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Kostas Chalikias
   As a native of Crete I have been in love with the island for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate enough to be able to grow up along side of archaeological sites and some of the most beautiful natural environment in all of Greece. My interests in hiking, nature, and archaeology motivated me to continue my education in the Germany in the field of archaeology.
   During my time there I received my MA from Ruhr Universität Bochum and my PhD in classical archaeology from the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg.
   While in school I began excavating at various sites, which led me back to Crete in 2007 where I met my wife on an excavation.

Ariel Pearce-Chalikias   
    As a double major in history and art history in college, I was naturally interested in the Ancient Greeks. I was, however, initially unsure of my intended concentration of study. It wasn’t until I took nine months to study abroad in Athens that I truly found my passion and I decided to continue my education in graduate school in the art and archaeology of Minoan Crete.
   While still an MA student at Temple University, I went on my first excavation on Crete where I fell in love with the island and its history. Since then, I have continued my studies as a PhD student and gone on various excavations and projects across Crete.

As teachers of western civilization and art we both feel deeply committed to sharing with others the rich cultural heritage of Crete and its beautiful landscape. Our education and background are what have inspired us to create Off the Path Tours, LLC in order to provide a unique experience of Crete and its people

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