About the ride
Visit the beautiful Cretan villages of Therisos, Zourva, and Meskla.
You will start from Theriso, a small Cretan village, situated 16 km from Chania town. This village has a remarkable history, intrinsically interwoven with the freedom and independence of the Cretan people. The beautiful Thériso Gorge with its dramatic scenery can be seen from the road as it runs along the bed of the gorge for 6 km, accompanying the tree-lined river and surrounded by chestnuts and oaks. The gorge is a perfect place for a walk and is very popular with the rock climbers and hikers.
The famous politician and statesman, Eleftherios Venizelos, born in Mournies in Chaniá prefecture in 1864, started the revolution of 1905 in the village of Therisos. The inaccessibility of the village, enclosed by mountains, made it difficult to capture. The uprising of 1905 fought to unite the people of the island of Crete after 400 years of domination by the Ottomans, and subsequent outside rule by Prince George of Greece, sent by the Great Powers. Finally, in 1913, Crete became unified with Greece. Eleftherios Venizelos went on to become Prime Minister of Greece from 1910 to 1915.
Venizelos is one of the great heroes of Crete and Greece. Venizelos chose this village as he had a close relationship with the mountain people. This village is a hometown of his mother Stiliani Ploumidakis. Today, the house of his mother still stands in the village and has been preserved as a historical building. There also is the Eleftherios Venizelos Centre for Independence and the Therisos National Resistance Museum, both of which welcome visitors from all over the world.
Then, you will head to Zourva village, located in the hinterland of Crete, 24 km away from the town of Chania. From there, a tarred but steep road leads to the border of Lefka Ori. You will see the pine tree forest which grows just above the inhabited area, the gorge of Tromarisa and the spectacular view towards the North and the sea.
Next stop is the Meskla Village. Meskla is a small and quiet traditional village, 21 kilometer southwest of Chania.
Meskla is situated between green hills in the nature of the fertile Keritis Valley and has the traditional stone houses. Through the valley runs a river, and you can see the White Mountains on the horizon. The village of Meskla was destroyed during the Venetian period (when the leader of the revolt, Kantanoleon, had his headquarter in Meskla) and also during the Turkish period. Fortunately, the two of significant Byzantine churches in the village has survived the destructions.
One of these churches is the Church of Christ Saviour or 'Sotiras Christos Church.' It has paintings of Theodoros Daniel and his nephew Michaeli Veneris dating from 1303 A.D. The church was founded by the monk Leontios Khossakis.
A bit further down the road, you will find the 14th century Virgin Mary Church. This church contains parts of earlier buildings, including the temple of Aphrodite and the mosaic on the floor. Behind this church, another very large and imposing new church has been built.
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You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
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Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Entrance fees for all attractions
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Lunch, other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive a confirmation email. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding your booking.
What is the cancellation policy?
100% cancellation penalty applies when service is cancelled 24 hours or less prior to service delivery date or in case of no-show.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be equipped with wet weather gear if rain is expected. Please note that religious sites require modest attire- knees and shoulders must be covered.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
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- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws
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