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Rethymno Eco Tour

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From EUR 75

Join this 8-hour eco-friendly tour through Rethymno to experience Crete like a local! Are you ready for this authentic Cretan experience?
Explore Crete off the beaten track with this eco trip through the Rethymno district. Learn first hand how traditional Greek bread is made in a wooden oven. Master the process of knitting and weaving like a pro and visit the famous monastery, St. George of Discouri. But your eco-friendly tour in Rethymno is not finished there! Continuing your Rethymno eco tour, you’ll visit a “Mitato,” a shepherd’s shelter in the mountains where you’ll enjoy fresh local lamb, charcoaled in the oldest traditional way: “antikristo”. Last but not least on your eco tour through Rethymno, you’ll enjoy some coffee at a «forgotten» village.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • English & French fluently speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned bus transportation
  • Tickets for entrance to the wooden museum and the monastery
  • Snacks from the bakery
  • Full lunch with wine and fruits as dessert
  • Coffee
  • A lot of raki…and laughs
  • Photos & videos sent to you electronically after the tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • A small gift to remember your tour

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off for non-Rethimno district hotels
  • Bottled water before the stop to the Shepherd
  • Personal expenses

Additional Info

  • Kindly note that most of the people that take part in this tour are French-speaking. If English-speaking voyagers would like to take part they should be informed that the guide will be able to explain them a few things in the stops but the tour is mostly in French.

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  1. Your excursion begins at Maria's traditional Wood Oven Bakery. There, you can see the production of bread and cookies and also taste all the delicious products she bakes. And yes... some raki is always in order.
  2. Next, you will visit Axos, a village where a resident, Mr. George, makes spectacular huge wooden sculptures using departed tree pieces from all over the island. You’ll observe up close a three-meter sculpture of Hercules killing the lion of Nemea.
  3. Continuing your eco-friendly tour through Crete, you will pay a visit to a lovely old lady, Mrs Antonia who stays just fifteen minutes away from the wooden sculpture museum. Firstly, she will welcome you with raki and traditional cheese pies (kalitsounia). Afterwards, she will demonstrate from scratch the procedure of taking sheep wool, processing it and turning it into thread. Then you will watch her create a hand-woven textile using a traditional loom. Your beloved “nanny” is also adept at creating traditional wedding bread decorated in the most wonderful way ever (handmade flowers and designs). You will observe her grinding the wheat in the traditional stone hand mill and step by step creating this unique festive bread.
  4. Your next stop will be an antiquated monastery, St. George of Discouri. It is considered one of the oldest monasteries of Crete. At the monastery, besides the central temple and the eminent picture of St. Georgios, the chambers of nuns and the marvelously decorated guest house, the visitors could also visit the museum of the abbey and admire the heirlooms.
  5. Following, is the highlight of your eco trip. You will go near  the summit of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, which is also of great historical importance. Specifically, you will go to a "Mitato" (the traditional shelter of a shepherd in the mountains) where you will meet Mr. Antreas, who will welcome you to his “home”. You’ll enjoy fresh local lamb, charcoaled in the oldest traditional way: “antikristo”.
  6. Last but not least, you will have the chance to have a coffee at a "forgotten" small village.

Highlights

  • Observe a traditional wooden oven bakery.
  • Learn the traditional process of knitting and weaving.
  • Visit an antiquated monastery, St. George of Discouri.
  • Get near the top of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete.
  • Go to a "Mitato" (the traditional shelter of a shepherd in the mountains) where you’ll will meet Mr. Antreas, who will welcome you to his “home”.
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee at a "forgotten" small village.

Route

  1. Rethimno