CIRCLE OF CRETE: Heraklion, Rethymnon, Chania 8 DAYS
Highlights: Heraklion (Κnossos Palace, Archeological Museum)
Rethymnon (the Venetian harbor fortress, Arkadi Monastery)
Chania (Chryssoskalitissa, Gramvoussa)
>DAY 1: Heraklion
Arrival at Heraklion Airport. Our Assistant will meet you and escort you to the Bus.On the way to your Hotel we will have a short panoramic tour of the city. The capital of Crete is well worth a visit. We truly recommend you take a walk in the centre going to Lions square, Aghios Minas, Eleftherias Square and then towards the seaside to Koules.Koules has a mixed history; for centuries it was used as protection against invaders, as were the great city walls and ditches. These are among the longest city walls in Europe.Overnight.
>DAY 2: Heraklion - Rethymnon
Today we start our tour to the west part of the island towards Rethymnon via the the coastal road . Admire the beautiful panoramas between hills covered with olive trees and sandy beaches.We will visit El Greco Museum in Fodele the birthplace of the great painter. We will then take a detour to visit Arkadi Monastery built in a beautiful natural site.The Arkadi Monastery situated on the island of Crete does not solely belong to this island; it belongs to Greece, Europe and to all five continents – to the whole world.
It is one of the Eastern Orthodox Monasteries underlining the catholicity and universality of the Church. Each year the Monastery receives and hosts many visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, from distant civilizations. Here are blended many languages, cultures, traditions, history and polymorphism. Nothing from the above can impede the faith unity, the catholicity of the orthodox spirit, the universality of the ecclesiastical testimony.
We continue our trip to Rethymnon.Overnight
>DAY 3: Rethymnon - Chania
Today we will visit the town. We will explore one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, and search for your fairy-tale romance in Rethymno. Venetian fortification works mingle harmonically with orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions of Venetian architecture, arches and cobbled paths which create a magical atmosphere, reminiscence of the city’s turbulent –yet glorious– past. We will have lunch at the Venetian harbour. in the early afternoon hours we will leave for Chania. Arrival in Chania. Overnight
>DAY 4: Chania
We will start our tour with a walk in the town centre and then we will continue by bus to visit Chryssoskalitissa monastery on the western tip of the island, built on a rock 35 meters above the sea. On the way back we will make a detour to the peninsula of Gramvousa, known for its many archaeological sites and especially its dreamy beaches .Return to Chania. Overnight
>DAY 5: Chania - Matala - Gortys - Heraklion
Today we start our trip going south towards Matala.Matala has something for everyone. Although it has become a popular tourist destination it still retains the charm and character of the quiet fishing village it started as at the beginning of the 20th-century, and the laid-back lifestyle of the hippies of the 60’s and 70's lives on. Half the beach is fringed by tamarisk trees, leading the eye on to impressive formations of sandstone rock cliffs with their famous caves sliding into the sea at an odd angle, creating one of the most unusual beachscapes on the island. Short stop for a coffee. We continue towards Gortys. Gortys, also known as Gortyn or Gortyna is one of the most important cities in Crete with an unbroken history of 6,000 years and one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Greece. It lies in south central Crete in the fertile Mesara plain, the site of the first human habitation of Crete at the end of the Neolithic period (5th millennium BC). We continue to Heraklion. Overnight
>DAY 6: Heraklion
We will visit Knossos Archaeological site .The centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion.Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major centre of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.Wealth accumulation and the advancement of an urban lifestyle were the hallmarks of this zenith, which began circa 2000 BC and was typified by magnificent monumental buildings and a complex social structure.The Minoan palace is the main site of interest at Knossos, an important city in antiquity, which was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic period until the 5th c. AD. The palace was built on the Kephala hill and had easy access to the sea and the Cretan interior. According to tradition, it was the seat of the wise king Minos. The Palace of Knossos is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth, with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. Return to Heraklion. Overnight
>DAY 7: Heraklion
Today we propose a relaxing day in Heraklion.You can walk around, do some shopping, enjoy some local food and taste the Raki a liquor loved by the Cretans. Overnight
>DAY 8: Heraklion – end of trip
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