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Discover Eastern & South Crete I - 3 days / 2 nights

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Adult   $477.03
Child  (4 - 13 Years) $239.07
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  • 3 Days / 2 Nights tour to explore eastern and southern Crete from Heraklion
  • All-inclusive trip with breakfast, lunch and dinners
  • Know the fascinating stories about the sites from our expert guide
  • Explore places like Diktaion, Adron, Toplou Monastery, Lerapetra, Phaistos, Spili, Vatos, Lampini
  • Know how Cretan Raki, a drink is produced at the Raki Boiler in Vatos
  • Traditional Lunch at Vaggelio’s House serving dishes from the farm
  • Visit the church and museum of Lampini
  • Services of a professional and expert tour guide
On Day 1 (Monday) we will visit: Heraklio - Diktaion Adron - Lasithi Plateau - Agios Nikolaos - Sitia (L-D)

Meeting with the guide and departure to explore the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion , among the finest museums of Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art as it possesses the most significant and comprehensive collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. After viewing the museum, we proceed with our tour by driving up the Dikti Mountain 900m, above the sea level, where the Diktaion Adron, the cave wherein according to the legend Zeus was born, is located. After visiting the Diktaion Adron, we continue to the Lasithi Plateau, the greatest and most beautiful of Crete and then down to the port city of Agios Nikolaos. Following Lunch at Agios Nikolaos we head off to visit the seaside city of Sitia, an appealing town built amphitheatrically on the side of a hill. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sitia.

On Day 2 (Tuesday) we will visit: Sitia - Vai - Toplou Monastery - Ierapetra - Zaros (B-L-D)

Breakfast at the hotel. We depart Sitia to head over to the palm beach of Vai, well known for its white sand and the palm tree forest. Vai futures the greatest natural palm forest in Europe and it falls under the Toplou Monastery which we visit next. At the 15th century monastery of Toplou, we stop by the museum with its priceless collection of icons. We proceed with our tour to the most southern city of the island, Lerapetra, where we have leisure time for swimming and relaxing on the beach before lunch. In the afternoon we leave Ierapetra and drive to the pretty mountain village of Zaros, famous for its spring waters which are now bottled and sold all over Greece. Dinner at the hotel and thereafter Cretan night (traditional Cretan music and dances). Overnight at the Hotel in Zaros.

On Day 3 (Wednesday) we will visit: Zaros - Gortina - Phaistos - Spili - Vatos - Lampini - Rethimno (B-L-D)

After having breakfast at the hotel in Zaros, we proceed towards the valley of Messara we uncover the ruins of Gortina. Gortina was the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica and was first inhabited around 3200BC. After Gortina we take a look at Phaistos archaeological site and it’s Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most prosperous and powerful city in southern Crete. We continue on the road in the direction of Rethimno making a stop at the conventional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt .Vorizi . Spili is widely known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 19 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. On the way to Rethimno we make another visit the village of Vatos to explore a typical Raki Boiler utilized to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house . We continue for Lunch at Vaggelio's House, serving dishes made out of natural produce supplied by the nearby Farm and cooked by the lady chef - Vaggelio. After lunch we drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to see the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century. It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the prominent Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio". We continue to Rethimo in the afternoon.
Additional Information
Please Note:
  • Please share your hotel details within 24 HRS from the time of booking confirmation to arrange the return transfers from your hotel in Central Heraklion.
  • No payments will be refunded on cancellation
  • Hotel return transportation
  • Air-conditioned Motor-coach
  • Professional Guide during the tour
  • Hotel accommodation -1 Night in 3* hotel at Sitia on HB Basis
  • Hotel accommodation – 1 Night in 3* hotel at Zaros on HB Basis (Cretan Night)
  • 3 Lunches at traditional restaurants (Agios Nikolaos, lerapetra, Vatos)
  • Typical Cretan Night with Dinner on Tuesday (Unlimited local wine included)
  • Vat and all taxes included
  • Entrance Fee at the museums and the archaeological sites
  • Drinks and beverages during the meals
  • Optional Excursions
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Porterage Service
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