A Delectable Day in Crete
Land tour code: AGH-02
Cruise port: Greece - Crete - Agios Nikolaos
Duration: Half day
From Agios Nikolaos we drive to Elounda, a quiet resort on the beautiful Bay of Elounda; its hotels have been designed to complement the area’s rocky geography and turquoise waters. Elounda is of unforgettable beauty, famed throughout the Aegean for its gorgeous green hills, its sugar-sand beaches and its pristine, inviting sea.
We leave Elounda for lovely Kritsa. Enjoy an incredible view of the Bay of Elounda and spectacular Mirabello Bay, then wander the narrow streets of this traditional village. Its residents are known for planting flowers and fruit trees in their courtyards and on the balconies and terraces of their houses.
After Kritsa we continue to a local olive farm we particularly love – the owners have designed all of its 2000 square meters to embrace Cretan countryside life. Olive oil, wine and raki (the traditional drink of Crete) are produced here using traditional methods from the early 20th century. On arrival you will be welcomed with a glass of raki and with a snack of traditional Cretan meze. Enjoy the local delicious snacks while you thrill to a performance of Cretan music and folk dances.
We leave the olive farm and return to picturesque Agios Nikolaos, the "St. Tropez of Crete" and home to many charming cafés and restaurants. The city's most famous landmark is a small lake in the centre of the city at the foot of a cliff. This lake, known as "Voulismeni", is, according to the myth, where the goddess Athena used to bathe. Also noteworthy here, in the capital of Eastern Crete, are the Archaeological Museum and the cathedral, just southwest of the lake on Platia Venizelou.
REMARKS: Moderate walking is involved: moderate amount of physical activity such as walking over uneven surface and climbing stairs; might not be recommended for passengers with walking difficulties.