Discover the countryside of the island on this half day amazing tour. Walk through the nature , enjoy a wonderful wine tour and taste the Cretan wines at the local winery accompanied by local specialties such as rusks and raki, learn more about the culture the traditions and the way of life in Crete on your visit to the folklore museum and do not forget to take pictures of the most ancient church on the island on your visit there.
We start our countryside experience heading to the famous eco-system of Lake Agias. On our way there we'll have a shory stop to enjoy some delicious Cretan treats(traditional kalitsouni, raki with honey or orange juice). Following we arrive to the lake.This lake hosts the largest variety of aquatic plants in Crete,but also hosts very important species of fauna such as rare species of ferns and frogs.Our next stop is the local winery as the setting is a perfect backdrop to try these award-winning wines.We suggest the guided tour at the production facility where we will learn about the wine making process and visit bottling line, the cellar where the wines are kept and aged.Last but not least a wine tasting with all available wines accompanied by local treats.Following we'll make our stop to the path next to Valsamiotis stream in Vatolakkos village. The unique and really easy walk through nature sounds and green colors is about 1,5 kilometer. The photography enthusiasts will be more than excited to seize the wonderful opportunity for great pictures.Our next stop is the Olive & Oil Museum which is housed in an 18th century olive oil factory.Here we will see the collection that consists farm tools,machinery and even furniture and various other objects the next door manor of everyday domestic life,giving the visitor a good idea of the living conditions and habits of the people of those times. By the end of the small visit we will enjoy free coffee or refreshments.On our way back - through the Orange Valley- we will make a pause to visit the very important Byzantine church of Ai Yannis - Kyr Yannis (formal name is Zoodohos Pigi) a unique church build on the tenth century that makes it the probably the oldest church on the island.Following, we return back to our hotels full of nice pictures and memories of the Cretan countryside.