My wife and I were fortunate to have both Manos and Alexis on our tour as we were the only passengers that day. After being picked up at our villa our first stop was the olive processing plant. It turned out to be a very worthwhile and informative stop. I never knew olive oil could be so different in tastes. And a shot of raki after the tasting (not for the drivers) always goes down well. Next stop was a winery where we met the lady of the house who showed us the family chapel (Creten people are so friendly) before tasting some wonderfull wines finished off with a taste of a dessert wine that was worth the trip on its own. Purchased a bottle hoping it would last a week. 2 days saw it off. Next we travelled into the mountain region driving through some beautiful country stoping at little country churches and having some fantastic views from the top. Next we stopped for lunch at the home of a local couple in a small village. Once again Creten hospitality at its best. I was happy to help the man of the house finish off a bottle of his homemade wine. As usual in Crete the food was plentiful and delicious. After lunch we did some more exploring and had an unscheduled stop over at the drivers uncle's house. Of course the uncle invited us in for a drink of his own raki and we were shown around his cellar where his barrels of wine are kept and his raki still. Then on the last leg of our trip we visited the creten knife museum where we could see the craftmanship of the creten knife makers. Some very interesting weapons on display. A cup of greek coffe and dropped off back at our villa. All in all a throughly enjoyable day and one we would recommend to anybody who wants to get off the beaten track and experience the real Crete. We wish Manos and Alexis well in their venture as they have put a lot of thought and effort into their business.
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