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Excursions in Crete

Crete is the largest island in Greece - the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. It is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations with great historic importance as it is the home of the Minoan civilization. Some of the most important archaeological sites are that of Knossos Palace, Phaistos Palace, the ancient Roman city of Gortys, the 2nd famous Museum of Greece - the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and many more. Explore this incredible island by choosing from a variety of tours and excursions that we provide and see - apart from the numerous archaeological sites - beautiful crystal clear beaches, breathtaking views from the mountains such as the Lassithi Plateau and the White Mountains, old cities found in Rethymno and Chania, countless small unspoiled villages and an unbeatable variety of landscape which is unquestionable unique and fascinating! No doubt Crete is advertised as the tour of the world in 7 days as you see landscapes that remind you of different worldwide landscapes!

Anogia

The living conditions of the people of Anogia, as well as those of other mountain villages in Crete, were extremely difficult. Anogians of old were mainly sheep herders, goat herders and farmers. The barren terrain, the unforgiving winters, along with the frequent revolts and the constant executions from the conquerors added up to primitive living conditions, to great poverty and the absense of even the most basic of comforts.
However, Anogia has survived and is thriving, with the local community more united than ever, and they extend their hospitality to you.

Cretan Evening

An evening to remember in a traditional village with 2 hour live folk music and dances from all over Greece. Traditional dinner by the hands of Grandmama and unlimited wine included. Duration: 4 hours including pick-up from/to hotel Notes: Includes dinner-unlimited table wine and live folk show, escort.

Chania Tour

Enjoy with Blue Aegean a marvelous tour to the picture-perfect city of Chania. The old Venetian quarter, the market place where you can find souvenirs but also genuine antiques, the mosque of Küçük Hasan Pasha and a plethora of museums and art venues surely are not to be missed, but are essential for your visit to Chania.

Festos - Gortys - Matala

The south side of Crete has always been the least touristic, least noisy part of the island. Having said that, spots like Matala, Kokkinos Pyrgos (literaly meaning Red Tower) along with its ancient Greek-Roman town of Gortys and the Minoan settlement of Phaestos and its palace will transport you to different time periods, ranging from 2500 BC up till the 1960's. Duration: Full-day: 6-7 hours Notes: No lunch included. Includes official guide entrance fees payable on the spot

Lasithi Plateau - Sightseeing

The Dikti mountains, surrounding the Lassithi plateau, are also home to the Psychro cave. Psychro cave is well known in Greek mythology as the place that the infant Zeus was hidden to protect him from the titan Cronos, his father. You will pass by several traditional mountain villages and you will also see the 1000 windmills, a sight you will not soon forget. Duration: Half-day: 4-5 hours Notes: No lunch included. Please note that proper footwear (hiking boots or equivalent sport shoes) is highly recommended.

Foto Safari

Drive to the north-east part of the island where we shall visit small villages, and very scenic landscape. Thrapsano, a pottery village where you see how pottery has been made for centuries. Don't forget your camera!! This tour can only be arranged as PRIVATE TOUR. Duration: Full-day: 7-8 hours Notes: No lunch included. Includes official guide.

Jeep Safari

A very exciting and adventurous drive, off and on road up the mountains, with very picturesque scenery. Included in the price: BBQ lunch on the beach, petrol, Jeeps 4x4, guide. Notes: Lunch included as well as escort guide- you can drive or you can be co-passenger.

Knossos

Guided tour of the most famous palace of Crete which dates back to 4.500 B.C., even though the initial settlement dates back to 7.000 B.C., the earliest city in Europe. For best value for money, you can combine the palace of Knossos with a visit to the archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the second largest in Greece with a unique collection of finds. Duration : Half day (4-5 hours). Notes: No lunch included. Includes official guide.

Lasithi Plateau - Knossos

A great combination of visits which together make a wonderfull day. First stop at the Palace of Knossos for a guided tour, and afterwards a visit to the Lassithi Plateau. Duration: Full day: 5-6 hours Notes: No lunch included. Includes official guide

Fishing Tour

The number of participants for this tour is 8 - 12, as this is the full capacity of the boat. After we pick up all participants from their hotels we proceed to the starting point of the tour, which is Plaka in the Elounda area near Agios Nikolaos, in East Crete. We board the boat where you will be given your fishing gear (fishing rods - one per adult, bait) and also you will be advised step by step from the guide and the staff on board in order to catch as many fish as possible, and also to give you explanations of the kind of fish you may be able to catch!

Lake Kourna - Argyroupoli

A very scenic tour to the west part of Crete- towards the inner part of the island. Kournas lake is a natural lake surrounded by small green hills and some restaurants. There are pedaloes for people who wish to take a small ride and enjoy the lake. Argyroupolis is a small village with water falls from the nearby mountains which create a very positive atmosphere. you can sit by the water fall and enjoy either a nice meal or coffee. (optional to add the visit also to the city of Rethymno: with its impressive market, beautiful Venetian port and windy streets in the old city.

Knossos - Peza Winery - Archanes village

A very interesting tour as we combine past with present in the best way. A visit to the most important Minoan palace in Crete, then on to the Peza winery, for a tour of the premises, a winetasting session and some local delicacies. We then proceed to the area of Archanes, and we visit the traditional village, with its windy cobble streets, restored houses with explicit architecture. If time permits we can taste the local cuisine in one of the very fine tavernas. Doesn’t include entrance fee in Knossos Palace Duration: 4-5 hours (from Elounda 6-8 hours F/D) An extension of this tour can be the pottery village of Thrapsano where we can see the real pottery art as it is made.

Samaria Long

Samaria gorge is on the west side of Crete, in the prefecture of Chania. With a starting point at Omalos, at a height of 1300m, the gorge stretches for 18 kilometers, with the last 3 kilometers being in open space as you walk to the coastal village of Aghia Roumeli. There you will have a chance to relax and swim before catching the boat to get to Chora Sfakion (with a small stop in Loutro as well) where the bus is waiting for us. Duration: Full-day: 10-12 hours. Includes only bus+ escort-guide.Not including lunch. supplement: Entrance fees and boat. WARNING! Hiking boots or hard tennis shows are STRONGLY recommended.

Spinalonga - Elounda - Agios Nikolaos

Our first stop of the day will be on the Northeastern side of Crete, at the coastal village of Elounda. There, we will board the boat and sail to the island of Spinalonga for a guided tour. After Spinalonga you have the option of having lunch on the island of Kolokytha. This is an optional feature at an extra charge). Afterwards we will visit of the beautiful town of Aghios Nikolaos with its picturesque harbour and lake. Duration: Full-day: 6-7 hours Notes: extra entrance fee on the island of spinalonga and Extra Lunch

Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Elounda

After the city of Agios Nikolaos and a small ways up in the mountains we will find the Panaghia Kera Byzantine church, and then on to the village of Kritsa where we will find a variety of different handmade items, such as sashes, table cloths and anything that can be woven, along with some fine examples of pottery. Afterwards we will visit of the beautiful town of Aghios Nikolaos, and then on to the coastal village of Elounda. We can have lunch there as many good fish tavernas. Duration: 5 hours

Rethymno - Arkadi - Chania

Along the west coast to the town of Rethymno, where the visitor may wander around its narrow lanes, admire the interesting mixture of Venetian and Turkish architecture, visit the Venetian fortress and the new town with its variety of shops and cafeterias. After a panoramic drive south of Rethymno, we continue with the visit of the monastery of Arkadi, with its impressive architecture and history. In 1886 its inhabitants chose to die rather than be enslaved by the Turks. Then we will finish the tour with the most beautiful city of Hania, the former capital of Crete, with its impressive old town and buildings, venetian port and many shops. This excursion is long where you can see a big part of the most beautiful Cretan landscape and places and it is well combined with shopping. Duration: 7-9 hours. (from ELOUNDA 11-12 hours) Entrance fee in Arkadi monastery Museum is not included.

Village Tour (Fodele - Anogia - Axos)

First visit (or last according to the choice of each group) is the village of Fodele with its orange groves, the birthplace of the world known painter El Greco, we can have either coffee or lunch (if it will be the last stop) on one of the places on the river. Visit of the highest mountain chain of ida, where we will stop to two of the most famous villages:Axos and Anoghia, which have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Either coffee break or lunch. In either Fodele or Anoghia there are very tasty specialities. Duration : 5-6 hours. (from Elounda 9-10 hours)

Boat Sailing (Private)

You can make your own boat itinerary departing either from the Port of Heraklion or Aghios Nikolaos with a small caique, speed boat or bigger boat according to your needs. We will provide you with captain, and any type of catering you may wish. You can also organize a nice party on board to celebrate any anniversary or event that is important for you. Prices vary as to the size of the boat, duration and catering. We can also organize any type of extra amenities such as : water-skeeing, windsurfing, BBQ on the beach etc. Please write to us with your initial request.

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