Day trip

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

3.8 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
Day trip

Heraklion: Day Trip Chania, Lake Kournas & Rethymno

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 54.30 per person

Join a day tour to the Northwestern coast of Crete and visit Chania with its Venetian port and vibrant alleys. See the beautiful Lake Kournas and explore the old town of Rethymno.

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Duration 11 hours
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English, German, French
Pickup included
Please provide your hotel details at the time of booking. Pickup from Agia Pelagia, Lygaria, and Fodele. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).


  • Visit Chania and see the Venetian Lighthouse
  • Explore the Rethymnon Old Town
  • Swim or walk around Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake on the island
  • Explore the Old Port in Chania and take memorable photos
  • See how Ottoman, Greek and Venetian civilizations coexist
Full description
After pickup from your hotel, drive to Chania in the West of Crete. According to ancient writers, it was the “mother of the Cretan cities”, and an important Minoan city. Explore the Old City and see elements from all the civilizations that flourished here in the past: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, and Venetian fortresses. See dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, and the Lighthouse. You can enjoy lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora, a market hall that is home to small traditional shops and taverns. Next, the bus will take you to the quaint Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake on the island. Admire the area's lush vegetation, steep hills, and rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens, and two-color turtles. Here you can enjoy a swim in the lake, or take a leisurely afternoon walk. Continue to Rethimnon, the third biggest town in Crete, where monuments of the ancient Greek, Ottoman, and Venetian eras coexist. Explore the small alleys in the old town, see the Turkish minarets, and visit the Venetian fortresses. Alternatively, just relax and enjoy a Greek coffee at the vibrant old port. You will then board the bus for the return journey back to your hotel.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Malia , Stalis ,Hersonisos , Anissaras , Analypsi , Gouves , Gournes , Heraklion , Ammoudara , Agia Pelagia / Lygaria , Fodele
  • Professional and Multilingual speaking guide English, German & French
  • Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.
  • Lunch

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  • At the time of booking please mention your hotel name and location. You will be notified by email about the pickup point and time
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3.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Very good dedicated tour guide. You can take the lake out of the trip to have more time for the two cities, as there is always a 10 to 20 minute walk to be done. The pressure to be on time detracts from the experience.

September 24, 2022

In itself, taking the bus was the right decision. With a car it would have been too exhausting for us. However, the description stated Corona compliant & the load on the bus was adjusted accordingly. Unfortunately, that did not match that. The bus was occupied to the last seat. Masks were a must. However, the organizer didn't care that some had the mask off after a certain time & yes, she saw that Sry, but in Corona times you have to pay attention.

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September 27, 2021

September 7, 2021

Product ID: 384269