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Chania Area: The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

1. Chania Area: The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

This is a tour of a unique area of Apokoronas, the East part of Chania Region. Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is "Gavalochori". Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages you will visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show you the mind-blowing knitting technique of “Kopaneli”. Pass through Kalives village and then “Xirosterni” to visit the local family “Raki” distillery. Have the chance to learn, and if you are lucky, to see the whole Raki production and taste of course this delicious Cretan spirit. Leaving Xirosterni, in a few minutes you will be at the village of Emprosneros. The experience of the Cretan cheese-making process follows. Visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. After that an olive oil tasting with warm bread in the local bakery. Try the delicacies of the baker and his pure extra virgin olive oil. After that, have lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the way of life in the countryside. Have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. You will definitely understand that while talking with them and hearing their stories. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal its secrets, a whole place is ready to be explored by you!  

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Full-Day Trip to Chania from Rethymno

2. Full-Day Trip to Chania from Rethymno

The bus departs around 09:00 from Rethymno for the drive to Crete’s capital city of Chania, the most beautiful town on the island. Settled more than 4,000 years ago, Chania is one of the oldest cities in Europe. On this full-day excursion you’ll have 5 hours to explore Chania, with plenty of free time for a romantic walk through the idyllic old town. Visit historic neighborhoods, churches and museums and take a walk to the beautiful Venetian Port for shopping, a cup Greek coffee and lunch (not included in the tour price). At around 16:00 the bus will depart for the return trip Rethymno.

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Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

3. Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

This tour is for those who would like to get to know Cretan culture and traditions while enjoying a four-hour off-road excursion. You will visit a modern olive mill, so that you can see how olive oil is produced, and you can also enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the oils. After this, you will explore some myths and stories hidden in the stones of an early Christian church which was used as a hiding place by people who were evicted by the Turks. You also learn about the history of a 400-year-old tower which was built by the most fearsome Turkish Janissary and is still almost intact to this day. After that you will climb 1000 metres above sea-level on an off-road route. You will travel through the Lefka Ori woods and you will be stunned by the panoramic views from the trail. Later, you will meet a shepherd who will show you how Cretan cheeses are made and you can try some of the cheeses he makes himself.   Finally, the evening will come to a close with a traditional evening meal. There will be lots of food and traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy, and the evening will leave you with fond memories of your day spent exploring Crete. 

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Chania: Old City Discovery Guided Segway Tour

4. Chania: Old City Discovery Guided Segway Tour

Make the most of your time in Chania and discover the wonders of the Old City on this Segway tour through the Kasteli and Splantzia districts. Meet your friendly guide at the local partner’s office and get kitted out with the necessary Segway gear then set out onto the charming streets of Chania where adventure awaits. Head into the Eastern part of Chania’s Old City and discover the remainders of the Ottoman rule as you explore the Turkish neighborhoods here. Glide along traditional cobble streets and narrow alleyways while learning about the fascinating history of the districts throughout the ages. Along the way, see the most iconic sights and landmarks, including the impressive Venetian walls and Koum Kapi.

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Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

5. Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

The province of Apokoronas stretches from the foothills of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) to the northern coast of the island. Dynamic water routes form a region rich in vegetation of various kinds. Apokoronas has preserved the traditional character of its villages that constitute a living core of modern rural life. The whole history of its countryside, along with the history of Christian worship, is reflected in its churches that will be the focus of your tour. You will encounter exceptional examples of art and architecture situated in unique natural beauty. Your first stop will be a small Byzantine church in the middle of nowhere, almost caped by trees and plants around. It is located in a landscape of exceptional beauty, surrounded by vineyards and a rare Cretan oak. This type of the church is a typical example of pure Byzantine architecture and testifies to the radiation of the tradition of Constantinople even into the distant corners of the empire. You will also find traces of early worship in another church in a nearby village. Although the standing building dates back to the 15th century, the recent excavations inside indicate that worship began in the 8th century. See the excavation inside the church and discuss its relations with the great monasteries of Greece and the monastic tradition that was formed in the area. A symbol of the Cretan effort in their struggle against the Venetians is a glorious church at the foothills of the White Mountains. Its founder is the Emperor of Nicaea, John Vatatzis, who hastened to prevent the conqueror of the island. The exceptional frescoes within date back to the 13th century and represents a high quality example of painting. The tour will be completed in the exceptional beauty of a hidden church in one of the most charming villages of Apokoronas. Built in the 13th century, the church is a modern pilgrimage demonstrating that faith in this place is an ongoing feeling. Then, enjoy traditional local cuisine at a local kafeneion (tapas taverna) located in the unique square of a typical Cretan village, where you will find an expression of daily local life as the last satisfaction for your senses on this tour.

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Chania Old Town: Drawing Workshop with an Artist

6. Chania Old Town: Drawing Workshop with an Artist

Visit and draw Chania Town with an artist/guide and draw some of the most remarkable places around the area. The old port, old market, picturesque streets, churches and old district of Chalepa are all there for your inspiration. What's more, you can take your own drawings home as a souvenir. Learn about the rich history of the city during your drawing tour. This tour is also recommended for solo travelers, as it will still run even if there is only one person. Your guide is an artist and has a Master of Arts from the University of Paris and works as a hiking guide in summer and gives art lessons during winter. Visit the most remarkable places in Chania with all the materials to paint and draw supplied. Experiment with pencils, pastel, tempera, acrylic and more. Get basic or advanced instruction, depending on your level. And beginner's are most welcome too.  

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From Rethymno: Chania Roundtrip Transfer with Free Time

7. From Rethymno: Chania Roundtrip Transfer with Free Time

Be picked up in Rethymno between 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM and travel for 1-hour to Chania. Explore Chania on your own for the day. Be picked up at 5:30 PM and travel back to Rethymno. Be dropped off at your hotel.  Visit the Chania Harbor and historic buildings built in Venetian and Turkish styles. Walk through the old town, see the Venetian Harbor and the Turkish Quarters. Enjoy a meal, relax with a drink or check out the shops in the city.

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Chania: Sightseeing & Tastings Tour

8. Chania: Sightseeing & Tastings Tour

Find what makes Crete’s cultural capital so marvelous. Explore some of the Old Town’s best sights, while discovering the lesser-known Ottoman and Jewish quarters. Get ready to experience Chania with all your senses! Begin at the Dimotiki Agora (Municipal Market), which denotes the old and new town boundary. Sample local delicacies while exploring the market and find out why Crete is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world. After fulfilling your taste buds, stroll around the old town district by passing through its maze of hidden back streets and narrow laneways, visiting Venetian and Ottoman monuments, and discovering doors to secret gardens. Hear stories, myths, and legends about kings, sailors, merchants, heroes, lovers, and artists. Figure out how this city has been a crossroad between the West and East for centuries. Next, you’ll have the unique chance to see local craftsmen producing their handmade products. Hear their stories, and possibly test your skills. Meander through the old Jewish and Ottoman neighborhoods and learn how multiculturalism has changed locals’ life through the centuries. Finally, after walking along the historic harbors' promenade, relax your muscles in a local-favorite spot where you’ll enjoy an enticing table with Cretan Mezedes (local tapas). End the tour here and continue your own exploration through the city or head back to the starting point. Before parting ways, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more hints and tips on how to get the best of your trip in Chania.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

This was absolutely lovely concept and tour. The best part that you actually get to experience the REAL Crete and its "hidden" locations instead of sitting in overfilled buses and boats to the beach. Very relaxing tour, people are very attentive, kind and happy to host, the transport is as good as its gets and so was a guide Andreas. It felt like he was our local Kretan friend taking us around his other friends. Side note tho: even if its not officially food trip, its probably better not to have breakfast as you would be snacking quite a bit. Other than that, after this trip i feel like i have more intimate insight of what Crete has to offer and the values of the locals (something we tried to achieve with other tours) which made me appreciate it way more than just another holiday destination with 3 popular beaches. For that we are very grateful! Next time we will go on the wine and olive oil tour

Very enjoyable small tour to folkloric museum, raki distillery, cheese factory and bakery. Then onto the lovely village of Fred for a really excellent taverna lunch. Great opportunity to see some of the villages and scenery on the outskirts of Chania. Guide very informative. Good short tour back in Chania with time to do other things. A great day out!

We had a wonderful time today with Andreas on our tour. We got to see a part of Crete that many overlook, the local areas. Loved the visit to the distillery, the museum was quite nice, the bakery was amazing, and overall, a great trip.

I had a great trip and learned a lot about Cretan culture, history and food :) Our guide Yannis was very knowledgeable and kind! I totally recommend this tour!

Tour guides wonderful and the hospitality of the people was amazing.