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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland
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The 7 Villages of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland

By Fabulous Crete
Recommended by 95% of travellers
95% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Crete. Enjoy the ultimate hassle-free day of discovery, without any logistics to organize as hotel pickup, drop-off, a guide, and lunch are included. Visit the Apokoronas region of East Chania—an area known for its quaint villages, green hills, and stunning scenery. Highlights include the Ottoman Fortress of Aptera, a local cheese factory, a raki (local spirit) distillery, and much more.
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Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • See the best of East Chania in a day with return transfers included
  • Visit artisan producers of cheese, and the local “raki” alcoholic drink
  • Explore small villages and nature routes you likely wouldn’t find alone
  • No hunger pangs—a delicious lunch is included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Lunch
  • All the tastings
  • Driver/guide
  • Pick-up & drop-off from from selected hotels/ meeting points
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Cross road cafe, Epar.Od. Tavronitis-Paleochoras, Tavronitis 730 06, Greece
    At 07:40 am
  • Option 2
    Gee Pa’s, Maleme 730 14, Greece
    At 07:40 am
  • Option 3
    Solimar Aquamarine, Platanias 730 14, Greece
    At 07:45 am
  • Option 4
    Platanias World War II Battle of Crete Memorial, Gerani 730 14, Greece
    At 07:45 am
  • Option 5
    Minoa Palace Resort, ΞΕΝΟΔΟΧ. ΜΙΝΟΑ ΠΑΛΑΣ, Platanias 730 14, Greece
    At 07:50 am
  • Option 6
    Ο Μύλος του Κερατά, PEO Kissamou Chanion 109, Platanias 730 14, Greece
    At 07:50 am
  • Option 7
    PEO Kissamou Chanion 59, Platanias 730 14, Greece
    At 07:50 am
  • Option 8
    Manteio Cocktail bar, Platanias, Chania 731 00, Greece
    At 07:50 am
  • Option 9
    Porto Platanias Beach Resort & Spa, Platanias 730 14, Greece
    At 07:50 am
  • Option 10
    Oscar Suites & Village, Agia Marina 730 14, Greece
    At 07:55 am
  • Option 11
    hotel Erofili, Chania 731 00, Greece
    At 07:55 am
  • Option 12
    Raeti Taverna Restaurant, Agia Marina 730 14, Greece
    At 07:55 am
  • Option 13
    Hotel Alexandra Beach, Κωνσταντίνου Μητσοτάκη 92, Χανιά 731 00, Greece
    At 07:55 am
  • Option 14
    Creta Palm, Kato Stalos, Stalos 731 00, Greece
    At 8:00 am
  • Option 15
    Marias Taverna, PEO Kissamou Chanion 32, Stalos 731 00, Greece
    At 8:00 am
  • Option 16
    Porto Kalamaki Hotel, Galatas 731 00, Greece
    At 8:00 am
  • Option 17
    Nesaki, Kalamaki Chania, Galatas 731 00, Greece
    At 8:00 am
  • Option 18
    Loca Cafe, PEO Kissamou Chanion 113, Daratsos 731 00, Greece
    At 8:10 am
  • Option 19
    Monterno, PEO Kissamou Chanion, Daratsos 731 00, Greece
    At 8:10 am
  • Option 20
    Cosmos Sport, PEO Kissamou Chanion 111, Vamvakopoulo 731 00, Greece
    At 8:10 am
  • Option 21
    Kriti Hotel, Nikiforou Foka 10, Str 731 00, Greece
    At 8:25 am
  • Option 22
    Quick Film, Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14, Chania 731 32, Greece
    At 8:30 am
  • Option 23
    SanSal Boutique Hotel, Ακτή Κανάρη, Meletiou Metaxaki &, Chania 731 31, Greece
    At 8:35 am
  • Option 24
    Sunny Rent a Car, Selinou 104, Chania 731 31, Greece
    At 8:40 am
  • Option 25
    Bus stop to Chania, Kalyves 730 03, Greece
    At 9:05 am
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14529P11

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Pick up - drop off is only for Chania region, Not Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi. If someone staying in the other regions of Crete and wants to participate in this tour has to drive with his own car or bus to meet us in Chania city center and start the tour
    • Please check the pick up areas before you book this tour.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14529P11

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    John S
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2021
    This was our first visit to Chania and we randomly chose Fabulous Crete tours as we wanted a tour of the countryside. Given it was Christmas week, we were quite pleased when within a few minutes of our registering we received notice with info about the next day pickup at our hotel.

    Our driver Janis was a delight, and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about Crete history. We visited a museum, a church built into a cave, a bakery, a cheese factory, an olive oil factory, and a divine restaurant where we ate too much, but as is the custom, ended the culinary experience with a glass or two of raki.

    We'd highly recommend this tour.
    Written 26 December 2021
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    Dear johnsF7350OE, Thank you so much for your great review! Janis is sending you his best regards! We enjoyed the day with you as well and we do hope to see you again!!
    Written 5 January 2022
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    Boutiquewinetourstas
    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out exploring the region of Chania. Led by a knowledgeable guide who was passionate about the region. We had at least five stops along the way including a visit to a Raki Distillery and a historical museum which provided us with insights about the region. Lots of food tastings along with many glasses of Raki, followed by lunch in a taverna in one of the small villages. Well worth doing to experience country Chania
    Written 8 September 2022
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    Dear Traveller, Thank you so much for reviewing us!!!We are glad that you are satisfied with the tour and we are also glad that you learnt some more things about Crete!!We would be delighted to meet again in the future!! Till than,take care!
    Written 27 June 2023
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    DormeurMangeur
    Rancho Mirage, CA57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    This was such a fun day! Pick up on time. Immediately great driver, energetic, fun, full of humor and stories. The fun did not stop, between visiting an old house that was refurbished in the local style and turned into a museum - gave a glimpse of "luxury living" in Crete in the old days. Then Raki (similar to Grappa) tasting, with simple snacks. Cheese, young cheese, and yogurt at a creamery. Bread and olive oil tasting. And the grand finale, a full lunch under a tree with wine and again Raki. All this took us through small winding roads with amazing landscapes. Loved it!
    Written 30 September 2022
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    Dear Traveller, Thank you for writing such a review!!Your review is the reward for us!We are glad that you enjoyed so much the tour and we are pleased that everything was perfect for you!!Hope to meet again in the future!! Till then,take care!!
    Written 27 June 2023
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    Daniel M
    Havre de Grace, MD30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our private driver arrived 30-min early with a wide smile. As soon as we boarded our van we knew this was going to be am incredible experience. As he drove us to our arranged destinations he was constantly pointing out the exquisite beauty of this area. The first time in our life we taste a fig harvested from the tree i front of us.
    Written 13 August 2022
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    Dear Traveller, Thank you for reviewing us!!!We are glad that in our tour you had the oppportunity to taste for the first time fresh figs and we are happy also to know that you are satisfied with the experiences that we provided you!It would be our pleasure, to see you again in the future! Best wishes to everyone!!
    Written 27 June 2023
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    wensnz
    Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful! From my pickup near my apartment in Nea Chora to being dropped back at the end, the tour was well organised, relaxed, interesting and fun. Dimitrios was a caring and informative guide, passionate about his local area. This tour was a chance to get out and about to the villages east of Chania and see some local ways of living rather than the usual tourist attractions.
    This was my second tour with GS Tours in a week - that tells you how pleased and impressed I was with the company.
    Efcharisto, Dimitri.
    Written 5 February 2020
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    Dear Wendy, This is one of the most fabulous reviews we've ever read. Million thanks for taking the time to post it on TripAdvisor! We love having people like you on our tours and it would have been a great pleasure to see you again. Kind regards,
    Written 7 August 2020
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    Gill
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    This trip was amazing and a good way to see some or rural Crete. Yannis was very knowledgeable and took time to let us soak up the atmosphere from sampling walnuts and fennel on a short walk to visiting a local bakery and cheese factory. We visited several churches where Yannis was able to tell us about their history. Culminating in a delicious lunch at a local village taverna with our group who came from Australia, America and Germany was a pleasant way to spend a day near Chania. Not forgetting all the complimentary raki of course!
    Written 13 October 2023
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    Luigi P
    Perth, Australia8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We both really enjoyed this tour up into the hills of Aporokonas. Our guide Mike have us cultural insights throughout the day and at each stop we sampled local produce and viewed local production. We found the local people warm and welcoming. The wonderful owner of the bakery was an amazing ambassador of the village. Very comfortable transport.
    Written 6 August 2022
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    Dear Luigi, We are happy that you and your wife enjoyed our tour!!We always try our best,to give you a memorable time !!We wish to meet again in the future!! Warmest regards!!!
    Written 28 June 2023
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    Martin M
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took this trip from Chania and it was our favourite trip. It was a very well planned trip from start to the end. The mini bus was comfortable and we didn't feel crammed inside. Our driver/tour guide (Yanni?) was very knowledgeable and a very good driver. We visited very nice places and tasted local produce. The lunch was very nice and the tzatziki was the best we had during our stay in Crete. We definitely recommend this trip to everyone.
    Written 9 October 2022
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    Dear Martin, We also had a great time with you!We are glad that Yannis made your day memorable and we are looking forward to meet again in the future!! Best wishes to everyone!!!
    Written 26 June 2023
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    RHorea
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2022
    Went in this tour in 15th September, with Andreas. The excursion was in the Rabbie style, the driver being also guide. Good explanations mixed with jokes rather english-style. Went to an interesting folklore museum, then to an excellent raki distillery. The graviera cheese is very good. Also we visited an old church carved into a rock. The lunch was healthy and tasty. However, I suggest to include also a stop between Vamos and Vrisses, at St.George Monastery.
    Written 28 September 2022
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    Dear guest, Your review is very important for us!t is our driving force and help us improve our services.We are glad to know that you are satisfied with your tour and we would be delighted to meet again in the future!! Sincerely, G.S.tours
    Written 27 June 2023
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    Suzanne W
    Farnham, UK53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022 • Friends
    Really nice trip, was more a tasting trip rather than villages though. Stopped at raki distillery, cheese maker and bakery. Lovely lunch included! Be prepared to drink from 11am though 😂
    Written 23 October 2022
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    Dear Suzan, Thank you for reviewing us!!Truth is that you need to be prepared to drink:)))Glad to know you enjoyed your tour!!Looking forward to meet again! Sincerely, G.S.tours
    Written 26 June 2023
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