Chania Regional Unit
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Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

1. 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.

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Chania: Luxury Tour to Balos and Falassarna Beach with Lunch

2. Chania: Luxury Tour to Balos and Falassarna Beach with Lunch

Visit two of the most famous beaches in Greece, Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. Be guided up to the lagoon viewpoint 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.

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From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

3. From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

Discover the Mountains of Crete and experience driving a 450cc ATV quad bike. 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. Be introduced to fascinating local tales and Cretan culture by your guide. Discover a route perfect for everyone, including kids, young people, and adults! You will receive a quad for two in which you can share the driving responsibilities, whilst discovering the mountains and the traditional villages of Crete. One Quad can fit 2 people. Your local guide will drive you to the mainland, as you pass through nature including olive groves, rivers, and different plants. You will also encounter historical sites such as Byzantine churches, picturesque traditional villages, and the most magnificent panoramas. There are 7 different photo-shoot spots along the way from where you will have the opportunity to take incredible photos of the area and breathtaking views. Do not be afraid to share this trip with your kids, your friends or your lover!

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From Georgioupolis: Roundtrip Transfer to Samaria Gorge

4. 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. 

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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.

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Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

6. 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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From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch

7. From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ 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.

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From Chania: White Mountains Land Rover Safari

8. 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.

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Chania: Manousakis Winery Small-Group SUV Safari with Lunch

9. Chania: Manousakis Winery Small-Group SUV Safari with Lunch

An expert driver will take you through olive, orange and lemon groves as you head out on this 8-hour Jeep safari. Your first stop will be at the spectacular Venizelos Gorge. Admire the views and the wild landscapes. Continue on to the picturesque village of Therisso. The village played an important role in local history, as it was here that the Cretan revolution began in 1905. The drive will become more adventurous as your driver takes you on an off-road route. Half an hour later you’ll reach a traditional mitato hut, where shepherds live and still produce cheese following techniques that are a century old. Taste local products at Therisso village including mountain tea, the famous Cretan cheese named "graviera", Cretan honey, and "tsakistes" olives. Then, enjoy 5 different wines as you visit the Vatolakos village and Manousakis winery. Depending on the time of year, the restaurant for your lunch will be selected to avoid crowds. Your lunch will consist of traditional Cretan flavors with season salad, wine, and dessert.

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Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and Lunch

10. Chania: Milia Mountain Safari with Wine Tasting and 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 french orange juice and learn about the olive oil production in the past. At Anoskeli's olive mill and winery, learn more about how olive oil is produced today, taste the organic extra virgin olive oil on warm bread with oregano and continoue with a wine tasting in 5 different labels of local wine with some authentic snacks from Crete.  Drive across the dramatic Mesavlia Gorge to experience the island's wild nature up close. Then drive along the dirt roads to the amazing Milia Mountain Retreat agro-tourism complex. Step back in time at a retreat where the lack of electricity and stone houses invite visitors to get back to basics and switch off from the everyday stress of the modern world. Discover how an authentic 17th-century mountain settlement has been transformed into an eco-friendly tourist complex. Enjoy a lunch of traditional food and local wine. Driving back to Chania, marvel at the wild landscapes of the Topolia Gorge.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

This day trip with our amazing guide Dimitris was absolutely perfect!! Dimitris picked us up in a very nice, very comfortable 4x4 and we headed out to two of the most gorgeous beaches ever! First we picked up a lovely couple… Jim and Janice from South Carolina from the port, and then headed off in our 4x4 to head up to the STUNNING Balos Beach!! Now let me start by saying that the road up to this place is no joke… In fact even sitting in the backseat I was a bit intimidated when I looked to my right and saw that we were literally on t as a bit intimidated when I looked to my right and saw that we were literally on the side of a cliff and the terrain was extremely rocky so I can’t lie… It was a bit scary! But… I have faith that Dimitrios knew exactly what he was doing and he would get us there alive LOL On the way up we got to listen to quite a bit of interesting information about the island of Crete!

Mackie was a really great guide and made everything run smoothly. She gave us all the important information about the gorge, was very entertaining and we immediately knew that we were in good hands. It started an hour after us and would have been there for us in case of problems. The gorge itself was beautiful and I was very happy with my hiking boots and walking sticks! Although not exactly untrained, my wife and I had sore muscles in our calves for 2 days afterwards.

Everything worked out great. From the punctual pick-up in the morning, a pleasant drive to the gorge, the Central organized maps for the hike and the ship, the tour guide and the return trip. We can only recommend Get Your Guide

It was an interesting and enjoyable outing. We experienced beautiful mountainous countryside, great local food and drinks. Our driver/guide was amazing!

Ingenious gorge with great impressions. Not to be underestimated and not recommended for knee problems - sometimes it goes down steeply.