Excursions from Chania Area
Chania and the peninsula of Akrotiri
We Begin on the peninsula of Akrotiri, north - east of Chania, where you will visit the monastery Tzagarolon (Aghia Triada). Built in the 17th century by two brothers - monks who had converted to the Orthodox faith - Agia Triada is one of the largest monasteries of Crete. Unfortunately, Turks destroyed most of the treasures in 1821. Afterwards, embark on a small city tour in the old town of Chania and see the old venetian fortifications (they started being built in 1538), but now only the eastern and western parts have survived. Your walking tour around the old town and Venetian port will allow you to visit the most important sites (the Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral, the ‘leather lane’ and the Market Hall) but also plenty exciting, hidden spots off the beaten track, spots that reflect the eclectic mix of influences that has given Chania its unique atmosphere.
ELAFONISI BEACH ‘’ PEARL OF THE WEST‘’
Travelling through the impressive nature you will enjoy another quite beautiful coastal area with an off-shore island. Elafonisi is a popular tourist area with some rudimentary beach taverns to supply the necessities of life. The isthmus joining the island to the land is usually covered with water - only a couple of feet deep at worst- and it is quite easy to paddle across. Supervise the kids. The water around the island is quite deep enough for good swimmers to enjoy but the water is much colder than the huge shallow bay landward.
Half day tour to Chania town
This specially designed tour around the old town and Venetian port will reveal Chania's status as a cultural crossroad. The beautiful town of Chania has managed to keep its local and authentic colours, despite the growing tourism. Chania is the main town in the west of Crete, with the second largest population after Heraklion. Chania is made of two parts: the old town, and the the larger modern town. This half day tour will take you around the lovely old town, situated next to the old Venetian harbour. Explore the Splantzia quarter behind the inner harbour and the Venetian Arsenals. Visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral ("Trimartyri"), as well as the Roman Catholic cathedral and Etz Hayyim Synagogue. The Archaeological Museum is home to interesting findings from different parts of the area from several historical and prehistorical periods.
The town of Rethymno
A travel in time as if time had never passed. Rethymno represents a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and living traditions. This small Mediterranean town will enchant you with its centre dating from the period of the Renaissance, its fortress and museums as well as its beaches. The excursion may include Arkadi, the most famous monastery of Crete and/or Margarites village famous for its ceramic workshops.