January 2018

Santorini – 1 Day Excursion

  • Duration: 8.5 hours Approximately (petros)
  • Day Available: Every Day
  • Language: English, German, France, Russian, Italian, Polish
  • Location: Santorini Island
  • Price: 140€
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• Professional and multilingual speaking guide.
• Pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

The most popular trip, the Santorini trip is here and awaiting!

When you arrive at the port:The guide will be waiting for you on the pier, with a raised sign reffering the bus number in which you will board. During boarding we will provide you with an informative brochure .The brochure  will include a detailed program of the excursion and a card with your boarding bus number for Santorini trip  in your language.

The schedule of the ship that is going to be used at the excursion is the following:

Heraklion – Santorini: 08:00-09:45   &  Santorini – Heraklion: 16:00 – 17:50

 What is indcluded:

  • 08:00: Departure from Heraklion heading to Santorini
  • 09:50: Arrival at Santorini

A. Excursion to Oia – Fira: The best depart is from Athinios and is escorted by quides who will provide information concerning the island and its history .Visit to:

OIA: Free time to admire the old neo-classical manors as well as the houses carved on the rock, the manmade eyries that seem to hang on the edge of the precipice.Undoubtedly Oia is the most graphic village of the island with a fantastic view, narrow streets and marvelous mansions.

FIRA: Free time to visit the capital, go for shopping or enjoy your drink with a bird’s eye view over Caldera.

B. Swimming at the Βlack Βeach of Perissa.

Perissa: The most popular beach in Santorini which is known for its black sand and crystal clear water. For your lunch ,it is recommended and it will be a real pleasure to discover traditional taverns here .They prepare Greek specialties such as “Fava” and fresh fish served with excellent local wine. Tour at the volcano round trip. (not included).

  • 16:00: Departure from Santorini heading to Heraklion
  • 17:50: Arrival at Heraklion

 

HISTORY

According to a legend, Santorini rose up from the depths of the sea and this, in combination with the eruption of the volcano, has led scientists to correlate and compare it to the lost city of Atlantis. The first signs of life were evident as far back as the mid 3rd century B.C. (Early Copper Age).The first name given to the island was Strongyle (“the circular one”) due to its shape. According to Herodotus however, the island was later renamed to Kalliste (“the most beautiful one”) due to its incomparable beauty. Once the island was colonized by Spartans (following the Phoenicians) the island changed its name to Thera, named after the Spartan leader of the time. Finally, the name Santorini , which is a contraction of the name Santa Irini , was given to the island by the Latin Empire referencing the name of the old cathedral of Saint Irene , the ruins of which were discovered in 1992 at the foot of the mountain in the village of Perissa.

The large volcanic eruption  of circa 1613 B.C. (Late Copper Age) , and the following collapse of the volcano’s magma chamber /reservoir, lead to the formation of the caldera (a large underwater cauldron-like depression).

The rare natural beauty, the rich history and the unique geomorphology of Santorini have contributed to it becoming one of the world’s top and most sought after destinations. It has become the subject of study for numerous influential scientists as well as an inspiration to famous poets and writers. It is worth noting that the island was even mentioned in Jules Verne’s novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, as well as Santorini being his main source of inspiration in writing his novel “The Mysterious Island”

FIRA

The wondrous capital of Santorini majestically dominates the west side of the island, built high up on the sharp Cliffside at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level. White –washed  houses, scenic alleyways and important museums (Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Archaeological Museum of Thera ,Megaro Gizi ) make up a Cyclades settlement of outstanding beauty which simultaneously has all the necessary infrastructure (hotels,restaurants,commercial  shops) so as to satisfy even the most demanding visitors.

FIROSTEFANI

The “Crown of Fira”, as the name suggests, makes up a separate settlement on the outskirts of Fira. The walk from Firostefani to Fira constitutes a truly unique experience since what truly stands out is the blue dome of Aghioi Theodoroi church (Saints Theodore) which has been featured is countless pictures and images worldwide.

OIA

At the north section of the island, at a distance of 11 km from Fira, resides the settlement of Oia, which a true architectural gem…with its rock-hewn buildings and imposing so-called “captain’s houses.Its renowned sunset provides a magical and almost spiritual experience, with people arriving from around the world so as to gaze at its enchanting grandeur.

PERISSA

The beautiful and gorgeous beaches of Perissa and of Perivolos together comprise an extensive coastline which surpasses 5 kilometers .The fine black sand, the crystal clear water and all the comforts provided by an organized beachfront creates ideal conditions for all visitors that wish to truly enjoy the sea and taste exquisite local dishes.

THE ANCIENT VINEYARD

Excavation findings reveal that grapes were grown and cultivated on the island at least since the 17th century B.C.The ancient vine varieties, the unique climate and ecosystem of Santorini and the fertile volcanic soil contribute to the production of high quality wine. The rock-hewn wineries constitute quite a wonderful and rustic sightseeing destination for the island.

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Spinalonga – Elounda- Agios Nikolaos

  • Duration: 10 hours Approximately
  • Day Available: Μonday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Language: English, German, Russian, France, Polish
  • Location: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos
  • Price: 38€
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

This excursion is a trip back in time , since it carries the sensation and the feel of another era…..a visit to the most well known places of east Crete ,Spinalonga , Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.

Driving along the North East coast through the gorge of St. George,we reach the small fishing village of Elounda,the location of the BBC television series “Who pays the ferryman”.Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort,often visited by VIPs for the luxurious beach resorts,situated in the area.

From there,we take the boat that gets us to the small island of Spinalonga.The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time.This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece , as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous;the history of the Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates ;the history of Venetians as their fortress;the history of Turks as their settlement.

After our guided tour of the island , we proceed to the small sandy pirate bay of Kolokitha,where the boat will be anchored.Here you have plenty of time for swimming at the crystal clear waters and tasting the BBQ served on board.

We then return to Elounda,where we take our bus for our last stop , the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos.

Here you have time to look at and shop at the shops,visit the bottomless lake , and relax.

 

 

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West Crete

  • Duration: 10 hours Approximately
  • Day available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
  • Language: English, German, France, Russian
  • Location: Chania, Rethymno, Kournas Lake
  • Price: 40€
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.
• Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

This excursion brings us to West Crete and our first stop in Chania,the most ravishing city of Crete.It was an important Minoan city and the “mother of the Cretan cities”,according to ancient writers.

CHANIA CITY

The Venice of the East

The city is divided in the Old city ,with the gorgeous harbor and the New City ,beyond its Venetian fortifications.The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterrenean and is called “Venice of the East”.Consequently ,we can admire samples of all the civilisations that have passed from here:archaeological Minoan sites,Turkish minarets and mosques,Muslim neighborhoods,Venetian fortresses ,dockyards,fountains,squares,arches,mansions,Loggia and the Lighthouse.Moreover ,we can enjoy our lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora (market) , which houses traditional little shops and taverns.Here we can buysouvenirs or leather goods in very good prices.

KOURNAS LAKE

Lush greenery on the hills

Leaving this extraordinary city,we arrive at the quaint Kournas Lake,a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater ,one of a kind on Crete.Lush greenery,steep cavities between hills,rare species of fish and birds,like eels,moorherns and two-color turtles.It’s magnificent beauty  make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy a swim before our lunch or any early afternoon walk.

RETHYMNON CITY

A crossroad of cultures

The whole area of Kournas is protected under Natura 2000,as it has been a designated wetland.Going back ,we stop in Rethymnon,the third biggest town in Crete , where monuments of the archaeological , Ottoman and Venetian eras coexist,in an extremely interesting way.Have a stroll in the alleys of the old town ,visit the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses or just enjoy your coffee in the magnificent harbor.

 

 

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Jeep Safari

  • Duration: 10 hours approximately-340 Km
  • Day available: Tue., Thu., Sat.
  • Language: en, de, ru, fr, nl
  • Location:Cretan Mainland , villages , north coast and beaches
  • Price: from 58 euro
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• Tips and Individual expenses.

Thousands of people of all ages have experienced the untouched side of this diverse island with us. Our jeep safari  tours are suitable for everyone, young or older, alone or together, families, groups or companies. From April 1st till October 28th we organise daily self-drive jeep safaris and private jeep safaris to remote cretan beaches. On request we organise incentive tours for larger groups or companies. Challenge us with your demand, we are here to organise a very special day for you.

WHAT WE OFFER

Daily:

Jeep safari, Crete’s Mainland with lunch at local restaurant.
Jeep safari, Preveli palm beach, with lunch at beach restaurant.
Private Jeep tour to remote beaches
And many other activities on request

Jeep Safari- Crete’s Mainland

Your day will start by picking you up from your hotel. We all meet at Exploring Club Garage in Hersonissos area where after a safety information we get in the jeeps and the adventure begins. Soon after, on our way to Kera village we get a great panoramic view of the North East coast of Crete. Some further climbing and the action starts. Excitement is the word to describe what follows, downhill, off road, among rich Cretan flora we reach Gonies village where we drive through its narrow streets, a unique experience! After a relaxing break in the village the convoy sets of again, driving through many small villages, old olive fields and vineyards. During the way the smell of the wild herbs and flowers set the mood for an unforgettable day. On the green terrace of a local tavern in Kastellli village we sit and enjoy our lunch prepared in the wood oven the traditional way. After lunch and some rest we continue our tour into Cretan dryland via a fun route heading for the sandy beaches of the North coast. After a full day OFF the road you can enjoy a refreshing swim or a fresh drink by the beach for an hour before we drive back to our garage (google+) and then to your Hotel.Contact us to plan your roundtrip.

Notes:
This tour is available from Tuesday till Saturday

Jeep Safari Preveli Palm beach
Your day starts by picking you up from your hotel. At 09.00 we all meet at Missiria in Rethymno city where after our safety information& guidance the adventure begins. 30′ after we’ ll find our selfs driving into Cretan wildscape. An exciting route, via old villages ancient olive fields, vineyards and lots of action folows till the 1st pause of the day at the incredible Spili village. A necessary break in order to refresh in the fresh water springs of the village. As soon as we are ready the convoy starts again heading for South Crete to one of its most popular destinations, Preveli palm beach. Before noon we will arrive by the beach where we will enjoy a typical Cretan lunch in a traditional beach tavern. Later on we’ ll have enough time to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sean or just relax under the sh
ade of a palm tree. Around 15.00 we continue our 4×4 tour driving Off the road in a unique landscape to Kourtaliotiko gorge for the last stop of the day. After an informative info and a group picture we continue driving on the old national road to Rethymno city and then to your hotel. Contact us to plan your roundtrip.

Notes:
This tour is available every Wednesday

Private Jeep Safari- South Crete

Spend a day in the nature exploring the unknown beauties of Crete. Sit back, relax and enjoy an unforgettable day driven by our experienced driver who knows Crete well. Our destination? A remote village at South of Crete, not accessible by all cars. Still pure, away from mass tourism will charm you with its wilderness and beauty. Swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea is a must, the coastline has many different beaches to choose from and the local fish tavern offers fresh fish and great local specialties.
What do you think? Would you like to go somewhere few people do..? Contact us to plan your roundtrip.

Notes:
This tour is available every Saturday & Sunday

 

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Gramvousa – Balos

  • Duration: 12 hours Αpproximately
  • Day Αvailable: Monday, Thursday, Friday
  • Language: English, German, Friday, Russian, Italian
  • Location: Gramvousa, Balos
  • Price: 65€
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.

  • Entrance (€1)
  • Tips and Individual expenses.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Kissamos port or “Kavonissi”
Gramvousa – the pirate island with its Venetian castle
Balos – the magnificent beach of “blue lagoon” meeting place of three seas

An exquisite excursion is the one to Gramvousa and Balos.Driving to the west of the island , we make our first stop near Rethimnon, where we have some time for coffee or breakfast.Then we head for Kissamos , where we set out for our trip.The first things we admire is a vast cave -most likely an ancient shipyard-,the sea turtles and the dolphins.We also witness an impressive geological phenomenon:the simultaneous lifting and sinking of the two sides of the island, where its western side rises up to 6-9 meters above the sea level.We disembark at the island of Gramvousa , which is also known as the “Pirate’s Island”, as it used to be ahiding place for the rebels of the island ,where we are instantly blown away by the natural beauty of the place!

The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the Eastern Mediterranean ,since here we can encounter over 100 bird species and 400 plant species.After our exploration of the area , we have plenty of time to enjoy our swim at the gorgeous beach with the wonderful colors,take a few shots of the famous shipwreck of the island or have lunch aboard (optional).

In the early afternoon, we head for the lagoon of Balos , one of the loveliest places in Greece.The view of the lagoon is truly breathtaking and brings us in mind exotic beaches in the Carribean.These few hours of solitude in such a paradise will surely be etched in our memory for ever.

 

 

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Koufonisi – Pirate Cruise

  • Duration: 8,5 hours approximately
  • Day available: FRIDAY
  • Language: EN, DE, RU, FR, IT , PL, SW
  • Location:Makris Gialos, Ierapetra
  • Price: €60
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  • Entrance to the island
  • Meal and Water
  • Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
  •  Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.
  • Tips and Individual expenses.

PIRATE CRUISE TO KOUFONISI 

   → Departure from Makris Gialos-Ierapetra

    Daily (from May  to  September)

  → “Evdokia” , our pirate ship

 

If you’re up for an adventure, this is the trip for you!

An enemy ship has stolen the treasure and the crew needs your help to recapture the booty. Are you brave enough ? Then climb aboard and get ready for a swashbuckling good time. Come join us for a celebration of music, song, and dance. Discover the hidden treasures of the sea  and the nearby isles. Lots of fun and surprises are in store on this ocean adventure for you little ones.

Meanwhile , we can enjoy  the self-service bar of the ship ,where light meals,with salads,wine,soft drinks,coffee,ice-creams etc will be served.

On our way to  the island ,you will encounter the lovely beaches ,the caves and magical bays the seawater formed in its soft rock formations.Koufonisi has 36 stunning beaches , with fine white sand and emerald waters.

While you are there , you will have the chance to see the white rocks , against the backdrop of the Libyan Sea’s endless blue,enjoy the serenity of nature and the gentle breeze tha tames the mighty Cretan sun and swim in the crystal clear waters.The landscape will dazzle you,changing from steep rocky shorelines,to caves with white and yellow rocks,and unearthly dunes.

The island is uninhabited today ,but still filled with remnants of past  that starts from the Early Minoan times until the post-Byzantine era.

It is only in recent years that  the wealth of its history and environment were discovered and studied.This knowledge and the natural beauty of the island are a gift to visitors who must respect and protect it.

                      Have a safe trip and a great time !

 

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Elafonissi

  • Duration: 12 hours approximately
  • Day available: Thursday
  • Language: En,Ger,Fr,Ru,It
  • Location: Chania
  • Price: 48€
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

This is an excursion you do not want to miss!

Up to the south-western most point of the island,in one of the most spectacular and unexpected locations on the island is where we will spend the day.

Elafonissi is a place of exeptional natural beauty,something between an island and a peninsula , as you have to walk through the sea to reach it,and it is included in the Natura 2000 Protection Program.Once occupied by pirates,today it is a very popular destination for day trippers who flood there to experience the unique feeling of being in a faraway lagoon,whilst having a Mediterranean holiday.

Elafonissi is a paradise on earth-a heaven of unparalleled beauty.It is covered with sand dunes,low trees,bushes,sand lilies and junipers.

You can get there on foot from the beach ,by passing through shallow aquamarine and turquoise waters.The white and pink sand made of thousands of broken seashells,the limpid,blue-green waters,the little coves and the secluded tiny beaches remind the travelers of a paradise lost.Take a swim in the warm tropical waters and relax under the hot summer sun!

Have a safe trip and a great time !

 

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Cretan Folklore Night

  • Duration: 8,5 hours approximately
  • Day available: Sat.
  • Language: EN, DE, RU, FR
  • Location: Heraklion
  • Price: €42
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  1.  Taxes
  2.  Multilingual guide
  3.  Comfort motor coach
  4.  Round Trip Transfer
  5. Dinner & free wine
  6. Folklore show
  7. Archeological sights.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

CRETAN FOLKLORE NIGHT

You will be delighted with this traditional Cretan evening, as it is a golden opportunity to enjoy yourselves “Cretan style”. Also you will have the opportunity to get to know your hosts a bit more.

It consists of all those qualities of the Cretan way of celebrating and entertaining that will undoubtedly be encarved in your memory.

PROGRAMM

Once we arrive at the Karouzanos, we will have some time to explore and see around the village.

Karouzanos is a village in the mountains, close to Kastelli. A traditional village preserving all those qualities of village life. We will be able to reach it winding through the mountains by a very scenic road. We will also, have the chance to take a glimpse of the rural life in a Cretan village by walking around this lovely settlement.

By the time we are there you can take a stroll around the village at the delightful village paths, through arches strewn with bougamvillias. Seek out the locals and share a drink or two in a cafenion (local café).You can also visit the local Greek Orthodox Church and light a candle or you can try to find a bargain in the handcraft shop.

Our evening will continue at a local taverna, where we will be treated a typical Cretan dinner and free-flowing wine. A performance of traditional Cretan and Greek dances by the village’s dancers in colourful traditional costumes and of course you will enjoy a special performance of Sirtaki Dance “Zorbas the Greek”.

Come and join us !

 

 

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East Crete

  • Duration: 8,5 hours approximately
  • Day available: Sunday
  • Language: English, German, Russian, France, Italian
  • Location: East Crete
  • Price: 45€
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.

  • Entrance to Toplou (€3)
  • Tips and Individual expenses.

Our excursion to the east starts from the region of Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra.

Just beyond all touristic and developed cities, Makrigialos is located along a coastline filled with secluded coves and quiet beaches .

As we move on, we will visit one of the most important and rich monasteries, the monastery of Toplou. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint John, it has always played an important role in the struggles of the Cretans for freedom. As a  fortress ,it has been a center of  great works of art and pirates.Nevertheless, the monks managed to preserve its beauty and made it into a museum that displays icons of great artistic value, Bibles, artifacts , rare documents and clothes etc. They also produce and sell excellent local organic products such as  wine, olive oil and raki.

The highlight of the excursion, however, is the famous Palm Beach of Vai, a place of inconceivable beauty.

The beach of Vai is the only natural palm beach in Europe and became famous because of a Bounty add on TV.This tropical forest is  located at the exit of a narrow valley and very close to the beach.The thick sand dunes and the rare plants form a real oasis in the desert landscape.Here you can enjoy the crystal clear waters of the sea, as well as the shadow of the gigantic palms.

Our last stop is Sitia.

When the Byzantines arrived, Sitia slowly  become an important commercial port and it still remains as such today.In Sitia notable is the amphitheatrically way the town is build with epicentre the harbour. Among the Cretans, the people of Sitia are known for their fine literary sensibilities.Enjoy yourself, admire the fortresses of the city which stretches the waterfront and enjoy your evening coffee, before resuming on the road.

        Have a safe trip and a great time !

 

 

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South Crete -Matala

  • Duration: 10 hours approximately
  • Day available: Wed
  • Language: EN, DE, RU, FR
  • Location:South Crete,Gortys,Matala
  • Price: 39€
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Included :

  1. Taxes
  2.  Multilingual guide
  3.  Comfort motor coach
  4.  Round Trip Transfer
  5. Scenic drive
  6. Swimming
  7. Messara plain
  8. Phestos -Gortys full guided tour
  9. Free time in Matala
  10. Archeological sights
  11. Meal
  • Entrance to Gortys (6)
  • Entrace to Matala (5)
  • Tips and Individual expenses.

 

PROGRAMM

10.30 arrival at Zaros
12.00 arrival at Matala for food and Swimming
14.00 departure from Matala

Through the rich vine-yards of Malevisi we arrive at Zaros where we stop at the lake of Zaros to stretch our legs and have a coffee break. Zaros is well known for it pure bottled drink water.

After our stop we will pass the Messara plain the largest plain of Crete and the richest in agricultural sense. Historical the sites of Gortys and Phaestos are also situated here. We will pass the site of Phaestos but there is no stop included in this trip.

After a small drive through the Messara plain we arrive at Matala. Matala is known for its holes in the Cliffside where a hippie colony flourished in the sixties. It is rumoured but never proven that Bob Dylan spent some time here. The holes are in fact man maid roman burial grounds. In Matala you will have time for a refreshing dive in the water, to eat something or just to enjoy a drink at the seaside.

Have a safe trip and a great time !

 

 

 

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