The real experience of the White Mountains
Description

Enjoy the panoramic view of  Samaria Gorge from the most popular mountain refuge in the White Mountains (Kalergis) at an altitude of 1680 m and Agia Irini Gorge from the Observatory in “Gre Leska”.
During our off road adventure to Kalergis Refuge, you will have the chance to enjoy the beauty of nature through forests, small rivers, caves, water sources and vineyards and become more familiar with the animals which live in these unique places. If we are lucky enough, we might meet the kri-kri, the Cretan goat which lives in Crete.
You can also go for a walk through some picturesque villages and buy local products at some traditional grocery stores. 
As we are visiting the Folklore Museum of Azogires and some historical sites, you will be informed about Cretan Culture, Tradition and History.  There will also be a description of how olive oil is produced during our visit to an olive-oil mill (October-April).
Next stop is the Observatory in “Gre Leska” which means "Old Cliff". It is called "heart of Madara" because it is in a perfect location as you can have a panoramic view of both Samaria and Agia Irini Gorges as well as Omalos Plateau.
Take a deep breath and feel the unique aroma of herbs and flowers growing there. 
It is an amazing journey with beautiful landscapes which remind you the scenery of a fairytale.

Highlights
  • Amazing panoramic view from the heart of Madara (Gre Leska Observatory)

  • Off road route to Kalergis Refuge

  • Folklore Museum of Azogires and historical sites

  • Visiting an olive oil mill and know-how olive oil is produced  (Oct-Apr)

  • Lunch with traditional Cretan dishes

Duration
7-8 hours
Altittude
1680m
Distance
130 km
Price
80.00 e
Tour Gallery
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Extras

Don’t Forget

  • Walking shoes or ones that are comfortable for you to walk on uneven roads.

  • Camera, for breathtaking pictures.

  • Sun protection; we advise the use of especially during July, August and September.

  • Extra money for personal purchases, think of souvenirs, olive oil products, raki etc.

 

Tips
 

Our lunch consists of several traditional starters with Greek salad and there is a choice of main course. If you have any specific food requests, in case of vegetarian, religious or food allergies these can be made with our driver at pick-up.

All our drivers are professionally trained with the best driving skills. Through the day you will hear anecdotes and stories about Crete, Traditions, Religious, Flora and Fauna and other relative information.

The tour is ideal for everyone who´s looking for an experience beyond the ordinary, youth groups, single or couple participants, families with children, and companies.

Price

  80 € / adult (over 12 years old)

  60 € / child (aged 8-12)

 

The price includes

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Experienced drivers-guides

  • Traditional lunch

  • Coffee stops with snacks

  • Liability insurance and local taxes

Payment
  • Cash to driver at the day of your Tour

  • Credit card payments can be made

Timetable
  • Departure: 8:15 am from Paleochora

  • Return:16:00 pm (approx.)