Vatos Village, Rethimnon, Greece
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Discover Eastern & South Crete II

Discover Eastern & South Crete II

 

Operates from Monday to Thursday

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

DAY 1  Monday:  Heraklio - Diktaion Adron - Lasithi Plateau - Agios Nikolaos - Sitia   (L-D)

Meeting with the guide and departure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklio, one of the greatest museums of Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. After visiting the museum, we continue our tour by driving up the Dikti mountain 900m. above the sea level, where the Diktaion Adron, the cave where according to the legend Zeus was born, is situated. After visiting the Diktaion Adron, we continue to the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most beautiful of Crete and then down to the port city of Agios Nikolaos. Following Lunch at Agios Nikolaos we depart to visit we continue to the seaside city of Sitia, an attractive town built amphitheatrically on the side of a hill with a big open harbour backed by a wide promenade lined with taverns and cafes. It is a friendly place enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, where tourism is fairly low-key and the farming of wine and olives are the mainstays. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sitia.

DAY 2 Tuesday: Sitia - Vai - Toplou Monastery - Ierapetra - Zaros   (B-L-D)

Breakfast at the hotel. We depart Sitia to visit the palm beach of Vai, famous for its white sand and the palm tree forest. Vai futures the largest natural palm forest in Europe and its belong to the Toplou Monastery which we visit next. At the 15th century monastery of Toplou, we visit the museum with its priceless collection of icons. The monastery has a long history which played a significant role in the struggle of the Cretan people for freedom. We continue our tour to the most southern city of the island, Ierapetra, where we have free time for swimming and relaxing on the beach before lunch. Ierapetra is an old city with rich history. In 66BC was conquered after putting up a fight, by the Romans who realized the importance of the city's location and reconstructed it, giving it the push needed to flourish and reach its peak, financially and culturally. During the Byzantine Empire, Ierapetra continued being a flourishing city. It was destroyed 3 times, one by the Arabs in the 9th century AD, then by the Venetians in the 13th century and by the Turks in the 17th century. In the afternoon we depart Ierapetra and drive to the pretty mountain village of Zaros, famed for its spring waters which are now bottled and sold all over Greece. Dinner at the hotel followed by Cretan night (traditional Cretan music and dances). Overnight at the Hotel in Zaros.

DAY 3 Wednesday: Zaros - Gortina - Phaistos - Spili - Vatos - Lampini - Rethimno   (B-L-D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Starting from Zaros at the valley of Messara we find the ruins of Gortina. Gortina was the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica and was first inhabited around 3200BC. After Gortina we visit Phaistos archaeological site and its Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. We continue on the road towards Rethimno making a stop at the traditional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt.Vorizi. Spili is known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 19 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. Along the way to Rethimno we make another stop at the village of Vatos to visit a typical Raki Boiler used to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house. We continue for Lunch at Vaggelio's House, serving dishes made with natural produce provided by the nearby Farm and cooked by the lady chef - Vaggelio. After lunch we drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to visit the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century.It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio". We continue to Rethimo in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Rethimno.

DAY 4 Thursday: Rethimno - Impros Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Agia Roumelli - Samaria Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Rethimno   (B-L-D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the port of Chora Sfakion where, by boat, will reach Agia Roumelli, situated in one of the wildest regions of Crete and located by the exit of the Samaria Gorge, the most famous and evocative gorge of Greece. Agia Roumeli is a peaceful community, nestled between breathtaking high and wild mountains and a long beach of fine pebbles by the deep blue, crystal clear Libyan sea. Agia Roumeli is isolated as it is not reachable by road but only by the sea or on foot through the gorge (18kms 3 to 5 hours) starting at an altitude of 1230 meters and ending at the village of Agia Roumeli by the sea. After visiting the exit of the Gorge into the sea, there would be free time for swimming and lunch before returning by boat to Chora Sfakion where the bus will pick you up for the trip back to Rethimno.

    • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
    • Hotel accommodation (1 night) in 3* hotel at Sitia on HB basis
    • Hotel accommodation (1 night) in 3* hotel at Zaros on HB basis (Cretan Night)
    • Hotel accommodation (1 night) in 3* superior at Rethimno on HB basis
    • 4 Lunches at local restaurants ( Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Vatos, Agia Roumelli)
    • Professional guide from Monday till Thursday included
    • Typical Cretan Night with Dinner on Tuesday (unlimited local wine included)
    • Round Trip Ferry tickets Chora Sfakion - Aghia Roumeli
    • VAT and all legal taxes included

    • Entrance Fees at the museums and the archaeological sites
    • Entrance fee at the Samaria Gorge
    • Drinks and beverages during all meals
    • Optional excursions
    • Gratuities
    • Porterage service
    • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

2017 Adult Child 4-14years old
Discover Eastern and South Crete II 596€ 50%
  Optional Supplements per person  
Single Supplement 122€  
 3rd person adult reduction 10%  

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