Explore the Villages of Apokoronas

Stone arches at a former olive oil press in Apokoronas
On the northeastern coast of the island of Crete, at the foothills of the White Mountains, you'll find the region of Apokoronas. It's an area rich with fascinating history, which is revealed on a full-day guided tour of the region's villages. The tour passes through seven towns in the region, stopping at a number of historic sites including an Ottoman fort, ancient churches, and a folklore museum. There's also time to chat with local residents during these stops.

There are also other highlights of this tour. They include visiting the hillside ruins at ancient Aptera, one of the largest city-states in Crete until it was destroyed by an earthquake in the seventh century. Then there's the village of Stilos, home to churches dating from the 13th and 15th centuries. Also here is a limestone fossil that was once believed to be the remains of a mythical sea siren. There's much more, including a visit to an artisan glassblowing factory and a stroll on the old town square at Gavalochori Village, which is home to an all-woman co-op that produces hand-knit lace using techniques passed down from the Byzantine era.

Itineraries with Explore the Villages of Apokoronas

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Delve into Greece's modern culture and ancient history with this exciting itinerary. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology in Athens and Delphi before beginning your island hopping adventure. Explore the picturesque streets and inviting waters of Mykonos and the volcanic island of Santorini, with a stop at the sacred island of Delos along the way. Then head to Crete for more fascinating archaeological sites, hiking in the mountains, and visits to traditional villages before returning to Athens.

Laidback Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 14 Days

Need a vacation? Find your piece of paradise with the 2-week version of this laidback itinerary. Start with street food and native wine varietals in Athens, before heading to Tinos for a cultural tour. Glamorous Mykonos and Santorini are next, before continuing to Crete, where turquoise lagoons and village tours making sure you're fully blissed out before you go back to Athens.

Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 10 Days

Escape to Athens and Greece's gorgeous islands with this laid-back itinerary. See the sights and sample some of the city's best street food in the capital, and then set sail for the Cyclades. Stop in Tinos, a hidden gem with a vibrant artisan community and rich religious history, before heading to neighboring Mykonos. There you'll enjoy an authentic farm-to-table meal with the locals. Make your way to the incredibly photogenic Santorini for some beach time and a cruise around its volcanic caldera. Then head to Crete for more fabulous beaches and some time in and around the Venetian city of Chania. Visit some historic Cretan villages before ending your journey.

Athens and Crete Family Adventure - 8 Days

The ancient Minoan civilization on Crete was one of the first to create a functional sewer system, but you'll be staying above ground in the fresh air on this eight-day itinerary for the whole family. After a tour of the mythology of Athens, you'll fly to Crete for six days of hiking, beaches, and city tours that will transport you through history.

Culinary Heritage on Naxos & Crete - 7 Days

Take an agricultural journey with this week-long trip to two of Greece's most dynamic islands. After your first night in Athens, you'll ferry to Naxos for an immersive food tour, then onward to Crete to see working olive groves, the seasonal harvest, and historic villages.

Cyclades & Crete Culinary History Tour - 10 Days

Wheat, olive oil, and wine are sometimes known as the "Mediterranean triad," forming the basis for ancient Greek cuisine. Travel through their roots with this 10-day itinerary and then see them in modern action, with cooking classes, food tours, and village explorations all to underscore these shared ancestral tastes.