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Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour

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    Tour Highlights
    • Learn the ancient knitting way of “Kopaneli”
    • Visit the Ottoman fortress of Aptera
    • Visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas
    • Explore the villages of Apokoronas through amazing nature routes
    • Visit a Cheese factory and taste the local dairy products
    • Unique hidden monasteries and churches
    • Walking in the fields and the pure nature
    • Visit a “Raki” distillery and discover the secrets of the local spirits
    • Learn about the Cretan way of life – live like a Cretan
    • Lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” with the locals
    • Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
    • Discover the history and mythology of Crete

     

    Description

    This is a tour of a unique area of Apokoronas, the East part of Chania Region.  Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Aptera. We will visit the Ottoman fortress and get ready for the breathtaking view of Souda bay and the valley of the province.  Stand there and admire the 360ο view from this high point.  Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos and Armenoi and we will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show us the mind-blowing knitting technique of “Kopaneli”.

    We will pass through Kalives village and then “Xirosterni” to visit the local family “Raki” destillery. You will have the chancce to learn, and if you are lucky, to see the whole Raki production and taste of course this delicious Cretan spirit. Leaving Xirosterni, in a few minutes you will be sitting by the river of Vrises village enjoying a cup of Greek coffee and admire the endless beauty of nature. Then we will see an old olive mill and the way of olive oil-making in the past. The village of Emprosneros is following and the ruins of Alidakis, the Ottoman Comander of Apokoronas, tower. We also visit the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. We visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. After that we will visit also Vafes, Vatoudiatis or Alikampos (depends on the season).

    After that we will have lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. You will definitely understand that while talking with them and hearing their stories. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets a whole place is ready to be explored by you!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: GS Tours Chania, Episkopou Chrisanthou 37, Chania 731 32, Greece
    2: Municipal Market of Chania, Pl. Agoras 69, Chania 731 32, Greece
    3: Talos Square, Theotokopoulou 63, Chania 731 31, Greece
    4: Alpha Bank, Chalidon 106, Chania 731 31, Greece

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    09:00
    Duration
    6h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Driver/guide
    • Cheese tasting
    • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    • Round-trip private transfer
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Hotel pick up - drop off is only for Chania region, Not Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi. If someone staying in the other regions of Crete and wants to participate in this tour has to drive with his own car or bus to meet us in Chania city center and start the tour
    • Please check the pick up areas before you book this tour.
    • The departure times depends on the hotel's location. Please note that a pick up can be from 08:45 am until 09:30 am.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had a private tour with Yannis and Dimitrius in November 2019 on our honeymoon. We did a variation of this tour which included several monasteries and chapels. We had a worse experience with a different tour agency and were so glad that we booked with GS tours - we wish we
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    Response from Monty1296, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
    Responded 6 days ago
    Dear Campbells, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review on Trip Advisor. Yannis, Dimitrius and the rest of us are delighted to read such nice words! We wish you all the best in life, from now on, and we hope to see you again in the future! Kindest Regards,
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    We spent a wonderful day with Dimitri as our tour guide on a small group tour. He was wonderful, it felt like we were going back into his childhood as we visited the Cretan villages where he grew up. We enjoyed hearing about and seeing the museum of Cretan history and culture.
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    Response from Monty1296, Guest Relations Manager at Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear JanetS184, We thank you so much for this amazing review! Mr. Dimitris appreciates so much your very kind words and we are all very glad that you loved your tour that much! We hope to see you again in the future! Kind Regards,
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    We enjoyed our time with Yannis and about 12 others on this 6 hour tour. The tour of the folk museum was informative and something we would not have done on our own. Our traditional Crete lunch was exceptional and quite filling. The variety of dishes to be shared family style
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    Response from Monty1296, Guest Relations Manager at Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear RoseDew, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review on TripAdvisor! We truly appreciate that! We also hope that we will see you again one day! Kindest Regards,
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    Yannis was so knowledgeable in the Cretan History , it was our favorite excursion we took while there. Seeing all the history and learning about all the people was incredible.!!.. There was so much to do on this tour and was worth every penny.. This is a must do if you go to
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    Response from Monty1296, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
    Responded 24 Sep 2019
    Dear Lyk2travel, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this review on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased to read that you liked this tour that much and that you had a view of the island through our eyes. Having people like you on our tours, makes us always very happy. We hope to see you again, in the not so distant future! Kind Regards,
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    I loved this experience, it is the best combination of culture (history, food, raki..) I had. We visited small villages while Mr Ioannis explainned some curiosities, details of constructions, way of life.
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    Response from Monty1296, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Explore East Chania Mainland - The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour
    Responded 16 Sep 2019
    Dear JeannieSergio, We are so glad to read that you enjoyed your tour that much and that you found this tour a great combination of local life. We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor and we hope to see you again, in the not so distant future! Kind Regards,
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