Premium Safari Tour – Explore a Shepherd’s Hut and Cheese Making Process


Explore the Cretan mainland on a Jeep/Land Rover. Visit an authentic shepherd’s shelter and discover the secrets of the cheese making process. Panoramic views, off-road routes, traditional villages & beautiful nature landscapes!

All pick-up points for this tour are within Rethymno region. For pick-up from the other regions in Crete, please contact us.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Adventure, Culture, Discovery, Jeep Safari, Wildlife
  • Activity Level
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the Premium Safari Tour – Explore a Shepherd’s Hut and Cheese Making Process.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the best panoramic view of Psiloritis, the top of Ida mountain
  • Embark on a semi-private safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle
  • Visit an original shepherd’s hut or else “Mitato”
  • Experience live the cheese-making process and taste local cheese
  • Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine



Experience unique panoramic views, visit traditional Cretan villages and discover everything about a Cretan shepherd’s lifestyle. Exploring an original shepherd’s hut called “Mitato” with a small group of 6-8 people in each vehicle will offer you the chance to live like a Cretan for a day. Learn about the island’s history and traditions, interact with the locals, indulge in Crete’s wildlife, experience the Cretan hospitality, and taste the island’s delicacies.

Our tour starts from Rethymnon city, heading south-east passing through the traditional villages of Milopotamos and areas with dense vegetation, fresh aromas and unique views. The fantastic route and views continue until we reach the historic Halepa Monastery, which used to be a refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars, where we make our second stop. The monastery’s unique view will inspire you to take pictures, combining the highest mountain tops of Crete with the beautiful valley.

Afterwards, our adventurous off-road route continues, and on the way up to the shepherd’s hut called “Mitato”, the panoramic views will take your breath away. If we are lucky, we will get to marvel up close at some wild eagles and goats and take some photos. The road will lead us up to a traditional Shepherd’s hut where you will find out all about a shepherd lifestyle and the cheese-making process.

Leaving the shepherd’s hut and already working up our appetite, we will soon arrive at a traditional Cretan tavern in Axos village, where we will introduce you to Cretan cuisine heartfelt hospitality with plenty of local food and wine. There will be enough time after lunch for those who wish to enjoy a cup of coffee. On our way back, we will follow an asphalt road that will lead us to the city of Rethymnon.

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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.
  • Free hotel pick up and drop off
  • Premium off-road vehicles (7 or 9 seated) driven by multilingual escort-drivers
  • Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine
  • A visit to an original shepherd’s hut “Mitato”
  • Liability Insurance and local taxes
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Coffee or beers or refreshments in tavern
  • Gratuities