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From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

4.2 / 5

54 reviews

From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

Activity provider: TOURLINE
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From US$ 52.93 per person

Explore the north-west coast of Crete on a bus 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

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Polish, English, German, French
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, Agia Pelagia.


  • 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 bus 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.

  • Pickup from hotels
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned bus
  • Experienced driver
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

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

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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • Bring a hat, water, and money for lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 54 reviews

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Nice excursion, on which you really get a lot of interesting information and lots of great places to see. 1 star deduction for the really long transfer times and for the fact that you get all the information from the tour guide not only in German but also completely in English. The Kournas Lake is probably worth swimming in midsummer, but in October it is just a lake with clear water.

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October 2, 2021

Had plenty of time in all of the locations which is always a worry but they gave us at least 90 minutes and usually more. This is exactly as advertised- transportation on an air conditioned coach bus with fun facts between stops and then free time at each location. The one thing that was frustrating was pick up and drop off. We walked 5 minutes (no big deal) to a van in the morning that took us to another spot to then wait at least 30 minutes for our actual bus. This was not communicated prior that we’d have to switch. Then on the way home they dropped us somewhere else to get on another mini van that dropped us at the hotel. Wasn’t the end of the world but a bit frustrating to have to transfer so much, especially when we’re already 2 hours later to getting home than was advertised as the trip time.

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September 1, 2021

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.

August 17, 2021

Product ID: 73770