Village experiences

Visiting in land Crete can be a real challenge!

In the villages of Crete one has the opportunity to experience the Real Crete, the heartbeat of the island.

In the village and country side of the island, you can still find the traditional Cretan man on his return from his daily chores and work drinking his coffee whilst playing back gammon and reading his daily paper. As Crete might be an island but the Cretans are curious people as well as eager to understand the world they live in.

The women for generations have handed down the art of dying, and weaving textiles, an activity known to them already from the times of Homer. The wise and virtuous woman, Penelope!

The countryside, is where someone can see authentic Crete, but could also engage in traditional festivals, accompanied by the sound of the Cretan Lyra one of the most ancient musical instruments.

You can also taste the famous Cretan diet and the traditional products!

And for those that love outdoor activities such as hiking and more, this is the right place. Blending with locals, or participating their village activities, such as sheep-shearing, or cheese making is leading to a more hands on memorable experience.

In either case,whatever aspect or route you choose to travel and explore, you will be rewarded with an abundance of the aromas, colors, tastes and scents of the mountains or valleys of Crete, the earth-bound people that you will encounter will make it a true experience not to forget!

Milia a full organic village

Milia is an authentic 17th century mountain settlement which has been transformed into and eco-friendly tourist complex; it seems to have sprouted from the lands of Crete. A glorious location...

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Duration: 3 days
Lang: Greek, German, English, French, Italian, Russian
Archanes

Crete: Beyond the touristic path (Arhanes – Thrapsano)

Crete lends itself to a number of adventures apart from the touristic path. This is one of them.

Arhanes, on the first stop, a village situated in the green valleys on the south of Heraklion. We...

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Duration: 8 -9 hours.
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian

Countryside of Crete and Ida Mountain: wine, olives, cheese and a historic village

This unique programme focuses on Cretan countryside south and west of Heraklion town, the changing scenery, the wine and olive oil production as well as the traditional way of producing cheese.

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Duration: Approximately 8-9 hours.
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian

Agia Irini Nunnery and the Mili Gorge

Recommended as a half-day activity, ideal for families with young children.

The program begins at the Monastery of Agia Irini (Santa Irene) at the foot of Mt. Vrisinas about 5 kms south of...

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Duration: Twelve or more hours depending on your whereabouts on Crete
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Eleftherna archeological site

Eleftherna of the Homer times

This schedule combines an exclusive private guide in the ancient city of Eleftherna and an acquaintance with the contemporary economy in the Greek rural society, the cheesemaker, the diner owner, the...

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Duration: Approximately 8-9 hours.
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Culinary delights

How to become a greek cook

We begin our tour with a visit at the Alexakis family winery, where a tour will be given, accompanied by a wine tasting.

Afterwards we continue to the village of Kalessa where we will look at the...

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Duration: 8 hours
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Springtime in the countryside

A Day in and Around Ano Assites Village

Assites is located 23 km south of Heraklion on the picturesque eastern slopes of Mt Ida (Psiloritis). This was an area of Cretan resistance during the Ottoman occupation and the location of some of...

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Duration: Seven hours
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian

Cretan experience (Gortyna and Phaistos)

This excursion offers the exclusive experience of visiting two main archaeological sites (Gortyna and Phaistos) and a European Community award-winning Cretan Folk Museum

(Voroi), accommodation...

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Duration: 2 days
Lang: Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Russian

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Religious Tourism

The Greeks have been deeply religious people since the antiquity years. The customs and the oral traditions have suspended and conveyed the religious sentiment throughout their rich history since the Minoan years through our days.

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Historical

Through your visit in Crete you should be prepared to immerse yourself in roughly 8.000 thousand years of history and constant human presence.

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Botanical

CRETE has been famous for centuries for its flowers, many of which are unique to the island. The Minoan people who built the great palaces appear in their frescoes and on their artefacts.

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Cultural

One can never experience the true heart and soul of Crete, without tasting its raki and dance to the sounds of Lyra – Crete’ s emblematic musical instrument- along with its beautiful and friendly inhabitants.

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Hiking

Mountains and gorges, villages and beaches, valleys and plains, ancient city remains, olive groves and gardens, endless wine fields. A landscape diverse and stunning.

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Andreadaki 13-15 Heraklion, Crete
712 01, Greece
Tel.: +30 2810-342222
Fax: +30 2810-342212
e-mail: info@travelcrete.gr
ΜΗ.Τ.Ε. 1039 Ε 6061 01849 01
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