Chania Regional Unit
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From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

1. From Georgioupolis: Half-Day Quad ATV Safari

Discover the Mountains of Crete and experience driving a 450cc ATV quad bike in the morning or the evening. 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. Feel enchanted by the changing landscape of Crete and have guaranteed fun driving on the dirt roads. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will introduce you to wonderful Cretan landscapes and will entertain you with fascinating local tales and Cretan culture. This perfect holiday will give both you and your family a treasure chest of memories to share and look back on.

Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

2. 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: 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.

Chania: Elafonisi and Milia Mountain Retreat Trip with Lunch

4. 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.

From Chania: White Mountains Land Rover Safari

5. 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.

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 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.

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

7. 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.

Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

8. 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. 

Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

9. Crete: Land Rover Safari with Lunch in Agiofarago & Matala

Journey into the wild and untamed side of Crete by Land Rover. Visit quiet, spiritual Agiofarago with its wild beauty, then experience the contrast of noisy Matala with its hippie style. After being picked up from your hotel, drive south through the plain of Messara, to Agiofarago: the gorge of the Saints. Enjoy a drink in the traditional village of Siva, then stop at the 14th century Odigitria Monastery. From there the rugged dirt tracks will lead you to Agiofarago. Stretch your legs along a 30 minute path crossing the gorge, scattered with oleander and olive trees. Discover a beautiful beach stretching to the Libyan Sea, where you can swim and snorkel. Enjoy a delicious picnic with local Cretan products. Continue to Matala, a small but crowded village, with a long sandy beach and crystal clear deep waters. Explore carved Roman tombs, have a swim at the beach, and eat lunch in a traditional local tavern.

From Chania: SUV Safari with Winery Tour and Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

Extremely educational and lovely tour! Our guide was phenomenal and he was so passionate about Crete’s culture and “mentality”. My girlfriend and I were constantly impressed throughout the duration of this amazing tour. Would recommend to anyone visiting Crete for the first time. All you can drink wine and a delicious Greek meal will leave you FULL, we were feeling great to say the least. 10/10 don’t hesitate and book this now!!

Super fun experience. The guide took good care of the less experienced riders. Rugged environment and nice excursion to the olive factory. In short; highly recommended!!!

Great tour with a great guide, interesting stops at the Olive Oil Factory Museum and the new Olive Oil Factory. We could really enjoy breathtaking nature and view.

Our guide Dimitri was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain each area as we passed. The lunch was truly amazing!! I would highly recommend this tour!!

Very nice tour and very nice guide. I would definitely do it again and recommend it.