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From Rethymno: Lake Kournas and Villages Full-Day Tour

1. From Rethymno: Lake Kournas and Villages Full-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rethymno, and then journey by bus to the stone church in Kotsifu Gorge. Marvel at the steep cliffs and dramatic rock formations of the canyon, and then make your way to the historic plateau of Askifou. Stop to take souvenir photos of beautiful Plakias Bay, and then drive up into the mountains to visit the traditional village of Kallikrati. Swim in the deep blue waters of the Libyan sea. Stop for a coffee in the village of Argyroupolis near the Roman site of Lappa and marvel at the waterfalls. Next, go to beautiful Lake Kournas and enjoy a well-deserved traditional lunch in a typical village tavern at your own expense. Get a magnificent view of the lake and mountains before you drive back to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel.

Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

2. Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

This tour is for those who would like to get to know Cretan culture and traditions while enjoying a four-hour off-road excursion. You will visit a modern olive mill, so that you can see how olive oil is produced, and you can also enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the oils. After this, you will explore some myths and stories hidden in the stones of an early Christian church which was used as a hiding place by people who were evicted by the Turks. You also learn about the history of a 400-year-old tower which was built by the most fearsome Turkish Janissary and is still almost intact to this day. After that you will climb 1000 metres above sea-level on an off-road route. You will travel through the Lefka Ori woods and you will be stunned by the panoramic views from the trail. Later, you will meet a shepherd who will show you how Cretan cheeses are made and you can try some of the cheeses he makes himself.   Finally, the evening will come to a close with a traditional evening meal. There will be lots of food and traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy, and the evening will leave you with fond memories of your day spent exploring Crete. 

Chania: Akrotiri, Seitan Beach, and Agia Triada Boat Tour

3. Chania: Akrotiri, Seitan Beach, and Agia Triada Boat Tour

Explore the wonders of the Akrotiri Peninsula on a private tour from Chania with a local guide. Begin your day with pickup at your accommodation in Chania, then head to the scenic Seitan Limania Beach. Admire picturesque views of the beach from the clifftop, or hike down to the sand and go for a swim in the sea. From there, move on to the Agia Triada Monastery, also known as the Holy Trinity. Explore this 17th-century monastery and marvel at its Byzantine-style architecture. Wander around the monastery's many gardens and learn about its religious importance throughout history and the present day. Discover how the monastery’s monks produce olive oil and wine, then enjoy a tasting session. Afterward, travel to the famous Stavros Beach, known for its perfect swimming conditions. Cool off from the heat with a dip in the sea, or sunbathe on the sand. Once you've worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a traditional Cretan lunch served by the beach. At the end of your adventure, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

Rethymnon: Kournas Lake ,Argyroupolis and Olive oil factory

4. Rethymnon: Kournas Lake ,Argyroupolis and Olive oil factory

Start your day of adventure at your first stop of the trip, a local oil mill. Here you will have the opportunity to see how Crete's famous olive oil is produced on this fascinating and informative outing. Follow up your trip to the mill with a visit to the charming white chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas in the village of Georgioupolis. Get up close to one of the most photographed landmarks in this part of Crete and be sure to grab a few memorable holiday snaps for yourself. In addition to the lovely photos, admire the architectural structure of the church, built more than a century ago on a rocky islet about 100-meters into the sea.  Follow on your journey through Crete and make a quick stop at the waterfalls of Argyroupolis. These waterfalls are responsible for the rich vegetation that surrounds the village, a truly magical and refreshing experience. Your last stop of the tour, lasting roughly 2-hours, will give you enough time to enjoy a swim and eat Cretan delicacies at the many taverns that are located around the lake.

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

5. Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

After pickup from your hotel, drive to Chania in the West of Crete. According to ancient writers, it was the “mother of the Cretan cities”, and an important Minoan city. Explore the Old City and see elements from all the civilizations that flourished here in the past: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, and Venetian fortresses. See dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, and the Lighthouse. You can enjoy lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora, a market hall that is home to small traditional shops and taverns. Next, the bus will take you to the quaint Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake on the island. Admire the area's lush vegetation, steep hills, and rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens, and two-color turtles. Here you can enjoy a swim in the lake, or take a leisurely afternoon walk. Continue to Rethimnon, the third biggest town in Crete, where monuments of the ancient Greek, Ottoman, and Venetian eras coexist. Explore the small alleys in the old town, see the Turkish minarets, and visit the Venetian fortresses. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a Greek coffee at the vibrant old port. You will then board the bus for the return journey back to your hotel.

Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

6. Chania: Discover the Religious Heritage Of Apokoronas

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.

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

Super tour - really only to be recommended! By chance we booked three tours with the same tour guide Barbara and the driver Costa from Markidis Reisen and were thrilled every time. with what kindness and joy both carry out the tour and all the information you get during the tour - simply unique! We have experienced many tour guides, but Barbara was by far the best! Not to forget, of course, the content of the tour. Here you get to know Crete from another side. A lot of nature. Be sure to book and attend.

This tour is extremely beautiful. I can’t choose an appropriate adjective for the beauty of Lake Kournas. The entire trip is definitely a 10/10. Our lovely driver Costas and our tour guide Andreas are like our friends already. They are very fun to talk to and we felt really happy for the whole day.

Nice tour. Enough time at each stop. Calm and considerate driver. Very pleasant and informative tour guide (Barbara).

Barbara was a great guide, telling us all about the locations! Really liked this trip! I would totally recommend it!

Had a great day, Kournas with the turtles and the beautiful village of Plakias.