A Taste of Authentic Crete Country Life

Greek culinary
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enjoy authentic Greek cuisine
Cretan countryside
one of a kind experience in Crete
Greek culinary
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enjoy authentic Greek cuisine
Cretan countryside
one of a kind experience in Crete

A Taste of Authentic Crete Country Life

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Travel to the heart of east Crete for a unique experience of country life that has barely changed for centuries.

Visiting Places: Traditional villages of Kritsa and Kroustas.
Duration: 7 hours

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WHY WE LOVE IT

On this day you will discover the previous secrets of Cretan life, a life lesson that you will carry with you for a lifetime and definitely one of the most unique things to do in Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and on your holiday in east Crete. 

Activity Description

With your wonderful local guide, you will drive through hills, dreamy olive groves and ancient ruins. You will be taken to hidden gems of the area, known only to locals. You will be welcomed at a traditional 'metohi' farm where a shepherd lives like a king, although without electricity! You will learn straight from the 'expert' about his wellbeing secrets as you enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch amid fresh mountain air and glimmering sunshine. [For the days that the shepherd is unavailable, you will be hosted by a Greek 'grandma' in a remote nearby village.]
Your day will start with a pleasant drive through the traditional village of Kritsa. Here you will stop for a coffee at a kafeneio (local café). This will be your first and only stop in 'civilization'. The adventure tour will lead you to the mountains and ancient forest of Kroustas, which is away from the hustle and bustle of the Elounda resort towns on the coast.
Kroustas is a rare forest which through the centuries has been consistently colonized and utilized until today; it has now received a special protection status. While in Kroustas, you will be able to spot some ancient stone constructions from the Minoan times. 
During the safari tour, you will discover hidden churches and ancient water irrigation channels while stopping to admire stunning views of the area, especially the stunning vistas from the Fortezza, an old Minoan watch point. You will spot natural beauty peeking out through vineyards and olive trees, you will see beehives and impressive pine and oak trees of the forest. While in nature, you will get the chance to collect yourself local herbs to take them home and prepare a fresh cup of herbal tea!
Escaping from the modern world into the realm of untouched nature, your guide will take you through an unmarked road to meet your unique host for a traditional lunch. You will be greeted by a local shepherd at his unique 'metohi' (a typical Greek shepherd's hut only found in remote areas of the country). As your host is detached from the modern world, he has no access to electricity or modern comforts. This will be your opportunity to truly immerse for a couple of hours into authentic, simple Cretan life, take in the fresh air, the silence and aroma from the pine trees before you savour a very special and unique meal that has been planned especially for you! Your host will cook you a delicious and fully organic Cretan lunch over an open fire, accompanied by traditional local 'raki', a must treat for guests in Crete! What's more, you will learn how to make it and of course, drink it!
For the days that your shepherd host is unavailable, your guide will take you to another remarkable and warm Cretan figure who lives in a remote village of the area. She will welcome you with her traditional Cretan hospitality and will offer you a unique and authentic experience of Cretan lunch and lifestyle, away from the modern world. 

After a memorable meal and day of adventure in this untapped side of Crete, you will return back to 'civilization' with memories of a lifetime; a truly unique local experience in Lassithi region. 

Special Features

  • Meet an authentic local figure and get a glimpse of the peaceful Cretan life in his/her traditional remote home.
  • Savour a special Cretan lunch in the Greek countryside.
  • Enjoy the most magnificent view of Mirabello bay. 

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time : Daily in small semi-private groups upon request. | 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM. 

Duration: 7 hours

Spoken Language: English

Meeting Point: Plaka (9:45 AM); Elounda (9:55 AM); Agios Nikolaos (10:15 AM) exact locations to be advised after booking.

Group Size: Maximum of 6 persons in a shared group. 

Pace: Easy

Included: Local English-speaking guide, roundtrip transportation from meeting point (private vehicle), 1 coffee, 1 iced tea, organic lunch (meat and vegetarian option), 1 glass of wine and shots of raki (a local spirit).

Excluded: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping, transportation to the meeting point, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver (optional)

Note: Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. Pack your hat and sunscreen during summertime.

Young Travelers: This tour is child-friendly. For children 6 to 11 years old, normal fees apply. For children below the age of 6, the tour is free of charge. Please inform us if children below the age of 6 are joining the tour.

Vendor: Lydia Tzortzi Brokland

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation at least 5 days prior to scheduled program: 70% refund. Cancellation 2-4 days prior to booking date: 50% refund. Cancellation 48 hours prior to booking/no show: No refund.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)  
  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
  • Complete information on Vendor, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. The TravelPorter hand-picks the most remarkable, experienced and reliable vetted professionals for a pleasant experience from booking to completion. 

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