Our tour will start with a drive through spectacular Therisso Gorge, a dazzling gorge with an outstanding forest landscape filled with oak and chestnut trees, heading to the picturesque namesake settlement, a pretty “lost” village with dramatic mountain scenery and a noteworthy history that has without a doubt left a lasting mark on the island.
On your way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the nearby Sarakina Cave perched at the edge of the cliffs. Meander down ancient paths and imagine how inhabitants of the past might have lived during the mythical Minoan civilization.
Then, going downhill to the village, it’s time to relax your muscles in a local favourite kafenion, the traditional Greek-style café where you sample the famous “sfakiani pita”, lovingly drizzled with thyme-infused honey, and wash it back with a glass of raki, Crete’s most famous spirit or a Greek coffee, depending on what you would prefer.
Next, you’ll stroll around Therisso village which has played a vital role in the modern history of Crete. Sitting at the foothills of the scenic Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Therisso village was the starting point of the “1905” revolt, which in turn led to the Crete’s union with Greece in 1913. During your walk, you’ll visit several historical monuments, such as the National Resistance Museum and the headquarters of Eleftherios Venizelos, the leader of the revolt and one of the forthcoming Prime Ministers of Greece.
Continuing the drive through the dramatic mountainous countryside, you’ll have the chance to shoot your best photos as you pass through other traditional Cretan villages, still untouched and off the beaten path by tourism.
The next stop will be in a family-run farm where you’ll sample the region’s famous dairy products, such as freshly produced yogurt and cheese, while then, you’ll head to a typical slow food restaurant where you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch cooked over an open fire in clay pots.
As your food is being prepared, you’ll experience the local rural life by visiting a small nearby farm where you’ll see how the locals use the land to make their living.
Before enjoying your delicious organic lunch, do not forget to ask the restaurant’s owner to guide you to his wine cellar where you’ll discover the delights of Cretan vines.
After your mouthwatering lunch, you’ll continue your exploration of local tastes by sampling what is considered the best region’s honey at a small family-owned business.
Moving onto our last stop, enjoy some local wine at one of Crete’s best family wineries, set in a magnificent location. Learn about Crete’s indigenous varieties and exceptional wines while participating in a three-glass wine tasting of local wines paired with local cheese.
The day comes to an end having experienced authentic Cretan hospitality. It’s time now to drive you through the countryside for one last look at perfection and drop you off at your hotel. Our guide will be more than happy to make recommendations for what else you can do on the island.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transportation during the tour, a sampling of three local wines accompanied by feta cheese, olives and rusks, bottle of water, one glass of raki, a seasonal 3 course, slow-cooked Cretan lunch (consisting of meat and vegetables), tastings of local honey, olive oil, cheese, yogurt, and local sweets. Entrance to the National Resistance Museum.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide