Guided Road Trips

Botanical Garden

Explore the magical Cretan nature! Follow us to the famous Botanical Garden of Crete full of plants from all over the world!   DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Small traditional villages and fascinating mountain roads! This road trip is for you who love nature trails and green sceneries. The first part of our trip we will drive through orange farmers villages Patelari, Alikianos and Skines among the citrus, avocado and nut trees. When reaching up at an altitude of almost 500m in Karanou village the trees will change to apple and cherry trees. Mountainous views will take us to the foot of White Mountains where Botanical Park was built 20 years ago to praise the unique microclimate of Crete. The park introduces thousands of plants from all over the world along the 2,5 km walking path. By the small pond you will meet gooses, peacocks, donkeys and deers. Before return we will offer you refreshments and snack  in the park's own restaurant to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

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Country Road Trip

Have you ever wondered how it is behind the popular holiday area? Take a path thru Cretan lifestyle in the countryside with us and get to know the villages close by. Visit for example the significant Agia lake and charming park of Agios Gerasimos. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Our guided country tour will take you to the neighbouring villages of Platanias starting from the Platanias square and continuing to the upper villages of Platanias, Agia Marina and Stalos driving by quiet back roads with olive green sceneries.The view will change a bit when entering the fruit zone passing through Kyrtomados and Agia, where we will visit an artificial lake Agia, a significant nature conservation site today. At the village of Patelari we will have a small break in a typical cretan kafeneon to enjoy local refreshments. During the road trip you will hear about everyday life in villages and the local's self-sufficient economy. The last stop will be in Agios Gerassimos, a small park in Modi, where you may follow a short walking path or just simply admire an amazing view and visit a charming cave church, Agios Ioannis. Route: Platanias square - upper village - Agia Marina - Stalos - Kyrtomados - Agia lake - Patelari - Agios Gerassimos  Duration: 3h  

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Honey and Cheese Tastings

Join us for a unique tasting trip which you can only find with Destination Platanias! We will introduce you to the real Cretan tastes, honey and cheese, straight from the local producer. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP From Platanias we will follow the western coast line to the peninsula of Rodopou where we will meet a local honey producer at Rodopou village. Did you know that there are different varieties of honey and the honey producers are actually producing much more than just honey? The bee keeper’s mother also makes famous Greek cheese, Graviera, and yoghurt of her own which are delicious combinations to pair with honey. On the west side of the peninsula is located the village of Ravdoucha with an incredible view to the Kissamos bay. After the tastings we will drive to Ravdoucha and down to the rocky beach which is one of the favourite beaches among the locals. Here you can have a quick swim, enjoy refreshments at the simple taverna or relax in a hammock under the Tamarisk tree for a while before we return back.    

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Mountain Road Trip

Mountain stories! Experience the beautiful White mountains of Crete and enjoy the Cretan way of eating lunch, a table full of small delicious homemade dishes.   DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Our road trip will start with colourful sceneries through the orange valley and continue climbing up slowly to the west side of the mountains. After passing Meskla village we will have a short stop to visit a small Sarakina gorge where we will see the impressive rock walls of the gorge just a short walk away from the road. Curvy road will take us all the way up at Zourva where we will have our lunch break to enjoy Mrs Maria's traditional dishes with incredible view. Breathtaking sceneries will continue after the lunch to the next village Therisso which played an important role in Crete's modern history. On the way back to Platanias we will drive along the Therisso gorge where you can admire the high vertical cliffs and the huge Plane trees. Route: Patelari - Alikianos - Meskla - Zourva - Therisso  Duration 5h  

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Olive oil and Wine Tastings

Traditional and classic road trip with private guidning! Taste the green gold, the awarded Cretan olive oil, with us and give a hug to one of the oldest olive tree in the world! DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP We will take you to the heart of Western countryside and you will learn all about collecting the olives, the olive oil process and how we use olive oil here in Crete. Wine production has developed considerably in the area in recent years as well. Besides olive oil, you will have a great opportunity to taste local wine varieties and hear about the wine making process. Our stops in Kolymbari and Vouves will deepen your understanding of the importance of these fields in everyday life in Crete.   Route: Kolymbari - Vouves - Anoskeli Duration 4h  

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Village Road Trip

A picturesque upper village of Platanias, narrow country roads, chapels and churches, orange and avocado farms... Our Guided Village Road Trip in Platanias has it all! DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Our journey will start from Platanias square, from where we will drive up to the upper village and admire the wonderful view over the sea from the main church of Platanias, Agios Dimitris, and its beautiful cemetery. We will also peak in an interesting war museum underneath the church and hear the story how the olive tree saved the whole village during the German occupation. Next we will take the small country roads through the olive groves to the orange valley called Drakiana. By the river we will have a stop for a fresh orange juice and to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere before returning back to the vivid centre of Platanias.   Route: Platanias square - upper village - Drakiana Duration: 2h  

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