Chania Regional Unit
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Chania: Elafonisi & Milia Mountain Retreat with Lunch

1. Chania: Elafonisi & Milia Mountain Retreat 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: Olive Oil & Wine Tastings - Safari Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

3. Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

Enjoy a full-day excursion with pick-up and drop-off service from the Rethymnon and Chania areas. Your professional guide will accompany you as you depart from the port and cross the bay of Kissamos, passing through Tarsanas, a cave believed to be an ancient shipyard. You will sail the turquoise water around Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape before arriving at Gramvousa Island, where you can visit the Venetian Castle and have time to sunbathe and cool off in the sea. If you choose to spend your time on the island exploring rather than relaxing, you can admire the spectacular views from the top of the fortress. The next stop is the famous lagoon of Balos, Tigani. Enjoy the incredible beach known as one of the most beautiful locations on all of Crete. You will also enjoy a meal on board and be able to rest in the air-conditioned underdeck of the boat, whenever you feel to. After arriving back at Kastelli the air-conditioned busses are waiting for you to transfer you back to your hotels.

From Chania: Bus Trip to Kissamos for Balos Gramvousa Cruise

4. From Chania: Bus Trip to Kissamos for Balos Gramvousa Cruise

Make your cruise trip to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island easy with a roundtrip bus transfer from a location near your accommodation in the Chania area to the Kissamos port. Travel aboard a comfortable bus with plenty of legroom.   Be picked up from a point near your hotel early in the morning and travel hop aboard a spacious, airconditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery as you drive west until you reach Kissamos. Purchase a ticket at the port of Kissamos for the Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island. Cruise to a cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas," admire the port of Gramvousa and a 16th-century castle, visit the lagoon of Balos and a stunning beach.   Enjoy sailing to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island and arrive back at the port of  Kissamos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your departure point near your accommodation. 

Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

5. Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Begin your journey of Knossos by meeting your guide at your hotel in Heraklion, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Knossos, where you will visit the ancient Minoan Palace, an important city in antiquity that supported continuous life from the Neolithic era to the 5th century. According to tradition, Knossos was the seat of the wise king Minos. Learn about the archeological site's fascinating myths, including the famous labyrinth and the minotaur legend, and that of Daedalus and Icarus. Next, head into the Heraklion mainland, which is known for its vilana, kostifali, and vidiano indigenous Cretan grapes. Crete's winemaking tradition dates all the way back to antiquity, and Cretan winemakers have consistently produced outstanding, award-winning wines. Taste some of these flavorful wines at a family-owned organic winery, where you'll enjoy six different wines along with local nibbles. Next, tuck into a delicious local lunch in a cozy, traditional, family-owned tavern that serves home-grown and freshly made delicacies from farm to table. This is your chance to sample truly authentic Cretan cuisine. Then, explore a typical village in Archanes as you wander its narrow lanes, and discover a world concealed from time. Here, savor the local liqueur called raki before heading back to your accommodation in Heraklion.

Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

6. Chania: Far West Private Day Trip with Food Workshop

Leaving Chania, you will venture into a completely different landscape, going deep into the unique region of Sfakia. The White Mountains will be your stomping ground for a day of activities for the whole family. Your first stop of the day is at a family owned small-scale cheese factory for a Cretan cheese and yoghurt tasting. You will learn about the traditional local production from this expert cheesemonger, and have the opportunity to sample what locals consider to be the best yoghurt on the island. Afterwards, you’ll head to Askifou Plateau at an altitude of 730m, a picture-perfect valley surrounded by the White Mountains. From there, you’ll start your hike into the 8km Imbros Gorge. It is an easy walk for the whole family with multiple stops for photos and discussions around the flora and fauna in the area. The gorge is spectacular, with several very narrow passages. Your guide will share thrilling stories about how this area was used by Australia, New Zealand and British soldiers in the war. Then, get ready to experience the local culture through gastronomy with your hands-on food workshop. Amongst the delicious flavours and aromas mixed in with local wine, you will discover the secrets of local cuisine while you enjoy a traditional meal, delicious desserts and locally-farmed fruit. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of wine as you will visit one of the best wineries in Crete for a tasting. You can taste 4 different wine varieties in the traditional cellar, taking in the experience with all of your senses. The tasting is a fitting finale in Crete’s Far West.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

We had a great day with Andreas our guide and Nasos. It was a well-planned trip, with excellent information shared along the way. Having small groups made it much easier to get a lot out of the experience. Elafonisi is beyond description - so beautiful - and we arrived early so there was very little in the way of crowds. They brought us a snack that was perfect to hold us until lunch. We learned a lot about the history of Crete and much detail about everything you can imagine along the road - products, economy, flora and fauna - you name it. If you see Andreas, be sure to ask him about his MMA experience too :) Milia Mountain is also breathtaking. To be able to see the beach and the top of a mountain in one day is very special. The food was great at the mountaintop retreat and we enjoyed the view as well as the tour there. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone wanting to explore these specific areas of Crete more thoroughly.

We had a fantastic trip with Dimitris! He's an excellent guide with a lot of knowledge of the history of Crete and Greece, as well as an impressive knowledge of the local fauna and flora. He definitely went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable and not only experience the tour, but also throw in extra interesting facts on top to make it a truly educative adventure. 100% recommend to anyone visiting the island

We had the most wonderful experience with George! He was so kind, shared so much good information, good driving, and great conversation. The beach was beautiful and not crowded. We had sun beds with an umbrella, a free drink of choice and the mountain retreat for lunch was amazing. The view and food was wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. I would 100% do it again.

All three of us in our group had a marvelous time. Everything about our day was excellent from start to finish. Our guide Dimitris was full of fun, knowledge and the most gracious host as was his boss who came to greet us. The tour was a lovely mix of driving, site seeing, information touring, relaxing, tastings, refreshments, meal and timing was just right.

Excellent, Dimitriou was a great tour guide and just a generally great person. Very knowledgeable about Crete and the places we visited, he made it fun and informative at the same time. We never felt rushed and was a very worth while experience. Would highly recommend