Day trip

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

3.8 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
Day trip

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 54.22 per person

Join a day tour to the Northwestern coast of Crete and visit Chania with its Venetian port and vibrant alleys. See the beautiful Lake Kournas and explore the old town of Rethymno.

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Duration 11 hours
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English, German, French
Pickup included
Please provide your hotel details at the time of booking. Pickup from Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, and Fodele. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Visit Chania and see the Venetian Lighthouse
  • Explore the Rethymnon Old Town
  • Swim or walk around Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake on the island
  • Explore the Old Port in Chania and take memorable photos
  • See how Ottoman, Greek and Venetian civilizations coexist
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Malia , Stalis ,Hersonisos , Anissaras , Analypsi , Gouves , Gournes , Heraklion , Ammoudara , Agia Pelagia / Lygaria , Fodele
  • Professional and Multilingual speaking guide English, German & French
  • Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.
  • Lunch

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  • At the time of booking please mention your hotel name and location. You will be notified by email about the pickup point and time
Customer reviews

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3.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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February 26, 2023

Sehr gute engagierte Reiseleiterin. Den See kann man aus der Reise herausnehmen, um mehr Zeit für die beiden Städte zu haben, da immer auch ein Fussweg von 10 bis 20 Minuten zu bewältigen ist. Der Druck, pünktlich zu sein, schmälert das Erlebnis.

September 24, 2022


It wasn't the best trip, Chania and Rethymno have too many interesting palces for sighseeing to fully enjoy it in such a short time. You shouldn't expect to see almost any animals (except ducks and fish) at the lake - it's too crowded, people are swimming there and making noise.

September 14, 2022


Product ID: 384269