Last updated on April 19, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, following extensive travelling in Crete

Olive Oil and Wine tasting Jeep Safari Tour

A wine tasting day-trip is one of the best experiences in Crete that you should not miss.

You can do it using a rented car or you can simply join a small van or a big bus tour. 

However, you may miss out on the best mainland areas accessible only by 4WD, where you can see and experience the most authentic wineries.

That’s why I highly suggest joining a Jeep Safari Tour for a special and unique olive oil and wine tasting day trip.

Chania Adventures runs a luxury Safari Tours on comfortable 4WD vehicles that explore the most remote parts of the island, accessible only by rough roads.

It is a tour in style where you will be given plenty of information on the Cretan history, the island culture, the wine evolution through the years and of course you will taste the best local cuisine, all in a small group (up to 6 guests per guide). 

Without further ado, let’s check out all you need to know, including a few photos of the tour.

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The Olive Oil and Wine tasting Jeep Safari Tour – In a nutshell

Location: The Olive Oil and Wine tasting Jeep Safari Tour is based in Chania, west of Crete

Pick up area: The tour starts from the town of Chania however pick up is available (included in the price) up to 20km from the town.

Typical duration: the tour lasts 7-8 hours, starting at 9am and back in town around 4-5pm.

Available Days: this is a daily tour (except on Sundays) running from the 1st of April till 30th of November

Languages spoken by the tour guides: English and Greek

Available vehicle models: four-wheel drive (4wd), 7-seater Mitsubishi Pajero and Land Rover Discovery with full A/C.

Off-road experience: the tour is approx 20% of the time driving on unsealed and unique roads that will take you to the backcountry of Crete. Approx 50% of the day will be on small narrow roads, so characteristic of Crete.

Don’t forget the sunglasses, hat, sun cream, a jacket (depending on the weather conditions). Sport shoes or sandals are recommended.

Top 3 unmissable attractions in the tour:

  1. The 3000 years old olive tree in a small local village where the Jeep Safari Tour stops for a cup of coffee, a fresh orange juice and homemade cake.
  2. The Olive Oil and Wine tastings. This is the best part of the tour where you can learn all about the production of olive oil and wine at the Anoskeli’s olive mill and winery. In the first part of the visit you can taste the organic extra virgin olive oil, spread on warm bread with oregano, salt and lemon juice. In the second part you can visit the winery and taste 5 different labels of local wine, accompanied by Cretan snacks.
  3. Exploring the characteristic mainland on comfortable, full A/C vehicles.

Lunchtime: A traditional lunch made of Cretan tastes, with fresh seasonal products, is provided during the tour.

Children friendly: Children for this adventure should be 9 years or older

Olive Oil and Wine tasting Jeep Safari Tour – How to contact

Photos of the Olive Oil and Wine tasting Jeep Safari Tour – what you should expect

The 3000 years old olive tree
The 3,000 years old olive tree of Vouves, one of the ten oldest living trees in the world. In 1997, it was listed in the protected natural monuments of Greece. In both the Olympic Games of 2004 and 2008, a branch was used to weave victors’ wreaths for the winners. And if it looks big, that’s probably because the tree has a diameter of 4.6m!
Anoskeli’s old olive mill and vineyards
Anoskeli’s old olive mill and winery with 2.888 olive trees and almost 2 hectares of boutique vineyards, a sustainable and eco-friendly environment built by the Mamidakis family over 30 years ago.
Olive oil and Wine tasting room
Olive oil and Wine tasting room. The Anoskeliold olive mill produces both organic and non-organic extra virgin olive oil using the “Koroneiki” olive variety. They have been both awarded in multiple national and international contexts. No wonder you will love it 🙂
The Anoskeli winery produces both blended and single variety wines from local Greek and French varieties as well
The Anoskeli winery produces both blended and single-variety wines from Greek and French vines
You will get to taste also the famous tsikoudia (raki), a distillate of carefully selected grapes served cold
You will get to taste also the famous tsikoudia (raki), a distillate of carefully selected grapes served cold
Wine and Olive Oil tasting is matched with local mezedes (tapas)
Wine and Olive Oil tasting is matched with local mezedes (little snacks, tapas)
A local expert guides you through the Olive Oil and Wine tasting. This is the best time to make questions and understand more about the local process
A local expert guides you through the Olive Oil and Wine tasting. This is the best time to make questions and understand more about the local process, besides enjoying the wine 🙂
It's not uncommon to spot goats, literally everywhere.
It’s not uncommon to spot goats, literally everywhere.
The view at Deliana gorge and the Aegean sea
The view along the route of the Deliana Gorge, down to the Aegean Sea on the horizon
The local Cretan tastes are to die for. The best is that you get to try everything
The local Cretan tastes are to die for. The best is that you get to try everything
It's the best way to discover the local cuisine because the guide is there to answer all the questions
It’s the best way to discover the local cuisine because the guide is there to answer all the questions you may have
Fresh salad of the season, directly from the vegetable garden
A fresh salad of the season, directly from the vegetable garden
Sharing the table with other travellers is always a great fun
Sharing the table with other travellers is always great fun
The Anoskeli winery has been commented and prized multiple times, including a Silver at the prestigious Frankfurt International Trophy in 2019
The Anoskeli winery has been commented and prized multiple times, including a Silver at the prestigious Frankfurt International Trophy in 2019
The Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been prized in multiple events, including a Prestige Gold Award at the 2020 Mediterranean International Olive Oil competition in Israel
The Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been prized in multiple events, including a Prestige Gold Award at the 2020 Mediterranean International Olive Oil competition in Israel
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