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Chania Regional Unit

Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Our most recommended Chania Regional Unit Safaris & Wildlife Activities

From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

1. From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

Discover the Mountains of Crete and experience driving a 450cc ATV quad bike in the morning or the evening. Feel the fresh air on your face as you cross shallow rivers and explore hidden hills and small gorges that are only known to the local shepherds. Feel enchanted by the changing landscape of Crete and have guaranteed fun driving on the dirt roads. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will introduce you to wonderful Cretan landscapes and will entertain you with fascinating local tales and Cretan culture. This perfect holiday will give both you and your family a treasure chest of memories to share and look back on.

From Georgioupolis: Roundtrip Transfer to Samaria Gorge

2. From Georgioupolis: Roundtrip Transfer to Samaria Gorge

Explore the famous Samaria Gorge on a trip along the northern coastline of Crete and through the White Mountains up to the Omalos Plateau. Samaria Gorge became a National Park in 1962 and today, it is the last natural refuge for the Cretan goat species known as Kri-Kri. Depart early in the morning and board a coach which will pick you up from your hotel. After a comfortable drive, arrive at the plateau of Omalos for a small break before heading to the entrance of the gorge. The start of the hiking trail through the gorge is at a height of 1200m. On the route, pass by rich vegetation and through the tall rock walls known as the "Iron Gates". Fill up your water bottle at one of the springs in the gorge. At the end of the 17km walk, reach the Libyan Sea. There, at the beach of Ayia Roumeli, enjoy a refreshing swim or sit at one of the taverns until a ferry takes the group to Chora Sfakion where the bus will be waiting for you to return you back to your hotel. 

Crete: Villages Quad Sunset Trip

3. Crete: Villages Quad Sunset Trip

Starting at the Peninsula Hotel and Spa in Agia Pelagia, you are given a theoretical introduction and a small driving practise, before you take the adventure in our hands and the quads on the road. Lonely tracks away from main traffic and in the midst of the most beautiful nature take you to a beautiful cliff path along the sea and later into the heights of Achlada. Here you enjoy a breathtaking view over the surrounding area, before continueing to the long time ago and abruptly abandoned ghost village of Achlada. Find out more about the background of the village, the ancient and traditional Cretan way of life and share a special moment with the three last and only inhabitants of this village. Enjoy a drive and a walk through this village which is not accessible by any other means. The tour continues through the mountains further up into a traditional mountain village - Rogdia. Rogdia is a village that overlooks the bay of Heraklion and is famous for the 16th century tower of Modino. Enjoy some free time and a breathtaking view onto Heraklion and the sun setting into the sea between the mountains. By 21:00 we have returned to our premises, Please note that according to the season arrival and departure times may vary.

Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tastings - Safari Tour with Lunch

4. Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tastings - Safari Tour with Lunch

After pick-up at your hotel in the Chania region, travel by 4WD vehicle to the village of Ano Vouves to marvel at a 3,000-year-old olive tree that still produces fruit. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a fresh orange juice and learn more about the olive oil production in the past.  At Anoskeli's olive mill and winery learn how olive oil is produced today, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil on warm bread with oregano and continue with a wine tasting in 5 different labels of local wine with some authentic snacks from Crete.  Visit one of the more than 100 gorges in the Chania region. Take photos of the gorge from above and enjoy the views. See local mountain goats and watch the vultures fly from their nests up to the sky for a real safari experience. Your delicious lunch will consist of a traditional Cretan flavor with Cretan salad, wine and dessert. End with a visit to the traditional village of Spilia and get stunning views of the surrounding countryside from the cave of Saint John the Hermit.

Chania: Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting

5. Chania: Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting

Start your experience with pickup from your hotel in Chania or the surrounding area and head towards the White Mountains. Admire the scenery as you follow unmarked routes across the landscape in an off-road vehicle. Pass through orange and lemon tree orchards, and see the traditional villages of Patelari, Varipetro, Alikianos, and Vatolakkos. Arrive at a viewpoint overlooking Chania to enjoy panoramic views of the sunset. Continue to Manousakis Winery for a wine tasting session, along with a platter of local delicacies to try. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.

Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

6. Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

Hop in a 4x4 vehicle for a full-day safari adventure and learn about Cretan traditions while indulging in delicious food. Tour the paradisical countryside and swim in the clear water of the South Cretan Sea. Climb to an altitude of 1,200 meters and experience the quietness of the White Mountains and Cretan dances in a fascinating landscape. Keep an eye out for vultures that will take your breath away with their imposing appearance. Visit an old village with a Byzantine Church and a café stocked with Cretan products, including herbs, raki, and honey. See a castle and swim in the pristine waters of the South Cretan Sea before heading to a tavern to try traditional dishes. Visit a family-owned winery and learn how wine is produced on the island. Discover the secrets of Creten olive oil at an old factory and learn how to identify various grades of olive oil. Step into the island's past with visits to historical museums.

Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

7. Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

Join a semi-private tour to explore a part of southwest Crete. Get plenty of time to admire the clear blue waters, pink sand, and unique landscape of Elafonisi beach. For lunch, relax at Milia Mountain Retreat. Start early in the morning to avoid the crowds at Elafonisi beach. A part of the Natura 2000 nature reserve, this beach is famous for its pink sand that was created from seashells over thousands of years. As you walk around the beach, get an insight into life in Cretan villages, olive oil production, local wine, honey-making, and the distillation of Cretan grappa. Learn about the regional culture, cuisine, history, and traditions from your guide. Then, tucked away in the lush mountains of western Crete, visit the eco-friendly paradise of Milia Mountain Retreat. Once a deserted 17th-century settlement, this restored property is your stop for a delicious local lunch paired with wine or beer.

Chania: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

8. Chania: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

Visit two of the most famous beaches in Greece, Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. Be guided up to the lagoon viewpoint only and not up to the beach, by an experienced guide. Admire panoramic views and stunning skylines from the coastal viewpoint. Snap your own momentous memories to share with your family and friends. Hop in an air-conditioned 4wd and head to the next beach. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea at Falassarna beach, a favorite destination of the locals. Have sunbeds and umbrellas already reserved for when you arrive at the beach for a smooth and easy trip. Finally, savor a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant for lunch. Taste traditional food and wine at your reserved table and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

From Chania: White Mountains Land Rover Safari

9. From Chania: White Mountains Land Rover Safari

Get back to nature and look for wildlife by 4WD jeep as you drive into the White Mountains. Cross a valley full of orange groves, avocado trees, and vegetable gardens, pass through rural villages, and experience life on the island away from the beach resorts. Break for a coffee or cup of mountain tea far from the crowds. Then continue uphill to discover a typical shepherd's hut (mitato) in a remote area that other vehicles can't reach. Learn about the local graviera cheese and what life is like as a shepherd. Keep a look out for eagles and wild goats, and then venture along a rocky road to get panoramic vistas from 1,350 meters above sea level. Return towards Chania via the village of Therisso, where you will stop to try the local produce at a traditional family-run tavern. Next, follow the road through the amazing Therisso gorge to arrive back in Chania.

From Chania: SUV Safari with Winery Tour and Tasting

10. From Chania: SUV Safari with Winery Tour and Tasting

Discover Crete's natural landscapes and wine culture on this private tour from Chania. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the SUV which will take you to the Manousakis winery, one of Crete's most prestigious wineries. Follow an exciting off-road route through the Vatalakos Hills and enjoy panoramic views of the rolling vineyards. At the winery, enjoy a tour of the vineyards and garden. Enter the production area and learn all about the winemaking process from start to finish. Finish your tour with a tasting of 5 delicious wines, lunch with Cretan platters, and unlimited wine consumption. On the way back, enjoy scenic views of the Chania mainland before returning to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

All in all it was a great experience! The tour guide was a super star! Helpful, informative and a great guy/guide. We saw amazing landscapes and learned really interesting facts about Crete’s history and people’s culture and lifestyle! The only thing in my opinion that can change is the price since I find it a bit too pricey. I was expecting something more in terms of local products/traditional cuisine specialties.

Yesterday we had our tour across the mountains. Our guide Paul (Pablos) led our super through the mountains. He was totally safe on the track and was able to tell a lot. We felt very safe and comfortable with him. I can only recommend this tour to everyone. She is more than her money's worth.

A great way to experience a different side of Crete! I encourage all with a sense of adventure and enjoy a thrill to book! It was a great variety from churches, to coffee, to beaches, and off roading!

Excellent experience not to be missed! Everything was top notch from start to finish! The guide is great, a magnificent layer of sunshine in the heights of Achlada! Thank you, the Ch'tis!

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