A unique excursion to the western part of Crete – not to be missed!
Our first stop is the Monastery of Arkadi – this monastery has been a national sanctuary and a symbol of struggle for freedom and independence around the world since the 16th century. You will visit the impressive church dedicated to the Saints Constantine and Helen and its small museum that displays exhibits from its entire history. Every year thousands of visitors and pilgrims visit the place and admire its works of art and its legendary treasures.
Our next stop is Chania, the biggest city of western Crete – a city full of Venetian and Ottoman monuments. It is divided into the old and the new city, which lies beyond its Venetian fortifications. The old city of Chania, also called “Venice of the East”, is one of the most beautiful ones in the Mediterranean. The most important sights are the distinctive monuments from the several civilizations that once passed from the island: Minoan and archaic sites, Venetian fortresses and dockyards, Ottoman minarets and mosques, Venetian fountains, squares, neighborhoods and mansions. The beautiful narrow streets and the old Venetian harbor will offer you an unforgettable experience.
Our final destination is the town of Rethymnon that still keeps most of its medieval character. The town maintains the beauty of Renaissance and combines it with modern style in the most ideal way. It is a lovely town with narrow streets and many sites where monuments of the ancient Greek, Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. The town is also the cultural and scientific center of Crete.