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Excursions Crete

SAMARIA GORGE LONG WAY
On your Samaria Gorge adventure, the bus will travel west towards Chania along the north coast and then southwards into the White Mountains and up to the Omalos Plateau and the entrance to the gorge. Situated within the National park of Samaria, the gorge is 16km long, starting at an altitude of 1250m, at the northern entrance, and taking you all the way down to the shores of the Libyan sea in Agia Roumeli. You will able to appreaciate one of the most spectacular natural beauties of Crete walking through a fragrant forest of pine and cypress trees and within steep cliffs that in some points rise dramatically to a height of over 300m and a very narrow passage of only 3.5m. Once arrived in Agia Roumeli you will be conveyed on an equally interesting boat trip to Chora Sfakion, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Good walking shoes are recommended.

SAMARIA GORGE EASY WAY
For those who want to see and enjoy part of the beautiful scenery of the Samaria Gorge without having to walk 16km., there is the “easy way” Samaria gorge excursion. The bus, passing through the romantic village of Vrisses will take you all the way down to Chora Sfakion. From there, a boat will take you to the end of the gorge, where you can either walk in, reaching the famous “iron gates”, the most narrow point of the gorge where the high cliffs are distant only 2 meters one from the other, or just relax swimming in the crystal clear water of the Libyan Sea. From Agia Roumeli, the boat will take you back to Chora Sfakion, where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

   

TRADITIONAL CRETAN VILLAGES
This coach-tour leads you through beautiful landscapes and villages right in the heart of Crete. You will be surprised by the superlative view you can enjoy from the Mount Kedros on the impressive wild nature of this region. A first brief stop will be in a little chapel for the tasting of the famous raki, before descending (half hour approx. ) to the village of Ano Meros. From there you will reach Kaloidena, a place where time seems to have stopped and where among plane trees, the voice of the shepherds, you will discover a place where life is still so simple though so rich in many ways and back to basic. Visit the Byzantine monuments of Agios Ioannis and Sotiras Christos of Kaloidena, the major chapels in the area of Amari, and finally enjoy a refreshing swim on the beach of Agia Gallini on the south coast.
Fantastic landscapes, olive trees, gorges and mountains, crystal clear waters and history makes this coach-tour a unforgettable adventure in the heart of the island.

PHOTO SAFARI
A tour for those who wish to see the unspoiled beauty of the inland and take home beautiful pictures of their Cretan holiday. Our tour begins crossing southwards into the impressive mountain range of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and through the traditional village of Askifou, driving parallel to the beautiful Imbros gorge. We finally reach Frangokastelo, where you can see the mysterious old castle, built in1370 by the Venetians and haunted each year by the Drossoulites, the ghosts of the soldiers who died during the battle with the Turks. Following the beautiful south coastline we reach the village of Plakias, by the sea, where you can enjoy a swim or have lunch in one of the local taverns. On our way back, a stop at the monastery of Preveli and the chance to admire the breathtaking Kourtaliotiko gorge.

KNOSSOS - MUSEUM - HERAKLION
This excursion takes you straight to the heart of the Minoan Crete. The palace of Knossos dated 2000 BC was the prosperous Minoan Capital and the residence of the legendary King Minos. The
ruins were discovered in the late 19th century and a massive excavation and partial reconstruction brought to the light an enormous complex of over a 1000 interlocking rooms which is probably the source of the well known legend of the labyrinth. During the excavations a large number of objects were found and today exposed in the archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Here you will be able to admire the beautifully decorated pottery, delicate jewellery and semi-precious stones, parts of the colourful frescos and a variety of items used by kings and common people that will give the visitor the extent of progress achieved by this ancient civilization.

CHANIA CITY & SURROUNDINGS
On this excursion you have the opportunity to visit the town of Chania and the surroundings. Before we reach Chania following the old road we have the chance to go through some old traditional villages. A first stop will be made to admire the breathtaking view over the Souda bay, and again on the Akrotiri for a panoramic view of Chania, our final destination. Once in Chania you will have plenty of time to walk through the impressive old town and see the Turkish and Venetian architectural styles within the narrow streets, the alleys, the old mansions, mosques and minarets. You can also walk through the old Venetian Harbor with the picturesque lighthouse. With this entire exceptional atmosphere it’s easy to understand why Chania is considered one of the most beautiful towns of Crete
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ELAFONISSI - PEARL OF THE WEST
Today you will travel through the green and impressive nature of Western Crete to enjoy one of the most famous and beautiful beaches on the island, rightly known as “the pearl of the west” After 2 hours heading west, the bus makes a turn towards South into the heart of Crete. During our first stop, you will have 1 hour to visit the beautiful cave of Agia Sofia with its chapel and to have a cup of coffee in a tavern nearby. A 30-minute ride will take you to the Monastery of Chryssoskalitissa, dated 20th century and devoted to the Virgin of the golden steps. Not far away the Libyan Sea and Elafonissi. Here you have 3 hours to swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters, and sunbath on the marvellous beach made up of millions of tiny crushed shells, which give the sand a clear pearl white colour with slight pink shades. On your way back and before entering the national road you have another stop to refresh yourself at a small canteen.

GRAMVOUSSA
Following the national road the bus takes you west, through the outskirts of Chania, for this special cruise departing from the port of Kissamos. After a one-hour sail you will reach the legendary "pirate" island of Gramvoussa where you may follow the footpath up to the imposing Venetian castle, built on the top of a steep rock at 137 m. above sea level and enjoy a panoramic view on the breathtaking landscape. After 2 hours of stay the boat will sail to the lagoon of Balos, a shallow lagoon with its green crystal clear warm water and white coral sand, one of Crete's loveliest spots. Possibility to lunch on board at an extra charge. Return back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Walking shoes are necessary. 
 

IMBROS GORGE
The Imbros gorge is a natural beauty, maybe not as well known as the Samaria Gorge, but nevertheless
very unique for its surroundings. Long 6 klm, this gorge is quite narrow and it takes around 3 hrs walking. It runs almost parallel to the Samaria gorge and it is easier to walk through. The bus will be waiting for you at the exit of the gorge at the village of Komitades. Our next stop is at a beautiful beach where you can swim or enjoy a meal at the local taverns. This excursion is also suitable for children.

ONE DAY CRUISE TO SANTORINI
Black sand and white houses, indigo sea and grey earth, green fields and petrified lava! No other island quite compares with the wild natural beauty of the volcanic island of Santorini.
The history of Santorini is the history of a volcano. Contrasting layers of pumice-stone and santorinean soil, bear witness to the eruption of the volcano, which took place some 3500 years ago, causing three quarters of the island to sink into the sea. The vivid marks of this enormous catastrophe, in connection with the ruins of a highly advanced civilization, remnants of which were recently found at Akrotiri, have lead many to believe that Santorini is the legendary lost Atlantis. The atmosphere of this unique island, will intoxicate you, just as much as the taste of the strong local wines and the view of Thira, the town which is perched on the top of sheer cliffs of the devastated earth, will remain with you, long after your cruise to Santorini will be over.

ONE DAY CRUISE TO MARATHI – BOAT BARBAROSSA
Sailing from the old Venetian port and moving west you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view on the old Venetian fortress. A first stop will be made in the sea area called “ Blue Waters’” where u will have the possibility to enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear blue waters, plunging directly from the boat and admiring the pirate caves nearby. Sailing to our final destination, Marathi, you will have 2 hours to relax sunbathing on the beach or enjoying a swim in the clear waters of the picturesque bay. 
Departure from Marathi at 15h00 and arrival in Rethymnon at 17h00 
Departures from the Venetian harbour every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

ONE DAY CRUISE TO BALI’ – BOAT BARBAROSSA
Sailing from the old Venetian port and moving east you will be able to enjoy a wonderful view on the town of Rethymnon and on the seacoast. A first stop will be made in the area of Geropotamou, where you can dive directly from the boat into the clear blue waters for a swim, admiring the pirate caves nearby. Sailing further to our final destination, Bali’, you will have 2 hours to relax sunbathing on the beach or enjoying a swim in the waters of its picturesque bay.
Departure from Bali’ at 15h00 and arrival in Rethymnon at 17h00 
Departures from the Venetian harbour every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

MINI TRIP TO PANORMO- BOAT ALBATROS
Sailing from the old Venetian port and following the seacoast heading east you will get an unforgettable view on the town of Rethymnon and further on, on the impressive pirate caves and the “KAMAROLA” a natural arch shaped rock. Upon arrival in the small fishing village of Panormo, you will have about one hour to relax swimming in the little bay or enjoying a meal in one of the local traditional taverns. 
Daily departures from the Venetian harbour at 13h15

FISHING TRIP – BOAT ALBATROS
A great opportunity for all those who love fishing or even just wish a few hours sunbathing while sipping a drink, cradled by the clear blue sea all around. On board, you will be provided with fishing equipment and later on you can enjoy a meal with fresh fish, salad and wine. 
Return back to Rethymnon at 13h00
Daily departures from the Venetian harbour at 09h00

BOAT TRIP WITH THE PIRATE SHIP CAPTAIN HOOK
Sailing from the old Venetian port and following the seacoast line heading east, you will be able to admire a great view on the town of Rethymnon. Further on you will see the impressive pirate caves and the “KAMAROLA” a natural arch shaped rock and have a swim in the clear waters, diving directly from the boat. 
Return to Rethymnon at 15h00
Daily departures from the Venetian harbour at 12h30