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

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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
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  • Group Size Medium Group
    15
All about the Premium Safari Tour – Explore a Shephard’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

 

Description 

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.

If you wish to explore more options return to the Pemium Safari Tours page. 

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
  1. Schedule April - November

    Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

     

     

  2. Location Tour starts from

    Rethymno, Crete

  3. Duration of the tour Including pick-up and drop-off time

    Approximately 7-8  hours

     

  4. Pick up times Depending your hotel location in Chania area
    • 8:30 Georgioupoli
    • 8:35 Kavros
    • 9:00 Rethymnon
    • 9:15 Platanias
    • 9:25 Adelianos Kambos
    • 9:30 Stavromenos
    • 9:45 Panormos
    • Tour starts at 10:00 am
  5. Tour Details Approximately
    • Distance: 117 km
    • Altitude Dif: 550 m
  6. Booking & Cancellation Policies Please Read Carefully
    • Reservations must be made 12 hours before the tour. Cancellation must be made 24 hours before the tour for a full refund. In the case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company
    • If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments.
    • In the case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences, please inform the company in advance.
    • The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in unfavourable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
    • Regular Stops – There are stops every 30-40 minutes, for everyone’s convenience. If a client feels sick or it is necessary to stop, please inform your driver accordingly.
  7. What to bring with you for this tour ...except your best mood & smile :)
    • Your Camera
    • Comfortable clothing & shoes
    • Sunscreen & hat during summer months
    • During spring and autumn, we advise you to bring a jacket
  8. Meals & Alternatives Give a look
    • Meals (when included) usually contain traditional Cretan recipes.
    • Appetizers, main courses and desserts will usually be served in platters according to the local way of eating.
    • We can offer vegetarian – vegan alternatives, but we require prior notice during reservation.
    • The client has the responsibility to inform the company in advance of any food allergies to find suitable alternatives if possible.
    • Alcohol consumption is not allowed for children and teenagers under the age of 18 years old.
  9. Children Price Discount

    Children below 12 years old: 75€

    Children 13- 17 years old: 95€

  10. Covid-19 Info Tour regulations

    Further to the Government’s announcements, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, to keep our guests safe and healthy, our staff will be intensely and detailed trained to meet all the requirements. The company has fully complied with all the Government’s necessary measures, The WHO and the National Public Health Organisation.

    • Our fleet will be thoroughly cleaned and hygiene after each transfer and trip. All sensitive touch areas such as seats, armrests, sidewalls etc., are intensively cleaned and sanitized daily before and after each tour.
    • Our staff is trained in the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures. They use personal protective equipment (face masks/shields and optional gloves) to ensure a safe travel experience for you and themselves.
    • Hand sanitizers antiseptic will be provided during clients’ embarkation
    • Clients are obliged to use masks during their stay on the bus. (Masks will be provided from the company)
    • Our vehicles are filled up according to governmental covid-19 law of their capacity. Those governmental laws and regulations against covid-19 infections might change but are strictly followed at all times.
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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 30 travelers on a trip but the average is 15-20. 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.

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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.

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