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  • Pick up/drop off from a designated spot in Chania with an air-conditioned luxury bus
  • English speaking hiking escort
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:

  • Admission to Samaria (5 € per adult, children free of charge)
  • Boat ticket (11 € per adult, 5.50 € per child 5-12 years old)
  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort

There is no better way to experience the real side of Crete, than to traverse the island's unspoiled soil, swim in its crystal waters and stroll down its traditional villages. This hiking tour of the Samaria Gorge will give you the opportunity to do all 3 and in your own pace.

A National Park and World's Biosphere Reserve, the Samaria Gorge is a scar on the spine of Crete, but one so uniquely beautiful that you wish it never goes away. Extending 13 km long (8 miles), the ravine is home to several endemic species, with the most prominent being the goat Kri-kri, which can't be found anywhere else in the world.

Early in the morning, you will be picked up from designated spots around Chania via a luxurious bus and reach the starting point of your tour in Omalos Plateau around 7am. The panoramic view of the gorge from the plateau is a photophile's delight, so after short stop for pictures, you will begin descending the 600 wooden steps that will take you inside the Samaria gorge. Shadowed by the adjacent White Mountains and with plenty of drinking water to be found along the way in many natural springs, this self-paced hike will create unique memories for every traveler. Behind your group, there will always be a hiking escort to ensure everyone's safety and provide assistance if needed. 

During your hike, you are sure to come across the church of St. Nicolas, built on the ruins of an ancient temple. Just a bit down the road are the Iron Gates, the narrowest pass of the gorge, at only 4 meters (13 feet) width. The hike will conclude at Agia Roumeli, a beach at the end of the gorge, flowing to the Libyan Sea. Make sure you have some time left when you reach it, in order to take a swim in its warm Mediterranean waters.

At around 17:00 you will board a boat to the picturesque village of Sougia, where you will start your trip back to the place where you were picked up from.

Enjoy a one day cruise of Souda, Marathi and the surrounding areas!

  • Visit to Almyrida
  • Visit to Marathi beach
  • Visit to the cave of Cape Drapano (weather permitting)
  • 2 swim stops
  • Pick-up/Drop-Off with air-conditioned luxury bus from select spots around Chania
  • Pre-Recorded guiding on board
  • Welcome drink on board
  • All taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort

After we pick you up from select spots around Chania, you will reach the Marine Sports Center of Souda. The vessel will depart from there and proceed to the historic Graveyard of Souda, a monument from the 1st World War in memory of those who helped free Crete from invaders. Afterwards, we will exit the Gulf passing by the Venetian fortress of Souda, sitting on an islet outside the harbor. Onto the open sea where you will marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean accompanied by a complimentary drink!

After a while, we will drop anchor at Almyrida beach, where you will have time to enjoy a morning swim in the refreshing waters of the area. Invigorated by the swim, you will hop back on the vessel as it heads to the caves of Cape Drepano, which the waves have sculpted magnificently, giving the cape a unique look. The caves' size allows the ship to enter inside them so perhaps it's a good idea to have a camera with you.

Our final stop is a long one and it is on the beach at Marathi. You will have ample time to sunbathe on the beautiful sandy beach, swim in the area's warm waters and have a traditional Cretan lunch. Alternatively, you can visit the archaeological site of ancient Minoa, which contains the remains of a settlement occupied from the Bronze Age.

Around 15:00 we will depart for Souda and on the way back, the vessel will pass extremely close to the islet of Souda where you can take pictures and learn about the fortress' history.

 

 

Souda is the most important ferry and naval port of Chania. It is one of the
deepest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. The bay is overlooked on
both sides by hills, with a relatively low and narrow isthmus in the west
near Chania. Near the mouth of Souda bay, between the Akrotiri Peninsula
and the town of Kalives, there is a group of small islands with Venetian
fortifications which were built in the 15th century. The island of Souda is not
only famous for the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” that was
filmed on it but also for its history as it was the last place that remained
free when Crete was invaded and also it was the first place where the Greek
Flag was raised after Crete unified with Greece.

Nature, food, wine, music and dance come together in an incredible Cretan evening!

  • Pick up/drop off from a designated spot in Chania with an air-conditioned luxury bus
  • Entrance fee to the Botanical Gardens
  • English speaking guide
  • Authentic tradional Cretan buffet dinner and wine
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort

With nearly 20 acres of land full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants, the Botanical Park of Chania is sight to see for every nature lover. The land’s formation and the region’s microclimate create a unique combination that make the Gardens a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals to coexist! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial to the dismal fires of 2003.

After your pick up, the tour begins with a walk through the gardens as you familiarize yourself with a multitude of both endemic and imported species of flora and fauna. If you don't feel like walking, you can always stay back at the restaurant and have a drink while you marvel at the view from afar.

Dinner will be served at 19:00 and with it starts a culinary journey via a buffet comprising of authentic Cretan flavors. Socialize with the group as you sample tastes that combine Mediterranean ingredients and oriental spices and prepare yourself for what comes next! You will be given a quick introduction to traditional Cretan music, which has still been in existence in various forms since the days of the Byzantine Empire through a presentation of musical instruments. Dance and music go hand in hand so a demonstration of traditional dances such as syrtaki, sousta, maleviziotis, pentozali et al will be given by experiences local dancers. Feel free to join the dance and learn from the professionals who will be happy to show you at any time!

As the evening is winding down, we will depart from the gardens, hop on to the bus and return to the various drop off points around Chania!

Take your friends and family in a private tour of the small island of Elafonisi, featuring one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe!

  • Pick up/Drop off with air-conditioned private mini-bus from Chania
  • Visit to the cave of Saint Sophia
  • Visit to Elafonisi
  • Visit to local village (subject to conditions)
  • English Speaking Guide

Not included:

  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your driver and escort

After we pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Chania in your private mini-bus, we will follow the green north coast just before Kastelli and finally reach the rock chapel of Agia Sophia through the village of Topolia. This small church is hidden in a dripstone cave, accessible by a small uphill climb. It dates back to the battles of the Cretans against the Venetians and Turks and was named after a religious icon found wedged
in a rock inside the cave. Magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and pillars cover the largest part of its surface. Neolithic shells and a previously unknown species of insect that
was named Spermophora Topolia were discovered inside the cave. After a short visit to this incredibly interesting site, we will proceed to the main attraction of the tour!

Elafonisi is located on the southwestern most point of Crete and is an oblong, which often seems to be divided into two parts by water, giving the impression of it being a separate island. The protected area of Elafonisi features magnificent natural formations with arguably the most beautiful being the pinkish sand which exists in many places, taking its color from thousands of broken sea shells and corals. The endangered turtles Caretta-Caretta and several rare animals nest on the island and it is strictly forbidden to remove any flora or fauna from the area. The exotic beach with its white and pink sand and turquoise waters is reminiscent of the Caribbean. Near the breaking point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1m (3 feet), creating a small lagoon, which can easily be crossed.

The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is organized, having umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, snack bars and changing rooms. In Elafonisi, you will have plenty of time to explore the area, swim in the crystal clear waters and even grab a bite to eat! Depending on conditions we may have time to visit a local village as well, before hopping back on your private mini-bus that we will take us back to Chania!