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From Chania: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Full-Day Tour

1. From Chania: Knossos Palace and Heraklion Full-Day Tour

Visit the most important Minoan palace on a full-day trip to Knossos Palace from Chania. Explore Heraklion city center with free time, and have the option to join your guide for a tour of the Heraklion Archeological Museum. Stop in the picturesque city of Rethymno on your way back to Chania. After pickup from your hotel or a nearby meeting point, head straight to Knossos Palace, the home of various Greek legends and myths such as the Labyrinth, Minotaur, Daedalus, and Icarus. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the palace with your guide. Learn about the Minoan civilization, and see what is believed to be the throne of the legendary King Minos. At the end of your palace tour, continue toward the center of Heraklion and enjoy free time to explore once there. If you like, you can use part of your free time on a tour of the Heraklion Archeological Museum with your guide. Once your time in Heraklion is up, reconvene with your guide and start the drive back. Along the way, stop for a break in Rethymno and enjoy more free time to stroll through the city’s streets. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Chania: Private Sailboat Day Trip with Food and Drinks

2. Chania: Private Sailboat Day Trip with Food and Drinks

Do you want a day away from crowds on crystal clear waters? Our trip will start for the departure port of Souda. And together we will feel the most beautiful sailing experience. Always depending on wind direction we sail alongside the coast with a fort view high up on the hill and a prison fort below it, with the White mountains scenery with the outstanding hillside view of Kalami area, past a small uninhabited island with a fort, with its cannon ports, where the Venetians kept the pirates out of the bay. Some of the destinations that we will visit is Mpali, Panormos, Loutraki-Marathi-Seitan limania- Obrosgialos-Water caves-Brascos-Karavotopos. In our trip you will have time to relax onboard and tanning and to swimming or snorkeling. As our priority is to offer you the best we offer you meal and drinks on board Upon request and with extra fee we handle special events like wedding. Send us your booking request or any question you may have through. And let the adventure begin!

From Chania : Preveli Palm Beach

3. From Chania : Preveli Palm Beach

Is there a place in Greece that combines a gorge, a river, a lagoon, a wonderful sand beach and a palm forest? The answer is positive and it is the Preveli beach. The beach is located at the exit of Kourtaliotis gorge, where the homonymous river ends. It is one of the most famous beaches of South Crete and receives thousands of visitors every summer. Behind the impressive sandy beach begins the second largest palm forest of 40 hectares, which hosts the endemic Cretan palm tree of Theophrastus. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2010, 70% of this forest was burnt down. Nevertheless, natural reforestation proceeded quickly, the forest regained its character and the area is now protected by the Natura 2000 network. In the heart of the forest, the visitor loses the sense of time and space. You can follow the marked path (and it is advisable not to step off it) and enjoy pictures full of greenery and listen to the sounds of running water. The river forms a small 500m long lake at its exit to the sea with year-round water. In the large swimming pools that form every now and then you can take a refreshing swim. At the mouth of the river there is a sandy beach with a pebble bottom and the water is very cool due to the influence of the river. In the eastern part of the beach there is an impressive rock in the sea that resembles a mast or a heart. As for the sandy beach, it has managed to maintain its naturalness as it has no umbrellas and sunbeds. There is of course a canteen where you can get the essentials but that's the maximum service you'll get here, hence make sure you're organised. Your day starts after we pick you up with our bus from the designated pick up location and we head towards Damnoni. On our way you will make a 30 min stop at Spili village for a coffee break in order to enjoy the beautiful historical village of Spili. After that you are on your way again to Damnoni, in order to catch the ferry that will departure at 11:30. The guide will collect the money in order to bring you the ferry tickets. The ferry needs about 30 minutes to arrive at Preveli beach where you will be able to stay there for 3 hours and explore the Kourtaliotis gorge with the Palm tree forest or relax at the beach. The scheduled time of departure from Preveli beach is at 15:15 (always check with the guide for the exact time !) to Damnoni where you will catch the bus and head to the village of Plakias as you will have free time of 1:30h and you will be able to have lunch and drink at one of the taverns. In the end on our way back, we will make a brief photo stop and enjoy the stunning view of Kourtaliotis gorge. Your drop off will be at the same point you got picked up in the morning !

North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

4. North-East Crete: Chania Full-Day Tour with Snack and Pickup

Before reaching Chania city and wander to the narrow streets of the old city, firstly stop at the peninsula of Akrotiri. There it is the grave of the important politician Eleftherios Venizelos, where we can enjoy a fabulous view over Souda Bay. Chania, the second largest city of the island of Crete will be next stop. After a city tour, your steps will leads you to the city port where you will enjoy some small Cretan specialties. Free time to explore the city on your own will be next. You can also visit the famous market hall here. We continue with the stop at the ruins of "Aptera" and spend some time for the sensational view over the north coast. Final stop is the freshwater lake "Kournas", here you can end the day with a Greek coffee on a terrace from one of the numerous coffee shops.

From Chania : Imbros Gorge

5. From Chania : Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge is located in the south-eastern part of the White Mountains, it's length is 7 km and has slopes up to 300m high. It begins in the village of Imbros (800m) and ends in the village of Komitades (300m). It is part of the E4 European Long Distance Trail, it's relatively easy and pleasant path. At the beginning of the gorge you may see the old cobbled road that used to be the only way to connect the village of Sfakia with the northern side of the island. It's famous for its rare flora and beautiful scenery. Our bus will pick you up from a designated pick up point (outside or near your hotel) and after about 90 minutes drive we will arrive in the village of Imbros. Then follows the walk through the gorge, guided by our licensed trekking guide who will help you if you need it and give you information about the whole area. You will then visit Frangokastello, where we will have two hours free time to enjoy the sea! In the late afternoon we will return by bus to the same point you got picked up in the morning

Lake Kournas - Chania city - Souda Bay Tour

6. Lake Kournas - Chania city - Souda Bay Tour

Explore the picturesque city of Chania, the freshwater of Lake Kournas and your boat trip from Souda bay, on this day trip from Rethymno. Enjoy pickup from your hotel and the scenic journey to Lake Kournas. Once there, explore the lake or tuck into a delicious meal at a local taverna. Enjoy the relaxing views beneath looming mountains. Look out too for the local wildlife - moorhens, eels, and turtles are among the permanent residents of this friendly wetland. Then, head for Chania, the charming city perched on Crete's north west coast. Admire the lively port of the Old Venetian Harbour and its imposing lighthouse. Stroll the atmospheric narrow streets of the city, filled with shops, churches and tavernas. Pick up some traditional local products like cheese or pastries at the municipal market. Shop for leather goods and souvenirs at the famous Halidon Street. After your free time thereyou are off for Souda bay where your boat will be waiting for you. Experience a relaxed and refresing round, where you will be provided with masks and you will be free to snorkel into the blue sea. Arrive at marathi beach and enjoy your bath and sunbath there. Take pleasure in being out in nature amongst this beautiful scenery, before hopping back in the vehicle for your journey back to Rethymno.

Crete's Pink Wonder: Elafonisi Beach Shore Trip from Souda

7. Crete's Pink Wonder: Elafonisi Beach Shore Trip from Souda

On this day tour from Souda and Chania, discover the gem that is Elafonisi Beach. Soak up the sights of the remarkable pink sand and crystal-clear waters on Crete's southwestern coastline. Enjoy pickup and a scenic drive to this protected nature reserve. Begin your tour to Elafonisi when you meet your driver in Souda or Chania. Then, set out for a drive along the winding road through Crete's stunning countryside. If you wish, your driver will pause for you to stock up on local snacks and drinks while you learn about the island. Once you've reached Elafonisi, make your way to the beach. As you wander down to the water's edge, notice how the sand turns pink beneath your toes. Delight in the green waves lapping at the shore as you explore, swim, and lounge in this unique place. After relaxing on Elafonisi Beach and exploring all its delights, return to Souda and Chania with your driver to conclude your tour.

Marathi: Private Boat Rental

8. Marathi: Private Boat Rental

From Marathi, you can visit the beaches of Seitan Limania, Kalami, Kalyves, Almyrida, Kera and almost all the bay of Souda. We will of course give you a detailed briefing on where to go, which places to visit, where the best beaches are etc (and also where to be careful of rocks!) upon arrival (we will show you on a local map, there is also the same map on the boat). We will then also give you a detailed briefing on the boat and show you how everything works.

Chania City Tour with Georgioupoli and Lake Kournas

9. Chania City Tour with Georgioupoli and Lake Kournas

Meet with your guide at the terminal of Cretan Spiti Travel at Eleftherias Square in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel at 08.30. We start our tour driving along the north coastal road, passing by Rethymno Town, 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 where we will visit all the main highlights of the city, historic neighborhoods, churches and museums and take a walk to the beautiful Venetian Port with the Lighthouse Faros. During your tour of the picturesque alleys of the old town, you will come acrosss unique monuments such as the Rimodi Fountain, the Neradze Mosque (or Gazi Hussein) with its high minaret, churches and squares. Have lunch (optional) and free time for shopping. At the way back we will stop at the resort city of Georgioupolis, popular for its fine beaches, for a coffee brake. Our last stop will be Lake Kournas. Once there, explore the lake and enjoy the relaxing views beneath looming mountains. Moorhens, eels, and turtles are among the permanent residents of this friendly wetland. Late in the afternoon at 18:00, we return to Heraklion at the terminal in front of Astoria Capsis Hotel.

Chania Battle of Crete Private Tour: WW2 Military History

10. Chania Battle of Crete Private Tour: WW2 Military History

This private tour unfolds the history behind the battle of Crete in Chania: A certified Historian/ Archaeologist specializing in Contemporary History is ready to guide you through the line of events that led to the Battle of Crete and the mysteries of the Archaeological remains of the battlefields. We start our tour at the Airport of Maleme, a site that was of vital importance for the Axis forces, and played a crucial role during World War Two. A tour of hill 107 is being carried out, as well as a visit to the German War Cemetery. We stand in grief, due to the sheer size of human losses and afterwards we visit two different abandoned German lockouts in an undisclosed location. A visit to a private war museum lets us understand how the battle was being carried out, and we learn about unknown facts about the battle of Crete due to our Historian Guide’s expertise and rare archive photos that were found after tedious research. The British Commonwealth Nations (Such as Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain) played a vital role in the Battle of Crete, and we pay great respect to our allies, by visiting the British Commonwealth Allied Cemetery. We learn about the history of the allied cemetery in Souda Bay as we overlook the spectacular views of the bay on which “Lest We Forget”* is a common phrase. A small coffee/ lunch break at a beautiful riverside with overgrown vegetation will help us to talk about questions and inquiries. Afterwards, we continue our tour to an undisclosed location to inspect battlefield Archeology and the untouched history of the Battle of Crete to an abandoned German Bunker. We learn about the daily war routine, as well as the military equipment, regimes and ammunition used by both the Axis Forces and the Allies during the second world war.

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Apostolis was on time, personable and very knowledgeable as one might expect from a professional graduate historian. During a 6-hour tour we visited Tavronitis bridge, the RAF memorial at the western edge of Malme airfield, Hill 107, Galatas, Platanias, the prison, Prison Valley, the German cemetery on Hill 107 and the Commonwealth cemetery at Souda Bay. Apostolis not only talked about the ground, but was able to describe the naval engagements and set the Crete campaign within the overall strategic context of the prosecution of the war, particularly the effect of the impending Operation Barbarossa. All the key sights of the first five days (20-26 May 1941) during which Crete was effectively lost. He took me to two private museums, one of which was closed but he got access because he knew the keyholder. I had a particular interest in the actions of 1 WELCH Regiment and although it was not part of the planned tour he found and we visited their roadside memorial near Galatas. Top marks!

The trip was great. The gorge was very impressive. The detour to Frangokastello could not take place due to the strong wind. Instead we went to Chora Sfakion, where we were also able to swim (now protected from the wind). Only on the return journey was it a bit strange that a very remote hotel was reached with a full bus. It was very tedious (the bus driver's skills were excellent given the narrow streets), although we still got to see a little more of the island.

We had a very good day with the 2 guides. We navigated between turquoise waters, vestiges of time and mythology. We totally recommend this excursion.

Fantastic tour guide.Highly educated and informal.Thank you.Keep up the good work.

It was very interesting and guide was incredibly knowledgeable