Experience a magnificent safari up in the foothills of the White Mountains of Chania with breathtaking panoramic views. Visit small Cretan villages en route, discover the island’s history and traditions and meet the local shepherds exploring an authentic “Mitato” (shepherd’s shelter up in the mountains). Conquer the mountains of Chania, reaching an altitude of 1350m and learn everything about the flora & fauna of this stunning place.
The off-road adventure starts from Chania. We will pick you up from your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting location. We drive towards our first destination through a gorgeous green valley full of citrus fruits, oranges, avocados, lemons, and kiwis. On our way up to the mountains, we stop for a coffee at Deres village. Then, driving through Vatolakos, Alikianos, Fournes, Meskla, Zourva and Therisso villages, you will experience the mountainous Crete. We will follow a beautiful off-road route up to the shepherd’s shelter, away from crowds and the touristic attractions of Chania. Our journey through unknown shepherd’s roads, where only a four-wheel drive can approach, leads us to the Cretan wildness and the local shepherds. You will admire breathtaking panoramic views of northern Crete and the wild hawks, eagles and goats of the mountains.
A small dirt road is bringing us to our trip’s highest point (1350m altitude) in the heart of the White Mountains, where you will discover everything about the everyday life of a Cretan shepherd. We will taste Crete’s most delicious cheese, “Graviera”, and see where they are traditionally producing it.
Returning to Chania, we will enjoy a short walk at the historical village of Therisso and taste the island’s best delicacies during our lunch at a small family-run restaurant. After lunch, we drive through the spectacular gorge of Therisso. This historical path’s beautiful surrounding environment will complete today’s mouthwatering experience and close our memorable journey through the Cretan traditions and lifestyle.
In our small-group and group tours we are picking up our guests from selected meeting points in Chania area and accecible by our vehicles hotels. Please select your pick up point according to your hotel’s location and don’t hesitate to contact us for any further clarification