The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland

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Discover the hidden treasures of  East Chania mainland and visit unique places… The Cretan culture has already been revealed in front of your eyes!

  • Reviews 2 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, Gastronomy, Guided Tours, History
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    14
All about the The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn the ancient knitting way of “Kopaneli”
  • Visit the ancient city of Aptera and the Ottoman fort
  • Sit by the river and enjoy a cup of coffee
  • Visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas
  • Visit the tower of Alidakis
  • Visit a Cheese factory
  • Unique hidden monasteries and churches
  • Walking in the fields and the pure nature
  • Learn about the Cretan way of life – live like a Cretan
  • Lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” with the locals
  • Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience
  • Discover the history and mythology of Crete

 

Description

This is a tour of a unique area of Apokoronas, the East part of Chania Region.  Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Aptera. We will visit the ancient city with the Roman theatre and the monastery of Saint John. The water cisterns and the ruins of the market will appear a few meters away. Now get ready for the breathtaking view of Souda bay from the Ottoman fortress of Aptera. Stand there and admire the 360ο view from this high point.  Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages like Stylos and Armenoi and we will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show us the mind-blowing knitting technique of “Kopaneli”.

We will visit Kalives village and in a few minutes you will be sitting by the river of Vrises village enjoying a cup of Greek coffee and admire the endless beauty of nature. Then we will see an old olive mill and the way of olive oil-making in the past. The village of Emprosneros is following and the ruins of Alidakis, the Ottoman Comander of Apokoronas, tower. We also visit the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. We visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. After that we will visit also Vafes, Vatoudiatis or Alikampos (depends on the season).

After that we will have lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. You will definitely understand that while talking with them and hearing their stories. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets; a whole place is ready to be explored by you!

 

 

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
  • Museum entrance
  • Cheese tasting
  • Traditional Cretan lunch
  • Liability insurance
  • Certified services with ISO:9001
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Small-group tour
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  1. Shedule All Year

    Every Monday – Thursday – Saturday

  2. Location Chania

    Departures from Chania

  3. Duration Approximately

    6-7 hours

     

  4. Terms & Conditions Don't Forget
    • 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.
  5. Pick up times Departures

    08:15-08:45

  6. Tour Starts ----

    09:00

  7. Create Your Private Tour With Us Join us

    If you wish to book your own 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 – 45€

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 10-15. 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.

Mercedes Benz & Volkswagen 9 seats buses

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
Hein D
Reviewed On 17/03/2017
5/5

We are an 'elderly' couple who have travelled all over the world and we don't like organized tours... We toke a gamble and booked a 4 hour trip to interesting places around Chania at GS tours. Dimitri was our driver and guide and it was wonderfull! We booked another trip the next day and the day after, with Dimitri. He became our friend (a term I don't use easily) and showed us the real cultural and social life in Crete. Whenever we will come back to Chania (and we will) he is our man.

christer383
Reviewed On 17/03/2017
5/5

“Kunnig och trevlig” Vi åkte på två turer. Personligt bemötande och mycket god lokal kännedom. Super! Möjligen kunde något ytterligare stopp, kanske i någon hamn, vara trevligt på den längre turen till sju byar.

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