Chania Regional Unit
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From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

1. From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

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.

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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

2. Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area

Depart from Chania at around 7 AM and head eastwards along the north coast. Pass the city of Heraklion and continue towards inland Crete until you reach the Palace of Knossos. The palace is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, a cradle of European culture and the center of the Minoan civilization. Follow your guide on a 2-hour tour through the fascinating story of the Minoan period and learn about the Minotaur and Ariadne. Afterward, rejoin the bus which will bring you to the heart of the capital city of Crete, Heraklion. Take the chance to visit the archaeological museum, where you can see and learn about the Minoan period while accompanied by your guide. Finally, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the busy and lively city of Heraklion, have Cretan lunch, and drink Raki. At around 3:30 PM, the bus will depart on its return journey to Chania.

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Crete: Day Trip Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

3. Crete: Day Trip Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax. After that, discover Elounda and its magnificent views of Crete. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join an English guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal clear water. After a short drive, reach Plaka a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Visit the filming sites, enjoy lunch or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

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Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

4. Georgioupolis Safari Discover The Cretan Culture

This tour is for those who would like to get to know Cretan culture and traditions while enjoying a four-hour off-road excursion. You will visit a modern olive mill, so that you can see how olive oil is produced, and you can also enjoy the opportunity to sample some of the oils. After this, you will explore some myths and stories hidden in the stones of an early Christian church which was used as a hiding place by people who were evicted by the Turks. You also learn about the history of a 400-year-old tower which was built by the most fearsome Turkish Janissary and is still almost intact to this day. After that you will climb 1000 metres above sea-level on an off-road route. You will travel through the Lefka Ori woods and you will be stunned by the panoramic views from the trail. Later, you will meet a shepherd who will show you how Cretan cheeses are made and you can try some of the cheeses he makes himself.   Finally, the evening will come to a close with a traditional evening meal. There will be lots of food and traditional dishes for everyone to enjoy, and the evening will leave you with fond memories of your day spent exploring Crete. 

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What people are saying about Chania Regional Unit

Knossos palace is a must see whilst in Crete. The guide on the bus there and at the Site were extremely knowledgeable. The only slight downside is that you don’t get long in Heraklion after the palace (2.5 hours), and if you’re planning on going to the museum there can sometimes be a queue to get in, which means you don’t have long around the actual museum and then have even less time to go into Heraklion to walk around/look for something to eat. However still a great trip that we really enjoyed

a very nice visit! We had booked the day before for the next day and were able to get places (2). Contrary to what you can read on the other reviews, we loved Lake Kournas which offers a very nice setting for swimming. we preferred to eat in Chania in view of arrival times and make the most of the surroundings of Lake Kournas.

Tour of the palace of Knossos and optionally also the archaeological museum of Heraklion, the combination is highly recommended. If you go to Crete a must do. Also nice to see the center of the other big city of Crete for those residing in Chania. Too bad you don't have more time to visit it.

the trip was amazing everything was perfect the trip the place the guide and very good organized with platanos tours.thank you

It was a good tour. It’s under your line and our tour guide was very nice. Her name is Emmanuela.