6 days
Duration
Crete
Location
All Year Round (Upon Request)
Dates

“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 BEGINS ANYTIME
TOUR ENDS NOON  CHECK OUT ON DAY 6
PRICE FROM : 770 EUROS PER PERSON IN SHARING TRIPLE

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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

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DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN HERAKLION
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
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DAY 2

HERAKLION/CHANIA
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
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DAY 3

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.
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DAY 4

CHANIA/HERAKLION
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
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DAY 5

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
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DAY 6

DEPARTURE

Our Tour in Crete reached at the end. We prepare ourselves for the departure transfer to Airport or Port.

Heraklion Town

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. 

Knossos

Our visit here will take us a step back in time and some 4000 years, 2000 BC. Knossos and her Palace, famous throughout the world through the myths of Europa, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth and Theseus, Daedalus and Icarus, will open us a window to the most ancient civilization of Europe and its reality you can’t miss.Knossos’ architectural feats include several storey buildings (first in the world) with light wells and bathrooms, impressive pillars and an ingenuous drainagesystem, aqueducts, irrigation systems, paved roads and magnificent frescoes. All these will impress you and show an advanced beautiful jewelry and a way of life you never thought possible in the dawn of history.

Chania City

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.

Cretan wines

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.

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Inclusions/Exclusions

INCLUDED
Accommodation at 3* hotel – 3 nights Heraklion & 2 nights Chania including breakfast daily
Private Tours as per schedule
Private car or Mini Van or Mini Bus
Fuel
Professional escort during the tour.
Road assistance
Private Transfers (arrival & departure)
  All legal taxes
  24hrs Assistance phone number
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Personal expenses
 Ent.Fees to the sites & museums. € 15 p.p. Knossos Palace & € 7 p.p. for the wine tasting.