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From Rethymno: Balos/Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

1. From Rethymno: Balos/Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Set off on a day trip by bus and boat to the magnificent Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa island, on the northwestern coast of Crete. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a cruise with swim stops and a visit to a castle. After an early morning pickup near your hotel, sit back and relax as you pass through beautiful scenery to get to the Port of Kissamos. There, you'll pay for the cruise and board the boat which will take you in the sea for about an hour till you reach Gramvousa island. Once at Gramvousa, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the Venetian Fortress which offers breathtaking views from the top. Otherwise, you can stay on the boat to take advantage of the bar restaurant or you can relax at the beachside. Afterward, the boat will continue for about 20 minutes to reach the Balos Lagoon. There, you'll have 2.5 hours of free time on the beach. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the dunes in the background. In the afternoon, the boat will begin the cruise back to Kissamos and from there you will be driven back to your Hotel area in Rethymno.

Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

2. Georgioupolis Full-Day Land Rover Safari Experience

Hop in a 4x4 vehicle for a full-day safari adventure and learn about Cretan traditions while indulging in delicious food. Tour the paradisical countryside and swim in the clear water of the South Cretan Sea. Climb to an altitude of 1,200 meters and experience the quietness of the White Mountains and Cretan dances in a fascinating landscape. Keep an eye out for vultures that will take your breath away with their imposing appearance. Visit an old village with a Byzantine Church and a café stocked with Cretan products, including herbs, raki, and honey. See a castle and swim in the pristine waters of the South Cretan Sea before heading to a tavern to try traditional dishes. Visit a family-owned winery and learn how wine is produced on the island. Discover the secrets of Creten olive oil at an old factory and learn how to identify various grades of olive oil. Step into the island's past with visits to historical museums.

From Georgioupoli: Easy Hiking Day-Trip to Imbros Gorge

3. From Georgioupoli: Easy Hiking Day-Trip to Imbros Gorge

Our driver will lead you south through the Askifou Mountains to the village of Imbros. But first there will be a short stop for refreshment in a charming tavern. The walk will last about two hours since the gorge is 8 km long. The end of the gorge is close to Komitades Village. The bus will be waiting for you there and will take you to a beautiful beach. There will be time to swim and have lunch prior to returning. This gentle hike is suitable for all those who are steady on their feet. It is also appropriate for families with children as well as fit elderly people.

From Chania: Full-Day Heraklion Highlights Tour

4. From Chania: Full-Day Heraklion Highlights Tour

Explore the oldest civilization in Europe on a full-day tour from Chania. Enjoy a tour of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and wander through Heraklion Town. Begin your tour from your accommodation in Chania, and as your drive, learn about the myths of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur or the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. In Heraklion, head to the Palace of Knossos and explore the ruins. Next, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and admire over 15,000 ancient Greek artifacts. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the town of Heraklion. Discover a Venetian fortress at the entrance of the harbor, gorgeous Neoclassical buildings and Byzantine churches.

From Chania: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

5. From Chania: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

Make your cruise trip to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island easy with a roundtrip bus transfer from a location near your accommodation in the Chania area to the Kissamos port. Travel aboard a comfortable bus with plenty of legroom.   Be picked up from a point near your hotel early in the morning and travel hop aboard a spacious, airconditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery as you drive west until you reach Kissamos. Purchase a ticket at the port of Kissamos for the Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island. Cruise to a cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas," admire the port of Gramvousa and a 16th-century castle, visit the lagoon of Balos and a stunning beach.   Enjoy sailing to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island and arrive back at the port of  Kissamos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your departure point near your accommodation. 

Heraklion,Malia &Agia Pelagia:Day Trip to Knossos Palace

6. Heraklion,Malia &Agia Pelagia:Day Trip to Knossos Palace

The most famous landmark of Crete, Knossos, is the absolute “must” for everybody who decides to spend his or her vacation on our beautiful island. On one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece, we find the center of one of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world and through the excavations, the legends and the history of the place we learn about its settlers: the Minoan people, the rulers of the Mediterranean. With its small palace, the room of murals, the royal tombs and the royal mansion, Knossos is probably the most significant token of a civilization that left such marks in history that can never be erased. The intricate structure of the palace corridors gave it the name Labyrinth, where, according to the myth, the legendary Minotaur used to live. The marvelous architectural plan, the use of rare and luxurious materials, the advanced techniques of construction and drainage system and the massive size of the palace of Knossos make it, even today, the most amazing sight on Crete. We return to the city to visit the newly renovated Archaeological Museum, which exhibits traditional architecture and preserves exquisite and valuable ethnographic and historical material from the ancient period of Cretan history. A stroll in the city of Heraklion will end up a perfect day –shopping in its modern stores, enjoying our coffee or lunch in one of its many restaurants or just exploring its superb medieval buildings. 10:00 Arrival Knossos Palace 12:00 Departure from Knossos Palace 12:20 Arrival Heraklion – Visit to Archaeological Museum (optional) 15:30 Departure from Heraklion DURATION: app. 7 hours STAY IN KNOSSOS: app. 2 hours STAY IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: app. 2 hours STAY IN HERAKLION: app. 1 hour

Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

7. Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Begin your journey of Knossos by meeting your guide at your hotel in Heraklion, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Knossos, where you will visit the ancient Minoan Palace, an important city in antiquity that supported continuous life from the Neolithic era to the 5th century. According to tradition, Knossos was the seat of the wise king Minos. Learn about the archeological site's fascinating myths, including the famous labyrinth and the minotaur legend, and that of Daedalus and Icarus. Next, head into the Heraklion mainland, which is known for its vilana, kostifali, and vidiano indigenous Cretan grapes. Crete's winemaking tradition dates all the way back to antiquity, and Cretan winemakers have consistently produced outstanding, award-winning wines. Taste some of these flavorful wines at a family-owned organic winery, where you'll enjoy six different wines along with local nibbles. Next, tuck into a delicious local lunch in a cozy, traditional, family-owned tavern that serves home-grown and freshly made delicacies from farm to table. This is your chance to sample truly authentic Cretan cuisine. Then, explore a typical village in Archanes as you wander its narrow lanes, and discover a world concealed from time. Here, savor the local liqueur called raki before heading back to your accommodation in Heraklion.

From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vryses Tour

8. From Chania: Sfakia, Frangokastelo, Imbros, and Vryses Tour

Discover the beauty of Crete on this tour to from Chania to the villages Sfakia and Vrysses. Go for a swim at Frangokastelo beach and admire the views at Imbros Gorge. Drink cold soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Snack on sandwiches and Cretan kalitsounia (cheese pastry).  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax as you drive through the southernmost part of Greece. Watch an audiovisual presentation of Cretan customs as you drive. Have access to free Wi-Fi and USB charging onboard.  Stop at the remote seaside village of Chora Sfakion. Spend some time to exploring the narrow streets in the village and go shopping for local products. Continue to Frangokastelo beach, which is famous for its sand and stunning Venetian castle.  Take some time to soak up some sun on the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters. Learn about the Drosoulites visions which are seen by locals in the region. Make your way to the entrance of Imbros Gorge where you can take pictures of the breathtaking view.  Visit the traditional village of Vrysses. View the tall plane trees in the village and explore the local tavernas and cafes. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

It was a beautiful experience including the narrow roads challenge but our driver Costa was an excellent driver and pull it through safely. The whole journey was smooth and pleasant. Costa and the tour guide Anastasia are both excellent. They made sure that we had an enjoyable trip to Elafonisi. The island is beautiful with a crystal clear water. I would recommend to anyone who travel to Crete to not miss this experience.

Der Ausflug war Klasse. Balos Lagune sollte man unbedingt wenn man auf Kreta ist, gesehen haben. Die Schiffsfahrt war sehr angenehm! Unsere Reiseleiterin Anastasia gab uns während der Fahrt informationen über den Ausflug und generell über Kreta. Der Bus war pünktlich und Busfahrer ist sehr sicher gefahren. Ich freue mich auf den nächsten Ausflug mit Markidis Travel

The tour was so wonderful! The guides were so so kind and welcoming. Everything went seamlessly: they were easy to contact and picked us up/dropped us off at our Airbnb. Christine pointed out interesting sights along the drive and happily answered all of our questions. They also provided drinks, snacks, and raki! Highly recommend!!

It was great. We had a great guide and learned a lot about the region. The hike is great. But you should be sure-footed and have sturdy shoes with you.

A great day with lots packed in! Definitely would do this trip again.