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.

From Chania: Scuba Diving for Beginners

2. From Chania: Scuba Diving for Beginners

Discover what it feels like to breathe underwater in a safe environment with an introduction to scuba diving off a beach close to Chania. Following pick-up from your hotel in the city, head to the dive center in Almyrida to meet your PADI instructors for a pre-dive theory lesson. Benefit from 1 instructor per 2 adult students and 1 instructor for every child for maximum attention. Your friendly instructor will be with you throughout for your comfort and safety. Once you feel confident, dive to a depth of 8 meters with your instructor to marvel at the marine life beneath the surface of the sea. Choose from a morning or afternoon session to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that all diving equipment will be provided, along with full insurance for your peace of mind. Photos and videos of your experience will be taken throughout, and sent to you free of charge as a fantastic souvenir of your time in Crete.

Chania: Semi-Submarine Boat Underwater Experience

3. Chania: Semi-Submarine Boat Underwater Experience

Enjoy an adventure on a semi-submersible boat, immersed in nearly 1.5 meters of water. This modern version of a glass-bottom boat can accommodate up to 12 passengers and 1 crew member. Enjoy views of the sea bottom while looking through large glass windows, safe and dry in your comfortable seat. See marine life, such as the loggerhead sea turtle, bottom feeders, and a variety of fish. Take in panoramic views of the old harbor with its original Venetian structures and its lighthouse. Within the 35 minutes of the tour, you spend about 25 minutes going all around the old port, and 10 minutes more outside of it (until the rocky wave thruster). Join this incredible journey on a semi-submarine vehicle for a closer look at the magical underwater world. Gain a better understanding of the significance of the sea environment.

Chania: Paragliding Tandem Flight

4. Chania: Paragliding Tandem Flight

Upon arriving at the take-off area, take some time to enjoy the beautiful views. Your pilot will begin to prepare the glider, while constantly and thoroughly checking the weather conditions. Watch him unfold the glider and deal with the hundreds of lines — a routine procedure for him. Then, gear up, putting your harness and helmet on. As your pilot prepares, he'll tell you a few things you need to know about the experience and describe how you'll feel in the air, so as to make the transition into flight easier on you. As the passenger, you'll go in front, connected to the pilot who will control the glider. He'll inflate the glider, and all you have to do is run a few steps forward. 3, 4, and you're off. There are no words to describe the feeling of flying over Chania, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. When you are close to the ground, you and your pilot will land softly, jogging a few steps forward as you come into contact with the ground. In rare cases, weather might make your landing a little faster. In this case, you'll experience a bum landing. Your instructor is equipped to handle this special landing and any other issue that may arise.

Chania: Stand-Up Paddleboard Small Group Tour

5. Chania: Stand-Up Paddleboard Small Group Tour

Experience what it feels like to walk on water with a stand-up paddleboard adventure in Chania! Benefit from the area's calm, crystal clear waters that create the perfect environment for stand-up paddleboarding. Get an introductory lesson on basic paddling techniques and learn how to stand up, turn and stop. Explore the hidden caves of the coastline, and get some time to swim in the beautiful sea. Your adventure will be recorded by action cameras as a unique souvenir. All footage will be sent to you as a keepsake memory of your experience. Benefit from the expert guidance of certified instructors who will make everybody feel confident and ready to go within the first few minutes! The program is specially designed for all levels of paddlers, from first timers to professionals.   

Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

6. Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

Grab a paddleboard and journey to the secluded island of Lazareta on this SUP trip from Chania. Experience a water activity that is easy and suitable for everyone. An instructor will teach you the basics of stand-up paddle boarding so you'll feel confident during the trip. After learning the basics, follow your instructor to the picturesque oasis, the island of Lazareta, located in front of New Chora beach in the center of Chania. Discover the small beaches of the island and hear about the history that dates back to the Venetian period in the 16th century. You'll have time to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and see a variety of fish. While you’re relaxing in the sun, you can enjoy the breathtaking view above the town, where the White Mountains open wide and big behind.

Minoan's World 9D movie & 3D photo tour

7. Minoan's World 9D movie & 3D photo tour

After arriving to the museum, you will begin your 9D experience which will consist of two parts. You will begin with the 3D museum, which has life-like statues made of silicon and mesmerizing 3D art that comes to life through your phone's camera. Afterwards, the 9D cinema will take you back in time, with fully immersive and state of the art equipment that includes special effects such as air blasts, water blasts, snow, bubbles, and smoke. You will also discover that the epic movie itself has both a historical and mythological prospective. The movie stars Zeus as a baby and as a God, and the abduction of princess Europe by Zeus. You will also learn of Daedalus and Icarus (who flew too close to the sun and fell into the sea), king Minos, bull leaping, and finally, the eruption of the volcano in Santorini causing the devastating tsunami that ended the Minoan era.

From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

8. From Chania or Rethymno: Limnoupolis Water Park Trip

Enjoy a fun day out for all the family with a visit to Limnoupolis Water Park. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chania or Rethymno, enjoy a short journey to the park. Slide down one of the many freefall rides or experience the thrill of the black hole. If you prefer to chill out, float down the lazy river or kick back and relax on one of the sunbeds where you can enjoy views of the White Mountains. After working up an appetite, choose from a wide array of lunch options, including pizza, burgers, and pasta, all served with a scoop of refreshing ice cream. Re-energized, get your adrenaline pumping on the giant slides and crazy river before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

Heraklion: Day Trip to Loutro Village

9. Heraklion: Day Trip to Loutro Village

Discover a small picturesque fishing village in southwestern Crete on a full-day guided tour. Explore Loutro village either on foot from short walking trails or by boat.  Arrive at Skaleta in the morning and take a small break for breakfast and restrooms. Travel to Skafia and start with the beach in Marmara either by walking for 2 hours or by taxi boat.  Enjoy the crystal clear blue-green water, the sun, and the food in the picturesque taverns of the area. Get a unique walking experience overlooking the Libyan sea in a continuous coastal path that ends at the exit of the gorge of Aradena. Walk along the beach and find a small tavern nearby with traditional food. Finally, board a taxi boat to catch your return boat.  

From Heraklion: Guided Day Trip to Rethymno & Kournas Lake

10. From Heraklion: Guided Day Trip to Rethymno & Kournas Lake

Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ. Bus Drive: 3 hours 1st stop: Chania Town – 2 hours 30 minutes Our groups will enjoy their time to wander around the beautiful Venetian streets and neighborhoods of this picturesque town of Greece. Walk through its roads full of little shops, markets and local restaurants around theirfamous old port. Bus Drive: 1 hour 2nd stop:The lake of Kournas – 1 hour 20 minutes The largest natural lake of Crete reflecting the White Mountains gives you the sense of an Alpine landscape. Grab the opportunity to hire a pedal boat for a lovely ride around the lake, swimming and enjoying a meal in one of the little tavernas (not included). Bus Drive:20 minutes 3rd stop: Rethymno – 1 hour 30 minutes Visit Rethymno and its picturesque venetian town. Enjoy your free time to walk along the old port and beautiful oriental beach road. End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ. Bus Drive: 2 hours

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

It was a beautiful experience including the narrow roads challenge but our driver Costa was an excellent driver and pull it through safely. The whole journey was smooth and pleasant. Costa and the tour guide Anastasia are both excellent. They made sure that we had an enjoyable trip to Elafonisi. The island is beautiful with a crystal clear water. I would recommend to anyone who travel to Crete to not miss this experience.

Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa are one of the most beautiful places to see in Crete. Roughly 2 hrs in Gramvousa to hike up (optional) and swim in the beach. And almost 3hrs to explore the Balos Lagoon which is a large area to swim/explore. The lagoon has shallow waters and you can literally just lie down in the water and enjoy the scenery and the breeze. Tip: Bring water shoes, some areas can be rocky in both places.

We really enjoyed our SUP tour. The instructors we're really friendly and helpful, and the views of the coastline and mountains were spectacular! Our tour was initially cancelled for safety reasons due to high winds but was easily transferred to the following day.

Guides were great and clear communication A little late but I didn’t mind as we met at a coffee shop and I sat and drank my coffee

Food options were great - a bit off the beaten path. Guide shared detailed history of the town and buildings.