The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: Day Tour from Chania
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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I was kind of worried because I knew I was booking this thru a 3rd party and I’ve had bad experiences with another 3rd party, Viator. However this was a great tour and I think it’s because the people in Crete are so nice. Mr. Dimitris was genuinely warm and excited to show us the villages because he’s a proud local. He had us tasting so much by the time we got to lunch, we could hardly eat the delicious spread. I feel like we learned so much of Crete’s history because he’s a local who learned from his elders. The kids also liked him. In short, there is no way we would have found these places or would have been treated as nicely if we went to these villages on our own. By the way, there was no pressure to buy anything but we did have a chance to buy really good quality local Raki and Olive oil.
We met our friendly guide-cum-driver Dmitris at the tour agency office and were taken to Anoskeli olive oil factory where we were given a tour of the facility before adjourning to the tasting area to sample their olive oil and a few of their wines. On this tour we were also accompanied by a local sommelier Andreas who shared his expertise with us. We were also taken to visit the oldest olive tree, and the olive tree museum next door. It was very interesting, lots of exhibits and tools on display. Lastly we had another round of wine tasting at a lovely restaurant Salis. Another a lovely outing, thank you Dmitris!
Everything was organised very well. We were picked up from near where we stayed and driven to the start of the gorge. Had to buy our own tickets. Make sure you have cash before you leave because the ticket office only accepts cash and there's no ATM anywhere there. Also make sure you have water because, unlike Samaria gorge, there is no water anywhere inside. You can wait at a tavern on the other side for your bus which will take you to the sea. We only had about an hour to get to the beach, swim, change and come back but it was enough. The bus then took us all home. Great experience!
Very interesting tour that covers the main events of the battle focusing on locations in the Chania area where the battle was won and lost. Hill 107, Malame, prison valley etc. This isn't a guide who has learnt some lines, he's immersed in his subject and has wonderful knowledge, and he invites questions and discussions. The battle is looked at in a very balanced way and it's an honest appraisal of the events including overviews of pre invasion and the occupation periods.
This was a really good insight into the people, culture, history and cuisine of the islanders of Crete. We visited seven villages and viewed a museum, a cave-church, a small amphitheatre, and met some great people at a raki distillery, a cheese factor and a local bakery. We finished off the tour with a really nice lunch at a village taverna, sampling many of the items we had seen growing or being produced.