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, revealed on a tour of the region's villages. This tour passes through seven towns in the region, stopping at several historic sites, including an Ottoman fort, ancient churches, and a folklore museum. There's also time to chat with residents during these stops.

Other highlights include visiting the hillside ruins at ancient Aptera, one of the largest city-states in Crete, until an earthquake in the seventh century destroyed it. Then there's the village of Stilos, home to churches dating from the 13th and 15th centuries, plus a limestone fossil that was once believed to be the remains of a mythical sea siren. Lastly, enjoy visiting an artisan glassblowing factory and a stroll on the old town square at Gavalochori Village, 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

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.

Discover Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 15 Days

Get the best of both Athens and the islands on this well-rounded trip to some of Greece's most classic locales. Starting in the capital, you'll get a dose of history at the Acropolis and Delphi. Then you'll sail to the famous blue-and-white islands of Mykonos and Santorini, including a day trip to the sacred island of Delos along the way. Spend a few days exploring Crete's traditional villages and historic sites before making your way back to Athens.

Laid-Back Athens, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete - 13 Days

Embrace the Mediterranean sunshine and tranquility with this relaxed itinerary in Greece's capital and islands. Start in Athens, where you'll see the sights at your own pace and enjoy a street food tour. Then set sail for Tinos, an often overlooked gem with a rich religious history. Continue on to neighboring Mykonos to indulge in its glamorous restaurant scene and unwind on the beach. Dig into an authentic farm-to-table meal before moving on to the volcanic island of Santorini. Next, you'll sail to Crete for its stunning lagoons and traditional villages before returning to Athens for a sunset sendoff.

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.