From Chania: Day-Trip to 7 Traditional Cretan Villages with lunch

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Crete with a day-trip to 7 of its most stunning traditional villages!

7 hours
Group Type
Small Group
From €95 / person

Seek an adventure outside the magnificent city of Chania with a day-trip to 7 traditional Cretan villages that will allow you to get a taste of the locals' everyday life. From fascinating museums to local eateries, don’t leave a rock unturned; your expert guides and comfortable, modern transportation will be the cherry on top of your fascinating Cretan endeavors!

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

Insight into the traditional Cretan lifestyle

Expert guide to show you around 7 traditional Cretan villages


Luxurious transportation in modern, air-conditioned vehicles

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 cup of Greek coffee in Armenoi village. Hit the road towards the region of Apokoronas in the eastern province of Chania, where you will enjoy the mountainous view en route to the traditional villages of Stylos, Tsivaras, and Kalives

Once you reach the village of Gavalochori, you’ll head to Xirosterni village to visit the local, family-run 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 family-run fromagerie and taste the local varieties, such as ‘graviera’ ‘mizithra’ and ‘anthotiro’. And as if that wasn't enough, you’ll also taste some olive oil on warm bread, homemade 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!

What you will see on this tour:

  • A Cretan cheese factory 
  • A raki distillery
  • Hidden monasteries and churches
  • A traditional Greek coffee shop -or kafeneio
  • A traditional bakery
  • At least 5 local villages 
Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (from and to Chania)
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Traditional Cretan lunch & a cup of Greek coffee in a traditional 'Kafeneion'
  • A visit to the Folklore Museum of Apokoronas 
  • A visit to a family-run fromagerie and a raki distillery
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Any additional orders or purchases

Know before you go: the amount of villages you will get to visit depends on availability, weather, and time. They may be more than 7 but there is a definite minimum of 5.

Trip Advisor
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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