“The Venetian occupation lasted for 450 years. Crete was divided into fiefs (feudal territories), which were handed over to Venetian colonists and entrepreneurs. They named the island and the capital city “Candia” from the Arab name for the city; they organized and fortified and gave Crete a new Iraklion: Castello del Molo (Koules) brilliance. The surviving Venetian fortifications and castles remain in good condition today
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||HERAKLION/CHANIA or V.V.|
|TOUR ENDS||NOON CHECK OUT ON DAY 6|
|PRICE FROM :||770 EUROS PER PERSON IN SHARING TRIPLE
CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS.
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 and provide you all the necessary information concerning your itinerary and hotel accommodation. In the afternoon you will have a walking city tour of the old town of Heraklion. 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 harbour. Chandax was renamed Candia and became the seat of the Duke of Candia, and the Venetian administrative district of Crete became known as “regno di Candia” The main sightseeing’s are : the Lion’s square, the Venetian Loggia, and the Cathedral of St Minas. Overnight in Heraklion
After breakfast we will depart to Chania. In the afternoon you will have a walking city tour of the old city e the venetian port. Our tour starts with a stop in Chania Town .Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion. 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. It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538; of them the eastern and western parts have survived. From the south, the old town is continuous with the new, and from the north the physical border is the sea. The center of the modern city is the area extending next to the old town and especially towards the south. Overnight in Chania
Today our first stop will be 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. To the south, Souda Bay is found between the peninsula and the island. Most of the peninsula is a plateau somewhat elevated from the sea. There is a string of hills along the northern coast. A variety of flora occur on the rocky promontory of Akrotiri including the herb Taraxacum minimum Three monasteries are found in the hills to the north. Aghia Triada dates from the 17th Century and was founded by two Venetian monks who had joined the Orthodox church, Jeremiah and Laurentio Giancarolo. These brothers renovated an older monastery endowed by the Mourtari family. The imposing buildings are visible across the plateau and from planes arriving at the airport and are set in olive and orange groves. A little way into the hills, accessible by car through a small gorge, is the Gouvernetos Monastery, 5 km north of Aghia Triada. Here the buildings appear fortress-like, with a large square building around a central courtyard, in which stands the church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Overnight in Chania.
We depart from Chania after 2 nights stay and we drive back to Heraklion Town. We will stop in Rethymno for a City tour of the old city e the old port. This region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilisation centredat Kydonia east of Rethymno.Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the sland decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today’s old town (palia poli) is almost entirely built by the Venetians. It is one of the best preserved old towns in Crete. Overnight at Heraklion
Today our tour start with a visit at the Minoan Palace at Knossos, symbol of the Minoan civilization, which is widely acknowledged as one of the founding cornerstones of European civilisation, is an absolute must. 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. This is the Boutari Winery in Crete, worthy of the island’s history and a landmark for the vinicultural future of Greece. Overnight at Heraklion
Our Tour in Crete reached at the end. We prepare ourselves for the departure transfer to 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.