A call at Souda Bay promises sparkling beaches, engrossing history and no shortage of proud Maritime tradition. You'll drift past the fortified walls of Leon and Souda islands as you enter this natural harbour, which gives you access to all of Crete’s wonders, including Chania’s collection of fascinating museums, uncovered archaeological sites, and glorious Venetian architecture. Souda Bay's strategic positioning means it’s long been an important naval base – and Greek and UN bases still operate here today, on the northern rim of the bay. View more
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Experience the ancient beauty and grandeur of Rethymnon during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Rethymnon and Fortezza
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Rethymnon, renowned as the homeland of Zeus, god of Hospitality. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the Fortezza. Built by the Venetians to protect its inhabitants from enemy threats, this star-shaped fortress features three gates and six bastions. In the middle, the Church of St. Nicolo was turned into the Mosque of the Sultan Ibrahim Han.
Old Town and Free Time
Next, commence your walking tour of the Old Town, followed by some free time to explore your surrounds at your leisure or simply relax with a beverage at a seaside café. At the conclusion of your visit, meet your guide, walk back to the coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times on uneven surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs at the sites visited. 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.
Discover the antiquities and treasures of Crete during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Akrotiri and Venizelos Tomb
Depart the pier for the short drive to the Akrotiri Peninsula, which lies between Chania and Rethymnon. At its base, on top of Profitis Ilias Hill, is a shrine to Crete's national hero, Eleftherios Venizelos, A famous politician who introduced Crete as part of Greece in 1913. Visit his tomb, which is considered a place of pilgrimage, for it was here that Cretan rebels raised the Greek flag in 1897. This landmark also offers spectacular panoramic views over Chania.
Chania Archaeological Museum
Next, re-board your coach and head to nearby Chania. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to the small, but charming Archaeological Museum of Chania, which is housed in the Venetian Church of San Francesco. View displays of artefacts from western Crete, including pottery, sculpture, mosaics and coins that date from Neolithic times to the Roman era.
Old Town Walking Tour
Your tour continues with a guided stroll through the Old Town lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Here you will familiarize yourself with Chania's vast history ranging from the ancient, to the antique and the modern. Explore the ancient Minoan past at an anthropologic excavation site. Experience the Venetian roots of this small, charming city by seeing its 16th century Venetian fortifications and dry-docks. Finally, end with the cultural and religious gems of the city at the synagogue of Chania, Turkish baths, the covered market of Chania, St. Francis church, and the mosque of the Janissaries. You will conclude your tour by re-boarding your coach and commencing the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, 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. Order of sights may vary.
Experience life on a renowned organic farm and assist in the preparation authentic Cretan specialities during this unforgettable, full-day sightseeing and culinary excursion.
Chania, Agreco Farm and Estate
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to the Agreco Farm, originally an olive grove and the summerhouse of the Grecotel owners, the Daskalantonakis family. It features an innovative array of environmentally-friendly methods for traditional and modern cultivation and breeding. The estate, a replica of 17th-century lodge, features a traditional olive press, flour watermill, wine press and a giant vat for grape crushing. The complex includes a church, village square and store, and is highlighted by a mini-zoo. The Agreco Farm produces ecological products that meet all EU standards, thereby demonstrating that cultivation is possible without the use of chemicals that ultimately pollute the soil, water and our health.
Bread-Baking and Tasting, Watermill and Threshing Area, Wine Press, Raki Cauldron
Upon arrival, your first-hand interactive experience explores the traditional production methods of Greek specialities. First, bake bread in a wood-burning stone oven. Whilst the bread is baking, learn how to stuff vegetables, and even fill a few yourself. Once the bread is done, taste it the local way; hot, with Agreco's organic, extra-virgin olive oil. Following your bread tasting, take a guided stroll to the watermill and threshing area. See the millstones utilised to produce flour, and antique milling and baking tools on display, then head over to the wine press and 'raki' cauldron, or 'rakokazano'. See the vat where the grapes are tread in the autumn, and the raki still that produces Crete's famous 'tsikoudia'. Every time you enter a local house, you are offered raki and 'meze'.
Mini-Zoo, Cretan Goats, Goat-Milking, Cheese Tasting, Chapel of St. Nicholas, Farm Shop
Next, walk to the mini-zoo for a look at unique species of local animals, including the famous 'kri kri', the wild Cretan goat. Leaving the zoo, your guide takes a goat to the centre of the village square, and milks it. The fresh goat's milk is utilised to produce goat's milk cheese, which you can sample with coarse salt. From here, return to the farm square for visits to the Chapel of St. Nicholas and Farm Shop, where you can browse a wide array of Agreco organic products available for sale. Included are organic olive oil, thyme honey, exceptional wines, fine raki, homemade jam, herbs, pure beauty products, and golden-roasted rusks and peanuts, along with gifts and memorabilia.
Pergola, Vineyard, Olive Grove and Sea Views, Cretan Cheese Pie Lesson and Tasting, Lunch
Leaving the Farm Shop, a stop is made to relax and unwind under the shade of the pergola, which offers splendid panoramic views over the vineyards and olive groves, and down to the Cretan Sea. When local villagers want a quick, tasty lunch, they make 'sfougato'. Observe how this delicious dish is made with our free-range farm eggs. It takes years of experience to make 'myzithropitakia' or Cretan cheese pies; however, a quick interactive lesson helps you learn how to make the filling, roll out the pastry, and fill and decorate the pies. Once they are baked, you are invited to sample these delicious, steaming-hot morsels. After this tasting, proceed for a traditional Greek lunch. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commend the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times over 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 with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Indulge your senses with the abundant natural beauty, flora and fauna of Crete during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Chania, Botanical Park, Fruit Trees, Herbs, Medicinal and Ornamental Plants, Centennial Olive Tree
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the expansive, approximately 49.4-acre (about 20-hectare) Botanical Park. The land's formation and region's microclimate make it a paradise for diverse flora and fauna. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of this beautiful green oasis, which features over 150 species of fruit trees from all over the world, along with a wide array of herbs and medicinal and ornamental plants. In the midst of this colourful, vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and reference to the dismal fires of 2003, and the park's history and origin.
Lake, Ducks, Geese, Water Birds, Hawks
The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare examples of local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species from around the globe. New species are added daily, changing the look of the Botanical Park and providing visitors with endless reasons to visit time-and-again. The lush landscape is highlighted by a lovely lake in the lower part of the park, offering accommodation and protection to ducks, geese and other water birds (including rare species), as well as hawks that frequent this area. Regardless of the time of year it is visited, the Botanical Park's colours, fragrances, and varieties of tree and plant species never fail to impress even the most discerning nature lover. At the conclusion of your visit, enjoy a glass of 'raki' before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.86 miles (about three kilometres), at times over uneven and natural surfaces, inclines and declines, with a few wide steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Lightweight, comfortable, clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary.