Go Local

 For a genuine experience!

Go Local 

Looking for a more genuine experience? The island is full of places to visit and if you are interested in seeing and experiencing a different side of Crete we have gathered a few “Go Local” activities for you. Get new impressions whilst discovering the true Crete, whether you have been to Crete many times or this is you first time, this is something for you!

Get to know the locals and make new friends, see Crete through their eyes and listen to their stories. Feel the Cretan hospitality and spend your time with the locals. Chances are you are making a new good friend! They will show you things from their point of view and places you probably wouldn't have discovered without them.

Charma Beer Brewery Tour - Private Group

Taste the first fresh local beer in Chania! The Harma Brewery is located in Zounaki village, in the municipality of Platanias, a short drive from Platanias village. The beer production at Harma is aiming to pure and natural beer with excellent flavor and aroma along with a high nutrition value.  It’s not a surprise that Harma beer has become one of the favorite beers among the Cretans as well as the visitors!  Details of your trip Guided tour, from Monday to Sunday between 11:00 and 18:00. Visit Charma brewery and get to know the brewing process, first-hand, while watching brewers doing their magic. Get the chance to smell the aromas and feel the beer ingredients in your hand; learn all about the flavors you will discover in different beer styles. Accompany your tour and beer tasting with local Cretan meze prepared with fresh ingredients from the area.   Mix and match your own excursion!    Check out our addons, choose either before or after your visit to Charma to do something else. Create your own personal local activity agenda, tailor made to meet your personal interests and preferences. Let our private driver take you to experience just a little bit more of Crete from a local point of view, explore a few new gems you might not have found without us… -Village Lunch,  -Cafe -Monastery -Swim

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BOTANICAL PARK

BOTANICAL PARK On the slopes of the White Mountains, next to the village of Skordalou, an incredible Botanical Park is spread out with full of the most exciting plants from all over the world. Wander the paths of the park and get fascinated by the beauty of nature. Meet the animals living by the small pond and enjoy a cup of mountain tea or a delicious meal prepared a Cretan way from local ingredients. The botanical gardens formation and the areas microclimate makes it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In this paradise you will also see a burnt 100 year old olive tree, a memorial from the fires in 2003, it tells the history and the origin of the park. It was founded by four brothers who had a dream and wanted to share with us what they believe is heaven on earth. In the park restaurant you will enjoy the meal you have cooked just by yourself !!!  Details of your trip

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IMBROS Gorge - 9 km FREE WIFI on bus

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY Imbros Gorge is located in province Sfakia and is the second largest gorge in Crete, following Samaria Gorge. The picturesque scenery and its wilderness in combination with the low difficulty make the descent of Imbros ideal for families with children. Details of your trip The walking length of the gorge is 9 km and the course lasts about 2.5 hours. You can walk to the gorge all year round and it is definitely worth seeing. .During your descent you will meet various famous locations such as the “Airplane”, “Stenada”, “Mesofarango” and “Xepitira Arch”. Imbros gorge was the escape route for thousands of allied troops retreating from the north of the island. During the period of the battle of Crete in 1941 the troops headed for Chora Sfakion to be collected by ships. From Imbros Village you will start hiking until “Komitades” village. You will meet traces of the old stone paved trail that was once the main passage from Sfakia to Chania. After approximately 1 hour of walk into the gorge, you will reach the narrowest point of the gorge. The walls of the gorge are less than 2 meters apart and tower 300 m. above. At the end of the gorge you will reach “Komitades” village, where the bus will take you to ChoraSfakion. Chora Sfakion is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakia. The untamed landscape is combined with the quiet. Charming seaside settlement. The sandy beach with the crystal clear blue waters is suitable for relaxation after hiking. A few coffee shops and taverns are located within and around the villages. In its northern neighbourhood, you will find the ruins of the venetian "Fortress of Sfakia” or “Castel di Sfacia or Sfachia” where you can get a panoramic view of Sfakia and admire the wilderness of the nature.

BOTANICAL GARDENS & CRETA EVENING

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - 1/2 DAY NEW 2021!    NEW 2021!   NEW 2021! Botanical Gardens  Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you to the Botanical Park, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the dismal fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to walk around the park or to have coffee and admire the magical view. The Cretan Evening Dinner will be served at 19:00 consisting of a Buffet of Authentic Cretan Cuisine allowing you to take part in an amazing journey of flavors. After the traditional Cretan dinner with a variety of main traditional dishes, follows a presentation of Cretan traditional musical instruments which still exist in the Cretan musical paths. Note that the Cretan Music is considered as the only type of music throughout Greece that remains alive and still continues to evolve from the years when Crete belonged to the Byzantine Empire from the years 1000 AD. Demonstration/presentation of traditional dances such as sirtaki, sousta, maleviziotis, pentozali etc will be given by experienced Cretan dancers. Feel free to join the dance and get taught by the professionals who will be happy and proud to show you at any time.

Falassarna Walk 35 EUR

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY. Day or Sunset  walk to the beach of Falassarna A walk to one of Crete’s loveliest beaches and lesser known archaeological sites. Our INFORMATIVE GUIDE will take you on a route through a pretty village, olive groves and on a path with stunning sea views overlooking the far West coast of Crete. When we arrive at the beach there is time for a swim and meal (not included).  

Medium Full Day Bike & Hike Tour - Sougia 72 EUR

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - FULL DAY. Experience a full day of adventure. See the beautiful and famous Agia Irini gorge, swim in the clear sea to cool off and ride your bike through Cretes fantastic nature.   DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP   This is a medium tour suitable for adults and teenegers in "normal" condition. Expect firm country roads, few gravel passages and some steeper and faster downhill parts. You start your descend into the isolated valleys of the White Mountains at 1,200 m. When you reach the entrance of Agia Irini Gorge it's time to put on your hiking boots. For two and a half hours the smell of sage will accompany you through this impressive canyon. A swim in the clear Libyan Sea at Sougia revives you and will give you energy for the afternoon when we bike through Crete's greenest valleys.   Notice! Please inform us your gender and height for installation of the bikes.

EASY 1/2 DAY-BIKE TOUR - Deres - 45 EUR

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - 1/2 DAY. Crete is a true El Dorado for cyclists. See it's fantastic nature by bike, a great activity for the whole family.  DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP The days starts at the meeting point from where you will be taken by minivan up to the village Nea Roumata. Here you find beautiful green landscapes, cycling through chestnut groves and ending up reaching the village Deres. In Deres you will be let in on some secrets of the cretan lifestyle at the kafenion. Here you get a chance to ask and learn things about the cretans. A short ride further down we will meet some history from the Byzantine, Venetian and the Turks when you get to discover the Castello. You will experience a great feeling of peace and harmony as you are cycling downhill, a real nature experience. Passing small farms with all types of farm animals along the road, seeing the picturesque countryside of Crete. Cruising downhill through olive groves and orange gardens you reach the north coast at Tavronitis, here a minivan will bring you back to where you started your day. Notice! Please inform us your gender, height and children's age when you have booked a bike tour. Suitable for: parent & kid tandem, baby seats.   

Safari Tour 1 - The White Mountains 85 EUR

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - ADVENTURE - FULL DAY. Combine a unique guided Jeep tour in White Mountains of Crete with panoramic views,  traditional Cretan villages, learn  the history and  the traditions of the Island, and find out all about the lifestyle of a Cretan shepherd by exploring an original shepherd’s hut. Enjoy the unique view of Chania from above 1350m and meet the wildlife of Crete by the help of our 4x4 Jeeps, driven by expert English speaking escorts.   DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Tour 1-Explore the White Mountains of Crete The amazing off-road adventure starts after crossing the valley full of orange trees, avocado’s and vegetables gardens. Climbing up the foot of White Mountains and passing through Cretan villages getting the feeling of mountainous Crete you arrive to the coffee stop to enjoy your morning break. Coffee or mountain tea will be offered for free to our guests enjoying the village life far away from mass tourism. Continuing our tour following the off road route up to the shepherd’s hut  “Mitato” far away from touristic areas, where only a 4 wheel driver can approach, you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of northern Crete and, If we are lucky ... eagles and wild goats will show up and give us a very good reason for some extra photo stops. A small rocky road will lead us up to our trip’s highest point 1350 meters in altitude in the heart of White Mountains of Crete, where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd, where the famous Cretan “Graviera” cheese was produced and explore an original Shepherd's hut "Mitato". On the way back you will enjoy the best panoramic view of Chania from above until we arrive at Therisso village and working up an appetite we visit a small traditional family Cretan tavern where we will be welcomed by the owner, to introduce us to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. After the lunch break we will follow the road through the amazing gorge of Therisso that will lead us back to Chania.

Private Chef

Designed to give a unique, modern and stylish dining experience. A local chef that brings a restaurant style dining experience to your very own home or accommodation.

Sunset Safari Tour with wine tasting, 4- 5hours 71 EUR

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - FULL DAY. Premium Sunset Safari Tour in the Northwest side of the inland of Crete... Allow yourself to indulge in a romantic off-road route experience with the best panoramic view in a semi private tour up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle. Our evening tour begins from Chania city centre and tourist areas, heading towards the White Mountains through uncharted mountain routes. Our premium off-road vehicles driven by well trained escorts will help you enjoy the best panoramic sunset view of Northwest Crete from above. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Sunset Safari Tour,  4 - 5 hours Unpaved off-road routes, wild and dense vegetation, non tourist places, unique panoramic views, ideal for sunset capture stops, combined with a wine tasting accompanied by Cretan delicacies platter, are only some of the experiences that you will gain in a 4-5 hour premium sunset safari tour. After our off-road exploration through orange and lemon tree valleys in villages of Patelari, Varipetro, Alikianos and Vatolakos, we reach an amazing point in the heal of Vatolakkos at 700m altitude where we will have the best panoramic view of the sunset and the possibility to admire the entire city below. After experiencing the sunset, we continue our road-trip to Cretan Villages, full of amazing sights and stories until we reach Manousakis Winery where we will taste their wine. After the tasting, we begin to reach the end of our Sunset Safari tour, driving back to our hotels full of memories, premium service and experiences, adventures and best panoramic views of Chania from above.

KNOSSOS - A Culture Trip 35 EUR

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - A Culture Trip - FULL DAY. Knossos palace is Crete’s most visited archaeological site. Discover the well know myths about the Minotaur and the Labyrinth while walking through the history of the Minoan civilisation. DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP The first excavation of the site was conducted in 1878 by Minos Kalokerinos of Herakleion. This was followed by the long-term excavations 1900-1913 and 1922-1930) of the Englishman Sir Arthur Evans, who uncovered virtually the entire palace. While walking through the palace you can admire the Frescoes, pottery and the Throne room. This great civilization was destroyed at the explosion of the volcano of Santorini island. You will be picked up from your hotel or at one of the pick up points, the guide will fill you in with all the information about our trip. On the national road outside Rethmyno there will be a stop for 30 minutes to have breakfast. Upon arrival at the Palace of Knossos the professional archaeologists-guide will guide you for 2 hours. The guided tour will be in English. After the tour in Knossos you will be driven to the city center of Heraklion where you have time to visit either the archaeological museum of Heraklion or have lunch and admire the capital of Crete. You have approximately 2 hours free time. While returning there will be a 20 minute stop for a refreshment and then you will be back at Chania about 18:30 p.m   Notice! Entrance fee for Knossos Palace and Archeological museum : 16€ (children up to 12 years pay 8 euros). To be paid upon arrival. Children ticket is from 3 y/o-12y/o.

Manousakis Winery Wine Tasting

Try five to seven different kinds of  wines and get a tour in the vineyard.   Details of your trip Premium Tasting   You must have been wondering what would be a good local wine to bring back home either for yourself or for a friend of yours as a gift. Get to know the wine selection - maybe you will find your new favorite one! During the Premium tasting tour you will have a possibility to taste seven different wines paired with local Cretan rusks, olive oil and sea salt and learn about wine making process at the Manousakis winery. Prices:  

Boat Trip To Magical Menies Beach 25 EUR

SEA AND SUN - 1/2 DAY. Join a wonderful boat trip from Kolymbari harbor to the amazing beach of Menies. The Menies beach is formed in a small bay and enchants the visitor when approaching. The imposing rocks combined with the wild beauty of nature create an earthly paradise. Free Transfer from your hotel is included!    Boat trip to Menies Menies or Diktynna is located on the northeastern shores of Cape Rodopos, a 45 km northwest of Chania. Menies beach is formed into a small bay where the Foundas Gorge ends.  It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters that immediately captivates the visitor when approaching. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and it is the ideal destination for swimming, snorkeling and relaxation. The imposing rock combined with the wild beauty of the nature has an earthly paradise as a result. The Menies beach is several kilometers away from the nearest village and it has not been altered by humans in any shape or form. It is a virgin landscape that awaits you!  We are waiting for you at the port of Kolimbari in order to travel and enjoy the beauty of this place. We will guide you to places of historical and geographical importance for Crete. The trip’s duration is 4 hours. We will visit the caves that are in our way, we will stops for swimming in the blue waters of our island and our final destination will be the Menies beach. The Menies beach is formed in a small bay and enchants the visitor when approaching. The imposing rocks combined with the wild beauty of nature create an earthly paradise. There is also the monastery of St. George, dating from 530 BC, and the remains of the ancient port. Through this cruise you will be allowed to experience the beauty of our country and enjoy the sun and sea.   Boat leavs harbor at  time: 10:15 Return time: 14:15 Duration: 4 hours   Notice: If weather conditions are very bad, the trip will be rearranged. If it's cancelled, you will get 100% refund on your payment.

Safari Tour 2 - Explore the Secrets 89 EUR

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - ADVENTURE - FULL DAY. See the beautiful landscape of Crete and try our olive oil, see how it's produced and try our tasty wine at a winery. Learn a few Cretan secrets for a long life.  DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Tour 2. Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives Starting our Day trip Safari to Cretan culture we visit an Olive Mill and then a winery for an informative tour in the Cretan secrets for a long life! We visit an ancient olive tree which is 3000 years old and an exhibition on the history of olives. Working up an appetite we arrive at a small village tavern, where we introduce you to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. On the way up to Mesavlia we cross the gorge of Deliana with its picturesque creek nestled amongst lush vegetation. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos of sheep and goats on our way to the cavernous chapel of Ag. Paraskevi, where we will make a short stop. On the way back we pass through Cretan villages and Olive grooves.