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A few words about me by me…


Greek and British / Greek of Alexandria



Ancient Greek and Roman History – Byzantine Greek – Modern Greek


Prehistoric (Minoan, Mycenaean) – Classical – Byzantine

Studies of Comparative Religions

Greek – Arab – Venetian – Ottoman

History of Art

Ancient Greek Theatre – Modern Greek Literature – Greek Mythology

Social Anthropology

Psychology – Traditional Arts and Crafts – Music and Dance – Local Flora and Fauna – Local Geology

Greek History and Culture

(A letter from Aris Tsantiropoulos | Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at University of Crete)

Distinctive award

I am greatly honoured to have received recognition from the Greek State for my influential contribution to the Fed Hatta Conference 2016 by issuing a commemorative stamp with my portrait on it.


Year-round expert guide for groups and individuals 1989 to present


In April 2024 privately guided Williamson Micheal with family and friends during their Holiday in Crete. Visiting the main cultural, archeological historical and gastronomical highlights of the island.

Travel Gems Retreat with Natalie Haynes and Ioanna Kalypso Glypti, our beloved historian guide, will give us valuable insights into each destination, monument, or heritage site that we will visit.


August, 4-20: Curator of the art exhibition Linear T. Under the sponsorship of the Prefecture of Crete and the municipality of Réthymno.

July, 11-16: Retreat Leader at the event. Ψυχ-αγωγία | Conduct of the soul. Mind, Soul and Emotions in Greek Tragedy: Ancient Wisdom for Today with Professor Edith Hall, Natalie Haynes and Ioanna Kalypso Glypti.

Inquiry into how dramas originating from democratic Athens showcase resilience among individuals battling timeless emotional predicaments will be conducted by Professor Edith Hall, renowned author of Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (2010), and Natalie Haynes, acclaimed scribe and author.

Meanwhile, Ioanna Kalypso Glypti, an expert in the matter, cognitive consultant and Gestalt therapist, will grant us insight into the multifaceted and relevant backstories surrounding the theaters and museums of Corinth and Argolis, which boasts having the oldest monuments globally. A tour of the area will culminate with a performance to be staged at the awe-inspiring ancient amphitheater of Epidauros.

Read here the article by Jack Rear in Country & Town House


October: Retreat Leader at the event. The Multifaceted Female in Ancient Greece with Natalie Haynes, Doniert Evely and Ioanna Kalypso Glypti

Article in Marie Claire: In a magical retreat in Crete we dived into the history, culture and transformations of women over the centuries

Natalie Haynes, author of Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myth, will have the chance to read and discuss with us her book about women in Greek myths and their remarkable role at the heart of these ancient tales. Ioanna Kalypso Glypti will showcase these facts & stories through our visits to the extraordinary Knossos Palace, the Heraklion Museum and other archeological sites.

July: The Red Sea Project conference series is an international forum for interdisciplinary research focused on the Red Sea as a diachronic geohistorical unit. Since 2002, Red Sea Project conferences have been hosted by institutions of higher education and research across Europe and once in the Middle East, with support from several organizations, including the Foundation for the Study of Arabia, the British Museum, the European Research Council and participating universities and cultural heritage authorities. Conducted a guided tour to Spinalonga.

May: the high Judges of the European Union, the high Judge of the United Nations with the Department of Justice of Greece. AEAJ

On 16 of February Interpreter of the Hellenic Ministry of Energy and Environment and Hellenic Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, of the International Energy Exhibition of Greece (6th Cretan Energy Conference & Exhibition) in Greece.(Sitilides John Trilogy advisors LLC, Savakis Athanasios Chairman of the Energy Exchange Group, Plakiotakis Yannis Minister of Maritime Affairs and insular policy, Maniatis Yannis Professor former Minister of Environment Energy and Climate Change, Ladakakos Panayotis Chairman of the Hellenic wind association, Skreakas Konstandinos environment and energy Minister of Greece).


September: Private tour on Minoan Culture and Knossos to John Blair and his family when visiting the island of Crete.
July: Interpreter of the international-Energy-conference-of-Crete-schedule, 8-10 of July.
Dora Mpakoyanni previous Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
USA Ambassador Payet
Israel Ambassador
Minister of Energy and environment of Greece and Egypt.

January: A guest speaker presenting the Country of Greece and its history for MEJDI Tours. A virtual cultural-historical tour of Greece from Ancient times until Today and the evolution of Democracy.


February official interpreter of the Greek government and Prime-mister Mitsotakis in Crete.

Opinion writer for lesoleilfoundation.com

Initiator and co-founder of Minoan steps


Associate advisor of Elli Lyraraki in the Paris Fashion Show


June: History of Technology Volume 33Google Books


Interpreter of the Seminar of Simone Caporeli held in Heraklion Crete.

Wrote and delivered the opening speech of the Fed Hatta conference held in Athens for the ITTAA (Greek Tour Agency Association, Minister of Tourism, General secretary of Tourism of Greece, Aegean  Airlines, Ambassador of Israel and Tourist Organization of Israel)


To commemorate this historic moment and memorable opening speech with the subsequent successful conduct of the event, I was honoured by the Greek State by issuing a commemorative stamp with my portrait on it.


Becomes National trainer of FEG

Certified train the trainer



Working with 1618 travel com. Private tours and conferences


Working as an interpreter for conferences and meetings held in Greece.


Hellenic National Defense General Staff Public Relations Section Exercise Gordian Knot


NATO Missile Firing Installation, annual visit, Hania Crete, Wingate University USA: visiting groups, Department of Economics: the University of Rethymnon, Department of Greek Language: the University of Rethymnon, Department of Ottoman History: Greek Language: the University of Rethymnon, School of Guides of Greece Corfu.


Princeton University through the University of Rethymnon, Nikki Rose writer, gastronomy, wine, and Mediterranean cuisine specialist


American School of Archaeology, Ministry of Finance -2nd International Conference of Gastronomy: host Gordon Ramsay.


Tui School & College of Guides of Greece from Athens, American School of Archaeology


Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation Symi Symposium 2005. Participants included: EU High Representative Javier Solana EU Council, General Secretariat, Olli Rehn European Commission Belgium, Yannis Alexander, Member Balkans Team, Tom Bentley, Director Demos UK.


US State Department, US Embassy Athens (VIP groups), USS Enterprise (Aircraft Carrier) / three-day tours of archaeological sites (1-3 times per year).


Associated Press Journalists 14th April, Hellenic Air Force, Ministry of Defense hosting NAMFI Missile Firing Installation, University of Freiburg Institute for Classical Archaeology University of Freiburg, Germany, Professor Clemens Schmiden, 14th – 16th July


NATO Missile Firing Installation, annual visit, June/July. NATO-EU-NAMFI Air Defence Seminar 6th -10th October 2003 Hania.


University of Crete / Education of People of Greek Origin (W.I.I.S). EU Leonardo Program The Centre for Professional Development, Rethymnon on the EU Leonardo Program “Introduction to the Civilization of Crete” covering the months of November and December.


Hellenic Cement Industry Association Conference 13-16 June. Conference of EU Defence Ministers:EU Foreign and Security Policy Representative, Javier Solana and NATO Secretary General George Robertson. Rethymnon and Crete Representative at the Ferie Tourism Exhibition Copenhagen. Organizing programs for ornithologists and botanists, arranging transportation, places to visit as well as accompanying guests on excursions.


OTE International Conference Professor Kallitsas, Professor of Management and Communications, Representative of Greek Telecommunications at the OTE International Conference EU Eurotex held in Rethymnon. Interpreter for the Prefecture of Hania the EU and the Institute of Agricultural Mediterranean Research.


Professor Campbell’s bi-annual Archaeological tour of Greece and Crete


Presentation and Introduction for Professor Jacob Dempsey of BrownUniversity NY re: his most recent book on Minoa.


International Conference on Telecommunications Guide and Public Relations for Greek Telecommunications for the International Conference on Telecommunications. Guest of Honour Mr Balachrista.


US Legal Groups which included the firm Fulbright and Jaworski,International Lawyers, Houston

2009 – Present

Working with Russian guests a new market. El Greco Company


Summer Seasons regularly employed by: Airtours, My Travel, (UK & Scandinavia), First Choice UK, Trend UK, Preferred Travel Services UK, Saga UK,


Summer Season Thomson (TUI)


Thomson UK Back to back, weekly tours for guests with special interests. This entailed guiding archaeological sites, planning tours, organizing routes, timetables, transfers, and responsibility for the health and safety of the guests.


Summer Season Thomson UK

  • National trainer of the world federation of guides
  • Representative of Professional Guides Association
  • Member of Prefecture Committee for the Promotion of Rethymnon throughout the EU and the growing US market.


  • Advertising and promotion (festivals, dance, drama, exhibitions)
  • Awareness programs for local residents, (press conferences sponsors, etc).


Places visited so far… 2023: India – Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Puskhar, Udaipur 2022: France – Paris, The Netherlands – The Hague 2011:Africa, 2010: Turkey, 2009: Portugal, Morocco, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, 2001: Czech Republic, Belgium, Spain, 2000: Denmark, 1998: Caribbean, 1997: USA, 1996: Russia, 1994: China, 1993: Germany, Austria, 1983: Italy.

Participating in:

Dolphin Training programs.

Setting up “AIDS Awareness Young Citizens Org.”, together with UN in Africa and Bi-cultural children’s program in Hania Crete and Botswana, Africa: Setting up Workshops in Crete and Publishing their work and Art.


Tai Chi, Reading, Music (Ethnic, Classical), Dance (Tango), Riding.

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