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Explore the breathtaking beauty of the biggest Greek island with a day-trip to 7 traditional Cretan villages; an adventure is waiting for you just outside the magnificent city of Chania!

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  • #Family
  • #LocalExperience
7 hours
Group Type
Small Group

Small Group Tour: Every Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 9.00 am departing from Chania      Private Tour: Daily upon availability


Tour Highlights

Seek an adventure outside the magnificent city of Chania and travel to seven traditional Cretan villages to get a feel of the everyday life of the locals for a day. From fascinating museums to local eateries, don’t leave a rock unturned during your stay in Crete! The comfortable transportation and the expert guides that will accompany you to your Cretan endeavor is only the cherry on top!

A visit to a Cretan cheese factory, a raki distillery, and local eateries

A visit to the folklore museum of Apokoronas

Expert guides to show you around 7 stunning Cretan villages


Luxurious private transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicles

What you’ll see on the tour

  • The folklore museum of Apokoronas
  • A Cretan cheese factory 
  • A raki distillery
  • Hidden monasteries and churches
  • A traditional Greek coffee shop -or kafeneio
  • A traditional bakery
  • The villages of Armenoi, Apokoronas, Stylos, Tsivaras, Gavalochori, Xirosterni, Vrises, Emprosneros, Fres, and Kalives 

What you can expect?

Take a day trip from Chania to discover the natural beauty of 7 of Crete’s traditional villages. Begin your day by enjoying a Greek coffee in Armenoi village. Hit the road in the direction of the village of Apokronas in the eastern province of Chania, where you will enjoy the mountainous view of en route to the traditional villages of Stylos, Tsivaras, and Kalives. 

Once you reach the village of Gavalochori, you’ll pay a visit to the folklore museum of Apokoronas, which will give you an insight into the Cretan culture. Afterward, you’ll head to Xirosterni village in order to visit the local family raki distillery. Watch from beginning to end the production process of raki, the famous Cretan spirit, and -of course- try some for yourselves!

The next destination is Vrises, with its picturesque square and calming river. Following Vrises, visit the village of Emprosneros, where you can see the theatre ‘Mikis Theodorakis’ and the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. Additionally, visit a cheese factory and taste the local varieties, such as ‘graviera’ ‘mizithra’ and ‘anthotiro’. If you think that’s enough, think again, as you’ll also taste some olive oil on warm bread, cookies and Cretan biscuits in a local bakery.

Complete your day-trip with a Cretan lunch in a traditional ‘kafeneio’, located in Fres village. Mix with the locals and get introduced to the Cretan way of life in the most authentic way possible!


  • Hotel pick up and drop off (from Chania)
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Morning coffee
  • Museum entrance
  • Cheese tasting
  • Bakery fees
  • Raki distillery visit
  • Traditional Cretan lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes and VAT


  • Any additional orders or purchases

In case you would like to book a private tour, please fill in the "Customize Tour" form above.


Are there any extra costs?

No. The costs include a full-day exploration around Crete's mainland with an enthusiastic, knowledgable guide! 



  • Full day comfortably and safely driven circuit of mountain villages with a very knowledgeable man who loves Crete and wants you to do so also. A happy and friendly guide who went out of his way to teach you about the history and joys of Crete. Learned so much about Raki,cheese and bread production. Best tour we ever took!

    - William Z

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