Sarakinas Gorge

Sarakinas Gorge: Our most recommended tours and activities

East Crete: Katharo Plateau and Sarakina Gorge SUV Tour

1. East Crete: Katharo Plateau and Sarakina Gorge SUV Tour

Your island adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in an SUV, then heads to the first stop of the day. Arrive in the quaint village of Krista, famous for is long history which dates back to the Ancient Greek and Ottoman eras. Visit the 12th century Church of Panagia Kera, which is one of the island’s most important religious monuments, boasting the finest-preserved Byzantine-era frescoes in Crete. Continue the tour through the Cypress Forest, looking out for sheep, goats, and vultures along the way, until you reach the Katharo Plateau. From the plateau soak up breathtaking views of the sprawling scenery and take photos of the Mirrabello Bay, which earned its name from the Venetian translation of ‘beautiful view’. Move south towards the Sarakina Gorge traveling through the Selakano Forest, which is famous for its production of exceptional honey. Cool off in the shade provided by the imposing gorge as you learn about this fascinating natural wonder and snap incredible photos for your holiday album. The final stop of the tour is the fishing village of Myrtos, which is the southernmost point in Europe. Enjoy some time to explore the village, shop for handmade trinkets, relax in a local café, or swim in the glistening waters.

From Elounda: East Crete Secrets Private Guided Tour

2. From Elounda: East Crete Secrets Private Guided Tour

Explore the eastern region of Crete on a guided private tour by luxury vehicle. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local guide. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Elounda or Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy fresh fruit and snacks as you get off the beaten track and follow archaic trails across the Minoan mountains embraced by ancient forests. From a perfect mountainside peak, enjoy the bird’s eye panoramas of the Libyan and Aegean Seas. Then lose yourself in the ancient surroundings of the magnificent Sarakinas Canyon. Visit the Byzantine monastery of Kremasta with its distinctive fortified architecture. Travel to villages such as Krista and Kroustas and discover a slower pace of life. Revel in genuine tastes of Cretan cuisine with local cooking techniques on a wood oven or open fire, at your own expense. With your local guide, learn more about historic legends and culture as you explore the region. After a day of exploring, relax on your journey back to your accommodation.

From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

3. From Heraklion: Private Guided Tour of East Crete

Experience East Crete like a local on a private guided tour from Heraklion. Get the inside track as you uncover the region's best-kept secrets, venturing from village to village to marvel at sights like the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park, Agia Fotia, and much more. Start your guided day trip with a convenient pickup from your hotel and travel in your choice of luxury vehicle as you set out to explore East Crete. Venture from village to village to see the island through the eyes of a local. Stop at the hanging Byzantine monastery of Kremasta, an oasis of calm. Then, head to the villages of Kritsa and Kroustas for a glimpse into the past. Connect with locals as you wander around these traditional Cretan villages where time seems to have slowed. Next, go off the beaten track and follow ancient trails across the Minoan mountains as you visit the Kroustas Forest Historical Landscape Park. Admire Crete's natural beauty as you breathe in the clean mountain air and take in panoramic views of the Libyan and Aegean Seas. From here, you'll make your way to Agia Fotia, the ideal spot to break for lunch at one of the local taverns (cost not included). Then, travel to Sarakinas Gorge to discover a canyon with gurgling water, rich vegetation, and bird life. Finally, head to Ierapetra to bask in the warm turquoise waters of the Libyan Sea. Hop back into your vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy some complimentary snacks as you travel back to your accommodation in Heraklion, where your tour comes to an end. 

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