Discover the real Crete (from Heraklion and nearby areas)

Have you noticed Crete island map car stickers on cars around? Lets find out why people from Crete have such a passion with their island… Culture, tradition and legends still alive and around us today...

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  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Easy
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Let’s have a taste of real Crete, Crete’s magnificent heartland and people, craftsmen and traditional rural life will be brought alive for you. Pottery has a presence of few thousand years in Crete, in Anopolis we will watch and learn the skills of a local potter. You may also try your hand at making your own work of art.  

After that we continue through the countryside. In Crete its Wine and Olive oil that is mostly produced! During our tour, we will have the opportunity taste selected Cretan wines and you might want to buy some wine at excellent value for money. Next will be Vathypetro area, where pure wild nature and a Minoan Farmhouse is on plan

Let’s enjoy a traditional lunch, in a family run tavern in the beautiful village of Archanes, local specialties and the atmosphere of the time-honored tradition will be memorable . 

A homemade Raki , the local snap will help your digestion! Also, after your lunch, you will have the time to enjoy your coffee under the shadow of plane trees in the beautiful square of the Archanes. 

If you really want to get to know Crete, don’t miss this wonderful trip.   


11:00 arriving in Anopolis at Kaparounakis pottery !

Lets start our tour by finding out the basics of one of the most ancient skills still alive in our days, pottery ! Kaparounakis family is here for us in showing us around how these daily used items are made, you care to participate ? Step in !

11:40 leaving Anopolis towards Miliaraki wine making at Peza

A lovely drive full of views and scenery heading from the north part of Crete to the central part of the island. The drive to Peza is full of nice lovely vineyards , we arrive there at approx 12:00 .

12:00 we arrive at Miliaraki winery

Lets have a small introduction to local winery and have a small taste of Cretan Wines

12:40 we head to Bathypetro.

Beautiful drive in the Cretan mainland to Bathypetro , a lovely place full of Minoan history and culture where we will have a small 15 minute stop.

13:30 departing Bathypetro to Archanes

We arrive at Archanes at about 13:45, Archanes is for many , the most beautiful village in Crete. Enjoy your lunch and do walk along the narrow paths of the old village, interact with locals, buy local souvenirs , smell and taste a lovely place....

16:00 we start our drive back from Archanes to our hotel

Lets enjoy the drive back, after a full day into so many interesting and original bits of Crete we are heading back to base .

What’s included

  • Bus and Licensed English-speaking Guide
  • Lunch in local tavern in Archanes village
  • All taxes.

What’s excluded

  • Gratuities for the driver –guide
  • Meals or beverages
  • Entrance fees (very small cost)
  • Archaeological Museum guided tour
  • Personal expenses any service not mentioned.

What do I need to bring

  • Camera 
  • Money for souvenirs
  • Comfortable shoes

Important information

  • All your personal belongings must be taken from the bus 

Pick-Up Starting Times:

  • Sissi 9:00-9:05   
  • Mallia 9:15-9:25
  • Stalis 9:40
  • Hersonissos 9:50-10:00  
  • Anissaras 10:10-10:15     
  • Gouves 10:35
  • Kokkini Hani 10:45












Guided Language

  • English
59 5 Hours , Easy

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Loved it !


Amazing time, practically had the opportunity to see where we really are , and what Crete looks like if you skip the beaches and the tourists, absolutely commended, mainland is wild and beautiful, the tour was a hit , guide and coach driver helpful and prof, thanks !

27 June, 2019 by Aaron D (IL)