5-day Excursion to Crete 10-14 / 11


Excursion schedule


Day 1:
Gathering at the airport of Chios and departure for Heraklion, Crete. Arrival, boarding the Coach and Transfer to the hotel. Arrangement in the rooms and free time for an evening walk in the city. Overnight.


Day 2:
Heraklion - Elounda - Plaka - Spinalonga - Agios Nikolaos Heraklion.
Breakfast and departure in the direction of Agios Nikolaos. As soon as we see Elounda we will be enchantedfrom its unadulterated traditional color but also from the modern settlement that today is onevery popular tourist resort. Then departure for Plaka where we will enjoyOur coffee overlooking Spinalonga. Then boarding the boats for our transfer toSpinalonga, an island at the entrance of Spinalonga bay in the western part of Mirabello Bay.It is crowned by a fortress built by the Venetians in 1579 on the ruins of an ancient fortification.The building of the public baths of the 4th AD stands out. It has been a place of isolation for lepers for many years.Built at the northwestern end of the picturesque Mirabello Bay, then depart for a visitof the city of Agios Nikolaos. Today’s city has a strong cosmopolitan character. Nightreturn to Heraklion and our hotel for rest. Overnight.


Day 3:
Heraklion - Lake Kournas - Argyroupoli - Rethymno - Arkadi - Heraklion.
Breakfast and departure for Lake Kournas. The natural beauty of Lake Kournas will fascinate usas it is the only natural lake in Crete. In ancient times it was called Korisia. The lake is fedfrom the waters that descend the neighboring mountains and hills. The rocks of the area interrupt thetheir underground flow and do not allow them to continue their journey to the sea. Next stopArgyroupoli, a beautiful traditional village, relative stay for coffee and thendeparture for Rethymnon. We will really like Rethymno with Psiloritis and the deep blue seaas "Rethymno is not a place you go but you return". We will walk toVenetian port with the impressive fortress of Fortezza and in the old town, one of the bestpreserved cities of the Renaissance period. Next stop of our tour today is IeraArkadi Monastery which was founded, according to tradition, by the emperor Heraklion andIt was rebuilt in the 5th century by the Byzantine emperor Arkadios, whose name it bears. TheArkadi is the most historic monastery of Crete, which was to become the holiest symbol ofCretan Games for Freedom, as here took place the tragic holocaust of 1866 that opened theroad to the liberation of the island in 1898. In fact, UNESCO has designated Arkadi as"European Monument of Freedom". Return to Heraklion and our hotel for rest.Overnight.


Day 4:
Breakfast and departure for a first acquaintance with the city. The history of the city is reflected in the changesof her name. The geographer Strabo refers to a port of Knossos called Heraklion. The824, when the Arabs occupied Crete, they fortified the old settlement. From the Arabic word Hadakcame the name Chandax and in the 13th, during the Venetian rule, the name Candia. Heraklion was namedofficially in 1922. During World War II half the city was destroyed bybombings. Today Heraklion is a modern city, commercial, industrial and tourist centerof Crete. The "within the walls" city is moved by the Venetian monuments, the neoclassical buildings and thepicturesque sidewalks. Today we will visit Knossos, the center of Minoan civilization duringperiod 2000-1400 BC We will take a tour of the famous ancient city with its palaces, we will admire it& quot; prince with lilies & quot ;, the pool of purgatory, the small palace, the royal mansion, the royal tombetc. Return to our hotel and free for a walk. Overnight.


Day 5:
Heraklion-Chania - Akrotiri - Venizelos Tombs - Agia Triada - Heraklion-Chios.
Breakfast and departure for Chania. It is no coincidence that Chania attracts visitors from all overparts of the world. The city combines incredible natural beauty with a rich cultural tradition as wellperfect tourist infrastructure. We will walk to the old town, the market and the Venetian port and we willwe head to Akrotiri, where the Tombs of Venizelos are located. On our return toIn Chania we will visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, which is today one of the most importantmonasteries of Crete with a huge impact on the education of the island. It was built by the Cretansmonks Jeremiah and Lawrence, from the Venetian Orthodox family of the Jagarols. Returnin Heraklion. In the afternoon departure for Heraklion airport for our departure back forChios.


Air tickets Chios-Heraklion-Chios
 1 suitcase 15kg & amp; 1 hand luggage 8kg. Airport taxes and fuel surcharges
 4 (four) nights in central 4 * or 3 * of your choice Breakfast daily at your hotel
 Transportation-Tours with luxury Coaches based on the programΣεις Guided tours where they refer to the program
 Escort of our office Official guide for Knossos-Museum. Transfer by boat to Spinalonga and return

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