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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour

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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
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Overview
A unique tour through traditional Cretan villages. The nature landscape and the culture signs will take your breath away...
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Tour Highlights
• Learn the ancient knitting way of “Kopaneli”
• Visit the Ottoman fortress of Aptera
• Visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas
• Explore the villages of Apokoronas through amazing nature routes
• Visit a Cheese factory and taste the local dairy products
• Unique hidden monasteries and churches
• Walking in the fields and the pure nature
• Visit a “Raki” distillery and discover the secrets of the local spirits
• Learn about the Cretan way of life – live like a Cretan
• Lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” with the locals
• Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
• Discover the history and mythology of Crete
 
Description
This is a tour of a unique area of Apokoronas, the East part of Chania Region.  Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Aptera. We will visit the Ottoman fortress and get ready for the breathtaking view of Souda bay and the valley of the province.  Stand there and admire the 360ο view from this high point.  Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos and Armenoi and we will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show us the mind-blowing knitting technique of “Kopaneli”.
We will pass through Kalives village and then “Xirosterni” to visit the local family “Raki” destillery. You will have the chancce to learn, and if you are lucky, to see the whole Raki production and taste of course this delicious Cretan spirit. Leaving Xirosterni, in a few minutes you will be sitting by the river of Vrises village enjoying a cup of Greek coffee and admire the endless beauty of nature. Then we will see an old olive mill and the way of olive oil-making in the past. The village of Emprosneros is following and the ruins of Alidakis, the Ottoman Comander of Apokoronas, tower. We also visit the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. We visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. After that we will visit also Vafes, Vatoudiatis or Alikampos (depends on the season).
After that we will have lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. You will definitely understand that while talking with them and hearing their stories. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets a whole place is ready to be explored by you!
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Reviewed 22 November 2018
Eat your way through Chania!

We recently took this tour and absolutely loved it. As I said in the title, we ate our way through Crete. At every stop except 2 we sampled the products manufactured by the families. We stopped at a raki factory, a bakery, a cheese factory...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Ioannis T, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2019

Thank you so much for your nice review! We are thrilled to create unforgettable memories of all the destinations you are visiting, as long as the food you taste there. Best regards, GS TEAM

Reviewed 12 November 2018
A trip through history with treats!

Our villages tour was absolutely outstanding! Yiannis has to be the best tour guide we’ve ever had. His passion for history propelled us back in time with incredible stories of heroism and tragedy. We could literally feel at least a touch of some of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie275
Ioannis T, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2019

My friends, your review is absolutely amazing and we thank you for that! It was our pleasure to have you in the tour, and to show you a part of our tradition. Wishing you the best! Kind regards GS TEAM

Reviewed 28 October 2018
Trip to see the real Crete

We would recommend this trip for anyone who wants to see the real Crete. You will visit a folklore museum, a raki distillery, a cheese factory, a bakery and have lunch in the mountains. This is not a tourist themed trip with tourist shops at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SuefromCarlisle
GSTrikkeTours, Public Relations Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

My friends, your review is absolutely amazing and we thank you for that! It was our pleasure to have you in the tour, and to show you a part of our tradition. Wishing you the best! Kind regards GS TEAM

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Amazing Tour!!!

The tour offers a great variety of locally produced premium food. You learn a lot about history of the area and Greece and the local food production while enjoying the great view and the stunning landscape. The tour was very well organised and the guide...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ViennaTMG
Ioannis T, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thank you so much for your great feedback. Best wishes from Crete! Kind regards, GS TEAM

Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile
Dimitris and Raki beat rain

Fantastic trip to village museum, locL winery, bakery for olive oil tasting and cheese factory before lovely lunch in Fres. Dimitris knows his stuff, brings his local experience and a genuine warmth to this trip. Made a rainy day in Crete the highlight so far.

Thank MichaelSadler
GSTrikkeTours, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you Michael for your kind words, we really appreciate it! We thank you also for sharing your experience with us and we hope you had a great time in our island. Kind regards, GS TEAM

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