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, maybe 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 essential characteristics 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 unique and private tours. Each tour is custom designed and on-demand so that our customers get the experience they wish for. We accept requests for personal or special tours, for wedding proposals, anniversaries, and birthday celebrations, or they prefer a private tour in Crete.

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

We aim 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 this island offers. We work the whole year-round.

Scheduled tours are offered daily, where the guests can choose from any of the tour options. Alternatively, if guests wish for 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 a lot of fun, Cretan hospitality, love, passion, and kindness in what they do, helping you spend a memorable day.

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

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 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 with 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, 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 an excellent reason for some extra photo stops.

Arriving at Therisso and working up an appetite, we visit a small traditional tavern where the owner will welcome us 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 impressive 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 the Cretan culture, we visit an Olive Mill and then a winery for a guided tour in the Cretan secret for long life! We see 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 shortstop. On the way back, we will make our last stop to visit a Cretan house from the 16th century, find out all about the 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 areas of Crete, ‘Apokoronas”. Learn about the island’s history and traditions by visiting the villages, sit with locals, and taste our local treats with the Cretan hospitality that characterizes 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 riverside and under Plateau trees for a mountain tea “malotira” with honey and local snacks. After our morning stop, we continue around the traditional villages of Apokoronas through a fantastic route with dense vegetation and excellent views until we reach the village of Fres. Outside the village of Fres, inside a ravine at the superb 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 impressive forming scenery. The church was built in the late 13th century and is one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Apokoronas.

Our amazing off-road adventure starts after climbing up the White Mountains and passing through some villages situated at the foot of the 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 the owner of a traditional tavern will welcome us to introduce us to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine, and warm Cretan hospitality. Easy and relaxed 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- private tours to the beautiful Manousakis vineyards! 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 mountain at 660 meters altitude! Join us on this complete winery experience where you see hands-on, from start to finish, how wine is made… and then enjoyed. A simple tasting can accompany our vineyard tours, cheese platter, light lunch, or packed lunch, depending on what you request.,-at

This magnificent location, with a panoramic view of the north part of Crete, accompanied by the natural environment, the vineyards, and the fresh air, retaliate with the best feeling ever. We continue our tour, visiting the Manousakis winery for an expert-guided time. 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. You will learn about the wine-making process at the production facility and visit the cellar, where the wines are kept and aged, and the bottling line.

A wine tasting with all available wines accompanied 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. j, 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 scenery’s wilderness becomes more attractive, with intense variations and a constantly present fantastic view. 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 in the 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 finding 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 genuinely 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 four 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. Afterward, we tie our shoelaces well as the climb awaits. A little above and within the mountainous terrain, there is an excellent natural 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.

We end 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 enjoyable, with intense variations and a fantastic 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 in the 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 unique 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 the Marathi area in our 9 meters speed boat. While enjoying the magnificent ride and listening to information about the site provided by our skipper, our adrenaline is raised, and our day starts!

Our first dive takes place on the island of Souda. Here we relax and enjoy the blue waters before continuing our tour near the rocky natural beauty of the Akrotiri peninsula. We reach a lovely 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 help you relax far away from crowded beaches.

On the way back, your skipper will guide you around two famous and organized beaches in Akrotiri and will raise your adrenaline with his speed boat turns. Joins us for a quick and relaxed tour accompanied by 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 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 unique 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 the Marathi area in a modern and adventurous speed boat. While enjoying the magnificent ride and listening to information about the site provided by our skipper, our adrenaline is raised, and our day starts!

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

Afterward, 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 exciting 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. 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 can you 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 create a unique 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 historical information about the area provided by our skipper.

Our first dive takes place in a secluded small private, and isolated beach in blue waters. We affiliate ourselves and 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 help you relax far away from crowded beaches.

On the way back, your skipper will raise your adrenaline with his speed boat turns. Joins us for a quick and relaxed tour accompanied by 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 Paddleboard 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 paddleboard 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 time over a Cretan lunch in the Loutraki seaside restaurant overlooking the majestic bay.

Also Read: Things To Do In Loutraki Greece

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?

Contact the organizers at +30 6937245450, or through their contact data below.

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