Crete (Chania), Greece

Weaving a tapestry of awe and wonder, Chania is a centuries-old mix of Minoan myths, well-preserved Venetian mansions, a mesmerizing Old Town complete with labyrinthine passageways, and atmospheric Kastelli Hill, once the site of a Roman acropolis. But Chania may be best known as the gateway to the breathtaking 4,000 year-old Minoan ruins at Knossos, home of the legendary King Minos and the part man and part bull known creature as the Minotaur. And around every corner of this idyllic area you'll find picturesque villages, breathtaking views and architectural wonders that will remain with you for a lifetime.

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Points of Interest

  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Akrotiri Hill- Eleftherios Venizelos tomb
  • Chania Old town
  • Monastery of Arkadi
  • Rethymnon Town
  • Heraklion
  • Agia Marina Beach
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  • Knossos Palace

    Home to King Minos, Knossos Palace is one of the most important archeological sites of the Bronze Age. Dating back 7,000 years, it was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in 1900 and boasts 1,200 rooms.

  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    The museum has a unique record and collection of the Minoan Civilization & treasures from all areas of Crete.

  • Akrotiri Hill- Eleftherios Venizelos tomb

  • Chania Old town

  • Monastery of Arkadi

  • Rethymnon Town

  • Heraklion

    Heraklion is the island's capital and the fourth largest city in Greece. Arab refugees from Al Andalus in Spain founded the city; the Republic of Venice governed Heraklion for four centuries.

  • Agia Marina Beach

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Beach Break at Agia Marina

4 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-590

Travel to beautiful Agia Marina Beach for a relaxed day of fun in the sun. This sandy beach has refreshing waters suitable for swimming, and a variety of watersports are available to rent at your own expense. The Costa Costa Beach Bar offers refreshments to purchase and a lovely seaside locale.

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Chania and Botanical Gardens

5 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-220
  • Chania Old town

Discover picturesque Chania on a guided tour that includes a walking tour of the Old Town and time to explore on your own. Then, visit the enchanting botanical gardens, stroll among exotic flora and fauna, and sample traditional Cretan delicacies during a cooking demonstration using locally sourced ingredients.

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Akrotiri & Chania

3.5 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-200
  • Akrotiri Hill- Eleftherios Venizelos tomb
  • Chania Old town

Delve into the history and treasures of Crete on a half-day adventure that includes a moment of reflection at the tomb of national hero Eleftherios Venizelos, and take in the views of Chania from its hilltop locale. Then, engage in a walking tour through the Old Town on a guided 1.5-hour stroll past its highlights.

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Rethymnon Town & Arkadi Monastery

5.5 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-210
  • Monastery of Arkadi
  • Rethymnon Town

Discover the magnificent Venetian-baroque Monastery of Arkadi on a guided visit that delves into this landmark's role in the Cretan resistance to Ottoman rule. Then, visit Rethymnon, established during the Venetian occupation, and explore 16th-century buildings, the pretty harbor and the labyrinth of quaint streets when you explore independently.

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4 x 4 Adventure

5.5 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-460

Explore the heart of Chania and its charming villages on an exciting four-wheel-drive adventure that travels through typical mountainous roads and takes in a day in the life of rural Crete. You're in the driver's seat as you travel caravan-style on back roads, pausing for photo stops.

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Knossos Palace & Heraklion Town

8.75 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-100
  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Travel to Heraklion for the Knossos Palace, one of the most important palaces of the Minoan civilization. A guided tour of its magnificent ruins showcases Crete's Bronze Age culture and its historic and mythological significance.

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Best of Knossos Palace & Heraklion Town (Guided in Japanese)

9 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-993
  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Travel to Heraklion for the Knossos Palace, one of the most important palaces of the Minoan civilization. A guided tour of its magnificent ruins showcases Crete's Bronze Age culture and its historic and mythological significance. Then, visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum detailing Crete's 500-year history through its exception artifacts and exhibits.

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Best of Knossos Palace & Heraklion Town (Guided in Mandarin)

9 hours | Crete (Chania) | CHQ-990
  • Knossos Palace
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Travel to Heraklion for the Knossos Palace, one of the most important palaces of the Minoan civilization. A guided tour of its magnificent ruins showcases Crete's Bronze Age culture and its historic and mythological significance. Then, visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum detailing Crete's 500-year history through its exception artifacts and exhibits.

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