Experience the real Crete with a walk through one of its most picturesque cities. Chania is a kaleidoscope of different elements: ancient ruins, strong local culture and traditions, and delectable cuisine.
- 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.
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
- Duration: 7 hours
- Meeting point:
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- Starting time: 9.45 am – 10.15 am
- Ending point: Same as the meeting point
Are you ready for your adventure into the picturesque countryside of ancient Crete? Your day will begin with a drive through the traditional village of Kritsa, where we will stop for a coffee at a kafeneio (local café).
This will be our first and only stop in ‘civilisation’ as we know it; our tour from here on out leads you into the mountains and ancient forest of Kroustas, away from the hustle and bustle of the resort towns on the coast.
Kroustas is a rare forest that has been consistently colonised and utilised by humans for the last 4,000 years. Ancient stone constructions from the time of the Minoans are still visible today. Nowadays, the landscape has a special protection status.
We will discover hidden churches and ancient water irrigation channels as we drive, stopping to admire stunning vistas. The views from the Fortezza, an old Minoan watchpoint, are particularly picturesque.
More natural beauty can be found amid the vineyards, fields of olive trees, colourful beehives, and of course, the impressive pine and oak trees of the forest. Here we will do some foraging for local herbs to take home to make a fresh cup of herb tea.
An unmarked road will truly allow us to escape from the rest of the world as make our way along it to meet our host for lunch. The local shepherd will greet us in his unique metoxi (a typical Greek shepherd’s hut only found in remote areas of the country). Our shepherd contends with the elements every day and has no access to electricity or modern comforts, so for a couple of hours at least, you will experience a wonderfully simple way of life that doesn’t exist in modern cities.
All this fresh air, silence, and the smell of pine trees is enough to give anyone an appetite, so we have a very special and unique treat planned for you. Your host will cook a delicious and entirely organic Cretan lunch for you over an open fire. And of course, no lunch finishes in Crete without raki, so you will discover first-hand the secrets of how to make it and, most importantly, drink it.
After a memorable day exploring the wilds of ancient Greece, it is time to take you back on the road towards civilisation.
Note that we also offer this experience as a private tour. For private tours, we will pick you up at your hotel in Plaka, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa, or Kalo Xorio. Please indicate at the time of booking where you will be staying; if you don’t have your hotel yet, you can email us later at [email protected].
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring a hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 6 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
We can accommodate dietary restrictions upon request. Please notify us when you book if you have any allergies or intolerances. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout.