Safari Adventures in Crete Greece: Essense of Crete

When I first heard of Safari Adventures in Crete I thought, hey… It’s close to Africa but that can’t be it. It has to be something else. Perhaps they are “hunting” a different way of adventures, perhaps they are after photo shooting, or maybe going after tastes and drinks, or maybe hike. Well, they do all those things.

Adventurous ladies and gentlemen here is Safari Adventures! Safari Adventures is a company organizing whole year round guided tours, day trips and outdoor activities in Crete. Adventure, hospitality, professionalism, pure untouched areas and unique views are just some of our basic characteristics in order to create a memorable day for our guests.

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Here is how they present themselves and the options you have. Reading these I am eager to visit them next time I land on Crete.

Our guests have a choice between different tour options which have been outlined in detail below.

In addition to these tour options, Safari Adventures has received many requests for special and private tours. Each tour is custom designed and on request so that our customers get the experience they wish for. We accept requests for private or special tours, for wedding proposals, anniversaries and birthday celebrations or they just prefer a private tour in Crete.

Our mission is to promote the Cretan culture, the history, the values, the traditions, and visit pure-untouched areas far away from mass tourism to everybody interested in. Discover the Real Crete from the sea up to the mountains and follow the local lifestyle.

Our aim is to inform and show our visitor’s places away from urban centers, taste local products, understand our culture and realize the strategic position and self efficiency that this island offers. We work whole year round.

Scheduled tours are offered daily where the guests can choose from any of the tour options. If guests wish an alternatively, a custom or tailor-made or private tour we can organize it but different rates and scheduling may apply depending on the type of tour.

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All of our tours are conducted by professional’s well-trained guides. No customer will drive a Jeep or a boat or may go unaccompanied to any of our tours or activities. Our guides are professionals, certified and empowered with lot of fun, Cretan hospitality, love, passion and kindness on what they do helping you spending a memorable day.

Safari Adventures owns special equipped expedition four wheel drive Land Rover Defenders nine Seated that we use them for all Jeep Safari and Hiking Safari activities. For the entire adventure speedboat tours Safari Adventures owns a Revenger 29′ (9.6 meters) RIB boat 12 seated special equipped also.

All of our Jeep and Hiking safari tours include local treats and meals. Lunch is upon request in the Rib Safari tours in a fish tavern, the vineyard tours have different options (further details in the program listed below) and custom or tailor made tours are conducted according to visitor desires.

The Safari and Hiking meals include: Salad, starters, main dish, dessert, wine and raki. Persons under 18 (eighteen) years old or intoxicated will not be served with wine or raki, and are strictly not allowed to drink any alcohol.

Vegetarian meals can be served but we need to be informed during reservation or at the begging of the tour.

Table of Contents

Tour Options:

Tour 1. “Explore the White Mountains of Crete”

Jeep Safari in Cretan Traditions

Combine a unique wine tasting, in one of the most famous vineyards of Crete, with the history and the traditions of the Island and find out all about the lifestyle of a Cretan shepherd by exploring an original shepherd’s hut. Enjoy the unique view of Chania from above and meet the wildlife of Crete by the help of our Land Rovers, driven by expert English speaking guides.

Arriving at the Vineyard, you will learn everything there is to know about the production of Cretan wines before proceeding to the winery and the underground cellars. The well-trained staff will show us around the vineyards and winery. You will enjoy walking around while you soak up the local flavor and culture of the wines.

Our amazing off-road adventure starts after climbing up the White Mountains and passing through Meskla village which is situated under plane trees, beside the river Keritis. On the way up to the shepherd’s “Mitato” you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of northern Crete and, If we are lucky … eagles and wild goats will show up and give us a very good reason for some extra photo stops..

Arriving at Therisso and working up an appetite we visit a small traditional tavern where we will be welcomed by the owner, to introduce us to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. A small rocky road will lead us up to our trip’s highest point 1350 meters in altitude, where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd and explore his original Shepherd’s hut “Mitato”. There will be free time for taking photos and exploring the area. On our way back we will pass through the amazing gorge of Therisso that will lead us to the city of Chania.

Tour 2. “Explore the Secrets Wines, Olives and Cretan Knives”

Jeep Safari in Cretan Tastes

Starting our Day trip Safari to Cretan culture we visit an Olive Mill and then a winery for a guided tour in the Cretan secret for long life! We visit an ancient olive tree which is 3000 years old and an exhibition on the history of olives. Working up an appetite we arrive at a small village tavern, where we introduce you to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality.

On the way up to Mesavlia we cross the gorge of Deliana with its picturesque creek nestled amongst lush vegetation. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos of sheep and goats on our way to the cavernous chapel of Ag. Paraskevi, where we will make a short stop. On the way back we will make our last stop to visit a Cretan house from 16th century, find out all about Cretan knives production process and view its collection.

Tour 3. “Explore the White Mountains of Crete”

Jeep Safari in Cretan Villages

Combine unique panoramic views and traditional Cretan villages in one of the most well known area of Crete, ‘Apokoronas”. Learn about the history and the traditions of the Island visiting the villages, seat with locals and taste our local treats with the Cretan hospitality that characterize us. Enjoy the unique view of Chania from above, meet the wildlife of Crete and taste the delicious Cretan cuisine.

Our day starts with a stop in Vrysses Village close to the river side and under Plateau trees for a mountain tea “malotira” with honey and some local snacks. After our morning stop we continue around the traditional villages of Apokoronas through an amazing route with dense vegetation and nice views until we reach the Village of Fres. Outside the village of Fres, inside a ravine at the really beautiful position Koukou we meet the temple Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Two Rocks. Once a rock detached from the mountain and rolled down the slope. Atop of the rock, the church of Panagia was built. Adjacent there is another rock, both forming an impressive scenery. The church was built in the late 13th century and is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the region of Apokoronas.

Our amazing off-road adventure starts after climbing up the White Mountains and passing through some villages which are situated in the foot of White mountains. On the way up to the shepherd’s hut “Mitato” you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of northern Crete and, if we are lucky… eagles and wild goats will stop for us to take some photos. A bumpy rocky road will lead us up to our trip’s highest point 1300 meters in altitude, where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd and explore his original “Mitato”.

On our way down to the villages we will stop at Fres Village, where we will be welcomed by the owner of a traditional tavern to introduce us to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. Easy and relax way back will follow after lunch.

“Exclusive Manousakis Winery and Vineyard Tour”

Unique Wine Tasting Experience

Our newest and most sought after experience! We recently partnered up with Manousakis Winery and we are happy to be able to offer -for the first time ever- private tours to the beautiful Manousakis vineyards! Join us on this most complete winery experience where you see hands on, from start to finish how wine is made… and then enjoyed. Our vineyard tours can be accompanied by a simple tasting, cheese platter, light lunch or full lunch depending on what you request. Starting our day trip Safari for a unique wine experience we visit the hill of Vatolakos where Manousakis vineyards are, through an exciting off road route up to the top of the hill in 660 meters altitude!

This magnificent location, with a panoramic view of the north part of Crete accompanied with the natural environment, the vineyards and the fresh air retaliates with the best feeling ever. We continue our tour, visiting the Manousakis winery for an expert guided tour. Starting from the traditional old family residence of the Manousakis family we continue with a nice walk to the beautiful garden of the old and new winery. At the production facility you will learn about the wine making process and visit the cellar, where the wines are kept and aged, as well as the bottling line.

A wine tasting with all available wines accompanied either by local treats, a cheese platter or light lunch will conclude this unique experience.

“Hiking Safari Therisso, Zourva, Tromarissa”

Just a few kilometers away from Chania the mountains await us…

ust a few kilometers away from Hania the mountains await us, in a surprising route at the northwest side of the White Mountains. Our route starts from the Hania plain and after passing through the heart of the orangery’s, taste the delicious citrus fruit, we reach beautiful Zourva. Our hike starts from there, on an easy tail in a forest of wild cypress and pine trees.

As we climb higher the wilderness of the scenery becomes more and more interesting with intense variations and an amazing view being constantly present. Before even getting tired we will enjoy our beverage at a forest clearing and we will start our way back on a route full of surprises as we will cross the historic Therissos Gorge admiring the tall cliffs on our left and right. We will be back in Hania at early afternoon.

“Hiking Safari Psari Summit,Kallergi Refuge and Samaria Gorge”

Psari summit standing at around 2000 meters is the balcony of Samaria…

The Samaria Gorge might be one of the greatest in Europe but the mountains and routes surrounding it are equally impressive and grand. Psari summit standing at around 2000 meters is the balcony of Samaria and is approached by Safari Adventures in the best possible way.

After the picturesque village of Lakkoi, a hidden dirt road will lead us directly deep in the mountains and after we climb up the beautiful gorge we will leave the cars at the old entrance of the Samaria Gorge , a place called Poria. Our hiking will start from there along a cane trail of E4 of average difficulty at the boundaries of the national gorge. On our right is the vast gorge, seen from an angle few have enjoyed, while on our left laying like jewelry the innumerable summits of the White Mountains. Due to the altitude and the temperature we will barely sweat before we find ourselves at the top.

A sea of summits peaks and gorges in front of us while the Libyan and Cretan Sea lie in the background. Our eyes have difficulty focusing on just one place and right before the chill settles in we start our way back. A little later we take a rest enjoying a cup of mountain tea at the climbing refuge of Kallergi which is hanging over the cliffs of Samaria. Later on we will descend to lower altitudes and pass by beautiful villages completing our tour in the village of Therisso where we will enjoy a truly traditional Cretan meal.

On our way back we will cross by car the Therisso gorge.

“Hiking Safari To Mile Cave and Northern Part of the White Mountains of Crete”

Within the mountainous terrain there is a natural cool oasis with an eternal glacier standing for whole centuries in the beautiful cave of Mile.

On the northern side of the White Mountains and just 20 kilometers away from the town of Chania there is a mountainous paradise. Leaving beautiful Kabous behind, we climb to Madaro and from there we enter the dirt road that will lead us to the northern heart of the White Mountains. The view multiplies every meter we ascend and after 8 kilometers the 4 wheels are replaced by 2 feet…

Vegetation is scarce anymore, rocks are sharp but the positive energy of the place is such that you can only keep climbing to the top. Before we even sweat we stop for a break at the Volikas refuge, which is the oldest in Crete, and with a view to the Northern side of Chania we enjoy a cup of coffee or mountain tea. Afterwards, we tie our shoelaces really well as the climb awaits. A little above and within the mountainous terrain there is a natural cool oasis with an eternal glacier standing for whole centuries in the beautiful cave of Mile , an ideal spot to sip our tea gazing at Chania from above.

Ending our day with a barbeque lunch at Volikas refuge, before we follow the road back to Chania.

“Crossing the White Mountains of Crete and Svourihti Refuge”

“They are vast, enormous and only by crossing them will you be able to comprehend their bulk…”

Just a few kilometers away from Hania the mountains await us, in a surprising route at the northwest side of the White Mountains. Our route starts from the Hania plain and after passing through the heart of the orangery’s, taste the delicious citrus fruit, we reach beautiful Zourva. Our hike starts from there, on an easy tail in a forest of wild cypress and pine trees.

As we climb higher the wilderness of the scenery becomes more and more interesting with intense variations and an amazing view being constantly present. Before even getting tired we will enjoy our beverage at a forest clearing and we will start our way back on a route full of surprises as we will cross the historic Therissos Gorge admiring the tall cliffs on our left and right. We will be back in Hania at early afternoon.

“Half Day Rib Safari at Souda Bay and Secret Beaches

Speed boat cruise, secret bays and crystal clear blue waters…

Enjoy a fabulous day aboard our luxuriously appointed 9 meters high speed RIB.
Take your family and friends on a private Skippered RIB charter and visit the Souda Bay, Marathi and the area around Akrotiri, the Greek and US naval bases, secret bays and swim in crystal clear blue waters.

Let our skipper create a special 4 hours speedboat tour for you, your family and friends. Using our RIB charter service, you will enjoy a hassle free day (no fighting for moorings) and the benefits of local knowledge from fully qualified skippers who ‘work’ for Safari Adventures every day.

We start our cruise from Souda Bay port heading towards Marathi area in our 9 meters speed boat. While enjoying the magnificent ride and listening to information about the area provided from our skipper, our adrenaline is raised up and our day starts!

Our first dive takes place in the Island of Souda. Here we relax and enjoy the blue waters before we continue our tour near the rocky natural beauty of Akrotiri pensilula. We reach a nice and private bay with turquoise waters where we stop for more than an hour. The beauty of the scenery, the privacy and the panoramic views helps you to relax far away from croudy beaches.

On the way back your skipper will guide you around two famous and organized beaches in Akrotiri and will raise up your adrenaline with his speed boat turns. Joins us for a quick and relaxed tour accompanied with great terrains and privacy!!!

“Rib Safari at Souda Bay, Akrotiri and Drapano Caves”

Speed boat safari, secret bays, caves and crystal clear blue waters…

Enjoy a relaxed and adventurous day in an a 9 meters high speed RIB and admire the natural beauty of Souda bay and Drapanos Caves.

Take your family and friends on a private Skippered RIB charter to visit the Souda Bay, the area around Akrotiri and the hidden bays, swim in crystal clear blue waters and explore the magic caves in Drapanos. Let our skipper create a special 6 hours speedboat tour for you, your family and friends. Using our RIB charter service, you will enjoy a hassle free day (no fighting for moorings) and the benefits of local knowledge from fully qualified skippers who ‘work’ for Safari Adventures every day.

We start our cruise from Souda Bay port heading towards Marathi area in a modern and adventurous speed boat. While enjoying the magnificent ride and listening to information about the area provided from our skipper, our adrenaline is raised up and our day starts!

Our first dive takes place in a secret bay in blue waters. Here we enjoy and relax before we continue our tour near the rocky natural beauty of Akrotiri pensilula. We reach a nice and private bay with turquoise waters where we enjoy swimming in clear waters. The beauty of the scenery, the privacy and the panoramic views helps you to relax far away from croudy beaches.

Afterwards your skipper will guide you around the area of Drapanos and the famous caves around there. Our last dive takes place here before we take the ride back to Souda port.

Joins us for a day experience, relaxed and interesting tour accompanied with great terrains and privacy.

“Rib Safari to Rodopou Peninsula and Ancient Diktyna Bay”

Explore the rocky terrain through the sea and dive to secluded beaches…

Enjoy a fabulous day aboard. The surrounding area is suitable for a day boat adventure and nothing reminds one of being in touristic Crete. You feel as if you are on a desert island where nobody can disturb your peace and quiet. Anc. Diktynna’s “private’’ beach and the other bay’s are lovely secluded beaches with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and is ideal for isolation, far away from urban centers and only with a boat you can approach.

Take your family and friends on a private Skippered Rib charter to visit the secluded bays, Menies and the area around Rodopou peninsula.

Let our skipper to create a special 6 hours speedboat tour for you, your family and friends. Using our Rib charter service, you will enjoy a hassle free day (no fighting for moorings) and the benefits of local knowledge from fully qualified skippers who ‘work’ for Safari Adventures every day.

We start our cruise from Kolymvari port heading parallel with the peninsula close to the Rocky Mountains where the views are breathtaking. Enjoying the ride with the historic information about the area provided from our skipper.

Our first dive takes place in a secluded small private and isolated beach in blue waters. We refiliate ourselves and we proceed for our tour close to the rocky natural beauty and we visit another bay with green waters. The third stop is the Menies beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters. The beauty of the scenery, the privacy and the panoramic views helps you to relax far away from croudy beaches.

On the way back you skipper will raise up your adrenaline with his speed boat turns. Joins us for a quick and relaxed tour accompanied with great terrains and privacy.

“A Day Experience”

Combine the relaxation of Yoga, paddle board activities and adventure speedboat in a unique experience…

Safari Adventures and Paddle board Yoga have joined forces to offer a unique experience of Cretan hospitality and culture. Reserve a place for our exclusive boat tour limited to 10 people per boat around Loutraki bay.

A unique opportunity to visit and explore secluded beaches approached only by boat and unknown to many. Combine a rejuvenating yoga lesson on a paddle board over the crystal clear waters of Loutraki, with an adventurous speed boat tour. Continue your day with your private SUP instructor and explore the area while standing on the water! Finish the tour over a Cretan lunch in the Loutraki sea side restaurant overlooking the majestic bay.

Activities Combined:

  • Boat tour (duration: apprx. 120min)
  • Speed boats accommodating strictly up to 10 people. Ample space in the boat for every participant. On board refreshments and local treatments will be served. Approximately 2 hours in the bays will ensure the feeling of satisfaction.
  • Paddleboard Yoga lesson (duration: appr.75min): 75 minutes of yoga in the majestic bay of Loutraki. Each lesson’s level of difficulty depends on the group’s synthesis. No previous yoga experience is required. Stand Up Paddle lesson and tour (duration: 120min) All guests can participate in the Stand Up Paddling lessons, explore the area on their boards or even join a tour around the bay accompanied by our instructors. Free time for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.

So, aren’t these amazing? Are you ready for Safari Adventures in Crete?

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