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This will be a fantastic tour for people seeking unique experiences in Crete and collect moments! Crete is a unique island, with different people, cultures, and experiences that will surely remain marked in your mind and soul when you visit it. On this tour, you will visit four of the famous towns of Crete. Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno and Agios Nikolaos.
At the city’s main square, in the historic center of Crete’s capital city and right next to one of Europe’s most important museums, the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Capsis Astoria Hotel offers upgraded and sophisticated services to both corporate and leisure travelers.
Capsis Astoria is the most centrally located hotel in Heraklion and a popular meeting point for both locals and travelers. It is the ideal accommodation choice, due to its nodal location and its fully renovated facilities.
The hotel features stylish and modernly decorated rooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities, restaurants, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool in the Roof Garden. With an experience of over 50 years in hospitality, the hotel delivers upscale services that generate an ambiance of warmth and intimacy, the “trademark” of all Capsis properties.
Kriti Hotel is perfect if you want to stay in the city center with immediate proximity to the town's most popular attractions including the Venetian harbor, with beautiful views of both the sea and the town.
Rest and relax in one of the 84 modern designed rooms which were renovated in 2014 and enjoy the Cretan hospitality at its best. The hotel's friendly and well-educated team will offer you comfort and make sure that your stay at Kriti Hotel will be as pleasant as possible. You can enjoy free high-speed wireless Internet in your room and throughout the hotel.
A good night’s sleep is assured by the comfortable beds and our special pillow menu. Coffee and tea facilities in each room, and all rooms are non-smoking. In addition, the hotel offers accessible rooms and amenities upon request, ensuring a comfortable stay for all of the guests.
Crete is famous for local cuisine, unparalleled products, beautiful sites, its people, culture, history, which have made Crete stand out for centuries. Crete, an “ark” of rare natural beauty, Mediterranean culture, and history. “Whoever touches this island feels a mysterious power, through their veins and into the soul,” writes Nikos Kazantzakis, the great Cretan writer, in his book “Reference to Greco”.
Crete is famous for its products and its culture. In Crete, you will explore the Cretan cuisine, you will learn about the Mediterranean diet, enjoy local food, taste local wines and Cretan products. You will discover amazing sites and places.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the ancient Minoan culture and the history of Crete. The trip involves visits to a winery, museums, cretaquarium, archaeological site, cooking classes, cheese-making lessons, tasting of olive oil, and wine tastings. You will explore beautiful places, unique landscapes and live like a local.
What are you expecting? Follow Porto Planet and live like a native of Crete!
Arrival and reception at Heraklion airport with a taxi driver. Check into your room, relax and explore your surroundings before dinner.
Today you will visit the Palace of Knossos. The Palace of Knossos is one monument you must see in Crete. It was built 3500 years ago! After that, you continue to Heraklion and you have the chance to admire Minoan culture at the archaeological museum.
After visiting the museum, you will start the walking food tour. You walk on the streets of the city and taste unique flavors that will elevate your palate to heaven!
You will drive along the north coast of the island and get an amazing view of the Selinari gorge on the way to Elounda. Elounda’s harbor, known as the Gulf of Korfos, is a natural, beautiful lagoon which is bordered by rugged peninsulas, and with the island of Spinalonga.
Let’s head to fascinating Spinalonga Island or just “The Island” according to Viktoria’s Hislop book. For decades from 1913, it was a leper colony serving the whole of Greece. Its small inner network of run-down streets and houses, abandoned by Turkish occupants at the end of the previous century, became home to the so-called “living dead”.
After walking to Spinalonga you drive to Ag. Nikolaos, that is different from all other towns in Crete. The town has a beautiful lake and port. Its unique features start with the lake (“Voulismeni”), a folklore-inspiringly deep body of water that is connected to the sea by a narrow inlet.
Today you will visit the Cretaquarium. The expertise possessed by the Aquarium on the presentation of the Mediterranean species and ecosystems is backed up by the long experience of the center in Mediterranean marine research. The Mediterranean Sea preserves impressive biodiversity, gave birth to ancient civilizations, and welcomes millions of visitors each year.
Afterward, discover the culinary delights of Crete from real people. You will be a part of their day-to-day life and share with them their knowledge of local products and delicacies. Be part of true Crete. Enjoy a homemade lunch in the most unique and beautiful environment. Enjoy unlimited exceptional local wine. A Small-group tour limited up to eight people.
Your first break is the city of Rethymnon, the capital city of the region. It bears traces of the many different periods of its long history.
A beautiful fine, sandy beach surrounds the city. During the Venetian occupation, the city was considered to be the commercial and cultural center of Crete. Byzantine churches stand alongside the Turkish minaret and characteristic stone Venetian buildings show the traditional character of the city.
You can visit the castle of Fortezza, built on the hilltop that overlooks the city, Lotzia which is an archaeological museum, the Rimondi Fountain, the remains of the Venetian fortifications, and several residences characteristic to the Venetian architectural style. Walk the narrow streets with hundreds of small tourist shops.
After you drive in the maintenance of the Rethymnon area, you will have lunch in one of the famous taverns in Crete with real Cretan food. Here also you have the opportunity to learn about the cheese production process!
Drive through the beautiful Cretan mainland scenery to the Kydonia Mountain. You will visit a traditional winery. You will sit in a beautiful olive grove and sample a fleet of local wines including Vidiano and Muscat of Spinas as well as some international wines such as Grenache Rouge, Syrah, and Mourvedre.
You will visit the Olive Tree Museum. You will see the oldest olive tree in the world, one of 14 classified as Monumental Olive Trees in Crete, aged an estimated 3,000 years.
You will then drive to a different winery in Kissavos Mountain, where their Cretan wine tasting experience continues. You will taste a new fleet of wines consisting of local varieties including Vilana, Vidiano, and Assyrtiko, accompanied by food comprising local products.
Afterward, you will visit an olive oil factory owned by the same family, where they will learn about extra virgin olive oil production.
Meals included: Breakfast - lunch or dinner
You have a free day to spend in Chania. Chania is a scenic city that combines the strong traditional color of living history with the virtues of a modern city. The traces of all cultures and nations that dominated the city in the past are more than obvious as the city is a living museum where architectural styles and cultural attitudes have been harmonically blended.
Visit the Chania town market dating from the 1900’s – it is a cross-shaped gallery that houses over 65 food stores, presenting fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, bread, legumes, and anything else you may like, such as cafés, restaurants, and shopping, to the old town of Chania.
You will leave after breakfast.
THANK YOU FOR COMING. Have a nice flight back home! KALO TAXIDI!
Rallou Portokalakis was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete and like many generations of Greeks before he, she grew to love the great history and culture of her country. Her father has been involved in tourism for the past 40 years and he has shared his passion for providing wonderful travel adventures in Greece - with her. This has inspired her to study tourism herself. Her experiences and knowledge, combined with her love of her country and the desire to share it with others have led her to follow in her father's footsteps and create Porto Planet.
This tour takes you to amazing places in Crete, such as Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, and Chania.
In Heraklion, you find the city’s main square, in the historic center of Crete’s capital city, and right next to one of Europe’s most important museums, the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
In Chania, you will stay in the city center with immediate proximity to the town's most popular attractions including the Venetian harbor, with beautiful views of both the sea and the town.
The included meals are 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners (at the hotel).
Visit the old town of Chania for shopping
Visit the Heraklion by night
Take a spa in Chania city or Heraklion city
Heraklion International Airport (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport)
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