A flavorful voyage through the tastes of the wonderful products of the Cretan land
Crete equals, above all else, olive oil. Locally produced from tree to bottle, either in high end facilities or with the purest traditional techniques, it still tastes superior to most olive oils on the planet.
Wine, a late starter, really took flight these last decades and great wines with unique characteristics are now produced in Crete.
Finally, high quality beer started recently in certain microbreweries that elbow their way into the market.
In this excursion you will get tours by each producer's experts, plus the chance to taste these products together with Cretan gruyere cheese, rusks, and other local treats. Never before did an excursion taste this good!
This tour allows for much "tailor-making". If you want to leave out a place, spare some kilometres of driving or simply make it shorter, add a full meal or any other change, itinerary and price will change accordingly. Just ask me for a customized tour and I will propose you the excursion that fits your needs best.
Basically, the itinerary is your choice. The planned excursion goes
- from Chania to the olive mill, a 30 minutes drive
- to the brewery 15 minutes away
- to the winery about 45 minutes away
- back to Chania.
All these places have shops where you can buy their products.
There's a shorter version also, an hour drive in total, with producers closer to one another but I really believe the winery that's further away is really worth it. Finally, keeping the proposed winery, we could skip the brewery and change the olive oil venue to bring the whole tour in the area of Apokoronas, which would result in a 5 hour tour.
**This excursion visits protected venues which means it's all weather doable.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will pick you up with our driver from wherever you reside within the greater Chania area or from the port if it's a Shore Excursion for you. If you haven't booked a hotel yet, please contact me when you've done so through ToursByLocals.
When we meet, and as with most tours, a Liability Waiver will have to be signed by the participants of the tour. I can provide you with a digital copy so that you have ample time to read it before our meeting, during which I will also provide the hard-copies to be signed.
End location: The tour ends where it started unless you prefer another location. I could provide you with suggestions on what to do next depending on your preferences.
Duration: 6 hours
This duration includes, a light meal during the wine tasting, plus the Cretan plate in the brewery and a light tasting snack in the olive mill, as well as the drives to and from each place and the return to where the tour started. The actual duration of the tours is around 4 hours, and the total drive is slightly less than 2 hours, with some really enjoyable parts in nature and some kilometres in the highway. If you go for a full meal at the winery (15 euros/person extra), it will be an added hour.
Car / Isuzu 4 X 4, 2015, 5 pax maximum (incl. driver). Air conditioned.
In case you desire an executive vehicle or if your group consists of more than 3 people, I can arrange hiring an appropriate means of transportation for you. I will notify you of the price, well in advance so please contact me for the details.
- My time and service as your private guide to and from each venue
- Transportation with owned vehicle
- Dedicated driver
- All participation fees, scheduled meals and tastings
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 euros - Although the indicated price of the excursion includes all participation fees and scheduled meals, you will get the chance to buy olive oil and wines of superior quality right from the producers. The 35 euros is a mere indication of what a very good wine, a bottle of olive oil and some fresh beer would cost you, always depending on the quality. . For cruise ship travellers, please find out what type of products you are allowed to bring on-board according to the ship's regulations.
- Any extra drinks or snacks
- In the cases of groups of more than 3, the extra cost of hiring an appropriate vehicle shall be covered by the travellers, after prior arrangement. Please contact me for a quote.
-Local buys. For cruise ship travellers, please find out what type of products you are allowed to bring on-board according to the ship's regulations
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This was truly a remarkable experience. Costas, our guide and Spyros, our driver were extremely knowledgeable of the area and history. We were taken to three locations: Biolea Astrikas Estate, Cretan Brewery and Dourakis Winery. Each location was truly a remarkable experience. In addition to the tour at each location and samples, we were provided local meals. One of our group is gluten intolerant and Costas went out of his way to make sure that there were alternatives for her to sample. Thank you!