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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour

Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
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



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 3 weeks ago via mobile
Fabulous day with Yianni

We enjoyed an absolutely wonderful full-day tour with Yianni, visiting little villages around Chania. Yianni shared interesting historical perspectives and deep knowledge of Greece and Crete. It was a pleasure to meet local business owners and see the work that they do to provide amazing...More

Thank Debra C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely fabulous!

Had an absolutely fabulous day with driver/guide Dimitris. So many interesting stories, sites and tastes. We were a small group of two(!) so the whole trip felt very exclusive. I learned a lot and saw many wonderful things on our Journey. The highlights were many;...More

Thank Merete_260612
Reviewed June 19, 2018
Traditions, food, landscape

Fantastic tour through beaties of traditions into daily life of local people. Beatiful places, excellent and genuine food, very kind people. Lovely organization and beatiful travel mates. Many thanks to our guide and congratulation for his passionate job. Great! ... and remember,... don't count Raki!!!More

1  Thank Paolo S
GSTrikkeTours, Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2018

Dear Paolo, Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We enjoyed our day with you a lot!! We would like to know if there was anything wrong on your tour that made you rate it with 4/5. Any suggestions to improve and make our...More

Reviewed June 4, 2018
The # 1 Tour Company on Crete! SIGN UP FOR THE 7 VILLAGES TOUR NOW!

FABULOUS COMPANY ... FABULOUS TOUR GUIDES ... FABULOUS DAY! Sign up for the 7 Villages tour NOW! You will not be disappointed! The 7 Villages Tour was the highlight of our trip to Crete thanks to the excellent tour guides, Giannis and Dimitris, of Fabulous...More

Thank julie s
GSTrikkeTours, Guest Relations Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

My dear and beloved Julie, What a great day we had with you!! I wish I would meet incredible women like you every day!! We enjoyed our day with your group as well and we are so much looking forward to see you again!! There...More

Reviewed May 21, 2018
Great company!

I did two tours with this company - 7 Villages of Apokoronas and Wine and Olive Oil. Both tours were absolutely superb, with wonderful scenery, loads of information about the island delivered in a highly engaging way, and great food and wine. Dimitris and Yannis...More

Thank marianfitzwalter
GSTrikkeTours, Guest Relations Manager at Fabulous Crete, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

Thank you so much Maria for your wonderful words!! We both enjoyed your company as well and had two gorgeous days with you!! We are looking forward to see you again and tour around the beauties of Crete together! Our kindest and sincere regards Ioannis...More

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