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Day 1: Arrival in Herakleio and dinner at a traditional Cretan restaurant (our treat).

Day 2: In the morning we visit the famous archaeological site of Knossos and later in the afternoon the archaeological museum in Herakleio. In the evening we drive to Rethymno, a coastal city with a beautiful old town including a number of Venetian and Ottoman houses, churches, and mosques.

Day 3: We walk in the old town of Rethymno and visit the impressive Venetian fortress (Fortetsa) overlooking the harbor. In the afternoon we visit the Mycenaean cemetery at Armenoi. The evening is free to explore the old city of Rethymno.

Day 4: In the morning we drive to the legendary monastery of Arkadi, famous for its participation in the war of Independence during the 19th century (lunch included). In the afternoon we visit the lake of Kournas and later we explore one of the most important Hellenistic and Roman walled city-states in Western Crete, the site of Aptera. In the evening we drive to Chania, a historic harbor town, known for its unique Venetian and Ottoman architecture.

Day 5:
In the morning we walk through the old town of Chania, visiting the Catholic monastery, the Jewish Synagogue, the Venetian harbor, and the central marketplace, a meeting point for locals and visitors. In the afternoon we drive to the Akrotiri peninsula where we visit the exceptionally preserved 16th century monasteries of Tzagarolon and Gouverneto. In the evening we return to Chania.  

Day 6: We leave Chania in the morning and drive to the mountain village of Argyroupoli (ancient Lapa) in the central part of the island, known for its springs and lush vegetation (lunch included). In the afternoon we drive to the village of Spili and from there we descent to the Mesara Plain on the south coast of Crete where we stay for the night at the village of Zaros (dinner included).

Day 7: In the morning we visit the Minoan palace of Phaistos. After lunch we explore the ancient Greek city of Gortyna, once the capital of a Roman province. Later in the afternoon we leave the Mesara Plain and drive towards the eastern part of the island along the steep and rugged south coast. We stay for the night at the mountain village of Kato Symi (dinner included).

Day 8: In the morning we continue our trip in the eastern part of the island by visiting the small fishing village of Myrtos and its Minoan settlement overlooking a small coastal valley. In the afternoon we cross the Ierapetra Isthmus and visit the Early Minoan settlement of Vasiliki. In the evening we drive to the small fishing village of Mochlos along the north coast and stay there for the night.

Day 9: In the morning we drive to the eastern most town on Crete, Siteia, and visit the archaeological museum and the Minoan site of Petras. Later in the afternoon we drive to the 16th century fortified monastery of Toplou and end our day with the visit to the ancient harbor town of Itanos.  

Day 10: We leave Siteia and drive westwards along the north coast of the island. We stop at Gournia and visit one of the most well preserved Minoan towns on the island. At the village of Kritsa we   visit the medieval church of Panagia Kera and the Classical and Hellenistic city of Lato. We stop at the harbor town of Agios Nikolaos for lunch and drive to Plaka where we take the boat on a 10 minute ride to the island of Spinalonga, a Venetian fort that served as a place of exile for thousands of lepers in the 19th and early 20th century. At night we stay at the mountain village of Vrouhas, overlooking the Bay of Elounda.

Day 11: In the morning we visit the monastery of Areti and drive through the mountains to the ancient city of Dreros. In the afternoon we visit the Minoan palace of Malia. At night we stay at the city of Herakleion where we celebrate the end of our trip together.

Day 12: We drop you off at the airport or harbor at Herakleio.


 
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