“In the middle of the wine-dark sea is a country called Crete, lovely and prosperous, surrounded by water, densely inhabited, and with ninety cities” says Homer about Crete. But whoever writes about Crete is often aware how impossible it is to describe this unique spot with its countless historical, cultural and natural attraction.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||HERAKLION CRETE/CHANIA CRETE|
|TOUR ENDS||NOON CHECK OUT ON DAY 6|
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In Heraklion you may wander around the city to see the Venetian buildings and castle, the impressive Cathedral, the fountains, the open street market. In 1204, the city was bought by the Republic of Venice. The Venetians improved on the ditch of the city by building enormous fortifications, most of which are still in place, including a giant wall, in places up to 40 m thick, with 7 bastions, and a fortress in the harbor
WELCOME on CRETE! Our assistant will meet you there and provide you all the necessary information concerning your itinerary and hotel accommodation. Heraklion is the biggest city of the island.
Only few kilometers south of Heraklion, Knossos, the capital of King Minos and the center of the magnificent Minoan civilization is located. The age-old practice of viniculture is still an integral part of Cretan life: we cordially invite you to continue your journey through fertile vineyards to the traditional village of Skalani. Think of a spectacular multimedia show where Cretan history comes to life; A stately wine cellar with superb wines maturing in oak barrels; A guest hall where wines are enjoyed next to delicious plates of the local, yet renowned Mediterranean cuisine. And then, imagine all these inside a magnificent estate vineyard called Fantaxometocho.Overnight at hotel.
Arolithos is the unique traditional private Cretan village. As a family- run business it was implemented with great passion and love for Cretan tradition. Its goal is to bring Cretan tradition, the customs and habits of the region, the architecture and the values of Cretan people into relief to visitors and future generations. The idea is that the guests will participate into a preparation of all the dishes they need for their light lunch . At the end they will enjoy whatever they made themselves and they will receive the respective recipes. In between the teams there will be a fair competition to keep the interest nonstop. The whole process will also include a presentation in power point and watch a video about the olive oil and its production comparing the past and the present. The guests will see a small exhibition of olive oil products and they will taste olives and virgin olive oil, cheese and rusks. Raki will also be offered.
We depart from Heraklion after 3 nights stay and we drive northwest to Chania Town.Tour begins with a 55 minute drive to the village of Georgioupolis where you will visit the Braoudakis Winery to sample local wine. Antonis Braoudakis is the founder of a family operation that includes the construction of traditional houses for guests, a two-storey folklore museum that hosts traditional and historical exhibits, a Cottage Industry and two stores that sell home-grown and family-made products. All these were built with the support and care of the other family members, inspired by the grandfather Yiorgos Braoudakis, who passed on through his sons the family secrets of tsikoudia, wine and oil production. The Braoudakis family operation aims at offering a warm Cretan hospitality to all visitors by making them accustomed to the Cretan countryside, its history and surrounding nature. Overnight at Chania.
Today our tour starts with a visit to Venizelos Tombs in Akrotiri. Akrotiri is a rocky promontory on the northern side of the island of Crete, in the Sea of Crete. It is roughly circular in shape, connected to the rest of the island by a wide causeway between Chania and the town of Souda. The tombs of Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophoklis are found On Akrotiri, at a site overlooking Chania. At this site, the Greek flag was raised in defiance of the Turks and the Great Powers, with the peninsula acting as a headquarters of the Cretan Revolution. During our visit to Akrotiri we stop for a photo shoot overlooking the beautifull peninsula of Souda Bay. Our tour ends with a city tour to the picturesque city of Chania. Chania is the second largest city of Crete The city of Chania can be divided in two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one. The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed.
Our Tour in Crete reached at the end. We prepare ourselves for the departure transfer to Chania Airport or Port.
The massive Venetian walls, the medieval castle Koules in the Harbor, Morozini’s fountain in the center and other Venetian buildings & monuments, which gives a very special character to the city. The monastery of St. Catherine (Aghia Aikaterine – a metochi (dependency) of the monastery of synonymous on Mount Sinai) was an important cultural and artistic center from the 15th till 17thcentury. You can visit also the local market full with local products & souvenirs as well as the city center for leisure & shopping.
Always the first thing you hear about Chania – the Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants.Chania is also one of the two places you are most likely to see on arriving in Crete. It is beautiful – that is to say much of the Chania you will want to see is clustered close to the harbour – old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops (some with genuinely interesting and sometimes local, products on offer). The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when those cities still had some room to walk), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions. The Chania harbour is wonderful and at any particular time of day the light produces a different result, creating a “different place”. This is the best chance to see some of the old buildings – of Venetian and Turkish design, that Crete once had across the island – many have since been destroyed by the ravages of war and plunder. Chania is surrounded by numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Mountain villages provide a view into the “inner Crete”. The Samaria and many other gorges can be hiked, archaeological sites abound.
Crete boasts a wine tradition that is 4000 years old! Archaeological finds of the oldest vineyard in Europe, unearthed in the area of Kato Zakro, attest to the above. The oldest wine-press was discovered in nearby Archanes, aged over 3500 years.