DISCOVER WEST CHANIA: A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, TASTES, AND AUTHENTIC TREASURES

DESCRIPTION

Embark on a private odyssey through the enchanting landscapes of West Chania, where time-honored tales, flavors, and hidden treasures converge in a journey tailored for those seeking the authentic soul of Crete. Immerse yourself in a day of discovery as you explore unique destinations that unveil the secrets of Crete’s past and present, all while indulging in the pleasures of the region.

The adventure begins with an ascent to the St. John Hermit Cave in Marathokefala, a clandestine school during the Ottoman Empire. Breathtaking views of the valley and beach below set the tone for a day of exploration. Continue your journey to an authentic olive oil mill, where the ancient process of cultivating this staple unfolds. Savor the unique qualities of various olive oils and enjoy a delightful brunch on the mill’s balcony, featuring local olive oil.

The next stop takes you to a sacred grove, where an ancient olive tree, standing for 3000-5000 years, silently narrates the epochs of Crete’s history. Touch the gnarled bark and absorb the profound cultural significance of this revered elder.

The final leg of your adventure leads to Zounaki Village, home to a Cretan brewery. Immerse yourself in the artistry of craft brewing against the picturesque backdrop of West Chania. Sip on a variety of local beers, accompanied by delightful meze, as the lively atmosphere and camaraderie create a festive conclusion to your day.

As we bid farewell, take with you the memories of a journey through the hidden gems of West Chania, a testament to the rich tapestry of Crete’s history, flavors, and warm hospitality. Your private tour concludes here, leaving you with the essence of authentic Crete and the promise of more adventures on this picturesque island.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

  • Transportation to and from your accommodation.

* In the case that your accommodation is in the pedestrian zone of the old Venetian harbor, we’ll meet you at the nearest accessible location for our vehicle.

STOPS

  • St. John Hermit Cave
  • Olive Oil Mill
  • Ancient Olive Tree
  • Cretan Brewery

ALL INCLUSIVE PRIVATE TOUR INCLUDES

  • Professional driver
  • Transportation to and from your accommodation in a non-shared air-conditioned vehicle
  • Cold bottled water and a refreshment
  • Local treats throughout the day
  • Olive oil mill tour and oil tasting
  • Brunch at the olive oil mill
  • Beer tasting at a local Brewery
  • Meze at the local brewery
  • Free Wifi on the vehicle
  • USB charging ports on the vehicle
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel

*If beer tasting at a local brewery isn’t your preference, no worries. You can still enjoy a delightful wine tasting at the charming local winery.

*Private tours can be modified to your specific needs and desires.

Note: Changes to these itineraries may result in a price increase.

*The pickup and dropoff is included within 20km of Chania city center. Pickup and dropoff outside of this zone until the Rethymno city center will incur an additional surcharge.

Trip Itinerary

09:30 AM - Shuttle pickup
10:00 AM - St. John Hermit Cave
As the sun casts a golden glow over the hills, we make our ascent to the St. John Hermit Cave —a hidden gem with a rich history as a secret school during the Ottoman Empire. Revel in breathtaking views of the valley and beach below, setting the mood for a day of discovery.
11:00 AM - Olive Oil Mill
At our next stop, you’ll explore an authentic olive oil mill, delving into the age-old process of cultivating and producing this cherished staple of Greek life. Olive trees, deeply rooted in mythology, hold a sacred place in Greece, covering 55% to 65% of Crete’s cultivated land. Discover the rich history, cultural significance, and health benefits of olive oil, learning about the journey from harvest to press. Sample various olive oils, enhancing your appreciation for this precious commodity in Cretan culture. Conclude this enlightening experience with a delightful brunch on the mill’s balcony, showcasing the local olive oil’s flavorful touch to every dish.
13:30 PM - Ancient Olive Tree
At our following destination, we’ll venture into the heart of history beneath the sheltering branches of an ancient olive tree, a living testament to the passage of time. Estimated to be 3000-5000 years old, this venerable tree stands as a silent witness to the epochs that have shaped Crete’s cultural tapestry. Touch the gnarled bark and absorb the profound cultural significance of this revered arboreal elder, as you bask in the tranquility of the sacred grove. It’s an encounter with antiquity that leaves an indelible mark, connecting you to the enduring legacy of the Cretan landscape.
14:45 PM - Local Brewery
At our final stop, we’ll journey to the charming village of Zounaki, where a Cretan brewery awaits to tantalize your taste buds with local beer. Experience the artistry of craft brewing in the heart of this quaint village, surrounded by the scenic beauty of West Chania. Sip on a variety of unique brews, each telling a story of Cretan flavors and traditions. But no beer tasting is complete without delightful meze! Indulge in a selection of local bites that perfectly complement the brews, creating a symphony of flavors.
17:00 PM - Shuttle drop-off
As we bid farewell, may the memories of this immersive journey through the hidden treasures of West Chania linger, a testament to the rich tapestry of Crete’s history, flavors, and warm hospitality. Your private tour concludes here, leaving you with the essence of authentic Crete and the promise of more adventures on this picturesque island.
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Prices per group in total (all inclusive):

1 adults390 euros in total

2 adults450 euros in total

3 adults537 in total euros

4 adults630 euros in total

5 adults700 euros in total

6 adults790 euros in total

7 adults854 euros in total

8 adults950 euros in total

3 to 12 years old 50 euros per child

0 to 3 years oldFREE of charge

Payment & Cancellation policy

We kindly request full payment at the time of booking to secure your reservation.To ensure a seamless reservation process, we kindly ask for full payment at the time of booking. For your convenience, we accept payments through Visa and Mastercard credit/debit cards on our secure website. Additionally, we facilitate bank transfers as an alternative payment method. Please be aware that, at this moment, we are unable to process payments through American Express or PayPal. Details regarding the cancellation policy: In the event you have to cancel, a full refund will be offered unless the cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start of the tour, in which case 50% of the full amount will be refunded. The date and time of the cancellation is taken from the moment written confirmation is received by IMable Travel. Lastly, please also note that any payments are subject to transaction fees and variations in exchange rates depending on payment method, so prices may vary by a few percent.

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DISCOVER WEST CRETE: A JOURNEY THROUGH CAVES, OLIVE GROVES, AND LOCAL BREW

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"Maria is a perfect example of the graciousness and kindness of the Greek people! The sites she chose were all beautiful and informative."
Eulalia, USA

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