• Duration: 12 Hours
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  • Pick up available
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Description

Starting from Zaros at the valley of Messara we find the ruins of Gortina which was the Roman capital of Crete and has a long history of almost 5.000 years. We visit Phaistos archaeological site and its Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. 

We continue on the road towards Rethimno making a stop at the traditional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt.Vorizi. Spili is known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 25 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. Along the way to Rethimno we make another stop at the village of Vatos to visit a typical Raki Boiler used to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house. 

We continue for Lunch at Vangelio's house, a traditional home of Cretan Spiti at Vatos Village, serving dishes made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine…and of course all the ingredients are fresh, local and cooked by your host, Vangelio. 

We drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to visit the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century.It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio". 

Driving towards the Monastery of Arkadi, which constitutes a landmark of architecture and civilization considering the magnificent facade of the church, the highly developed spiritual tradition as well as the flourishing development of fine arts. However, the holocaust, which took place in 1866, gave the monastery an eminent place in history, elevating it to an eternal symbol of freedom and heroism, which is acknowledged the world over. We continue to Rethimo in the afternoon. Enjoy..

Itinerary

Pick up from your own hotel in the morning (Please check exact pick up time from your specific hotel)

We start our tour with a beautiful sunny drive to Zaros, the center of Crete .We take our breakfast and we start from Zaros at the valley of Messara, we find the ruins of the Roman capital of Crete, Gortina. Cyrenaica was firstly inhabited around 3200BC.

Lets have a glance of Minoan civilization

After Gortina we visit Phaistos archaeological site and its Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. We continue on the beautiful local road towards Rethimno , enjoy the green and the scenery, where we make a stop at the traditional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt.Vorizi.

Our break in Spili and its famous fountains

Village Spili is known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 25 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. The village is a fresh breath among mountains , has great tradition in local music and its local cafes are a great choice for a snack and a break .

Towards Rethymnon enjoying the unspoiled scenery and view ! Lets visit a real local distilery

Along the way to Rethimno we make another stop at the village of Vatos to visit a typical Raki Boiler used to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house.

Lunch exactly how the locals do

We continue for Lunch at Vangelio's house, a traditional home of Cretan Spiti at Vatos Village, serving dishes made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine…and of course all the ingredients are fresh, local and cooked by your host, Vangelio.

We drive to Lampini village , 800 year old church and a unigue museum visit on our way.

After lunch we drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to visit the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century.It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio".

Arkadi, the most famous landmark among Cretans

We continue towards the Monastery of Arkadi, which constitutes a landmark of architecture and civilization considering the magnificent facade of the church, the highly developed spiritual tradition as well as the flourishing development of fine arts. However, the holocaust, which took place in 1866, gave the monastery an eminent place in history, elevating it to an eternal symbol of freedom and heroism, which is acknowledged the world over.We continue to Rethimo town in the afternoon.

20:00 aprox , driving back from Rethymnon

Full of pictures and with a great real taste of mainland, real Crete, we drive back to our starting point...

What's included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach.
  • Lunch at Vaggelio's House.
  • Professional guide is included.
  • VAT and all legal taxes included .
  • Hotel pick up/drop off.

What's excluded

  • Entrance Fees at the museums and the archaeological sites.
  • Drinks and beverages during lunch.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Gratuities.
  • Porterage service.
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included.

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing according to weather conditions.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

  • The departure times depend on the pick-up location. We can pick you up for free from Heraklion and Rethymno, and from other places with an extra charge (please check the rates under the availability section).
  • Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service.Simply select the area of your preference and the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.

Categories

  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • ADVENTURE

Guided Language

  • English

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Get to see so much staff

Perhaps bit pricey and you need to book in advance, (thus the 4 stars) other than that ABSOLUTELY recommended!

By Bill Tan on 2019-07-04

Thank you for the most great time while in Crete !

We almost missed the chance to enjoy the tour as it doesn't take place daily, so happy we managed though. Really made our visit to Crete memorable..Why don't all locals go mainland ? Such a lovely place, so real, so tasty, so much easy going...the food, the museums , the local scenery...simply magic....a BIG thank you from us all

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By Theo Larder on 2019-06-15

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