Luxury Private Tour

Portrait of West Crete: Six Senses Mosaic & Venetian Rethymno

South-Western Crete Off the Beaten Track


Why We like It

Like-a-Local Experience
Ideal for Cruise Travelers
Stunning Escapes
Local Flavors
Cultural Immersion

Price From

group price from 130 €
480 €

Duration

8 hours

Description

OVERVIEW
 

Our luxurious-minded adventurers are in pursue of finding their personal way to unwind, tranquilize their minds, stimulate their spirit, and indulge in their travel curiosity. We believe that a sense of adventure is important to have in your travel. It’s about leaping into the unknown. Access to beauty and joy through places that represent them.

 

We always thought of West Crete as a land of bottomless generosity and immense possibility. A destination that assembles tesserae into a mosaic of luxuriant tastes, aromas, sounds, and a splash of joyous colors.

 

Pair up with our top local insider and let us chauffeur you along the golden South-Western Crete from the comfort of a luxury vehicle at your disposal. Submerge into a bespoke journey fueled by time-honored villages that shimmer all their timeless authenticity, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature and its treasures, gentle gorges spilling their lavish rivers into the salty sea, and storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled within utopian wonders and full of colors landscapes.

 

How about savoring delectable dishes known and loved by our legendary forefathers? Let us tuck you into the genuine flavors of West Crete by unearthing the favored archaic hamlet of king Agamemnon where abounding water resources and vegetation are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb and melt-in-mouth river fish that are generously seasoned with salt and placed around an open fire straight in front of you.

 

In the late afternoon, luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno decorated with immaculate architecture but also addicted to quaint aesthetics and romantic feelings. Wallow in the charm of the labyrinthian streets and historical energy that exudes from the Venetian-era fortification and powerful monuments. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets, eclectic wine-cocktail bars along with elegant cafés that complement the city’s lifestyle.

 

Already, inspired? Imagine yourself tasting aromatic award-winning Cretan wines by the storied Venetian harbor and cherishing the melting sunset as the evening warm breeze touches your cheeks. We believe you deserve to be spoiled.

 
HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Get the inside track from our knowledgeable local guide while you will be whisked across the emerald expanse of West Crete
  • Delight in scenes of a historic village with perennially flowing waters and amble its medicinal herb gardens
  • Lift your spirit and encounter serene gorges of an enchanting wild beauty blended with raw natural scents and mesmeric sounds
  • Visit an age-old Byzantine monastery basked within breathtaking nature and get stimulated as we tell you its glorious story from way back
  • Discover a mountainous village built on an ancient city and surrounded by towering age-old trees, lush landscape, and breezy waterfalls
  • Connect with the West Crete essence of scrumptious tastes from antiquity and acclimatize yourself to the unspoiled local lifestyle
  • Stroll in the pearled historic harbor city of Rethymno and unwind at its local-exclusive bars and cafés

ITINERARY
 

Western Crete full of authenticity and hidden pursuits

 

Upon a flexibly adjusted pick-up time of the day, meet our top local insider at your accommodation. Together, you will travel to the heart of the South-Western region of Crete by immersing into the limitless splendor of this region from the get-go.

 

Soak up the stunning escape and succumb to an entirely personalized and tailored experience by a luxury chauffeured vehicle at your full-day disposal. This is your day for writing a new colorful story with luster and exuberance.

 

Villages you can’t miss: Spili & botanical gardens

 

Village-hopping is the most meaningful element to truly connect with the sparkling genuineness of Crete. So let’s make a stop at the village of Spili with its chic ambiance, vivid vegetation and the venerated monument of a row of 25 fresh-water fountains sculptured stone lion heads.

 

Together with your knowledgeable guide stroll the picturesque alleyways of the village and exchange smiles with the ever-friendly locals. Don’t miss the chance to visit a neighborhood bakery to sample appetizing local treats and have a cup of creamy coffee under the shade of age-old plane trees.

 

Uplift your experience by visiting Spili’s medicinal herb gardens fueled with euphoria, colors, and floods of vibrant aromas. Pick up by hand flowers and herbs that are nurtured from the finest soils to smell and taste them. True aromatherapy to excite your senses.

 

Interestingly, close to the village begins the gorgeous canyon of Kourtaliotiko, which spills its gentle rivers into the Libyan Sea and is the life-vein of the majestic palm forest of Preveli.

 

A legendary Monastery that weaves 2 magnificent gorges

 

You will be chauffeured deeper to the South-Western Crete along with the Kourtaliotiko gorge on your side with its overwhelming wild beauty.

 

For a dose of tranquility, make a stopover by the canyon and take in the bird’s eye view. Listen to the gentle whistling of the wind, and together with your expert guide walk a scenic path by descending to the heart of Kourtaliotiko. As the river tranquility sparkles in the gorge and spring waters gush from within the rocks, an age-old chapel of the Blessed Nikolaos Kourtaliotis sanctifies the landscape. Let this utterly enchanting Cretan nature ground your soul.

 

Hop again on your luxury chauffeured vehicle and journey until the island’s sapphire blue Southern shores. Somewhere between heaven and earth, discover the time-honored Monastery of Preveli dedicated to Saint John the Theologian, a real architectural jewel built within an oasis of serenity. You will be mesmerized by our stories of this venerated monument from its foundation by the Venetian feudal lord Prevelis to its participation in each of the liberation struggles of Cretans.

 

From the very great height of the Monastery soak up the astonishing panoramic views of rugged mountains interwoven with the endless Libyan Sea. Also, let us unveil for you the Monastery’s treasures; the Holy Cross which bears a part of the True Cross from Constantinople, the Monastery’s Museum that hosts rare icons with technique inspiration by the Cretan school of iconography, and a wax workshop.

 

Now let’s turn our attention back North by ascending the picturesque road through the heart of Kotsifou gorge while having all-embracing views of the captivating Libyan Sea behind us. What could be better than sightseeing in a narrow canyon road embraced by a vibrant region of vineyards where grapes grow peacefully next to olives and wild beauty with a soft heart that stimulates you from the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle?

 

Our next tessera of this Mosaic is to connect you with the West Crete essence of delicious flavors while gaining a deeper understanding of the relationship between recipes, people, and places.

 

Genuine tastes and old-world charm: Argyroupoli & Ancient Lappa

 

Upon arriving at the everlasting wonder of king Agamemnon and once a powerful Roman stronghold, realize how the nature trails of the Ancient Lappa, or in present-day Argyroupoli, are timeless in their ability to awe. Tucked within a lush landscape, towering age-old plane trees, small breezy waterfalls, and numerous springs with all-natural water flows, the village seduces you just by soaking up its pure atmosphere.

 

Wander with your local insider around the amphitheatrically built mountainous hamlet which covers the prehistoric city and still well preserves both archaic and Cretan traditional elements of architecture. Revel in an array of Roman bathhouses, aqueducts, and mosaic-laden villas along with buildings from the Venetian era.

 

Undoubtedly, your appetite will peak with the delicious smells of juicy lamb (Ofto Antikristo) that pours all over the village. Cut into four, seasoned with salt to produce a crispy skin, passed through huge wooden or iron spit (our forefathers were using their battle spears instead), and placed around the fire for about 5 to 6 hours in each yard of the family tavern. Not to mention the grilled to perfection river trout served in generous portions and mouthwatering traditional appetizers based on homegrown food.

 

Fully rejuvenated and immersed in the feast of experiences that capture the soul of West Crete, why not close this enticing escape by unwinding in the iconic city of Rethymno?

 

Venetian town of Rethymno: the great melting spot of cultures

 

Rethymno is the cityscape that mixes the ancient world with modern-day luxury and colors everything with its unique style. A detail that can be clearly seen in the artistic sense of the old town blended with stylish boutique stores, sensational eateries, enticing wine-cocktail bars, and cafés flooded with vibrant aromas.

 

Let your local insider connect you with the seaside city’s quintessential vibe and rich history as you lose yourself in the labyrinthian streets and cobblestone alleyways, replete with atmospheric buildings, piazzas that hosts emblematic monuments, and legendary fortifications from the Venetian-era. Feel the historical aura and energizing life that will truly overwhelm you.

 

Western Crete is so rewarding and so endlessly worthwhile. Its true charm resonates within you and never leaves you. Ready to go?

 
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WHAT TO EXPECT

We can fully personalize your private tour if you travel with your family adding tailored details to enrich the experience based on the whole family's interests.

Do not forget to bring along

Comfortable shoes and proper dress code in Byzantine Monasteries.

Destinations

  1. South-Western Crete Off the Beaten Track

Private Excursions

Price Options

Type Vehicle Capacity from
Tailor-made Modern 1 - 9 480€
Tailor-made Luxury 1 - 9 580€

Additional Cost

Group Excursions

Cost per person

130 €

Calendar

01/01/2021 - 01/01/2022

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