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Cretan History & Flavors

Heraklion (Crete), Greece

Cretan History & Flavors


  • 71/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Take a coastal drive with views of rocky mountains, gulfs and sea cliffs on the way to the town of Rethymnon. Southeast from the town and lying on a rocky plateau with views of the sea below, is the Arkadi Monastery which became famous due to the holocaust suffered in 1866. Built during the last Venetian period, it consists of a large set of fortress-like buildings where people could find refuge in times of trouble. After a visit to this historic place and learning about one the most tragic chapters in Cretan history, you arrive at the friendly old town of Rethymnon which still maintains its old aristocratic appearance. During your walk, admire arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains and the small Venetian harbor. You’ll have some free time to wander around on your own before continuing to a local restaurant to enjoy a Cretan lunch.

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Note: There is approximately a 1/2 mile of walking over uneven and gravel terrain to navigate. We recommend you wear flat comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sun glasses and bring bottled water.

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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