Not just because she offers the most amazing landscapes but also for her mind blowing natural products like olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, tsipouro...
Crete, a heavenly and pure land blessed with natural beauty, history, memory and culture where the climate is considered to be one of the best, healthiest and mildest in Europe. Every single corner of the island welcomes all kinds of visitors: road trip lovers, vagabonds, hikers, holiday makers that want to leave it all behind, parents and kids, adventurous types, luxury hotel addicts and corporates who want to combine work with leisure.
Crete is one of the most easily accessible islands in Greece with its 3 airports (Chania, Heraklio and Sitia) and 6 passenger ports (Heraklion, Rethymnon, Chania, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos and Kissamos)
Arrival in Chania – so called Venice in the East - via flight or high speed ferry, meet and greet by your English speaking guide in the port or airport, followed by a direct transfer to the respective hotel by A/C vehicle.
DINNER at TA NEORIA
Ta Neoria (the Shipyard) is a fish tavern in Old Venetian Harbour of Chania. Enjoy your wine on the waterfront, and taste the delicious fresh fish dishes.
Crete is a heaven for nature lovers who would also like to combine adventure and fun during their vacation.
Choose Among a Large Variety of Sportive Activities:
Hiking Samaria Gorge
The gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete. With 16 kilometers length, it is considered to be one of the largest gorges in Europe and it attracts thousands of tourists every year. Starting the trip from Omalos mountain, you will have the opportunity to admire this unique natural reserve, as well the rare and protected species called “kri kri” (Cretan Goat). At the end of the walk, you will enjoy a refreshing swim at the beach of Agia Roumeli, with its clear blue water.
With sea kayak you can enjoy unique routes along the northern and the southern coasts and approach unexplored bays. In southern Crete there are wonderful routes for beginners and experienced ones.
The island has a long tradition in using horses in everyday life. Even today, many Cretans own a Cretan horse (georgalidiko), a breed perfectly adapted to the rugged terrains of Crete, and take part in competitions and shows. On the island there are many riding clubs and associations, while companies offer riding courses or excursions.
Experiencing the Underwater
Divers of all categories can enjoy the beautiful underwater world of Crete and explore the numerous diving sites in any period, with safety and responsibility... Besides diving, they can also explore coasts through snorkeling or participate in fishing trips or bottom-glass boat excursions.
Our amazing off-road adventure starts after climbing up the White Mountains and passing through Meskla village which is situated under plane trees, beside the river Keritis. On the way up to the shepherd’s “Mitato” you will enjoy the unique view of Chania from above and meet the wildlife of Crete by the help of our Land Rovers, driven by expert English speaking guides.
DINNER at WELL of the TURK RESTAURANT
The Well of the Turk restaurant and bar offers a delicious selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialties, to be enjoyed to the sounds of a great collection of Middle Eastern music.
Set in a historical building in the center of the Turkish district of Splantzia, with its labyrinth of narrow streets and two remaining minarets, one will find The Well of the Turk restaurant at Rouga Square, across the unique 13th century underground church of Agia Irene
Today we are returning to nature by Agro Tourism
According to time of year we can participate in several agro activities:
Olive Harvest (November / December)
Every year olive harvest is realized from end of November till end of December. We will be going to a farm early in the morning and assist with the olive collecting process. Then we will enjoy a light lunch in the farm under the olive trees.
Grape Harvest (September / October)
From the end of August till end of September people in villages are occupied with collecting grapes and making wine. We can join local people in vineyards for grape harvest and wine press. We can also have the chance to witness the cooking of dishes with "must" (grape residue).
Raki Distillation (October)
Tsipouro is a strong distilled spirit containing approximately 37% alcohol and is produced from the must-residue of the wine-press. The name tsipouro is used throughout the country, except for Crete, where the same spirit with a stronger aroma is known as tsikoudia. Also the Oriental name raki is used, from which the term "rakizio" is derived, used to refer to the drink's distillation process, which usually turns into a huge celebration among family, friends and neighbours. Just be careful with raki consumption!
Cooking Courses (All Year)
If you are interested in Cretan cuisine, Greek food, or you are just crazy about cooking, we invite you to join a traditional cooking course.
You will cook, taste and enjoy local recipes and prepare delicious dishes with the guidance of a professional cook. All dishes are made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine, etc. In addition, useful information about the herbs, olive oil and other ingredients is given, together with explanations of their nutritional value and usage. After cooking, we will all eat together enjoying local wine and bread, Greek music and nice stories...
Olive Oil and Wine Tasting (All Year)
Learn the secrets of the “Cretan gold” (=olive oil), in old and modern times, and treat yourself to exquisite wines! Our first stop is an ecological prototype farm cultivated by 5th generation owners that promote the traditional way of organic olive oil production – the olive oil is stone milled and cold pressed. We will be guided around their premises and have an olive-oil tasting. Then our guide will take us to two historical places associated with olive oil production in old times: the most impressive olive oil press dated back to 1800, located in a local monastery, and a family olive oil place located in a picturesque village. Continuing our exploration through a verdant landscape with orange and olive groves, we will visit a quaint winery. Escorted by an expert, we will navigate around the grounds and then taste their excellent wines, served with traditional meze.
In your last day on the island you can either have a cultural touch which will allure you with its historical magnificence and mystical ambience or enjoy the crystal clear waters around the island.
Chania Town Tour
Our tour will begin with a drive towards Akrotiri peninsula visiting the monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon. Built in the 17th century, this is one of the most impressive monasteries of Crete, set on a wonderfully overgrown landscape of olive groves and cypress trees and with a remarkable cruciform church. We will then have a short stop for photos at the Venizelos Monument, that has a panoramic view over Chania bay. Reaching the town we will walk around the old quarters and harbour of Chania. Our walking tour will allow us to visit the most important sites (the Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the ‘leather lane’ and the Market Hall) as well as the hidden spots that reflect the eclectic mix of influences that has given Chania its very unique atmosphere with a flavor of Florence and Venice, combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.
Day Trip to Santorini
Visit the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini on a full-day independent trip from Crete. After a hotel pickup, cruise to the beautiful Greek island, and explore as you wish. Admire the stunning scenery and clifftop towns, laze on black-sand beaches, browse the shops of the cliffside capital of Fira, visit picturesque Oia, and relax in the tavernas and bars, many with epic views over the caldera. Finally, embark on the return boat from Santorini to Crete for a hotel drop-off.
Yachting Around Crete
First sail to the historical island of Gramvousa. We stay there for about four hours, during our stay the guests can swim or can climb to the 16th century Venetian castle situated at the highest point of the island. Eat onboard and depart for the second destination which is Balos Lagoon (recently awarded as one of the hundred best beaches in the world at 34th position). You can swim and walk along its crystal clear bluish-green shallow waters.
We depart for the third island, Theodorou (recognized as national park with unique inhabitants, the Kri Kri, which are protected species). We stay on the island of Theodorou as long as we want and then depart for the old port of Chania.
BEACH PARTY AT COSTA COSTA BEACH AND GALA DINNER AT VILLA CLUB
Situated in beautiful Agia Marina and world famous Falassarna beach, one of the most developed tourist areas at the north coast of Chania and a few kilometers outside the city of Chania is the"Costa-Costa" Beach Bar & Restaurant which is one of the most famous and well-organized beach bars in Crete.
In a landscape overrun with trees, palm trees, flowers and grass just meters from the beach, enjoy a last swim in the sea or aperitif drinking and eating your snack or taste of Greek and international cuisine.
And after sunset the fun is moving next to Villa Club Chania!!!
Villa Club, has the great pleasure of hosting business events. An amazing evening in Villa Club begins early with delicious food in the exclusive restaurant. The dinner will be outside at Villa Lounge under the palm trees, turning into a night of dancing by the music from our DJ.
Departure transfer from the hotel to Chania Airport.