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From Chania: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Full-Day Tour

1. From Chania: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Full-Day Tour

Visit the most important Minoan palace on a full-day trip to Knossos Palace from Chania. Explore Heraklion city center with free time, or pay a visit to the Heraklion Archeological Museum. Stop in the picturesque city of Rethymno on your way back to Chania. After pickup from your hotel or a nearby meeting point, head straight to Knossos Palace, the home of various Greek legends and myths such as the Labyrinth, Minotaur, Daedalus, and Icarus. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the palace with your guide. Learn about the Minoan civilization, and see what is believed to be the throne of the legendary King Minos. At the end of your palace tour, continue toward the center of Heraklion and enjoy free time to explore once there. If you like, you can use part of your free time on a tour of the Heraklion Archeological Museum. Once your time in Heraklion is up, reconvene with your guide and start the drive back. Along the way, stop for a break in Rethymno and enjoy more free time to stroll through the city’s streets. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Chania: Cretan Folklore Dance Show with Dinner and Pickup

2. Chania: Cretan Folklore Dance Show with Dinner and Pickup

Experience an evening of live entertainment, local food, and Cretan hospitality. Discover the unique sounds of traditional music and the beauty of Cretan dance as you learn the steps and immerse yourself in the culture of the island. Cretan music is a living tradition in Greece. It continues to evolve by absorbing elements of contemporary music and also comments on the realities of contemporary life. The character of Crete is reflected in music and dance. Cretan feasts and festivals (panigiria) are at the center of these ancient folkways and are a great way to have fun, the true Cretan way. Traditionally connected to a religious celebration, panigiria in Crete have a centuries-old history. They also have an important social purpose, offering a chance for people to meet and socialize, to honor tradition, and take a break from everyday troubles and chores. These events include large amounts of food and drink, traditional live music, and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Chania: Falassarna Beach Sunset Trip with Transfer

3. Chania: Falassarna Beach Sunset Trip with Transfer

Indicative Time-Table 15:30-16:40 Pick-Up 17:15 Arrival at Falassarna Beach 20:30 Departure from Falassarna Beach 21:00-21:45 Arrival at your hotel Falassarna Beach is located in the western part of Cape Gramvousa. At the northern end of the beach there are the ruins of the ancient Grecoroman city of Falassarna. Falassarna bay is one of the most famous beaches in Greece, which has been awarded as the best beach of Crete and one of the 10 best beaches in Europe in the past. Falassarna spans a huge area and consists of five consecutive beaches, with the two most central being the most favorite. The main beach of Falassarna is called Pacheia Ammos . It is an exotic beach with a length of 1 breathtaking km and a width of 150m. This idyllic stretch of coastline offers visitors endless opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and exploration. With its crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches, Falassarna is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Since the beach faces West, Falasarna is famous for its majestic sunset, which is considered the best in all Crete because of its unhindered horizon view, as visitors literally watch the sun dive in the sea.

From Chania : Imbros Gorge

4. From Chania : Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge is located in the south-eastern part of the White Mountains, it's length is 7 km and has slopes up to 300m high. It begins in the village of Imbros (800m) and ends in the village of Komitades (300m). It is part of the E4 European Long Distance Trail, it's relatively easy and pleasant path. At the beginning of the gorge you may see the old cobbled road that used to be the only way to connect the village of Sfakia with the northern side of the island. It's famous for its rare flora and beautiful scenery. Our bus will pick you up from a designated pick up point (outside or near your hotel) and after about 90 minutes drive we will arrive in the village of Imbros. Then follows the walk through the gorge, guided by our licensed trekking guide who will help you if you need it and give you information about the whole area. You will then visit Frangokastello, where we will have two hours free time to enjoy the sea! In the late afternoon we will return by bus to the same point you got picked up in the morning

Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal

5. Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal

Embark on an unforgettable voyage through the crystalline waters of Crete aboard our luxurious catamaran. Departing from the enchanting Kissamos port, prepare to indulge in a day of unparalleled adventure and relaxation as we set sail towards the mesmerizing wonders of Balos Bay and Gramvousa Island. Step aboard our state-of-the-art catamaran, where opulence meets comfort, and allow our experienced crew to pamper you with impeccable service throughout your journey. As we glide gracefully across the azure Aegean Sea, soak in the panoramic views of the rugged coastline and vibrant landscapes that adorn the horizon. Our first destination, the breathtaking Balos Bay, beckons with its idyllic white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Dive into the refreshing sea or bask in the Mediterranean sun on deck as you immerse yourself in this natural paradise. Continuing our voyage, we navigate towards the legendary Gramvousa Island, crowned by its majestic Venetian fortress perched atop rugged cliffs. During our stop at Gramvousa Island, indulge in a sumptuous lunch experience featuring the freshest seafood delicacies, meticulously prepared by our talented onboard chefs. Savor the flavors of the sea while taking in the unparalleled beauty of your surroundings. For those seeking further adventure, take advantage of our complimentary snorkeling equipment, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), and fishing equipment. Dive beneath the surface to discover the vibrant marine life, glide atop the waves on a paddleboard, or try your hand at fishing in the azure depths. Throughout the day, savor delectable gourmet cuisine and refreshing beverages served onboard, ensuring that every moment of your experience is nothing short of extraordinary. Join us on this exclusive catamaran sailing cruise and discover the beauty and splendor of Balos Bay and Gramvousa Island in unparalleled luxury and style.

Imbros Gorge Hike From Chania

6. Imbros Gorge Hike From Chania

Imbros Gorge is in province Sfakia and is the second largest gorge in Crete, following Samaria Gorge. The picturesque scenery and its wilderness in combination with the low difficulty make the descent of Imbros ideal for families with children. The walking length of the gorge is 9 km and the course lasts about 2.5 hours. You can walk to the gorge all year round and it is definitely worth seeing. During your descent you will meet various famous locations such as the “Airplane”, “Stenada”, “Mesofarango” and “Xepitira Arch”. Imbros gorge was the escape route for thousands of allied troops retreating from the north of the island. During the period of the battle of Crete in 1941 the troops headed for Chora Sfakion to be collected by ships. From Imbros Village you will start hiking until “Komitades” village. You will meet traces of the old stone paved trail that was once the main passage from Sfakia to Chania. After approximately 1 hour of walk into the gorge, you will reach the narrowest point of the gorge. The walls of the gorge are less than 2 meters apart and tower 300 m. above. At the end of the gorge, you will reach “Komitades” village, where the bus will take you to Chora Sfakion. Chora Sfakion is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakia. The untamed landscape is combined with the quiet. Charming seaside settlement. The sandy beach with the crystal-clear blue waters is suitable for relaxation after hiking. A few coffee shops and taverns are located within and around the villages. In its northern neighbourhood, you will find the ruins of the venetian "Fortress of Sfakia” or “Castel di Sfacia or Sfachia” where you can get a panoramic view of Sfakia and admire the wilderness of the nature

Platanias: Cretan Night with Wine tasting and Dinner

7. Platanias: Cretan Night with Wine tasting and Dinner

Welcome to an enchanting evening of Cretan culture and hospitality at Taverna Kenelis in Platanias. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of Crete through a carefully curated itinerary that combines live music, a captivating traditional dance show, wine tasting, a delightful dinner, and convenient pick-up service. Pick-up Service: Begin your evening with the convenience of a pick-up service . Relax as you are transported to Taverna Kenelis, nestled in the heart of Platanias. Arrival and Welcome: Upon arrival, step into the warm embrace of Cretan hospitality. The welcoming atmosphere sets the tone for an unforgettable night filled with cultural delights. Wine Tasting: Start your journey with a wine tasting session featuring the finest local Cretan wines. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through the flavors and aromas, providing insights into the region's winemaking traditions. Dinner with Cretan Flavors: Indulge in a sumptuous Cretan dinner crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu showcases the diverse and mouthwatering flavors of Cretan cuisine, offering a culinary exploration of the region. Live Music Performance: Immerse yourself in the soul-stirring melodies of live traditional Cretan music. Local musicians, often featuring instruments like the lyre and laouto, create an authentic ambiance that transports you to the heart of Crete. Traditional Dance Show: Be mesmerized by a spirited traditional dance performance, where skilled dancers adorned in vibrant costumes showcase the unique dances of Crete. The rhythmic beats and lively movements tell stories of the island's rich cultural heritage. Audience Engagement: Feel the energy of the performance and join in the fun! The friendly atmosphere encourages audience participation, allowing you to experience the joy of traditional Cretan dances firsthand. Dessert Delights: Conclude your gastronomic journey with delectable Cretan desserts, adding a sweet note to your evening. Indulge in treats like baklava or loukoumades, savoring the perfect end to your culinary experience. Closing and Departure: Bid farewell to the gracious hosts and fellow guests, leaving with cherished memories of an authentic Cretan night. If you arranged for transportation, enjoy a comfortable drop-off back to your accommodation. Embark on a cultural odyssey at Taverna Kenelis, where every element of this Cretan night has been thoughtfully curated to offer an immersive and unforgettable experience. A perfect blend of music, dance, gastronomy, and warm hospitality awaits you.

Chania: Souda Bay Cruise with Meal and Unlimited Drinks

8. Chania: Souda Bay Cruise with Meal and Unlimited Drinks

Choose hotel pickup or else come directly to Souda Port to start the journey. Decide if you want a private sailing cruise by selecting that option. After that, set sail on the sea and float past Souda Fortress, a small castle on an island located right in the middle of the bay. Admire this landmark. Listen to commentary about the history of the fortress from your guide. Next, stop for a swim. Go snorkeling or paddle boarding if you want to do some water activities. Enjoy some drinks while the ship is anchored in the bay. Following this, indulge in a delicious Mediterranean lunch on the boat. Dine on Greek salad and other appetizers, and enjoy shrimp pasta as the main course. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available on request. Have wine, beer, ice tea, or soft drinks with your lunch. Eat local and tropical fruits for dessert. Finally, head back to the port and your hotel.

From Kissamos: Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Private Cruise

9. From Kissamos: Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Private Cruise

Introducing our exclusive VIP cruise to Balos and Gramvoussa, a remarkable journey that combines luxury, adventure, and natural beauty. Step aboard our speedboats and prepare for an experience unlike any other. As we set sail, immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of Balos and its captivating turquoise waters. Discover secluded beaches, inviting you to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear depths. Feel the thrill of speed as our experienced crew takes you on an exhilarating ride along the mesmerizing coastal landscapes. But the excitement doesn't end there. Our cruise includes a two-hour stop at Gramvoussa, the legendary pirate island. Here, you'll have ample time to explore the island. From climbing up to the fort for panoramic views to uncovering the secrets of its intriguing history. Dive into the inviting waters or simply bask in the beauty of this captivating destination. Throughout the journey, our professional crew will ensure your safety and comfort, attending to your needs. Complimentary snacks and refreshments are served on board, as you revel in the enchanting surroundings. Capture your memories with spectacular photo opportunities, preserving the moments of awe-inspiring beauty and adventure forever. This VIP cruise is a perfect blend of luxury and exploration, offering an experience that will stay with you long after the journey ends. Join us on this extraordinary cruise, where every detail is meticulously crafted to provide you with an unforgettable adventure in the pristine realms of Balos and Gramvoussa. Book now and let us whisk you away on a voyage of discovery and indulgence.

Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives in Chania

10. Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives in Chania

Exploring the Olive Treasures: Begin your day with a visit to an olive mill in Kolymbary, where you'll witness the olive oil-making process and engage in a flavorful olive oil tasting. Journey to Ano Vouves to encounter a 3000-year-old ancient olive tree, delving into the rich history and significance of olives in Cretan culture. Wine Tasting and Longevity Secrets: At Karavitakis winery, savor the finest wines while uncovering the secrets of longevity associated with Cretan living. Enjoy an informative wine tasting session amidst stunning vineyard landscapes, immersing yourself in the cultural significance of winemaking in Crete. Off-Road Adventure and Scenic Beauty: Embark on an exhilarating off-road adventure towards Sebronas village, navigating through picturesque gorges, lush vegetation, and panoramic vistas. Capture the essence of Cretan countryside life with photo opportunities of chapels, livestock, vineyards, and olive groves. Cretan Gastronomy and Hospitality: Satisfy your appetite at a quaint tavern in Nea Roumata, experiencing the true essence of Cretan hospitality through local platters and authentic cuisine. Immerse yourself in the flavors and warmth of Cretan culture while enjoying a memorable dining experience. Embark on a unique wine and olive escape, immersing yourself in the famed Greek hospitality and embracing the sights, flavors, and warmth of Cretan culture. Enjoy a professionally guided journey through ancient landscapes and indulge in authentic culinary delights, making this safari tour an unforgettable experience.

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The trip was great. The gorge was very impressive. The detour to Frangokastello could not take place due to the strong wind. Instead we went to Chora Sfakion, where we were also able to swim (now protected from the wind). Only on the return journey was it a bit strange that a very remote hotel was reached with a full bus. It was very tedious (the bus driver's skills were excellent given the narrow streets), although we still got to see a little more of the island.

This company has been a great option to take tours. George the guide is very friendly and helpful, the weather we had that day was not that good and he gave us some recommendations, Balos is a beautiful place, and we had a great time

Amazing experience from the pick up to the drop off. The food the dancing. Add this to your holiday, a highlight of our honeymoon.

All was perfect. The timing, the driver and the guide. Truly enjoyable and informative experience.

It was very interesting and guide was incredibly knowledgeable