From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

From $64.03 per person

Explore the north-west coast of Crete on a 5-hour coach tour from the Heraklion area. Get panoramic views of the sea, and visit the cities of Chania and Rethymno. Look for rare species of wildlife in the protected wetlands of Lake Kournas and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pick-up possible from hotels on the main road only in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion and Ammoudara. Pick-up also possible from Agia Pelagia on Friday tours.


  • Drive along the north-west coast of Crete and get panoramic views of the sea
  • Learn about the Ottoman, Venetian and Byzantine history of Chania
  • Browse for leather and pottery souvenirs in the market
  • Go for a swim or ride a pedalo boat at Lake Kournas
  • Stroll the historic alleys of Rethymno
Full description
Depart Heraklion and journey west by coach to the stunning city of Chania. Learn about its Minoan history and see sights from different civilizations, including the Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian eras. Get a view of the lighthouse in the port, wander the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy some free time for lunch in the pretty harbor. Look for gifts and souvenirs in the famous agora (market) and more. Then, make your way to Lake Kournas and get back to nature in the lush green hills. Keep a look out for rare birds and marine life, including eels and turtles. Go for a swim or take an early afternoon walk in the protected wetlands. Drive back towards Heraklion and stop in the city of Rethymno along the way. Wander the enchanting alleys of the old town, see the domes and minarets of the Ottoman-era mosques and marvel at the 16th-century Venetian fortress.
  • Pick-up from hotels in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced driver
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • The tour operates with a live guide in English, German, and Russian every Tuesday
  • The tour operates with a live guide in English, German, and Russian every Friday
  • Bring a hat, water, and money for lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 32 reviews

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Great trip. The tour guide provided a lot of information about the island and its inhabitants. The cities of Chania, Rethymno and the lake were very interesting. The stay makes you want to visit the cities again. Because of Corona, there were high hygiene regulations on the bus (fever measurement, disinfecting hands).

September 20, 2020

Dense day with lots of beautiful things to see.

The bus on time. Driver at the top! Timing on each well calibrated site. Guide in French very available. Two guides for the whole group. The comments in English were more complete than in French. But many explanations on Crete and on the sites visited. Very nice day to do.

July 20, 2019

Given how many stops we stopped by, I am impressed how much free time we were given at each stop (2 hour each). The tour was in three languages with two guides, yet it ran efficiently. It was super on time, by 4:45 they really mean 4:45. i agree with the other reviews, the lake can use less time and more time for Rethymno. Overall it was an excellent experience. Be prepared for a long day though, like 13 hours but its wrothw every minute and penny.

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May 26, 2019

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