Day trip

Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

From £74.27 per person

Join this tour around hidden churches, wonderful natural landscapes and learn everything about the religious traditions of Crete.

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Duration 6 hours
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Pickup included
Chania central hotels in the followng areas: Kolimvari to Chania center, Akrotiri until Venizelos tombs, Apokoronas until Kalives. Departures only from the Chania region, not Heraklion, Rethimnon or Lasithi. Meeting points upon request.

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the religious heritage of Crete
  • Explore the wonderful region of Apokoronas
  • Learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete
  • Encounter unique landscapes and hidden churches
  • Hear about detailed descriptions and unknown stories
  • Ensure a more relaxing and personal experience with a chauffeured tour
  • Get in touch with the locals
  • Have delicious gastronomic experiences
Full description
The province of Apokoronas stretches from the foothills of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) to the northern coast of the island. Dynamic water routes form a region rich in vegetation of various kinds. Apokoronas has preserved the traditional character of its villages that constitute a living core of modern rural life. The whole history of its countryside, along with the history of Christian worship, is reflected in its churches that will be the focus of your tour. You will encounter exceptional examples of art and architecture situated in unique natural beauty. Your first stop will be a small Byzantine church in the middle of nowhere, almost caped by trees and plants around. It is located in a landscape of exceptional beauty, surrounded by vineyards and a rare Cretan oak. This type of the church is a typical example of pure Byzantine architecture and testifies to the radiation of the tradition of Constantinople even into the distant corners of the empire. You will also find traces of early worship in another church in a nearby village. Although the standing building dates back to the 15th century, the recent excavations inside indicate that worship began in the 8th century. See the excavation inside the church and discuss its relations with the great monasteries of Greece and the monastic tradition that was formed in the area. A symbol of the Cretan effort in their struggle against the Venetians is a glorious church at the foothills of the White Mountains. Its founder is the Emperor of Nicaea, John Vatatzis, who hastened to prevent the conqueror of the island. The exceptional frescoes within date back to the 13th century and represents a high quality example of painting. The tour will be completed in the exceptional beauty of a hidden church in one of the most charming villages of Apokoronas. Built in the 13th century, the church is a modern pilgrimage demonstrating that faith in this place is an ongoing feeling. Then, enjoy traditional local cuisine at a local kafeneion (tapas taverna) located in the unique square of a typical Cretan village, where you will find an expression of daily local life as the last satisfaction for your senses on this tour.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from specific locations in Chania region
  • English-speaking, local driver
  • Certified archaeologist escort
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Traditional Cretan lunch
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Small group tour (up to 14 persons)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
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  • Departures only from the Chania region - Not Heraklion Rethimnon or Lasithi
  • Small group tour
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