Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, owes her enormous cultural
heritage to her position between three continents. The mesmerizing
Minoan culture that bloomed in the era of the legendary King Minos
spread out to mainland Greece.
Romans, Egyptians, Venetians and Turks all left their mark on the
island. Learn the colourful background of the historical and religious
monuments of the island and the ever-changing, astonishing landscapes,
the impressively steep cliffs, the fruitful plateaus, endless olive groves
and crystal-clear seas.
Day 1: Italy – Greece.
Boarding ferry. Departure in the evening. Overnight stay on board.
Day 2: Patras-Piraeus to board ferry (approx 220km)
Arrival in Patras. Journey by coach along the north coast of the Peloponese, over the famous Corinthian Channel (with short stop) to Piraeus to board the ferry to Chania, Crete. Overnight stay on board.
Day 3: Chania
Arrival in Chania, the old capital of Crete, early in the morning. We visit the Akrotiri peninsula and the Monastery of Agia Triada for a half-day-excursion and from there to the hotel. Chania has a beautiful old port with many restaurants and taverns. A walk through the narrow alleys of the old town, a mixture of Venetian and Turkish style, in the evening is highly suggested. Overnight stay in Chania.
Day 4: Samaria-Gorge (approx 120km)
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 back to Chania. Overnight stay in Chania.
Day 5: Rethymnon-Monastery of Arkadi (approx. 180 km)
Departure from Chania to Rethymnon. City-tour with 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 Heraklion, the capital of the island. Overnight stay in Heraklion.
Day 6: Gortys, Festos, 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. Overnight stay in Heraklion.
Day 7: Lassithi Plateaus – Agios Nikolaos (approx.140km)
Through picturesque landscapes we find the Lassithi-Plataeu, hidden in the Dikti Mountains. The Plateau is 800m high and is particularly impressing from Mount Dikti. A short walk brings us to the cave where Zeus was born and the nunnery of Panagia Kera (Byzantine frescoes). On the way back we stop in the colourful port town of Agios Nikolaos. In the evening you are offered the opportunity to have a traditional folklore evening and enjoy Cretan specialities and wine, music and dancing. Overnight stay in Heraklion.
Day 8: Knossos Palace -Museum
Tour to Knossos, the largest and most significant Minoan Palace which lies near Heraklion, followed by a visit to the archeological Museum in Heraklion, famous for its rich collection of Minoan art. In the evening we board the ferry to Piraeus. Overnight stay on Board.
Day 9: Athens-Akropolis-Patras for boarding (approx 220km)
Arrive in Piraeus early in the morning. You have the opportunity to see Athens and visit the Akropolis and Parthenon. From there to Patras to board the ferry to Italy Italien.
Day 10: 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