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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour

Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
USD 86.90
A unique tour through traditional Cretan villages. The nature landscape and the culture signs will take your breath away...
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Tour Highlights
  • Learn the ancient knitting way of “Kopaneli”
  • Visit the Ottoman fortress of Aptera
  • 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
  • Unique hidden monasteries and churches
  • Walking in the fields and the pure nature
  • Visit a “Raki” distillery and discover the secrets of the local spirits
  • Learn about the Cretan way of life – live like a Cretan
  • Lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” with the locals
  • Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
  • Discover the history and mythology of Crete



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 Aptera. We will visit the Ottoman fortress and get ready for the breathtaking view of Souda bay and the valley of the province.  Stand there and admire the 360ο view from this high point.  Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos and Armenoi and we will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show us the mind-blowing knitting technique of “Kopaneli”.

We will pass through Kalives village and then “Xirosterni” to visit the local family “Raki” destillery. You will have the chancce 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 sitting by the river of Vrises village enjoying a cup of Greek coffee and admire the endless beauty of nature. Then we will see an old olive mill and the way of olive oil-making in the past. The village of Emprosneros is following and the ruins of Alidakis, the Ottoman Comander of Apokoronas, tower. We also visit the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. We visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. After that we will visit also Vafes, Vatoudiatis or Alikampos (depends on the season).

After that we will have lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will 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 his secrets a whole place is ready to be explored by you!

Reviews (13)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Tour!!!

The tour offers a great variety of locally produced premium food. You learn a lot about history of the area and Greece and the local food production while enjoying the great view and the stunning landscape. The tour was very well organised and the guide...More

Thank ViennaTMG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Dimitris and Raki beat rain

Fantastic trip to village museum, locL winery, bakery for olive oil tasting and cheese factory before lovely lunch in Fres. Dimitris knows his stuff, brings his local experience and a genuine warmth to this trip. Made a rainy day in Crete the highlight so far.

Thank MichaelSadler
GSTrikkeTours, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Michael for your kind words, we really appreciate it! We thank you also for sharing your experience with us and we hope you had a great time in our island. Kind regards, GS TEAM

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fabulous, interesting day, arrived home contact and full!

We had a lovely day being chauffeured and hosted by Dimitris. The mini van was comfortable and smooth and as we passed through the towns and villages he was able to tell us lots of interesting facts. You could really feel the pride he has...More

1  Thank greenzoid
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile
Fabulous day with Yianni

We enjoyed an absolutely wonderful full-day tour with Yianni, visiting little villages around Chania. Yianni shared interesting historical perspectives and deep knowledge of Greece and Crete. It was a pleasure to meet local business owners and see the work that they do to provide amazing...More

Thank Debra C
Ioannis T, Public Relations Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you so much for your positive feedback!! We really enjoyed our day with you as well! KIndest regards, GS TEAM

Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile
Absolutely fabulous!

Had an absolutely fabulous day with driver/guide Dimitris. So many interesting stories, sites and tastes. We were a small group of two(!) so the whole trip felt very exclusive. I learned a lot and saw many wonderful things on our Journey. The highlights were many;...More

Thank Merete_260612
Ioannis T, Public Relations Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you so much Merete for your great review! We are looking forward to see you again and show you around the beauties of Crete. Kind regards, GS TEAM

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