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Spinalonga – Elounda – Ag. Nikolaos - BBQ
Spinalonga – Elounda – Ag. Nikolaos - BBQ
This excursion is a trip back in time, since it carries the sensation and the feel of another era...
Driving along the North East coast through the gorge of St George, we reach the small fishing village of Elounda, the location of the BBC television series “Who pays the Ferryman”. Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort, often visited by VIPs for the luxurious beach resorts, situated in the area. From there, we take the boat that gets us to the small island of Spinalonga. The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous; the history of the Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement.
After our guided tour of the island, we proceed to the small sandy pirate bay of Kolokitha, where the boat will be anchored. Here you have plenty of time for swimming at the crystal clear waters, tasting the BBQ served on board.
We then return to Elounda, where we take our bus for our last stop, the picturesque town of Aghios Nikolaos.
Here you have time to look at the shop windows, visit the bottomless lake, shop in the local shops and relax.
Alternatively, there are departures from Aghios Nikolaos, for those who wish a longer cruise along the bay of Mirabello. The rest of the program remains the same.
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge
Come with us to explore Samaria Gorge, the most majestic gorge in Europe and get ready to live a unique experience!
Our adventure starts very early in the morning and our first stop is near Rethimnon, where we get breakfast before moving on to Omalos Plateau. The walk starts from Xiloskalo, where we enter this vast canyon of 18 klm that is considered to be the longest in Europe, We usually need 6-7 hours to cross the rocky gorge down to the shore.
The path follows the route of the ancient river Taras. On the way, we can see the caves that formed a natural shelter for the Cretans in war times and now they are the natural habitat of the well-known wild goats, or kri-kri.
Halfway we come across the village of Santa Maria, currently abandoned.
Three kilometers prior to our exiting this majestic gorge, we reach the Iron Gates (Sideroportes), the narrowest spot of the route, just a few meters wide, but 300 meters high. A bit later we arrive in the small fishing village of Agia Roumeli, where we have quite a long time to lunch and get a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea, before boarding the ship that leads us back along the coast to the village of Sfakia.
Hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, an extra pair of socks, swimsuit and a light jacket are essential.
Samaria (Eeasy Way)
Samaria (Eeasy Way)
For people who wish to admire the raw beauty of the Gorge but can’t or won’t walk the whole of it, Samaria Easy is the perfect alternative.
Early in the morning, we arrive to the traditional village of Sfakia and take the boat to the beautiful beach of Agia Roumeli, which is situated at the end of the Gorge. From there, if you feel like it, you can walk to the opposite direction within the majestic gorge. Most people get as far as the famous Iron Gates, the narrowest point of the gorge, just to get a glimpse of the wild beauty and serenity of the area, designated as the best natural preserved area of Europe.
Getting back to the sandy beach of Agia Roumeli, a superb place nestled between breathtakingly high mountains, you have the chance to spend the rest of your day swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathing or taking strolls on the long fine-pebbled beach, relishing the nature or enjoying your meal in one of the seaside taverns.
It is a perfect place to relax, unite with nature and switch off the rest of the world.
At the end of this stress-relieving day, we board the boat once again to get to the hospitable quaint village of Sfakia, where we take the bus to get back to our hotel.An ideal excursion for people who want to experience some of the magic of the Samaria Gorge or for families with children.
Imbros Gorge – Fragokastello
Imbros Gorge – Fragokastello
Let’s escape to the wild nature and two of the most mesmerizing places on Crete today!
We start our trip driving by bus to the village of Skaleta, the last place of the beachfront in the West, where you can sip some coffee before delving into the beauty of the second most visited gorge on the island, Imbros Gorge.
Easier to walk than the renowned Samaria Gorge, Imbros is equally captivating with its several narrow stony passages, the steep slopes and cliffs around, the shady trees that protect you from the scorching sun and the wild vegetation.
The route is mostly descending but never steep and it takes only about two hours to walk, which makes it ideal for families with children.
At the end of our walk we end up to one of the most famous and impressive beaches of Crete – Fragokastello.
The impressive Venetian castle of Fragokastello (Castle of the Franks) on the beach brings its own historical baggage of culture, conflict and history and is closely associated with the legend of Drosoulites, shadows of men in black wearing helmets and carrying swords who appear at dawn every spring, allegedly Cretan fighters that died during the Battle of Fragokastello, as myth has it.
The view is breathtaking: high mountains, great plains and the deep blue sea form a unique landscape. The beach of Fragokastello is truly magnificent: sandy with pebbles in parts and shallow turquoise crystal-clear waters invite you to enjoy a dive. After swimming, you can relish the experience of a savory meal in one of the nearby taverns and cherish the memory before heading back.
Lassithi Plateau & The Palace Of Knossos
Lassithi Plateau & The Palace Of Knossos
Our first stop is at the historical Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa, a monastery inhabited and run by nuns, which is located in an idyllic landscape. Here you can admire the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, plenty of frescoes and a variety of other icons, dating back to the 14th century.
Then, we head to the Lassithi Plateau, which is situated 850m higher than the sea level. It is surrounded by the Dikti Mountains and 18 quaint villages, which still retain the atmosphere of another era. You can admire the remaining famous windmills and the Venetian ditches, the drainage system of the plateau. Here you can visit the Dicteon Cave, which is said to have been the place where Zeus, the father of the Greek ancient gods, was born. The most famous village of the plateau is the village of Psychro, where we have our next stop.
Tzermiado, the capital of the villages on the plateau, will amaze you with its natural beauty, its breathtaking views and its traditional architecture. Here you can take pictures of the wonderful landscape, rest for a while and enjoy your lunch in one of the local taverns.
We end up to Knossos, the landmark of Crete; the place where myth meets history. Knossos was the capital of the Minoan state which was the first European civilization.  Here you will have a guided tour and you will learn about King Minos, his daughter Ariadne, and of course, the mythical Minotaur that lived in a maze, the so-called Labyrinth. The marvelous architectural plan of Daedalus, the rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques of construction,the elaborate drainage system and the size of the palace make it one of the most amazing sights on the island.
Chrissi Island
Chrissi Island
Are you ready for adventure? Do you want to feel, for a while, like a modern castaway, stranded on a desert island?  Then come along to the island of Chrissi!
Our adventure starts in the beautiful city of Ierapetra, which is located on the southern coast of the island. From here, a short boat trip takes us to the secluded island of Chrissi. During the journey, we are often accompanied by yellow-legged gulls and dolphins that enjoy the magic of the Libyan Sea, until we finally drop anchor to the “Island”, as the locals are used to calling it.
Chrissi is a secluded, isolated, almost tropical island on the most southern end of Crete. Due to its unparallel beauty and its unique ecosystem, it is under the protection of Natura 2000 Networking Programme, as a wildlife refuge and an “area of intense natural beauty”.
The pristine beaches, the myriads of shell fossils on volcanic rocks - remnants of the time that the island was sunk in the sea, limpets and corals, the shallow crystal clear waters, the cedar forest, the fine reddish sand with the mosses and lichens, the old salt marsh, the Roman carved tombs, the small church of St. Nicolas and the peacefulness of this unique ecosystem are bound to steal your heart and make you daydream.  So, if you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the civilization, even for a single day, if you want to swim, to explore, to relax under the scorching sun, come to Chrissi with us!
Gramvousa – Balos
Gramvousa – Balos
An exquisite excursion is the one to Gramvousa and Balos. Driving to the west of the island, we make our first stop near Rethimnon, where we have some time for coffee or breakfast. Then we head for Kissamos, where we set out for our trip.
The first things we admire is a vast cave –most likely an ancient shipyard-, the sea turtles and the dolphins. We also witness an impressive geological phenomenon: the simultaneous lifting and sinking of the two sides of the island, where its western side rises up to 6-9 meters above the sea level. We disembark at the island of Gramvousa, which is also known as the “Pirates’ Island”, as it used to be a hiding place for the rebels of the island, where we are instantly blown away by the natural beauty of the place!
The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the Eastern Mediterranean, since here we can encounter over 100 bird species and 400 plant species. After our exploration of the area, we have plenty of time to enjoy our swim at the gorgeous beach with the wonderful colors, take a few shots of the famous shipwreck of the island or have lunch aboard (optional). In the early afternoon, we head for the lagoon of Balos, one of the loveliest places in Greece. The view of the lagoon is truly breathtaking and brings us in mind exotic beaches in the Caribbean. These few hours of solitude in such a paradise will surely be etched in our memory for ever.
This is an excursion you do not want to miss! Up to the south-westernmost point of the island, in one of the most spectacular and unexpected locations on the island is where we will spend the day.
Elafonissi is a place of exceptional natural beauty, something between an island and a peninsula, as you have to walk through the sea to reach it, and it is included in the Natura 2000 Protection Program. Once occupied by pirates, today it is a very popular destination for day trippers who flood there to experience the unique feeling of being in a faraway lagoon, whilst having a Mediterranean holiday.
Elafonissi is a paradise on earth – a heaven of unparalleled beauty. It is covered with sand dunes, low trees, bushes, sand lilies and junipers.
You can get there on foot from the beach, by passing through shallow aquamarine and turquoise waters. The white and pink sand made of thousands of broken seashells, the limpid, blue-green waters, the little coves and the secluded tiny beaches remind the travelers of a paradise lost. Take a swim in the warm tropical waters and relax under the hot summer sun!
During our return trip, we will have a short stop at the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa, where we will enjoy the panoramic view to the open sea. The monastery is built on a huge rock and it is visible from far away, due to its dazzling white color. You can climb up to pay your respects and look for the golden step which, according to a local legend, only the true believers can see.
West Crete
West Crete
This excursion brings us to West Crete and our first stop in Chania, the most ravishing city of Crete. It was an important Minoan city and the “mother of the Cretan cities”, according to ancient writers. The city is divided in the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”.  We can admire samples of all the civilizations that have passed from here: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. We can enjoy our lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora (Market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. Here we can buy souvenirs or leather goods in very good prices.
Leaving this extraordinary city, we arrive at the quaint Kournas Lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind on Crete. Lush greenery, steep cavities between hills, rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens and two-color turtles, make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy a swim before our lunch or an early afternoon walk.
The whole area of Kournas is protected under Natura 2000, as it has been a designated wetland. Going back, we stop in Rethymnon, the third biggest town on Crete, where monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman and Venetian eras coexist, in an extremely interesting way. Have a stroll in the alleys of the old town, visit the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses or just enjoy your coffee in the magnificent harbor.
East Crete - Vai Palm Beach
East Crete - Vai Palm Beach
Our journey to east starts with a coffee stop at Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra. Some way from any major or developed touristy towns, Makrigialos is situated along a coastline filled with secluded bays and quieter beaches.
Moving forward, we will visit one of the most significant and richest monasteries, the Monastery of Toplou. Dedicated to Virgin Mary and St. John, it has always played a significant role in the struggles of the Cretans for freedom. Fortress-like, full of great works of art and treasures, it could be nothing but a target for pirates. Nevertheless, the monks managed to preserve its beauty and found a museum that displays icons of great artistic value, bibles, rare artifacts and documents, vestments etc. They also produce and sell excellent products as organic wine, olive oil and raki.
The highlight of the tour, though, is the famous Vai Palm Beach, a place of inconceivable beauty. The tropical forest, located at the exit of a narrow valley and very near the beach, the thick sand dunes, the rare plants form a real oasis in the desert-like landscape. Here you can enjoy the crystal clear sea waters, as well as the shade of the huge palm trees.
Our last stop is Sitia. When the Byzantines arrived, it became an important commercial port and remained so. Among Cretans, the people of Sitia are known for their fine literary sensibilities. Take a stroll, admire the city’s fortresses that dot the waterfront and enjoy your evening coffee, before hitting the road back.
Knossos - Museum – Heraklion
Knossos - Museum – Heraklion
The most famous landmark of Crete, Knossos, is the absolute “must” for everybody who decides to spend their vacation on our beautiful island. On one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, we find the center of one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world and through the excavations, the legends and the history of the place we learn about its settlers: the Minoan people, the rulers of the Mediterranean.
With its small palace, the room of murals, the royal tombs and the royal mansion, Knossos is probably the most significant token of a civilization that left such marks in history that can never be erased. The intricate structure of the palace corridors gave it the name Labyrinth, where, according to the myth, the legendary Minotaur used to live. The marvelous architectural plan, the use of rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques We return to the city to visit the newly renovated Archaeological Museum, which exhibits traditional architecture and preserves exquisite and valuable ethnographic and historical material from the ancient period of Cretan history. A stroll in the city of Heraklion will end up a perfect day –shopping in its modern stores, enjoying our coffee or lunch in one of its many restaurants or just exploring its superb medieval buildings.
Lassithi Plateau
Lassithi Plateau
We start our exploration by visiting the magnificent monastery of Panagia Kera, which played a major role and suffered significant damage during the Cretan Revolt. A splendid monument of architecture and iconography, it operates as a nunnery and it gathers pilgrims from all over Crete.
Our second stop is the magnificent Monastery of Vidiani, dedicated to Zoodochos Pigi (Spring of Life). It was abandoned until the mid 19th century, when it was restored with great diligence. Today it is a hermitage, housing a small natural history museum as well.
Our next stopover is the Dictean Cave, a cave of mystic atmosphere, impressively adorned by large columns, stalactites and stalagmites. According to mythology, the Dictean Cave was the birthplace of Zeus, the father of gods, and also the place he was worshipped.
Moving downhill, we come across the village Psychro, a famous pottery centre.
Even today there are lots of pottery workshops, where we can watch the skilful craftsmen make beautiful ceramic pots. A legendary cave, the Cronion Cave, is our next stop. Cronus, Zeus’ father, used to live there before Zeus’ mother moved him to the Dictean Cave to rescue him from his father’s rage. The cave is said to be guarded by a giant dragon and no one is allowed to enter.
It is a cave of great archaeological value, as it was used as a dwelling, a burying site and a place for worship. Our wandering ends by visiting Tzermiado, the capital of the Plateau. Here we can enjoy our lunch and the hospitality of the locals, in the middle of a beautiful and attractive environment.
South Crete
South Crete
This time we set out for the south of Crete.  Our first stop is at the Monastery of Paliani, dedicated to Virgin Mary, run and inhabited by nuns.  It is one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries on Crete, having the myrtle tree as its trademark.  This everlasting tree is thought to be miraculous, so we can take leaves from its boughs, as they are said to be blessed and bring luck. Our next stop is the ancient city of Gortys, one of the most significant ancient cities of Crete and one of the largest archaeological sites of Greece. You will be fascinated by St. Titus’ Church, the Chamber of the Law Code, the Odeon and the natural beauty of the landscape: the square with the everlasting gnarled olive trees and the evergreen plane tree, where Zeus and Europe had their wedding ceremony.
Leaving the majestic site of Gortys, we end up at Panagia Kaliviani Monastery.
An old icon depicting the Annunciation gave its name to the monastery, which turned into a whole Christian state after the addition of an orphanage, a nursing home, a housekeeping school, a girls’ institution, a primary school, a kindergarten, a camp, as well as textile, knitting and vestments’ workshops.
Inside the new Church we can still see the miraculous icon of the Annunciation. After a short journey through traditional villages, we reach the famous beach of Matala. Here we will enjoy the crystal waters, the warm sun and lunch by the sea, while later, we can explore the prehistoric caves, carved on the steep rocks of the area.
Unknown Crete
Unknown Crete
A day out in the countryside of Crete! A day to get to know the traditional way of life in remote villages, meet locals and experience the real way of rural life.
We start from Thrapsano, a village famous for its long history of handmade pottery. You can watch the potters, who are said to be the descendants of the Ancient Minoan people, making their masterpieces out of clay and choose from the biggest variety of earthen utensils to purchase.
Moving onwards, we reach the village of Stironas, where we experience the traditional hospitality of the Cretan family and we have the chance to participate in the local customs. You can witness the production of the “tsikoudia” or “raki” in the traditional cauldron (called Rakokazano) and the process of distillation, as it has been performed for centuries. You can also taste this crystal-clear strong drink, as well as the local wine, right from the wooden barrels. Strolling around the quaint village and chilling out in the serene landscape will make you feel refreshed and reborn.
Strolling around the quaint village and chilling out in the serene landscape will make you feel refreshed and reborn.
We continue our trip to the tiny village of Myrtos, through spectacular landscapes of wild vegetation. Here you have the chance to enjoy your lunch in a traditional tavern and swim in the calm waters of the Libyan Sea.
Our day ends in Kalamafka, a small village situated in a lush valley.
From here you can see both coastlines of north and south Crete and admire forests of sycamore trees, pine trees, olive groves and a spring with small waterfalls – characteristic features of this picturesque settlement.
That is surely a day to remember!
Saturday Market - Heraklion City Tour & Cretaquarium
Saturday Market - Heraklion City Tour & Cretaquarium
A different excursion for those who want to experience the island’s everyday life. We start in the famous Heraklion open-air market, where dozens of peddlers offer their merchandise in very good prices.
After our walk in the bazaar, we will have the chance to get to know the city of Heraklion. The Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Rule have all left their marks on Heraklion. You can admire the imposing fortress of Koules at the harbor, the Venetian walls that surround the old city, you can sit at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops in the Lions’ Square to enjoy your coffee or your lunch, or if you wish to, you will be able to visit one of the many city museums, the Municipal Library and the Art Gallery or one of the numerous byzantine churches. Grab your cameras and take shots of whatever you like most!
For those who wish to see something different, there is one more destination that you can choose for the rest of the day: the Cretaquarium. Just a few kilometers away from Heraklion, there is a compound that combines research with technology and education with recreation, the marine world of the Mediterranean.
In Cretaquarium we are going to admire various marine species, from small fish and clams to big sharks and tuna, all of which are indigenous of the Mediterranean... After our tour, we can enjoy our coffee in the cafè of the building, looking at the magnificent view of the sea before we go back to our hotels.
Cretan Folklore Nights
Cretan Folklore Nights
If you want to feel really like a true Cretan, you should learn to entertain yourselves as one of them! Come with us to the traditional village of Karouzana for a different night, under a majestic summer sky, a night dedicated to tradition, a night full of music, dance and beautiful scents.
Reaching the ancient village, we have the chance to take a walk through this magnificent place, feel dizzy by the smell of the jasmine, be surprised by the locals’ hospitality and treats and admire the traditional color of the area, which seems to have remained unspoiled by time.
At dusk, we are going to enjoy the traditional feast, taste the delicious dishes with the cheese, the honey, the rusk, the virgin olive oil, the meat and all the other products of the Cretan soil, get treated with the wine and the raki of the area, listen to the sound of the Cretan “lyra” and take delight in looking at the dancers, dressed in their traditional costumes, performing Cretan and Greek folk dances. At the end of the night we can also join the dancers, who will teach us the basic steps, so that we can also dance like modern Zorbas!
Crete is a unique place in the world –a gorgeous island, with awesome beaches, special people and exquisite tastes.
Get to know all of these just in one night!  We are sure that it will be etched in your mind and your memories forever and ever!