Explore the Cretan Wines and Cheese-Making Process

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Wine tour to a gorgeous family Winery & the traditional-historical museum of Apokoronas… Taste the famous Cretan cheese and enjoy a meal like the locals do!

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours, Wine
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    up to 14 people
All about the Explore the Cretan Wines and Cheese-Making Process.

Tour Highlights

  • Wine tasting in Cretan and international varieties
  • Visit the traditional old cellar
  • Details about winemaking tradition in Crete and the art of food pairing
  • Explore the cellar of the winery inside an old cave near the heart of the mountain
  • Walk through the winery’s herbal garden and the art gallery
  • Learn about local viticulture, grapes, and vine-growing
  • Learn how to properly taste wine and sample organic varietals paired with locally produced meats or cheeses
  • Discover the Cretan tradition and admire the unique museum exhibits
  • Visit the cheese factory and discover the secrets of cheese-making posses
  • Taste the local cheese like “Graviera” or “Mizithra”
  • Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
  • Delicious gastronomy experiences and traditional Cretan lunch

 

Description

The most amazing things will happen at Apokoronas region. A day full of wine, gastronomy and history. First you will visit a charming village, which has the historical – traditional museum of Apokoronas, with 7 rooms of Cretan history and great descriptions about the way of living in the past. There you can learn how the locals used to live, admire the traditional Cretan house and old everyday tools they used to work with.  You will also discover the old and special knitting technique of “Kopaneli”!

Driving up to the foothills of the White Mountains, feeling the environment changing while you are heading to the local winery. There you will meet the specialists of the awarded “Romeiko”. Its production performed with a special way and its taste will take your mind away. Also you will taste other wine varieties like “Vidiano”, “Vilana”, “Malvazia” and “Kotsifali”. The winery possesses a great view of the White Mountains and an impressive art gallery. There, you can see an ancient treadle, which is 500 years old, and walk around the herbal garden and the museum of traditional Cretan exhibits. Moving underground, feeling the heartbeat of the White Mountains, you will visit the cellar which is inside the cave where steadfast rocks cover the cylinder bottles.

The next stop is in Emprosneros, the cradle of the Cretan revolution against the Ottomans. You will admire the ruins of Alidakis tower andl visit the local cheese factory. After the tour of the factory you will taste the local cheese varieties like”Graviera”, “Anthotiros” or “Mizithra” and you will be in touch with the cheese-making process. There will be a combination of cheese tasting with Cretan rusk and “raki” or “rakomelo”! You are definitely hungry, so the next stop will be a local “kafeneio” in Fres village where you will have a traditional Cretan lunch.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/guide and wine specialists
  • Museum entrance fee
  • Wine and food tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Liability insurance and local taxes
  • Certified services with ISO:9001
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Cretan traditional lunch
  • Small-group tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
  1. Shedule All Year

    Every Thursday and Saturday

  2. Location Chania

    Chania, Crete

  3. Duration Approximately

    6  hours

     

  4. Pick up times Departures

    09:00-09:30

  5. Tour Starts ----

    09:30

  6. Terms & Conditions Read Carefully
    • Wine tasting is not allowed for children under 18 years old. Water or fresh orange juice will be offered instead.
    • The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when this is considered necessary, for example in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
    • Reservations must be made 24 hours before the tour. A cancellation must be done 5 days before the tour. In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company.
    • If a tour is cancelled due to few participants or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments.
    • In case of allergies or food preferences please inform the company in advance.

  7. Create Your Private Tour With Us Join us

    If you wish to book your own wine tour with your family or friends, we will be happy to create with you the schedule and give you some nice ideas for a memorable tour. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a unique offer.

  8. Children Price Discount

    Children 2-6 years old: Free

    Children 7-12 years old: 55€

We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 15 travelers on a trip but the average is 8-10. Check individual trip pages for maximum group sizes.

It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult a Fabulous Crete Specialist before you book your adventure.

The most of our company’s vehicles are Mercedes-Benz and VolksWagen 7-9 seaters.

For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travellers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travellers from North America, UK, Australia and Europe

The availability listed on our website is updated every minute however on some tours we must confirm arrangements with our people on the ground, a process which usually takes no more than 24 hours. When you book online you will receive a follow-up email confirming your arrangements or a timeframe for when they will be confirmed.

The security that comes from knowing your trip is locked-in is a feeling that can’t be topped. We like that feeling – so much, so that we figured everyone should have it.

Every departure is guaranteed to run. Yup, all of them. Once you’ve booked and paid, that’s it, you’re going. Guaranteed. Your trip won’t be cancelled by us for any reason (beyond harsh weather or safety issues). Promise.

All documentation is sent electronically by email. Shortly after we receive your payment we will send you your initial documents. Final documentation will be sent by email no later than two days prior to the departure.

Yes, all of our Tour Managers and Tour Drivers speak English, some speak additional languages as well, but your tour will be conducted in English

If your group consists of 6 or more people, then please contact our friendly staff who will be happy to assist you with your inquiry and see what we can arrange for you at info@gstours.gr

You will automatically receive an e-voucher to your email address. Please print your voucher/ticket or keep a picture to your mobile phone which contains your unique reference number. Please remember to bring this with you on the day. You will not be allowed entrance to an attraction without a valid ticket.

If there is any problem with your booking or payment details, we will contact you on the telephone number or email address stated in your booking. Sometimes tours may not operate due to insufficient numbers, and we may need to contact you to advise you of any such changes.

All entrance fees and costs are included in the tour price except unspecified fees.

If you book more than 2 tours with us, then please contact our friendly staff who will be happy to assist you with your inquiry and see what we can arrange for you at info@gstours.gr

As you can expect some landmarks take more time to get to on coach tours and some are more time-consuming than others. With this in mind, we have no set time for the exploration of each attraction. Our tour guides are trained to watch how their group progresses at each landmark and they adjust each tour accordingly. You should keep in mind that some tours cover three landmarks over a single day, so there are a limited number of hours in which to do a lot of sightseeing. Consequently, you may not have an extensive amount of time to spend at each attraction.

You could lose your seat to a walk-up passenger. We encourage you to arrive at the pickup point a minimum of 15 minutes before departure. Once on the tour, your guide or driver will give you a time that the coach will depart each location. You must be at the coach at least five minutes before this time. If you are late and miss the time given, the coach will depart without you in order to not keep the other passengers waiting. If you are in any doubt about a departure time whilst on your tour, you must ask the guide or driver.

Any items we find on our coaches are taken to our office at Episkopou Chrysanthou 37 str. Chania old town and are kept there for 72 hours before being destroyed or given to charity. Please call our office on +30 28210 43243 for any lost items.

5 days before the tour starts –> 50% refund, no refunds after that

 

35% Deposit on booking time and final payment 7 days before the tour date.

Overall Rating
5/5
Natali7896
Reviewed On 17/03/2017
5/5

I was in Chania with my family in September 2016 and I looked for things to do. I joined fabulouscrete.com and I saw the wine tours they offer and we choosed the tour ''Discover the Cretan wines and spirits''. We had an amazing experience in Apokoronas region, we saw the original knitting ''kopaneli'' in Gavalochori and we tasted magnificent Cretan wine varieties!! The lunch was amazing also in Emprisneros village and the people there extremely friendly! The fact is that we had already visited Apokoronas but this was a unique experience!! Our tour guide Yiannis was very knowledgable and friendly! He has huge passion for his job and that made us feel better!! We definitely recommend it and we will join them again on our next trip!!

Siner Jay
Reviewed On 17/03/2017
5/5

We were in Chania with my girlfriend and we had an amazing experience with GS Tours! We took a wine tour with Yiannis. He was very friendly and knowledgeable guide! We tasted very nice wine varieties and we had a tasty lunch! We definitely recommend their tours and activities! ! See you next summer guys! !

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