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Description of tours, from April to October, operated on the Island of CRETE

Half-day Tour to Knossos and Museum  
At Knossos , centre of the great Minoan civilization, visit the Royal Palace of King Minos, the Labyrinth associated with Ariadne and the Minoatur (sacred bull), and the abundant evidence of how its people lived and worked. Return to Iraklion to visit the Archaeological Museum , second only to Athens in importance throughout Greece. Here are treasures from Knossos , Phaestos, Zakros and other sites in Crete , a most remarkable collection from Neolithic to Roman times.

Half-day tour to the Plateau of Lassithi  
3.000 meters up to the west slope of Mount Dicti , Lassithi Plateau - green and fertile, irrigated by thousands of white-sailed windmills - offers a breathtaking sight. After a visit to the Kera Monastery with its late byzantine frescoes, we continue to the village of Saint George for a short tour in the folklore Museum . Our next stop is at Rsychro, with the Dictean Cave , the mythical birthplace of Zeus, an impressive sight with stalactites and stalagmites. On the way back, a short stop at the village Mohos, from where one has a magnificent view on the villages of Hersonissos, Stalis and Malia.

Full-day Tour to Phaestos, Gortys, Matala  
Visit two famous sites : the Minoan Palace at Phaestos, magnificently situated overlooking Messara plan and Gortys, famous for its law stones, its Roman amphiteatre and the church of Saint Titos , the first Christian church on the island. Continue to Matala for swimming.

Full-day Tour to Arkadi, Chania, Rethymnon  
Driving west of Iraklion , our first stop will be in Arkadi, a historical monastery. We continue along the coastal road to the old town of Chania , where you can visit the leather and the meat/fruit market, famous for its shape and the variety of cretan products. After a visit to the English war cemetery, where over a thousand soldiers killed during the second world war are buried, we continue to the old town of Rethymnon . The old wooden lattice balconies overhanging its narrow streets, the several mosques and minarets are a reminder of the turkish period.

Full-day Tour to Elounda, Aghios Nikolaos, Spinalonga
In the morning departure to visit the picturesque town of Aghios Nikolaos and then on the charming village of Elounda . From Elounda village we take the boat for a visit to the island of Spinalonga , where  the ruins of a Venetian fortress from the 16th century are.

Full-day Tour to Samaria Gorge
Early morning departure for Omalos ( Western Crete ) up on the white mountains to the top of Samaria Gorge, the longest and the most beautiful gorge in Europe and a nature reserve. Walk through the gorge (approximately 18 km) to Aghia Roumeli, a village on the Libyan sea and there by boat to the unique Chora Sfakion to rejoin the coast.


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