A Taste of Crete (AGH - 02) Half Day

Leaving Agios Nikolaos, capital city of Eastern Crete, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere your bus will drive you to Elounda, located in a gorgeous natural bay. Elounda is famous not only on the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea, much acclaimed for its outstanding hotels and tourist establishment in a magnificent natural environment. The combination of the landscape and the sea it is something you will never forget.

Driving to Kritsa, you will enjoy a wonderful view of both Mirabelo and Elounda bay. Free time will be given at Kritsa to browse in the streets with the splendid displays of blooming flowers, fruit trees and plants in the yards, terraces and balconies of the houses. Kritsa is a delightful mixture of sights, sounds, and smells.

Your tour continues to a local olive oil farm. In a marvellously designed space of 2000 m2, the facility has endeavoured to embrace traditional Cretan everyday life in its entirety. The production of olive oil, wine and raki takes place using the most traditional of methods giving you the opportunity to experience cretan life in the early 20th century. On arrival you will be welcomed with a raki, the traditional drink of Crete, and "meze". Here you will also have the chance to enjoy Cretan traditional music and dance with local performers.

After visiting the farm you continue your journey to Aghios Nikolaos. The landmark of the city is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the centre of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Here you will be given free time to browse in this beautiful town before returning to your ship.