Discover the natural beauty as well as the cultural and historical heritage of Crete.
Take a “time travel” from the Hellenistic period to the modern era, through the picturesque landscape of rural Crete:
From the ancient Aptera (the «little Pompeii of Crete»)
to an Olive Tree (3000yrs old) & Traditional Olive Press and
to one of the oldest Byzantine churches with its impressive decoration
The tour begins with a visit to the ancient Aptera (one of the most important ancient city-states of Crete) that constitutes a unique area of history, civilization and scientific interest.Estimated visit time on site: 1h15min.Then, by a route of outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of the White Mountains we would visit an ancient Olive Tree (estimated of 3000 yrs of age) as well as a Traditional Olive Stone Press.
The excursion continues to a Byzantine church (dated by the 11th century AD) that is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Crete since the walls are painted carefully, focusing on shades of blue. It is definitely one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in the island.