West Crete - Chania - Kournas - Rethymno

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Duration
10 hours
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English, French, German, Russian

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What You'll Do
  • Enjoy the ride on the road heading west and let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful views of the sea
  • Take a stroll through the old town of Chania and visit the most beautiful harbor of Greece
  • Seize the opportunity to go through the leather alley, the pottery road or leather goods mile
  • Enjoy the fantastic nature around the lake on a pedalo boat, enjoy your lunch or have a refreshing swim
  • Visit the charming Rethymno with its culmination of the various impressions
Overview
This is the best opportunity to explore the north coast from Crete. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views to the sea while driving along the road, and you’ll gradually see the difference between the east and the charming west part of the island.
What to Expect
This excursion brings you to West Crete and your first stop in Chania, the most ravishing city of Crete. It was an important Minoan city and the “mother of the Cretan cities”, according to ancient writers. The city is divided in the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”.  You can admire samples of all the civilizations that have passed from here: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. You can enjoy your lunch at the picturesque harbor, or visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. Here you can buy souvenirs or leather goods for very good prices.

Leaving this extraordinary city, you’ll arrive at the quaint Kournas Lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. Lush greenery, steep cavities between hills, rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens and two-color turtles, make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy a swim before your lunch or an early afternoon walk. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland.

On the return journey, you'll stop in Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete, where monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist, in an extremely interesting way. Have a stroll in the alleys of the old town, visit the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or just enjoy your coffee at the magnificent harbor. You’ll be amazed at how one island could have such contrasting sights and colors.
What's Included
  • Pick-up from the hotel / main road from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia, Fodele, and Bali
  • Transfers by modern fully air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced drivers
  • Live tour guide in English, German and Russian every Tuesday
  • Live guide in English, French, German and Russian every Friday
What's Not Included
  • Extras at coffee breaks, lunch
Meeting Point

•Please mention the hotel or app. of your stay •Pick up from the hotel / main road from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia, Fodele + Bali. The details of pick up and time you’ll receive after booking (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Live tour guide in English, German and Russian every Tuesday
• Live guide in English, French, German and Russian every Friday
• Please try to be 5 minutes early at the meeting point
• Means of transportation: Bus – about 3 hours one-way
• Walking part: On foot along the narrow streets of Chania and Rethymno, and a little at Lake Kournas
• Bring a hat, water, money for lunch

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