Local travel agency in Crete, Greece
Petassos travel is a travel agency based in Crete (Greece) that organises specialised and personalised adventure, walking/hiking, historical (cultural), and nature-based tours for demanding travelers.
Our tours are based on a philosophy that aims to render the trips a means of traveling in time and space. It is therefore our pleasure to invite all you to experience the feeling of being true wayfarers taking for granted that you care not only for sightseeing but also interpreting and understanding what you see, hear or touch.
Our tours might refer to an event in history, can be based on important moments in the lives of famous and everyday people, or explore nature paths and trails above or under the ground. Our focus is on the interaction between people and the landscape and can cover many different human activities. However, there’s a common denominator: respect for nature and people within a framework of harmonious coexistence, which we feel is the guide for the sustained development of a place.
Chryssa, your contact in Crete
I am Chryssa, originally from Crete where I also live. Together with Emmanuela and at least 15 other collaborates-friends, we run Petassos Travel, an agency of alternative/thematic tourism that organizes trips in Crete, in the islands of the Aegean and in Ipiros (Northern Greece). I am specialized in local and regional development issues and have been active for over 17 years in the area of empowerment of local communities within the context of endogenous development and local management.
Since 1999, I have actively been involved in caving as a member of the Speleological Association of Crete and have participated in many expeditions for the exploration and recording of caves and other Karst formations, as well as in studies and books aiming at promoting the study of the caves of Crete. I love travelling inside and outside Crete and I am looking forward to share with you my passion for the incredibly rich and multifaceted island of Crete.
Let's go to Crete, Greece !
Crete is a paradise for hikers and trekkers, for those seeking to experience local life, Cretan gastronomy, folk festivals, hospitality, authenticity and human warmth. Being located between 3 continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, its nature combines the characteristics of all three environments, which explains the incredible richness and variety of endemic species of fauna and flora.
This great island of the Mediterranean Sea has a unique climate, high and extended mountains, remoted beaches, traditional villages, endemic species and exceptional gastronomy, warm and hospitable people.
Oliver Rackham and Jennifer Moody, two English professors of archeology, mentioned in their book 'The formation of the Cretan Landscape' (Trad. K. Smponias, A. Chaniotis, University Editions, Crete, Heraklion, 2004, p. xix): “Crete is a wonderful and dramatic island, a miniature continent with precipitous mountains, a hundred gorges, unique plants, extinct animals and lost civilizations, as well as the characteristic agricultural landscape of olive groves, vines and goats”
Petassos Travel, local travel agency in Crete
In most of our trips we propose hikes or treks and excursions in the heart of nature and close to cultural monuments. Usually those trips follow extraordinary and fabulous routes or trails and always invite our travelers to keep in touch with the locals. We offer 4 types of trips:
- Guided multi-day tours, organized at specific dates during the year and guided (escorted) by experienced and qualified local guides. Usually they are trekking tours of various levels of difficulty, as well as more classical tours that combine seasonal must-sees, and visits to hidden site regions of high natural and cultural interest.
- Self-guided multi-day tours. They are tours that you can do all by yourself. We organize the bookings of accommodation and -upon request- other offerings, such as car rental, transfers, daily excursions and meals. Crucial element in this kind of trips is the 24 hour support from our agency and the detailed manual/book specially edited for your tailor-made trip, containing bibliographical references, maps, photos and, above all information, for all you can do in the suggested areas.
- Guided daily tours: These are thematic excursions guided (escorted) by experienced specialists: geologists, biologists, anthropologists, historians but also by local guides who have a deep knowledge of the theme they present. They are mainly tours that balance between recreation and seminar and get into the core of the authentic Crete
- Tailor-made trips based on your criteria. These proposals can be excursions tailored to your specific needs or any other trip suited to your needs (specially organized for small and medium sized groups and for families).