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Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

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Activity provider: Altino Travel
Day trip

Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

Activity provider: Altino Travel

From US$ 46.34 per person

Discover the culture and beauty of Crete on this guided day trip. Explore the cosmopolitan town of Rethimno, visit the little Venice of Crete, Chania, and see the picturesque lake Kournas.

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Duration 10 - 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the difference between the east and the charming west part of the island
  • Visit the town of Rethymno and stroll in the alleys of the old town
  • Visit Chania, the “little Venice” of Crete
  • Visit Kournas, the natural sweet water lake of Crete
Full description
The first stop is the town of Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here, archeological monuments of the Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. Enjoy a stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit to the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor. The next stop is Chania town, the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor, and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. The last stop of the day is Kournas lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, and rare species of fish and birds make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks

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4.3 /5

based on 69 reviews

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Michaelis was a good guide, letting us know what to expect. The coach was comfortable and the transition to minibus went well. Rethimno was just worth a visit - the Fortezza was huge, but perhaps could do with a museum inside. Chania was good to visit, with.a fairly scenic harbour area, plenty of alleys and a lot of tourist shops. For me the best part was the Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding on the eastern side of the harbour in an old Venetian ship shed, which contained an interesting replica minoan ship. Finally, the short swim stop at Kournas - not everyone liked this, and would have preferred more time in Chania, but I enjoyed having a fresh water dip, with hot chocolate at a waterside taverna afterwards. I had googles, but did not see any of the terrapins or goldfish that it is stocked with. Overall a pleasant day,

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March 26, 2023

The tour was great and all went to plan. Michael was a fabulous tour guide and very knowledgeable and interesting. He spoke 3 different languages on the bus which was very impressive. But then he told me he actually speaks 5 languages! Also our driver drove very safely and efficiently. It was a wonderful experience.

March 26, 2023

Great day out. Lots of time on the coach but you would expect that if you’re setting off from Heraklion. Having said that, the roads do go through some stunning scenery. Sit on the right side of the bus for the best coastal views as you go up into the hills. There was a 15 min stop on the way to Rethimno, then about 90 mins in the town itself. There was enough time for a walk round and then a sit for a drink in a place near the old harbour. Back in the coach for 1 hour to Chania (this was right around mid day for us). We then had around 2.5 hours at Chania plenty of time again for a wonder through the old town and some lunch in one of the taverna’s along the waterfront. Back on the bus to Kournas lake. Beware the bus parks at the top of the hill and it’s a bit steep down to the lake itself. I gave the swim a miss and sat in the taverna at the top with a stunning view and a cold beer. After around an hour it was time to head back. It was about 11 hours in total from Kato Gouves.

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March 26, 2023

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