Premium Safari Tour – Experience The White Mountains of Chania

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Experience a magnificent safari up in the foothills of the White Mountains of Chania with breathtaking panoramic views all under 200€.

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Explore the White Mountains and Cretan mainland on a Jeep/Land Rover. Panoramic views, off-road routes, traditional villages & beautiful nature landscapes!

The ultimate off-road experience

Go safari with us and visit the hidden gems of the white mountains. Live an unforgettable off-road experience with our knowledgable local guides.

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Tour Highlights

  1. Enjoy a small-group safari tour.
  2. Off-road adventure on the high mountains
  3. Experience the best panoramic views of Chania
  4. Visit an authentic shepherd’s hut (called “Mitato”)
  5. Taste the coffee or mountain tea at the village’s coffee shop
  6. Traditional Cretan Lunch with plenty of local wine & delicacies


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


  1. Free hotel pick up and drop off
  2. Premium off-road vehicles (7 or 9 seated) driven by multilingual escort-drivers
  3. A visit to an original shepherd’s hut “Mitato”
  4. Coffee or tea or juice in a traditional coffee shop
  5. Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine
  6. Liability Insurance and local taxes


  1. Coffee or beers or refreshments in tavern
  2. Gratuities

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W









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