.
The courses of the school include 28 different subjects/lessons, the main being History (Ancient, Byzantine and Modern), Archaeology (Prehistoric, Classical, Byzantine and Post Byzantine) and History of Arts. The 25 secondary lessons varry and include from History of the ancient theater and architecture, Mythology, History of the ancient Greek literature, Geology, Geography and Ethnology down to Economics, Psychology, First aid and Orthophony.
Having to pass some of Greece’ most difficult university entry, semester and exit exams and of course after being tested in languages, one graduates after three and a half years of study, as an official licensed Guide and that authorizes one to work as a Guide all over Greece.
All official licensed Guides of Greece graduates from the Guides’ School of Greece should wear on them their official badge when guiding.The official Guides’ badge has a photo of the guide, the name of the guide written in Greek and Latin/English, the languages that she/he is allowed to guide on and her/his code number. It necessarily also carries the stamp of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Anyone not having that badge is NOT an official licensed Tour Guide and must NOT be trusted.
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We invite you to visit and explore several unique Archaeological Sites, renowned Historic Monuments, Sites of Special Interest and Traditional Routes off the beaten track. During your tours, you will deepen into the history, the myths, the ancient traditions and the arts connected with each site, as indivisible parts of the Cretan culture.
Major Archaeological Sites and Museums
We offer private tours in the major archaeological sites and museums of Crete, which you should not miss especially if your are visiting Crete for the first time. The island has a huge history of more than 8,000 years of age and a plethora of sites to visit. We can help you with planning your holiday schedule and pick some of the areas that you should not miss, from the island’s many different time periods- Prehistoric (3000-1100bc), Historic (Early Greek, Classical Greek, Roman, Hellenistic), Venetian, Automan, Modern.
Our recommended tours include the prehistoric palace of Knossos -the mythical Labyrinth of Homer-, Heraklion Archaeological museums, the unique palace of Phaistos, the very interesting and full of important finds palace of Malia, the mystical palace of Zakros, the Roman town of Gortys -ex Roman capital of Crete, the Venetian island of Spinalonga and the breathtaking Temple- Cave of Zeus.
Archaeological Sites of Special Interest
We organize private tours on special interest sites and areas with an exclusive prehistoric or historic value. The island offers a big number of archaeological sites not known to the masses of tourists visiting Crete. These areas are not always easily accessible and some times require long walks, but the importance of them, the feeling and the atmosphere when you get there really reward your effort.
Our recommended tours include the mountain of Juktas with its unique prehistoric sites (the peak sanctuary of Anemospilia, the Minoan and Mycenean cemetery of Fourni, the industrial area of Vathipetro, the Little Palace of Archanes), The Royal Tomb of Minos in Knossos, Agia Triada Minoan Royal villa near Phaistos, the Minoan villas of Tylissos, Gournia late Minoan rural settlement, Kommos archaeological site, the tholos Tombs of Kamilari and a plethora of other unique sites.
The traditional mountainous and plane Crete with its unique little villages, folk arts, music and dances and its unique cuisine, offers also a lot for a great deal of tours.
Visiting the traditional Crete is always interesting, fun and relaxing and can be also combined with visiting archaeological sites, churches, monasteries and local museums. This is a great opportunity to experience tradition, interesting sights, religious areas and beautiful nature.
Our recommended tours include the Plateau of Lassithi with its numerous villages, Anogia mountainous traditional village, Sfakia area on the west of Crete, Assites traditional village, the village of Sivas in Messara and a big number of other traditional villages and small towns.