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Crete: The Best of Far West Small Group Tour

Product ID: 114772
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You’ll get it all on this full-day Crete tour that combines everything you could want from a great Greek day: hiking, cooking, wine-tasting, cheese-sampling, storytelling and more, to make up one epic, authentic adventure.
About this activity
Duration 11 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Follow in the steps of ANZAC soldiers and hike through Imbros Gorge
  • Visit a family-owned cheese and yoghurt factory for a local breakfast
  • Participate in a hands-on cooking class and enjoy a lunch of traditional Cretan dishes
Full description
On this Chania tour, you’ll leave behind the city and its Venetian charm as you venture into a completely different landscape, going deep into the unique region of Sfakia. The White Mountains will be your stomping ground for a whole day of activities for the whole family, including a cheese- and yoghurt-tasting, a hike through a gorge, a hands-on cooking experience, a visit to a one-of-a-kind 'herbal sanctuary,' and a wine-tasting to finish off the day. 

The entire region of Sfakia is characterized by rugged mountainous beauty combined in a unique way with the sea. From the White Mountains, large green canyons descend to the Libyan Sea. It also includes Samaria Gorge, the largest gorge in Europe and one of the most popular sights in Crete. Your first stop of the day on this Crete tour will be at a family-owned, small-scale cheese factory, where you’ll get an introduction to and tasting of Cretan cheese and yoghurt. You’ll will learn all about the traditional local production from this expert cheesemonger and have the opportunity to sample what locals consider the best yoghurt on the island.

After a light breakfast, move on to Askifou Plateau, a natural valley surrounded by the White Mountains. From an altitude of 730m, start a hike of the Imbros gorge. The gorge is about 8km, and the average walking time is about 2.5 hours. Don’t worry though, it’s an easy walk for the whole family, with many stops for photos and learning about the flora and fauna that you’ll encounter along the way. Imbros is a spectacular gorge with several very narrow passages — and if you are Australian, New Zealander, or British, walking through the gorge is almost a pilgrimage, as many ANZACs who fought with the allied troops in Crete walked through this gorge in May 1941 to escape the island and sail to Egypt. Your guide will have many thrilling stories to share with you.

Visit Kallikratis, a village off the typical tourist path and which has an intriguing history. Next up, time to experience local culture through gastronomy and a hands-on workshop. Among the flavors and aromas of local food and good wine, learn the secrets of Cretan cuisine as you enjoy a traditional meal. After lunch, head to a 'herbal sanctuary and meet the owners who distill Cretan herbs the traditional way and offer high-quality herbal products in their shop. The end of the day will find you with a glass of wine in hand as you visit one of the best wineries on Crete. Taste four different wine varieties in a cellar that is in itself a setting for a ritualistic experience. A fitting finale in Crete’s far west.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Cheese and yoghurt tasting samples
  • Two-course meal (meat and vegetarian options), dessert, fruit
  • 4 different wine tastings, fresh orange juice for children
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your driver and guide

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Meeting point

Chania Central bus Station, Kydonias & Partheniou Kelaidi, GR-73100 Chania, Crete. Your guide will be standing next to the ticket booth, holding a sign with the supplier name.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a child-friendly tour: children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusive are permitted on this tour; children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform the supplier at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress appropriately for hiking and the weather
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Urban Adventures Europe

Product ID: 114772