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For families or Friends Matala Private Tour

For families or Friends Matala Private Tour

We start driving through the route of the vineyards of Crete. The villages we will cross are famous for the grape varieties and their wines and that is why there are many well-known wineries on our way. Our first stop is at AGIOS THOMAS a village at an altitude of 760 meters, dating back to 1371 AD. In the village there are Byzantine churches, ruins of the Byzantine aqueduct as well as Roman era tombs. Going down, we will cross the MESSARA valley and following a route through olive groves, we will reach the MONASTERY of ODIGITRIA one of the most famous monasteries of Crete, dating back to the 14thcentury. You will be amazed by the beauty of the monastery and you will have the opportunity to visit the museum with objects of the daily life of Cretans. Following we driving through a beautiful dirt road we reach MATALA, the famous village of southern Crete where the HIPPIES lived in the 70s. You will have free time to admire the beauties of the village and visit the caves of the HIPPIES. We return to the hotel through a beautiful route. This journey will amaze and fill you with pictures that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Over the centuries, Cretans have imbued this ancient land with the vivid presence of Christianity by founding monasteries, churches, & chapels of great religious import. Journey to Central Crete from North to South in the paths of Apostle Paul to the land of generosity. An untouched paradise on earth, beloved by our forefathers, where fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves seem to stretch toward the horizon. Succumb to the expert knowledge of our local guides as you visit religious monuments always built-in stunning landscapes. Some of them were fortified & others are situated on the sites of archaic temples illuminating the long devotion to Christianity in Crete. Let us take you on a true passage of time meandering through the Minoan wonders of Messara Plain to embrace the magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. In the afternoon, visit the village of Matala. Bask in the waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind at the delicious fish tavernas on the waterfront.

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Discover the remnants of centuries-old Christian monuments in central Crete. Take a private day trip from Agios Nikolaos or Elounda to dive into the rich religious history of the island. Follow the path walked by Apostle Paul thousands of years ago and admire imposing monasteries. Get picked up from your Agios Nikolaos/Elounda hotel or villa and take a journey to central Crete from north to south. Explore the land where Apostle Paul found fertile soils with lavish vineyards and olive groves stretching toward the horizon. Allow your guide to take you on a journey through history. Explore the village of Agios Myron and its holy cave, as well as the Pailani and Odigitria Monasteries. Meander through the Minoan wonders of the vast Messara Plain to take in magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. Finally, visit the village of Matala to unwind at the typical fish tavernas on the waterfront.

MALIA: The Alluring Beauty Of Matala

MALIA: The Alluring Beauty Of Matala

Through this route we will visit the area of the breathtaking Asterousia Mountains. We start driving through the route of the vineyards of Crete. Famous for the grape varieties and their wines, the villages we will cross are home to many well-known wineries. Our first stop is at Agios Thomas, a village at an altitude of 760 meters and with a history dating back to 1371 AD. Here, you can explore Byzantine churches, ruins of the Byzantine aqueduct and Roman era tombs. Continuing our journey, we will cross the Messara valley, driving through olive groves before reaching the famous Monastery of Virgin Mary, Odigitria. Dating back to the 14th century, this monastery will amaze you with its lure and you can also visit the museum with objects of the daily life of Cretans. Following a beautiful dirt road we will arrive at Matala, the village of southern Crete where the hippies lived in the 70s. Here, you will have free time to admire the village's beauty and visit the hippies' caves. Finally, we will return to the hotel through a tranquil route. This wonderful journey will leave you with memorable pictures and longing.

Odigitria Monastery: Our most recommended tours and activities

For families or Friends Matala Private Tour

For families or Friends Matala Private Tour

We start driving through the route of the vineyards of Crete. The villages we will cross are famous for the grape varieties and their wines and that is why there are many well-known wineries on our way. Our first stop is at AGIOS THOMAS a village at an altitude of 760 meters, dating back to 1371 AD. In the village there are Byzantine churches, ruins of the Byzantine aqueduct as well as Roman era tombs. Going down, we will cross the MESSARA valley and following a route through olive groves, we will reach the MONASTERY of ODIGITRIA one of the most famous monasteries of Crete, dating back to the 14thcentury. You will be amazed by the beauty of the monastery and you will have the opportunity to visit the museum with objects of the daily life of Cretans. Following we driving through a beautiful dirt road we reach MATALA, the famous village of southern Crete where the HIPPIES lived in the 70s. You will have free time to admire the beauties of the village and visit the caves of the HIPPIES. We return to the hotel through a beautiful route. This journey will amaze and fill you with pictures that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Over the centuries, Cretans have imbued this ancient land with the vivid presence of Christianity by founding monasteries, churches, & chapels of great religious import. Journey to Central Crete from North to South in the paths of Apostle Paul to the land of generosity. An untouched paradise on earth, beloved by our forefathers, where fertile soils treasure lavish vineyards & the oldest olive groves seem to stretch toward the horizon. Succumb to the expert knowledge of our local guides as you visit religious monuments always built-in stunning landscapes. Some of them were fortified & others are situated on the sites of archaic temples illuminating the long devotion to Christianity in Crete. Let us take you on a true passage of time meandering through the Minoan wonders of Messara Plain to embrace the magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. In the afternoon, visit the village of Matala. Bask in the waters of the Libyan Sea & unwind at the delicious fish tavernas on the waterfront.

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Orthodox Crete: In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul

Discover the remnants of centuries-old Christian monuments in central Crete. Take a private day trip from Agios Nikolaos or Elounda to dive into the rich religious history of the island. Follow the path walked by Apostle Paul thousands of years ago and admire imposing monasteries. Get picked up from your Agios Nikolaos/Elounda hotel or villa and take a journey to central Crete from north to south. Explore the land where Apostle Paul found fertile soils with lavish vineyards and olive groves stretching toward the horizon. Allow your guide to take you on a journey through history. Explore the village of Agios Myron and its holy cave, as well as the Pailani and Odigitria Monasteries. Meander through the Minoan wonders of the vast Messara Plain to take in magnificent views of Phaistos Palace. Finally, visit the village of Matala to unwind at the typical fish tavernas on the waterfront.

MALIA: The Alluring Beauty Of Matala

MALIA: The Alluring Beauty Of Matala

Through this route we will visit the area of the breathtaking Asterousia Mountains. We start driving through the route of the vineyards of Crete. Famous for the grape varieties and their wines, the villages we will cross are home to many well-known wineries. Our first stop is at Agios Thomas, a village at an altitude of 760 meters and with a history dating back to 1371 AD. Here, you can explore Byzantine churches, ruins of the Byzantine aqueduct and Roman era tombs. Continuing our journey, we will cross the Messara valley, driving through olive groves before reaching the famous Monastery of Virgin Mary, Odigitria. Dating back to the 14th century, this monastery will amaze you with its lure and you can also visit the museum with objects of the daily life of Cretans. Following a beautiful dirt road we will arrive at Matala, the village of southern Crete where the hippies lived in the 70s. Here, you will have free time to admire the village's beauty and visit the hippies' caves. Finally, we will return to the hotel through a tranquil route. This wonderful journey will leave you with memorable pictures and longing.

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