Places, People & Flavors -semi private tour trom Chania , incl lunch
Get a feeling of deep authenticity and local life on this 6-hour semi private tour through Crete's villages and countryside. We visit the majestic monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon, set on a wonderfully overgrown landscape of olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees, where we learn about their produce of olive oil and wine. Continuing our drive towards the verdant province of Apokoronas, we will stop by the Fortress of Koules and at the tiny Maheri village, for a stroll around its alleys and refreshments at a typical ‘kafenion’. The tour will then take us further inland and we will visit a ceramicist's studio & home, an excellent example of traditional architecture, renovated in perfect harmony with the surrounding countryside. Continuing our drive along the foothills of the White Mountains, we will stop for a delicious traditional lunch at a family-run tavern,overlooking the valley and the sea beyond before our late afternoon return to Chania.
Village life is a fascinating thing. It’s slow. It’s authentic. It’s traditional. And on this 6-hour tour through the countryside of Crete, you can get a deep sense of what the slow life is like on this Greek island. After a hotel pickup in Chania, prepare to get an impressive peek at a way of life many outsiders don’t get the chance to see.
Stop at the Agia Triada monastery, a 17th-century structure that boasts an unusual three domes. The monastery, whose name means Holy Trinity, is a tranquil place to linger for a while. Check out the monastery’s vineyards, cellars and olive groves and talk to the wine and olive oil makers about their daily routines. You will enjoy olive oil tasting at the monastery.
From there, continue to the province of Apokoronas and stop at Koules Fortress, a site once known as Rocca al Mare. The formidable-looking Venetian fortress occupies a lofty position on a hill with sweeping views of the Souda Gulf. Don’t forget your camera!
After leaving the fortress, stop in Maheri, an untrammeled village of 100 inhabitants. Stroll around the hamlet’s alleyways and try to find the tiny chapel that is carved right into the face of a cliff. Take time to appreciate the loving restoration that has been done to many of the original houses here. Then head a bit inland to visit a ceramics studio and meet a well-known local ceramist.
Next, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch at a family-run tavern with fresh local specialties set on a point overlooking a valley and the sea beyond. After lunch, return to Chania, where the tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Please make a note of any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when you book"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
Hora de Inicio:
Duración: 6 Hours
Lugar de comienzo:
Traveler pickup is offered
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.