Chania Area: The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

4.9 / 5

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Chania Area: The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour with Lunch

From US$ 101.99 per person

Take in the beauty and history of Apokoronas on a visit to area villages. See ancient monuments and scenic countryside. Enjoy a traditional lunch.

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Duration 6 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup included
Pickup from the specific listed spots in Chania Region.

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas
  • Explore the villages of Apokoronas through amazing nature routes
  • Visit a Cheese factory and taste the local dairy products
  • Visit a "Raki" distillery and discover the secrets of the local spirits
  • Taste extra virgin olive oil with warm bread at the local bakery
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional "Kafeneio" with the locals
Full description
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!  
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from specific locations in Chania region
  • Personal driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned luxury transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Cheese tasting
  • Gratuities (optional)
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 45 reviews

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  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
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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.

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January 16, 2020

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.

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October 28, 2019

We really enjoyed the tour. Our driver Yannis was very friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us a lot of information about the culture and history of Crete during our drive. We really enjoyed visiting the winery and the cheese factory. All in all, this was a great way to soak in some real Crete culture. Highly recommend!

October 11, 2019

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