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Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Our most recommended Chania Safaris & Wildlife Activities

From Georgioupolis: Roundtrip Transfer to Samaria Gorge

1. 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. 

Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tastings - Safari Tour with Lunch

2. Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tastings - Safari Tour with 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.

Chania: Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting

3. 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.

Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

4. 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.

Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

5. Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip 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: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

6. Chania: Balos and Falassarna Beach Tour with Lunch

Visit two of the most famous beaches in Greece, Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. Be guided up to the lagoon viewpoint only and not up to the beach, 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

7. 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: SUV Safari with Winery Tour and Tasting

8. From Chania: SUV Safari with Winery Tour and Tasting

Discover Crete's natural landscapes and wine culture on this private tour from Chania. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop on the SUV which will take you to the Manousakis winery, one of Crete's most prestigious wineries. Follow an exciting off-road route through the Vatalakos Hills and enjoy panoramic views of the rolling vineyards. At the winery, enjoy a tour of the vineyards and garden. Enter the production area and learn all about the winemaking process from start to finish. Finish your tour with a tasting of 5 delicious wines, lunch with Cretan platters, and unlimited wine consumption. On the way back, enjoy scenic views of the Chania mainland before returning to your hotel.

Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

9. 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 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 600 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. 

From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

10. From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

Visit Balos, one of the best beaches in Crete, just 60 km northwest of Chania Town. The beach captures your heart twice over, once with a heart-stopping view and then from up-close as a dream swimming spot. Make your way to Balos through a road from Kaliviani, a village close to Kissamos. Cross this 10km-long road by an air-conditioned Land Rover and then hike for 20 minutes. See the spectacular Balos lagoon from the hills above the beach. Enjoy the white sand, soft seabed, and crystal clear water of Balos. Opposite the beach, you can see the rocky island of Gramvoussa. On top of this island lies a steep Venetian castle with a gorgeous view of the region and the sea.

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What people are saying about Chania

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 12 reviews

All in all it was a great experience! The tour guide was a super star! Helpful, informative and a great guy/guide. We saw amazing landscapes and learned really interesting facts about Crete’s history and people’s culture and lifestyle! The only thing in my opinion that can change is the price since I find it a bit too pricey. I was expecting something more in terms of local products/traditional cuisine specialties.

Yesterday we had our tour across the mountains. Our guide Paul (Pablos) led our super through the mountains. He was totally safe on the track and was able to tell a lot. We felt very safe and comfortable with him. I can only recommend this tour to everyone. She is more than her money's worth.

A great way to experience a different side of Crete! I encourage all with a sense of adventure and enjoy a thrill to book! It was a great variety from churches, to coffee, to beaches, and off roading!

Fantastisk å besøke steder man andri ellers ville besøkt. veldig kunnskapsrik og dyktig quide A+

an unforgettable excursion, thanks especially to Costa.