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The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour: Explore East Chania

Visit the most beautiful and historical areas of Chania.

The 7 villages of Apokoronas Tour

What You'll Do

  • Visit the ancient city of Aptera and the Ottoman fort
  • Learn the ancient knitting way of “Kopaneli”
  • Sit by the river and enjoy a cup of coffee and eat lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” with the locals
  • Explore the folklore museum of Apokoronas and the tower of Alidakis
  • See the bottomless lake of Kournas
  • Discover the Cretan way of life
  • Visit a cheese factory and try some cretan cheese

What to Expect

This is a tour of a unique area of Apokoronas, the East part of Chania Region. Heading to Apokoronas one of the first villages is Aptera. You will visit the ancient city with the Roman theater and the monastery of Saint John. The water cisterns and the ruins of the market will appear a few meters away.

Now get ready for the breathtaking view of Souda bay from the Ottoman fortress of Aptera. Stand there and admire the 360 degree-view from this high point. Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages we arrive in Fres. Walking to the scenic village we learn things about the Cretan history and mythology. In a few minutes you will sit by the river of Vrises enjoying a coup of Greek coffee and admire the endless beauty of nature. Then we will see an old olive mill and the way of olive oil-making in the past.

The village of Emprosneros is following and the ruins of Alidakis, the Ottoman Comander of Apokoronas, tower. You will also visit Vafes, Vatoudiatis or Alikampos (depnds on the season). Next, you will stop at Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas, 7 rooms of Cretan tradition and unique handmade knitting artworks. An old lady will show us the mind-blowing knitting technique of Kopaneli. After that, the bottomless lake of Kournas is waiting for you. The landscape combines the wild beauty of the mountain and the peaceful crystal clear water of the lake. You will have lunch in a traditional ‘’kafeneio’’, speaking with the locals and learn many thing about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas in one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. You will definitely understand that while talking with them and hear their stories. Apokoronas is waiting to reveal his secrets, a whole place ready to be explored by you!

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Guided Trips/Tours
History/Archaeology, Gastronomy, Local products
Ancient cities, Culinary, Cretan traditions, Cretan lifestyle
Apokoronas area, Ancient Aptera, NE Chania, Chania
English, Greek

Prices & Rates (per person/per group)

Indicative Price (Total)
€70 per person

from €74 per person (check for any discounts offered by selecting the "Check availabity & Book" button)

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1 (Very Easy)
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Suitable for All

Duration/Timetable & Pick up Services

1 days

6 hours guided tour

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Meeting Point: Chnaia City Center - Hotels in Chania from Kalives to Kisamos


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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Personal driver/guide
Air-conditioned luxury transfer
All entrance fees
Cretan cheese tasting
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