Tour the island of Crete with this 8-day group trip and discover the beautiful beaches of golden sand and turquoise waters, ancient treasures, vibrant cities, and colorful villages, where the locals will teach you their traditions through their hospitality.
This tour will introduce you to Heraklion, with its Venetian walls, old port, and an archaeological museum housing a large collection of Minoan art. We will find the famous palace of Knossos very close to the city, which according to mythology was the residence of King Minos, who sent Daedalus to build the labyrinth where the minotaur was.
We’ll go to Archanes, one of Crete’s most picturesque towns, as well as Matala, which has a famous beach where Zeus is said to have arrived in the shape of a bull, with Europe at his back. We will also visit the famous Arkadi Monastery, a site of Cretan resistance against Ottoman occupation.
We will walk through the port and the old city of Rethymno, and before arriving in Chania, we will visit the Necropolis of Armeni, a Minoan cemetery with 200 tombs that are being excavated and have revealed important information about daily life at the time.
Other charming towns we will visit include Omalos, Thériso, and Kritsa, one of the most typical of the island.