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Enjoy a trip of a lifetime exploring some of the wonders of Greek Mythology on Crete staying in Chania, a small, picturesque town that is thought to be built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia. Combine this tour with one of our other Greece Island stays to create your perfect Greek Vacation.
Welcome to Crete! The largest and most populous of the Greek Islands Crete is home to the small, picturesque town of Chania which will be your base for the next four nights. Arriving at the airport you'll find your private driver ready and waiting to bring you comfortably to your hotel in Chania. Check in and enjoy the remainder of today relaxing and getting to know the town.
The Palace of Knossos dates from 2500 BC and is a “must-see” during your stay on Crete. Your journey today takes us early in the morning eastwards along the coastline to Heraklion, the island's capital. During the two hour trip, we stop halfway near Rethymnon for breakfast. Our arrival at Heraklion is around 10 o'clock and our first stop is the Palace of Knossos. Our guide takes us through the galleries and rooms of the Palace where the power and vitality of a long-ago era are so strikingly present. The great Minoan civilisation was the first advanced civilization of the whole of Europe and you can see evidence of how people lived and worked during this period. Knossos was the Royal Palace of King Minos and is wonderfully decorated with frescoes depicting lively scenes in vibrant colours. After a short drive, we arrive at Heraklion's Archaeological Museum which houses all the original pieces from Knossos and other archaeological sites including frescoes, intricate gold jewellery and engraved linguistic tablets of the period. Afterwards, you have free time to stroll around the city and go for lunch on your own before returning to Chania around 6:00 pm. (B)
Beach Day! Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting out to visit the island and beach of Elafonisi! On your way to Elafonissi, you will have the chance to see some of the beauties of Chania. At our first stop, at the Cave of Aghia Sofia, you can either visit the cave or/and have breakfast at the coffee place right before the cave. During the driving to Elafonissi, you will notice the big difference between the north and the south part of the island. Right before the arrival at Elafonissi, you will see the monastery of Chryssoskalitissa standing on the rocks! It’s only 10 minutes left before arriving at the Cretan Caribbean as that’s what they call Elafonissi beach! Definitely, you should visit the island of Elafonissi, standing right in front of you! It will only take you about 30 minutes to see the wild part of this fantastic place! On your way back to Chania, a small stop at the typical Cretan village of Elos will give you the chance to refresh for the heat of Elafonissi! (B)
Today is yours to pass as you choose. Stroll around the Old Town's maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, fountains & churches or maybe visit the Museum of Typography. Chania's lighthouse, which is located at the end of a rock protecting the port was built in 1570 by the Venetians and is well worth a visit. (B)
Today marks the end of your stay in Chania. At a time to suit your departing flight your private driver will collect you and take you to the airport with ample time to check in to begin your onward journey! (B)
This tour departs on Mondays but can be modified to suit other days if required.