Chania’s Old Town is being inhabited since the ancient ages of the Minoan Civilization from 5000BC. Since then it has always been a vivid place of prosperity and growth, influenced through the ages by the various cultures, Romans, Arabs, Jews, due to its geopolitical place in the Mediterranean Sea and those who invaded it particularly in the late years, such us the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks. We will stroll through the historic alleys and pinpoint the Byzantine and the Venetian/Ottoman Walls and Fortifications, then walk through the main streets and see the emergence of history from the Ancient Ages from the archeological excavations inside the Old Town to the Medieval and Recent Ages through the old buildings, the churches, the synagogues and the mosques. Also we will visit the Orthodox, the Muslim and the Jewish Quarter and how people lived together through times with peace or turbulence. There is an optional wine tasting for 30 minutes, 12 euro per person.
Spend a full day exploring Crete with a local guide. Visit Psychro Cave, the birthplace of Zeus, and a platanus tree that is according to local legend, the oldest tree on the island. You’ll also tour the villages of Mochos and Krasi and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch in a local restaurant.
Take a day out from Crete to visit Santorini on this day trip. Board a boat to this famous volcanic island, known for its sea-filled caldera (crater) and black cliffs. On arrival, enjoy a caldera cruise to admire the whitewashed houses perched high on the cliffs, and take an island tour to stroll along the clifftops and visit Thira and Oia. Boat transfers, transport on Santorini, and pickup and drop-off at selected Crete hotels included.
This tour combines two of Crete’s top historical sights—Knossos Palace; a Bronze Age archeological site, and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. See impressive ruins and artifacts along the way, and benefit from having guide commentary so you understand the historical background information. Highlights include seeing the original throne of Minos at Knossos Palace, and rare examples of Minoan art at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Travel on the north-east coast with a boat ride on the picturesque bay of MIRABELLO. Visit the small fortified island of SPINALONGA. Accompanied by a professional tour guide you will stroll through the streets of the Venetian castle and get acquainted with the interesting history of the island.Continuing the sea voyage, the ship docks in the bay KOLOKITHA where you have free time for swimming in the crystal clear waters. After, the crew will offer a lunch consisting of a juicy kebab (chicken,pork,vegetables), glass of wine and glass of water.Then you will head to the next stop, the town of AGIOS NIKOLAOS. You can enjoy walking on your own in this beautiful place, have a coffee or beer with the view to the famous lake VOULIAZMENI.*Pick-up (from the specific bus stops outside of your hotel) is arranged after booking. From villages of the North Heraklion region (Agia Pelagia, Gouves, Hersonissos,etc). For other areas, contact us.
Follow in the footsteps of long-ago Minoan kings on this 5-hour Knossos Crete tour. Travel by air-conditioned coach to the archaeological site of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and tour the remains dating to the 2nd century BC. Explore what were the royal quarters, storerooms and central court of the palace, the power base of Europe’s first civilization; and hear about the mythical Minotaur that roamed a labyrinth here as your guide explains the site’s history. Finish with free time for lunch and a coach tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion.
On this tour you will have the chance to explore the Cretan genuine culture and customs. Live for one day the life of an authentic shepherd, discussing the daily habits and taste his homemade raki and mezedes. Learn the specific procedure of Cretan beekeeping interactively by providing special uniforms and trying honey straight from the honeycomb. Feel the hospitality of Mr. Andreas, but also his wife Ms. Eleni by having a traditional Cretan homemade lunch in their house. On the way to Apladiana, you will pass through orange trees, so you can cut an orange with your bare hands and enjoy its freshness! Walk through the Apladiana where our guide will show you and explain all the small details about the Cretan weddings. Wedding holds a special place Cretan life and tradition and are one of the most important events in life. It is an original experience for a life time!
See Greece on a boat. Travel by bus to Elounda, where you’ll board on a boat for the day’s adventure. Sail to Kolokytha Island where you can swim and sunbathe. Lunch is served on the boat, then it’s on to Spinalonga for a quick tour and a bit of free time on the island.
In this tour you will have the chance to see the key-locations of the battle of Crete.A few kilometers from Chania, is Maleme, Tavronitis and Galatas where the tour starts.Analyzing extensively the battle, there will be a detailed schedule for the rest of our day. Some of the locations you will visit are the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries, high spots to have panoramic views and understand everything about the battle on a live map, secret shelters and monuments.The general historical facts of the battle of Crete are known. In this tour you will discover the original details and the unknown stories behind the scenes. You will have the chance to tour around the places where heroism and hope was a life goal for the Cretan partisans and the Greek , British, Australian and New Zeeland troops. The battle of Crete changed the world in many different ways and especially the evolution of the airborne warfare. Join us and explore the legendary and glorious WWII history of Crete.
This Tour gives you the opportunity to visit on your own way so many places in one day that if not with a local guide it would be impossible to visit and find.We visit Monasteries, Churches, Agios Nikolaus City, Spinalonga Island, Krasi village where the oldest Platanus tree in Crete it's found, we have a traditional Cretan Lunch in the traditional village of Mochos where we visit a few beautiful churches, and in the end if we have time we can visit the fishing village of Sisi where we go for a walk on the Palm Bay.
Visit Knossos, the ancient capital of Minoan Crete. Explore the Palace of Knossos on a guided tour, where your guide shares history and facts about the site. According to Greek mythology, an elaborate maze of tunnels—a labyrinth—was built underneath the palace to house the Minotaur, a fearsome half-man, half-bull creature.
Explore Greek history at the ancient palace of Knossos on this guided excursion. This tour offers you the freedom to select only the aspects you want. Choose convenient hotel pickup, opt for skip-the-line tickets, and marvel at the legendary palace of King Minos, Princess Ariadne, Minotaur, and Labyrinth. Marvel at one of the oldest thrones and theaters in Europe, visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, and learn about the Minoan civilization.
Discover the more hidden and unexplored part of Chania on this unique segway tour. This fun-filled experience takes you to incredible Splantzia: away from the crowded streets of the harbor. Explore narrow alleys, historic Turkish monuments, churches and gaze over stunning views from the Eastern Venetian harbor. Glide beyond the Venetian walls to discover sandy Kum Kapi beach, surrounded by cafes and bars.
Explore with a guided group, the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa and the Dikteon Cave followed by a visit to Psychro village to meet a potter in action. Enjoy the panoramic views from Seli Ambelou Lasithi Plateau and complete your tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos where civilization history began 4000 years ago.
Wandering around a city can be done either like a tourist or like a local. We offer the local version with a deeper info on the history and tradition of this city. Inside info you will not listen on other tours, walking slowly and discussing questions on monuments.
Instead of tying yourself to a large group tour with a rigid itinerary, take your time exploring the ancient Minoan capital of Knossos with this private audio tour. Visit the remarkable Palace of Knossos and many other highlights of this archeological site, including South Propylaeum and the West Magazines. Leave the guidebooks behind and learn about the culture and lifestyles of people living in Minoan Crete from your audio guide.
Although Heraklion is the perfect base to see Crete’s cultural and architectural heritage, it’s not the only part of Crete that is worthy of a visit. On this full-day tour, discover two of the prettiest cities in Western Crete, Chania and Rethymno. Learn all about the diversity of Heraklion’s heritage, including its Venetian, Ottoman, Byzantine and ancient Greek influences.
Excavated and restored by archaeologists at the turn of the 20th century, Knossos Palace provides insight into one of Europe’s most advanced Bronze Age civilizations. But the true significance of the site can hard to fully grasp without an in-depth knowledge of the Minoans. On this tour, learn about the Minoans people and the mythical Minotaur while exploring the vast palace complex with a licensed guide.
Exploring the locations of the Battle of Crete—an important World War II battle—without a guide could leave you with only a patchy take on this pivotal event. With this tour from Chania, learn about the battle at its key sites, hearing how Nazi forces took Crete from the Allies in 1941. Visit the Maleme airfield, monuments, and cemeteries, and discover secret shelters and sites you might miss alone.
Uncover the mysteries of the ancient Minoan civilization on this private, half-day tour of Heraklion highlights. Explore the magnificent Knossos Palace, home to King Minos and legends of the Minotaur, and visit a world-class archaeological museum featuring artifacts dating back to 5000 BC. See the contrast of ancient and modern Crete with some free time in the port town of Heraklion, and enjoy personalized attention from your guide along the way. Entrance fees to Knossos Palace and Archaeological Museum at your expense.
Visit the former leper colony and Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island during this private tour. Sail to this rocky island, and explore the streets, houses, and ruined Venetian fortifications where lepers were confined from 1903 to 1957. Then, relax with a swim stop and barbecue lunch before cruising back to port. Return coach transport, the boat ride to Spinalonga, and select hotel pickup and drop-off in north-coast resorts included.
Delve into the mysteries and triumphs of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization on a combo tour of Knossos Palace and the Archeological Museum of Heraklion, considered one of the finest in the world showcasing Minoan culture. Tour the palace known in Greek mythology as the home of King Minos and the Minotaur, and then see a robust collection of Minoan artifacts dating back as far as 5,000 years. Small group size limited to 12 keeps the experience more intimate.
Eat to your heart - and stomach’s - content on a 4-hour culinary tour of Chania. Follow your private guide as they lead you to local eateries and shops where you’ll sample 15 different dishes. Learn about the influence that the Arabs, Ottomans, and more had on Greek food on an intimate walking tour. In between bites, you’ll hear about local food culture and politics.
This tour is ideal for travelers interested in learning about the history of Crete, and seeing its most interesting landmarks. Save hours of research time planning an independent itinerary, and let someone else do the hard work for you. Visit Knossos Palace, explore the historical city center of Heraklion, and go to The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion to see artifacts that date back over 5,000 years.