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From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

1. From Rethymno: South Crete Private Tour with Lunch

Start your day at the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Walk through the rising rock walls and admire the incredible natural scenery, before you reach the lonely chapel in Agios Nikolaos. Listen to the ethereal sound of the wind, created by its movement through the gorge. Reach the springs of Kourtaliotis, where you can purchase rare herbs, which only grow in the mountains, from the locals. Arrive at the exotic coastal resort of Kalypso, an old pirate shelter. Relax on Karavos beach, which has recently become a national park. Clamber across the towering rocks and dive into the turquoise water of the Libyan Sea. Travel to the village of Mariou and enjoy a delicious local lunch, complimented with their traditional drink, raki. Finish your adventure at the stunning village of Spili, carved into the heart of the mountains. Escape the sun as you relax under the trees and view the famous Lion Fountain. 

Private Group Tour in Lasithi & Traditional Cretan Villages

2. Private Group Tour in Lasithi & Traditional Cretan Villages

Ever felt you wanted to get away from crowds and blaze your own trail? This is your chance to enjoy the many sights, tastes and aromas of Crete on your own terms. Take advantage of this personalized tour service and get ready for private tour that will take you from one sight to the next, from breathtaking views to traditional villages to the secret villages of Crete – each one chosen by you. Are you into wine culture, archaeological sites, traditional Greek cooking lessons, unique beaches, or Mediterranean gastronomy? This tour will take you from the heights of the rocky Lassithi plateau to the traditional villages tucked away off the beaten path. Start at the village of Krasi and visit the huge 2,400-years-old Writer’s Plane Tree, named so because it was beloved by Nikos Kazantzakis, one of the most famous Greek writers of the 20th century. In the same village, see how the Cretans used to wash their clothes in the traditional manner. Next up is Panagia Kera, a 13th century Byzantine monastery where you can find a depiction of the Catholic St. Francis, who is famous in Crete among the gorgeous iconography. Afterwards, the tour will ascend to the unique Lassithi Plateau, a rocky and austere place, long treasured for the beauty of its scenery. There you can visit the Diktaion Andron, an ancient cave believed to be the mythological birthplace of Zeus. Have lunch in a traditional taverna outside Krasi, at your own expense.

Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

3. Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel and first pass the Selinari monastery with its impressive gorge, and reach the small town of Neapolis. Visit the Vassilakis Estate, one of the oldest and most successful olive oil producers in Crete. Enjoy a detailed tour of their production facility and learn how olive oil is made. Continue to the provincial capital of Agios Nikolaos where you can admire the shimmering blue waters of the bay of Mirabello. Walk along the harbor and over the bridge to the freshwater Lake Voulismeni. Visit a local market and browse for specialty local products such as honey, olive oil, and spices. After a Greek coffee in one of the cozy cafes, continue to Kritsa, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Admire the views of the whitewashed houses of the village located below a steep rocky slope. Take a break for some lunch at your own expense, followed by a stroll through the village. Finally, travel to Amazonas Park and discover a sanctuary for the conservation of endangered species. Take a guided tour of the sanctuary and see a variety of colorful parrots and curious monkeys. See rare parrot species which will eventually be released back into their natural habitat, and enjoy the fantastic views of the foothills of the Dikti Mountains.

Crete: Land Rover Safari Through Katharo Plateau

4. Crete: Land Rover Safari Through Katharo Plateau

Discover Crete and cross the Katharo Plateau. Follow the enchanted path through a huge woodland area and admire the wild nature. Begin with a fantastic view of Mirabello Bay. Then travel through the incredibly beautiful landscape alongside the largest forest on the island and up to a height of 1,500 meters. At the next stop, enjoy a unique view of the Lassithi Plateau and the northern coast of Crete. Discover the Lassithi Plateau, where time seems to stand still. The local society remains largely agrarian, using donkeys in their everyday lives and making regional products according to ancient traditions. Enjoy a delicious barbecue and local wine, then visit the birthplace of Zeus, the father of the gods. Head to the little town of Krasi, known for its 2,000-year-old sycamores and natural springs. Stop in Selinari on the way back and see the vultures increasingly threatened by extinction.

Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

5. Knossos Palace and Village Pottery Tour

Explore the Palace of Knossos and learn the traditional craft of pottery on this tour of Cretan culture and heritage. After pickup at your hotel, start your day at the Palace of Knossos, one of the birthplaces of the modern world. Visit the palaces, the villas and other excavated buildings. Continue to a traditional pottery village in the mountains, driving on pretty roads lined with olive trees. See how Cretans have produced their wonderful pottery for thousands of years. Enjoy the fantastic opportunity to try your hand at this ancient craft, with the guidance of a master potter.  During the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with wine or water included. At the end of a wonderful day, start the drive back to your hotel, where you’ll be dropped off.

From Heraklion: East and South Crete Villages Tour and beach

6. From Heraklion: East and South Crete Villages Tour and beach

The excursion starts after collecting the participators at Malia. You're passing the north-east coast and St. George’s Gorge. After a short ride you'll visit an olive oil park where you can experience first-hand the standardization of extra virgin olive oil, table olives and olive paste. Here you will be able to taste the authentic Greek products, which are famous worldwide for its great taste and its nutritional value, as well as, other authentic Cretan products like “raki” and honey. You'll stay there for about 30 min. Later visit to one of the oldest villages on Crete, which retains even today elements of the Venetian architecture, the village of Kritsa. Here, you will have about 1 hour free time to stroll around its narrow streets. Then, head towards to Myrtos Beach, 13km west of Ierapetra the most south situated city in Europe, at the output of a wide valley filled with greenhouses and citrus groves. You will have free time to enjoy swimming and sunbathing to the nice beaches of Myrtos, with the coarse gray sand that doesn’t stick on the body. After 2 1/2 hours in Myrtos you'll go back to the hotels.

From Elounda: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

7. From Elounda: Zeus Cave & Mountainous East Crete Day Tour

Join us on this private day tour and discover all of Eastern Crete's unspoiled beauty. Unearth the mystery of the sacred Psychro Cave in Lasithi and feel its ancient energy. Then immerse yourself in the vivid Cretan culture of the authentic villages of Mochos, Krasi, and visit the iconic town of Agios Nikolaos. Venture through the mountainous region of the Lasithi Plateau on your way to the emblematic villages. Explore the charming streets of Mochos and Krasi, interact with local people, and engage with dramatic nature. Let's take the sacred Minoan path to reach the ancient Psychro Cave fueled with stalactites and stalagmites. Add a guided wine tasting with a ceramic workshop or a delicious Cretan lunch if you'd like to upgrade your experience.

Heraklion: Culinary Day Trip to Lassithi Plateau with Dinner

8. Heraklion: Culinary Day Trip to Lassithi Plateau with Dinner

From the Minoan times, Lassithi Plateau is the earth of fertility and love for food. A rich Cretan land to remind us of just how satisfying it is to source and cook your own ingredients. It’s why we love it. We want to take you away from the crowded places of countless Instagram posts to the island’s most untouched escapes where time has slowed down and history persists. That is why our Travel Experts have designed this culinary adventure for lovers of authentic gastronomy, art, and mythic landscapes. This luxury trip will take you through the charming and often forgotten country of Lassithi, across small villages, emblematic Windmills, and the Plateau’s spectacular views. In the late afternoon, find yourself at a Cretan house that was built next to the Cave of Zeus on the ancient ruins that still exude timeless energy. Here you will meet the chef-owner of Mansion Halavro (means playground among archaic ruins) who will indulge you in the artistic pleasures of Cretan cuisine.

From Elounda: Rethymno - Argiroupoli - Kournas Lake - Chania

9. From Elounda: Rethymno - Argiroupoli - Kournas Lake - Chania

Embark on an incredible cultural adventure along the western side of Crete. Discover traditional villages and striking landscapes on a private guided trip from Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Make the most of your experience by adding a wine tasting or local lunch at your own expense. Get picked up from your accommodation in Agios Nikolaos or Elounda and head out on a journey through West Crete. With a chauffeured vehicle at your full-day disposal, explore the Venetian city of Rethymno, the charming Lake Kournas, and the romantic town of Chania. Take a break in the ancient village of Argyroupolis for the chance to purchase lunch and eat in a cozy setting, surrounded by mountainous waterfalls. Last but not least, you can also add a guided tasting of homemade wine by Lake Kournas.

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Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

In a word; fantastic! Angelina is incredibly friendly. We were picked up on time at the hotel in a comfortable neat car and she can drive well. First we went for coffee and we visited a small museum in Spili, super cute village. Then we drove through a gorge to Kalypso beach. Really beautiful there! After we had swam there and made the necessary pictures (also walk up the path at the hotel for a breathtaking view) we drove back to the gorge to make the descent down. It is absolutely worth it! The climb to the top is equally tough, but you will survive it. At the end we had a delicious lunch at a tavern and my husband even ate vegetables! It was a fantastic day :) we made great memories.

Thanks to Angelica, we experienced a wonderful tour to the south of Crete. Picked up at the hotel on time, we went south via Spili to Kalypso Bay. The great cold clear waters of the Libyan Sea should be enjoyed, as well as a walk on top of the cliffs. Then back over the deep Kourtaliotiko Gorge, not easy but a great experience. Finally, a meal with Greek specialties. It wouldn't have been half as nice without Angelica. She is a great young woman, knows a lot about her country and island. We had good conversations and laughed a lot. Many Thanks

Our tour guide, Emmanuel, was informative and friendly. He was quite thoughtful and kept checking in on my daughter who is prone to car sickness. The car was clean and comfortable. He took us to a wonderful, scenic lunch spot that was both delicious and welcoming. The Lathisi Plateau was beautiful, and he even took us to some smaller villages with unique, awe inspiring features (like a tree that is centuries old and an ancient Venetian aqueduct). Our tour and time spent with Emmanuel was a highlight for our time in Crete.

Angie our private guide was just awesome. She influenced our trip in a positive way and we are very grateful for that. She knows her island very well and explains everything down to the smallest detail. We enjoyed the day to the fullest and ate very well.

Very great tour. Highly recommended if you want to see more than just the beach.