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Vassilakis Estate: Our most recommended tours and activities

Crete: Quad Safari with Monastery Visit and Lunch

1. Crete: Quad Safari with Monastery Visit and Lunch

Explore off-road trails in Crete on a quad. Marvel at Minoa Palace and drive through olive groves. See an ancient oak tree and a 16th-century monastery. Savor a traditional Greek lunch in a cozy tavern and tour an olive mill. Bask in the sun and cool off with a swim in the sea at the end. Go to the activity provider's premises in Malia for a safety briefing. Then, head to Minoa Palace in Malia and continue to the village of Sisi. Cross a forest and pass through olive groves on your way up to the mountains to stop for a memorable photo at an 800-year-old oak tree. Afterward, visit Vrahasi village and navigate its narrow streets as you head up a steep road to the Monastery of Agios Georgios Vrahasiotis. This monastery dates back to the 16th century. Every 30 minutes, you can stop to take photos and listen to the guide explain where you will go next. Next, go to the village of Latsida and eat a traditional local lunch in a tavern. Finish your meal and then follow your guide to Neapoli. Check out Vasilakis Estate, an award-winning olive mill where olive oil is produced. Enjoy a tour here and then continue to Sisi to relax on the beach and swim. Finally, return to the starting point and then transfer back to your accommodation to conclude your adventure.

Olive Oil Tasting & Olive Mill Tour

2. Olive Oil Tasting & Olive Mill Tour

This tour includes our olive mill tour and an olive oil tasting session with an expert. You will taste 4 different olive oils and learn what qualities olive oil connoisseurs look for in an award-winning oil.

Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

3. Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa and Amazonas Park Day Trip

Start with pickup from your hotel and first pass the Selinari monastery with its impressive gorge, and reach the small town of Neapolis. Visit the Vassilakis Estate, one of the oldest and most successful olive oil producers in Crete. Enjoy a detailed tour of their production facility and learn how olive oil is made. Continue to the provincial capital of Agios Nikolaos where you can admire the shimmering blue waters of the bay of Mirabello. Walk along the harbor and over the bridge to the freshwater Lake Voulismeni. Visit a local market and browse for specialty local products such as honey, olive oil, and spices. After a Greek coffee in one of the cozy cafes, continue to Kritsa, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Admire the views of the whitewashed houses of the village located below a steep rocky slope. Take a break for some lunch at your own expense, followed by a stroll through the village. Finally, travel to Amazonas Park and discover a sanctuary for the conservation of endangered species. Take a guided tour of the sanctuary and see a variety of colorful parrots and curious monkeys. See rare parrot species which will eventually be released back into their natural habitat, and enjoy the fantastic views of the foothills of the Dikti Mountains.

Premium Wine Tasting “From Crete to Thrace”

4. Premium Wine Tasting “From Crete to Thrace”

Our qualified sommelier’s personal selection of premium wines from Crete & other wine-producing regions of Greece. 5 truly exceptional red, white, roze & dessert wines, chosen for their unique qualities. A top-class wine tasting experience like no other. You will also enjoy renowned Cretan foods including cold cuts, cheese, traditional double-baked rusks, olives and olive spreads and seasonal fruit.

Private Tour to Spinalonga - Elounda, Ag Nikolaos, Olive Oil

5. Private Tour to Spinalonga - Elounda, Ag Nikolaos, Olive Oil

with premium SUVs or other Limo vehicles, your guide will take you on a tour through uncharted routes and unbitten paths showing you the Island of Crete and other interesting places, like Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, etc. Starting by picking you up from your hotel we will drive towards Eastern Crete. Our first stop is at Agios Georgios Monastery where you will visit the museum. Our next stop will be at Neapolis village, visiting a family-run olive mill, learning all the processes from farm to mill, tasting olive oil and other products. Driving up the mountains Northeast we will make a quick stop at Vrouchas village for a coffee and other refreshing beverage. After reaching the top of the hills we will start driving down towards Plaka Village, a fishing village located opposite of Spinalonga Island, the last leper colony of Europe. A typical Cretan fishing boat brings you to the island, this takes no more than 10 minutes. On the island, you make a tour. After finishing the trip on Spinalonga, a fishing boat brings you back to the small village of Plaka. Plaka is a tiny harbor, so a unique opportunity to eat fresh fish. Our last stop will be at the beautiful city of Agios Nikolaos where we have a fantastic view over the "Bottomless Lake". You have some free time for a coffee, shopping, and a stroll along the eastern main city of Crete.

Lasithi: “Discover Crete” Wine Tasting With Olive Mill Tour

6. Lasithi: “Discover Crete” Wine Tasting With Olive Mill Tour

Crete has produced wine since antiquity. Our qualified sommelier will guide you through the signature Cretan vine varieties, and you will recognize why Cretan wines compete with the best. You will also enjoy renowned Cretan foods including cold cuts, cheese, traditional double-baked rusks, olives and olive spreads, and seasonal fruit. Description: Arrival at Vassilakis Estate & greet your guide Tour of the olive press with Vassilakis family member: • Viewing of the original 1865 museum-piece hand-operated press and description of how olive oil used to be made • Viewing of the working olive mill and description of how olive oil is made today Cretan wine-tasting session with qualified sommelier & appetizers (at visitors’ building): Professional tasting of 3 or 5 different Cretan wines accompanied with a generous selection of local Cretan delicacies Browse in our on-site shop: • Taste local food products • Opportunity to buy products in our on-site shop for take-away or home delivery: Our multi-award-winning organic & extra virgin olive oils Cretan wines & spirits Olives & olive spreads Honey & marmalade Cosmetics made with our organic olive oil Free time for photos and questions.

From Heraklion : Meet Local Products

7. From Heraklion : Meet Local Products

Our first stop is on the Monastery Selinari Saint George, a few kilometres away from Mallia village. The tradition says that travellers must stop at the monastery when passing by in bid of good luck. Our trip continues with the story of oil production which takes place in Vasilakis fabrica, in Neapolis village. A full guided tour around the factory, taste olive oils and local products. The fabrica of family Vasilakis begins over 150 years with a small stone olive mill one of the first in the valley, producing life-giving olive oil for the family and their little community for many years. Today, “Vassilakis Estate” is one of Crete’s top producers and exporters of superior extra virgin olive oil. The next generation of the family, the fifth, is now actively involved in running the award-winning olive business. Next stop, takes place in Bioaroma place which located in Ag. Nikolaos, a marvellous tour exploring the natural wealth of Greek land by creating high-quality organic cosmetics and fragrances. We have the opportunity to see the way of use steam distillation process. Steam distillation is the most common way to extract aromatic compounds (essential oil) from a plant. During the steam distillation process, steam passes through the plant material. The combination of heated steam and gentle pressure causes the essential oil to be released from microscopic protective sacs. This privately-owned, 100-acre botanical wonder acts as a nursery for Crete’s unique flora and fauna, preserving hundreds of different species of aromatic herbs, plants and trees – natural treasures gifted to us by Mother Nature. Our tour ends in the picturesque town of Ag. Nikolaos with the famous lake. The lake becomes one with the sea through a narrow canal and is surrounded by red rock formations and lush vegetation, with numerous restaurants and cafes around it.

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What people are saying about Vassilakis Estate

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Value for money is very good. The activities are very interesting. The Amazonaspark is great, the owner looks after the animals very well. His commitment is admirable. Highly recommended, even with small children.