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Crete Countryside Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Linger over a very special Cretan lunch, cooked on an open fire amid the unspoiled nature of the Greek countryside.
  • Discover the peaceful life of a traditional Cretan shepherd and explore his oh-so-comfortable metoxi (shepherd’s hut).
  • Revel in some of the most stunning scenery on the island, including a special spot that has the best views across the beautiful Bay of Mirabello.
  • Find out how to make Cretan raki (a distant cousin of absinthe) and have a taste.
Adults 12+ years old
Children 6-11 years old
Infants 0-5 years old

Discover Secret Places of Crete

Journey into the heart of Crete for an unforgettable taste of country life that has barely changed for centuries. Driving through the hills, past dreamy olive groves and ancient ruins, we take you to secret places that only locals know about. You are welcomed at a traditional metoxi farm where the shepherd lives like a king, despite having no electricity. Learn his secrets as you enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch amid fresh mountain air and glorious sunshine.

Local impact — How you help the local community by joining this tour:

  • Your tour promotes rural tourism, which supports deep-rooted traditions and local economies that don’t generally benefit from tourism.
  • On this tour, you meet a local shepherd in his remote hut, where you learn about traditional culture and a way of living that could be lost if not preserved.
  • By experiencing an organic Cretan lunch cooked by the shepherd, you are helping to support him financially.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, round-trip transportation from meeting point (private vehicle), one coffee, one iced tea, organic lunch (meat and vegetarian option), one glass of wine and shots of raki (a local spirit)

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver

Schedule details

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meeting point:
    • Plaka: At 9:45 am at Agia Marina church, next to Blue Palace hotel. View map.
    • Elounda: At 9:55 am at the square and roundabout at the church side. View map.
    • Agios Nikolaos: At 10:15 am at the bridge in front of the tourist information office. View map.
  • Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///centuries.foamed.refills
  • Starting time: 9.45 am – 10.15 am
  • Ending point: Same as the meeting point