West Crete - Venetian Crete

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Description

This tour takes us to the western part of the island, and to our first stop: the most ravishing city of Crete, Chania, a crossroads of the peoples of Mediterranean that once conquered Crete. It was an important Minoan city and the former capital of the island. The city is divided into two separate parts: the Old and the New City, each with its own distinctive style. Stretched along the beautiful Venetian port, the Old City is definitely worth a visit: the oldest synagogue of Greece, the oldest mosque of Crete, the covered market, Turkish minarets and mosques, fountains, dockyards, arches, Loggia, the Lighthouse are only some of the many samples of the civilizations that have passed from the city. In the New City you can find souvenir shops, boutiques, leather goods, modern cafés and little traditional taverns.

We leave this extraordinary city and head for the picturesque lake of Kournas, a natural freshwater hydro-biotope, a place for a wide assembly of plants and aquatic species. Here, you have the chance to swim, walk around the lake, admire the beautiful scenery and enjoy your lunch at one of the little traditional taverns by the lake. Kournas is protected under Natura 2000, as it is a designated wetland.

On our way back, we stop in Rethymno, the third biggest city on Crete, which has retained most of its medieval character. The town keeps vivid its Renaissance beauty and combines it with modern style in a unique way. It is a lovely town with narrow streets and a lot of sights, while it is also the cultural and scientific center of Crete.

-Drive along the scenic route of the northwest coast of Crete
-admire the beautiful town of Chania, the former capital of Crete
-visit the traditional “Agora”, and buy beautifull leather or pottery souvenirs
-swim, snorkel or ride a pedalo boat at the beautiful lake of Kournas
-wander around the beautiful narrow streets in the town of Rethymnon

08:10: Departure from Hersonissos

10:30: Arrival at Skaleta, a small village before Rethymnon. 20
min. stop for coffee.

12:00: Arrival in Chania – the most diverse and beautiful city on
Crete.

13:45: Departure from Chania.

14:30: Arrival to the lake of Kournas – the only freshwater lake on the
island and a designated wetland. 2 hours stop for swimming &
lunch

16:30: Departure from the lake of Kournas

17:00: Arrival in Rethymno – a mixture of medieval and modern
architecture

18:15: Departure from Rethymno

20:45: Aprx return time back to Hersonissos.

-Hotel pick up & drop off at the areas of: Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis,
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
-Professional live guide
-Insurance cover
-Printed or mobile voucher accepted
-Instant confirmation
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior departure time and receive full refund)

-6€ lunch (optional)
-Sunbeds, umbrellas, pedalo boat at the lake of Kournas

-Good walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit are required