Excursions Crete
 
 

The Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum
Gortys - Phaestos - Matala
Rethymnon - Chania - Arkadi
Ierapetra - Sitia - Toplou - Vai
Lassithi - Knossos
Gramvoussa the emerald of Crete
Elafonissi - Pearl of the West
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge (Easy Way)
Jeep Safari
Cretan Greek Folk-evenings
Traditional Villages
The Island of Chrissi
Spinalonga

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The Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum

Tour to the Palace of Knossos, where you will be guided to the excavated Minoan capital of Crete which was built around 2000 B.C. Knossos was the seat of King Minos, the personification of the Minoan civilisation. This civilisation was all powerful at an age when the rest of Europe was going through its Palaeolithic stage of development. Excavations at Knossos during the turn of the 20th century revealed the origins of European civilisation. The palace features countless rooms and halls, which are associated with the legendary Labyrinth. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion hosts a wide collection of Minoan treasures.

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Gortys - Phaestos - Matala


We pass through the most picturesque landscape of central Crete . Our first stop is the ancient town of Gortys , a capital of Crete during the Roman period. Gortys is known for its Law Code carved on stone blocks and for the church of St. Titus . Gortys was the first bishopric of Crete . From the palace of Phaestos the view of the Messara plain and of the Ida range is superb.
At the coastal village of Matala you will have lunch and the chance for a swim. Matala is known worldwide for its numerous caves hewn in the great promontory that forms the arm of a cove.

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Rethymnon - Chania - Arkadi


This tour runs along the panoramic coastal road to the west. Rethymnon, with its well preserved Venetian structures, is a true representative of recent past. Once a capital of Crete , Chania is a beautiful town with a rich background in the history of Art. In 1866 the holocaust of the Arkadi monastery became a national symbol of freedom and sacrifice in the struggle against the Turks. Finally, the beach of Rethymnon offers a good chance for a swim.

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Ierapetra - Sitia - Toplou - Vai

Come with us to Ierapetra, the southernmost town of Europe . Leaving the area of Ierapetra and its long strands of beaches, we travel north en route to the idyllic town of Sitia . There we visit the monastery of Toplou which is famous for its 18th c. icons. Next, the tour continues to the palm forest of Vai - unique in Europe - where you will have the opportunity to relax and swim.

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Lassithi - Knossos


We travel along the picturesque terrain to Mt. Dikti . Just before the plateau we come across the nunnery of Kera which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The plateau, with its thousands of windmills, is 800 m above sea level, while Mt. Dikti rises majestically near by.
From the village of Psychro we ascend to the cave known as Diktaeon Antron where, according to myth, Zeus was born.
After a lunch break in Lassithi we drive through a scenic route to arrive to the archaeological site of Knossos .

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Gramvoussa the emerald of Crete


Driving west, we go through CHANIA suburbs and our ride lasts for two hours on the new National Road . We arrive at the KASTELLI harbour. From there, the boat takes our guests to the small island of Gramvussa .The view from the Venetian fortress on the island is breathtaking.
After an hour and a half, a small snack will be served on the boat.
Our route continues to the island of Balos , which is only 10 minutes by boat. Here, our guests can spend two hours swimming in the fresh water bay enjoying the white/pink beach. The boat takes us back to Kastelli where our bus is waiting for the return journey.

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Elafonissi - Pearl of the West

After 2 hours bus ride heading west, we continue going southwards. The first stop is at the church of Ag . Sophia. We stay for approximately one hour and our guests are guided in the Ag. Sophia cave. Next, we make a short coffee break in a nearby tavern. Driving through the mountains for 30 minutes, we arrive at the Monastery of Chryssoskalitissa. Our final tour destination is not far from here. Libyan Sea can be seen from a distance. In fifteen minutes we arrive in Elafonissi, the South West part of Crete . We can spend about 3 hours here to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters, admire the fantastic surroundings and have something to eat. Then we set out for our return trip going northwards. Just before entering the highway we make a short stop for a drink in a cantina and then we return home.

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Samaria Gorge

Crossing the gorge of Samaria is more like an adventure than a tour. We arrive at the plateau of Omalos at an altitude of 1000 m. on the White Mountains ("Lefka Ori") where the adventure begins.
The Samaria gorge is the longest in Europe . The trail leads 18 km south through a wonderful terrain and exits on the south coast of Crete drenched by the Libyan Sea . From the fishing village of Agia Roumeli we take the boat for Chora Sfakion.
There we board the coach for our return trip. For a comfortable crossing of the gorge, we suggest that you use walking shoes or a pair of shoes that would keep your feet steady.

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Samaria Gorge (Easy Way)


If for some reason you cannot follow the entire scheduled tour to the gorge of Samaria , but you do not want to miss the unique chance of enjoying its beauty, you board the coach and travel south to Chora Sfakion. From the point you may choose to enter the gorge and walk through up to its narrowest point (4 km. from the coast) or spend your afternoon enjoying the waters of the Libyan Sea .
 

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Jeep Safari

During this trip we head off the hidden track into the heart of real Crete , amid places untouched and unspoiled. Our professional Jeep-Safari guides will show the guests off-road tracks and also bring them to isolated coast parts where the variation of the Cretan nature is noticeable. The guests will also visit the Cave where Zeus, the Olympian God, was born. Trip is ending in Malia enjoying the beautiful view of the gulf of Malia and Chersonissos. Discover secluded coves, ancient caves and winding roads that run through olive groves and ancient villages enjoying an interesting and funny excursion.

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Cretan Greek Folk-evenings

Folklore Festival. The most famous show!!!

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Traditional Villages

We are driving south through the well known vineyards of Crete . Our first stop is at the village of Archanes , which is famous, not only for the wine produced here but also for the very many Minoan excavations in the area surrounding the village. You can see some of the findings in a small museum. Then we visit the Peza village where you can taste and enjoy the local wine. The wine-making tradition here goes back for 4.500 years. We drive on and we arrive at the village of Myrthia for our lunch break. You can visit here the Nikos Kazantzakis museum. Our visit here lasts approximately two hours.
Finally, we visit the traditional village of Thrapsano where, in a potter's workshop, you can watch the oldest handicraft of Crete .

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The Island of Chrissi

This is one of the 81 uninhabited isles round the island of Crete . It takes about 45 minutes by boat from Ierapetra - the most southern town of Europe - to take you to the isle of Chrissi. When you set foot on its beach, you are not sure whether you are in the Mediterranean or in one of the islands in the Caribbean Sea .This isle was inhabited during the Minoan period, while its trade flourished during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Later in became a pirate's shelter. The tropical vegetation and the cedars provide ideal living conditions for hares, partridges, quails, and pheasants. Thousands of sea-shells turn white under the scourging sun before the air and sea grind them into fine specks of golden sand - hence the name of the isle (Chrissi = Gold). This island is ideal for day-dreaming, swimming, and trekking. There are two taverns which cater of your nutritional needs.

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Spinalonga

Discover the shore line between Agios Nikolaos and Elounda in a boat trip that will also take you to the isle of Spinalonga. The Venetians constructed there a most impressive fortress in 1575, which was later converted into a leper colony.
Following a noon break at Elounda, the boat takes you to a small bay for a swim. A short stop at Agios Nikolaos concludes the tour.

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