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The Terra Creta Olive Oil Experience Tour

1. The Terra Creta Olive Oil Experience Tour

On this 1-hour tour you’ll enjoy a total olive oil experience at Terra Creta, located in the heart of the Kolymvari region. Visit the innovative, state-of-the-art facility and learn about the process from harvesting to production. The mill operates only from October to February. Information and tips about best use and storage are provided by the highly skilled personnel. Enjoy a guided tasting of 3 different olive oils and sample a variety of appetizers. Afterwards, browse the store and purchase high-quality Terra Creta olive oils of different labels, as well as balsamic vinegar and Greek olives in travel-safe packaging.

Chania: Guided Walking Food Tour with Tasting

2. Chania: Guided Walking Food Tour with Tasting

We will set a meeting point in the heart of modern Chania town and we will start our experience in the Cretan taste. As a first stop we will try the famous traditional Bougatsa which combines the light salty taste of fresh cheese with sugar in an extremely crispy thin layer of dough. Of course, a Greek traditional coffee could not be missing of this typical Chania breakfast. Then we will find ourselves in the paradise of herbs and not only... A local expert of herbs will introduce us to the many different varieties of herbs from the mountains of Crete that are known for their healing and soothing nature. Malotira, Fliskouni, Diktamo, Sage, cinnamon, honey, oil and legumes, all organically produced and only from the island of Crete. Next stop will be in the mayor’s house, not for us to meet him but because there we will visit a local, family running, traditional “kaltsounadiko”. The word means the preparation room of the traditional dish called “kaltsouni” which is a kind of small pie with traditional sheet, filled with cheese or greens or a mixture of these two and baked in the oven or fried. Sweet and savory dishes will excite our taste buds... And now the time has come to try all the types of cheeses produced in Crete. The traditional and the contemporary, marry to give us the ultimate taste!!! Next stop the Cretan cheese world. This small shop is the branch of a cheese factory, well known to the locals, that presents its flavors to us. We will try different types of cheese that are made in in modern facilities but preserving the tradition. At this point a break is necessary and so we will follow the way to the old port of Chania having a walk next to the sea giving us the opportunity to share with you some of the history of the city. Following, we will be welcomed under the shade of the Plane trees with a different dish from the southern region of Chania, the Sfakia area, with their homonymous pie and the famous Dakos dish. Through the most picturesque alleys and after a short walking we will enjoy Gyros and beer. You should not leave Greece without trying the traditional souvlaki!!! And if you thought we were done you were wrong…Have you ever heard about Loukoumades?? If yes then we have a surprise for you, if not then get ready for an explosion of flavors in your mouth that will last for a long time and you will remember it forever. Golden balls of dough filled with chocolate, deep fried and covered by honey and sesame... Of course, our gustatory journey could not miss the ice cream that will accompany this wonderful treat.

Chania: Sunset Run Tour

3. Chania: Sunset Run Tour

Explore another side to Chania as we run across the coastline and enjoy the beautiful sunset We’ll kick off our run at Koum Kapi in Chania, where our journey begins. From there, we’ll embark on an 8.5 kilometer run that will take us through the charming neighborhood of Chalepa and down to Koumpeli, which marks the halfway point of our route. At Koumpeli, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the delightful little church of St. George, known for its quaint architecture and peaceful surroundings. While there, we can refresh ourselves with some cool, fresh spring water and catch our breath before continuing our run. As we make our way back, we’ll follow the picturesque coastline, allowing us to witness the beauty of the setting sun. This section of the route promises breathtaking views with a backdrop of the white mountains and the famous Chania lighthouse framed in the distance. One of the best things about this tour is that it remains tranquil and peaceful, even during the high season, as it’s relatively undiscovered by many locals. You’ll get to experience the serenity of the surroundings as we run along the roads and a small section of trail. Throughout the run, I’ll make sure to point out various points of interest, such as notable landmarks, hidden gems, and places of historical and cultural significance. I’ll also share my personal recommendations for shops, restaurants, and bars, so you can make the most of your time in Chania. This is an all-inclusive running group, and we’ll maintain a relaxed pace, providing opportunities to pause, take photos, and enjoy the scenery to the fullest. So don’t worry about being left behind; this tour caters to all fitness levels. After our invigorating run, we’ll celebrate our accomplishments with a well-deserved ice cold beer (or soft drink) in one of my favorite seaside spots. It’s the perfect way to unwind, savor the moment, and enjoy the afterglow of the sunset and our exertion! If you’re looking to do some running in Chania and want to explore some hidden spots of Chania by foot, the Chania Sunset Run is the ideal experience for you. Join us as we combine fitness, nature, culture (and beer!).

Falassarna Beach: Balos Lagoon Private Small Boat Cruise

4. Falassarna Beach: Balos Lagoon Private Small Boat Cruise

Visit Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon in the morning, the most quiet time of the day, with our Drago boat in a two hour private cruise.Daily at 09:00.

Chania: Private History and Culinary Guided Walking Tour

5. Chania: Private History and Culinary Guided Walking Tour

Your day will start with a detailed walking tour in the old town of Chania, exploring its unique Venetian and Ottoman monuments, such as the Firkas Fortress, the Fransiscan Monastery of San Salvador, the Venetian church of Ag Rockos, the Venetian Grand Arsenal, the Venetian “Neoria”, Gialli Tzamissi and the Ottoman district of Splanzia. On your way and between the Sites stops you will try local town delicacies, pastries, and sweets, such as the famous “bougatsa” cheese pie, and “kalitsounia” sweet pastries. At a local dairy, you will try the extra virgin olive oil of Crete, a variety of artisans cheese with local “raki” , Cretan olives and thyme honey and homemade Cretan wine. You will also visit the Jewish district with the famous Etz Hayyim synagogue the only survived and functioning synagogue in Crete. Your tour will sum up at the cruciform open-air leather market of the town, unique in Crete.

Samaria Gorge: Explore the beautiful nature of Crete

6. Samaria Gorge: Explore the beautiful nature of Crete

The gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete. This majestuous gorge is considered one of the great attractions of Crete and many tourists want to visit it. But you must realize that it is a long (5 to 7 hours) walk on rough terrain so you will need to have a certain degree of fitness and walking experience in order to enjoy it. We will take you first along the north coast and then up into the White Mountains to the Omalos Plateau and the entrance to the gorge. There, at a height of 1.100m, you will begin the 16km walk through the longest and most beautiful gorge in Europe. After the strenuous but spectacular walk, you will be conveyed by boat on an equally glorious trip from Agia Roumeli, the village at the end of the gorge, to Chora Sfakion, where the bus will be waiting to take you back home. Good walking shoes are necessary.

Spinalonga Island-Public Boat Trip | Private Tour

7. Spinalonga Island-Public Boat Trip | Private Tour

Starting from the traditional village of Plaka, you are taking a small traditional boat and enjoy a short boat trip to the beautiful island of Spinalonga, one of the most important historic sites of Crete. The island was turned into a fortress at the middle of the 16th century and constituted one of the best examples of the Venetian defensive architecture. On the island, you will enjoy an hour and a half-guided tour exploring its gems. After your guided tour on Spinalonga you will reach by boat the traditional village of Plaka.

From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

8. From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

Meet your private driver to start this wonderful private tour in Crete. Village of Margarites: We have the first visit at day by visiting Margarites village, which is famous for its traditional pottery. You can watch local potters at work and buy handmade souvenirs to take home. Arkadi Monastery: From Margarites, head to the Arkadi Monastery,  it has been designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument. This 16th-century monastery is a symbol of Cretan resistance against Ottoman rule and is known for its beautiful architecture and religious significance. Built at 12th century, at an altitude of 500 meters, on a fertile plateau with olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypress and oak trees Walking tour at Rethymno: Start your tour at the Venetian Fortezza, a 16th-century fortress that overlooks the town and the sea.  Walk down the hill to the Old Town and enter through the Venetian Loggia, a beautiful building that once served as a meeting place for the Venetian nobility. Today, it houses the Town Hall. From the Loggia, head to the Rimondi Fountain, a 16th-century fountain that was once the main source of water for the town. The fountain is decorated with carvings of lions, dolphins, and mythical creatures. Walk along Arkadiou Street, which is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants.  Take a left turn onto Vernardou Street, which is a picturesque street lined with small shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, and local products. Continue to the Nerantze Mosque, which was built by the Ottomans in the 17th century and is now used as an art gallery. The mosque has a beautiful courtyard with a fountain and a garden. Walk along Paleologou Street and admire the Venetian and Ottoman-era buildings, which are adorned with colorful facades, wooden balconies, and ornate doors.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

Very nice experience with a visit to this place of production on August 15, even though it is a very important public holiday in Crete. We were very pleasantly surprised by the very warm welcome and the quality of this visit, as well as the explanations provided by people passionate about their profession. Tasting without any obligation to purchase, but the different olive oils produced are so extraordinary, and as we had come up with the idea of bringing back a few samples, we were delighted.

We really enjoyed this tour. I thought I knew a bit about olive oil, but learned so much more. Stavros was excellent at explaining the process from tree to bottle and taught us how to properly taste and assess the quality of various types of olive oil. I would highly recommend this tour. we were in a group of 2 adults, 2 teenagers, an 11 year old and a 7 year old and all enjoyed it. Bonus was all the yummy olives, olive oil, bread and balsamic vinegar we got to try. Tanya

This experience was lovely. The tour guides were very informative and the place was beautiful. We walked around the vineyeard and stopped under some shade for some further information. When we went into the factory unfortunately it was closed due to being out of season and this was a bit dissapointing but we should have done our research first. At the end we could try some oil and bread and this was really delicious. Overall I would highly recommend this trip.

Stavros was an excellent guide for both explaining the process and products of EVOO as well as the correct way to taste test! What a fun and informative tour of such a historically and nutritionally rich consumable! We loved olive oil before but we’ll look at it now with an even better appreciation.

Excellent guide and very interesting. We learned many new facts about olive farming and olive oil production. Value for money and I can recommend a visit!