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Gruppenreisen

Die Insel Kreta ist voller Erlebnisse: die verlorene Minoische Zivilisation, unberührte Strände, venezianische Bauten und Schlösser, tiefe Schluchten, lebhafte Städte, traditionelle Dörfer, gastfreundliche Einheimische. Eine abwechslungsreiche Auswahl steht zur Verfügung.

Day 1
Welcome at Heraklion airport. Escorted transfer by coach to your hotel. Welcome drink and settle in at the hotel - Dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast time, we will start from Knossos palace. This archaeological place is going to take you back 3.500 years to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe. The palace of Knossos, built around 1400 BC, will leave you breathless for the facilities and the technology of that period. After this fascinating tour into the past, we will continue through the vineyards to the area of Archanes village. Visit of the village and time for lunch. Continue towards Heraklion-City. Visit of Archaeological museum (one of the most important in Greece), admiring the unique collection of antiquities. Back to the Hotel – Dinner

Day 3
Day trip to Dikti mountain and Lasithi plateau. First we will visit the Kera Kardiotissa monastery. Travel on Lasithi plateau with a stop at Dicteon-Cave where according the mythology, Rhea hid Zeus after his birth to protect him from his father Kronos. Visit of the open air museum of Lycnostatis which offers an insight into the authentic Cretan life. Lunch and a small walk at the main village Tzermiado. Back to the Hotel as Sissi area - Dinner.

Day 4
After the breakfast, we will go by coach to the picturesque village of Kritsa. Visit of the Byzantine church of Panagia-Kera dating from the 16th century. Travel on to Elounda - Mirabello bay. Embarkation for Spinalonga island the former leper colony. Tour on this island, where the Venetians built a fortress. Impressive ruins and chapels of the 16th century decorate this small island. Back to Elounda and by coach to Agios Nikolaos town. Lunch en route. Visit of the picturesque fishing-boats-harbor. This small “lake” is the landmark of the town. Back to the Hotel, at Sissi area – Dinner.

Day 5
Transfer to Rethymno town. We visit the famous Arkadi monastery and the ceramic village of Margarites. After that on the way to town a small stop at Myli gorge which is a real paradise of harmony beauty-peace, and the splendour of nature. Settle in the Hotel. Lunch in Rethymno town. Sightseeing on foot in Rethymnon town with buildings dating from Venetian and Turkish occupation. Visit the famous Fortezza castle if we have enough time. Dinner and overnight in Rethymno area.

Day 6
Excursion to the South. Visit of Gortys (the capital of Roman Crete), the Minoan palace of Phaistos the holy church of Agia Triada and the nunnery of Kaliviani. Time at leisure in Agia Galini, a small fishing village. On the way back in Spili village a short stop at the springs with the Venetian lions heads. Dinner and overnight in Rethymnon area.

Day 7
Excursion to Western Crete. Going up to peninsula Akrotiri and visit the monastery of Agia Triada. On the way to Chania, a small stop at the graves of Venizelos situated on the hill of Profitis Ilias from where a marvelous view over Chania town. A guided walk follows at Chania town, along the monuments of ancient and modern ages. Visit the Venetian harbour with its exceptional beauty. A large variety of shops are in the indoor market, built in a holy cross. Dinner and overnight at Rethymno area.

Day 8
Breakfast. Escorted transfer to Heraklion airport. Assistance with check in. Return flight.

Day 1
Arrival at the airport - transfer to your hotel at Lasithi area Meeting about the schedule -Free time – Dinner

Day 2
Visit Spinalonga Island - Lasithi plateau - Diktaeon cave. Back to the hotel - Dinner - Free time

Day 3
Visit to Knossos palace and the archaeological museum of Heraklion - Free time at Heraklion - Hotel at Heraklion area – Dinner

Day 4
Departure from the Hotel - Visit Gortys-Greek-roman city and the palace of Phaestos - Arrival at your hotel - Rethymnon area - Dinner

Day 5
Visit the archaeological site of Eleftherna - the Arkadi monastery -  the ceramic village of Margarites -  Back to the hotel - Dinner

Day 6
Visit the old Venetian town of Rethymno and the Fortezza castle - free time for lunc -  Departure to the South coast - Visit the famous monastery of Preveli - Back to Rethymno - Dinner

Day 7
Visit the area of Akrotiri with some interesting monasteries and later the beatiful city of Chania - Free time - Back to your Hotel - Dinner

Day 8
Departure for the airport - Return Flight

Day 1
Arrival at the airport - transfer to your hotel - Meeting about the program - free time - Dinner

Day 2
Visit Vai palm forest - the monastery of Toplou and Sitia town - Back to the Hotel – Dinner

Day 3
Spinalonga island - Agios Nikolaos town - Lasithi plateau - Diktaeon andron - Back to the hotel – Dinner

Day 4
Depart to visit Matala - Zaros area - Amari valley - Spili  - Arrival at your hotel - Dinner

Day 5
Small Photo safari - Visit Preveli palm beach - Plakias - Rodakino -  Frangokastello - Sfakia - Imbros - Vrisses – Back to the Hotel - Dinner

Day 6
Visit the Elafonisi beach or Balos beach the “blue lagoon “ - Back to the hotel - Dinner

Day 7
Visit the town of Chania - the monasteries of Akrotiri - Kournas lake - Back to the Hote l- Dinner

Day 8
Departure for the airport - Return flight

With this itinerary we are going to spend two days exploring south Crete visiting unspoiled nature and secluded beaches. After that we will visit the Renaisance town of Rethymnon and the old town of Chania. Instead of one day in the south we can hike the gorge of Samaria.