Every Tuesday | Available from April till October
This excursion is a
trip back in time, exploring the tradition & the art of the Minoan Pottery,
visit the richest monastery in Crete, Agarathos Monastery, and the birth place
of N. Kazantzakis the village Myrtia and finally we will enjoy a tour in
Boutari`s cellar, in the production area and the rest area of the estate.
Our first stop in
Agarathos Monastery, the richest monastery in Crete. It is considered the first in the hierarchy of the monasteries of
the island. In front of the church you will see a pomegranate tree with a candle
near its trunk. The pomegranate is said to be the initial plant of agarathia,
which was turned miraculously to a tree. Visitors of the monastery can be hosted in the
guesthouse and the dining room of the monastery and admire the library with the
old manuscripts. Outside the monastery, there is the old church of St. Raphael.
Second stop, is in the village Thrapsano. Thrapsano
is referred as “The village of potters” in official papers of 16th
century underlying its long-lasting tradition in hand-made pottery. Nowadays, the production of pots and
ceramics is still continued in this workshop “Minoan
Pottery” in Thrapsano, following the traditional patterns
and techniques. The same movements of the hands, the same tools, and the same
relationship between the chief potters and their apprentices. Even if they use
modern tools, they only serve the pace of the line of production without
affecting the quality of our pots.
At lunch time, we arrive in
Myrtia village. A small traditional Cretan village that displays characteristic
samples of Cretan architecture. Myrtia is also the birth place of Nikos
Kazantzakis and has a Museum dedicated to the famous Cretan writer. It exhibits
personal objects and memorabilia that refer to the life and work of Kazantzakis
as well as copies of his books. Local taverns are available for your
lunch under the big ancient trees in the village`s square and as you walk in
the narrow streets of the village you will meet local Cretan men drinking their
coffee in the traditional café “kafenia”
where only men are allowed.
last stop is in Skalani village in order to visit one of the
best-equipped, state of the art wineries in Europe. Visitors can enjoy a tour
of the cellar and they can enjoy the impressive multimedia show which has
gained major awards at international competitions.
Remember to bring‼️ Sun Cream, Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin
Terms & Conditions
- The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
- Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.