Day Trip - Chania Tour, Lake Kournas and Rethymno

  • duration icon. 12 hours
  • location icon. West Crete
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This full-day bus tour begins from Hersonissos and it takes us to the western part of the island, and to the most ravishing town of Crete, Chania Town, a crossroads of the peoples of the Mediterranean that once conquered the island. It was an important Minoan city and the former capital of Crete island. Chania town is divided into two separate parts: the Old and the New town, each with its own distinctive style. Stretched along the beautiful Venetian port, the Old town of Chania is definitely worth a visit: the oldest synagogue in Greece, the old mosque, the covered market, Turkish minarets and mosques, fountains, dockyards, arches, Loggia, the Lighthouse is only some of the many samples of the civilizations that have passed from the city. In the New City of Chania, 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 few traditional taverns by the lake. Kournas is protected by  the Natura 2000, as it is a designated wetland.

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

Adult Price:                              32€

Child Price (4-12 years):     16€

Children 0-4 years old travel free of charge

Prices may vary for large groups of 8+ people. For special price quotations please contact us direct at



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Things to Do and Things to See


Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse. Built by the Venetians in the 14th century. It’s one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. Great place to enjoy the view and take amazing photos.
Visit the Maritime Museum of Chania.
Visit one of the local taverns. Chania has some of the best tavernas on the island.
Shop till you drop. Lots of shops and boutiques.
Visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Mitropoleos square was built in the same area that the Venetian church used to be. 
Tabakaria area. A short 15 minute walk from the Venetian harbor. There you will see the old leather processing shops.
The Venetian Harbour. The Venetian harbor was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356. Today is a small marina with fishing and sailing boats. A lot of restaurants and cafes in the area and a good place to have some rest.

Lake Kournas

Crete's only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is relatively large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. It is an ideal place for walks, swimming, riding a water bike, and feeding the ducks. Here you will also find shops selling traditional pottery, restaurants, and cafes.


Rethymnon is one of the most beautiful and majestic towns in Greece. 
La Fortezza or Rethymnon fortress. The Venetian Fortezza fortress can be found on the west side of the city. It was built to protect the city of Rethymnon from the Turks.
The Venetian port of Rethymnon. Around the port, you can find many restaurants and cafes. It is a perfect place to have a coffee and take pictures.
Egyptian Lighthouse. Built in the 1830s by the Ottomans.
The Venetian Loggia. Very close to the Venetian Harbour you can find the 16th-century square building of Loggia. 
The Rimondi Fountain. At the center of the city. It was built in 1626 by the Venetian governor Rimondi. 
The Historical – Folk Museum of Rethymno. The museum is actually a 17th-century Venetian house. It exhibits objects of traditional handicraft work and folklore art.
The Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon. 

Is the West Crete tour right for you?

- Part of what makes this tour so popular is its cultural and historical aspects. It is a trip through time. You get to visit the biggest and most significant areas of Crete. You will have plenty of free time at every stop to explore the beauties of Crete.
- Come prepared. Athletic shoes, sun lotion, a hat, a beach umbrella, and plenty of water. 
- Sunbeds and water bikes at Lake Kournas can be expensive and are offered by a private company, since they are not included in the price make sure you have a good long beach towel with you.
- Buy a large plastic bottle of water and ask your hotel to position it in the freezer a day before departure. The ice will melt slowly during your trip and the water will always be cold.

07:30-8:30:                 Departure from Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia

Stop at:             Skaleta, a small village before Rethymnon. 20 min. For coffee.

Stop at:             the town of Chania. The most diverse and beautiful city in Crete. 1 hour 30min free time to stroll around.

Stop at:             the lake of Kournas. 2 hours of swimming & lunch.

Stop at:             Rethymno. 1 hour stop to walk around this beautiful town for shopping or coffee.

20:00-21:00:                 Approx return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonissos/Stalida/Malia.

Different time tables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida and Malia. Our search system will provide you with the correct times. If you have difficulty in finding your pickup point, please contact us at 

Click below for more info regarding each area pick-up service:

West Crete Tour from Heraklion

West Crete Tour from Malia

West Crete Tour From Analipsi

West Crete Tour from Amoudara

West Crete Tour from Stalida

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

(Payable on the day of your tour)
-Sunbeds, umbrellas, pedal boats on the lake of Kournas.
-Food and drinks

IMPORTANT: During the booking process you will be requested to add your hotel and its address. We understand that names of hotels change every year and that many hotels don't even have an address. In such a case you can do the following:

1. Choose "Other" at Hotel 

2. Write "Unknown" at the Address

This way the system will allow you to proceed with your payment.

-The tour to Chania, Lake Kournas, and Rethymno, is subjected to weather conditions. If the tour is canceled due to bad weather you will be fully refunded, or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
-Walking shoes, hats, sunglasses, and sun cream are required.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-You are kindly requested to proceed to the meeting points 10 minutes prior to bus departure time.

How to book Chania Tour, Lake Kournas, and Rethymno.

In order to make your booking experience easier and more secure, we write below, our very simple way of booking your favorite Cretan tour, excursion, day trip, or a cruise.

Step 1: Choose Your Tour

Once you decide which Crete tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult. Children enjoy a 50% discount.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:

Adults: 13+ years old

Children: 4-12 years old

Infants (free): 0-4 years old

You don't need to enter the infant numbers. Infants do not get a seat. The guardian is responsible for providing protection during the tour. 

Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.

Step 2: Add to Cart

You press the “Add to Cart” button. The tour is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more tours.

Step 3: Visit Cart

The cart is situated in the top right corner. Press on the “Cart” image. This will provide you with a list of the tours you have chosen. Check the total price, the number of persons, the name of the tour and the date. If you wish, you may erase the tour by clicking the “X”(delete) button and restarting the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.

Step 4: Checkout

Here you will need to fill the form with your details and press “Continue”. The personal information that we collect from you is stored by us, on databases protected through a combination of physical and electronic access controls, firewall technology, and other reasonable security measures. We will neither sell nor release your registration, personal, and usage data to outside organizations.

If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.

Step 5: Payment

 After pressing the “Continue to Payment” button you will be redirected to a secured Eurobank e-commerce environment. Here you fill in your card details. Once your payment is made, you will receive a confirmation with your payment and the tours you have purchased. Within 24 hours you will receive a boarding voucher/ticket for each tour in Crete you have purchased with all the details, including the exact pickup point with "Google map location" and time based on your hotel selection.

In case you wish to know more about Chania Tour, Lake Kournas, and Rethymno, please feel free to communicate with us before booking online. Our travel consultants will try their best to provide you with the correct answers to your questions. Send all Inquiries to

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 6909171758 or email us at

If you are currently in Crete our two travel shops are located in Hersonissos. Feel free to pass by one of them and get the answers to your questions and even more.


34 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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2. Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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