Agios Nikolaos Tour Authentic Crete the Heart of Island

Agios Nikolaos Private Tour Authentic Crete the Heart of Island

Tour from Agios Nikolaos

  • Visit the traditional mountain village Spili known for its arts and crafts
  • Discover remote Meronas village, located in picturesque Amari valley
  • Have a special tour in one of the village chapels to see the unique frescoes from 13th century. Meet the village lady in traditional cafeneio
  • Lunch at a hand-picked, truly authentic family tavern
  • Admire the history and Venetian baroque architecture of Arkadi monastery, located in the scenic surrounding of vineyards
  • Meet the locals in Margarites village, famous for its art of pottery, developed by its inhabitants since Minoan times
  • Learn about past and present of Cretan olive oil making at the family owned Olive Oil Farm​

Whenever visiting Crete, seek out the places where the island’s heart beats - strong and vibrant. This journey through the villages in Amari valley takes you right into the depth of the island uncompromised by the tourism industry. Be prepared to experience the sincere and authentic Crete!

We delve into the Cretan culture, the traditional lifestyle, we meet and chat with locals and discover some of the island's secrets of long and healthy living. ​​We delve into lesser explored areas of Crete where the disarming hospitality of locals strikes you unguarded, just like in old days. During this tour use the opportunity to get connected to the villagers – whether for a table game of tavli, shot of raki or brief chat over Greek coffee as we stopover in several villages.

The items in the small museum in picturesque Spili village have been brought here by villagers. Enjoy the stroll through small shops and taste the produce of local bakery. Join in the villagers in a square next to Venetian water fountains.

At Meronas you can feel the clocks slowing down - and not just because the roads are so narrow that you have to be careful not to drive into people's bedrooms. The whole other world of white-washed village opens up - cock-crows, birdsong, terracotta roofs, profusions of roses, honeysuckle, geranium and bougainvillea, orange groves.

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“Wonderful tour of the Villages of Crete, Greece by Joseph Batis”Joseph Batis truly showed us the secrets of Crete, Greece. We went to villages and were a part of the daily life of Crete, visited small museums with vibrant histories, had an unexpected surprise stop where we attended a greek celebration on holy spirit day..

You WILL learn secrets of Crete! How many ways can you prepare Greek Coffee? Are dark olives and green olives different varieties? Why is the sea called Aegean? You will find out these and 100's more amazing facts if you hire Secrets of Crete...

יוסי מסיורים בכרתים ויוון, הוא מדריך.... מקצוען, בעל יידע נרחב איש לבבי וסימפטי, טיילנו בשנה שעברה... היה פשוט מדהים כיף... כיף... כיף... ממליץ בחום למי שמגיע לכרתים ויוון להשתמש בשרותיו המעולים. תודה יוסי על הסיורים ,האוכל, הטברנות, היה תענוג גדול ! ! ! מאתנו: אורי אילש, אלי גנט, יגאל גרינשטיין, נטלי גרינשטיין, אור גרינשטיין

“Fantastic and memorable day with Joseph”Joseph is a pleasure to spend time with. He is educated, knowledgeable, extremely well-traveled, articulate in at least 5 languages, personable and also has a lovely sense of humor. Most importantly he has an honest love of Crete that comes through his tours.


"Secrets of Crete" provides a fascinating Private Tour My husband and I had the good fortune to have spent the day with Joseph Batis, who has tours exploring some of the lesser known parts of Crete, Greece. In our correspondence with him prior to the day we had available, he customized the itinerary to fit our specific requests.

Visitors from Maryland

"Great way to discover Crete off the beaten track" Joseph from Secrets of Crete organised a brilliant tour in the mountains of central Crete today, going off the beaten track to very atmospheric small roads and old villages where we saw no other tourists, only locals.

Ingrid, France

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