Silversea Luxury Cruises A Rethymnon

Rethymnon

Rethymnon is Crete's third-largest town, after Heraklion and Hania. The population (about 30,000) steadily increases as the town expands—a new quarter follows the coast to the east of the Old Town, where the beachfront has been tastelessly developed with large hotels and other resort facilities catering to tourists on package vacations. However, much of Rethymnon's charm perseveres in the old Venetian quarter, which is crowded onto a compact peninsula dominated by the huge, fortified Venetian castle known as the Fortezza. View more

Wandering through the narrow alleyways, you come across handsome carved-stone Renaissance doorways belonging to vanished mansions, fountains, archways, and wooden Turkish houses with latticework screens on the balconies to protect the women of the house from prying eyes.

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Excursions depuis Rethymnon

The Palace of Knossos

Journey back in time to the days of the great King Minos during this scenic, half-day excursion to the Palace of Knossos.


Scenic Drive to Knossos

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 80-minute drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. The original palace of Knossos was constructed around 1900 B.C., destroyed by an earthquake about 200 years later and rebuilt on a grander scale. The final catastrophe occurred around 1500-1450 B.C. with the eruption of the Santorini Volcano. Despite this blow, people continued to live there for another fifty years, until a fire swept throughout the city circa 1400 B.C.


Walking Tour of Palace Complex Ruins

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the entire region. The restoration of the palace complex was undertaken by Sir Arthur Evans. Although criticized by some for its modernity, the restoration enables visitors to both visualize the palace as it was and understand its labyrinthine complexity.


Highlights of your tour of the palace complex include the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, theatre area, storerooms, and potters' workshops. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 80-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours, at times on uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Rethymnon Highlights

Experience the medieval beauty of Rethymnon on-foot during this picturesque, half-day walking tour.


Fortezza Fortress

Depart the pier for the short, guided stroll to the Fortezza. A fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture, this beautiful, 16th-century fortress was built by the Venetians to protect its inhabitants against enemy threats. It is star-shaped, with three gates and six bastions. In the middle, the Church of St. Nicolo was converted into the Mosque of the Sultan Ibrahim Han.


Rethymnon Walking Tour

Following your visit, continue your guided walking tour of Rethymnon, home to the Arkadi and Moni Preveli monasteries, Rimondi Fountain, Eleutherna, Moschea Neratze, Loggia Veneziana, and more. At the conclusion of your tour and time-permitting, you may opt to walk back to the pier with your guided, or remain in Rethymnon for further exploration and return to the ship on your own.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours, at times on uneven surfaces. Walking in Rethymnon is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Crete in Depth

Take a stroll through Cretan history during this delightful, full-day sightseeing excursion to Knossos and Arolithos.

Knossos and Palace Complex Ruins

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 80-minute drive to Knossos, the ancient capital of the great King Minos. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the fantastic ruins of the ancient palace complex, which served as the administrative and religious centres for the entire region. The restoration of the palace complex was undertaken by Sir Arthur Evans. Although criticized by some for its modernity, the restoration enables visitors to both visualize the palace as it was and understand its labyrinthine complexity. Highlights of your tour of the palace complex include the living quarters of the king, queen and members of the royal court, rooms for state occasions, theatre area, storerooms, and potters' workshops.


Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Next, your tour continues with a visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. It is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. The museum houses representative artefacts from every period of Cretan pre-history and history, which spans 5,500 years from Neolithic to Roman times. The singularly most important Minoan Collection features unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces.


Arolithos Village and Lunch

Following your museum visit, re-board your coach and proceed for a Greek lunch in Arolithos. This traditional Cretan village is located just 6.8 miles (11 kilometres) from Heraklion, along the old national road connecting Heraklion with Rethymnon. Built on the slope of a mountain amidst the pristine Cretan landscape, Arolithos Village evokes the simplicity and beauty of a bygone era. After lunch, take a guided stroll through the village. Among the many wonderful sites is the Arolithos Museum, which highlights the local history, culture and art of the Cretan people. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours, at times on uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and wide steps at Arolithos Village. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Leisurely Chania

Discover the history and landmarks of Chania during a leisurely, half-day walking tour through this ancient city.


Chania Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Chania. Upon arrival, learn about the history of this beautiful old town during a guided and narrated walking tour, along with a visit to the famous Market of Chania.


Browsing and Shopping

Following your walking tour, some free time is made available to explore the town at your leisure. You can visit historic sites, browse the shops, or simply sit back and relax at one of Chania's quaint cafés. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately two hours, at times on uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Chania is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.