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Explore South Western Crete - 2 Days / 1 Night

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Adult   $311.21
Child  (4 - 14 Years) $155.60
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Highlights
  • Explore southwestern region of Crete on this 2D/1N tour from Heraklion
  • Discover the beautiful southern western-Crete inclusive of breakfast lunch and dinner
  • Visit the famous Imbros Gorge, Fragokastelo, Rodakino, Myrthios on Day 1
  • Enjoy the traditional lunch at Myrthios overlooking the Lybian Sea
  • Spend the leisure time shopping and swimming at Vrissi at the western end of Skafia
  • Explore the principal Allied War Cemetry designed by famous architect Louis de Soissons
  • Discover the citadel city if Rethimno, Fortezza on Day 2
  • Opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Knossos
  • Services of a professional and expert tour guide
Description
On Day 1 (Thursday) we will visit: Rethimno - Imbros Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Komitades – Fragokastelo - Rodakino - Myrthios - Preveli Monastery - Rethimno (B-L-D)

Our tour will commence by picking you from your hotel at Heraklion after the breakfast towards Chora Sfakion. Our first stop is the famous Imbros Gorge. Imbros Gorge is the second utmost known gorge in Crete after Samaria Gorge. Its length is about 8km of breathtaking views and takes no more than 2.5 hours. The path is not difficult to walk. The gorge is fairly narrow with an abundance of trees, and that means you will have shade most of the time.

After a 2 hour walk you end up at the village of Komitades where you will meet the bus to proceed the tour to Fragokastelo, Rodakino and the village of Myrthios for lunch, facing the Libyan sea. After lunch you will check out the popular Byzantine Monastery of Preveli (10th Century) near the southern coast of Crete. The Monastery has a magnificent history due to the dynamic and leading involvement of its fellow monks in all national initiatives for freedom and education of our people. Thus, it merits specific identification and respect throughout the island of Crete.

After touring Preveli we return to Rethimno for dinner and overnight. In case you do not wish to walk through the Gorge, you can proceed with the bus to visit Chora Sfakion (Sfakia) to spend some time relaxing, shopping and a swim at “Vrissi” (the Spring), a well-organized sandy beach with crystal-clear waters, sunbeds and umbrellas, at the western end of Sfakia.

On Day 2 (Thursday) we will visit: Rethimno - Chania - Rethimno - Knossos - Heraklio (B-L)

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour by drving along the north coastal road, passing the resort city of Georgioupolis, well-known for its fine beaches, to the city of Souda which is a port of Chania. There we will discover the principal Allied War Cemetery designed by architect Louis de Soissons. Head next towards the Venizelos Graves at the historical location of Profitis Ilias in Akrotiri where the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos lays, one of the longest serving Prime Ministers Greece.

We continue to the city of Chania for a brief visit before we come back to Rethimno to visit its Fortezza. The Fortezza is the citadel of the city of Rethimno. It was constructed by the Venetians in the 16th century (1573) to protect the city and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. By the early 20th century numerous houses were built within the citadel. After visiting the Fortezza we will have lunch in Rethimno. We go on viewing the city of Heraklion, where we take a look at the archaeological site of Knossos and its palace sited 5kms southeast of the city of Heraklion.

On the ruins of the Neolithic settlement was built the first Minoan palace (1900 B.C.) where the dynasty of Minos ruled. The site was figured out in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. The excavations in Knossos started out in 1900 A.D. by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and his team and they carried on for 35 years. After the visit of the site we get back to our Hotel.
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.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes while hiking on the Imbros Gorge
  • No payments will be refunded on cancellation
Inclusions:
  • Hotel return transportation
  • Air-conditioned Motor-coach
  • Professional Guide during the tour
  • Hotel accommodation -1 Night
  • 2 Lunches at local restaurants (Agia Roumelli, Rethimno)
  • Round Trip Ferry tickets Chora Sfakion - Aghia Roumeli
  • VAT and all legal taxes included
Exclusions:
  • Entrance Fee at the museums and the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fee at the Samaria Gorge
  • Entrance fee at the Imbors Gorge
  • Drinks and beverages meals
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Porterage Service
Golden Tours World act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.