This excursion brings us to West Crete and our first stop in Chania, the most ravishing city of Crete. It was an important Minoan city and the “mother of the Cretan cities”, according to ancient writers. The city is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications.
The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. We can admire samples of all the civilizations that have passed from here: archaeological Minoan sites, Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia, and the Lighthouse. We can enjoy our lunch at the picturesque harbor or visit the famous Agora (Market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. Here we can buy souvenirs or leather goods at very good prices.
Leaving this extraordinary city, we arrive at the quaint Kournas Lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind on Crete. Lush greenery, steep cavities between hills, rare species of fish and birds, like eels, moorhens, and two-color turtles, make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy a swim before our lunch or an early afternoon walk. The whole area of Kournas is protected under Natura 2000, as it has been a designated wetland.
Going back, we stop in Rethimnon, the third biggest town on Crete, where monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman, and Venetian eras coexist, in an extremely interesting way. Have a stroll in the alleys of the old town, visit the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses or just enjoy your coffee in the magnificent harbor.
Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. Simply select the pickup place of your preference from the list under the availability section and our driver will be on his way! The pickup time will be displayed on your confirmation ticket.
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I booked this tour as a solo traveler and even though I was a bit hesitant at first because there was only one review. It was a pretty nice experience; I was picked up on time and the bus route was super. The trip from Heraklion to Chania was very pretty and one could see both the sea and some beautiful spots with trees. Chania is an amazing city and I actually booked this trip just for this. The Venetian harbor is amazing and it is even better than the pictures. As an amateur photographer, I had the chance to take some pretty cool pictures of the landscape and the old buildings. Lake Kournas was exactly like the pictures but I didn't enjoy it much since it was a really hot day and there were many people there... Visiting Rethimno was fun, it kinda reminded me of Chania and I took some nice pics there too. The cafeterias in the harbor are a bit pricey so I would recommend choosing one of the places that locals go to. All in all it was a great day and a very good service. Recommended
I really liked this tour. You get to really see Chania and appreciate its beauty. Then Kournas is a truly scenic place, and really interesting to explore, the really kids loved it. Rethymnon is also very beautiful, the Venetian and Ottoman sights are very beautiful. One thing I will say is that I’d like more time to explore each stop, but nevertheless, a really nice tour with excellent service.
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