Most people visiting Crete think of beautiful beaches and bright sun waiting in this beautiful corner of the Mediterranean. But, are you aware that the true soul of Crete is hidden in the mountains? During this full-day guided safari tour you will see firsthand what life is like for the Cretan shepherds.
High mountain tops stand stately in endless blue sky and may appear rough and unfriendly, but in the mountains an ancient tradition is passed from generation to generation for over thousands of years. Animal herding in Crete was a popular profession at one time, today animal herding is still important and although people do not have a goat in their household anymore, shepherds remain a popular profession. Follow them along the 1,400-meter high White Mountains and visit the traditional Mitato, or shepherd's hut. You will discover how they live, what challenges they face and how they produce cheese using a centuries-old method called graviera.
From there you will make your way to Therisso gorge for an easy nature hike amid spectacular scenery and wildlife. The nearest gorge to the city of Chania, this is the only one which can be crossed by car. The beauty of the village of Therisso, built at the foot of the White Mountains, will provide an unforgettable site to behold. Visit the picturesque village of Therisso where the Cretan revolution began in 1905 and changed the local history and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch accompanied by delicious local wine.
On your way back to port your guide will explain Cretan life, culture and traditions as you wind through charming traditional villages. There is mythology surrounding the notion of the shepherd on the island considered to be people that have their own perception on life, authority, honor, social life, etc.Your delicious lunch will consist of a traditional Cretan flavor with Cretan salad, wine and dessert.
Forego the typical tourist spots for an unforgettable sneak peek at a side of Crete few people get to see where people of the mountains preserve and continue a culture that has managed to keep the people of Crete alive for thousands of years.
Must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Guests must be a minimum of 8 years old to participate.