Off we go and, as we leave Hearklion, in about 40 min we reach the mystic village of Agios Thomas - the very navel of Crete, well hidden and frequented only by incidental visitors. Step in the shoes of Cretan Indiana Jones as you explore numerous tombs, forgotten sanctuaries carved in the soft rock, hidden chapels and ancient inscriptions overgrown by grapevine. Agios Thomas, an important worship place in the past, is like Pandora box of ancient myths and legends - once you discover it and open, it doesn't stop surprising you.
We continue! Meet the Cretan donkeys at donkey sanctuary - each one has its name and its own life story. They have come from all across the island. As sad as their life-story might be, it has a truly happy end - they all have arrived here in sanctuary, sheltered, fed and taken care by wonderful people. Right after we can grab a fav Cretan street food on our way - a souvlaki, just to pull through till Matala - a truly great location to enjoy a Cretan cuisine.
And finally we reach the other end of Crete - Matala a hippie paradise, right on the coast of Libyan sea. With its sandstone-carved caves, amazing read beach, fish taverns and blueness of Libyan sea - it is just like a dessert of the whole tour! We have done it - the Crete is crossed! Let's reward ourselves with a swim and fish!
This tour has the adventure element kids love and educational ingredients you as parents always seek to be bring in any tour.
The legend says that the Labyrinth cave in is the very same labyrinth of the Minotaur – half man, half bull. Minoan King Minos asked Deadalus to build a prison for the beast, to be hidden. So, he made a Labyrinth. Nowadays, the visitors can have a glimpse of the cave and well imagine the maze of labyrinth through the guide’s story.
If you are not put off by whirlwind mountain roads crossing the island and spending good 3 hours in a car for a roundtrip to see, do and experience all the tour has to offer, than yes - this tour is for you and definitely for your kids! We mind you - reaching anywhere in Crete, especially the other side of the island is a lengthy business.
It is a full day tour (8 hours at least ) from Heraklion (about 3 hrs driving time, roundtrip).
“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.
"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.