The tour will give you the chance to experience west Crete and to enjoy the spectacular landscape of the biggest island in Greece
Highlights of West Crete (Rethymnon, Arkadi Monastery and Chania) Excursion
- Full day motor coach excursion from Heraklion
- Visit Rethymnon, Arkadi Monastery and Chania city
- Combines Crete’s ancient and modern life
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
- Pickup / drop off at your hotel
Description of West Crete excursion from Heraklion
Start from your hotel we’ll drive along the northwest coastline and south before Rethymnon, we will reach the Monastery of Arkadi. The monastery is a supreme symbol for theCretans; Freedom or Death. Due to its isolated situation it has been used throughout history as a centre for resistance movements. It is though most well
known for its ultimate resistance against the Turks, when a sizable group of Cretans, mostly women and children, were asked to surrender and they refused. Due to the overwhelming numbers of Turks, the fall of the monastery became imminent, and the Abbot himself gave the command to ignite the powder killing hundreds of Cretans and Turks.
After our visit at the monastery we’ll drive west in order to rich Chania, the former capital of Crete. The city of Chania is divided into the two. The old town and the new part of Cania. The most famous part to visit is the old town within the Venetian city walls, which is an attractive maze of narrow streets, old mansions and arcades, with mosques and minarets bearing witness to the Turkish influence and the carefully laid out new town which is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of Crete. Lunch can be enjoyed in one of the many waterfront tavernas overlooking at the old Venetian harbor, where the film “Zorba the Greek” was filmed.
You will have free time to visit the famous “Agora” (market) with the leather goods.
Next to our visit in Cania is to visit the city of Rethymnon. The city of Rethymnon is a colorful mixture of Venetian and Turkish architecture and the current center of Arts & Letters of Crete. You may visit the Turkish minarets or enjoy a coffee at the attractive harbor which is dominated by the Venetian fortress.
Return back to Heraklion following the same route.
A licences English speaking tour guide