"Experience unique fun activities and adventure while exploring West Crete…"
Here is an example of what you will experience during our West Crete Family multi-activity holiday…
The Old Town of Chania was built by the Venetians in a bid to recreate a “Venice of the east”! Thousands of years of history and diverse civilizations, from the Minoans, Myceneans and Dorians to Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Ottomans, have blended together forming this beautiful town which today feels like a lively, open-air museum.
You’ll walk along the waterfront and the famous picturesque Venetian harbour, through the alleys of the three major neighbourhoods where once Christians, Muslims and Jews used to coexist. You’ll explore the ancient ruins, the Byzantine wall, the Venetian fortifications, Ottoman mosques and dwellings… myths and legends about invasions, occupations, resistances and independence will come alive and fascinate your family!
– meet the Knifemakers and discover the art and history of this old profession,
– visit the “Agora”, the Municipal Market of Chania, to taste the gastronomic Cretan cheeses and other local delicacies,
– taste the traditional “bougatsa” at the one of the oldest bakeries of Chania,
– End the walking tour at our favourite local tavern by the beach, where you’ll be introduced to the famous Cretan cuisine!
You’ll walk along the seasonal stream giving life to beautiful old plane trees and goats, small Cretan lizards. The aromas of the local herbs will accompany you. Our naturalist guide will make the walk more enjoyable by spotting wild flowers and herbs and of course other birds which inhabit the gorge, such as quails, woodcock, hoopoes, thrushes and swallows, owls, hawks and ravens!
The excursion will end with swimming and snorkeling at the pebble beach of Afrata in Rodopou Peninsula and a delicious lunch at the local tavern, known for their homemade recipes with fresh local products. Free evening.
On the way you’ll have plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and exploring sea caves. Enjoy a lunch stop at Loutro and return to the base in the evening. This full day adventure is customized based on the group.
After a short ride you’ll discover a forgotten Castello and myths and legends of Byzantine aristocracts, Venetian conquerors and Turkish harems will come alive. Continue cycling downhill, through small farms with chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, mules and donkeys, until you reach the north coast. Celebrate the end of the tour with a refreshing swim!
Starting from Douliana village, you’ll walk on a 7km “dreamy” trail towards a ravine, in dense vegetation and rare plants. You’ll continue towards the old village of Tsivaras enjoying scenic landscapes of olive groves, vineyards and seasonal crops till you reach the traditional village of Gavalochori, where you will enjoy a drink at the local cafenio. A visit to the local folklore museum housed at a historic building and a stop at the pre-industrial stone olive mill will introduce you to the traditional way of life.
The tour culminates at the village of Vamos with a fun-filled cooking class followed by a delicious farewell meal, where you can enjoy the delights of your own hard work!
"We had the time of our lives! Really enjoyed the mixture of activities on land and at sea! We'll be back!"
Eleni, Martin & family, Austria
“Thank you so much for truly enhancing our Greek walking trip. The parts of the islands we have experienced with you have been very special and I will treasure my photographs and memories. I have also really enjoyed your company! Much love.”