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The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: Day Tour from Chania

1. The Miracle of Wine and Olive Oil: Day Tour from Chania

Travel through stunning natural landscapes up into the mountains of the Kissamos region on this 7-hour tour from Chania. Stop at a traditional family winery, established in 1993, and learn about the varieties of wine they produce and their ideas for modern farming processes and wine production. Taste award-winning local Vidiano, Muscat of Spina and some international varieties such as Grenache rouge, Syrah and Mourvèdre that each have a unique taste due the local terroir. Next you’ll visit a traditional village and see the oldest olive tree in the world, with an estimated age of 3,000 years. This is a day filled with tasting different wine expressions of noble grapes and a variety of delicious foods. Head to another winery in the Kissamos region to taste a special local blend of white wines with Vilana, Vidiano and Assyrtiko varieties. Walk through the idyllic landscape of the vineyards and visit the family’s olive oil factory. Learn about extra virgin olive oil production. The wine tasting here will be accompanied by a tasting of extra virgin olive oils and local pure products, creating combinations your palate will never forget. You’ll also learn the Cretan way of saying goodbye drinking the award-winning Tsikoudia.

Chania: Authentic Cooking Class in the White Mountains

2. Chania: Authentic Cooking Class in the White Mountains

Taste the authentic foods of Crete at a unique cooking class using only healthy organic ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, local meats, aromatic herbs and freshly picked vegetables. Stroll around the vegetable garden to get a feel for the raw produce and learn more about the herbs. Then, prepare a traditional meal and learn the secrets of how the locals cook. Go for a mountain walk to a shepherds and hear how olives are harvested. Return to the house to sample some cheese and wine from Crete and prepare some appetizers such as ntakos and tzatziki. End with a tasty lunch with wine pairings and traditional jar desserts.

Chania: Sightseeing & Tastings Tour

3. 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.

Chania Area: The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

4. 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!  

Chania: Elafonisi & Milia Mountain Retreat with Lunch

5. 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: Old Town Highlights Private Tour with Street Food

6. Chania: Old Town Highlights Private Tour with Street Food

Meet your guide in Chania’s bustling market, then set off into historic Old Town. Unravel the history of Chania as you stroll around the streets and admire the impressively well-preserved architecture. Stroll along the cobbled narrow paths of the city, and learn about Chania’s Venetian past, renaissance heritage, and Ottoman influences. Pass by famous landmarks and soak up the charming atmosphere as you mingle with the locals. As you explore, discover the flavors of Cretan cuisine, stop at colorful food shops and taverns, selling wine, olive-oil, cheese, herbs, spices, and more, and enjoy street food samples along the way.  

Chania: Luxury Tour to Balos and Falassarna Beach with Lunch

7. 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.

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.

From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

9. From Chania: Crete World War II History Tour

Explore the World War II history of Crete and learn about its wider impact in southeast Europe and Greece. Explore the story of the Greek-Italian War of 1940 and the circumstances that lead to Hitler's Operation Mercury. Hear how the Battle of Crete and the resistance to the invasion helped revive the morale of the Allied troops around the world. Visit key location sites such as the pretty village of Maleme, where the German paratroopers first landed. Discover remnants of the war at Tavronitis and Galatas, and visit the war cemeteries of the German and Allied troops. Be amazed as your guide brings history to life and tells you about secret shelters and other monuments from the war. Hear untold stories that take you behind the scenes and explore the role the partisans played as they helped the British, Australian and New Zealand armies change the course of history.

Chania: Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour with Lunch

10. Chania: Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour with Lunch

Your 7-hour tour in the Apokoronas region begins with a visit to the scenic village of Apokoronas and its museum. Featuring 7 rooms filled with Cretan history, the museum provides a great overview to the ancient way of life. Learn how the locals used to live, admire traditional Cretan homes and see the old tools that were used in daily work. Next you’ll enjoy a cup of coffee or Cretan malotira tea at a historical site from the Cretan revolution, where a river crosses the square and runs through the village. Sitting beside the crystal-clear waters of the river, you’ll have a scenic view of the high, tree-covered plateau. Head to the foothills of the White Mountains to the local winery. Meet the specialists of the award-winning Romeiko Winery, see how their wines are produced, and enjoy a tasting. Also, you’ll have the opportunity to taste other wine varieties, such as Vidiano, Vilana, Malvazia and Kotsifali. The winery boasts stunning views of the White Mountains and there are herb gardens, an art gallery and a museum of traditional Cretan exhibits on site. Moving underground you’ll visit a wine cellar inside a cave with rocks covering the cylinder bottles. Your final stop on the tour will be at Emprosneros, the cradle of the Cretan revolution against the Ottomans. Admire the ruins of the Alidakis Tower and then enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch at a local tavern.

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What people are saying about Chania

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 157 reviews

The Chania street food tour was DELICIOUS and informative. Eat a light breakfast and plan on a light dinner because I was quite full by the end of this tour. The food tastes varied from sweet to savory, some common and some unique to the Cretian diet. The walk was at a leisurely pace and not strenuous. Since the central market was closed for renovation, the tour took us through different parts of old and new Chania. Kelly was the best guide ever. She provided an excellent perspective on food and gave a great history of Chania and Crete. She blended all the information together seamlessly and effortlessly as if we were just having a friendly conversation. Not scripted at all. Answered all of our questions and filled in the conversation with interesting topics we didn't know to ask. A very enjoyable tour. Highest recommendation. Try to take this tour early on your visit to Chania so you can get recommendations and tips to enhance your visit.

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.

Such a pleasure to have Andreas as the guide. Knowledgeable Sommelier who really has a passion for his country. Plenty of great varieties of wine and advice on how to identify the flavours and notes. Plenty of nibbles to enjoy with the wine. Offered a white, red and rose to sample. The olive oil tour was great as well! Opportunity to buy some quality wine and olive oil at each site. Outstanding start to a wonderful trip, thank-you Andreas!

Our experience could not have been any better! Andreas was a perfect host sharing cultural and historical highlights on our drive. He took excellent care to ensure all went well. The bay was breathtaking and the beach time and delicious lunch afterwards rounded out a lovely and picture perfect day. Thank you!

Well organised. Great tour leader and very enjoyable and interesting activities . Lots of food -great lunch. Excellent day.