Crete: Chania Old Town, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

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Tuesday 30 April to Tuesday 28 May
Macedonia
Crete: Chania Old Town, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

Highlights

  • 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

Description

Depart from Heraklion and travel west by bus to the captivating city of Chania. Learn about its rich Minoan history and explore landmarks from various civilizations, including the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian periods. Take in the picturesque view of the lighthouse at the port, and meander through the charming narrow streets of the old town. Savor some leisure time for lunch at the delightful harbor. Browse for gifts and souvenirs at the renowned market Next, journey to Lake Kournas and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the lush green hills. Watch for rare birds and aquatic life, such as eels and turtles. Enjoy a refreshing swim or take a stroll through the protected wetlands. Return towards Heraklion, stopping in the city of Rethymno along the route. Wander through the alleys of the old town, admire the domes and minarets of the Ottoman-era mosques, and marvel at the 16th-century Venetian fortress. Timings: 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM: Pick-up service from Malia to Agia Pelagia. The pick-up time depends on your hotel's location. 10:00 AM: Stop in Skaleta for breakfast and restroom break. 10:15 AM: Leave Skaleta. 11:30 AM: Arrive in Chania. 1:30 PM: Depart from Chania. 2:15 PM: Arrive Lake Kournas for swimming and lunch. 3:45 PM: Leave Lake Kournas. 4:15 PM: Arrive in Rethymno. 5:30 PM: Depart from Rethymno. 7:00 PM: Arrive in Heraklion. Time Spent at Each Stop: Chania: 2 hours. Lake Kournas: 1 h and 30 min. Rethymno: 1 h and 15 min. Pick-up locations and times are as follows: Malia: 7:15 AM Stalida and Stalis: 7:25 AM Hersonissos 7:35 AM Anissaras: 7:45 AM Analipsi: 7:55 AM Kato Gouves: 8:05 AM Kokkini Chani and Gournes: 8:15 AM Karteros: 08:20 AM Heraklion center: 08:30 AM Ammoudara Beach Road: 8:45 AM Agia Pelagia: 9:05 - 9:15 AM Chania: Discover Chania, from ancient Minoan times to Venetian, Ottoman, and Byzantine influences. Visit the historic harbor and capture the iconic lighthouse. Explore the market and shop for local souvenirs. Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront and soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Lake Kournas: Escape to the Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake in Crete. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and greenery. Take a boat ride on the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Swim in the refreshing waters. Explore the diverse flora and fauna of the wetlands, home to rare bird species. Rethymno: Step back in time as you explore the old town of Rethymno. Admire the elegant Venetian architecture and stroll along the atmospheric alleys. Visit the Fortezza, a 16th-century Venetian fortress overlooking the town. Discover the blend of Ottoman and Venetian influences in the mosques, churches, and minarets scattered throughout the town. Relax at one of the charming cafes or tavernas and savor authentic Cretan cuisine. This tour offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience of Crete's most captivating destinations.

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Pickup from hotels Transportation by modern air-conditioned bus Experienced driver Guide Liability Insurance

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