Wine – Pottery – Village Thrapsano – Agarathos Monastery – Myrtia
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.
Our 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.
✔️ Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Heraklion city center, Amoudara, Malia, Hersonissos, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Kokkini Hani is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point. In case you don’t know the closest pickup point, please contact us).
✔️ Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus
✔️ Local Guide
✔️ Pottery Factory entrance
❌ Kazantzakis museum entrance fee (3.00€ per person) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Winery Boutari’s factory entrance fee (6.00€ per person) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Personal Expenses
Children up to 3 years old, free of charge and travelling on parent’s lap
Children from 4 till 12 years old, 50% discount on tour rate
Remember to bring ‼️ Sun Cream, Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin
⛔ Cancellation Policy
For cancellations up to 2 days prior to departure date, no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to departure date, 100% cancellation fees
Non-Show 100% cancellation fees
⚠️ Important Notes
- 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.
Covid – 19 measures applicable for Season 2021:
- Mandatory use of face covering before boarding on bus. Failure to abide by this measure is subject to fines by local authorities.
Upon reservation, our partners will contact you in order to receive your Voucher which includes your pick-up point and time info. Please be aware that you will have to bring the Voucher with you during the trip.
For any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Winery – Pottery – Village Thrapsano – Agarathos Monastery – Myrtia
Why to choose this package!
- Agarathos Monastery
- Visit ''The Village of potters' - Thrapsano
- Visit the village of Myrtia and Kazantzakis' Museum
- Enjoy a lunch at the local taverns
- Visit one of the best- equipped state of the art wineries in Europe