Chania, Greece

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clock-o11 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience Crete’s small villages and scenic terrain like a local during this 11.5-hour small-group day trip. Visit an idyllic seaside village before hiking to an ancient Cretan city and temple, where you’ll partake in its ‘healing waters.’ You’ll also have time for swimming at a local beach before checking out the local hotspots of Paleochora. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are also included.
  • Explore Crete's small villages and the ancient city of Lissos on a small-group trip
  • Fuel up with a locally-sourced, organic, breakfast of cheeses, olives and bread
  • Enjoy views of the ocean and a local gorge while hiking to the ruins of Lissos
  • Swim and sunbathe on the shore of a local beach
  • Check out the favorite local hangouts in Paleochora
  • Small group trip is limited to no more than 12 guests
Meet up with your group and tour guide in the morning at the central bus station of Chania. You’ll proceed by bus through the island’s interior on your way to your first stop in a picturesque seaside village off the usual tourist trail. Start by fueling up with an included light breakfast of local organic cheeses and olives.

Continue with a hike to the ancient Cretan city of Lissos, hiking along a pine tree-lined path that offers views of the ocean and a nearby gorge while en route. This fairly easy walk will take about 90 minutes and climb 820 feet (250 meters) in elevation. When you arrive in the ruins of this historic trading and fishing center, stop by the temple dedicated to the god Asclepius. Spend the next hour wandering among the remains of this Cretan city, making sure to stop by a nearby spring to experience its healing waters.

To help cool off after the hike, head down to the coast on foot for another 30 minutes, where you’ll find a sandy beach where you can sunbathe and swim in the turquoise-blue waters for approximately two hours. An included snack of fresh fruit will add some much-need refreshment to the experience.

Leaving the beach behind, board a fishing boat to visit another small coastal village, where you’ll learn to prepare a traditional local sweet. Finish the day in the Cretan town of Paleochora, offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a lively social scene. Simply soak up the scenery or let your guide navigate you to some of their favorite ‘locals-only’ hangout spots. You’ll then travel back to Chania by bus to end your excursion.

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J
, Sep 2017

This is a great tour! If you don't have a lot of time in Crete and you want to do something different this is it. It was nice to get away from the tourist area and go off the beaten path. John and Mike were knowledgeable guides. They showed us some local villages with great food! Thanks for a fantastic day.


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