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Cretan Villages & Across North Crete | 2 days / 1 night

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Discover Crete in this 2 days tour.

Route

Day 1
Meet with your guide at Eleftherias Square in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel at 08.30 and start driving to our first stop Zaros, an attractive, refreshingly unspoiled village famous for its spring water, which is now bottled and sold all over Greece, and an ideal base for walkers to explore the beautiful nature.

Zaros also has some fine Byzantine monasteries, and delicious farm-raised trout served up in tavernas around town and on emerald-green Lake Votomos which will be visited. Then we continue our drive to the traditional Cretan village of Vatos, a small village hidden in the green where we find all the elements of its tradition. Walking down the alleys we visit the old school and its fountain as well as the museum with the farming tools and utensils of earlier times. We finish at a cauldron of the village where you make Raki (the famous alcoholic beverage of Crete). Spili is our next stop known for its Venetian snake with a long line of 25 stone lion heads that run cool water from their mouths. Then we visit Lampini, the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century. It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431.

Drive to Gorge of St. Antonios, short walk through beautiful nature up to the cave of St. Antonios and enjoy your lunch at Drymos Restaurant (optional). After the lunch crossing the lush villages of Amarios we reach the Arkadi Monastery, which constitutes a landmark of architecture and civilization considering the magnificent facade of the church, the highly developed spiritual tradition as well as the flourishing development of fine arts. However, the holocaust, which took place in 1866, gave the monastery an eminent place in history, elevating it to an eternal symbol of freedom and heroism, recognized worldwide.

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel in Rethymno.
Day 2
Breakfast at the Hotel in Rethymno.

At approximately 09.30 start our tour driving along the north coastal road, passing the resort city of Georgioupolis, popular for its fine beaches, to the city of Souda, port of Chania, to visit the Venizelos Graves at the historical location of Profitis Ilias in Akrotiri where the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos lays, one of the long-standing prime Ministers of Greece. We continue to the city of Chania for a visit to the small market, where local products can be found, such as the famous honey, cheeses, souvenir shops etc, before descending to the famous Venetian harbor of the city with the Lighthouse Faros and then drive back to Rethymno, one of the most beautiful places in Crete, Greece. It is located between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion and its capital boasts an elegant Venetian style of architecture. In the region you will find both popular seaside locations and secluded coves. We will stop at Zisis restaurant for an optional lunch.

Then we will visit the Venetian stronghold of Fortezza which is built on top of a low hill above Rethymno Town. The hill is known as Paleokastro, which means old castle in Greek and suggests the existence of an older structure in that place. This huge fortress, with its turbulent history, was built between 1540 and 1570 by the Venetian maritime power as a bulwark against Turkish pirates. More than 100,000 Cretans on compulsory labor and over 40,000 pack animals were used in the construction of this mighty fortress. However, the Fortezza was conquered by the Turks in 1646. After many upheavals during the next three centuries, only the outer fortifications of the Fortezza remain intact and few buildings are still under restoration. The Fortezza is visible from every part of the town and provides the visitor a panoramic view of Rethymno town. The visitors enter from the East Gate through an impressive archway.

After the visit we continue driving across the north side of the island along the Cretan Sea and crossing the coastal villages of Bali, Fodele and Agia Pelagia, and reach the city of Heraklion, and end our tour at the terminal in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel at 18:00.

Schedule / Prices

  • Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
  • From 02/03/2022 to 07/11/2023
    Adult in double room: 284 € / Single Room: 348 € 
    3rd adult: 256 € / Child 142 €
    Private Operation, additional cost per reservation 800€
    Every Tuesday

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Included

  • Accommodation on HB, 1 night in Rethymno
  • All transfers during the tour
  • Deluxe A/C coach
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes

Not Included

  • Pick up - drop off from your hotel
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites (4€)
  • Lunch in restaurant throughout in the tour (40€)
  • Drinks and beverage during the meal
  • Whispers
  • Gratuities
  • All personal expenses
  • Everything that is not specifically mentioned in the "Included" section

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