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

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Experience a Cretan day, blending unique adventures with genuine hospitality, panoramic views, and immersive cultural exploration. All that under 200€

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Discover Crete’s peaks and shepherd’s life from Rethymnon: off-road adventure, Halepa Monastery, and a shepherd’s hut with breathtaking views and cheese-making insights.

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Savor Cretan culinary delights in Axos: local hospitality, memorable moments, and a return journey to vibrant Rethymnon.

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Tour Highlights

  1. Enjoy the best panoramic view of Psiloritis, the top of Ida mountain
  2. Embark on a semi-private safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle
  3. Visit an original shepherd’s hut or else “Mitato”
  4. Experience live the cheese-making process and taste local cheese
  5. 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. 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. Lunch with traditional Cretan food and wine
  4. A visit to an original shepherd’s hut “Mitato”
  5. 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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