"Spin, spin little wheel,
spin the little red thread
as long as you can,
the fairytale to begin…"
This is how the Cretans begin their story of world creation.
"In the beginning there was chaos, endless, dark chaos,
which in its seeds
held the elements of all".
…Rhea, who like her mother must endure watching her newly-born
children being taken away from her, hides her last
Zeus from Kronos… Zeus comes to life in the Diktean Cave
on the Lassithi Plateau and instead of his son, Kronos receives a
wrapped in cloths.
Day 1: Italy – Greece
Boarding in Italy. Departure in the evening. Overnight stay on board.
Day 2: Patras – Athens and on to Crete (apprx. 220km)
Arrival in Patras. Journey by coach over the famous Corinthian Channel with short stop before arriving in Athens, the capital of Greece and the port of Piraeus to board the ferry to Chania, Crete.
Day 3: Chania-Monastery of Agia Triada (approx 50km)
Arrival in Chania early in the morning. Your guide meets you at the port for a half-day excursion to the Akrotiri peninsula and a visit to the monastery of Agia Triada. On the way back you tour the picturesque city of Chania. In the evening you meet at the hotel for for a welcoming drink and an informative briefing of your schedule. Overnight stay in Chania.
Day 4: Samaria-Gorge
Early in the morning you begin your journey through the White Mountains to Omalos Plateau (1100m high). Walking through the famous Samaria Gorge (17km-the longest gorge in Europe) is an unforgettable experience. After approx. 5 hours you reach the exit of the gorge, the beach of Agia Roumeli where we stop for a swim. Then by boat to the village of Sfakia where your coach will be waiting to take you to Rethymnon. Overnight stay in Rethymnon.
Day 5: Rethymnon-Monastery of Arkadi (approx.110km)
You begin the day with a tour of the beautiful city of Rethymnon, paying a visit to the Venetian castle, the Rimondi fountains and the old town. Your journey continues to the national sanctuary of the Cretans, the Monastery of Arkadi. In the evening your coach brings you to Heraklion where you will be staying 4 nights.
Day 6: Islands of Santorini
This day is free for you to relax in your hotel or to go shopping. We suggest a day-trip to the islands of Santorini, the fairy-tale volcano island with the little white houses, the dome chapels and the amazing lava-landscape will leave you speechless.
Day 7: South-Crete, Festos, Gortys, Matala (approx 150km)
Your journey takes you through the endless vineyards to the Greek-Roman capital of Crete, Gortys. Visit to the Odeon where you can see the oldest European law code. Moving on to Festos to visit the second largest Minoan palace. From there to Matala, right on the south coast, for lunch and a swim.
Day 8: Lassithi-Plateau-Monastery of Kera (approx 140km)
Venturing through the Lassithi Plateau (800km high) is always a wonderful experience. A small walk brings you to the birthplace of the greatest ancient Greek god, Zeus. On the way back you visit the Nunnery of Panagia in Kera.
Day 9: Ierapetra-Sitia (ca 170km)
Departure early in the morning towards the East to the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera near the village of Kritsa with the famous icon-frescoes. From there your journey takes you through the beautiful port-town of Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra (the southernmost town of Europe. In the afternoon arrival in Sitia with a 2 night stay.
Day 10: Vai-Toplou-Zakros (approx 80)
This excursion takes you to Kato Zakros to visit the latest excavation site with findings from the Minoan Era. From there to the palm-tree beach of Vai where you stop for a swim. On the way back to Sitia you visit the 15th century Monastery of Toplou.
Day 11: Agios Nikolaos-Elounda (approx 150)
Departure from Sitia, alond the north coast to Elounda and the island of Spinalonga with the Venetian fort (short boat-trip). In the afternoon you continue to Heraklion to board the ferry to Piraeus. Overnight stay on board.
Day 12: Delphi-Patras (approx 270km)
Arrival in Piraeus early in the morning. The day begins with a visit to the monastery of Ossios Loukos. From there to Delphi, the most famous archeological site in Greece where you can visit the sanctuary of Apollo. Your trip continues over Rio-Antirio to Patras to board the ferry. (overnight stay on board)
Day 13: Arrival in Italy- Journey home The ferry trip from Patras to Ancona is an unforgettable experience. The ships are fully equipped with modern facilities to ensure a pleasurable journey. Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, sun-decks, shops, comfortable, modern cabins and of course air-conditioning throughout the ship. Enjoy a relaxing and secure journey over the Adriatic.
Departure also possible from Bari/Brindisi/Venice