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Suosi paikallista

Etsitkö kosketusta paikalliseen elämänmenoon? Kreetan saari tarjoaa lukemattomia vierailukohteita ja nähtävyyksiä joka makuun. Sinulle, joka olet kiinnostunut kohtaamaan jotain hieman erilaista kuin perinteiset nähtävyydet, mutta samalla kuitenkin jotain hyvin tavallista Kreetalla, olemme koonneet erilaisia aktiviteettivaihtoehtoja "Suosi paikallista" -nimikkeen alle.  Laajenna näkemystäsi ja tutustu tämänpäivän Kreetaan, olit sitten ensikertalainen tai vieraillut saarella jo useamman kerran! 

Tapaa ja tutustu paremmin paikallisiin - koe Kreeta heidän silmin ja kuuntele heidän tarinoitaan. Tarkastele asioita kreetalaisesta näkökulmasta ja kurkista paikkoihin, joihin tuskin olisit löytänyt omin päin. Tunne kreetalainen vieraanvaraisuus ja vietä hetki heidän parissa. Tämä saattaa olla jopa alku uudelle ystävyyssuhteelle! 

BOTANICAL PARK

HIKE & NATURE TRIP - 1/2 DAY - PRIVATE TRANSFER Botanical Park was founded by four brothers who had a dream and wanted to share with us what they believe is heaven on earth, and "a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals!" Book you transfer with us and enjoy a half day in magical nature! The best time to come during the hot summer months is early in the morning, staying clear of the midday heat and ending your visit with lunch at the restaurant. All the products are local and organic, and the view is fantastic!    Details of your trip Included in the trip is the two way transfer to Botanical Park. The transfer driver will pick you up at your accommodation and after approx 30 min drive through the village of Fournes and up the mountain you will arrive at the park. At this point you will decide with the driver the time he will return to pick you up.  You will find with nearly 20 hectares of land a park that is filled with fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.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. A park that really stands out and shows you the beauty of Crete and how fruitful the land is.  The walk path in the park takes approx. 1 1/2 hour. Price of Entrance:: Adults 6€ - Ages 6 to 12 4€ - Ages 6 and less, free (with parents). Last entrance two hours before sunset.   THE GARDEN AND THE RESTAURANT ARE OPEN - Food served till 6pm We recommend you to visit the restaurant for some delicious Cretan traditional and local food.   

AlkaenEUR 50
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ANOSKELI OLIIVIÖLJYN & VIININ MAISTELU

YKSITYISKULJETUS & OPASTETTU KIERROS – PUOLIPÄIVÄ Tutustu aitoon kreetalaiseen oliiviöljypuristamoon ja viinitilaan. Kierroksen aikana kuulet tilan käyttämistä valmistusmenetelmistä ja pääset maistelemaan niin viinejä kuin oliiviöljyä.  RETKIKUVAUS Vierailu Anoskelin oliiviöljypuristamossa ja viinitilalla Länsi-Kreetan maaseudulla tutustuttaa sinut oliiviöljyn tuotantoon ja viininvalmistukseen.  Ammattitaitoisen henkilökunnan opastetulla kierroksella saat ensikäden tietoa tilan tuottamasta oliiviöljystä ja viineistä. Pääset myös maistamaan tämän perheyrityksen laadukkaita tuotteita, joiden valmistuksessa arvostetaan perinteitä ja pyritään tukemaan paikallista yhteisöä. Retkeen kuuluu meno-paluukuljetus Anoskeliin ja opastettu kierros. Kuljettaja hakee sinut majoituspaikastasi ja noin 30 minuutin ajomatkan kuluttua saavut perille. Tässä vaiheessa päätät kuljettajan kanssa, milloin hän palaa hakemaan sinut. Kierros ja maistelu kestää 1,5-2 tuntia. Opastukset alkavat klo 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 ja 16.00. Kierroksen jälkeen sinulla on mahdollisuus maistella ekologisesti tuotettua ekstra-neitsytoliiviöljyä, 5 erilaista viiniä ja tsikoudiaa (rakia) kreetalaisen välipalan kanssa. Maistelun hintaan sisältyy: Ekstra-neitsytoliiviöljyn ja 5 erilaisen tuotemerkin viinin maistelu. Tarjolla on myös tuoretta leipää oliiviöljyllä maustettuna oreganolla, sitruunalla ja suolalla sekä kreetalaisia herkkuja (kaksi paikallista juustolajiketta, tomaattia, kurkkua, oliiveja, savustettua kinkkua).

AlkaenEUR 65
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Karavitakis Winery Wine Tasting

PRIVATE TRANSFER & GUIDED TOUR - HALF DAY Sophisticated Karvitakis winery, surrounded by 150 acres of vineyards in Pontikiana village on the hilltops of Kolimbari area, provides a beautiful environment for a fabulous wine tasting experience. Karavitakis winery is producing wines from local and international grape varieties but also experimenting with more rare varieties from all around the world. Details of your trip The roots of wine production are very deep in Crete. The Cretan soil together with the sun and the right temperature creates the unique taste for Cretan wines. Wine has always been an important part of Crete and nowadays the more developed wine producing methods have raised the quality and respect of the Cretan wines among the wine lovers. Included in the trip is the two way transfer to Karavitakis Winery and one guided tour. The transfer driver will pick you up at your accommodation and after approx 30 min you will arrive at the winery. At this point you will decide with the driver the time he will return to pick you up. The tour and tasting takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The guided tours start at 11.00, 13.00, and 15.00. After the tastings you will be seated in the beautiful atmosphere of the winery to enjoy their fine wines.  Some of Karavitakis wines are: Kotsifali Merlot, Klima White, Elia Blend. The winery is open every day except Sundays from 10.00 to 18.30. Included in the wintasting price is: A guided tour around winery’s facilities Explanation of the wine making procedure Wine tasting of our wines accompanied with Cheese bites, Cretan rusks and homemade olives. Notice: Prices valid for departure from Platanias & Chania region

AlkaenEUR 50
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Charma Brewery Beer Tasting

PRIVATE TRANSFER & GUIDED TOUR - HALF DAY 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 The driver will pick you up from your accommodation at the time you like. The drive will take approx. 20 minutes. Guided tour for 30 min, from Monday to Sunday between 10:30 and 19:30. At Charma brewery you will learn 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. The presence in the production area is not allowed. However, the brewery and the visiting area are constructed in such a way, that the visitors can have direct contact with the production. (bird eye perspective). You can book both the drive and the tastings with us. The participation of children up to 16 years old in the guided tour is free of cost. 1. BREWERY TOUR & BEER TASTING Follow our experienced staff around our brewery facilities and get the chance to know all about the brewing process and brewing ingredients in our final stop in front of our brew house. The tour is followed by a beer tasting experience with 4 fresh beer samples (100ml each) accompanied with Cretan breadsticks. Duration about 45 min (guided tour & beer tasting) 2. BREWERY TOUR & BEER TASTING ACCOMPANIED WITH SNACK Follow our experienced staff around our brewery facilities and get the chance to know all about the brewing process and brewing ingredients in our final stop in front of our brew house. The tour is followed by a beer tasting experience with 4 fresh beer samples (100ml each) accompanied with beer snack as follow: 2 sorts of cheese, 2 sorts of cold cut, cherry tomatoes, salty olives & croutons Duration about 1 hour (guided tour, beer tasting and snack) 3. BREWERY TOUR & BEER TASTING ACCOMPANIED WITH LUNCH Follow our experienced staff around our brewery facilities and know all about the brewing process and brewing ingredients in our final stop in front of our brew house. The tour is followed by a beer tasting experience with 4 fresh beer samples (100ml each) accompanied with Cretan lunch. The dish includes 2 sorts of meat, barley rusk, cherry tomatoes, salty olives, borek with vegetables & tzatziki. This dish can be offered also as vegeterian, meat is replaced by spinat pastry and potato salad. Duration about 1 1/2 hour (guided tour, beer tasting & Cretan lunch). The driver will pick you up from your accommodation at the time your prefer, and pick you up for the return at Charma upon agreed time.

AlkaenEUR 40
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Jeeppisafari 2 - Salaisuuksien seikkailu - 89 EUR

Koe kaunis kreetalainen maalaismaisema ja maista paikallisia tuotteita, oliiviöljyä ja viinejä. Tutustu oliviiöljyn tuotantoon ja kuule kreetalaisten pitkän iän salaisuuksia. 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.   The trip is not recommended to people suffering from car sickness, having mobility or kinetic or back problems, pregnant women or for children younger than 7 years old as we don't provide baby seats, or people taller than 195 cm or heavier than 130 kg. Alcohol consumption is not allowed to minors under age of 18 years old. 

AlkaenEUR 89
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Jeeppisafari 1 - Valkeat vuoret - 85 EUR

Yhdistä ainutlaatuinen opastettu jeeppikierros Valkeiden vuorten huikeisiin näköaloihin ja perinteisiin kreetalaiskyliin. Opi saaren historiasta ja tapakulttuurista sekä kreetalaisesta paimentolaiselämästä vierailemalla aidossa paimentolaismajassa. Nauti upeasta näkymästä Hanian yli 1350m korkeudesta ja koe Kreetan villi luonto jeepin kyydissä, joita ohjaavat englantia puhuvat ammattitaitoiset kuljettajat. Jeeppisafari 1 - Τutustu Kreetan Valkeisiin vuoriin Mahtava seikkailu alkaa läpi vihreän laakson, jossa kasvaa appelsiini- ja avokadopuita sekä vihannes/taimiviljelmiä. Kiivetessämme  Valkeiden vuorten juurelta ylös ja ajaessamme läpi kreetalaiskylien, saat tuntumaa kreetalaiseen vuoristoelämään kaukana suurista lomakohteista. Pysähdymme aamukahville yhdessä näistä pienistä kylistä ja tarjoamme sinulle kreetalaisen aamukahvin tai vuoristoteetä. Seuraavaksi matka jatkuu maastoteitä pitkin kohti perinteistä paimentolaismajaa, Mitatoa. Näille maastoteille pääseekin ainoastaan nelivetojeepeillä. Matkan varrella pidämme valokuvaustaukoja tarpeen mukaan ja ihailemme henkeäsalpaavia vuoristomaisemia. Jos olemme onnekkaita, saatamme nähdä taivaalla liiteleviä kotkia tai vuorten rinteillä kiipeileviä villivuohia. Mitato sijaitsee kapean hiekkatien päässä, retkemme korkeimmalla kohdalla, 1350m korkeudella Valkeiden vuorten sydämessä. Kuulet lisää kreetalaisesta paimentolaiselämästä ja juustonvalmistuksesta sekä pääset vierailemaan aidossa paimentolaisten asumuksessa. Paluumatkalla ennen Therisson kylää avautuu retken parhaat näkymät yli Hanian. Therissossa nautimme lounasta pienessä perinteisessä perheomisteisessa tavernassa, jonka isäntäväki esittelee meille kreetalaisen keittiön herkkuja ja huolehtii vieraistaan lämpöisellä kreetalaisella vieraanvaraisuudellaan. Lounaan jälkeen ajamme läpi kauniin Therisson rotkon tien vieden meidät takaisin Haniaan.

AlkaenEUR 85
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Sunset Safari Tour with Wine tasting, 4-5 hours 72 EUR

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.   The trip is ideal for everyone who´s looking for an experience beyond the ordinary, youth groups, single or couple participants, families with older children, and companies. The trip has guided stops every 30-40 minutes, for everyone´s convenience.    The Trip is not recommended to people suffering from car sickness, have mobility or kinetic problems or back problems or pregnant or for children younger than 7 years old as we don't provide baby seats or people taller than 1,95cm or heavier than 130 Kg. Alcohol consumption is not allowed to minors under the age of 18 years old.

AlkaenEUR 72
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KNOSSOS - minolaisen kulttuurin kehto - 35 EUR

Knossoksen palatsi on Kreetan suosituin arkeogologinen nähtävyys. Tutustu tunnettuun myyttiin Minoutauruksesta ja labyrintistä kulkiessasi läpi minolaiskulttuurin historian.   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.) Due to the pandemic, guiding is done with whispers which are provided at the bus. 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   Huomioithan, että sisäänpääsymaksu Knossoksen palatsialueelle ja Iraklionin arkeologiseen museoon on 16 euroa (lapset alle 12 -vuotta 8 euroa), joka maksetaan oppaalle käteisellä retken alussa. Retken lapsihinta on 3-12 -vuotiaille

AlkaenEUR 35
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BOTANICAL GARDENS & CRETA EVENING

LOCAL EXPERIENCE - 1/2 DAY Opa! It’s a Cretan Evening! The Botanical Park offers Cretan food and entertainment by professional Cretan dancers. Walk in the park with beautiful surroundings and plants from all over the world. Botanical Gardens  Nearly 20 hectares of land welcomes you to the Botanical Park, full of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world  in a park different from others. The land’s formation and the region’s microclimate makes it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. You can choose to walk around the park or to have coffee and admire the magical view in the restaurant. 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. Indicative Time-Table 16.15-17.20 Pick up 18.00 Arrival at Botanical Park. Either visit the park or stay at the restaurant and enjoy the view 19.00 Dinner – buffet style After dinner Cretan dancing show 22.00 Departure from Botanical Park 22.30-23.00 Arrival at your Hotel

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.  DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Our cooperator with team brings everything needed to serve you including plates, cutlery and specialist cooking equipment and they clean everything up after as if they were never there. Enjoy a night of good company and fine food. To finish the experience, the chef provides a cooking demonstration at your table as part of your dessert. This also gives you time for questions  with your own personal chef. Choose between the menus below: Cretan Menu Appetizer Options: Dakos Or Graviera saganaki with sesame ,figs and honey First Course Options: Cretan Salad Or Green Salad with apaki (Smoked pork) Main Course Options: Tsigariasto (Stewed goat in wine sauce) Or Arnaki Stamnagathi aygolemono (Lamb in casserole) Dessert Options: Sfakiani pita (Cretan pie with mizythra cheese and honey) Or Yogurt with honey and walnuts SEAFOOD MENU Appetizer Options: Shrimps Saganaki with feta cheese Or Steam mussels with ouzo and fresh tomatoes First Course Options:Cretan salad Or Horta vrasta with potatoes & zucchini (Boiled greens with olive oil and sea salt) Main Course Options: Grilled fish with Vegetables (The catch of the Day with grilled vegetables) Dessert Options: Baklavas Or Kantaifi BBQ MENU Appetizer Options: Dips with pita bread (tzatziki ,melitzanosalata and olive oil) Or Dolmadakia with yogurt (Rice in vino leaves with aromatic herbs) First Course Options: Green salad with dry fruits,cherry tomatoes and dry anthotiro Or Cretan Salad Main Course Options: Grilled meat platter with pancetta, Cretan sausages, chicken skewers ,lamb chops pork skewers and beef burgers served with grilled vegetables Or Grilled Seafood platter (+€ 10) with Fish fillet, octopus, shrimps, calamari and cuttlefish served with grilled vegetables Dessert Options: Tiramisu Or Galaktompoureko VEGETARIAN MENU Appetizer Options: Dolmadakia (Vino leaves with rice and aromatic herbs) Or Kolokythokeftedes (Zucchini patties) First Course Options: Cretan Salad Or Dakos(Barley rusk topped with tomato, myzithra cheese, olive oil and oregano) Main Course Options: Gemista (Stuffed tomatoes and peppers with rice and herbs Or Risotto with mushrooms and graviera cheese Dessert Options: Yogurt with Cretan honey Or Fruit Salad

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